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Defeat Terrorism: Humanise the Earth on O2

There will always be people with extreme ideas. But for those extreme ideas to prosper, grow, and become wars, kidnappings, beheadings and torture they have to fall on fertile ground. That fertile ground is provided by the system in which we all live. By injustice. By inequality. By dehumanisation. By materialist emptiness. By individualism. By a lack of future. By fear. ISIS recruits amongst the disaffecte ...

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World Hunger Falls, But Number of Undernourished Remains ‘Unacceptably High’ – UN

  Human Wrongs Watch More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released on 16 September 2014stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.   The State of Food Insecurity in the World report released in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Orga ...

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‘Say No to War and Media Propaganda’, Mairead Corrigan Maguire , Nobel Peace Laureate

  Human Wrongs Watch By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service – While US/UK/NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from. We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it would be the greates ...

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The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan “Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.” One hundred and sixty-four years later, ...

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Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

  Human Wrongs Watch Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community s ...

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Drop Your Weapons. When and Why Civil Resistance Works

By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan for  Foreign Affairs via Waging Nonviolence Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a surge of nonviolent resistance movements. Pictures of huge demonstrations in public squares have become a staple of international news broadcasts, and Time named “the protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011. These days, it seems that at any given moment, thousands of ...

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What Would Dr. King Do? As U.S. Moves to Bomb Syria, Tavis Smiley on MLK’s Antiwar Legacy

What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." We speak to public TV and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, "Death of a King: The Real S ...

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Violence against Children Is Universal, Deeply Ingrained in Societies, Often Accepted as the Norm

Human Wrongs Watch Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations on 4 September 2014. The report found that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a reg ...

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“Nonviolent spaces”

We, from the “Nonviolent spaces” initiative (orientated towards spreading out Silo’s Message and promoting communities self-generation), are organising an on-line campaign for October the 2nd in order to reach trending topic status that same day in various social networks with nonviolence-themed content.   Foto: Rafael Edwards The idea is quite simple: each user should post a selfie picture tagged #diadelan ...

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Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Since two years now, Germany is shaken by refugees who protest against isolation in far-off asylum seekers camps, against the obligation to reside in their camps, for fair and fast procedures for granting the right for asylum, in general for more respectful treatment by the institution and the chance of social participation (Pressenza has reported about it: Non-violent protests of refugees in germany). They ...

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