Remembrance Day and the Occupy Movement
The Occupy camps, with their ethic of nonviolence and openness, give a useful counterpoint to an increasingly militarized November 11th, observes Koozma Tarasoff.
Some Occupy Demands
Although the Occupiers have not formulated specific political demands themselves, some other organizations have done so.
Gene Sharp’s Ideas are Breaking Through
All his life, Gene Sharp has studied ways of fighting effectively without violence. Now the media are paying attention to his message, thanks to the Arab Spring. Metta Spencer caught up with him recently by phone.
Principled and Pragmatic Peace
Believing in principled nonviolence is not always enough, Gene Sharp argues. Metta Spencer reflects on this principle and on the moral duty of those committed to nonviolence to engage effectively in conflicts, not just to avoid them.
A Nuclear-Free Arctic: Why Now?
There is renewed interest in designating the Arctic region as one of the world’s nuclear-weapons free zones. Adele Buckley explains what this would entail, and why it is essential.
Blasphemy in Pakistan
It is not just the religious minorities—Christians, Baha’is, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, and Hindus—who are at risk from Pakistan’s increasingly harsh blasphemy laws, writes Farzana Hassan.
Iran Through the Looking Glass
Despite a nearly decade-long atomic scare that has come to define relations between the Western powers and Iran, there is still no firm evidence of an Iranian nuclear bomb, writes Michael Veiluva.
John Bacher looks at past and present water conservation measures, and how the simple act of planting trees could remove the threat of resource wars.
Russia’s Caspian War Games
Where are Russia’s enemies? Ignat Kalinin reports on a recent military exercise where Russian soldiers defended US oil installations from a hypothetical Iranian attack.
Should the World Push Burma Toward Genuine Change?
There is new hope for democratic change in Burma. Ler Wah Lo Bo reviews Burma’s past since independence and its people’s hopes for a peaceful future.
Reviews: Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, reviewed by Mel Watkins; James Loney, Captivity: 188 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World without War, reviewed by Anna Jaikaran; Walter Dorn, Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations, reviewed by Justine Abigail Yu.
Newsworthy: Nuclear Weapons Convention; Department of Peace; Middle East nuke free bid moves to Finland; Report of Bahraini government abuses.
Event announcement: Vital Discussions on Human Security. Lecture series at the University of Toronto; spring series starts January 12, 2012.