International Humanitarian Law, Constant Challenges, NGO Responses by Rene Wadlow

​ 12 August is the anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.  The 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law.  The Geneva Conventions, are also often called the Red Cross Conventions as the International Committee of the Red Cross is the institution which is to promote and protect the...

Once A Symbol Of Freedom, Sudan’s Pop Radio Station Has Fallen Almost Silent

Enlarge this image When Omar al-Bashir was ousted from the Sudanese presidency in April of 2019, there was an explosion of new culture in Sudan. In a country under strict Islamic law, suddenly, graffiti appeared on walls. Music of all kinds blasted from speakers. Men and women commingled openly at a protest camp in front of military headquarters. Standing as...

Danilo Dolci: Development and Opposition to the Oppression of the Mafia by Rene Wadlow

Danilo Dolci (1925-1997) whose birth anniversary we note on 28 June, was active in the movement for world citizenship and deeply influenced by the non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi.  He was often called “The Gandhi of Sicily”.   In 1952, Danilo Dolci went to live in a small, very poor town of western Sicily.  The towns-people watched him and wondered why an...

Documentary on political – art persecution to premiere in Kampala By Gabriel Buule

Courtesy photo of Cranes band where Gitta was a member The tendency of politics falling into collision with the creative art industry didn’t start yesterday that even-though pundits assume that the banning of artiste Bobi Wine’s concert is the genesis of art-political persecution, similar incidences have always been reflected from the days of Idi Amin Dada that saw artistes like...

Aime Cesaire: (1913 – 2008) A Black Orpheus by Rene Wadlow

My negritude is not a stone, nor deafness flung out against the clamour of the day my negritude is not a white speck of dead water on the dead eye of the earth my negritude is neither tower nor cathedral. Return to My Native Land  Aimé Césaire, whose birth anniversary we note on 26 June, was a Matinique poet and...

Nonkilling Arts Research Committee Letter: Vol. 3, N. 4 (Jul-Aug 2019)

Nonkilling Arts Research Committee Letter: Vol. 3, N. 4 (Jul-Aug 2019) Bimestrially sent from our site: Nonkilling.org. “Nonkilling art explores the spirit and practice of how to prevent, respond to, and to improve individual, social, and global well-being beyond killing.” —Glenn D. Paige Dear NKARC members and friends, Grateful thanks for your thoughtful contributions on the Nonkilling arts. As always,...

Empowering women, recognizing their rights helps in building climate-resilient communities

Every March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to mark progress toward gender equality. Indigenous women, particularly in climate-vulnerable communities throughout the Philippines, suffer from tremendous poverty and discrimination, yet telling their story is anything but simple. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, believes that March 8 should be celebrated from a climate-change...

“Finding the Last Flower”: the answer of the Iranian artist Lida Sherafatmand to ‘Shock Doctrines’

From 1st to 7th July 2019 in La Biennale di Venezia, the Iranian-born artist Lida Sherafatmand will display “Finding the Last Flower”, an exhibition where she answers the shocking but unavoidable daily news -using examples of atrocious ISIS attacks-, the “new normal” violence in videogames and striking PR campaigns, with blossoming and voluptuous flowers. The exhibition aims to show the...

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