Monday, November 06, 2017

#autistichistorymonth #themmlinky Peace in our time; peace in our backyards; peace in the Middle East

Noa was a wonderful singer for Israel and Eurovision in 2009. She grew up in Yemen and New York. And she never thought she would be a peace advocate.

There is a young Thai man in my Plussers who had some children draw their views and visions of world peace.

When I was a student, I said, "Peace is in your own world, your own backyard"...

There were two young workers for peace I found out about at the same time: Gregory Smith and Craig Kilberger. The latter was from Canada and worked in Majority World nations and Gregory Smith was the poster boy for giftedness. I think I had seen Kilberger on television at that point.

I listened a lot to Nana Mouskouri and the Athenians earlier today. The Athenians I had not heard in a long time because they were on a vinyl record and I had bought a Nana Mouskouri CD in early 2001 and played that since.

In The art of autism there had been a lot of peace work through drawing and painting and sculpture and writing and sharing.

And I once wrote a song in the 1990s - In a perfect world / there would be peace / no wars at all. And it was so good to have a tune for it.

Peace studies as we know them have only been going on for a hundred years. Here are four paragraphs from Wikipedia about peace and conflict studies and the state of the art:

Agendas relating to positive peace in European academic contexts were already widely debated in the 1960s.[7] By the mid-1990s peace studies curricula in the United States had shifted "...from research and teaching about negative peace, the cessation of violence, to positive peace, the conditions that eliminate the causes of violence."[5] As a result, the topics had broadened enormously. By 1994, a review of course offerings in peace studies included topics such as: "north-south relations"; "development, debt, and global poverty"; "the environment, population growth, and resource scarcity"; and "feminist perspectives on peace, militarism, and political violence."[5]
There is now a general consensus on the importance of peace and conflict studies among scholars from a range of disciplines in and around the social sciences, as well as from many influential policymakers around the world. Peace and conflict studies today is widely researched and taught in a large and growing number of institutions and locations. The number of universities offering peace and conflict studies courses is hard to estimate, mostly because courses may be taught out of different departments and have very different names. The International Peace Research Association website gives one of the most authoritative listings available. A 2008 report in the International Herald Tribune mentions over 400 programs of teaching and research in peace and conflict studies, noting in particular those at the United World CollegesPeace Research Institute OsloUniversitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana/Spain, the American UniversityUniversity of Bradford, the UN mandated Peace University UPEACE in Ciudad Colón/Costa RicaGeorge Mason UniversityLundMichiganNotre DameQueenslandUppsalaInnsbruck/AustriaVirginia, and Wisconsin. The Rotary Foundation and the UN University supports several international academic teaching and research programs.
A 1995 survey found 136 United States colleges with peace studies programs: "Forty-six percent of these are in church related schools, another 32% are in large public universities, 21% are in non-church related private colleges, and 1% are in community colleges. Fifty-five percent of the church related schools that have peace studies programs are Roman Catholic. Other denominations with more than one college or university with a peace studies program are the QuakersMennonitesChurch of the Brethren, and United Church of Christ. One hundred fifteen of these programs are at the undergraduate level and 21 at the graduate level. Fifteen of these colleges and universities had both undergraduate and graduate programs."[5]
Other notable programs can be found at the University of ManitobaHiroshima UniversityUniversity of InnsbruckUniversitat Jaume IUniversity of SydneyUniversity of QueenslandKing's College (London)Sault CollegeLondon MetropolitanSabanciMarburgSciences PoUniversité Paris Dauphine University of AmsterdamOtagoSt Andrews, and York. Perhaps most importantly, such programs and research agendas have now become common in institutions located in conflict, post-conflict, and developing countries and regions such as (e.g., National Peace Council), Centre for Human RightsUniversity of SarajevoChulalongkorn UniversityNational University of East TimorUniversity of KabulMakerere UniversityMbarara University, and Tel Aviv University.

Yes, this is a good piece about Worrying in the Hebrew text along with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

The others are Autumn Wind, Come o Bride and Barren - Ruach Stav; Boi Kala; Akara in that transliterated Hebrew.

Barney Zwartz did a piece about the Hebrew alphabet and how it came into religious writings and secular writings. The source he used was about the anthropology and archaeology of the locations around the Bible and the Torah.

When I was younger we always seemed to be doing things around peace and the Middle East.

That region - the Near East - became very real to me when I studied the Hammubari Code and other Sumerian achievements. I was able to do this with the Soaring Eagle students in 2011 where we learnt about wheels. And there is a game - Challenge of the Ancient Empires - which I will find for you in the Internet Archive.

Most of the demonstrations on video are in 16 and/or 256 colours. I only ever had a CGA and that was 4 colours of cyan, magenta and the light versions of these colours.

In the Challenge of the Ancient Empires - there would be Near East [that is the easiest]; China and India; Greece and Rome and somewhere else. Master of Mischief does the hiding and the nefarious stuff. It is also where I learnt the important concept of *force field*. And I was able to use that in 2002 for self-development and self-definition.

I seriously began exploring the Internet Archive for games in 2015. A few years ago I discovered VirtualApple][ and I found games like Rockstar and there was a drawing application and the best networked Tetris I had seen to that time.

And it seems that since last year [2016] there have been lots of Shareware CD-ROMs. I never quite got into that scene.

Read a lot of Maurice Frank and the Edinburgh lot as well as a site about Hurtful experiences where people had their pen names and nom de guerres on.

There seem to be a series of Mysterious Adventures.

The pond in particular in Ready for letters feels very peaceful and calming - it is a good example of peace in your backyard. And it reminds of fun times and hard-working times with grandparents and other elders.

And I remember a children's book character who wished people to Stay peaceful. It was probably a police officer.


Anne Stone Sweet said...

I am very much an advocate for peace and I love the idea of peace in your own backyard. Very interesting post.

Adelaide Dupont said...


it was great to read your blog about the Macarena.

And, yes, peace is ... well ... peaceful.

And advocacy is great.

Kelly Kemp said...

Gosh, we seemed to spend an age studying the Middle East too! Thanks for linking up #TheMMLinky

Steph Curtis said...

Thanks for joining in with #TheMMLinky

Adelaide Dupont said...


I remember in particular the Oslo Agreement [1994] and Rabin's death [26 November 1995]. And how Hamas recognised Israel.

In more recent times - everywhere from Qatar to the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

And Steph:

I thank you too.

Thinking of something for this #themmlinky.