Saturday, September 26, 2009

ONE MILLION CANDLES & Other PEACE INITIATIVES (And Teaching Tools)


(More to be added to this post on a continuing basis. Please add your own suggestions to Comments...)

Here's an added item for your own personal use whether for peace in a spot of the world. Or perhaps for a beloved friend or family member. Even, perchance there is a spiritual or practical challenge? Yet again, maybe you want to express gratitude or just remain in silence for a few moments? Recently, a dear member and mentor within the movement of forgiveness for those who inflict loss - who is now himself missing has led some of us to pray for his well-being via the use of this site. Try this and tell us if this works for you. OR, find your own candles and light them for significant events? The prayer of Muslims five times a day is a beautiful habit from which we might all learn.

International "Light a Candle" Perhaps begin and/or end your day lighting a candle - Perhaps on this website...here

ONE MILLION CANDLES Peace Initiative, began with the Death of visionary/founder's horrific and unthinkable loss of 15 family members killed in single bomb attack in Gaza! The founder Manal Timraz says on the blogsite onemillioncandles dot blogspot dot: "Following the devastating news on the loss of 15 members of my beloved family (11 Children aged 2-12) in an airstrike in Gaza, I am now more determined than ever to become the loudest voice of the innocent. Join me in breaking the silence and speak the words of peace and justice, felt by the rest of the world." Go to this challenging and welcome blog: here

Read inspiring article on Qatar Air involvement in the campaign - GO here

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CONFRONTING THE TRUTH (DVD) is being used widely to show how Truth Commissions work with Societies in Transition (73 minutes)

Steve York and Neil J. Kritz

From USIP Press Books - First published July 2007

Confronting the Truth shows how countries, which have experienced massive human rights violations, have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions.

Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries, in all parts of the world. Confronting the Truth documents the work of truth commissions in South Africa, Peru, East Timor, and Morocco. Taking testimony from victims and perpetrators, and conducting detailed investigations, truth commissions create a historical record of abuses that have often remained secret. They identify patterns of abuse, and the structural and institutional weaknesses, and societal and cultural problems, and weak legal systems that made the violation possible. To remedy these faults, they recommend governmental, societal and legal reforms to address the pain of the past, to safeguard human rights and due process, and to ensure that the horror will not be repeated.
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"Confronting the Truth" shows how countries, which have experienced massive human rights violations, have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions.

Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries, in all parts of the world. Confronting the Truth documents the work of truth commissions in South Africa, Peru, East Timor, and Morocco. Taking testimony from victims and perpetrators, and conducting detailed investigations, truth commissions create a historcial record of abuses that have often remained secret. They identify patterns of abuse, and the structural and instituional weaknesses, and societal and cultural problems, and weak legal systems that made the violation possible. To remedy these faults, they recommend governmental, societal and legal reforms to address the pain of the past, to safeguard human rights and due process, and to ensure that the horror will not be repeated.

This video is 73 minutes long and in stereo. Please note that there are two different English language DVDs: one for PAL technology and one for NTSC technology.

Steve York is a veteran documentary filmmaker who has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America on subjects ranging from religious fundamentalism to American history to nonviolent conflict. His programs are regularly seen on PBS and the networks, and have been recognized with awards at major film and television festivals and competitions.

For his work on historical themes, he has received a Peabody Award (ABC News Special, Pearl Harbor: Two Hours That Changed the World, anchored by David Brinkley) and a Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival (ABC News Turning Point at Normandy: The Soldiers' Story, with Peter Jennings). He also produced Remembering The Bomb, filmed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the fortieth anniversary of the atomic bombings.

Neil J. Kritz is the Associate Vice President of the Institute's Rule of Law Program, which focuses on advancing peace through the development of democratic legal and governmental systems. Kritz conducts ongoing research, writing, and consultation on the question of how societies deal with a legacy of past abuses. He is the editor of a three-volume work, Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes, and he has provided advice and organized conferences on questions of war crimes and mass abuses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.

In 1990–91, at the request of the Russian Constitutional Commission, Kritz coordinated two expert reviews of the draft Russian constitution. He directs Institute working groups on humanitarian law, constitution-making, and the administration of justice during peacekeeping operations.

Since 1999, he has chaired a Palestinian-Israeli legal dialogue. At the request of the United States Department of Defense, Kritz prepared a curriculum on international law and the promotion of democracy for use in training United States and foreign military officials.

He has studied and written on the advancement of the rule of law through regional organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Before coming to the Institute, Kritz served as special assistant to the chairman at the Administrative Conference of the United States. He holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.

Related Titles

* Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes, Volume I: General Considerations
* Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes, Volume II: Country Studies
* Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes, Volume III: Laws, Rulings, and Reports
* Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy

See our list of new and forthcoming titles - GO here

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(Blogger's note: Professor/Writer par excellence, Marjorie Cohn (President of the National Lawyers Guild) has said that these commissions work much better with nations without long-established democracies such as that in the USA. That is why she and many others who speak for justice have strongly advised that the US needs Special Investigation and Prosecution to address the grave human rights abuses and war crimes of the last all too many years of the Bush administrations.)

2 comments:

Connie L. Nash said...

There are many other Peace Initiatives of course including suggestions by David Swanson...

Just did first skim of the recent Sunday interview online which I had to miss but you should be able to find the transcript.

It's at FDL with David S. you should be able to see it here:

http://firedoglake.com/2009/09/27/fdl-book-salon-welcomes-david-swanson-daybreak-undoing-the-imperial-presidency-and-forming-a-more-perfect-union/

I was pleased to see this here...

Obamas Quagmire September 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm
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Given all your work in actively organizing peaceful protests, I would like to hear your take on the militarization of police, particularly in regards to suppressing peaceful protests. The newest example of this is the “security forces” at the G20 protests in Pittsburgh rolling out an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), a weapon originally designed for military use.

David Swanson September 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm
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In response to eCAHNomics @ 31

No it doesn’t HAVE to get worse to get better. And it could get worse and never get better. I recommend reading “A Force More Powerful”
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Me, Connie, The last commenter's mention of McChrystal's comment live tonight on 60 minutes was tragically poignant and gives pause or should to US designs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Again and again here as elsewhere there's no mention of US inroads into Pakistan??? Maybe some of this is helpful but with Blackwater subsidiaries and clones/offsprints - Go figure????

And the drones of course continue unabated to my understaning.

Something to the effect that even if US stays in Afghanistan 100 years is not assurance "we" would "win"...UNLESS some things change dramatically...so then what McChrystal wanting to be there for? And how does McChrystal think he can change the 8 year history overnight?

I was terribly disappointed not to see Pakistan mentioned along with concerns for our warring in Afghanistan! But maybe I missed it?

Surely if David isn't concerned about Pakistan - there won't be a lot of lower-level activists concern

Some may want to go back to see this interview (she's one of the lawyers I admire most in America, the Pres of the National Lawyers Guild and has supported by the way Elaine Sharp who's once more Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's lawyer among a group of lawyers. Anything she does will not be a waste of time to see, hear or read...

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/8498 Marjorie Cohn, "The Legal Avenger"

Connie L. Nash said...

One suggestion with the International "Light a Candle" mentioned in the post above - is to open another's candle each time you go there and to pray for that person and the request or intention.

Note that you can also send your friends notice of your candle, intention and how you have identified the candle...keep in mind they are only each lit 48 hours so you may want to make the same intention again.