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I received this report via The Peace Alliance (http://www.ThePeaceAlliance.org). Congratulations to the people in the UK who made possible this movement of their government in a positive direction!

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We are delighted to inform you all that the British Government this week published a new policy entitled 'Preventing Violent Conflict'.

This policy was based on wide consultations including submissions from Transcend and ministry for peace. It is particularly significant that no less than five government departments consulted on and support this new policy - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Treasury, and the Department for International Development. read more »

The Brandeis Student Peace Alliance is hosting a Peace Day during which students and community members can learn about the violence issues affecting the greater Boston area. We have speakers from some of the most successful groups that are working to prevent these forms of violence. The main issues being covered by the forum are Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse and Gang Violence. read more »

We seek a peace that is not submissive or passive. It is not the peace of surrender but the peace of empowerment. Not the peace of maintaining the status quo but the peace of fully conscious growth and evolvement. This peace we seek is not a weakness or a powerlessness. Quite the contrary it requires rigor and discipline and perseverance and focused intention. This peace is not for the faint of heart.

It is for the full of heart! We seek a peace that expresses our power through love. read more »

Two days after the Utah delegation to the Department of Peace conference visited the office of Senator Orin Hatch, the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune contained an article quoting the Senator as saying "Those who prepared only for the military defeat of Saddam's forces committed such a profound error that it will be a lesson learned read more »

As some 60 state coordinators finished up their pre-conference meeting on Friday, waves of peace-makers began filling up the lobby. These early arrivals filled the ballroom to capacity to watch the theatrical production The Gift of Peace by playwright Stacey Martino. read more »

There is growing evidence that the universal need for peace and peace-building is becoming mainstream, common sense. Below is a New York Times discussion in which conservative historian Max Boot endorses the creation of a Department of Peace. I added emphasis to the paragraph about that. read more »

The President ordered 20,000 mediators, arbitrators and conflict resolution professionals to war-torn Somalia today. The decision comes after a month of deliberations with the Secretaries of State and Defense, the newly confirmed Secretary of Peace, countless military, political and humanitarian advisors. The move was heralded around the world as an unprecedented act of courage and resolve, one that befits the highest character of the United States. read more »

LittleNote reminded me of this story and sent me the link. It is essential reading for anyone interested in issues of war and peace, humanity of soldiers and inhumanity of nations. Thank you, LittleNote.

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nation
Friends of Freedom knew it was a special occasion.
Lady Liberty stood taller just off the shore
Her torch shining brighter than a few weeks before

But it wasn't the flame turning her cheeks all rosy
It was thoughts of Snowe, Feingold and Nancy Pelosi
And leaders from every side of the aisle read more »

The Hero endures as an archetype of the human condition. We know a hero when we see one. They are courageous, tireless, cunning, impervious to setbacks and have an insatiable desire to root out and defeat the unsavory foes. They prevail against all odds. They practice humility. read more »

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