Darwin T. Wee. "Moro rebels to publish reference book on southern peace process." BusinessWorld, January 8, 2010.
Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), yesterday said the book, which is expected to be published in March, will serve as a reference material for the peace panels that will meet later this month in Kuala Lumpur.
"This document is something very important as we negotiate the last and final part of the 13-year peace talks in Mindanao," he said in a statement. "This effort is not a simple compilation of documents but would also contain introductions and messages from important personalities," he added.
Negotiations were suspended in mid-2008 after the signing of the territorial deal was scuttled. The agreement was eventually declared as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but not without repercussions as disgruntled Moro commanders attacked towns in Central Mindanao that killed scores of civilians, displaced half a million others and renewed clashed between the military and rebels.
Donald Kirk. "What's behind North Korea's new 'peace offensive'." The Christian Science Monitor, January 3, 2010,
North Korea is in the throes of a new "peace offensive" that analysts say could lead to the resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program.The North Korean regime kicked off the offensive with a carefully modulated New Year's message of reconciliation with the US that appears as a follow-up to US envoy Stephen Bosworth's mission to Pyongyang in early December. The statement calls for establishing "a lasting peace system on the Korean peninsula" in order to "make it nuclear-free through dialogue," and it contains none of the invective or recriminations that often characterize North Korea's statements regarding the US.Rather, it advocates for "an end to the hostile relationship" with the US while asking North Koreans "to defend with our very lives the leadership" of Kim Jong-il. As if to provide sound effects for the message, about 100,000 people demonstrated in Pyongyang on Saturday, shouting support for the regime's New Year's policies, according to Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.
Barney Jopson. "Aid agencies issue Sudan war alert." Financial Times, January 8, 2010,
"It's the referendum or nothing," said Richard Poole, Sudan country director for the International Rescue Committee, one of the 10 agencies in the coalition. The vote was a key element of a fragile peace deal between southern rebels and the Khartoum regime, which ended decades of civil war in 2005.
"If it goes ahead, there's a 50 per cent chance of peace," he said. "If it does not take place, there will be no peace. There will be a return to civil war. There will be a bloodbath on the scale that we've had in the past, perhaps even worse."
Hani Hazaimeh. "King, Lebanon's Hariri stress strength of bilateral ties." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 7 January2010
King Abdullah and the Lebanese premier also discussed regional developments, particularly efforts to realise a comprehensive peace that ensures the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on Palestinian soil, ends the Israeli occupation of occupied Lebanese and Syrian territories, and restores Arab rights in accordance with international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative
Howard LaFranchi. "Middle East conflict: US tries new approach for peace :The US relaunches peace efforts in the Middle East conflict, this time apparently focusing right away on 'final status' issues.." The Christian Science Monitor, January 8, 2010.
"We know what a final resolution will have to include: borders, security,Jerusalem, refugees, water," she added.The idea to focus right out of the blocks on borders reflects thethinking that establishing borders could be a way of addressing thethorny issue of Israeli settlements.
Jay Solomon. "World News: U.S. Seeks a New Path To Peace in Middle East." Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2010, Eastern Edition,
U.S. officials said Mr. Mitchell will seek greater financial support for Mr. Abbas and the Palestinian Authority from Arab and European governments, and will press other nations to adopt a unified position on the need for peace talks to resume immediately.
Joshua Mitnick. "Fresh US push for Mideast peace: 'More like jazz than chess' :In the past week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have visited Egypt. Egyptian officials are scheduled to visit Washington this week.." The Christian Science Monitor, January 5, 2010,
The US is launching a fresh diplomatic push to renewIsraeli-Palestinian peace talks, this time with the help of EgyptianPresident Hosni Mubarak as a go-between.Top officials have held a flurry of high-level meetings in Egyptthis week.
Marco Santana firstname.lastname@example.org. "A truly peaceful gathering." Daily Herald, January 4, 2010,
"Far too often, religion is seen as an obstacle, one thing that divides us," he said. "But the worlds faiths can be a positive force for peace."
"No matter what background we come from, we come with one heart," she said. "For in all of our hearts runs the desire of peace."
Sue Mcmillin. "On World Day of Peace, Springs group focuses on stewardship." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 2 January2010
Speaker Steve Saint, executive director of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, said the creation story has been interpreted in two ways: that God wanted humans to dominate nature or that God wanted humans to take care of his creation.
"Bashir expresses hope for unity in 2011 referndum, promises Darfur peace." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 4 January2010
Speaking at the celebration of 54th anniversary of independence Al-Bashir praised to efforts exerted by his government to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and slammed those who are bidding on obstacles encountered during its implementation.
"Dubai Islamic Bank launches Al Islami Takaful Riayati." Al Bawaba, January 3, 2010.
"The importance of the peace of mind that comes with having arranged some security for family in the case of unforeseen events cannot be undermined. We are very pleased that the Al Islami Takaful Riayati product provides just that - peace of mind at a price that is easily affordable," said Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Chief of Retail and Business Banking, Dubai Islamic Bank. "Al Islami Takaful Riayati has been designed keeping everyone in mind. Therefore, it is not only affordable, but also extremely simple and convenient. Customers can walk into any DIB branch and walk out with their policy and the peace of mind that they are instantaneously covered - it is that simple!
"Israel: Country fact sheet." EIU ViewsWire January 8, 2010,
Background: The State of Israel was established in 1948. In the June 1967 war, Israeli troops captured and occupied the Sinai, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights, after which Israel annexed East Jerusalem. Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1982 following a peace agreement in 1979. In 1993 a peace accord with the Palestine Liberation Organisation led Israel to withdraw from most of the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, but the peace process has since been derailed.
"Joint Mediator urges civil society to promote culture of peace in Darfur." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 2 January2010
The mediation held a four day consultative meeting for Darfur civil society representatives in the Qatari capital from 17 to 20 November in order to identify the means for supporting the peace process.
"Jordan, S. Arabia insist on clear plan for Mideast peace." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 6 January 2010.
Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday stressed the need to relaunch serious peace negotiations with a specific time frame and a clear plan to address all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.
"Mr Obama, tell me lies about Afghanistan*." Al Bawaba, January 3, 2010,
Barack Obama is the leader of a contemporary Oceania. In two speeches at the close of the decade, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner affirmed that peace was no longer peace, but rather a permanent war that "extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan" to "disorderly regions, failed states, diffuse enemies".He called this "global security" and invited our gratitude. To the people of Afghanistan, which the US has invaded and occupied, he said wittily: "We have no interest in occupying your country."In Oceania, truth and lies are indivisible. According to Obama, the American attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was authorised by the United Nations Security Council. There was no UN authority. He said that "the world" supported the invasion in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks. In truth, all but three of 37 countries surveyed by Gallup expressed overwhelming opposition. 9/11 as justification. He said that America invaded Afghanistan "only after the Taliban refused to turn over Osama Bin Laden". In 2001, the Taliban tried three times to hand over Bin Laden for trial, Pakistan's military regime reported, and they were ignored.Even Obama's mystification of the 9/11 attacks as justification for his war is false. More than two months before the twin towers were attacked, the former Pakistani diplomat Niaz Naik was told by the Bush administration that a US military assault would take place by mid-October. The Taliban regime in Kabul, which the Clinton administration had secretly supported, was no longer regarded as "stable" enough to ensure US control over oil and gas pipelines to the Caspian Sea. It had to go.Obama's most audacious lie is that Afghanistan today is a "safe haven" for al-Qaeda's attacks on the west. His own national security adviser, James Jones, said in October that there were "fewer than 100" al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. According to US intelligence, 90 per cent of the Taliban are hardly Taliban at all, but "a tribal localised insurgency [who] see themselves as opposing the US because it is an occupying power". The war is a fraud. Only the terminally gormless remain true to the Obama brand of "world peace".Beneath the surface, however, there is serious purpose.
"Q&A: FROM SIMPLE ANTI-WAR AGENDA TO EXPANSIVE PEACE INITIATIVES." Global Information Network 4 January2010
The Kyoto Museum for World Peace at Ritsumeikan University, located in Kyoto, is the only one in Japan housed in a higher educational institution. It captures the history of the country's aggression as well as its tragic wartime experiences. The private university in Japan's ancient capital was once an active advocate of the country's belligerent behaviour during World War II.
In 2008, the Museum hosted the 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace, which drew over 5,000 participants from more than 50 countries. Dr [IKURO ANZAI] was a key mover in making the event possible. The first such conference was convened in l992 at Bradford, England, giving rise to the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP), where he sits on the executive board.
Some peace museums in Japan are already sharing exhibit items among themselves and jointly organising new programmes. We have invited officials and curators of other Asian museums outside Japan to exchange experiences and ideas. Together we can do a lot more than the "cobweb"-style exhibits, where we only wait for people to come.
"Readers Write." The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, January 4, 2010,
MIDDLE EAST Recognize that peace is finally within reach Although Israel is frequently blamed for the lack of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, the fact is Israel has recently taken risky steps, such as removing roadblocks and checkpoints, which have resulted in an economic boom in the West Bank.
"SLM's Abdel Shafi to visit Doha for talks on Darfur peace process." McClatchy - Tribune Business News 4 January2010
Abdel Shafi declared in the past his rejection to the Doha peace process demanding Khartoum to provide security for Darfur civilians before, he also was involved in Addis Ababa group supported by the US envoy to Sudan in a bid to unify rebel factions.
"Sri Lanka Tourism Report - 2010." Sri Lanka Tourism Report January 1, 2010, 1-37.
Core Forecasts The global economic crisis weighed on tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in the first five months of 2009, which all showed double-digit declines year-on-year (y-o-y). However, there have since been several strong months of data, with August arrival figures of 41,207 actually marking a 34.3% increase y-o-y. The most recent data (for January-September 2009) show arrivals of 309,142, down by 2.6% y-o-y. The reason for the dramatic improvement in Sri Lanka's tourism data is the May 2009 declaration of victory by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or the Tamil Tigers). Against this backdrop of slowly recovering demand, we believe there is a chance that 2009 tourist arrivals could well be largely unchanged y-o-y, or maybe even slightly higher. This would be an impressive result when compared with other regional tourism destinations. The stage would then be set for moderate to strong recovery over the rest of our forecast period to 2014. 'Peace Dividend' To Boost Tourism The outlook for Sri Lanka's tourism industry has been transformed by the military victory of government forces over rebel Tamil Tiger forces in May 2009. With much of the Tamil leadership having been killed, there is reason for cautious optimism that the social situation in Sri Lanka can improve rapidly. Sri Lankan Airlines chair Nishantha Wickremasinghe said he hopes the company can take advantage of the 'peace dividend' by increasing the number of destinations the airline serves. BMI is basing its tourism sector forecasts on continued peace across our forecast period through to 2014. New Company Profile For 2010, BMI has commenced coverage on Aitken Spence Hotels, which can be found in the Company Profile section of this report. Aitken Spence Hotels is a Sri Lankan hotel chain that owns or manages nine properties in Sri Lanka, five resorts in the Maldives, five hotels in India and five hotels in Oman.
"Sudan Reassures the World on its Commitment to Peace, Democracy and Unity on 5th Anniversary of Comprehensive Peace Agreement." PR Newswire 8 January2010
Sudan hails the dawn of the new decade with high hopes and great expectations for what will undoubtedly begin with an eventful year. [...] it is perhaps as proper at this fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to glance back and draw hope and encouragement from the progress and achievements we've made since embarking on the lofty mission to build peace and harmony in Sudan, as it is also prudent and humbling to remember that difficult moments lie ahead as we gear up to implement the last few remaining commitments.
"TURKEY: ANTI-KURDISH LAW A SETBACK TO REGIONAL PEACE." Global Information Network 4 January2010
DIYARBAKIR, (Eastern Turkey), Jan. 4, 2010 (IPS/GIN) - With newfound liberties for the Kurdish minority and the government's 'Democratic Opening' initiative, the prospects for peace in 2010 are brighter than they have been in the last 25 years. The fly in the ointment was the outlawing in December of the pro-Kurd, Democratic Society Party (DTP).
In August, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came forward with its "Democratic Opening" initiative, meant to bring new freedoms for Turkey's various minorities, especially the Kurds. In anticipation, Turkish President Abdullah Gul had predicted that "good things will come to pass".
Similarly in Istanbul, Turkish and Kurdish women went on the streets to declare that "women want peace". They began the 'Conscientious Objection for Peace' movement and declared their rejection of military service, so as to abstain from "fighting against our Kurdish brothers and sisters,'' - in the words of one attendee.
Anonymous, . "Band of Brothers: Cartooning for Peace." World Policy Journal 26, no. 4 (December 1, 2009): 66.
A drawing can soften walls, find common ground, and with humor provide a basis for an understanding more powerful than bullets or bombs. By the very nature of the cartoon's broad extension, the ability to touch so many and move forward the political conversation is well worth the risk. Here, how Cartooning for Peace brings peace to the war-torn nations around the globe is discussed.
Anonymous, . "No Peace for the Wicked: Northern Protestant Soldiers in the American Civil War." Review of title_of_work_reviewed_in_italics, clarifying_information. America's Civil War, January 1, 2010, 70.
David Rolfs' No Peace for the Wicked seeks to buUd on Steven Woodworm's 2003 book While God Is Marching On, a general study on religious life in Civil War armies, by "providing a more detailed and nuanced picture of the antebellum religious" views and how they were used by Northern Protestants to justify initial and continued participation in the war effort, and also how their religious beliefs affected their interpretation of their experiences.
Bloomfield, D.. "Obama Mideast Policy: Amateurish improvisation." Chicago Jewish Star, December 18, 2009,
[Mahmoud Abbas], the president of the Palestinian Authority, enthusiastically embraced the American call for a settlement freeze, particularly in Jerusalem, and added some terms of his own: an Israeli commitment to return to the 1967 borders and resuming talks where they'd ended when he turned down the proposal of the previous Israeli government (an offer [Bibi Netanyahu] had successfully campaigned against).
Neither Israel nor the United States wants Abbas to fail. The settlement moratorium was the result not only of prodding from the [Obama] administration but also from Netanyahu's own security establishment concerned about shoring up Abbas and moderate forces in the face of Hamas.
Netanyahu has challenged Abbas to "seize the opportunity" to "move towards peace," but the Palestinian leader's refusal to meet him halfway makes him look like he isn't serious about wanting peace and that, like Yasir Arafat before him, he continues to hold out hope that the rest of the world will deliver Israel to him without having to negotiate or compromise.
Cox, S.. "Word Watch." Liberty, January 1, 2010, 10-13,52.
According to his will, the prize for Peace was to go to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Both the literature and the peace awards are dispensed as frequently for social activism or ethnic representation as for anything remotely to do with fraternity among nations, the reduction of standing armies, or the promotion of peace conferences. [...] scientists think many satellite galaxies have already rammed into the Milky Way, though so far it has endured.
Cronin, R.. "Mekong Dams and the Perils of Peace." Survival 51, no. 6 (December 1, 2009): 147.
Less than two decades after the end of a long and bloody conflict, a new kind of danger is looming over the six countries that share the watershed of the 4,880-kilometer-long Mekong--a river that at the height of the conflict earned the name River of Terror and Hope. Peace has brought a new peril to more than 60 million people reliant on traditional farming and fishing, and ultimately to the stability and peace of the Mekong region as a whole. This time, however, the danger is not about ideology or territory, but water: who controls it, how it should be used, and for whose benefit. The 795,000 kmsup2 Mekong basin comprises a large portion of five Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar) and China's Yunnan Province. Here, Cronin reports the perils of peace in the Mekong basin and explores the countries' pursuit of an outdated and wasteful development paradigm of the basin.
Dini, S.. "Peace Building Efforts by Somali Women." Journal of International Peace Operations, January 1, 2010, 19-20.
Somali women's participation in these projects is essential because they can shape, control and benefit from the outcomes of durable peace, allowing them opportunity to demand gender equality in the postconflict recovery stage. Since 1991, Somali women have responded creatively to the continued chaos and hostility in their country through programs such as reciting peace poetry to warring groups, serving as peace envoys in times of conflict and providing emotional and financial support to victims of violence.
Fleming, T.. "FRANKLIN SAVES THE PEACE." American Heritage, January 1, 2010, 37.
Most people think George Washington's 1781 triumph at Yorktown ended the American Revolution. Hence, the victory set in motion a peace process that imperiled America's independence as virulently as the invading armies George III had dispatched in 1776. It was Benjamin Franklin, the American ambassador to Paris, who persuaded the British to sign a peace treaty with the new republic. Here, Fleming details how Franklin negotiated with the British to sign the peace treaty.
Herlinger, C.. "Obama's peace prize speech explores the ethics of warfare." The Christian Century, January 12, 2010, 13-14.
The Christian Science Monitor reported praise from former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican and potential presidential candidate in 2012, who credited Obama for taking a realistic view of war and peace. In his peace prize address, Obama acknowledged his debt as the first black U.S. president to the example of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.. another Nobel laureate and an advocate of nonviolence.