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Germany Does Not Kill Anymore – Or Does It? A Situation Report
Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00) Written by Anis Hamadeh Tuesday, 20 October 2009 21:23Is killing a problem in Germany? In a poll among some dozens of German students, journalists, sales people, teachers, neighbors, and acquaintances (excluding explicit peace activists) I found the following: most of the questioned people had to think for quite a while, for many the question came unexpected and surprising. The answers were individual and not homogeneous, yet there were trends: the rejection of killing on the one hand, and the conclusion that the killing of people poses a much greater problem in other countries than in liberal Germany, on the other. Especially because of its history Germany would be somehow refined, integrated into the West and into Europe, and especially sensitive now. Only the war in Afghanistan was regarded as a concrete problem by more than half of the people that were questioned, mostly because of the incident on September 4, when in a military operation more than a hundred Afghanis were killed after a German order.
Newsletter of the Center for the Advancement of Nonkilling, Germany - September 2009
Last Updated (Thursday, 24 September 2009 14:39) Written by Anis Hamadeh Monday, 21 September 2009 14:45
Germans Kill in Afghanistan
Mainz (September 21, 2009) - There are eight articles in this newsletter: dead civilians in Afghanistan; the First Global Nonkilling Leadership Academy; Nonkilling Germany: How far did we get?; the Third Annual Festival of Peace 2009 in Ottawa; the Movement for a Nonkilling Philippines; a poem about Nonkillingland; a Fasting Experience, and the quote of the month. The press photo of the month is called "Ghods Day". It is by the artist G. and deals with Iran and Palestine. You can see and download it here: www.nonkilling.de/cms/images/stories/2009/ghodsday.jpg
Newsletter of the Center for the Advancement of Nonkilling, Germany - August 2009
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 September 2009 18:47) Written by Anis Hamadeh Sunday, 09 August 2009 17:51
The Nonkilling Society - Illusion or Goal?
Mainz (August 9, 2009) - Los Angeles has online statistics on homicides now: www.latimes.com/homicidemap. With such statistics an awareness for the reality of killing can be created. Moreover, they make nonkilling measurable. This is especially important in war and conflict situations, confer e.g. www.iraqbodycount.org. The August newsletter at hand deals with the general question of whether a nonkilling society is realistic, with a focus on the peculiarities of the 21st century. The second feature presents ten people in Germany who support nonkilling in different fields. The World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Chile is another topic, and the second volume of the series "Books that Change Our World View" in the HWK publishing house: "Antisemitism and Islamophobia - A Comparative Analysis" by Sabine Schiffer und Constantin Wagner. The tip of the month is musical: Canadian songwriter Dave Carroll proved that you can get your right with peaceful means. The press photo of the month is Sabine Yacoub's (www.sabine-yacoub.de) contribution to the Art Festival, the crossed out hangman: www.nonkilling.de/cms/images/stories/2009/gallows.jpg
The Nonkilling Society - Illusion or Goal?
Last Updated (Monday, 14 September 2009 15:25) Written by Anis Hamadeh Sunday, 09 August 2009 13:45
On the surface, people agree on the necessity of reducing killing in the world, if possible down to a zero body-count. At the same time, new wars have started that are not sufficiently questioned in the mainstream public. This can be criticized as double standards of the society, but it can also be recognized as a loss of values that can be overcome. Do German soldiers really have to kill and be killed in Afghanistan? The majority of the population says no, but does not have the power or strength to induce change. Too deeply rooted is the belief that killing and the threat to kill constitute effective forms of politics. And do we know a peaceful world, at all, be it at home, in school, at work, in the society? Sometimes it seems as if we simply lack functioning examples of nonkilling societies which prove their possible existance. Or is it that we view reality through the glasses of our lethal tradition and thus overlook trends of nonkilling?
Ten People in Germany who Support Nonkilling
Last Updated (Sunday, 12 July 2009 11:05) Written by Anis Hamadeh Sunday, 12 July 2009 10:59The following collection of ten biographies (Grässlin, Hänsel, Schachtschneider, Todenhöfer, Reisin, Hörstel, Wagner, Neudeck, Pfaff, Alaiyan) and sources is about people from different working fields who are engaged in the German public for nonkilling aims. I left the German sources in this translation and provided as many English links as possible. The series will be continued.
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