March 2013

Doctrine Divides, Action Unites



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►  Learning from I Ngurah Putu Setiawan
Suwarti Ningsih
At a tools for transformation workshop that Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) held in December 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for some of its School of Peace (SOP) alumni, art was presented as one of the tools to promote education, advocacy and ultimately transformation. The author, a participant of this workshop, reflects on a subsequent training program in March in her country of Indonesia in which this tool was used and the insights, innocence and power of children were once again displayed. [Read more]

►   Residents of Indonesian City Transform Violent Reputation of Solo
Fajar Sodiq
A city in Indonesia often identified with violence between its Muslim and Christian communities—Solo—has worked hard over the years to transform this image as leaders of the two communities work together based on the shared values of their faiths to address the suffering of people. [Read more]

►   Ripples for Peace in Northern Ireland
Rachel Dyne
The author’s family has been affected by the Troubles that for decades has divided Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. In this article, she offers her reflections about a recent visit to this divided country with a youth group from the YMCA in England. [Read more]

►   International Women’s Day in Pakistan—Legislation Is Essential but Not Enough, Especially if It Is Rarely Implemented
Asian Human Rights Commission
In this statement to commemorate International Women’s Day in Pakistan on March 8, it is not only noted that women in the country regularly experience violence and a denial of their rights as second-class citizens but that they face further discrimination and marginalization when they seek justice. [Read more]

►   The Relevance of the Jabidah Massacre on Today’s Peace Initiative for Mindanao 45 Years Later
Mindanao Peoples Caucus
As the Bangsamoro people, the Muslim community of the Philippines on the island of Mindanao, commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Jabidah Massacre, the authors of this statement caution against derailing the progress toward peace that has been achieved thus far with the signing of a preliminary peace accord in October 2012 between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government as the authors fear recent tensions between the sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian government, which facilitated concurrence between the two sides on the peace pact, will hinder the current momentum toward peace. [Read more]

►   Communal Violence Spreads in Burma as Security Forces Stand By
Burma Partnership
This article notes that the security forces in Burma have years of experience in controlling the country’s people. However, when the most recent violence erupted between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Meikhtila, the security forces became bystanders to the violence and loss of life, thus leading to an important question: why? [Read more

►   Cost of U.S. Wars: 330,000 Killed by Violence, US$4 Trillion Spent and Obligated
Costs of War Project
More than 30 economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel and political scientists have contributed to the Costs of War report that was first released in 2011—the first comprehensive analysis of more than a decade of wars waged by the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The authors of this report analyze the implications of these wars in terms of human casualties, economic costs and civil liberties. [Read more]