One Created Nuclear Bombs, the Other Orthomolecular Medicine; the First Brought Destruction, the Second, Healing.

A quick comparison shows how 2 brilliant scientists, friends during their youth, finally led radically different lives because of the fundamental values informing their decisions at critical moments. –  J. Robert Oppenheimer and Linus C. Pauling met in Munich, Germany, where they were post-graduate students in science. Reportedly a close friendship ensued as they deepened…

What’s Counterproductive for Social or Other Reforms ?

Violence. – And the lack of respect for others’ rights. I’ve just heard three buses were attacked by spraypaint and iron bars in the area of Nantes, France — by a gang of hooded youth. The buses were carrying supporters of the far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen of the party Front National (FN). This…

Nuclear Disarmament, Human Rights Education, SDGs and “Leaving No One Behind” — Reflections on 2017 Peace Proposal « The Global Solidarity of Youth : Ushering In a New Era of Hope »

INVOLVE YOUTH IN GLOBAL PROGRAMS How many people feel there’s nothing ordinary citizens can do in the face of the 15,000+ nuclear arms that exist on our planet ? If you fit into that large category I’d like to share another way of viewing Humanity’s current situation : In his peace proposal to the U.N.,…

Story of a cup from Jerusalem – or, about those walls…

In celebrating this New Year 2017 with new sets of hopes, challenges and opportunities, I wish to plant seeds for a planet more at peace.  So the story I’d like to tell is how I received this gift  – this wonderful wooden, two-handled cup from Jerusalem, handpainted by Emanuel. And to do that I must first tell…

10 décembre 1948 à Paris : « Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme » Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in Paris this day in 1948

To celebrate this auspicious day my thoughts turn toward “Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century” (French version : “Les Droits humains au XXIeme siècle”).  This passionate dialogue published in 2009 by I.B. Tauris,  between towering intellectual and fighter for human rights, the late Mr. Austregesilo de ATHAYDE, and the equally engaged President Daisaku Ikeda of…

Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire and « Barbaries », according to Philippe Triay

Attending a « Living Together Better » event in the City Hall of Paris’ 15th district – on the 1-year anniversary of the tragic BATACLAN concert hall attack – I was sitting next to a talented poet and journalist without knowing it. Philippe Triay covers stories at FranceTelevision and has origins from Martinique, one of the Antilles islands of…

Introducing a poetess from Damascas : Rime AL-SAYED

Thanks once again to my friend Naima Moghir, president of an association named « l’Ambassadrice », in the City Hall of the 15th district of Paris I’ve made the most wonderful friends ! This time it includes a lovely poetess from Syria named Rime, who has the most particular combat. Rime AL-SAYED is not someone who’s chosen sides in…

Paris, Oct. 17th 1961 : The Horrible Injustice Rarely Mentioned

Every year October 17th comes around something happens to remind me, such as today’s Facebook post of a 2011 article from Le Monde newspaper. As I often do for work, again I took Metro line 1 across the Seine and the Bridge of Neuilly, and prayed under my breath for the lives of Algerian men found…

Challenging Western-Centric Thinking

Tonight my thoughts move in the direction of Lausanne, Switzerland, where US and Russian diplomats, with representatives from countries on both sides of the Syrian conflict, have finished a day of renewed peace talks. I understand they’ll continue tomorrow in London… — How relieved I am the US hasn’t given up hope in finding solutions, as was my…