In light of the recent Edinburgh Peace Initiative inaugural symposium, this month’s edition of Peace and Justice News will focus on Peacebuilding, and particularly the role of civil society. As with the topic of Democracy considered last month, it should be noted how much has been achieved. But the brief respite which looking back provides is quickly overshadowed by the current state of affairs.
Thus in this month’s edition we are pleased to include an article ‘Building Peace Within’, written by Arbie Baguios for the UNA to sum up the success of the EPI conference. This hopeful piece brings great encouragement to all of us who work for peace out of the city of Edinburgh.
Heather Tait also considers transitional justice, such a crucial element in bringing about a lasting peace, with a particular focus on the use of Truth Commissions, their problems and advantages.
In light of recent events in the Middle East, we are grateful to Pat Bryden for describing for us the situation in Palestine, and for detailing an extensive list of organisations which work for peace in the region; such an understanding of all those who work for peace in Israel and Palestine is a valuable resource.
We also have a review of a recent seminar organised by Scotland’s for Peace concerning the OSCE, written by Geoffrey Carnall, in which he proposes a challenge to the Peace and Justice Centre.
In Unsung Heroes we stay with Palestine, hearing stories of those working for peacebuilding organisations in Gaza as they wait out the recent Israeli aggression.
And of course we have as usual our Centre News, News around the Movements and a review of a recent seminar by the Scottish Friends of Palestine entitled Children in Chains which focuses on the abuses the Israeli military perpetrate towards the children of Palestine.
There will be no January Edition of Peace and Justice News, however we expect the February edition to be a bumper one- any submissions reflecting on the past year, or hopes or expectations for the year ahead will be greatly appreciated. Please send all contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally by the 15th January.