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Secretary General of the United Nations Bon Ki-moon address to the Peace Community
REMARKS OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS BON KI-MOON TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “FOR A NUCLEAR FREE, PEACEFUL, JUST AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD,” Riverside Church, New York City, 1 May 2010
"Reading the list of organizations and individuals with us this evening, I want to say what an honour it is to be here. I know of your hard work and dedication. I know how much you have sacrificed in standing for your principles and belief!"
10,000 people demonstrate in New York calling for nuke-free world
Some 10,000 people participated in a mass demonstration in New York on Sunday, calling for a world free of nuclear weapons. The rally was held one day prior to the the opening of the UN Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which is scheduled to open on Monday.
Stan Morris is Communications Officer for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). Learn more about Stan and international volunteerism here.
The End of Nuclear Weapons!
Join us in New York City! Be part of the growing international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. If you can't be there, sign the Petition to President Obama for Nuclear Weapons Abolition. Your signature will be among millions collected on this and similar international petitions presented to President Obama at the May 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York.
Walk for a Nucllear-Free Future 2010
Western New York to the United Nations in New York City (March 7 – May 2, 2010, a total of 700 miles). "We wish to call attention to the 2010 NPT Review Conference at the UN in May 2010. With increased support of public opinion, our new US President will be encouraged to abolish the use of nuclear weapons."
The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR USA) hosted 40 peace walkers over night at their Shadowcliff headquarters in Upper Nyack, NY on day 53, 4/28 Wednesday. Mark Johnson, FOR's Executive Director, took part in the 12 mile march from Stony Point and Stan Morris, IFOR, was on-hand to greet them.
Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice
Thanks to the twenty two vigilers who took time during the busy mid-day to join our Tax Day vigil at the Rockland County Courthouse steps yesterday. Ethan invited two people from the FOR to attend. We had two big checks showing the war cost: a giant one by Patrick and a medium one by Cleta.
Communications Officer Stan Morris was invited by Ethan Vesely-Flad, FOR Communications Director, to participated in the Rockland Coalition for Peace & Justice "Tax Day" vigil on April 15, 2010 in New City, NY.
International Women's Day - 8th, March, 2010
The program started at 12:00 am., Mr. Anosh Amjad invited Mrs. Mariam Falkshare for the opening prayer. After the prayer Mr. Vishal Iqbal delivered a reading from the Holy Bible and Mrs. Anis Dogar from the Holy Quran.
Anosh said we are very happy that today we all came here for the women, and we wish them a beautiful International Women's Day with this great celebration organized by STAR organization with the collaboration of Fr. Pascal Palus op, Solid Organization and Lok Vehar organization.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all... Marking the 100th International Women’s Day, we are proud and once again reminded of the contributions we have given to bring about positive change in the world.
The Children Peace Program of Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra Nepal is organizing a Grand Mural Painting and Children Peace Light Illumination Program on the theme ‘The need of new Nepal - Child friendly constitution” on March 7th 2010 at Basantapur Kathmandu to mark the 100th International Women’s Day 2010.
Ulises Martinez assassiné au Salvador,
26 février 2010
Je viens d'apprendre qu'Ulises, un jeune du SERPAJ du Salvador, a été assassiné par des inconnus qui l'avaient auparavant menacé de mort par téléphone, dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi dernier. C'est vraiment terrible!... Tous les gens du Serpaj sont catastrophés par cette nouvelle.
Le Salvador, petit pays d'Amérique Centrale, a élu l'an dernier un nouveau Président... [English]
News & Reports!
Reijiro Shito of FOR Japan (JFOR) visits US
Last Thursday (27 April) I met with Reijiro Shito, a member of FOR Japan (JFOR) for over 50 years. This was by invitation of Ethan Vesely-Flad, who had arranged for Mr. Shito's travel from Japan and wasn't able to greet him when he arrived at FOR USA's headquarters in New York. Mr. Shito, now 82 years old and merely a student when "the bombs" were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, wanted to take part in the NPT peace actions that took place in NYC on April 30-May 2, 2010.
Together for Transformation: A Call to Men and Boys
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2009 we 19 men from 17 countries coming from Africa, Asia, Europe, America, the Middle East and the Pacific gathered here in Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands for a Training of Trainers on Gender-Sensitive Active Nonviolence, organised by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, its Women Peacemakers Program, collectively draft this document and express our commitments towards this statement/call. [signatories]
Al retired in 1974 and moved to southern Spain, where he established a cooperative (retirement) community, which may still exist. Laura Hassler, Al's daughter and the founder and director of Musicians without Borders (NGO), remembers, "I grew up in a cooperative community outside New York—inter-racial, inter-religious and non-profit—which also still exists.
Die israelischen Atomwaffen
in Ergänzung der am 25.3.2010 zugesandten Interviews zum iranischen Atomkonflikt mit Volker Perthes und Christoph Bertram sowie meines gestrigen Beitrags zu Iran, Israel und der US-Politik im Nahen und Mittleren Osten sende ich heute einen Überblick über das israelische Atomprogramm und seine regionale Bedeutung.
Iran, Israel und USA – Hintergründe zur Konfliktregion Naherund Mittlerer Osten
Nach dem ersten Toten in Israel seit Ende des Gazakrieges 2008/2009, einem thailändischen Arbeiter, der am 18.3.2010 durch einen Raketenbeschuss aus dem Gaza-Streifen auf einen Kibbuz ums Leben kam, stehen die Zeichen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten weiter auf Konfrontation und Eskalation: „Israelische Politiker forderten sogleich eine harte Vergeltung.
Reclaiming Land and Life in Colombia
One of the stories that does not tend to make it into the news articles about Colombia’s armed conflict is that of internal displacement. Over 4 million Colombians have been internally displaced – and countless killed – due to the country’s armed conflict, which has spanned over nearly five decades and multiple administrations.
Moira Birss is a FOR Colombia Program, Accompaniment Volunteer
Mike Miyake (1929-2010)
Mike Miyake was an early member of Japanese FOR who went to study, and then remained, in the United States and Canada as a meteorologist. He was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Soon after he met Rev. Shoemore, a member of FOR USA and a member of Friends, who brought a group of young American work campers that had come to build homes for those whose homes were destroyed.
Because of these friends, Mike became a Christian and a member of the Japanese FOR, then later joined FOR USA and Canada. Mike contributed to save the ocean from contamination by nuclear submarines and was very much concerned about the Russian submarines which were still left along their coast.
Mike died of a sudden heart attack in his home in Victoria, B.C., Canada. He was the husband of the chair person of JFOR, Yoshiko Tanaka and he was a member of the Victoria Friends meeting house. I joined Yoshiko for the memorial service in Victoria.
It is good to learn that a man's life can be influential over the lives of young people, as this was with Mike Miyake. And this is why WE NEED TO KEEP ON with our efforts!
Kyoko Iitaka, JFOR Secretariat
Peace. The Nobler Way
President Obama’s discourse on the just war in his Nobel acceptance speech was more than a disappointment. It was a wasted opportunity to move the world beyond the age-old justification for war—and the numerous wars being waged now worldwide—and to summon humanity to “choose life, that we and our descendants may live (Deut.30:19).”