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Anti-Sufi wave

By Rene Wadlow

On Friday 24 November 2017, an attack by some 30 men on a mosque at Bir al-Ald in the Sinai Peninsula left 305 dead among them women and children. 128 were wounded.  Some of the wounded may not survive.  The Sinai Peninsula has been an area of instability and lawlessness at least since 2013 when […]

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Silent violence against women

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow How many victims of silence there are, and at what cost! Silence has its laws and its demands… Silence demands that its enemies disappear suddenly and without a trace.  Silence prefers that no voice of complaint or protest or indignation disturb its calm. And when such a voice is heard, silence strikes with […]

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Edward Carpenter: (29 Aug 1844 – 28 Jun 1929)

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow   Edward Carpenter was an English writer, educator, pacifist, and socialist reformer who came from a middle class intellectual family and studied at Cambridge University. As with some of his fellow students who were interested in philosophy and ideas, he was ordained in the Church of England hoping that its outlook and theology […]

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As South Sudan Disintegrates, People Move

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow In a 17 August 2017 call for urgent support, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated “Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day.  In addition to the million in Uganda, a million or more South Sudanese are being hosted […]

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World Humanitarian Day

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow   In memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello (1948-2003) [themify_quote]The United Nations General Assembly has designated 19 August as “World Humanitarian Day” but celebrated this Monday 21 August to pay tribute to aid workers in humanitarian service in difficult and often dangerous conditions.  19 August was designated in memory of the 19 August […]

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Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08: Fire under the Ashes

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow The media reports on the recent death of Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, of cancer after years of imprisonment, have focused on his life, especially the prison years and the continued surveillance of his wife, the poet Liu Xia.  There has been less emphasis on the Charter 08 positions which still exist […]

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UN Peacekeepers : The Limits and Opportunities for Creative Action

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow [themify_quote]29 May has been set by the U.N. General Assembly as U.N. Peacekeepers day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in U.N. peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage. Currently, there are some 113,000 military, police, and civilian personnel […]

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Ralph Waldo Emerson: A bridge to the Spirit of the World

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow As Life and Nature are not great with reference to the Present only, but greater still from what is yet to come, out of that formula for Thee I sing. – Walt Whitman [themify_quote]Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) whose birth anniversary we mark on 25 May, stressed the need for thinking and writing in […]

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Children: A Priority

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow The way in which a society treats its children reflects not only its qualities of compassion and protective caring but also its sense of justice, its commitment to the future and its urge to better the human condition for coming generations. As the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children […]

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18 May: International Museum Day: The Advancement of Learning and Culture

By Rene Wadlow

18 May has been designated by UNESCO as the International Day of Museums to highlight the role that museums play in preserving beauty, culture, and history.  Museums come in all sizes and are often related to institutions of learning and libraries.  Increasingly, churches and centers of worship have taken on the character of museums as […]

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Korean tensions: Could they slip out of control?

By Rene Wadlow

There have been over the years since the 1953 armistace periodic increases of tensions related to the policies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Currently, the nuclear program and missile launches of North Korea, the establishment of sophisticated anti-missile systems in South Korea, increased sanctions […]

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3 May: World Press Freedom Day

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as an encouragement to the independence of journalists and the media, to be celebrated each 3 May.  The overall theme proposed for this year is ” Critical Minds for Critical Times: The Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.” […]

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3 May: World Press Freedom Day

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as an encouragement to the independence of journalists and the media, to be celebrated each 3 May.  The overall theme proposed for this year is ” Critical Minds for Critical Times: The Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.” […]

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YEMEN: EFFECTIVE HUMANITARIAN AID DEPENDS ON A PEACE ACCORD

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the […]

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YEMEN: EFFECTIVE HUMANITARIAN AID DEPENDS ON A PEACE ACCORD

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the […]

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Talbot Mundy 23 Apr 1879 – 5 Aug 1940 : The Working of Karma

By Rene Wadlow

[themify_quote]“He who would understand the Plains must ascend the Eternal Hills, where a man’s eyes scan Infinity. Be he who would make use of understanding must descend on the Plains where Past and Future meet, and men have need of him.” — Talbut Mundy, Om-The Secret of Abbor Valley[/themify_quote] Talbot Mundy was born in England as […]

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Maria Montessori: The Spirit of Education for World Citizenship

By Rene Wadlow

Rene Wadlow UNESCO is stressing global citizenship education to meet the challenges of the 21st century by developing a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities.  Global citizenship education aims to give a profound understanding that humanity will respond creatively to the challenges of our times.  Global citizenship education promotes attitudes […]

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Arnold Toynbee: Tribalism with a Difference

By Rene Wadlow

Our modern Western nationalism has an ecclesiastical tinge, for, while in one aspect it is a reversion to the idolatrous self-worship of the tribe which was the only religion known to Man before the first of the ‘higher religions’ were discovered by an oppressed internal proletariat…it is a tribalism with a difference. The primitive religion has […]

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Syria: Chemical Weapon Use, Destruction of Children, The Ethical Vacuum

By Rene Wadlow

[themify_quote] The defense of those using their conscience to uphold humanitarian international law. The Association of World Citizens calls for the re-affirmation of humanitarian international law. It is a call to the soldiers and militia members in armed conflicts to refuse orders to violate humanitarian international law by refusing to use weapons outlawed by international […]

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