26 June: International Day Against Torture.

Featured Image: Painting in museum DPRK. By AgainErick, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Torture has a bad name among the police and security agencies of most countries. Thus torture is usually called by other names.  Even violent husbands do not
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U.N. General Assembly: Can It Provide the Needed Global Leadership?

Featured Image by Basil D Soufi, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons 27 Sep 2019 – The international relations specialist Stanley Hoffmann once quipped: “Goals are easy to describe. What matters more is a strategy for reaching them.”  The United Nations through
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Robert Trent Vinson. Albert Luthuli.

Featured Picture: JRamatsui, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons (Athens, OH:  Ohio University Press, 2018) As Robert Vinson highlights “When Albert Luthuli;  president of the African National Congress (ANC).  South Africa’s leading anti apartheid organization;  became the first African-born recipe ant
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David Cortright Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 376pp.) David Cortright;  Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies;  and an activist especially on nuclear arms issues;  has set out a clear and up-to-date
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David W. Augsburger. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures : Pathways and Patterns.

Photo by Charl Folscher on Unsplash. (Louisville KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992, 310pp). John Paul Lederach tells the story of one of his intercultural mediation workshops in Panama where:  “someone said that mediators were like guides leading people through complexities. The image
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Nicosia Beyond Barriers. Voices From A Divided City

A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace), FAL, Alev Adil, Aydin Mehmet Ali, Bahriye Kemal, Maria Petrides (Eds.) (London: Saqi Books, 2019, 249pp.) Negotiations on the future of Cyprus encouraged by the United Nations remain deadlocked.  There is on the one hand a largely Greek-led Cyprus which
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Building Stronger Conflict Prevention Networks.

Photo by TheAndrasBarta in Pixabay  By Rene Wadlow. As we reflect on current armed conflicts;  on which the Association of World Citizens has proposed measures for conflict resolution: – Nagorno-Karabakh, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine-Donetsk-Lougansk- Russia – we ask ourselves if we are to be
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That Cooler Heads May Prevail.

Photo by Devanath in Pixabay  Vijay Mehta. When the drums of war start beating;  can cooler heads prevail and negotiations in good faith start?.  Vijay Mehta has written a useful overview of efforts to create a Department of Peace;  within governments so that
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Michelle Jurkovich. Feeding the Hungry: Advocacy and Blame in the Global Fight Against Hunger.

Photo by Steve Knutson on Unsplash. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020, 169pp) The Association of World Citizens has taken a lead in the promotion of a coordinated world food policy; with an emphasis on the small-scale farmer and a new awareness that humans are part
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Narges Bajoghli. Iran Re-Framed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.

(Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019). The title of this valuable book comes from the vocabulary of film and video making when images are “reframed”; to tell a different or additional story than when the images were first made.  The book is
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