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With some geopolitical conflicts entering their sixth decade, fresh ideas for international conflict resolutions are much overdue.

*This village is only for people with related education or work experience, in either international relations, international law or peacemaking. We also welcome those who live in or have lived in the conflict zones we discuss.*
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Fatah is the only party Israel is willing to negotiate with. But it wasn't elected, Hamas was. For the remote possibility that Israel will finally allow the birth of an independent Palestinian state, should Hamas step aside?

June 17, 2007 at 3:38pm


Personally my heart is breaking for the Palestinians right now. May our Creator have mercy on them.
June 17, 2007 at 9:54pm

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BBC Coventry & Warwickshire recently held a discussion in the Open Centre to celebrate Coventry's Peace Month. The discussion was titled 'The problem with peace. . .' and the broadcast of this dicussion can be heard on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire tomorrow night.

Is peace sustainable? Or sometimes is war the only solution? Is peace utopia or is it something we just talk about? Why can't we have more peace in the world? Is war something that has always exsisted but we only know more about it now due to our perceptions in mass media coverage?

A range of people attended the discussion, which was hosted by Anita Bhalla, Head of Political and Community Affairs for BBC English Regions.

Other participants included

Tariq Mehmood (one of the Bradford 12). He is a writer, journalist and film maker, he now writes children's books that are allegories about the Kingdom of Milk (Oil). www.commapress.co.uk %20page=whileThereIsLight

Professor Andrew Rigby from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation www.corporate.coventry.ac.uk

Dr Salim Dawood A refugee doctor from Iraq

Amra Bone part of Coventry City Circle and advocate for Islamic Awarness Week and a regular speaker about peace. www.coventrycitycircle.org

From the Older People's Partnership: Don Newman, he was a civilian Prisioner of War, Japanese prisioner of war.

Terry Doyle, from the Older People's Partnership and a member of the Labour Party (not an MP) leans to the left.

Margaret Buckley from the Older People's Partnership.

Lissa Clark from the Older People's Partnership. www.coventrypartnership.com

From Coventry Youth Council: Rajay Niah, Ben Bilverston, Saboor Arif, Niamh Quille. www.coventry.gov.uk

The event is a discussion about war and peace. The event was part of Coventry's Peace Month and coincided with the anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. The event was held in the late afternoon in BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Open Centre on Tuesday 14th November, it will be broadcast at 7pm on Thursday 16th November on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. 94.8/103.7/104FM or on DAB.
bbc.co.uk or bbc.co.uk
? DAB Digital Radio or 94.8/103.7/104FM


Any thoughts on the subject?

November 19, 2006 at 5:15am


This is still available online if anyone wants to listen:
November 19, 2006 at 5:16am

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looking for information that i may not find in my search paths - basically i am interested in the distinction between the NATO and UN missions in Afghanistan - i thought some of you may find info i would not as we all have differing search methods

April 11, 2006 at 4:02pm


I'm not able to read the other comment posted so I might be repetitive here.

The U.N. mission chiefly focuses on delivering humanitarian relief. Although the NATO mission also includes this, its main focus is the 'campaign against terrorism'. This includes 'rooting out' (ie. searching for and killing) 'Taliban' members. The U.N. mandate does not incorporate this.
June 10, 2006 at 11:12pm


The UN mission is UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan). I believe NATO took over from the SFOR (security forces ....) mission. If you do a search for UNAMA you will be able to find it on the web and then it should have a link to the nato mission. Hope this helps.
May 24, 2006 at 10:34pm

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An Eye for an Eye can make the whole world blind... but what do you think ?

The concept of non-violence worked well between India and Britain during the time of Gandhi. An Eye for an Eye? questions if it is naive to think that non-violence can work in this century, against violent weapons of the military and silent weapons of the media.

This is project that I've recently been involved in...you can take part too!

March 23, 2006 at 9:40am


Has this site been removed from the web or is it just temporarily down?
May 31, 2007 at 11:22pm

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was the canadian lead role already planned by the government pre-federal election (2006) or was it something the new government put into action ....
was canada in afghanistan as peace keepers and recently changed their mission ??
peace out

March 12, 2006 at 8:55pm


The Canadian position in Afghanistan was set by former prime minister Paul Martin, not by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

It is not correct that Canadians are in Afghanistan simply as 'peace keepers' (ie. to ensure no one fights and to act as a security buffer)--- they are there to fight Afghani insurgents.
June 10, 2006 at 11:19pm

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