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13.08.2009

Mexico court frees massacre convicts

In Mexico, 20 prisoners have been released who, were found guilty of the massacre of 45 residents of Acteal, a village in the southern state of Chiapas. The Supreme Court has ruled that their convictions were unsafe. The 45 villagers, were murdered in 1997. It is said to have involved a local dispute over land and that the Mexican government played no role in it. »

13.08.2009

Rwanda: Women in power

When we think about the best examples of women’s presence in politics, the Scandinavian countries automatically come to mind. However, Rwanda, a landlocked country found in the heart of Africa, has the highest level of female representation in parliament. No fewer than 56% of representatives are women – a world record. »

12.08.2009

Nonviolence in a Violent World

This talk was given by Dario Ergas on July 18th, 2009, to the Laura Rodriguez Foundation. It deepens on nonviolent responses, as a way of life, a search for the sacred, and the manifestation of what is truly human. It is mainly a moral act. Nonviolence is the force that will transform the world because I will transform myself in order to not become those with whom I struggle. »

11.08.2009

Historic apology to aboriginal people in Australia: an example to the world

On February, 2008, an official apology to aboriginal people was issued by the government of Australia, for their past mistreatments, for the stolen generations, for breaking their communities, their families. Today they represent a 2% of the population. An equal opportunity society is the basis of a possible future for everyone. »

10.08.2009

Clinton to push Congo over rape

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a seven-country tour of Africa, has urged the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the root causes of the conflict in the east of the country. The war is the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing 5.4 million people. She called on Congo's government to put an end to the rape of women as "weapons of war". »

09.08.2009

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND

The Times of London was at it again this week. “Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead”, the paper said, “and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb”. A great deal of information, but which is the provenance of all these ‘facts’? »

06.08.2009

The Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay is ready to receive the Hiroshima Flame in Montreal

The Montreal’s Nature Museums invited pacifists to gather in the Japanese Garden of the Botanical Garden at 7 p.m. on August 5 for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. The Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and the Japanese Consul in Montreal, Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, took part in this event to commemorate the tragedy that struck Hiroshima 64 years ago. »

06.08.2009

To avoid a future catastrophe, we must act today.

It’s encouraging that U.S. and Russia leaders have once again put nuclear disarmament on the negotiating table, but we cannot forget that we live in a highly dangerous moment. The danger stems also from the madness of violent groups with possible access to nuclear material and the real risk of accident that could set off a devastating conflict. »

06.08.2009

The World March crowns Mount Ararat

On the anniversary of the nuclear bomb attack on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an expedition of Spaniards and Turks has reached the summit of legendary Mount Ararat to "pay homage to the memory of the victims of that disaster and strengthen an open and diverse global movement that rejects all forms of violence and affirms the human being as the highest value." »

05.08.2009

Nonkilling Kindergarten and Primary School established in DR Congo

A kindergarten and primary school at Kazimia-Katondje, Fizi (South-Kivu Province, DR Congo) has just been renamed "Glenn Paige Non-killing School" by its promoters, local nonprofit MLECI. The school was originally founded in 2006 and has over 180 students, who are casualties of war, disease and abandonment. Besides providing education, it offers food, health care, clothing. »

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