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Sochi 2014: world authors join protest against Putin | The Guardian

Russia’s anti-gay and blasphemy laws threaten freedom, says open letter signed by more than 200 writers from 30 countries More than 200 prominent international authors, including Günter Grass, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen, have joined forces to denounce the “chokehold” they say Russia’s anti-gay and blasphemy laws place on the freedom of expression, amid a growing swell of ...

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Peace Activist, Folk Legend Pete Seeger Dead at 94 | Common Dreams

Peace activist, environmentalist, songwriter, and folk legend Pete Seeger died on Monday. He was 94. Confirmed by family members, Seeger is reported to have died of natural causes at a hospital not far from his longtime home in the town of Beacon, New York along the Hudson River. According to the Associated Press: Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather ...

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Sundance premiere ‘Camp X-Ray’ uncovers Gitmo life | WFSB 3

Kristen Stewart endures a fair share of abuse in her latest film. In “Camp X-Ray,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the actress stars as Amy Cole, a guard stationed at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. prison in Cuba detaining terrorist suspects. In the film Stewart takes an elbow to the face, is spit on and is splattered ...

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Peace in our time | FT.com

by Simon Kuper Armed conflict and violent crime are declining, as the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker describes in his seminal “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” What if trends are towards even more peace? For more on this story, visit: Peace in our time – FT.com.  

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Conditions for next uprising here | Alternative Information Center

by Carolin Smith for the Alternative Information Center This December marks the 26th anniversary of the start of the First Intifada in 1987. Decades later, peace remains elusive and the struggle continues. Author, political activist and professor Mazin Qumsiyeh spoke with us about the phenomenon of uprisings and the meaning of Popular Resistance today. Mazin, your book is called: “Popular ...

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Book Review: ‘The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914’ by Margaret MacMillan | Ground Zero

“The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914” by Margaret MacMillan Random House, 739 pages, $35 Ten years ago Margaret MacMillan, professor of international history at Oxford, gave us the award-winning “Paris, 1919,” her account of the history of the flawed peace talks following World War I, the so-called Great War. Now, in this new book, “The War That ...

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‘SuperHeroes of Peace’ Comic Book, Graphic Novel and Interactive Movie Creation App on IndieGoGo | The Sacramento Bee

Taking their name from the words of the Fellowship of Reconciliation´s legendary peacemaker, A.J. Muste, “There is no way to peace, peace is the way,” Peace Is The Way Films (www.peaceisthewayfilms.com), in cooperation with globally renowned Zen Master, poet and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, is using the medium of film to create a more compassionate world, to confront bullying, to ...

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The man bringing Kunqu opera to the world | CNN Travel

Shanghai Kunqu star Zhang Jun is a dedicated opera singer onstage and an electronic music lover in daily life.

“To give the past a better future” was a promise Kunqu opera singer Zhang Jun (??) made while receiving the UNESCO Artist of Peace award in May, 2011. Honored for his “long-term commitment to promoting intangible cultural heritage, especially Kunqu Opera,” Zhang is only the second Chinese, after actress Gong Li (??) in 2001, to be awarded the title. Through ...

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Husband Finding Peace After A Terrorist Attack | NPR

David Harris-Gershon wrote a book about meeting Mohammad Odeh’s family, “What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife?” “We kind of constructed these false borders within which we decided to live, you know? We would go to cafes, but only if they had armed guards, and we would go to movies, but only ...

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