Here comes a documentary from 2008 focusing on gender based violence, taking conflicts happening in Africa as an example - not only against women, men are also victims.
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Here I present a video recording of a speech by Erica Chenoweth focusing on her research and that of others on why civil resistance works. Erica Chenoweth presents her findings including data on nonviolent resistance, creating a strong link between successful resistance against violence and using nonviolent methodology:
Here comes 15 minutes of a very insightful speech by Paul Chappell. This excerpt is mostly about the lengths, armies would go to to make people kill others and how many techniques, tricks and manipulations you actually need to achieve that. "What is the greatest problem of armies...? ... Keeping in mind armies have lots of problems, food, supply, logistics, recruiting... getting soldiers to kill is a big problem. But there is an even bigger problem... it is getting soldiers to die ... our flight response is far more powerful than our fight response. Most peoples natural reaction is to run away as far as they can as fast as they can."
You can find the full about an hour speech over here
Volunteers for Peace
, a United States partner organisation of Service Civil International
organized this workcamp together with the local partner, Burlington Friends Meeting
and they had a public panel talking about Nuclear armament / disarmament. This is an interesting video of the panel, which mostly consists of the workcamp volunteers are giving informations on the state of nuclear power and nuclear bombs in different countries.
The effects of war are tremendous, me myself never having experienced one thankfully, those who do and speak out about it, are both courageous and changed by it.
Here some former soldiers from Serbia are exchanging short personal stories and statements about the aftermath of war for their personal lives:
Some former US combatants from USA speak about some more general issues, partly concentrating on the practice of redeployng, sending already traumatized soldiers back into combat zones: View full article »
A very interesting short summary about the current situations of Palestine / Israel from the global avaaz-network - made as a call for supporting a petition to the UN security council for recognizing Palestine state:
report on the suffering of civil society in Northern Pakistan
- being hit by Taleban, Pakistani army and deadly U.S. drone strikes - as Huffington Post describes it in this article
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
- an NPO founded 2010 to strengthen independent journalism - brought this topic up again by publishing its research
on the number of casualties - which translates into human beings murdered by people ordering and operating the drone strikes.
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Amnesty International published a
The people over at http://www.wagingpeace.org/
did a video contest earlier this year - perhaps thats a good incentive for people within SCI to get creative like this as well :)
Here is the second winner (my personal favorite) :)
For something even more SCI related I found this article in our international archive, where the work of SCI volunteers in 1949 in Hiroshima is briefly mentioned - it gives a very nice and short overview actually of SCI activities in 1949 :D Really nice to read and a very interesting way to travel back to earlier days of SCI movement!
Just found this interesting video-clip. Maajid Nawaz, a former islamistic extremist (since he was 17), now trying to find ways to create a global culture to fight hatred and any form of extremism. Some of his summaries may be a bit rough, but the overall story, including his personal story are very interesting and I belief especially so in the light of the recent mad mass-killing of people in Oslo due to right-wing extremism.
He explains, that extremist organisations are much better succeeding in globalized ways than democratic organizations (he understandably seems to look at democracy and extremism as opposites) due to four reasons (I tried to shortly summarize them): View full article »
The Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a stunning animation of the worlds nuclear explosions beginning in 1945 till 1998 showing all the madness.
I found some pictures for you from one his exhibitions here
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