Posts tagged: Violence



Two projects for crime prevention in Statia

In the last week of September  Mr. Gregory Thomson, Director of the Foundation Judiciary Institutes Windward Islands (F.J.I.W.I.) and one of his co-workers, Mrs. Cynthia Filemon, Project Coordinator and Policy-advisor, came to Statia to do a project with schoolchildren from 10 years and over. The ...

A different story (Mr. Ellis Lopes)

“A different story” is the latest play by Mr. Ellis Lopes. It will be performed on the first of December 2008, World Aids Day in the Community Centre of Saint Eustatius.

The play is about the dilemma of an 18 year old young man, Timothy, who has Aids and wants to have a girlfriend. His mother ...

Stop this stupid, stupid war!

We are all for peaceful globalization, but not this way. Globalization via socio-economic measures: Yes. Today! Globalization via war and violence: No, we want no part of it. There was a meeting in Yalta just before the recent Georgia-Russia war. Present were, among others, the President of ...

Drugs Threaten State of Mexico

The head of Mexico's intelligence service has said that drug cartels are threatening the country's democratic institutions, including Congress. Guillermo Valdes told the Financial Times that drug traffickers were trying to take over the power of the state. Gangs have infiltrated police forces, ...

Crime: Stating the problem, or finding solutions?

Many writers very eloquently state pro-blems, quoting figures and analysing causes. But what we need are solutions. As an indirect part of ARCO’s activities we are aware of an extremely interesting experiment going on in East St. Louis,  USA, where the local Congress approved a ‘third way’ project ...

Crime In Caribbean

Violence in the Caribbean is aggravated by a steady inflow of criminal deportees, many of whom have adopted criminal behaviour in major cities such as London and New York. An estimated 30,000 deportees were sent to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana between 1990 and 2005.

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Change; Opium for the Masses?

Obama will bring some change. Important change, even. But not yet the change the whole world needs. It appears we'll have to wait until 2012. That is when shift is supposed to happen. We do not mean this in any mystical sense, although we do not slight mysticism. We are referring to the expected ...

Peaceful Transition to Democracy in Cuba

There is active opposition to the Cuban government, but it is severely hampered by lack of funds, as well as lack of rights to organize. The right to freely organize political parties, trade-unions or any other associations with an independent political agenda is denied in Cuba. And even if it were ...

Free Tibet

It is a new phenomenon, at least for the West. Buddhist monks - in large numbers - take a political stand. They did it last year in Burma (Myanmar) and they are doing it now in Tibet. Of course, they do it peacefully. They will not hurt people, nor destroy people's possessions. That's not their ...

Monk-Power

It is a new phenomenon, at least for the West. Buddhist monks - in large numbers - take a political stand. They did it last year in Burma (Myanmar) and they are doing it now in Tibet. Of course, they do it peacefully. They will not hurt people, nor destroy people's possessions. That's not their ...

Why are we not happy?

A senior al-Qaeda leader, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed in Afghanistan, the BBC reported a few days ago. Such news does not make happy. Why? Well, think about it. It is conceivable that sometimes war or police action is inescapable. If that's the case, then sometimes the use of force is ...

Amnesty Law for Cuban Political Prisoners

An Amnesty Law for all Cuban political prisoners will have to be introduced before transition to democracy will take place. This is not as easy as it may seem. For who are ‘political prisoners'? Is the bombing of a Cuban government building, causing death and destruction, a political or a criminal ...

Power must die and be Replaced by Justice

A seed must die to be reborn and grow into a tree. So too, a man must die to be reborn and become a new man. His ego must die. He himself must kill it, or at least be willing that it be killed. The same goes for power. The world is ruled by power, not justice. Power must die to be replaced by ...

Deserted Temples

We had meant to lie low on Burma for a while. But here we are again. The junta will not get away with what they’ve done. All the worldly-wise readers who now say: ‘You see that non-violence doesn’t work? Look at Burma!’, should read this article. A BBC-reporter managed to get into Rangoon and has ...

Monk-killing spree in Burma

It looks as though the army is back in control in Burma (Myanmar). But looks deceive. The monk-killing spree has appalled the international community and has fired emotions in Burma. The monks may lie low for a while, but they will rise again. And soon, we think. The best strategy for them is to ...

Spiritual Revolution

From Fujimori to Burma (Myanmar). These have nothing in common, it might seem. Fujimori is not a Buddhist. Or is he? He calls himself the ‘Last Samurai’. With Japanese roots, he must have Shinto roots. And Shinto basically means the ‘Spiritual Path’, or Path (‘to’) of the Spirits (‘Shin’). The ...

Franciscans International

This organization merits attention. It is active in many fields, from development, and poverty eradication to migration and women’s issues. We encourage everybody to visit their website at: www.franciscansinternational.org. Franciscans International (FI) works at the UN and international ...

Jihad is Crusade

The Palestinians can be victorious, once they understand Jihad properly. We should rephrase this: The Palestinians and the Israelí’s will be victorious, once both sides understand Jihad properly. Jihad is a spiritual crusade. It is an inner struggle to reach the point of perfect submission to God ...

Fear is bad Counsel

The US is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards force as a foreign terrorist unit, officials say. That is, the BBC reports that ‘officials’ say this. If confirmed, this will be the first time official armed units of a sovereign state are included in the list of banned terrorist groups. ...

Making Good Use of Destructive Energy

It is a fact well-known in physics that energy is generated when things are destroyed. Let’s look at food for a simple example. When you eat, you first destroy the food in your mouth. Then your stomach takes over and destroys it even more, enabling your intestines to extract the required energy. ...

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