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Dark Matter Surround Dark Energy – (PRWeb – August 30, 2004) The American military is pursuing new types of exotic bombs - including a new class of isomeric gamma ray weapons. Unlike conventional atomic and hydrogen bombs, the new weapons would trigger the release of energy by absorbing radiation, and respond by re-emitting a far more powerful radiation. In this new category of gamma-ray weapons, a nuclear isomer absorbs x-rays and re-emits higher frequency gamma rays. The emitted gamma radiation has been reported to release 60 times the energy of the x-rays that trigger the effect.  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/8/prwebxml153446.php

Database of World Problems and Issues, http://www.uia.org/data.htm - You think you've got problems? The Union of International Associations now tracks more than 30,000 world problems and global issues, with 35,000 strategies to respond to them. The database boasts some 500,000 links among 20,000 international organizations dealing with these problems and issues.  Visitors can search the database for a key word, such as "future," which calls up a menu of problems: "fear of future change,"
"unrealistic expectations," "young people's lack of context for the future," and "unchallenging world vision."  The database is a project of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential, begun in the early 1970s by researcher Anthony Judge and his colleagues at the Union of International Associations in Brussels. The first edition of the encyclopedia, published in 1976, described a mere 2,560 world problems.

David Adams' Global Movement for a Culture of Peace web site http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ - Dr David Adams retired in 2001 from UNESCO where he was the Director of the Unit for the International Year for the Culture of Peace, proclaimed for the Year 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly. Following a career as Professor of Psychology for 23 years at Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA), he had come to UNESCO in 1992 to develop the Culture of Peace Programme as an supplement and alternative to military peacekeeping operations. His responsibilities have included development of national culture of peace projects, research and development of the culture of peace concept and training in peace-building and conflict resolution. On behalf of UNESCO he prepared UN documents, including the draft Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (1999). While at Wesleyan University, and previously at Yale University, he was a specialist on the brain mechanisms of aggressive behaviour, the evolution of war, and the psychology of peace activists, and he helped to develop and publicize the Seville Statement on Violence. He is the author of several books and numerous publications in neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, genetics, ethology, biopsychology, social psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, history, and ethics. A number of these studies have helped lay the scientific basis for work towards a culture of peace. This Website presents some of the key papers from his research.  As you will see, it responds to the crisis that has deepened since September 11, and it includes 140 pages of documents, many otherwise unavailable, including  Psychology for Peace Activists,  Why There Are So Few Women Warriors, and the history of the Seville Statement.  It also contains the section introductions of my book The Aggression Systems: Human Aspects, Evolution, Brain Mechanisms and Dynamics in which it is argued that aggression in the form of righteous indignation is essential for peace activism and peace education.  And, of course, the Website invites the reader to be part of the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace during this UN decade.  Please check out this resource, put a comment in the guest book and spread the word to your own e-mail contact list.

The Day After - (video) "Apocalypse ... The End of the Familiar ... The Beginning of the End.  The most powerful and controversial television event of our time.  A potent drama -- probably the most controversial TV movie of its time. To order: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085404/ ; review: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/D/htmlD/dayafterth/dayafter.htm .  Other films of this genre: Threads http://www.ibp-intl.demon.co.uk/nuke/threads.html ; The War Game http://www.bfi.org.uk/videocat/more/wargame/ available from www.Amazon.com 

DEBATE ON HUMANITARIAN POLICY, ACTION & LAW APPEARS in newly re-formatted  "The International Review of the Red Cross", a quarterly journal published since 1869 by the ICRC.  It now is meant for a larger audience.   Contact: review.gva@icrc.org

Debating the Democratic Peace. Editors - Michael Brown, Sean Lynn-Jones and Steven Miller. Publisher - The MIT Press 1996. ISBN 0-262-52213-6. Unrated.

Part 1. The Case for the Democratic Peace
Part 2. The Case Against the Democratic Peace
Part 3. Point and Counterpoint

Defense and Disarmament News. Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, 2001 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02146, U.S.A.

Defence Ethics Program, Department of National Defence Canada - The strength and vitality of the foundation of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence lies in its ethical culture. Yet, ethics for defence can be complex and sometimes paradoxical. On the one hand, Defence is an integral part of Canada and, therefore, must fully embrace fundamental democratic values. On the other hand the mandate of Defence can involve the controlled use of military power to cause massive destruction of property and, in some cases, of human life. Understandably, Canadians have always expected the highest moral standards from Defence personnel.  In recent times, they have insisted on a more visible demonstration of ethics in government.  In response to all of these factors, the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence officially launched the Defence Ethics Program in December 1997.  For more information, see http://www.dnd.ca/ethics/

The Defense Monitor. Published monthly by the Center for Defense Information, 1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005, U.S.A.

"DELIVER US FROM EVIL: PEACEKEEPERS, WARLORDS & A WORLD OF ENDLESS CONFLICT" by William Shawcross (2000,  NY: Simon & Schuster) replaces his earlier masterpiece, "The Quality of Mercy", as the most important book on
humanitarian action published. Both "The Quality of Mercy" & "Deliver Us From Evil" chronicle the physical challenges & moral conundrums that modern conflicts & famine pose for agencies involved in relief, peacekeeping, repatriation, elections & reconstruction.  In "Deliver" Shawcross tells the stories of intervention in Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, Zaire, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco, Kosovo, E Timor, & other crises as they unfolded in the 1990s, drawing out the larger patterns of intl. response to humanitarian crises.  While including tremendous detail about complex emergencies, the author, more importantly, tells the stories of how decisions were taken at each of different points of response: NGOs, UN peacekeeping forces, & western govts.  His evidence includes original interviews with key figures such as Kofi Annan.  Shawcross' coverage is balanced & fair but also delivers biting insights.  For example, Shawcross observes that when the UN Dept. of Humanitarian Affairs was 1st created, "UNHCR... strenuously resisted the attempt by Boutros-Ghali to place much of its work under the umbrella of the newly created department of humanitarian affairs."  Shawcross powerfully shows the arc that linked the death of US troops in Somalia in 1993, to the US withdrawal of the Harlan County peacekeeping ship from Haiti (October 1993), to the general retreat from multilateralism by the US, resulting, tragically, in the US's delaying of UN Sec. Council action to reinforce Gen. Dallaires' UNAMIR force to mitigate the Rwandan genocide.  "As a result of the administration's terror of venturing too close to the Mogadishu line -- in Rwanda, where the crisis & the dangers were much greater, it helped to condemn 100,000s of people to death by genocide."  In his introductory pages Shawcross gives great credit to the late Fred Cuny for many of his insights, with which Shawcross largely agrees, i.e.: "As in Biafra at the end of the 60s, in Cambodia after 1979, in Ethiopia in the mid-80s & beginning in Bosnia in the 90s, humanitarian assistance saved lives but also provided warlords with currency to expand conflict."

Depleted Uranium FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation http://www.cbc.ca/news/indepth/background/du.html .  Also Veterans misled about depleted uranium poisoning, say experts - article from CBC News Online, November 14, 2001.

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) Desert Storm - Combat or Execution? - a comprehensive historical document listing the main events of the Gulf War. By presenting details of the atrocities of the civilized "First World" against a "Third-World" country - which had the misfortune to be governed by an admittedly aggressive dictator - the author, with her comments and appeals, endeavors to inspire readers worldwide to intelligently oppose war as a means of addressing international or regional conflicts.  Author:  Maria Seferou  
Details:  NSBN#: 0030-00186-00. This book is published in electronic forms. Available also on CD-Rom. Cost:  $5.02. CONTACT:  See website www.nospine.com

Design for a Better World. Author - Dr. Hanna Newcombe. Publisher - University Press of America, 1983. Unrated.

Between January 22 and May 01, 2003, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham invited Canadians to participate in A Dialogue on Foreign Policy.   The Minister has now released a "Report to Canadians" summarizing the views citizens expressed about their priorities and concerns for Canada's engagement with the world. The final report is located at www.foreign-policy-dialogue.ca/en/final_report/

Book -"Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most", by the Harvard Negotiation Project.  You can buy the book for $11.20 at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/014028852X/002-6059897-9091241?v=glance . 
I look forward to your thoughts and additional suggestions on this.  I am most interested because peacebuilders and peace educators are always having a difficult conversation.  I am hopeful that we can develop a model for peacebuilding to help us work through the various difficult conversations that must take place.  Please provide feedback to Bob Stewart at stewartr [at] peace.ca

Risk of Radioactive "Dirty Bomb" Growing - (New Scientist - June 2, 2004) The risk of somebody somewhere triggering a radioactive "dirty bomb" is growing, evidence gathered by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency suggests. The IAEA's records show a dramatic rise in the level of smuggling of radiological materials, defined as radioactive sources that could be used in dirty bombs but not nuclear bombs. Smugglers target the radioactive materials used in factories, hospitals and research laboratories, which are not guarded as securely as those used by the nuclear industry. http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99995061

Doctors Without Borders – (Washington Monthly – April 2004) For the past two decades, medical research has been quietly corrupted by cash from private industry. Most doctors and academic researchers aren’t corrupt in the sense of intending to defraud the public or harm patients, but rather are guilty of allowing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to manipulate medical science through financial relationships. There is a problem when academic research is funded by pharmaceutical companies, or when doctors own stock in drug and biotech companies. These entanglements indicate that studies published in influential scientific journals are increasingly likely to be designed, controlled, and sometimes even ghost-written by marketing departments rather than academic scientists.  http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2004/0404.brownlee.html

"Doing Democracy: The MAP Model For Organizing Social Movements" by Bill Moyer, which brilliantly analyzes the stages that nonviolent social movements go through and the roles various actors play in how all that unfolds.... Extremely thought-provoking. http://www.newsociety.com/ttl.html

Dynamic Facilitation for Group Transformation by Tree Bressen, http://www.co-intelligence.org/dynamicfacilitationGT.html     This article describes 'dynamic facilitation', one of many processes which facilitate collaborative problem solving in non-homogeneous groups.

DAVE ABERNETHY'S "THE DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL DOMINANCE, European Overseas Empires, 1415-1980"   (2000  Yale Univ Press, ISBN 300 07304-6) develops a model of 5 phases of global colonization (expansion) & decolonization (contraction), synthesizing causes & effects across continents & time.  He describes root causes that account for when independence movements reached maturity, often after wars between empires, & secondarily after independence efforts in neighboring lands (via a 'demonstration effect.').  For example, "Independence for the United states & India had far-reaching observation effects, emboldening people elsewhere to act once they could point to real examples of political change."  In the 20th century, "defenders of overseas empires were placed ideologically & morally on the defensive.  As each new state entered the United Nations, the organization became a forum for anti-colonial lobbying...It hastened the Dutch departure from Indonesia," (for example).  Abernethy cautions against treating colonialism as a singular event, but summarizes its benefits and costs,  including, "the translatlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, forced labor, sexual exploitation - should not be forgotten or excused.  The forests of the Amazon & Congo basins were killing fields, as were the Banda islands & Tasmania & lands inhabited by Araucanians, Pequots & Hereros. "

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E-Conflict™  World Encyclopedia - "Eradicate Conflict by Increasing Cultural Awareness" web site http://www.emulateme.com/   Country information from around the world.  A resource for business, tourists, students and teachers.   The Internet's best source of country data!

E-Seminars in nonviolence - Taught by Professor Dennis Dalton, Columbia University: Nonviolent Power In Action
 Seminar I - Gandhi: Discovering the Power of Nonviolence http://ci.columbia.edu/ci/eseminars/1301_detail.html 
Seminar II - Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Gandhi http://ci.columbia.edu/ci/eseminars/1302_detail.html
Seminar III - Gandhi's Disciples http://ci.columbia.edu/ci/eseminars/1303_detail.html

Educating for a peaceful future
.  Smith, D.C. & Carson, T.R. (1998). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Kagan and Woo.

EDUCATING TOWARDS A CULTURE OF PEACE - A Select Bibliography Focusing on the Last 25 Years, compiled by ÅKE BJERSTEDT, School of Education, Malmö University - SE-205 06 Malmö, Sweden; phone: +46-40-6657000; 6658365; fax: +46-40-6658210.  389 pages, in pdf format at http://www.lut.mah.se/pedinst/english/luakbe1.pdf .  Today peace and conflict education is increasingly seen as an important task for schools. Books, articles and reports, directly or indirectly relevant for this area, are very heterogeneous in kind and have been published in a broad range of sources, often outside mainstream education. Hence, it is difficult to get an integrated view of the materials existing in this area.  For this reason, a select bibliography seemed to be useful. Its major focus is on books, articles and reports in English, German and the Scandinavian languages published in the last 25 years.  Contents: Introductory Comments; List A: Monographs and Collections of Papers on Peace and Conflict Education; List B: Articles on Peace and Conflict Education; List C: Peace and Conflict Education Aids: Students´ Materials and Teachers´ Guides; List D: Publications on Internationalization, International Understanding, Global Perspectives, World Citizen
Responsibility, Future Preparedness etc.; List E: Publications on Multicultural Education and Related Areas (Bias Awareness, Tolerance etc.); List F: Peace/War Issues from a Psychological Perspective; List G: More General Issues of Peace and Violence: Peace Research, Peace Work etc. 

Education as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schools. Kenneth J. Saltman & David A. Gabbard, Editors. RoutledgeFalmer,  332 pp., $55  2003.  (Book review provided courtesy of Peter Curtis, with thanks). 

Education for Peace. Testimonies from World Religions. Editors - Haim Gordon and Leonard Grob. Publisher - Orbis Books. 1987. ISBN 0-88344-359-7. Unrated.

Part 1. Introduction
Part 2. Witnessing for Peace
Part 3. Peacemaking In Action

"Educating Towards a Culture of Peace: A Select Bibliography Foucusing on the Last 25 Years" (389 pages).  Dear fellow peace educators: Several of you know that I have been working on a peace education bibliography for some time. The work is now finished, and the bibliography is available. Some further information notes on this bibliography follow. Ake Bjerstedt, Malmo, Sweden  DISTRIBUTED BY: School of Education (att. T. Hallstrom), SE-205 06 Malmo, Sweden, Fax: +46-40-6658210; E-mail: thomas.hallstrom@lut.mah.se . COST: 16 U.S. dollars or 160 Swedish crowns, Postage is added; please indicate economy (slow) or priority (quick) mail.  LIST OF CONTENTS: Introductory Comments (p. 5); List A: Monographs and Collections of Papers on Peace and Conflict Education (p.11); List B: Articles on Peace and Conflict Education (p. 101); List C: Peace and Conflict Aids: Students' Materials and Teachers' Guides (p. 187); List D: Publications on Internationalization, International Understanding, Global Perspectives, World Citizen Responsibility, Future Preparedness etc. (p. 223); List E: Publications on Multicultural Education and Related Areas (Bias Awareness, Tolerance etc) (p. 247); List F: Peace/War Issues from a Psychological Perspective (p. 281); List G: More General Issues of Peace and Violence: Peace Research, Peace Work etc. (p. 351).  FOCUS: The major focus is on books, articles and reports in English, German and the Scandinavian languages published in the last 25 years. (To some
extent, however, publications in other languages and from other time periods are also included.)  INTERNET VERSION
A copy has been posted on the Internet. You can reach it via http://www.lut.mah.se/pedinst/english

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)GLOBAL: EMPLOYMENT TRENDS FOR WOMEN 2004 http://kilm.ilo.org/GET2004/DOWNLOAD/trendsw.pdf Women still face higher unemployment rates, receive lower wages than men and represent 60 per cent of the world's 550 million working poor, according to the findings of a new report. The report examines global employment trends for women. It asks whether the fact that women increasingly enter the labour market really means that the gap between male and female participation is closing; whether women who look for work are successful in finding it; and if women do find work, what are the typical characteristics of female work compared to that of male counterparts?

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Encyclopedia of Terrorism - Harvey W. Kushner - 552 pages, $99.95, ISBN: 0761924086.  "This outstanding work on terrorism accomplishes something that no other book has. The Encyclopedia of Terrorism is not only comprehensive, but accessible and brilliantly organized. It is the most important reference piece available, on the most compelling topic of our times, written by the foremost no-nonsense expert in the business. A must read for citizen and practitioner alike." --Professor Brian Levin, Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino. For more information or to place an order, please visit www.sagepub.com or call (800) 818-2473.

End of the Peace Process : Oslo and After ~Edward W. Said, Pantheon Books, Hardcover - April 2000, US List Price: $27.50

An Energy Field More Intense Than War : The Nonviolent Tradition and American Literature (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution) ~Michael True, Syracuse University Press, Paperback - November 1995, US List Price: $19.95

Environment, Scarcity, and Violence by Thomas F. Homer-Dixon.  Cloth | 1999 | $32.50 / £21.00; 280 pp. | 6 x 9 | 17 line illus.; ISBN 0-691-02794-3; order from Princeton University Publishing web site:  http://pup.princeton.edu/titles/6640.html .  The Earth's human population is expected to pass eight billion by the year 2025, while rapid growth in the global economy will spur ever increasing demands for natural resources. The world will consequently face growing scarcities of such vital renewable resources as cropland, fresh water, and forests. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues in this sobering book that these environmental scarcities will have profound social consequences--contributing to insurrections, ethnic clashes, urban unrest, and other forms of civil violence, especially in the developing world.  Homer-Dixon synthesizes work from a wide range of international research projects to develop a detailed model of the sources of environmental scarcity. He refers to water shortages in China, population growth in sub-Saharan Africa, and land distribution in Mexico, for example, to show that scarcities stem from the degradation and depletion of renewable resources, the increased demand for these resources, and/or their unequal distribution. He shows that these scarcities can lead to deepened poverty, large-scale migrations, sharpened social cleavages, and weakened institutions. And he describes the kinds of violence that can result from these social effects, arguing that conflicts in Chiapas, Mexico and ongoing turmoil in many African and Asian countries, for instance, are already partly a consequence of scarcity. Homer-Dixon is careful to point out that the effects of environmental scarcity are indirect and act in combination with other social, political, and economic stresses. He also acknowledges that human ingenuity can reduce the likelihood of conflict, particularly in countries with efficient markets, capable states, and an educated populace. But he argues that the violent consequences of scarcity should not be underestimated--especially when about half the world's population depends directly on local renewables for their day-to-day well-being. In the next decades, he writes, growing scarcities will affect billions of people with unprecedented severity and at an unparalleled scale and pace. Clearly written and forcefully argued, this book will become the standard work on the complex relationship between environmental scarcities and human violence. Thomas F. Homer-Dixon is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Environmental Scarcity and Global Security and the forthcoming book The Ingenuity Gap. Review: "[The book's] assertion that violence and the environment may be linked, and its conclusion that most big developing countries appear to be hurtling toward more internal conflict, are too important and intriguing to be left to an academic audience."--John Stackhouse, Toronto Globe and Mail.  Endorsement: "This is an important book. Homer-Dixon moves the arguments about environmental scarcity and violent conflict forward a big step. I doubt if much will be written about the subjects in the next ten years that does not build on it, follow out some of its leads, or try to refute it."--Robert Jervis, Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

An essay on Women and Peacebuilding by Dyan Mazurana and Susan McKay of the University of Wyoming has recently been published by ICHRDD.  The book is available in English and French for $10/copy.  Contact ICHRDD at ichrdd@ichrdd.ca or visit the web site www.ichrdd.ca.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION COMMUNICATION ON CONFLICT PREVENTION - On 11th April 2001, the European Commission adopted a 'Communication on Conflict Prevention'. This document contains a comprehensive review of all the recent initiatives undertaken by the Community to promote peace and stability. The communication proposes a consolidated and realistic approach
of the EU to conflict prevention. It recommends a series of concrete proposals in order to gain more from Community actions and programmes with the aim to improve the integration of conflict prevention objectives into the EU's external action.  For more information, see:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/cfsp/news/ip_01_560_en.htm

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS An Online Teaching Pack -
http://press.coe.int/Files/RelPub/FactSheetsDH/e_intro.htm - The educational fact sheets "The European Convention on Human Rights - Starting Points for teachers" are now available in both English and French on the Council of Europe website:
Contact: Olivia.CONRAD@coe.int


Europe in the Balance : Securing the Peace Won in the Cold War ~Christoph Bertram, Brookings Institution Press, Paperback - October 1995, US List Price: $12.95

Exploring Global Conflict http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/CIS/conflict.html .   This online resource guide was developed by the Center for International Studies last summer for area educators.  The guide, entitled "Exploring Global Conflict" features over 175 links related to conflict, peace, current news sources, human rights and humanitarian aid, educational resources, as well as information related to specific conflicts around the world including:  Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Great Lakes region in Africa, and the former Yugoslavia.  Every effort was made to provide information from all perspectives.  

Extreme Weather Will Kill Millions – (Common Dreams News Center – September 7, 2004) Millions of people across the globe are set to die early due to extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves caused by climate change, said a British scientist. Professor Mike Pilling cited the heat wave in Europe last year that killed thousands of people from a combination of heat exhaustion and an increase in atmospheric pollution. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0907-05.htm

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Federation of American Scientists: The Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists - The United States is the source of half of all weapons exports in the 1990s.  Often to repressive regimes around the world.  The Arms Trade Revealed provides the details, and what citizens can do to affect that deadly trade. http://www.fas.org/asmp/library/handbook/cover.html

No compromising or rationalizing is in the pages of A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War II Tell Their Stories, edited by Larry Gara and Lenna Mae Gara (Kent State Univ., $28). In this collection, 10 conscientious objectors to military violence explain why they defied the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940. Knowingly, they took the consequences of declining the invitation to kill for their country: stretches of two to five years in federal prisons. While there, several went on hunger strikes to protest unjust prison rules, including dining hall racial segregation.  The 10 essays are reflective and gracefully written remembrances of men who, guided by informed consciences, can rightly claim to be called the other greatest generation. In all, some 6,000 war resisters were jailed, including poet Robert Lowell and novelist J.F. Powers.  "We knew our actions would not stop the war," writes co-editor Larry Gara, who rounded up nine others for this collection. "Though the bombings of London, Dresden, and Hiroshima horrified us, and we saw nothing but terrible evil in the Nazi regime, we did not think that killing German and Japanese civilians was the answer. . . . Our witness was against conscription and war itself, not against members of the armed forces."  Who inspired these inspirational men? Some had faith-centered Mennonite, Quaker or Unitarian childhoods. Others had embraced the peace teachings of A.J. Muste, Ammon Hennacy, Jeannette Rankin and Evan Thomas (the brother of Norman Thomas). Some, like David Dellinger, were divinity school students with automatic draft exemptions who nonetheless chose prison over privilege.  Now in their late seventies and early eighties, all 10 resisters remain firm in the ideals of their youth. Lawrence Templin, who became an English professor at Bluffton College in Ohio, voices a sentiment common to the essays: "I believe in nonviolence as a weapon against evil and injustice in the world, a weapon which has rarely been tried so far. As a pacifist I believe that war is tragically wrong -- tragically because it is so often conceived to be a just war by the participants on both sides, but which results in unintended injustice and suffering on both sides." (Review by Colman McCarthy, Washington Post)

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) A Field Guide for Citizen Weapons Inspections: www.cwit.org(Ottawa) A new website was launched today to encourage people to take action to abolish weapons.  By visiting www.cwit.org, citizens can learn how to organize their own "citizen weapons inspection teams" to challenge military bases, corporate facilities, weapons labs and other facilities involved in producing and storing WMDs. "We hope that www.cwit.org will inspire people to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction," said Steven Staples of the Polaris Institute, a researcher and activist who has participated in previous citizen weapons inspections.  Across the United States and around the world, citizen groups have been requesting inspections of local military installations, similar to the UN weapons inspections. All requests to inspect these sites have so far been denied.  Included on www.cwit.org are resources to assist citizens in organizing inspections, and to learn from the experience of others: 1) a five-minute video of an actual citizen inspection of a U.S. nuclear submarine base 2) links to resources on weapons of mass destruction and their locations around the world 3) a step-by-step guide to organize a citizen weapons inspection 4) an interactive message board for activists to share information and experiences. Steven Staples, Director of Project on the Corporate-Security State, Polaris Institute 312 Cooper Street Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 0G7, CANADA : t. 613 237-1717 x107 c. 613 290-2695 f. 613 237-3359 e. steven_staples@on.aibn.com
www.polarisinstitute.org

For more than 25 years, Films for the Humanities & Sciences has been providing educators with the finest in educational media. Our editorial board chooses each program on the basis of the importance of its subject, the quality of its production, and its relevance as an instructional aid. The result is a collection of the best work of the world’s preeminent filmmakers. Our more than 7,000 video, CD-ROM, and videodisc programs cover a broad range of subject areas appropriate for schools, colleges, and public libraries. Nowhere else will you find both the breadth and the depth represented in this collection—and these programs are available with public performance rights only from Films for the Humanities & Sciences.  Go to the web site at http://www.films.com and search for videos on peace and/or its subtopics.  Films for the Humanities & Sciences, P.O. Box 2053 · Princeton, NJ · 08543-2053; Phone: 800-257-5126 · Fax: 609-275-3767; Email To: custserv@films.com  

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) A new film produced by Messenger Films and former N.B.A All Star A.C. Green, Integrity Media, has just been released. The film deals with racial differences in South Africa during the apartheid era. The movie, "Final Solution," is based on a true story, and has been nominated and won various awards throughout the duration of its release. During black history month the film will be premiered on local P.B.S stations throughout the United States. P.B.S Stations in Tampa Bay FL, Boston MA, Los Angles CA, Wichita KS, AND Minneapolis MN, have already premiered the film and the response has been very positive. On March 6th 2003 the film will be airing in Washington, DC. We believe that Final Solution focuses on an important part of African history. Attached is a press kit with further information regarding this powerful film. If you would be interested in obtaining more information please visit the website at www.finalsolution-themovie.com/media, or feel free to contact myself by e-mail at brad@crownvideo.com or by phone at our toll free number at 1-800-661-9467 so that we may send you a screener copy immediately.  Brad Mix,
Final Solution, www.finalsolution-themovie.com

  For the Common Good : Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future by Herman E. Daly, John B., Jr. Cobb (Contributor), Clifford W. Cobb (Designer).  Daly (economist, the World Bank) and Cobb (philosophy, Claremont Graduate School) expose the outmoded abstractions of mainstream economic theory. They conclude, in particular, that economic growth--the prevailing yardstick for measuring economic success--is no longer an appropriate goal as energy consumption, overpopulation, and pollution increase. Instead, they propose a new measure for the economy--the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare. For a critique of the book:  http://www.2think.org/ftcg.shtml ; to read more: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807047058/rpcman/103-9097528-9312612

A Force More Powerful : A Century of Nonviolent Conflict ~Jack Duvall, et al, St. Martin's Press, Hardcover - September 2000, US List Price: $29.95   "A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict" - It is six 30 minute segments showing how, during a century of extreme violence, millions chose to battle the forces of brutality and oppression with nonviolent weapons and won.  Click on the link to read about a special free offer from the publishers

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)FORCED LABOUR IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Anti-Slavery - (ISBN: 0 9009 18 50 0) Aims to raise awareness of the widespread practise of forced labour and encourage trade unions, non-governmental organisations, policy makers and members of the public to contribute in whatever way is most appropriate to eliminating this practice. Millions of people around the world are made to work against their will. Where forced labour is used, a range of associated human right abuses frequently takes place, including rape, torture and murder. For these reasons, Anti-Slavery has been working with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to produce a report that highlights some of the main ways in which forced labour manifests itself intentionally, including such forms of slavery as bonded labour, trafficking and child labour. References are made to some of the most relevant human rights standards in order to explain what conditions of exploitative labour practices can be described as forced labour. Case studies illustrate the circumstances in which forced labour occurs and in which countries; examples of governments' failure to take effective action; as well as indicating that measures can be taken to stop the use of forced labour. Cost: #2.50 (plus #1.25 postage and packing UK, #2.25 EU and #3.25 rest of the world. For further information, or to order see the Anti-Slavery website at: www.antislavery.org (under 'Resources'), email: b.smaga@antislavery.org , tel: +44 (0)20 7501 8922 or fax: +44 (0)20 7738 4110.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation:  Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict Transformation - This book is based on a conference held at Harvard University in October 1999 sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.  It deals with theology, public policy, pyschological and social theory, and social policy implementations of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Contributors include: Andrea Bartoli (Coexistence Network Partner), Donna Hicks, John Paul Lederach, and Desmond Tutu. Organization:  Boston Theological Institute. Editors:  Raymond G. Helmick, SJ, and Rodney L. Petersen. Details:  Templeton Foundation Press, 2001. Cost:  $35 (hard cover). CONTACT:  Boston Theological Institute, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, USA. T: 1-617-527 4880, F: 1-617-527 1073; Email: mainoffice@bostontheological.org, Website: www.bostontheological.org 

'FREE' COMPUTERS FOR OVERSEAS PROJECT PARTNERS - Computer Aid International will supply 'free' computers to your overseas project partners. 

Freedom, Democracy, Peace; Power, Democide, and War HOME PAGE by Rudolph J. Rummel- http://www2.hawaii.edu/~rummel/welcome.html  It is true that democratic freedom is an engine of economic development and welfare. Hardly known, however, is that freedom also saves millions of lives from war, collective violence, and democide (genocide and mass murder). That is, the more freedom, the less violence. Conversely, the more power at the center, the more violence. In short: power kills. The purpose of this web site, then, is to make as widely available as possible my theory, work, results, and data that empirically and historically, quantitatively and qualitatively, support this conclusion about freedom. This is to invite their use, replication, and critical evaluation, and thereby to advance our knowledge of and confidence in freedom--in liberal democracy.   UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT AND WAR online at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~rummel/NOTE10.HTM 

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) New publications, Freedom from Fear: Canada's Foreign Policy for Human Security and Report on Canada's Human Security Program (2000-01 and 2001-02). Both publications outline Canadian government initiatives, projects and funding with respect to Canada's human security agenda. They are available in PDF format using the following links: http://www.humansecurity.gc.ca/pdf/freedom_from_fear-en.pdf and http://www.humansecurity.gc.ca/pdf/report_hsp_00-02-en.pdf .  Canada is currently devoting $50 million over five years towards its Human Security Program, created in June 2000. This program focuses on the protection of people from threats to their safety, rights and lives and has contributed to over 300 projects in Canada and internationally.  For further details on Canada's Human Security Program and related issues, feel free to consult the web site: www.humansecurity.gc.ca .  Should you wish to receive further materials on human security, please contact Trina Lasch, Communications Officer at (613-944-3004) or by email:  trina.lasch@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Friendly Fire - Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba By David Ruppe— In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

 

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From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace; 1997 / ISBN 92-3-103290-9 / Paperback / 275pp / $48.00 Through this volume, UNESCO aims to further reflection on the major challenge facing the international community today: how to replace the existing culture of violence with a culture of peace. This volume presents contributions by eminent peace researchers, philosophers, jurists and educators on the multiple facets of a culture of peace. The contributors underline the universal nature of a culture of peace - some delve into its very concept, others analyse the manner in which it is achieved; others concentrate on the global endeavour to which UNESCO is dedicated.

From the Ground Up:  Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding.

From Protagonist to Pragmatist: Political Leadership in Societies in Transition - This report explores issues and challenges surrounding political leadership in societies in transition, focusing specifically on Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa.  The main aim of the study is to highlight the role that political leaders play and the ways in which their roles change, in countries moving from intense violence to the pains of reconciliation and confidence-building.  It also aims to provide a better theoretical understanding of the role of political leadership in divided societies and to provides policy makers and practitioners with the insight needed to deal with political leaders on a day-to-day basis.  Organization:  The Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE).  Details:  Available on website.  For final research report and/or summary contact organization. 
CONTACT:  Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Research Officer, INCORE, Aberfoyle House, Northland Road, Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7JA, UK.  T: 44-(0)28-7137 5505, F: 44-(0)28-7137 5510; Email: cgormley@incore.ulst.ac.uk, Website: www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/home/research/ongoing/leadership.html

Books about our Future World - see http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-subject=Future%20Studies

 





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