Denis de Rougemont (1906-1985), The Future is within us.

By Dr. Rene Wadlow. Self-government will be; first of all; the art of getting people to meddle in things which concern them.  It will soon call for the skill of challenging once again; decisions which concern them; and which have been taken
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Dag Hammarskjold. Crisis Manager and Longer-Range World Community Builder .

Dag Hammarskjold (29 July 1905 -18 September 1961). You wake from dreams of doom and −for a moment− you know: beyond  all the noise and the gestures, the only real thing, love’s calm unwavering flame in the half-light of an early dawn.
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Nadar Hashemi and Danny Postel (Eds). The Syria Dilemma.

(Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013) What should and should not do the international community in response to the current Syrian crisis? What is our responsibility in nongovernmental organizations and international grassroots movements? Would “humanitarian intervention” be helpful to Syrians?  These are
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Simone Panter-Brick Gandhi and Nationalism.

The Path to Indian Independence (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012, 225pp)Simone Panter-Brick Simone Panter-Brick had written two earlier books on Mahatma Gandhi: Gandhi against Machiavellism: Non-violence in Politics and Gandhi and the Middle East. Here, in a book written just before her death,
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Yemen and World Law: Building from Current Violations.

“Shall we not learn from life its laws, dynamics, balances?  Learn to base our needs not on death, destruction, waste, but renewal?”— Nancy Newhall On 16 April 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed S.J. Resolution 7 to withdraw U.S. support for the
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A Step Forward in the U.N.’s Efforts Against Rape as a Weapon of War.

On Tuesday, 23 April 2019, the United Nations Security Council voted resolution N° 2467 concerning the use of rape as a weapon in times of armed conflict.  This resolution builds on an earlier resolution of 24 June 2013 which called for the complete
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Wendell L. Willkie: One World Citizenship

Wendell Willkie, (1892-1944) was one of those shooting-star figures that occasionally cross the sky of the United States, a corporation lawyer known to the few concerned with corporation law as the able defender of big business, especially power and light companies against
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Rex Tugwell: Planning and Action for Rural Reconstruction.

Back to Nature As world-wide climate change has made the issues of land use, water, desertification, and land reform vital issues, it is useful to recall the contributions of Rexford Tugwell . Rex Tugwell (1891 – 1979 )  active in the world
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Oliver P. Richmond and Henry F. Carey (Eds); Subcontracting Peace.

The Challenges of the NGO Peacebuilding (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2005, 267pp.) As Kim Reinann writes in this useful overview of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the peacebuilding field “In the past two decades, the number and influence of NGOs has grown dramatically, leading
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Arnold Toynbee: A World Citizens view of challenge and response.

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
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