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Black, White and Grey

Robi Damelin How I wish I could view life through certain eyes of black and white, and that this grey picture which insists on coming up tells me that I do not have the monopoly on truth. How I wish I could manage my life with no questions. The only thing I am certain of, is that when the media goes away all those who have lost loved ones will experience a pain so great in the heart that they feel...

PCFF’s official response to the war

Once again the South is caught in the carnage of war, creating a new wave of families to join the dreadful club of bereavement. Hundreds of dead and wounded. These people will never be the same, not only physically, but also trauma will leave its ugly mark. The Parents Circle – Families Forum for peace an reconciliation is convinced that: 1. The solution to the conflict will not come from violence,...

Birthday of Yoga Master Swami Vishnu-devananda Dec. 31

Today (December 31st) Thousands of Yoga Aspirants celebrate Swami Vishnu-devananda’s 81st birthday. Swami Vishnu-devananda lived 1927-1993. He was one of the pioneers of Yoga and Meditation in the West. He was a disciple of Swami Sivananda. In 1957 he came to the West and founded the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. He is also my Master and Guru. I spent 12 years in his centers, before I startet...

Is world peace possible to achieve?

Is world peace possible to achieve? Please, I am interested in hearing what others think about my position on this issue. World peace is possible but it is crucial to understand that it is not an easy process to achieve. There are many reasons why world peace can be possible like they are also tones of other reasons why world peace can be difficult to achieve. The reality that we experience and see...

Gaza War: Could Balkan history show way out?

Situation in Gaza is escalating to full scale war with already some 400 deaths and triple of that in hospitals. Using of force can stop rockets from Gaza to Israel for a while but what after that. Gaza strip is so small piece of land hat creating a sufficient buffer-zone – minimum 40 km for present day’s hand-made rockets – is impossible, occupation would cost human lives and money for years,...
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  • December 30, 2008 11:22 pm

Is world peace possible to achieve?

This is a reflection of the current participants in the urtak community – a test project in collaborative opinion:

What do you think?

What kind of questions do you have?

Please think about taking advantage of this new technology at to ask any question you want.

Questions are important, too!

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  • December 30, 2008 3:51 am

A Self-reliant Nation without International Recognition

Somaliland is self-reliant nation with working democratic institutions, independent judiciary system, police force, military, small navy, child care centers, primary schools, secondary schools and universities, including but not limited American universities, Ethiopian, and soon there is going to be South African, British and French universities. This a region that was bombed to the ground, it picked...

Painting of Swami Sivananda in Yoga Vidya Center Frankfurt

Wonderful Painting of Swami Sivananda in Yoga Vidya Center Frankfurt. Swami Sivananda lived from 1887-1963 and was one of the great Yoga and Meditation Masters of the 20th Century. He founded the Divine Life Society and the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh/Himalaya at the banks of the Ganges. Paintig by Michael Ball, an artist from Offenbach near Frankfurt/Germany. You can see the enlarged Photograph...

Is it Santa only?

X-mas news from Bosnia were a bit confusing. The directors of Sarajevo’s day-care centres, kindergartens and pre-schools banned Santa. I personally detest Santa – especially its Coce version – but if someone likes him it’s up to them. More serious however is if this event reflects something more about today’s society in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The reason to ban Santa was according officials that...
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  • December 29, 2008 12:27 am

Does power corrupt?

What do you think?

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  • December 27, 2008 3:17 am

Should everyone have the right to live in peace?

collaborative public opinion

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  • December 25, 2008 5:05 pm

Would things get better if we all pulled together?

what do you think?

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  • December 24, 2008 8:46 pm


More understanding is needed and more programs are needed to address this issue. And, it’s new year’s resolution time — when humankind may reflect for a moment on overindulgence. Nevertheless, people should be more and more outraged by the “creeping acceptance” of obesity. Politicians who tackle this problem should be congratulated and supported. Acceptance of obesity...
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  • December 24, 2008 6:29 pm

Squandering Kosovo’s Aid funds

A big part of EU Aid for reconstruction projects of Kosovo has been wasted due criminal activities, corruption, frauds and mismanagement reports German daily Die Welt on 18th Dec. 2008. As base of this claim are the investigations conducted by the EU Anti Fraud Office (OLAF), UN investigators and the Italian Financial Police. More than 50 cases of financial embezzlement was found – most of them...
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  • December 22, 2008 9:28 am

A new deal is needed to end the Eastern DRC Conflict; the following are recommendations for both Rwanda and the DRC governments

Policy Recommendations After the long silence by the international community to respond to the Eastern DRC crisis, it is time for the world to reexamine this crisis and take it seriously. Women have been raped; innocent civilian populations have been killed and displaced. Children have been abandoned and left desperate. As the U.N Security Council just released a strong report about the current DRC...

Globesity – become some body – the world`s unbalanced relationship to food!

The inspiration of writing this blog is from a book Fighting globesity by Phillip and Jackie Mills. The word globesity is a blend of global with obesity and refers to the looming public health crisis worldwide caused by excessive weight gain. Maybe a strange blog in this community for peace – but anyway here it is! “Globesity” is fast becoming more of a problem than famine and under-nutrition,...

The Richard Falk case, Israeli authoritarianism and Western media

December 17, 2008 Lund, Sweden B R E A K I N G . . . – December 15, 2008 Israel expels UN Human Rights Rapporteur and TFF Associate Richard Falk (Notice how it says that Falk compared Israelis to Nazis. He never did. Notice how the Foreign Ministry’s Simona Helprin’s twisting of what she calls UN regulations goes unchallenged by the journalist). And in the coming days,...
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  • December 17, 2008 9:00 pm

Looking for the right place!

There is a law in the world that should never be broken. The grown-ups in the world have agreed that all children in the world have the right to be born and to live in this world with love in their hearts. From the time when people on the Earth celebrated year 2000 and the new Millennium, the Annus Horribilis have manifested – year after a year it has been so terrible that many children in the world...

Ten things you maybe didn’t know about Pridnestrovie

Recently I was searching some information about Transnistria – aka Pridnestrovie – and found a probably official web-portal of this not recognized state. Originally Transnistria called my attention first because its quite ready statehood elements without outside recognition, second because of changed circumstances in respect for international law after Kosovo unilateral declaration of independence...
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  • December 17, 2008 7:16 am

Montenegro and Serbia on the way to EU – maybe

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has left Monday 15th Dec. 2008 for Paris to submit the country’s formal application for European Union membership to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Same time Holland is still blocking implementation of suspended Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) agreement Serbia regardless of an essentially positive report on Belgrade’s cooperation...
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  • December 17, 2008 7:10 am
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