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To offset the "Get Horrified" page, I thought it only fair to show links to stories and videos that show that sometimes, peace seems possible.

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Anti-war protesters call for peace economy

Associated Press - November 1, 2008 4:25 PM EDT
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Three days before the presidential election, anti-war activists rallied in front of the Statehouse on Saturday calling for an end to the war and a continued fight for change after Nov. 4.
Demonstrators urged Vermont to pursue what they called a peace economy, and not give tax breaks to military weapons manufacturer General Dynamics of Burlington.
Eugene Jarecki of Waitsfield said Tuesday's election is a moment of real crossroads.
He said both Barack Obama and John McCain support increased military spending at a time when there's an incredible economic crisis.
He says the crossroads is for those against the war to be unrelenting and dissatisfied until real change happens.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

Egypt agrees to host peace talks

Egypt endorses a US proposal to host key international players to follow up on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the country's presidential spokesman has said.
Suleiman Awwad said US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had asked Egypt to invite Israeli and Palestinian leaders and members of the Quartet of Mideast mediators to meet before US President George Bush's term ends in January.
Copyright © 2008 The Press Association. All rights reserved.

Georgia signs peace deal
Friday, 15 August 2008

The United States demanded today that Russian troops end their occupation of Georgia immediately after Georgia signed a ceasefire agreement.

Speaking alongside Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice evoked the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia 40 years ago to crush liberal reforms: "Russian forces need to leave Georgia at once. This is no longer 1968."

Saakashvili said following five hours of talks with Rice he had inked the ceasefire pact, negotiated by France on behalf of the European Union.

As they were speaking, a Reuters correspondent witnessed a column of up to 17 Russian armoured personnel carriers advancing along the main highway to within 34 miles of the Georgian capital, their deepest move yet inside Georgia.

Philippine fighting ends, but peace process under threat

By Trefor Moss

© 2008 Jane's Information Group

Several days of fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended on 13 August with the peace process between the government and the separatist group in serious jeopardy.

The UN also warned of an "unfolding humanitarian crisis", with 160,000 civilians having fled their homes in central Mindanao to escape the fighting. The World Food Programme said on 13 August that it planned to supply enough rice to feed 96,000 people for a month in the North Cotabato area.

Central Africa Republic, rebels sign peace pact

Sun 22 Jun 2008, 11:07 GMT
By Antoine Lawson
LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Central African Republic's government has signed a peace accord with rebel groups that seeks to end several years of bush guerrilla war in the poor former French colony that borders with Sudan and Chad.
The accord, signed in Gabon's capital Libreville on Saturday, consolidates individual ceasefires already made by President Francois Bozize's government with three insurgent movements as part of a national peace process.

June 21 2008
Mediator of Uganda gov't, rebel peace talks asks for time to woo rebel leader

Hamas spokesman voices rare optimism regarding Gaza truce

June 19 2008
Israel and Hamas take the **peace** road
Financial Times, UK

Prime Minister Odinga welcomes **Peace** Corps back to Kenya
Scripps News, DC

Thomas Barnett: The Pentagon's new map for war and peace

This man is brilliant. If only our government would listen to him.

This may sound strange for this site - but, I never said there would be no armed services. Tom Barnett actually knows how best to USE them - correctly - and then build peace after any conflict.

September 29, 2007


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Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2007-09-29 01:45. Media
Conflict Resolution Principles Agreed by Sunni, Shi’s Leaders During Closed Meetings
By Tom Hayden
Sunni and Shi’a leaders began a potential peace process at secret meetings with leaders of the new Northern Ireland and South Africa one month ago, signing a draft set of principles which resemble the protocols that guided the peace settlements in those two countries.
Chairing the closed meetings near Helsinki were Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander, lead negotiator with the British, and now Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and Roelf Meyer, former leader of the pro-apartheid National Party in South Africa’s peace negotiations. The Irish delegation also included former IRA hunger striker Leo Green, minister Jeffrey Donaldson, former Stormont speaker Lord Alderdice, and former loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Hutchison. South African participants included ANC leaders Mac Maharaj and Rashid Ismail, key participants in the military and political negotiations in South Africa. [See “McGuinness in Iraqi Peace Negotiations”, An Phoblacht, Sinn Fein Weekly, Sept. 6, 2007, and “NI Figures Boost Iraqi Peace Talks”, BBC, Sept. 4, 2007]
The Iraq delegations’ names have not been released but reportedly included six Sunni and nine Shi’a who signed a statement of principles. About 30 Iraqis were present, including Akram al-Hakim, minister of national reconciliation for the Baghdad government, representatives of Moktada al-Sadr, Sunni leader Adnan al-Dulaimi, and Humam Hammoudi, the Shi’a chairman of the Baghdad parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

The Finnish role in the current process stems from former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari’s past involvement with the independent decommissioning agency established in Northern Ireland.
The key moments at the meeting were when Irish and South African representatives told stories of how their militarized strategies ultimately led to stalemate and the prospect of endless war. “The most remarkable impression on the Iraqis was McGuinness, once evil incarnate to the Protestants”, who now sits as vice-minister to First Minister Ian Paisley, the right-wing fundamentalist preacher trained at Bob Jones University who swore that the Catholic Church was the “whore of Babylon.” A meaningful peace process “only emerged in both countries when all parties agreed that those who adhered to violence had to be brought into negotiations, and that those parties adhering to violence had accepted that violence could never lead to accomodation. One could see Iraq heads nod in agreement.” [Padraig O’Malley, Boston Globe op-ed, September 24, 2007]
The so-called “Helsinki principles” which were agreed to, with each Iraqi signatory praying “In-sha’Allah” as they signed their names, are very general and appear utopian, but so were the early framework agreements in Ireland and South Africa. Most importantly, all parties agreed to continue the discussions towards a settlement.
The agreement commits all parties “to work towards a robust framework for a lasting settlement [and] a set of recommendations to start negotiations to reach national reconciliation...The principles of inclusivity, power-sharing and a commitment to removing the use of violence as a means of resolving political differences were among the most urgent concerns agreed.”
The 12 principles and 19 “political objectives”, which are online at include:
to resolve all political issues through nonviolence and democracy;
to form an independent commission approved by all parties to supervise the process of disarmament in a verifiable manner;
to commit to accept the result of the negotiations with no party subjected to threats of force;
to establish an independent consultative body to explore ways to deal with the legacy of the past in a way that will unite the nation;
“a common vision for all Iraqi political entities on the importance of termination of the presence of foreign troops in Iraq through the completion of national sovereignty and rebuilding a national army and security apparatus according to a national vision within a realistic timetable”;
“to convince political groups that are currently outside the political process to initiate and activate a constructive dialogue to reach common understandings”;
“to deal with armed groups which are not classified as terrorist, encouraging them to use peaceful political mens to address the conflict and to provide their members with jobs and opportunities within state administrations”;
“the cessation of the violation of the human rights of Iraqi citizens and their properties by continuous bombardment and military actions by foreign forces”;
“to be rational in political speeches, for the national interest, and to move away from sectarian and ethnic dispute”;
“to bring an end to the displacement of Iraqi people and work to take care of those displaced, and secure their safe return, with guarantees of their safety by the national forces in cooperation with political parties and tribal leaders.”

July 28,2007
Iraq are in the final of the Asian Cup with a football team that is made up of Sunnis, Shias and Kurds.