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Therefore, we will continue with our live online chats via VOKLE and post notes here. We accept POP Stars on a rolling basis, so spread the word for next year's POP star program!
Without further adieu, here are notes from Session 3 in January, diving in deeper to peace and its significance world wide:
In the past sessions we have discussed and explored definitions of the culture of peace, Peace Keys and how we have seen these principles put into context through our own communities. However, in the last two sessions for January, we explore a wider perspective on how the culture of peace, and the UN Peace Keys are lived by in other regions of the world.
Key current issues discussed:
- Myanmar continues to push forward resolutions for peace and development.
On January 12, the US restores diplomatic relations with Myanmar as a response to the new civil government’s campaign towards political and economic changes. In lieu of this, a ceasefire agreement has been pushed forward between the Myanmar government and the Karen ethnic rebel groups. Furthermore, there was a release of 651 prominent political prisoners. Recently, the US senators have considered lifting some of the sanction on the country.
- Links to resource articles:
The NY Times
Senators lifting sanctions of Myanmar
Do you see a promising future for a change in the authoritarian ruled-Myanmar? What are the perceived challenges and the ways to surpass these challenges towards peace development in the region?
- South Sudan is starting to be torn again
The recently proclaimed independent South Sudan has started to enter the whirlpool of conflict due to domestic tensions. On December 31, 2011, there were a thousand Neur fights poured into Pibor. Furthermore, the rampage continued until January 3rd in which many people died. Increasing domestic tensions are felt as the Murle fighters regroup and cause threats to several villages.
- Resource article
3. Development of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians
Early this January 2012, peace talks were discussed in Amman, Jordan. The leaders of both countries have agreed with the quartet to come forward with a comprehensive proposal in terms of resolving issues on territory and security. As these proposals were presented to each party, division was caused in the terms of resolution. On January 28, details emerge of Israeli offer on two-state solution in which the Palestinians did not agree with.
How difficult is it to affect peace and understanding among actors of separate interests?
Peace talks considered in Pakistan
Pakistan civilian and military leaders med Tuesday to discuss policy toward Afghanistan, including peace talks with the Taliban militants. According to the New York Times, Pakistan Foreign Minister Ms. Khar plans to visit Afghanistan to discuss the “on-going reconciliation process,” that is an alleged euphemism for possible peace talks with the Talibans.
A Whiff of Reconciliation
In Siem Reap Cambodia, tourists especially South Korean visitors go to the Pyongyang Restaurant that provides an arena of North Korean food, culture and arts. Amidst strong tensions between North Korea and South Korea, a picture of peaceful cohabitation and a whiff of reconciliation are demonstrated between both nationals interacting in this very own restaurant.
Resource video clip
France, breaking with NATO, will speed exit off Afghanistan
How do you see this move of France? Will the other NATO members follow the same decision? To what extent will this bring peace and development in the Middle East?