It is hard to put my feelings into words. I am travelling as a peace witness in Iraqi Kurdistan. Just the other day we visited a sheikh whom I had met in Fallujah in 2012. He and his family were forced to flee to Kurdistan about two years ago. Fallujah, as you probably know, is being held by ISIS. None of the residents are allowed to leave. People are literal
Erbil, Kurdistan—Wherever I look, tall, unfinished concrete buildings, accompanied by construction cranes, loom over the city. It is somewhat eerie because I see no movement inside or around any of the buildings, none whatsoever.
During the Second World War, in the United States there was a government-sponsored publicity campaign to save automobile gas with the slogan “Is this trip necessary?” The aim was to show that if one really asked the question, many trips were not really necessary. We can ask the same question about wars today. In Yemen, is the Saudi-led war really necessary?
I write to you from New York City, to which I traveled 2,000 miles to join five other FOR global leaders at the first-ever United Nations Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS).
In 2009, the United Nations put forth a multilateral response to the global drug problem. The scourge of the drug trade contributes to untold human rights violations, massive corruption, and violence that perpetuate brokenness and suffering on a worldwide scale. The U.N.
Recently, a 22-year-old interview resurfaced in which one of President Richard Nixon's top aides, John Ehrlichman, admitted that the War on Drugs was a political tool to target black people and anti-war activists. The interview only confirms what many communities like Baltimore and Ferguson already know: The system of drug law enforcement is faulty and devastating by design.
"Justice dies when dehumanized, no matter how exactly it may be exercised." (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)
At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 representatives of the European branches of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) call for a ‘renewed vision of Europe’ based on Culture of Peace; not military might.
A new way of working in Europe is needed based on unity, solidarity and humanity to tackle 21st Century challenges.
The following photographs were taken by Dr. Hakim of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Please click on the links to advance to a photo essay website to see more of Dr. Hakim's fabulous photos and to read the attending essays.
Green (photo at right)