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Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

posted 2018-01-30 by Jørgen Johansen [Comments: 0]

Just a week after his 90th birthday Gene Sharp passed away. The journal New Statesman once described Gene Sharp as the “Machiavelli of Nonviolence” and Thomas Weber labelled him “the Clausewitz of Nonviolent Action.” Who was this man and what is his contribution to our understanding of the possibilities to use... Read more »

India and Pakistan’s Long-Awaited Full Membership to SCO Becomes Reality

posted 2017-06-10 by Nivedita Das Kundu [Comments: 0]

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has played a significant role in the region for past sixteen years. This year SCO Summit took place on 8-9 June 2017, in Astana. Expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization became inevitable due to its growing profile and significance. It was argued for many years... Read more »

Geopolitics of Northern Sea Route: Russia-China-India's Growing Interest in Arctic

posted 2017-05-09 by Nivedita Das Kundu [Comments: 0]

The Arctic is an ocean surrounded mostly by land and governed by the United Nations Conventions under the laws of the Sea (UNCLOS). The debate and discussions on Arctic has opened up many opportunities in the economic and commercial sectors of the Arctic members and the observer states. Arctic is... Read more »

India-China Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: The 'Samudra Manthan'

posted 2017-05-05 by Nivedita Das Kundu [Comments: 0]

The phrase ‘Indo-Pacific’ has been drawing significant attention, due to number of reasons. In addition to being a geographical construct, the Indo-Pacific can also be seen as a changing network of Nations for strategic and security issues and concerns. The word Samudra Manthan, taken from the Indian Mythology means “churning of... Read more »

Humiliation and the Triumph of Donald Trump

posted 2016-11-12 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

Yes, some people voted for Trump DESPITE their distaste for his vulgarity. But I think that his base supported him precisely BECAUSE of it. In fact, I think it may partly be an act he put on just to appeal to a certain group of Americans who are consistently... Read more »

The Challenges To Democracy In Myanmar

posted 2016-03-09 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

by Patrick Stafrace on Dec 6, 2015 On November 8th in Myanmar, The National League for Democracy (NLD)–inaugural democratic party of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi–claimed a historic victory for the young democratic state, winning 60% of the national vote and ending decades of political struggle against unjust military rulers. For... Read more »

Donald Trump's Odious Pledge Stirs Memories of My Muslim and Arab Friends

posted 2016-02-19 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

by Pat Hynes The original article was posted here: Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at 2 small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed... Read more »

Hard Choices

posted 2016-01-11 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

Speech to Voice of Women for Peace awards dinner, November 6, 2015 You’re going to hate this talk because I’m going to admit that I’m stuck and can’t propose any good options. In fact, I myself am not even sure what the least bad options are. Possibly you share... Read more »

Sincere Ignorance And Conscientious Stupidity

posted 2016-01-06 by Organization for World Peace (OWP) [Comments: 0]

by Megan Stagman Martin Luther King, Jr. famously announced that “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Those words have never seemed more apt than when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a report on Friday which stated that 30% of American... Read more »

“Share my Story” – Humans of Mafraq beyond ‘refugee’ headlines

posted 2015-12-22 by Organization for World Peace (OWP) [Comments: 0]

by Olivia Lyster on Nov 24, 2015 In 2013, I travelled to Mafraq, northern Jordan. My primary purpose was to learn Arabic, but over the course of the year I caught a glimpse of what day-to-day life was like for a Syrian refugee. Each of the Syrian families I met had... Read more »

Us versus Them: An Idealistic Misrepresentation of ISIS

posted 2015-12-05 by Organization for World Peace (OWP) [Comments: 0]

by Megan Stagman of the Organization for World Peace (OWP) In reporting conflict, there is always a temptation to radically simplify for the sake of ease and accessibility. This year has been all about the ‘bad guys’ ISIS versus the rest of the world, either the innocent victims of cruel attacks... Read more »

Helping Others

posted 2015-06-26 by Andrew Pakula [Comments: 9]

Helping Others In her President’s letter to the Bulletin, Metta Spencer reacts with alarm to recent comments by Louise Arbour. After decades of experience in the field, Ms. Arbour concluded that the current approach to the protection of vulnerable people around the world is “not working” and suggested a “more limited... Read more »