Archive for the ‘peace’ tag

#  Comparative World Peacefulness →

January 20th, 2014 at 17:58 // In Worth Knowing 

Speaking of peace, my map-loving eye was caught by this map of peacefulness shared by @Amazing_Maps.Global_Peace_Index.svg

#  Peaceful School Reforms →

January 20th, 2014 at 16:39 // In Worth Knowing 

Dave Pell’s NextDraft is a great way to find cool things on the internet. In a recent issue he linked two stories about novel methods schools to improve peacefulness and safety other than the too conventional in America metal detectors and police officers.

#  Economics, Big Macs, and Coca-Cola

July 28th, 2008 at 22:07 // In Worth Knowing 

I’ve documented before The Economist’s penchant for unusual economic indicators. The classic example, the Big Mac index — in which the price of the sandwich serves as a proxy for purchasing power parity (PPP), has been unveiled for 2008.

Perhaps more novelly, the magazine’s Africa correspondent, Jonathan Ledgard, offers the intriguing possibilty that sales of Coca-Cola are a signal of how peaceful and prosperous a given area of the continent is. (via Passport)

#  Zoologists Study Moscow’s Stray Dogs →

May 28th, 2008 at 10:50 // In Worth Knowing 

Apparently dogs, like people, are made peaceful by oppulence:

Adaptations by individual dogs have added up to a dramatic shift in canine culture. Begging is a submissive activity, so today there are fewer all-out interpack wars, which sometimes used to last for months, according to Mr. Poyarkov. Within packs there are more stable social hierarchies that allow the whole group to prosper.

(via kottke.org, where Cliff Kuang is making me feel like a chump)

#  The Nabka’s 60th Anniversary →

May 19th, 2008 at 13:29 // In Worth Reading 

It’s not surprising that Israel’s 60th anniversary has gotten a lot more ink than the 60th anniversary of the coincident nabka (catastrophe). Yesterday, Elias Khoury wrote an Op-Ed adressing the latter.

Israel has depicted the problem as rooted in the Arab world’s refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. But even after the majority of Arab states demonstrated their recognition of this right by supporting the Saudi peace initiative of 2002, nothing changed; in fact, things became worse. To Palestinians, the true problem lies in Israel’s rejection of the Palestinian right to an independent state, and in the prevailing Israeli culture’s refusal to recognize that Palestinians were themselves victims of forced expulsion from their lands.

Recognizing the sufferings of the victim, even if they are of the victim of a victim, is the necessary condition for an exit from this long and tragic tunnel. However, as the Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci suggests, it is difficult to maintain the optimism of the will in the face of the pessimism of the intellect.

Pessimism of the will is what we are living today in the Middle East. It is a pessimism that warns not only of the danger of recurring episodes of catastrophe as Arab societies break apart, but of the dismal prospect of an endless war that will provoke future tragedies in the 21st century.

#  Hamas and Violence →

March 29th, 2008 at 16:21 // In Worth Knowing 

The complexities of the Israel-Fatah-Hamas are often lost on me. But this I was heartened by:

However, Hamas is now attempting to sell the virtues of a ceasefire to a battered people accustomed to talk of “steadfastness” and “resistance”. A group of leading thinkers is to visit universities and hold symposia to convince Gazans that a period of calm will help lift the siege and rebuild their disappearing economy.

Though that hardly means that a resolution is suddenly within sight, I can’t see this as a bad thing.

#  Should the world talk to Hamas? →

March 24th, 2008 at 17:11 // In Worth Considering 

The CS Monitor asks a question that should be answered quickly (and affirmatively).

The hand-wringing over talking to Hamas reflects a shift away from the black-and-white diplomatic approach of President Bush’s first term to a more realist and results-oriented tendency in the second. If the US can talk to archenemy Iran to get something it wants in Iraq, the reasoning goes, then why not explore what might be gained from someone sitting down with Hamas?

#  Peace Sign is Fifty →

March 21st, 2008 at 9:43 // In Worth Knowing 

I’m actually a day late, but still interesting. Bonus points to those who knew that is was based on the letters N and D (for nuclear disarmament) in semaphore. More bonus points to those that knew semaphore is flag signaling.

(via clusterflock)

#  To End All Wars →

March 17th, 2008 at 12:09 // In Worth Considering 

An odd way to find a way to end human wars, but not without value: study other primates. The answer for bonobos:

“No deadly warfare,” de Waal says, “little hunting, no male dominance, and enormous amounts of sex.” Their promiscuity, he speculates, reduces violence both within and between bonobo troops, just as intermarriage does between human tribes. What may start out as a confrontation between two bonobo communities can turn into socializing, with sex between members, grooming, and play.

And humans:

De Waal has also reduced conflict among monkeys by increasing their interdependence and ensuring equal access to food. Applying these lessons to humans, de Waal sees promise in alliances, such as the European Union, that promote trade and travel and hence interdependence. “Foster economic ties,” he says, “and the reason for warfare, which is usually resources, will probably dissipate.”

(via clusterflock)

#  I’m Having a Stroke →

March 16th, 2008 at 22:41 // In Worth Seeing 

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had a stroke. And though I’m sure some will dismiss her conclusion about the experience as “new-agey claptrap,” it’s a story worth listening to.

(via kottke)