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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: 0]

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 »

“When Saving Others Doesn't Work” dialogue and additional essay

posted 2015-06-06 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

This blog post is a follow-up to my President’s Corner essay in the May 2015 SfP Bulletin: When Saving Others Doesn’t Work. Click the preceding link to read the original, and come back to this page for: Emailed responses by colleagues in Russia, Canada and elsewhere (together with my comments in... Read more »

Science for Peace Statement supporting Richard Horton, The Lancet Editor-in-Chief, and commending The Lancet’s publication of the Maduca letter on Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza in 2014

posted 2015-05-22 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

Science for Peace is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization founded in 1981. We research, educate, and advocate on issues of war and peace, human rights and social justice. We are writing now to support The Lancet’s coverage of Israel’s 2014 “Operation Protective Edge” attack on Gaza and to commend... Read more »

Iraq: current policy and historical context

posted 2015-01-01 by Judith Deutsch [Comments: 2]

Iraq: current policy and historical context Judith Deutsch Judging from Canadian history, from the government’s lack of transparency and its utter hypocrisy, it is hard to believe that “Canadian airstrikes will stick to Iraq” (p. A8, Toronto Star, Dec. 7, 2014). According to the article, Canada has several hundred personnel, six... Read more »

Too Heavy a Price to Pay?

posted 2014-11-11 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

Here are the first three sections of Too Heavy a Price to Pay?, the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility’s submission to the Uranium Hearings now underway in Quebec. The hearings will determine whether there should be a permanent ban on uranium mining. There is a temporary moratorium on uranium exploration... Read more »

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