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Ibrahim Issa talks about the Hope Flowers school in Bethlehem

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I have nothing to do with this event, except that I know the host and it sounds extremely interesting.


The Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies

The Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL


jointly sponsored by the British Shalom-Salaam Trust (BSST)

‘Extension of Democratic & Peace Education into Palestinian Schools’

The Hope Flowers School in Bethlehem was founded to develop attitudes and skills that foster peaceful resolutions to conflict. The school seeks to cultivate positive values within Palestinian society and build relationships between Palestinian children and other cultures as a basis for creating understanding and peaceful relations among the peoples of the world.

The school has been working closely with private and UN schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on a psychological support programme for children and families. It has applied to the UK’s FCO Global Opportunities Fund to ask for funding for training teachers in Peace and Democracy teaching methods. This project will help to create a culture of peace in Palestinian society, in which human rights and tolerance to ethnicity, religion or language increasingly become the norm. It hopes to help young people manage frustration and become more effective in society, helping them to transform ‘resistance’ into peace-building.

Ibrahim Issa, the school’s Principal, will present the school’s methods for teaching Peace and Democracy.

Judith Suissa, Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, will chair the seminar

Stephen Ball, Karl Manheim Professor, Discussant

Date: Thursday March 22nd, 2007

Time: 6 – 8 pm.

Room: 822, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London

All Welcome! Refreshments will be served, so please confirm to Lise Obi on l.obi@ioe.ac.uk if you wish to attend.

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February 15, 2007 at 10:22 am

StepItUp: On April 14, speak up for the planet.

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WorldChanging tells us about the StepItUp campaign:

On this one spring day, there will be hundreds and hundreds of rallies all across the country. We hope to have gatherings in every state, and in many of America’s most iconic places: on the levees in New Orleans, on top of the melting glaciers on Mt. Rainier, even underwater on the endangered coral reefs off Key West.

So if you’re in the US of A, do something amazing on April 14th, shoot it, film it, upload it, show it to the world.

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February 15, 2007 at 1:08 am

No to Apartheid

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It’s “Israeli Apartheid Week”. I have a lot to say about the wrongs of Israeli goverment and society, but Apartheid it ain’t. So I’m out.

An Apartheid regime is systematically racially discriminant. It is a non-democratic regime, which oppresses a segment of its own population and does not offer this segment any legal means of challenging their oppression. It is therefore a regime which needs to be dismantled, even by use of extreme measures. A population that is not given legal tools to ensure its rights has the moral right to act outside of the law. In the case of South Africa, the ANC adopted a “4 pillar” strategy, which included mass mobilization (civil disobedience), establishment of alternative administration structures, international pressure and armed resistance. In India Gandhi led a similar campaign with the exception of armed resistance.

Such is not the case on Israel. Israel is a functioning democracy that needs mending. It is not a rouge state that needs to be demolished. All citizens of Israel have equal standing before the law and equal voting rights. Arab citizens are not excluded from Academia, Sports or public transport – as was the case in South Africa (and for the matter, the US). It is true that Arab citizens of Israel suffers from acute social inequality, institutional discrimination, prejudice, cultural and political marginalization. They – and we – need to confront these in every legal tool afforded by the civil system. Israel needs to change, not disappear.

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February 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Can’t buy me love (2)

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Money, Sex and Happiness: An Empirical Study
David G. Blanchflower & Andrew J. Oswald

(Also here)

This paper studies the empirical patterns in money, sex and happiness. Using 1990s data from the General Social Surveys of the United States, the paper shows that sexual activity enters strongly positively in happiness equations. We calculate that the median American has sexual intercourse 2-3 times a month. In our data, close to half of American women over the age of 40 report that they did not have sex in the previous year; the figure for men is 20%. Among Americans under 40 years of age, approximately 80% of women and 70% of men had no more than one sexual partner in the previous year. Sex appears to have stronger effects on the happiness of highly educated people than those with low levels of education. The happiness maximizing number of sexual partners in the previous year is 1. Homosexuality has no statistically significant effect on happiness, but a strong positive effect on the reported amount of sexual activity. Married people have more sex than those who are single, divorced, widowed, or separated. Money buys more sexual partners but not more sex.

Have a happy weekend!

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February 9, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Posted in happiness, sex