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Trump and Police Violence – The Tipping Point

Amnesty International 2017 Amnesty International posted the remarks on the left following a speech by President Trump at a police event in Suffolk, N.Y. It got me thinking about this president and hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) tracks hate groups in the United States and in 2017 they have found a 197% increase in the total number of anti-Muslim hate groups...

Advocacy and Education, Innovation in Field, Projects, Uncategorized

INSIGHT POLICING: A CREATIVE APPROACH TO BUILDING BRIDGES

INSIGHT POLICING: A CREATIVE APPROACH TO BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE  Megan Price* and Bruce A. Blitman** Recent events in Baltimore, Maryland; Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere have brought national attention to the connections among police practices, violence and community progress. How can police and communities stop entrenched patterns of conflict? In this interview, Megan Price (MP),...

Governance, Uncategorized

Liberal Democracy Under Threat?

Two studies suggest that liberal democracy may no longer be the panacea it was thought to be. In a paper due to be published in January in the Journal of Democracy, University of Melbourne political scientist Dr Roberto Stefan Foa and Dr Yascha Mounk, from Harvard University, show the public dissatisfaction with democracy we are seeing in surveys across the...

Advocacy and Education, Call to Action, Uncategorized

Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation, Bangkok, Thailand September 8– 20, 2017

The world is culturally, ethnically, and politically diverse and pluralistic. It has a rich history of diverse communities living together in harmony; of spirituality alongside secularism; of compassion and fairness; of understanding and tolerance; of hospitality and caring. This would not have been possible without people’s tireless and galactic engagement in the nonviolent struggle for social justice and peace. However,...

Advocacy and Education, Governance, School, Uncategorized

Fake news as real news – quoted by children

An Irish News article states that "PUPILS are quoting fake news as fact in classrooms and written work, a poll of teachers has found. More than a third of teachers said false information found online had been cited, according to a survey by the (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) NASUWT." This hardly seems like news, fake news has been...

Advocacy and Education, Governance, Religious/Identity Based Conflict, Uncategorized

Sisi-Trump Meeting Shows Mutual Contempt for Rights

Then-presidential nominee Donald Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on September 19, 2016 in Manhattan, New York. © 2016 Reuters As a graduate of George Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution program I am distressed at the level of ignorance, hatred, and intolerance of the present US administration, nowhere is this more obvious than the state visit...

Call to Action

#IAMWHOLE Campaign in England and Wales

Growing up can be a positive time for many. However, there are hundreds of thousands of young people across England and Wales for whom the experience is very different. Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common, and can be both persistent and damaging. Also damaging is the stigma associated with mental health difficulties that manifests itself in...

Advocacy and Education, Uncategorized

Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers

What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public? Shutterstock Savo Heleta, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates. Instead,...

Call to Action

No Va Free Dental March 10-11

The member dentists of the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) is hosting its 14th Mission of Mercy (M.O.M.) Project on March 10 & 11, 2017 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Medical Education Campus in Springfield, VA. We invite you to stop by the college either on Friday or Saturday anywhere between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m....