#Peace

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

These 9 People Definitely Won't Win The Nobel Peace Prize...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, with conflict taking place across almost every continent, should probably be no-one. And when the pre...

With Food as a Common Denominator, an American Is Welcomed in Iran

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Farmers have little to cheer about; politicians even less. But, when an American can evoke an explosion of applause from Iran's most elite agricultural researchers at the suggestion that all of mankind is capable of standing together to address common challenges, the possibilities for a more peaceful world becomes limitless.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott M. Weber

"If we exist, it is because society has failed..." a prominent gang leader in Central America told me as we discussed why the "Maras" (a slang word for gang) are so important in the lives of young people today. "We're their family", he told me with pride.

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

Missouri, a Wake Up Call to Create a New Story

Jeremy Wickremer | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Jeremy Wickremer

The events in Missouri are a wake up call. The nation is not yet at peace. There is fear and conflict in our minds whose path always leads to destruction. When we transform this to peace and compassion the path leads to creativity and connection.

Why No One Likes an Activist

Emma Letessier | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Emma Letessier

While I'm all for being passionate and championing a cause, I also believe it must be said that along with any kind of activism must come a strong sense of peace and love.

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy (Part 2)

Noam Schimmel | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

We live, by and large, in the aggregate, in a permanent state of empathy deficit. If empathy were a more common value there would be less violence and discrimination in the world, both structurally in collective ways and interpersonally, individually.

When the World Goes Made

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

You will change your life if you begin to see where you are doing what you complain about in the world. Sure it is a smaller version than a full-blown war but it is a war never the less. Stop the inner war and you start a revolution.

Poorna Bell

What I've Learned By My Mid-Thirties (Including The Joy Of Missing Out)

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

My entire twenties, like almost every other person, were lived with an utterly responsibility-free attitude. So much so, that Shaggy's song 'It Wasn't...

Why I'm Pro-Israeli AND Pro-Palestinian

Lliana Bird | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Lliana Bird

Eslam wrote back to my sister in tears. She saw that yes, Israelis are human too! That they are shown the same images as she is. That no one hates her for simply being a Palestinian. That there are people out there who really care for her and her safety. And most of all that there is a chance for peace. She was overwhelmed by all of our love for her. And I decided that this article would instead be dedicated to her. To her strength, and that of all those on BOTH "sides of the fence" who question what they are told, acknowledge that we are all in fact the same, and reach out to each other with hope for peace for ALL.

Kindness: An International Value

Georgina Jones | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

family and friends but also to unite strangers through a value that can be included in every aspect of life. Kind acts do not have to be newsworthy to involve a positive chain and this effect is often present in everyday kindness we see and do like helping a stranger carry their luggage upstairs.

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

James Snell | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a tear to my eye.

The Right Place to Live - Forever or for Now

Anna Roth | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

You know that feeling you get when you first enter a place and you know you've come home? When we find the right place to live, it gives us a sense of peace and enjoyment. Somehow everything just feels right.

Lets Use Harmony as a Tool for Peace

Marsha Nuriya Lee | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Marsha Nuriya Lee

One busy day the phone rang and I was asked to help with a film about a musician named Branislaw Huberman. I was too busy to help. That is,until I was told his story. And that was my entrance into the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra world and why I agreed to lead the British Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

India Aims for Economic Growth on Top of a Volcano

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Last week I was in India on the historic day that Mr. Narendra Modi took oath as the new prime minister of the country during a spectacular ceremony, ...

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Racism and Xenophobia in Our Age

Barry Navarro | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barry Navarro

In times of austerity and economic crisis, the most vulnerable members of society are often scapegoated. Inflammatory and divisive rhetoric about issues such as migration is increasing, which can fuel tensions between communities.

Lighting the Candle: Why the World Needs Good News in Order to Understand the Bad

Clare Finney | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

It was the worst natural disaster there in two decades. That, in a country where natural and human disasters seem the norm, is saying something - yet in a way that's part of the problem: so accustomed are we today to the view of Afghans as victims, it's becoming difficult to hear stories like that of Aab Barik and still be moved.