Category: Miscellaneous

Haiti: Police Repression Escalates on Anniversary of the Battle of Verieres

Sunday November 18, 2018, was the 215th anniversary of the victory at the battle of Vertieres when Haitians won a decisive battle against French forces in 1803, leading to the declaration of Haitian independence. People all over Haiti marked the occasion with massive protests against the theft of billions of dollars of Petrocaribe funds provided to the Haitian government by...

The ‘fainting’ dance craze taking over South Africa is now infecting Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania – and has already hit China By Bombi Mavundza , Business Insider

King Monada’s Malwedhe has crossed borders, getting everyone in on the #IdibalaChallenge King Monada’s Malwedhe has raised concern at home. Now it is going continental.  China is already in on the action, and the star says he has since been invited to perform in the UK. “This year we Idibala,” says Limpopo-based singer King Monada. His hit song, Malwedhe, which has inspired...

Peace Education: Pedagogy of the Middle Class

Introduction When I visited Paulo Freire at his Geneva office in 1975, I asked whether someone like me, concerned about justice issues, ought to leave my comfortable setting with the middle class in Hawai‘i and instead pick up a rifle and join the rebels in Latin America. (It was a hypothetical question.) Without hesitation, he said there are justice issues...

Turkey’s thought-provoking playwrights, actors and directors have little choice but to become exiles BY Long Dang

Enough is Enough is a play formed as a gig, tells the stories of real people about sexual violence, through song and dark humour. It is written by Meltem Arikan, directed by Memet Ali Alabora, with music by Maddie Jones, and includes four female cast members who act as members of a band. For Turkish director and actor Memet Ali...

Why Use Literature to Teach Peace? by Marisa Antonaya

Introduction   After months of planning and negotiations, I was finally granted the opportunity to teach a seminar course on literature and human rights this semester at my university. I was ecstatic, but noticed that a few of my colleagues were more than slightly baffled by the course content. Human rights and literature? Reading for peace? I was engaged in...

Peace globalization by Maria Elena Vinade

In 1999 when the Kozovo war was taking place and people were predicting all kinds of outcomes for the year 2000, I decided to go to schools and give workshops on “Peace Globalization”. It was also a time where this word was becoming very popular in Argentina, but with the economic significance. It was a great experience. I had children...

Peace Exists Now by Karen Hamdon

An excerpt from a speech given at the Small World Social Forum in Victoria, November 2002. Tonight, in order to honour the theme of this forum – creating another possible world – I want to speak to you about the world that already exists in Palestine and Israel, that holds great promise – one that we rarely see or hear...

Say No to Violence in the Media and in Toys by Kealey Pringle

The Media & the Toys Playing with violent toys and exposure to violent forms of media: TV, videos, computer games, and the Internet is all part of the same picture. Violent toys and media teach children that: war and fighting is a game, an adventure, killing is acceptable, even fun, violence or the threat of violence is the only way...

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