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Pope Ushers in New Year With a Shoutout to Moms

Francis praises women for their role as peacemakers around the world

(Newser) - Pope Francis ushered in the new year on Saturday by praising the skills women bring to promoting peace in the world, and he equated violence against women to an offense against God. The Roman Catholic Church marks Jan. 1 as a day dedicated to world peace, and a late-morning Mass...

Festival Urges an End to Fighting in Africa

Young people gather in Uganda to call for 'silencing the guns'

(Newser) - Young people played tug of war and others shook their bodies to crowd-pleasing music as a scorching African sun set near the Ugandan capital of Kampala. A tipsy poet drew loud cheers by repeatedly reciting: "One day. Someday. Could be this day." The good-natured weekend gathering attracted scores...

Peace Mission Starts With Red Sox-Yankees

76-year-old hikes from New York to Boston

(Newser) - On Aug. 4, 30 people walked with Al Forte from Grand Central Terminal to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 7-4 . The next leg of his trip is longer: He then started walking toward Fenway Park in Boston. Forte plans to be in the stands for...

Jimmy Carter: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un

Former president offers to make trip to North Korea to press for peace, professor says

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter wants "to prevent a second Korean War," and so has offered to meet with Kim Jong Un, per a University of Georgia professor who met with the ex-US president. Park Han-shik spoke of Carter's plans to South Korea's Korea JoongAng Daily amid rising tensions...

Latin America's Longest Conflict Steps Toward Its End

Colombia's FARC guerrillas lay down nearly all arms, declare end to insurgency

(Newser) - Colombia reached a major milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as leftist rebels gave up some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency. The historic step was taken as President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to a demobilization camp in Colombia's eastern jungles to...

10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace . The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations...

State Department Boasts of 'Bringing Peace' to Syria

Blog post also praises United States for 'winning fight against violent extremists'

(Newser) - Everyone's entitled to a bit of boasting now and again, but a year-in-review State Department blog post appears to have veered into overstatement territory on Syria, Politico reports. Authored by spokesman John Kirby, the DipNote post , entitled "Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments of 2015," combines the recently trending...

After Hiccup, DC Protester Resumes 32-Year Vigil

Concepcion Picciotto's shelter near White House was temporarily dismantled

(Newser) - Anyone who's visited the White House over the last 32 years might have noticed a plastic protest shelter across the street in Lafayette Park. It's been there since 1981, with now 77-year-old Concepcion Picciotto—she's anti-nukes and anti-war—either staffing it or making sure her helpers do....

World Now a More Peaceful Place

 World Now a More 
 Peaceful Place 
new study

World Now a More Peaceful Place

Syria isn't doing so hot, but globally, 2012 is looking better

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it from Newser's coverage , but apparently the world has become a more peaceful place in 2012. Reuters reports that the Global Peace Index registered its first boost in two years, after surveying everything from civil unrest to military spending in 158 countries. The Middle East...

The Unfortunate Fall of Chicago's Peace Museum

Three decades later, its treasured items sit in storage

(Newser) - Some of the most prized symbols of American peace have been languishing in water- and mold-damaged storerooms, disregarded items that are about to be doled out to other institutions in the Peace Museum's sad, final chapter. Last month, the Illinois attorney general was awarded control of numerous relics once contained...

Fashion's Issey Miyake Haunted by Hiroshima
Fashion's Issey Miyake Haunted by Hiroshima

Fashion's Issey Miyake Haunted by Hiroshima

Obama's disarmament talk inspires A-bomb survivor to speak up

(Newser) - Issey Miyake’s clothes are famous for color and exuberance, but the Japanese designer has a tragic past: He survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Miyake has declined to talk about the blast, “preferring to think of things that can be created, not destroyed,” he writes in...

Right-Wing Haters Target Malia
 Right-Wing Haters Target Malia 

Right-Wing Haters Target Malia

'Ghetto trash' directed at Obama's daughter

(Newser) - The latest racist screeds against the Obamas on a right-wing website have a new target: Malia. "Ghetto street trash" was just one of the ugly comments posted on the Free Republic site about President Obama's 11-year-old daughter after she was photographed last week wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a...

Obama Can Lead a Peaceful World: Kissinger
Obama Can Lead a Peaceful World: Kissinger

Obama Can Lead a Peaceful World: Kissinger

Former secretary of state admires president's early moves

(Newser) - Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger has warm words for President Obama, whom he describes as "like a chess player who has opened his game with an unusual opening" in an interview with Der Spiegel. "I have no quarrel with the opening move," he adds. "I...

New Zealand Rated Most Peaceful; US 83rd

(Newser) - The Institute for Economics and Peace has released its annual list of the world’s most peaceful countries, Bloomberg reports. The index is based on things like "international security" and "tolerant solidarity." New Zealand is No. 1; the US is No. 83. A sampling:
  1. New Zealand: A

Carter: Only a Free Palestine Can Stop Israeli 'Catastrophe'

Former prez advocates a two-state solution

(Newser) - Israel faces "catastrophe" unless it revives the peace process and works toward the establishment of an independent Palestine, says Jimmy Carter. In an interview with the AP, the former president and Nobel laureate says the growing number of Arabs in the Holy Land means that only a two-state solution...

Gaza Attack a 'Catastrophe': Boutros-Ghali
Gaza Attack a 'Catastrophe': Boutros-Ghali

Gaza Attack a 'Catastrophe': Boutros-Ghali

Assault will strengthen religious extremists, former UN Sec-Gen says

(Newser) - The assault on Gaza is a terrible mistake for Israel, Boutros Boutros-Ghali tells Der Spiegel in an interview in which he is deeply pessimistic about the prospects for peace. “The war in Gaza strengthens the position of radical Islamists in the entire Arab world,” the former UN secretary-general...

Afghan Activists Push for Peace Talks

Activists launch growing anti-war movement

(Newser) - More and more Afghan activists are pushing for a negotiated end to their country’s increasingly violent war, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Thousands have attended peace assemblies throughout Afghanistan, aimed at forcing the government to open public talks with the Taliban. "We need to pressure the Afghan government...

Return to Iraq: A Fragile Peace That's Jarring

Troop surge, Awakening Councils have brought fragile peace

(Newser) - When Dexter Filkins left Baghdad in 2006, it was a city of shuttered buildings and fearful citizens, in a land that looked as though it would never recover from war. But, writes the war correspondent in the New York Times, “to return now is to be jarred in the...

Jude Law Plugs 'Peace Day' in Afghanistan

Actor urges sides to pause, allow polio shots for kids

(Newser) - Jude Law stumped for peace in Kabul today, urging all sides in the Afghan war to lay down arms for one day. Visiting with British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, Law said "Peace Day" on September 21 would give health workers a chance to vaccinate children or deliver food. Gilley and...

Serbs Erect Bob Marley Peace Statue

Reggae legend a symbol of tolerance in Balkans

(Newser) - Eastern Europe may not be known for its reggae scene, but a small Serbian village has chosen iconic wailer Bob Marley as a symbol of peace for the Balkans. A statue of Marley, who died in 1981, was recently unveiled during a rock festival in Banatski Sokolac, reports the BBC....

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