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Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Linda Sartor is not afraid to die. Dedicated to nonviolence, she spent 10 years after September 11, 2001 traveling to conflict zones throughout the world as an unarmed peacekeeper, with roles ranging from protective accompaniment to direct interpositioning between parties when tensions were running high. She documents her work across the world — in Israel/Palestine, ...

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Syria — Life Through a Lens: Photography Workshop Helps Young Refugees See Their World with Fresh Eyes

  Human Wrongs Watch In Syria, they witnessed humanity at its worst. Now, through photography, young refugees look at their world with fresh eyes. Written by Charlie Dunmore, Friday 17 October 2014 (UNHCR)*  More than half of the 3 million people driven into exile by the conflict in Syria are children. Haunted by violence and loss, they have also been deprived of a voice. At Za’atari refugee camp in Jo ...

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ISIS: Negotiation, Not Bombing

  Human Wrongs Watch By Johan Galtung*, 13 Oct 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service —  More senseless bombing of Muslims, more defeats for USA-West, more ISIS-type movements, more West-Islam polarization. Any way out?.   “ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq-Syria, appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate” writes Farhang Johanpour in an IPS column. For the Ottoman Caliphate with the Sultan as Caliph–the Shadow of ...

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There is no military solution to fundamentalism

International Peace Bureau Statement:  Geneva, 16 October 2014. Tackling the challenge represented by ISIS (Islamic State or ISIL) is a tough assignment, both for governments and for civil society. Their barbaric killings and rapidly expanding control of territory have resulted in precisely the reaction intended: military intervention by the US and its allies. Despite the failures of the recent wars in Afgh ...

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Rescuing Migrants in the Sea — Tunisian Fishermen Unlikely Heroes

  Human Rights Watch males Túnez, 14 de octubre 2014 ( IRIN ) *  - En Zarzis, una pequeña ciudad portuaria de unos 70.000 en el sureste de Túnez, los pescadores que navegan por el Mediterráneo se han convertido en salvadores inadvertidos, rescatando barcos cargados de inmigrantes ilegales a Europa partiendo de las costas de Libia.   Ahmed es uno de ellos. Él entrecierra los ojos a la luz brillante como ...

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Tomás Hirsch speech in “Peace Paths for the Israel/Palestine conflict”

Words of Tomas Hirsch at the Providencia Forum in Santiago de Chile, seeking peaceful ways to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict "Good afternoon to everyone. To begin, I want to clarify where I am coming from: I am speaking from the point of view of Universalist Humanism. Its main points are: 1. Placing the human being as the central value and concern, so that there is nothing above the human being an ...

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Palestinian stories: the wise Lebdewah

Damaged houses at Nahr el-Bared Camp «In Nahr el-Bared we lost our house, in Palestine our home» Nahr el-Bared is a magical place. I felt a strong connection with it as soon as I stepped foot there, or even before, when I was asking for a permit to enter and I couldn’t understand why it was so complicated. At the end I got it, and after I entered I kept asking myself why. Nahr el-Bared is surrounded by the ...

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British Parliament backs Palestinian statehood

According to the BBC "MPs have voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The House of Commons backed the move "as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution" - although less than half of MPs took part in the vote. The result, 274 to 12, is symbolic but could have international implications." Government ministers were instructed to abstain, but the leader of the La ...

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A Guide to Turkey’s Politics and the PKK

  Human Wrongs Watch By Alex MacDonald, 11 October 2014 (Middle East Eye)* As violence between the PKK and Islamic State continues in Kobane, the different players in the long running Turkey-PKK conflict examine their options. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) The Kurdistan Workers Party are a group of armed guerrilla fighters who historically aimed to create an ...

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The myth of Assad, ISIL and extremism

It is difficult to find US officials directly claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in league with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but you will find plenty who will allude to it using specious reasoning. By Sharmine Narwani US Secretary of State John Kerry is one of many who have sought to encourage this narrative: “There is evidence that Assad has played footsie with them (ISIL ...

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