The Promise of Reconciliation? explores the relationship between violence, nonviolence, and reconciliation in societal conflicts with questions such as: In what ways does violence impact the reconciliation process that necessarily follows a cessation of deadly conflict? Would an understanding of how conflict has been engaged, with violence or nonviolence, be conducive to how it could be prevented from sliding further into violence? The contributors examine international influences on the peace/reconciliation process in Indonesiaâs Aceh conflict, as well as the role of Muslim religious scholars in promoting peace. They also examine the effect of violence in southern Thailand, where insurgent violence has provided âleverage"during the fighting, but negatively affects post-conflict objectives. The chapter on Sri Lanka shows that âsuccessful"violence does not necessarily end conflictâSri Lankan society today is more polarized than it was before its civil war. The Vietnam chapter argues that the rise of nonviolent protest in Vietnam reflects a profound loss of state legitimacy, which cannot be resolved with force, while another chapter on Thailand examines âRed Sunday,"a Thai political movement engaged in nonviolent protest in the face of violent government suppression. The book ends with a look at Indonesian cities, sites of ethnic conflicts, as potential abodes of peace if violence can be curtailed.
Conflict transformation requires, at minimum, a capacity to listen and respond constructively to those who are being hurt intentionally or unintentionally by others. This compendium attempts to understand the ways in which borders and boundaries are manifestations of less visible dynamics in individual or collective human consciousness.Nur Yalman asks how certain theories, such as the Huntington thesis, become deadly in their consequences. Omar Moufakkir and Ian Kelly analyze Dutch?Moroccan relations. Sverre Lodgaard outlines the interrelationship between geo-politics, emerging concepts of world order, and nuclear weapon policies. Anthony Marsella critically analyses the Fukushima nuclear disaster.The lessons drawn in this volume underline the importance of communication, honesty, and a concerned government responsive to the needs of citizens in crisis. Each of these contributions is grappling with different ways in which words, theories, ideologies, and perspectives can hurt or heal, divide or unite, reconcile or destroy.
A visit between grandson and grandfather devolves into a scintillating conversation about race, jazz, and hip-hop. Together they examine the contradictions of an era with a black president in power, while the incarceration and unemployment rates climb to record heights in the African milieu. The grandfather, a well-educated and experienced man, desires to share his wisdom with his grandson, an introverted but outspoken young man. Despite the grandson’s admission that he is disappointed with the black race, a race he believes has yet to claim their achievement, the grandpa remains impartial and observant, attempting to expose the truth to his grandson. As the two individuals explore deeper the issues at hand, the reader journeys into the complex, colorful, and disturbing mind of the grandson, delving into a world of mental illness, misconceptions, and a colorful murder.
Dès qu'elle eut franchi la porte du HUG, un sentiment de familiarité envahit Monica Meirim. Des années durant, elle était entrée ainsi dans un établissement hospitalier afin d'y exercer son métier d'infirmière. Puis, durant de longues semaines, elle avait connu l'envers du décor en tant que patiente. Aujourd'hui, elle se dirigeait vers le département des soins intensifs au service de transplantation avec la ferme intention de laisser les six derniers mois derrière elle, de remettre sa vie sur de bons rails et de regarder vers l'avenir. Si beaucoup de choses avaient changé en elle, son désir de soigner, d'aider les autres restait intact. Peut-être même avait-il été renforcé par les épreuves qu'elle avait traversées.
The prominent Buddhist religious leader and advocate for peace, Daisaku Ikeda, has placed dialogue at the centre of his efforts towards securing global justice and conflict resolution. However, far from constituting abstract plans for the future of the world, Ikeda's dialogues represent very concrete and focused activity. He concentrates on one significant individual (such as Joseph Rotblat, Linus Pauling, Mikhail Gorbachev and Tu Weiming) at a time, or sometimes small groups, in order to attempt the transformation of thinking and society through intense discussion. This book offers detailed exploration of this crucial aspect of Ikeda's philosophy of peace. Contributors examine topics such as : the background to Ikeda's use of dialogue, specifically in the field of education; and dialogue in relation to the abolition of nuclear weapons. Ikeda's concept of dialogue emerges as a paradoxical movement towards common ground based on a deep respect for differences. This study will appeal to students of peace, politics and modern Buddhism.
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