Saturday, 11 February 2012

Gene Sharp: “suicidal” for Syrians to use weapons

Filed under: Middle East,Nonviolence,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:11 PDT

Gene Sharp, whose writings have been credited with inspiring those behind the Arab Spring, tells Channel 4 News it is “suicidal” for Syrian protesters to fight the government’s army with weapons.

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True democracy in Burma?

Filed under: Myanmar — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:10 PDT

These days, the media is full of upbeat reports about all the changes taking place in Myanmar (Burma). It is true that the government in Burma has undertaken certain reforms.

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Bangkok: Rotary World Peace Symposium | 3-5 May 2012 | Registration deadline 1 March 2012

Filed under: Conferences, Events — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:29 PDT
Thursday, 1 March 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012 to Saturday, 5 May 2012

Rotary World Peace Symposium

Thursday-Saturday, 3-5 May
Impact Exhibition & Convention Center

This event will allow Rotarians, Rotary Peace Fellows, and alumni to take part in a dialogue on peace-building and to learn how political, economic, and ethnic forces can work for — or against — conflict resolution. Get up-to-date information from experts in the field, and learn practical skills from peace practitioners.

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Former Sudanese child soldier to speak at Rotary peace symposium

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,Human Rights,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:21 PDT

Emmanuel Jal has an extraordinary story to tell. A former child soldier in Sudan, Jal is now a hip-hop artist, author, and actor, as well as a spokesperson for Amnesty International and Oxfam. He also has worked on behalf of Save the Children, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, and Christian Aid.

“I believe I have survived for a reason: to tell my story and touch lives,” Jal says. “If I testify, I might prevent another kid from losing his childhood.”

Jal will share his experiences as a featured speaker at the Rotary World Peace Symposium [pdf] in Bangkok, Thailand. The symposium, together with the Rotary Alumni Celebration, will be held 3-5 May…

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