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UK Teachers’ Union, the Largest in Europe, endorses the World March

Christine Blower, the General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Europe’s largest teachers’ union representing approximately 300,000 teachers in the United Kingdom, has endorsed the World March for Peace and Non-violence and expressed her wish for the National Union of Teachers to contribute to the objectives of the March.

United Nations Secretary-General takes position on the role the media plays for the Peace Process for Israeli and Palestine

In his address to the UN-sponsored International Media Seminar on Peace in Middle East, held July 27 to July 28, with coverage by Pressenza, the UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon encouraged “creativity and engagement of the media and of the international community” in promoting conflict resolution between Palestine and Israel.

U.S. Envoy Calls for Lifting Sudan Sanctions

The Obama administration’s special envoy to Sudan is calling for a major shift in U.S. policy towards the Sudanese government. In May 2007, the Bush administration imposed economic and other sanctions against Sudan, because of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. In the Darfur conflict, due to violence and disease, UN estimates 400.000 people killed and 2 millions displaced.

Quaker Files Suit over Conscientious Objector Recognition

In Washington state, a Quaker pacifist has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the US government of discrimination for not recognizing his status as a conscientious objector on military draft forms. Conscientious objectors refuse to participate in wars because they are propped up by racism and dehumanization and set the stage for never-ending wars and occupation.

End Violence in Schools Worldwide

No child should be afraid to attend school because of the threat of sexual abuse, corporal punishment, or bullying. But every year 350 million children face violence in schools worldwide – and with devastating effects.

Children who face school violence often experience ongoing psychological trauma and are less likely to continue their education.

British Forces Exiting Iraq

Confirming the May’s announcements, British forces will end the 3,700 troops withdrawal from Iraq by the end of July, this Friday, ending their more than six years as an occupying force. Iraqi lawmakers blocked a vote on an agreement that would have allowed 100 British troops to remain in Iraq beyond the Friday deadline.

Panama Joins the One Hundred Countries Marching for Peace

With the slogan “United for global consciousness in defense of peace”, the Community for Human Development, World Without Wars, the Humanist Center of Studies, and the support of the Defense of the People, held an official presentation Tuesday, July 21 of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence with more than 100 countries participating, now including Panama.

Nuke Deals Raise Fears of Escalated Indo-Pakistan Arms Race

The Obama administration took major steps this week toward helping several major US defense contractors sell sophisticated US arms and nuclear technology to India. Increased US-India nuclear cooperation is stoking fears the US is escalating India’s arms race with Pakistan. Both states are declared nuclear states endangering the regional situation.

Philippine music group named Artist for Peace

UNESCO has recognised the efforts of The Philippine Madrigal Singers to promote dialogue and understanding between people in South East Asia. The Philippine group who were organised under the direction of Professor Andrea O. Veneración, at the University of the Philippines in 1963 has been recognised as one of the best choirs in the world.

Indian nuclear submarine will provoke a new arms contest

India presented on Sunday the first of five nuclear powered submarines that it plans to produce, with its energy source being an 85 megawatt nuclear reactor which can generate a speed of 44 kilometres per hours underwater. The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh called it an “historic milestone in the country’s defence preparedness.”

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