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Peace Journalism In Mexico

Jake Lynch recently travelled to Mexico to make a documentary about how the country's big media outlets report conflict. Watch the film and read about Mexico's unique media landscape, here. Imagine democracy being suborned by a corporate takeover, with a business-friendly political

Global Peace Index 2012

The results of the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI) were released on June 12th. The 2012 Global Peace Index is the sixth edition of the world’s leading study on global levels of peacefulness. This year Australia ranked the 22nd most

Julian Assange: the freedom of free speech

By Professor Stuart Rees, Founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation There are a few days left to appeal the British High Court's five to two ruling that Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to be interviewed about alleged sexual assault.

Lessons from Zimbabwe’s great healer

In any country whose people have experienced violence at every level of their lives – social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political – courageous advocates of non-violence and reconciliation represent the only path to peace with justice. In Zimbabwe, three such

The dangers of ASIO’s arbitrary and unaccountable decisions

Grown Men Playing Boys’ Games : the dangers of ASIO’s arbitrary and unaccountable decisions The Sydney Peace Foundation supports lawyer David Manne’s High Court challenge to the arbitrary and unaccountable decisions of ASIO staff regarding asylum seekers’ security clearance. It makes

Why Kony Is Not The Main Game

By James Dhizaala and Stuart Rees The frenzy of conversation about the reach and effect of the Kony 2012 video has covered a lot of ground. What hasn’t been addressed, however, is the Uganda government’s complicity in the oppression of the

Rap News 12: Yes we KONY?

The formidable force that is Rap News has released a sobering assessment of the hysteria surrounding KONY 2012, dissecting with surgical precision all the reasons why KONY 2012 is irresponsible and ill-placed. Well done Rap News! http://thejuicemedia.com/

Palestine matters, not Gillard-Rudd soapies

By Professor Stuart Rees: In the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza, the Qdeh family's modest rabbit farm is one of several Australian trade union humanitarian aid (Apheda) projects which is bolstering food security for poor families. On a Spring evening in

US must seize opportunity to support Palestinian non-violence

The United States should seize the opportunity as push for peace while Palestinians increasingly embrace non-violence. Khader Adnan spent 66 days on hunger strike, a symbolic, self-denying act of non-violent resistance to Israel's practice of "administrative detention" or imprisonment without charge.

Commemorating Australia: more than just war

The militarisation of Australian history and public memory has a seemingly unstoppable dynamic. I would even say that the conflation of national history with military history, that is, the assumption that national history is military history, is pretty much complete. Rather

Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 Special Event: Thursday 15 March

The Sydney Peace Foundation invites you to attend: Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 Israeli Apartheid and the Means of Resistance Thursday, 15 March 2012   Join the main discussion event of Israeli Apartheid Week Sydney. This is a panel discussion titled 'Israeli Apartheid and the Means of

Protest and Occupy: the promise for 2012

More patronage for pollies? To depict the individual whose activities symbolized the most significant events of 2011, Time magazine featured a protester. That protester was for democracy and against authoritarian rule throughout the Middle East. He or she was also a member

The world can’t afford to keep wasting soil

One-third of Earth's soil is degraded because of unsustainable farming methods, which could lead to a major food crisis. Salina, Kansas - Late last year, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released a hair-raising report on the state of

John Howard’s Dishonour

By Prof Stuart Rees: On the first Monday of the new year, on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald, former Prime Minister John Howard was pictured below a heading which said that he had been 'honoured for Queen and

Vaclav Havel’s life in truth

"Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was exceptional for a simple reason: he was a decent, principled man". Prague, Czech Republic - Long before Czechoslovakia's communist regime collapsed in 1989, Václav Havel was one of the most remarkable figures in Czech history