Peace campaigners have been accused of “indoctrinating” children, after Britain’s largest teaching union promoted a scheme to sell white poppies ahead of Remembrance Sunday. The Peace Pledge Union (PPU), a pacifist organisation, will this week formally launch a new campaign for schools across the country to endorse white poppies. It comes after the PPU exhibited for the first time at this year’s National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference, where it signed up over 100 teachers to its inaugural teacher network. The PPU, which grew out of the conscientious objectors movement in the First World War, aims to challenge what they see as the “glamorisation” of war through the sale of red poppies. But Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan, criticised the sale of white poppies in schools as “misguided”. Colonel Richard Kemp Credit: NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock He told The Sunday … [Read more...] about Peace campaigners accused of ‘indoctrinating’ children, as teaching union promotes white poppy scheme
Liberians have voted in large numbers in the first election run entirely by the country’s institutions and security forces since the civil war. Police officers and election officials who had been preparing for months took their places at polling stations, listening sympathetically to complaints about impatient voters pushing in the queue and missing names on the rolls. Though there were reports of ballots not arriving at stations until mid-afternoon, and of a politician being arrested after handing out money, such incidents appeared to be fairly isolated. A video of police dealing with “election violence” circulated on Facebook turned out to be just a drill. “Everything is generally calm and going to plan. I can’t give you any numbers but I think voter turnout will be very high,” said the head of the national electoral commission, Jerome Korkoya. The two elections in which Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female leader, was voted … [Read more...] about Liberian voters hope for peace as historic election gets under way
Jimmy Carter has reportedly said he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a bid to defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes, and bring “permanent peace” to the Korean peninsula. In an intervention that is likely to irritate Donald Trump, the 93-year-old former president told a South Korean academic that he was willing to travel to the North Korean capital if it meant preventing war. Meet Kim Yo-jong, the sister who is the brains behind Kim Jong-un's image Read more “Should former president Carter be able to visit North Korea, he would like to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North, and a complete denuclearisation of North Korea,” Park Han-shik, a professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, told South Korea’s JoongAng Daily newspaper. Park said Carter told him during a meeting at his home in Georgia at … [Read more...] about Jimmy Carter offers to talk peace with North Korea’s Kim, says academic
The head of the anti-nuclear campaign group awarded the Nobel peace prize has chided Donald Trump for ramping up a nuclear standoff and said the US president has a track record of “not listening to expertise”. Speaking in the hours after the Norwegian Nobel committee made the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) its 2017 laureate, Beatrice Fihn, the group’s executive director, said Trump “puts a spotlight” on the dangers of nuclear weapons. “The election of President Donald Trump has made a lot of people feel very uncomfortable with the fact that he alone can authorise the use of nuclear weapons,” she told reporters in Geneva, adding that “there are no right hands for nuclear weapons”. Fihn, who called Trump “a moron” in a Twitter post just two days before the peace prize announcement, said the award sent a message to all nuclear-armed states that “we can’t threaten to indiscriminately … [Read more...] about Nobel peace prize winner rebukes Trump over nuclear standoff
12.12pm BST 12:12 We’re wrapping this live blog up now. My colleague Saeed Kamali Dehghan’s news story on the 2017 peace prize is below. Thank you for following. Anti-nuclear campaign group Ican wins Nobel peace prize Read more Updated at 12.38pm BST Facebook Twitter Google plus Share Share this post Facebook Twitter Google plus close 12.09pm BST 12:09 In another reaction form Japan, the NGO Peace Boat welcomed the award, writes my colleague Justin McCurry in Tokyo. “For the last 72 years, survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have bravely shared their horrific experience to raise public awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the urgent need to abolish them to ensure nobody ever has to endure what they have suffered,” it said. “It is thanks to their tireless efforts and to the mobilisation of people, … [Read more...] about Nobel peace prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins award – as it happened
It’s not every day you can say that your government has been actively undermining the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners, but today is that kind of day. After months of frightening threats from the USA and North Korea, and with the risk of nuclear war greater now than it has been in many years, the Nobel Prize Committee has awarded the Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican). Their amazing work, described by the Nobel Committee as “a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to … eliminate nuclear weapons,” led to a legally binding nuclear weapons ban treaty at the UN supported by the majority of the world’s nations. It was a groundbreaking achievement, yet it was opposed by our own Government. I was at the UN in June as more than 120 countries gathered to agree the ban, but Theresa May didn’t even bother to turn up and the UK sent no official representative. The ban has now been set in … [Read more...] about Today’s Nobel Peace Prize winners were not impressed with Theresa May’s approach to nuclear weapons
Shimon Peres dies in hospital aged 93 Former president had suffered stroke two weeks ago Barack Obama leads tributes to Nobel laureate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address nation later Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman – obituary Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister, president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died at the age of 93. The Israeli statesman suffered a major stroke two weeks ago and died in hospital in Tel Aviv early on Wednesday. Barack Obama, the US president, led the tributes as leaders past and present mourned the passing of Mr Peres. "There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people," Mr Obama said in a White House statement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was due to deliver a special address … [Read more...] about Shimon Peres dies: Barack Obama leads tributes to Israel’s former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Norwegian committee that chooses the winner sorted through more than 300 nominations for this year's award, which recognises both accomplishments and intentions. The prize announcement was made in Oslo on Friday morning, culminating a week in which Nobel laureates have been named in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature. The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not release names of those it considers for the prize, but said 215 individuals and 103 organisations had been nominated. The five members of Norway's Nobel committee unveiled their choice at 10am in what is traditionally an eagerly-anticipated award handed out during the foundation's prize-giving week. Lawmakers, cabinet ministers, former laureates and university professors are among the thousands of people around the world entitled to suggest candidates for … [Read more...] about Nobel Peace Prize 2017 awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Capping off its highly anticipated week of awards, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announces the its annual Peace Prize on Friday. The coveted prize is given to a person, or group of people, who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations”. The committee reportedly receives more than 200 nominations a year, though only a select group of people – such as politicians, Committee members, and Peace Prize laureates – are allowed to nominate. The committee has received some questionable nominations this year – both US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are said to have been nominated – but various organisations have whittled them down to a more realistic list of front runners. Topping the list is Pope Francis, who has been favoured to win since he became head of the Catholic church in 2013. No pontiff has ever won the prize, but Pope Francis has distinguished himself for his progressive viewpoints, as well … [Read more...] about Who is going to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize?
Donald Trump may win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, though bookmakers suggest it is unlikely. The US President is best-priced at 100-1, the same as Vladimir Putin and only ahead of the rank outsider, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders are both being offered at 50-1, but trail far behind the favourites Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini. The Iranian foreign minister and the EU’s foreign policy chief orchestrated the Iran nuclear deal that saw the middle-eastern country give up its nuclear weapons development in exchange for the lifting of crippling sanctions. A win for the pair would be a riposte to Mr Trump, who is threatening to pull out of the “embarrassing” deal. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is also among the front runners after the role it played in the ousting of Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh and the restoration of democracy. The White Helmets, who were … [Read more...] about People who are standing up to Trump among Nobel Peace Prize favourites
It’s that time of year again! The days are growing shorter and the smell of Nordic niceties is in the air. Yes, Monday marks the start of Nobel season, the world’s most prestigious prize-giving ceremony and our annual reminder that Norway exists. Over the course of the week, Nobel prizes will be awarded in six categories – but the only ones most people pay attention to are literature (particularly if the prize goes to a rock star) and peace. There’s been quite a kerfuffle about the prestigious peace prize recently, what with that whole Aung San Suu Kyi being complicit in a genocide thing. Last month, Aung San Suu Kyi – who was awarded the 1991 Nobel peace prize “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” – spent weeks struggling to mention anything about the human rights abuses being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. When she finally broke her silence in late September, it was to give a Trumpesque … [Read more...] about The Nobel peace prize is a who’s who of hawks, hypocrites and war criminals
If you want to see Israelis and Palestinians attempt to make peace, you should head for the National Theatre in London – because you certainly won’t see them doing it anywhere else, least of all in the land they both call home. On stage, it’s all there. The sweat, the tears, the angst are laid bare in Oslo, the Tony-award winning play whose London transfer is just beginning. It tells the improbable story of the secret back-channel opened up by two Norwegian diplomats in the early 1990s, which ultimately led to the White House lawn, where Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands, watched by a smiling Bill Clinton, 24 years ago. Trump's ambassador to Israel refers to 'alleged occupation' of Palestinian territories Read more I saw the play just before I headed to the region, where I’ve spent the last week criss-crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Tel Aviv and Jericho. In light of the conversations I’ve had with officials, current … [Read more...] about The talking is over, the occupation goes on. Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?
If you want to see Israelis and Palestinians attempt to make peace, you should head for the National Theatre in London – because you certainly won’t see them doing it anywhere else, least of all in the land they both call home. On stage, it’s all there. The sweat, the tears, the angst are laid bare in Oslo, the Tony-award winning play whose London transfer is just beginning. It tells the improbable story of the secret back-channel opened up by two Norwegian diplomats in the early 1990s, which ultimately led to the White House lawn, where Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands, watched by a smiling Bill Clinton, 24 years ago. Trump's ambassador to Israel refers to 'alleged occupation' of Palestinian territories Read more I saw the play just before I headed to the region, where I’ve spent the last week criss-crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Tel Aviv and Jericho. In light of the conversations I’ve had with officials, current … [Read more...] about The Middle East peace process makes great theatre – but in reality, it’s dead
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize because of her country’s persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority. The leader of Burma’s National League for a Democracy, was given the prestigious award in 1991 for campaigning to make her country a democracy. But more than 370,000 people have now signed a petition demanding the Nobel Committee withdraw the award, following increased violence against the mostly Muslim minority group in Burma’s Rakhine province. Since becoming Burma’s leader last year, Ms Suu Kyi has been widely accused of failing to halt violence against the Rohingya. The latest bloodshed has resulted in 146,000 people fleeing the area, mostly into neighbouring Bangladesh. United Nations agencies believe the figure could rise to 300,000 in the coming days. The … [Read more...] about Hundreds of thousands sign petition demanding Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize be rescinded
The rain poured down on over a million people, from all over Colombia and Latin America, gathered patiently in the main park of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, to see the leader of their faith. Half an hour before the arrival of Pope Francis, the man they had waited up to 8 hours for, the sun broke through. The vast crowd took part as ‘Papa Francisco’, as he is known to Colombians, performed mass during the first full day of his five-day peace-building visit to Colombia. He used the sermon in Simón Bolívar Park to denounce corruption and spread his message of reconciliation, asking Colombians to put aside their differences and push for peace. The pope’s visit has generated huge enthusiasm in the majority-Catholic country. People lined the streets to welcome him as he made his way from the airport into the capital, Bogotá, on Wednesday evening in the ‘Popemobile’. Pope Francis (R) arrives to officiate a mass at Simon … [Read more...] about Pope Francis urges Colombians to push for peace as 20,000 gather for open air mass
Tens-of-thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize because of her country's persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority. The leader of Burma’s National League for a Democracy, was given the prestigious award in 1991 for campaigning to make her country a democracy. But more than 370,000 people have now signed a petition demanding the Nobel Committee withdraw the award, following increased violence against the mostly-Muslim minority group in Burma’s Rakhine province. Since becoming Burma’s leader last year, Ms Suu Kyi has been widely accused of failing to halt violence against the Rohingya. The latest bloodshed has resulted in 146,000 people fleeing the area, mostly into neighbouring Bangladesh. United Nations (UN) agencies believe the figure could rise to 300,000 in the coming days. The recent outbreak began … [Read more...] about Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize to be withdrawn over Burma crisis
The government’s insistence that the UK must leave the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ) after Brexit could see Northern Ireland lose tens of millions of pounds in funding for its peace and reconciliation programmes, according to a pressure group. Open Britain, which campaigns against a hard Brexit, claims that unless the government gives ground on the matter, the European Union’s PEACE programme, which under its fourth round of funding covering the period 2014 to 2020 is to receive £208m from the European Regional Development Fund, is in jeopardy. The programme, which aims to boost “cohesion between communities involved in the conflict in Northern Ireland” and “economic and social stability”, applies to Northern Ireland and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland. Brexit will not jeopardise peace in Ireland, EU's chief negotiator says Read more Projects funded by the programme include the Victims … [Read more...] about Brexit could leave Irish peace programme at risk, campaigners warn
Peter Oloo wiggles his way through the maze ahead of him, easily avoiding hitting, or getting hit by, the dozens of people moving between the narrow streets of Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Every few metres he stops, fist-bumping childhood friends or respectfully bowing when shaking hands with older women. “These were my mothers when growing up,” he says. “Here, we used to look out for each other. Everyone was their brother’s keeper.” Kibera is made up of 13 villages crammed into 2.5 sq kilometres and has an estimated population of 250,000 people. The unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 22%, with most of those being the young, many of whom live in informal settlements such as Kibera. “It is this group of people that is most vulnerable during this political season,” Oloo says. “Everyone lives peacefully here,” says his colleague Eric Mwanzia. “Until the politics start.” You cannot … [Read more...] about ‘You cannot preach peace to an angry man’: elections in Kenya
Campaigners chanted "no justice, no peace" outside a police station in protest over the death of a man after a police chase. Up to 150 people, many holding Black Lives Matter banners, brought traffic to a standstill outside east London's Stoke Newington Police Station in a vigil for Rashan Charles. Protest hold Black Lives Matter signs outside Stoke Newington Police Station Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of a shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, on Saturday at 1.45am. The 20-year-old died later in hospital. The vigil was organised by Stand Up To Racism and campaigners say they are "enormously concerned and angered" over his death. Rashan Charles, 20, died in hospital after being restrained by police Credit: Pixel8000 The crowd, which was made up of people from different races and ages, listened to speeches about … [Read more...] about Campaigners chant ‘no justice, no peace’ in protest at death of Rashan Charles after police chase
Image copyright RotaryPeaceChula Image caption Students on the course had to come up with creative ways to showcase our research "What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word." And with that, in Act One, Scene One, Tybalt, the violent "Prince of Cats" in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet begins a fight that could possibly have been avoided.A journalist with more than 13 years' experience covering stories of terror, violence, attending inquests, carrying out death knocks and focusing on the emerging field of "trauma journalism", there came a point last year when I was ready to take a step back and deep dive into the world of peace and conflict, which had come to underpin every bit of storytelling I was doing.So earlier this year, I took three months' unpaid leave to take up a Rotary International peace … [Read more...] about Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?