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Saudi Arabia: Lost in the Sands of War

Added by Rene Wadlow on April 29, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

Syria reconciliation proposal

 
 
Dear Colleague,
 
    The recent use of chemical weapons in Syria (by whatever faction - government or armed opposition) has increased tensions within Syria and its wider region.  There are real possibilities of an escalation of armed conflict unless creative steps for conflict resolution are taken both by governments and civil society as structured in Non-governmental…
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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 8, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Power of the New Spirituality (Book Review)

William Bloom

The Power of the New Spirituality

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2012)

 

         William Bloom who combines a long-standing interest in New Age approaches to spirituality with an identity focus in international relations (1), has written “We are in changing times. Our culture and technology are continually transforming, and the intellectual certainties of the last few hundred years are no longer secure…It is our need to find a new authenticity in our…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on April 6, 2013 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

UN Rio Conference on Sustainable Development

 





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Added by Rene Wadlow on May 21, 2011 at 2:04am — No Comments

7 May; Anniversary of R. Tagore



 
 

Rabindranath Tagore: The Call of the Real…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on May 5, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Nobel Peace Prize

The Empty Chair, but Democratic Vistas Radiate

Rene Wadlow*

Ever the undiscouraged, resolute, struggling soul of man;

(Have former armies fail’d, then we send fresh armies – and fresh again)

Walt Whitman ‘Life’

The chair for Liu Xiaobo was empty at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on 10 December 2010 , and there were a few other empty chairs of ambassadors from countries that had been constantly warned by Chinese emissaries…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on December 10, 2010 at 7:51am — No Comments

16 Nov World Food Security Summit

World Summit on Food Security: 16-18 November

Rene Wadlow*







Citizens of the World welcome the World Summit on Food Security of 16-18 November 2009 in Rome to address the root causes of the present food crisis and to work for the full implementation of the ‘Human Right to Food’. World citizens stress that there is a consensus that radical measures are needed to deal with the current world food crisis and that these measures will have to be taken in a wholistic way with… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on November 13, 2009 at 3:29am — No Comments

16 Nov World Food Security Summit

World Summit on Food Security: 16-18 November

Rene Wadlow*







Citizens of the World welcome the World Summit on Food Security of 16-18 November 2009 in Rome to address the root causes of the present food crisis and to work for the full implementation of the ‘Human Right to Food’. World citizens stress that there is a consensus that radical measures are needed to deal with the current world food crisis and that these measures will have to be taken in a wholistic way with… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on November 13, 2009 at 3:29am — No Comments

Women and Universal Responsibility

Women, Universal Responsibility and the Healing of Nations

Rene Wadlow*



We should begin to develop from the level of the individual through that of society to the world at large, what I call a sense of universal responsibility: a deep respect for every living being who lives on this one small planet and calls it home. The Dalai Lama



On 31 October 2002, the UN Security Council adopted unanimously Resolution 1325 urging “Member States to ensure increased representation… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 24, 2009 at 4:07am — No Comments

24 October. UN Day

The United Nations as One Mind

Rene Wadlow*



Those who observe world events may perceive something higher than human logic at work



Dag Hammarshjold has written that the United Nations was “the beginning of an organic process through which the diversity of peoples and their governments are struggling to find common ground upon which they can live together in the one world which has been thrust upon us before we were ready.”



Basically, the function of the UN… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 22, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

World Food Day

16 October: World Food Day



A Citizens’ of the World Focus



Rene Wadlow*







16 October is the UN-designated World Food Day, the date chosen being the anniversary of the creation of the FAO in 1945 with the aim, as stated in its Constitution of “contributing towards an expanding world economy and ensuring humanity’s freedom from hunger.” Freedom from hunger is not simply a technical matter to be solved with better seeds, fertilisers, cultivation practices… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 8, 2009 at 6:48am — No Comments

2 Oct; Day of Nonviolence

Nonviolent Action: Can There Be A Second Act ?

Rene Wadlow



We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of non-violence. M.K. Gandhi





Two October is the UN-designated International Day for Non-violence, the date chosen being the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the best-known figure of non-violent… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 1, 2009 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Possible Future for Gaza

Gaza Development Authority: A New Deal Model for the Middle East



Rene Wadlow*







It is difficult to predict the political future of Gaza both in terms of relations between Hamas and Fatah as well as the future relations with Israel and Egypt. What is certain is the Israel-Gaza conflict and the long embargos have crippled and in some cases destroyed the manufacturing and agricultural sectors of the Gaza Strip where some one and a half million people depend on… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on September 27, 2009 at 2:55am — 1 Comment

Signs of Aquarius (Book Review)

Ray Grasse

Signs of the Times : Unlocking the Symbolic Language of World Events

(Chartottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2002, 297pp.)





Each major writer who analyses the transition from the Piscean period to the Age of Aquarius does so by looking at what he feels are the key signs of transition but also in terms of the ideas and discipline with which he is most at home. C.G. Jung’s important analysis Aion stresses psychological archetypes and the role of… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on September 8, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Migration: Need for a World Policy

Migration : A World On The Move

Rene Wadlow, Representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens



Today, migration policy and legislation is made largely at the national level. Thus, recent news reports from Europe have indicated that one country declared a state of emergency because of the presence of undocumented immigrants in its territorial waters. Another country dispatches asylum seekers to offshore islands in foreign jurisdictions before considering their… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on August 20, 2009 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Burma after Aung San Suu Kyi's trial

Anything To Keep Aung San Suu Kyi Out of Burma’s Electoral Process

Rene Wadlow*



The Myanmar military dictatorship currently speaks of “Myanmar’s Road to Democracy.” This is not unlike the earlier slogan of General Ne Win and his Burma Socialist Programme Party’s “Burmese Road to Socialism.” That Road led a relatively prosperous, rice-exporting country to one that is on the UN’s list of the 50 most underdeveloped countries and a net rice importer. The most recent sign post of… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on August 12, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

9 Aug. International Day of Indigenous Peoples

The Day of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples

Rene Wadlow*



While both humanization and dehumanization are real alternatives, only the first is man’s vocation. This vocation is constantly negated. It is thewarted by injustice, exploitation, oppression, and the violence of the oppressors; it is affirmed by the yearning of the oppressed for freedom and justice, and by their struggle to recover their lost humanity. Paulo Freire



The United Nations General Assembly has set 9… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on August 5, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Peacebuilding: Cooperation, Coordination, and Holistic Vision

Peacebuilding : Cooperation, Coordination, and Holistic Vision



Rene Wadlow*



“From the outset of my mandate” said in 1993 then Secretary General of the UN Boutros Boutros-Ghali “I have been convinced that the structure of the Organization must mirror, as closely as possible, the tasks it is assigned to undertake. An institution must reflect

the objectives it pursues…The UN therefore faces the difficult task of relating our aims to our means, of updating and reforming… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on August 1, 2009 at 2:37am — No Comments

Twilight and Dawn

Twilight and Dawn

Rene Wadlow*



The alternation of night and day is a cosmic process of which humans have been long aware and which has led to dualistic thinking: day and night, light and dark, right and wrong, pure and impure. However, during this alternation of night and day, there are two periods of transition — twilight as the day fades and night comes on, and dawn as night is replaced by the rays of the coming sun. During these periods of transition, shapes are less clear.… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on July 21, 2009 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Appeal for Sri Lanka reconciliation

Sri Lanka: After the final round of armed violence: a need for a vision of the future. Citizens of the World call for creative responses to the challenge of new government structures.

Rene Wadlow*



The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan (LTTE) face military defeat on the last few square miles of territory they still hold. There are still civilians trapped between the LTTE and the advancing Sri Lankan army. Large numbers of displaced persons from the fighting are living in harsh… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on May 15, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments


        

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