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Ambassadors for Peace

In Memoriam: Baron Vaea

June 7, 2009

Baron Vaea, Prime Minister of Tonga from 1991 to 2000, passed away at his home on June 7, 2009 at the age of 88. He was deeply loved by many Tongan people.

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In Memoriam: Abdou Daouda

May 15, 2009

Niamey, Niger - The president of the Niger chapter of the Universal Peace Federation, El Hadj Abdou Daouda, died in an accident on May 15, 2009. He was Minister of National Competitiveness and the Fight Against the High Cost of Living.

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Day of Families Celebrated in Pohnpei

May 15, 2009

Pohnpei, Micronesia - Coinciding with the UN International Day of Families, UPF-Micronesia sponsored a one-day seminar for 45 participants. Most guests arrived early and were greeted and treated with the traditional  headdress worn at most gatherings and special meetings.

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Virginia Ambassadors for Peace Recruit Sponsors for Nepali Orphans

April 29, 2009

Virginia, United States - Through Global Orphan Outreach, Families for Children, Ambassadors for Peace in Virginia launched in 2008 a sponsorship program for orphans in Nepal.

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A Muslim Perspective in America

April 16, 2009

Virgina, United States - The Ambassadors for Peace Association of Virgina’s forum on April 16, 2009 provided a platform for the “moderate” voice of American Muslims.

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In the News: Universal Peace Federation awards 30 Ambassadors for Peace certificates

April 8, 2009

Universal Peace Federation has awarded 30 people in Kenema city with certificates as Ambassadors for Peace in the Kenema district east of the country during its two days International Leadership Conference.

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C. Gerlicz: Great Projects as Potential Peace Engines

March 19, 2009

Humanity has always sought to gather around great projects to decrease social tensions or transcend political, ethnic, or religious boundaries. This has been particularly true since second half of the twentieth century.

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In Memoriam: Eduard Yakovlev

December 7, 2008

On December 7, 2008, a “Peace Run” was organized by UPF-Georgia with the support of visiting Russian Ambassador for Peace Eduard Yakovlev, President of the International Super-marathon Association. About 150 people took part, including 18 handicapped people.

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Book Release: Jose de Venecia, Global Filipino

November 6, 2008

Global Filipino offers a behind the scenes look at the man at the center of power of one of America's most important allies. Since his meteoric rise to become Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives in 1992, Jose de Venecia has been the foremost architect for policies of development and peace making in the Philippines.

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H. Sinn: Civilian Peace Service Initiatives

October 4, 2008

Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) began in February 2005, following an International Civilian Peace Service Consultation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Since then, our CPSC Committee has moved forward informed by the experience of our European friends and colleagues, supported by the ongoing work of Canadian peace, human rights, and development NGOs, along with our own particular views and undertakings.

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B. Bhaneja: Proposal for a Canadian Department of Peace

October 4, 2008

In the early part of the twenty-first century, the peoples of the world are experiencing an intolerable level of insecurity and violence on the parts of states and non-state actors. At the same time, there has been a re-energizing of the peace movement and citizen initiatives in seeking innovative, nonviolent and enduring resolution of conflict through peacebuilding activities of many kinds. One of those initiatives is a growing international movement for the creation of departments of peace in all nations. Canada, as a middle power with a long history of peacekeeping and negotiated outcomes to conflict, stands in a unique position to become the first country to proclaim a Department and Minister of Peace.

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A. Curling: Giving Substance to the Words of Peace

October 3, 2008

For over 2,000 years this plea has been on the books and has been issued millions of times from pulpits the world over to many millions of faithful parishioners, many of whom have become the perpetrators of war, the starters of war, the losers of war, and — dare I say it — the winners of wars for there are those who profess that in war there are no winners.

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In Memoriam: Mrs. Fatwa El Masri

October 2, 2008

News of the passing of UPF Lebanon's Ambassador for Peace Mrs. Fatwa El Masri on October 1, 2008, saddened those in the Universal Peace Federation who knew her and her peace-loving family.

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Book Review: War Child, by Bruce Cerew

August 27, 2008

The Netherlands - What’s in a book? Is it a laugh, a thrill, a feeling, a thought, a tragedy, a jolt, a profound communication, reality? You’ll find all of that and more in the new, quick selling War Child, a Memoir, by Bruce Cerew.

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In Memoriam: Chief Imam Assane Cisse

August 14, 2008

On August 14, 2008, Chief Imam Sheikh Assane Cisse passed to the spiritual world at the age of 63 in his homeland of Senegal.

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In Memoriam: Mark Anthony Cuellar

July 17, 2008

On July 17, 2008, the Cuellar family, the nation of Belize, Central America, and the whole Western hemisphere lost a precious son, a father, a brother, a patriot, a true friend, and a great man of God. Mark Anthony Cuellar was a true pioneer and visionary, a man of boundless enthusiasm.

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Conference in Paraguay Emphasizes Strong Marriages and Families

July 5, 2008

Asunción, Paraguay - Twenty-eight new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed at the International Leadership Conference awards banquet in Asuncion on July 4.

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H.E. Mrs. Conceptia Ouinsou Receives Awards

June 6, 2008

The Universal Peace Federation and the President of the Constitutional Court of Benin presented awards to Her Excellency Mrs. Conceptia Denis Ouinsou in recognition for her ten years of service as head of the Constitutional Court of Benin.

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The Problem with War

June 5, 2008

The problem with war, particularly in Vietnam, was that weapons such as napalm had no soul. If you happened to be below it you were instantly incinerated. I arrived at 1:00 am, in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) after a flight haunted by images of movies and news reports from the 1970s. I was planning to stay ten days but remained a full month.

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Portrait of Peace: Jean Paul Samputu

June 5, 2008

Jean Paul Samputu is one of only two members of his family to survive the atrocities that took place in his homeland of Rwanda. Samputu lost his parents, three brothers and a sister. In October of 1990 he had been imprisoned along with other Tutsis for six months. Upon returning to his village he was warned by his father to leave because as a well-known musician his life would be in danger in the outbreak of violence that would only be a matter of time.

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