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Seeds of Peace

by Dr. Vandana Shiva, recipient of the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize  We live in times whose signature is violence –  from the killing of 134 innocent children in Peshawar to the massacres of 2000 by Boko Haram in Nigeria and the 17 in Paris just in the last month. We must condemn this violence. But […]

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Nous sommes tous Charlie: the value of satire

In the wake of the murders of staff from the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, it’s imperative to re-assert the indispensable function of a humour which contributes so much to civility in societies. Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist Sally Wilcox made the same point when she wrote, ‘I believe satire is where sanity is found.’ Over […]

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Lets talk about love, lets talk about sex but – how about peace?

We are on the brink of military action in Iraq and close to signing off on Syria as well, led by Field Marshall Abbott, all aquiver with the thought of the political possibilities. We have just had the UN International Day of Peace (its been going for 30 years and we don’t have it), International […]

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Ban Ki-moon’s Statement on Gaza – 3 August 2014

New York, 3 August 2014 – Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attack outside UNRWA shelter The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing today of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of an UNRWA school in Rafah providing shelter to thousands of civilians.  The attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, […]

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