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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: 11]

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: 3]

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 »

Anthropogenic warming: Climate closure

posted 2014-11-07 by Shaun Lovejoy [Comments: 0]

Introduction Science and knowledge advance by the systematic opposition of ideas, of models, of paradigms, by confronting theories with real world data: it is replete with controversies. While most of these are only of specialist interest, occasionally they threaten dominant views of the world and of our place in it.... Read more »

Hard to Ignore: An exploration of the issues on palm oil agrofuel through a political economy and public health framework

posted 2014-08-06 by Science for Peace [Comments: 1]

By Hedva Chiu Introduction The advent of agrofuel Globalization has liberalized trade, thus increasing transport of goods and services, which calls for a greater demand for energy (Houtart, 2010). While agrofuels have been a topic of discussion since the launch of the transportation industry, the discovery of huge deposits of fossil fuels... Read more »

Nuclear weapons ban on the horizon

posted 2014-02-26 by Cesar Jaramillo [Comments: 1]

A development of historic dimensions is beginning to energize the otherwise lethargic nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Nearly seven decades after nuclear bombs obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an international process to achieve a legal ban on nuclear weapons is starting to take shape. Click here for the full article: http://www.scienceforpeace.ca/file_download/234/Briefing-14.1.pdf

One Woman’s Brief Annual Report on the State of the World

posted 2013-12-27 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

This is the season for sending greeting cards and emails about one’s foreign journeys and new pets. I am well and did travel a bit in 2013 but I have no pets so I will write about my opinions instead. I have plenty of those. I’d love for you to... Read more »