U. N. Day: Strengthening and Reforming.

By René Wadlow. October 24 is United Nations (U. N.) Day;  marking the day when there were enough ratifications;  including those of the five permanent members of the proposed Security Council for the U. N. Charter to come into force. It is
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Nagorno-Karabakh: A Phantom Republic Takes Center Stage

From bitter searching of the heartQuickened with passion and with painWe rise to play a greater part.This is the faith from which we startMen shall know commonwealth againFrom bitter searching of the heart.— Frank Scott (1899-1985) 9 Oct 2020 – The Phantom Republics; 
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Strategic Nonviolent Struggle Spreads

By Rene Wadlow. “In the face of felt oppression;  strategic nonviolent struggle can become a viable alternative both to violence and also to passive submission.  You have to learn as much about nonviolent struggle as possible; know your own situation as well
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Reignited Armed Conflict Between Armenia and Azerbaijan: Could Violence Spread?.

On 27 September 2020;  military forces from Azerbaijan moved into six villages held by Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh area.  The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pachinian in a television broadcast warned that the two countries were “on the edge of war
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Citizens of the World Diplomacy.

“The crisis today in human affairs is represented not by the absence of human capacity, but by the failure to recognize that the capacity exists. What gives hope its power is the release of human energies generated by the longing for something
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Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development.

Johan Pottier, Alan Bicher, Paul Sillitoe (Eds). (London: Pluto Press, 2003, 332 pp.) Dario Novellino;  sets out clearly the framework of this collection of anthropological essays;  on the role of local knowledge in conditions of social change. “While the involvement of local
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Religious Liberty: Continuing Efforts by NGOs Needed.

by Rene Wadlow. 22 August has been set by the United Nations General Assembly as the “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief”. Due to Nazi and Japanese militarist persecution of religious groups during the
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That Cooler Heads May Prevail.

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 there would be an
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