Rebecca Sargent's Blog – September 2009 Archive (3)

UN International Day of Peace

You may not know it, but today is Peace Day. A 24 hour “platform for life-saving activities around the world and an opportunity for individuals… to become involved in the peace process” created by Jeremy Gilley.

192 member states of the United Nations have since unanimously adopted this day as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Whether they will respect this ceasefire and how long the respect will last is hard to discern, we can only hope for the best and work at our… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 21, 2009 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Corporate Accountability: Political action to stop human rights abuses by Canadian mining, oil and gas companies.

It is about time! Finally, the government of Canada is seeing the light and is attempting to mandate the corporate social responsibility of the Canadian mining, gas and oil extraction industries necessary to stop their involvement in major human rights violations around the world. This bill, if enacted, would help to ensure that corporations engaged in mining, oil or gas activities who often receive significant financial and political support from the Government of Canada act in a manner… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 21, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

When is justice violent?

Who has the right to distribute punishment over others and how did they get this right? Is it even right that people should be able to distribute justice over others?

The concept of justice is an ancient one, based on ethics, rationality, law, fairness and equity. Over time it is taken on many forms and meanings depending on what one is talking about. Often we see justice as the response to crime-- the punishment of those who would violate society's rules that creates a position of… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 10, 2009 at 2:24am — No Comments

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