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1. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 24 > Issue: 1
Dr. Robert Perry, Peace without Reconciliation: Political Attitudes to Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
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After a historic agreement was reached, between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein (SF), Power-sharing government resumed in Northern Ireland in 2007. Both political parties committed themselves to peaceful, democratic and consensual self-government in Northern Ireland. This was the first time that Northern Ireland was to be run by a government in which all the main nationalist (nationalists want Northern Ireland to be reunited with the rest of Ireland) and unionist (unionists want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom) parties were to agree to serve together. Forty years of civil strife and conflict are over. There is now political stability; nonetheless, the peace process has not brought about the positive changes which many had expected. This article looks at the pressing issue of reconciliation in Northern Ireland; it is not the intention of this article to solely blame one ideological tradition, community, or political party.
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldstein, To See or Not to See: A Call for Consciousness and Cognizance in Jewish, Progressive, and Public Readings of Esther
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A public reading of the book of Esther is a ritual performed annually during the Jewish festival of Purim, a post-pentateuchal celebration that commemoratesa largely fictitious event. This event is described in Esther in vivid and comedic detail. It is the tale of an anti-Semitic plot instigated against diasporic Jews living in 5th-3rd c. Persia. Queen Esther hides her identity as a Jew, and with her uncle Mordechai, outwits the villain, Haman, and ultimately saves her people from destruction. Celebrants of the festival traditionally drown out the name of Haman with noisemakers, symbolically wiping out real enemies. While the book of Esther has been read publicly for over 2000 years, the comedic elements are largely forgotten, as is the ancient Mediterranean context. Instead the book is read against the backdrop of the Holocaust, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and real acts of terror against European Jewish synagogues. The original context of the book ought to be retaught and interpretations of Esther that overtly condemn violence should be embraced by all segments of the Jewish community.
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Lydia Schoeppner, The Role of International Institutions and Organizations in Sovereignty Conflicts in the Arctic
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Increased melting of Arctic sea ice due to climate change attracts interests of national states who sense the potential that opening northern waters will enhance access of the Northwest Passage (NWP) and subsoil resources. Claims for Arctic sovereignty include conflicts around the status of the NWP, ownership of resources, but also attempts of Inuit to decolonize through the establishment of self-government in their respective countries that receive a new urgency due to the effects of climate change. From a review of different existing institutional and organizational bodies and mechanisms that serve as intervention tools in the sovereignty disputes in the Arctic (the UN, the Arctic Council and the Inuit Circumpolar Council) it emerges that such actors can ultimately only provide a non-binding platform for orientation and exchange and eventually leave nation-states as ultimate power-holders which reinforces and is in accordance with realist theory and its understanding of the international system as anarchic (i.e. as lacking a decision-making and binding overarching authority beyond the state-level). Despite their good intentions, external general acceptance and partial success, the potential of the organizations and institutions analyzed here is also ultimately challenged by nation states, who seem to prefer circumventing such intervention tools to be able to interact instead with each other via officialdiplomacy or by making singular and autonomous decisions to maximize their power and sovereignty.
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Eduardo Soto Parra, Energy from the South towards Peace: The Role of UNASUR in Preventing Internal Political Conflict
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This article is about the novel role of the Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (South American Nations Union) - UNASUR as a peacekeeper in the SouthAmerican region. It begins with an overview of UNASUR, its history, legal framework, and its mandate related to peacekeeping activities. Then, the efforts for regional integration and peacekeeping are addressed, with an explanation of the different frameworks backing those intents and the new peacemaking body known as UNASUR. Examples of political conflict are outlined, namely those in Bolivia and Venezuela, and the ways in which the novel intervention of UNASUR deescalated the violence. After providing a brief description of South American history, its recent conflicts, and a review of some applicable conflict causation theories, the article concludes with a theoretical explanation of the role of UNASUR and its intervention for building peace in the region. This leads to questions and suggestions about how the work of UNASUR can be protected and enhanced to benefit the creation and maintenance of harmonious relationships within South American states.
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5. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 24 > Issue: 1
Tim Horner, Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971 by Yasmin Saikia
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Masako Nakagawa, Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen by Nakazawa Keiji
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Scott Grapin, Editors Jame Schaeffer and Tobias Winright, Environmental Justice And Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision For The Catholic Church In The United States
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John A. Berteaux, Justice through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment by Nick Smith
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Daniel Cosacchi, Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne
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Kiku Huckle, What’s Gone Wrong? South Africa on the Brink of Failed Statehood by Alex Boraine
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