Engendering Democracy: Women and the Mass Social Protests in the Middle East and North Africa

Engendering Democracy: Women and the Mass Social Protests in the Middle East and North Africa

The era of globalization favors the expansion of democracy, but global-level and national discourses of democracy often are inattentive to the gendered nature of democratization processes (and it cannot be assumed that neoliberal capitalism is compatible with substantive democracy). A gender analysis is needed for a deeper understanding of democracy and of democratic transitions.

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Reading Gandhi in Cairo

Reading Gandhi in Cairo

The nonviolent campaigns erupting across the Muslim world today, largely based among the middle class, clearly indicate the practical success of an ethical commitment to norms of transparency, negotiation, compromise and mutual respect. Their links to the networks of global civil society, tied together by information technologies from Facebook to YouTube, reinforce a universal ethic, as Gandhi preached, which transcends religious and cultural particularities even as it is channeled through local grassroots movements.

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Martin Luther King: An American Gandhi

Martin Luther King: An American Gandhi

Both Gandhi and King present us with attractive proposals for thinking the two concepts of “emancipation” and “reconciliation” in postmodern times. Ultimately, for both of them, the path toward emancipation and reconciliation in a global world must embrace the radicality of “fellowship” and “neighborliness” as the window that makes reconciliation possible. By taking Gandhi beyond India, King hoped to achieve a fundamental change in the structures of American society.

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BUDDHISM AND NONVIOLENT GLOBAL PROBLEM-SOLVING

BUDDHISM AND NONVIOLENT GLOBAL PROBLEM-SOLVING

The effectiveness of Buddhist contributions to disarmament can be measured by such things as abolition of nuclear, biochemical, and other weapons; removal of foreign bases; reduction of armed forces; reduction of military budgets; legal recognition of the right of conscientious objection to military service; and the building up of alternative nonviolent forces for domestic and international security.

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October 2, 2010

The Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy (NID) and Agora Philosophical Forum will present a lecture on October 2, 2010. In this lecture Dr. Farzin Vahdat, of Vassar College, will talk about “Modernity and Nonviolence in Iran”.

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Nonviolence in a New Century

Nonviolence in a New Century

Civilization in order to be an ongoing moral progress has to combine the dynamic and innovative characteristics of the dialogue. This is what will help resolve the dichotomy between the old and the new, tradition and modernity, continuity and change. Therefore, dialogue as a power of communication entailing both ‘speaking’ and ‘listening’ has the capacity of contributing to the survival and growth of civilizations.

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Dalai Lama concerned about global warming

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that the world needs to pay attention to the impact of Global Warming seriously and look at it as the biggest environmental issue. Talking to ANI at Amritsar, Dalai Lama expressed his…

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Nonviolence and Dialogue of Cultures

In other words, life is plural by definition, and in a world of interdependent nations and cultures, the ability to engage in a tolerant and nonviolent dialogue is a vital element for communities and individuals.

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