Islamophobic and proud

Muslims and Islam Are NOT the Enemy of the West

An open letter to Westerners by Guest Contributor Matthew Johnson Dear Westerners: Muslims and Islam are not the enemy of the West. I wish this statement was without controversy, but with the rising tide of Islamophobia (i.e. irrational fear of Muslims) in the United States and elsewhere, it is clear that it is not. There[…]

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Robert J. Burrowes on the Legacy of War

by Robert J. Burrowes, contributor As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we[…]

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The Nuts and Bolts of Making Peace Possible

GlobalOPS is the world’s first fully global, online and on-site platform to provide missions, organizations, agencies, governments, practitioners, and policy makers with direct, customized, real-time support for peacebuilding, conflict transformation, prevention of armed conflict and armed violence, peacekeeping and stabilization operations. Their module leaders are amongst the world’s top experts in the their fields.  Ranging[…]


Nonviolent Peaceforce – A Wave of Unarmed Civilians

When we think of nonviolent action, we often think of Gandhi’s Salt March or the American Civil Rights Movement’s Lunch Counter Sit-Ins. While these are the most publicized nonviolent actions, there is in fact a whole gamut of actions based on Gandhi and Martin Luther King’s experiments that has been developed and put into practice.[…]

100 years of nonviolence

Transforming September 11 into a Message of Hope and Healing

This event took place 6 years ago, but it’s message is well worth repeating.  On September 11, 2006, New Yorkers and Americans in 20 states marked the 100 year anniversary of Gandhi’s decision to use nonviolence. New Yorkers for a Department of Peace (NY-DOP), in cooperation with Sony Pictures, organized a one-day-only theatrical showing of[…]

scilla elworthy

How to Deal with a Bully without Becoming a Thug

Peace Direct founder Scilla Elworthy has just given a talk at TED-x in Exeter. In the talk, Scilla draws on  stories from her inspirations such as Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi and shares half a dozen methods she has identified that allow us to counter violence without having to resort to force, and argues[…]