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.
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.
This volume makes the case for global visioning: the collective process of looking at a larger picture and building common ground for the future. The contributors agree that only by such a process will people be able to address mounting problems like global warming, war, terrorism, and poverty, which threaten the Earthâs population. This latest volume in the Peace & Policy series addresses three main themes. “On Spirituality and Ethicsâ advocates an international culture of nonviolence. âInternational and Transnational Relationsâ makes a case for global fellowship. âOn Education and Cultureâ argues that educating children is the first step in reforming the world. The contributors seek solutions to the question of how people can start seeing issues from a global point of view, rather than from narrow national perspectives. In keeping with the global nature and scope of the worldâs problems, the contributions come from very diverse countries, including Japan, Morocco, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the United States. This work will inspire participation in this much-needed exercise of collective global problem solving.
Every year since 1983 the Buddhist leader and thinker, Daisaku Ikeda, has issued a peace proposal that presents solutions to a variety of global problems. While the proposals themselves are both wide-ranging and specific (covering topics as diverse as counter-terrorism relations; the prohibition of child soldiers; denuclearization of the Arctic; and strategies to prevent global warming), the common denominator at their center is the role and effectiveness of the United Nations in addressing structural challenges and inequality. This substantial volume brings together, for the first time in one place, excerpts from the most topical and important of Ikeda’s peace proposals. Themes like human security, the empowerment of women, nuclear disarmament and the centrality of dialogue are throughout informed by an unshakeable belief in the potential and promise of the UN’s world mission, as well as by Ikeda’s own experience of the cruelty of war and his articulation of Buddhism as a practical route to peace. The book makes a timely and vital contribution to ethics, peace studies and international relation
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.
Andre Lenorman—alias Didouche, a well-known gangster and car thief—retires on the coast of Portugal. He returns to Martigny, Switzerland, to bury his son killed at the main square of town. Who killed his son and why? This is what Lenorman wants. This will eventually catch up to his past. An adventure written like in the early fifties, the story is a classical dark matrix of the universe where elegant men are violent and without guilt. The streets are dark. Treason is to be found at every corner. ======================================== André Lenorman, alias Didouche la Classe, bandit et truand rangé des voitures, a pris sa retraite au Portugal. Il revient à Martigny pour enterrer son fils Rico, assassiné sur la Place Centrale en plein jour. Qui a tué son fils et pourquoi ? C’est ce que Lenorman vient chercher, quitte à remuer dangereusement le passé. Sans effets de manches, par une écriture à la fois nostalgique et épurée, ce texte semble surgir des années cinquante. Il est comme, la matrice de l’univers noir classique, classieux et définitif, où les hommes sont élégants, violents, les rues éternellement éclairées au néon et les trahisons évidemment mortelles.
Who is Daisaku Ikeda? At one level, he is the leader of a religious movement - Soka Gakkai - which began in Japan, where it still has its headquarters, but which now claims 12 million adherents around the world. At another level, he is a globetrotting figure whose formal conversations with diverse writers, thinkers and diplomats - including Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Rotblat and Mikhail Gorbachev - have garnered him an international profile, as well as academic recognition. Perhaps above all else, Daisaku Ikeda is viewed as a campaigner for peace. And it is Ikeda's specific contribution to peacebuilding, notably through the central emphasis he has placed on the significance of dialogue, that this book explores: the first to do so in a concerted way. Olivier Urbain shows that while Soka Gakkai (the 'value society') may stem from the medieval principles of Nichiren Buddhism, under Ikeda's leadership it has taken these classic wisdoms and transformed them. Now essentially classless and secularised, as well as adaptable and sensitive to modern challenges like resource shortages and climate change, this - argues the author - is a pragmatic approach to peace which has proved both popular and eminently transportable. ‘Fascinating.. learned.. pioneering.’ - Jan Øberg, Director, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, Lund, Sweden ‘A timely and penetrating assessment.’ - Joseph A. Camilleri, Professor of International Relations, LaTrobe University
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