Opinion

No more wars and a ban on nuclear weapons

If anything constructive comes from the disasters of Ukraine, it may be the turning up of the volume on the call for the abolition of war. As Rafael de la Rubia observes, “the real conflict is between the powers that use people and countries by manipulating, oppressing and pitting them against each other for profit and gain… The future will be without war or not at all.”

What can peace education do on the eve of war?

As conflict in Ukraine escalates, Ellis Brooks, the Peace Education coordinator at Quakers in Britain, explores the necessity of addressing the roots of war in the classroom.

Human Connections Forged in Human Suffering

An overlooked element in the COVID experience is how it can lead us into reflections on the human connections that carry us through the suffering, giving us an actual physical sense of being members of one human family, capable of caring for each other, as we must if the family is to survive. This post is a vivid instance of such an experience.

Reparations: a vessel of healing love and creating a culture of repair

The enslaved persons sold to all parts of the world, the crimes of “modern slavery”, and today’s widespread exploitation of human labor, call peace educators everywhere to reflect on this pledge from the Grassroots Reparations Campaign and apply it to educating for justice for the abused and exploited in all our respective countries and communities.

Education: Challenges in contexts of conflict

Terrorist attacks against educational targets have increased in recent years. Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust analyzes current trends and explores solutions for tackling violent extremism.

An Afghan Woman Calls American Women to Solidarity

This open letter from one professional woman to another, an Afghan university administrator should challenge all American women to confront the consequences of the abandonment of those most prepared to guide Afghanistan toward constructive membership in the world community: the educated, independent women responsible for gains in social equality now trampled by the Taliban. With the help of the White House Office charged with gender issues, the original, un-redacted letter addressed to Vice President Kamala Harris has been delivered to the Vice President’s office. We hope it will also be read and discussed in courses in peace studies and peace education to give voice to the untold women in Afghanistan in the same circumstances as the writer, some of whom we hope will find places in our colleges and universities.

UN Urged to Declare a Global Peace Education Day

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace, spoke at the First Annual Peace Education Day Conference organized virtually by The Unity Foundation and Peace Education Network. The conference organizers support an agenda to create a “Global Peace Education Day.”

The Windfalls of War: Corruption is Integral to the Institution

“As the nation building project got underway…warlords were transformed into governors, generals and members of Parliament, and the cash payments kept flowing.” So writes Farah Stockman of the rampant corruption that was integral to the War on Terror as it was waged in Afghanistan.

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