UN Women and the Government of the Netherlands convened with the Syrian women civil society members and activists in a two-day meeting to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process. The meeting ended with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks, urging all parties to transcend their differences to reach an agreement for a free, pluralistic and democratic Syria that respects human rights and equality between men and women.
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Margaret MacMillan, The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War: The Brookings Essay
This is part of a very large web presentation by the Brookings Institution and definitely worth a look. The HTML-enhanced multimedia presentation, with graphics and videos, can be viewed here.
Margaret MacMillan is a professor of international history and a warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She also teaches at the University of Toronto, and has written several books related to early 20th Century history, particularly the period up to and just after World War I.(via timekiller-s)
"For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom?
'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon?”
- Kurt Vonnegut
Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for leading a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. This enabled the 2005 election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be president of Liberia — making her the first female elected head of state in Africa and a fellow Nobel laureate of Gbowee.