Just Because We Do Not Know.

People Power (Philippines, 1986)

People Power (Philippines, 1986)

I used to wonder what an individual could do in the face of war and conflict. Decisions on international politics and foreign policy are made at such a high level that I felt there was nothing I could do about it.

But in reality, there are many ways to affect change, and some are very practical – and creative.

Have you heard of “third-party intervention” and “unarmed civilian peacekeeping” (UCP) in conflicts? I was first introduced to the concepts last year while studying for the Certificate in Nonviolence Studies at the Metta Center for Nonviolence. Through the work of organizations such as Peace Brigates International and Nonviolent Peaceforce, hundreds of volunteers have traveled to conflict zones to defuse violence and protect human rights workers. Interesting, right?

Here I want to share a story of Karen Ridd from the book, Search For A Nonviolent Future, written by the founder of Metta Center, Michael Negler.  It is a little long, but I think you will enjoy it. (You can also download the book in PDF.) Continue reading

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Thinking of Venezuela – Putting the Puzzle Together

In the last post on Venezuela, I shared some of my thoughts on what is going on in the country and how complex it can be to truly understand such situations through media.  The process is one of mining different media sources for reliable information and insights, and putting all the pieces of a puzzle together.

And just like any puzzle, you cannot go through this process mindlessly.  What I would like to share here is a very simplified framework of analysis that can serve as a guide. Continue reading

Thinking about Venezuela

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the reasons I wanted to launch this blog was the situation in Venezuela.  Over the past few weeks, I have seen countless news articles about people protesting, as well as many disturbing images on social media.

One YouTube video, “What’s Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell,” made by Andreina Nash (who was born in Valencia, Venezuela, but moved to Florida at the age of nine) had caught an international attention. The video has been widely shared through social media and has been viewed almost 3 million times so far.  I was also first alerted to the situation in Venezuela through this video.

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