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Between 1991 and 2002 Sierra Leone suffered a brutal civil war. The scars run deep - and only now are being healed.

How do former enemies or simply victim and perpetrator — reconcile after acts of extreme violence? It's an extremely difficult path but not impossible, as Jo Berry and Patrick Magee show

 

Last night, twenty-five years and a day after the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton in an attempt to kill Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other members of the British government, the man who planted that bomb and the daughter of one of those he killed shared a platform in the UK Parliament

The full transcript of the meeting — jointly hosted by The Forgiveness Project and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues — will be published shortly.  But earlier in the day they gave an extended joint interview to the BBC World Service. Listen by clicking 'Read More'.

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On 21 September 2009, at more than 2600 events in 135 countries across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people joined together to issue a deafening wake-up call to world leaders on climate change 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Global Wake-Up Call website here and have a look at the video below.

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We are bombarded with images of war. On the TV news, in our newspapers. The pictures pile up, and with them some solid assumptions.

 

 

 

We assume that war is human nature. That there's an epidemic of war and it's only getting worse. That it's too profitable for some businesses to be stopped. And too effective for some governments to give up. That war will be with us forever.

None of these things is true.  The world is changing.  We are changing.

WATCH THE MOVIE TRAILER HERE

Soldiers of Peace - a new film of stories of peace-making from fourteen countries around the world, narrated by Michael Douglas

The Swedish Network for Nuclear Disarmament met just before the traditional Swedish midsummer weekend at the Swedish parliament to highlight a revival of the drive for the disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction

 

 

 

The seminar was headed up by Hans Blix, (Chairman of Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission), and various colleagues and allies that make up Sweden’s Nuclear disarmament network, writes Rachel Aspögård.

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Winner of 26 international awards; provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time

 

 

 

'THE CORPORATION is just brilliant - visually, intellectually, and morally. This film has redefined the documentary genre.' Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

'Move over, Michael Moore! Securing the participation of so many kings of capitalism was one of the film-makers most vital accomplishments.' Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New York Observer

'This vivid and often mesmerizing film lifts the veil from one of the most important and least understood features of modern age: the extraordinary powers that have been bestowed on virtually unaccountable private tyrannies, required by law to act in ways that severely undermine democracy and the most elementary human rights, and that pose a serious threat even to survival.' Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, MIT

WATCH IT HERE

What is the role of non-violent action in helping to end violent conflict and build peace? In many of complex and challenging conflicts in the world, where civilians are increasingly the targets and victims of violence, does non-violence have a positive role to play?

By Craig Zelizer


Within the field of conflict resolution, what is the role of non-violence and is using force to end a conflict ever justified? There are widely diverging perspectives on this within the field, among scholars and practitioners. Some would argue that trying to stop violence by using force is only adding fuel to a fire. While others would stress, that using force to end genocide or extreme violence is morally justified and necessary. It is most important to stop killing and injustice and that with the proper intervention, at times using force may be necessary.

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