From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. To see the post on the web site, click here.
By Jonas Claes
To the limited extent policymakers in Washington, D.C. are familiar with the Responsibility to Protect, the principle is frequently dismissed as “a U.N. thing” or “something the Canadians came up with.” Ever since the concept was first introduced in…Continue
They serve their country while selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way.
No, they’re not first responders…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 12, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
There's a new Atrocity Prevention Board in town, and its chief tool for preventing atrocities will be . . . wait for it . . . atrocities!
What a breakthrough! And this clown is forming a tentative life partnership with an unbelievably beautiful model from Libya. The key word is "unbelievably."
The Atrocity Prevention Board is rumored to…Continue
Added by David Swanson on May 1, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood
The publication of photos and videos of Gaddafi’s demise raise a number of peace-journalism related issues.
I asked my Park University students if they would print or post graphic photos or video of dead Gaddafi. Some said yes, some no. I asked them to be thoughtful and deliberate in their choice, regardless of whether they would publish the photos/video or not. I also asked the student-journalists to consider the consequences of their actions.…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on October 24, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Barely six months into 2011 and I can hardly stand the excitement. The Arab Spring; the crumbling of the peace process; elections across Africa followed by…well…. massacres across Africa then followed by unprecedented international interventions – not to mention the hunt down of the number one “Wanted” man in the world much to the dismay of warmongers who will now have to brand and market super monster 2.0 to keep their jobs in a multi billion dollar industry.
Some have quietly…Continue
Added by Firouzeh Afsharnia on June 20, 2011 at 12:12am — No Comments
Added by David Swanson on June 15, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments
President Obama on Monday said he would "never hesitate" to use the U.S. military "unilaterally" to defend "interests" and "values," including "maintaining the flow of commerce." Fear of exactly that led the founders of this republic to give Congress the exclusive power to declare war. James Madison did not believe any single individual could be trusted with such power:
"The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast, ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable…Continue
Added by David Swanson on March 29, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments
Added by David Swanson on March 22, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments
Wouldn't it be kind and generous of us to send the US or NATO or a UN-approved military into Libya to bloodlessly prevent the vicious slaughter of masses of people by a truly evil lunatic?
In a study called "Why Civil Resistance Works," Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth examined major uses of violence and nonviolence against tyrannical governments around the world between 1900 and 2006. They found that violence succeeded 26 percent of the time. I think they were…Continue
Added by David Swanson on March 9, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments