Monday, October 24, 2005

A welcome surprise: war waning globally

Recently, a report on conflict and peacebuilding and there was some welcome news:
Contrary to widespread public perception, they find that the world is witnessing fewer wars - and those wars that do occur are killing fewer people.

Clearly there is still much to do, but this may be evidence that we can use to point out that peacemaking can be effective in dealing with conflict and that we should invest in it more.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Are we going to war with Iran?

I'm beginning to wonder whether USAmerican foreign policy is being driven by a desire to settle old scores militarily and to use war as a vote winner. Back in June 2004 and in January 2005 I was pointing out that Iran looked like the next victim of the American military industrial machine
It appears that the UK and US have decided to raise the stakes in the confrontation with Iran. The two countries persuaded the IAEA board - including India - to overrule its inspectors, declare Iran in breach of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and say that Iran's activities could be examined by the UN security council. Critics of this political process point to the fact that India itself has developed nuclear weapons and refused to join the NPT, but has still voted that Iran is acting illegitimately. On the Iranian side there is also much belligerent talk and pop music now proudly speaks of the nuclear contribution to Iranian security.

The rest of the article is worth checking out. Honestly, it's enough to drive one to despair.
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Friday, October 14, 2005

Bush Declares War on Radical Islam

I thirk Daniel Pipes is right if this is what Bush said. The commentators have missed the radical nature of the reframing. No longer is it a war on a tactic [terrorism] but the beast is named. "The detailed texture of Mr. Bush's speech transforms the official American understanding of who the enemy is, moving it from the superficial and inadequate notion of 'terrorism' to the far deeper concept of 'Islamic radicalism.' This change has potentially enduring importance if finally, 26 years later, it convinces polite society to name the enemy."
And Jesus said:
""You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,... "
It's good to see Bush calling us to prayer in this way. ;-)
Bush Declares War on Radical Islam - article by Daniel Pipes:
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ministry for peace

ministry for peace is an organisation working for the creation of a Ministry for Peace within government.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Orthodox Christians and Conscientious Objection

A delight to find this site. With Eastern Orthodoxy often being about national churches and so tied to nationalisms at times and appearing to be comfortable with some violence [and I realise that this a glass house that I am throwing stones in], it's great to see the peacemaking message of Chrise so clearly expounded and espoused by Orthodox Christians.
In Communion � Orthodox Christians and Conscientious Objection
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