Showing posts from November, 2012

Stalemate toward the next fighting - or toward a new peace?

For now, no more missiles fly from Gaza to Israel - nor from Israel to Gaza. The last several days of mutual-retaliation is now at its end. I will not re-post here what can be read widely in the news: Both sides are announcing victories.   Both sides are proclaiming their military superiority in offensive & defensive measures.   Both sides are celebrating in some way. Egypt - in the past few years has itself been reshaped politically - played a key role in working toward brokering the current situation of cease fire.  But, the text of the brokered agreement does nothing more than stop current acts of violence.  ( Read it here .) I fear no sustaining peace has been won! Both sides agreeing to cease current hostilities in active campaigns of violence, brings no peace - only the cessation of current conflict. Both sides are burying the dead in their midst, with the high probability that the loss of life will only fuel future fighters and future hostility.

Coal Conversion to Solar Power

An optimistic review of transition & change.  In nearly every century, major shifts have *had* to take place. Let's shift in ways that most advantage people - and all living things! This article - linked below - includes these notes: People were skeptical when the idea was first floated about a year ago, says Nick Getzen, spokesman for The Jobs Project, which is trying to create renewable energy job opportunities in West Virginia and Kentucky. In the southern coalfields, he says, people have only ever gotten electricity one way – from coal-fired power plants. "This is the first sign for a lot of folks that this is real, and that it's real technology, and they can have it in their communities," Getzen says. "In no way are we against coal or trying to replace coal. There's still going to be coal mining here. This is just something else to help the economy." Article is from 2011 - but still can motivate us for new ideas!  The Jobs Pro

Justice Conference

It's good to know there are people encouraging, motivating, and empowering young people to transform our world!   The Justice Conference is one such opportunity! Toward eupan ~ ~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Airport Security & Peace

Passing through Airport security at Israel's Ben-Gurion airport . . .  and a lovely and gracious Hebrew University female Security employee helped me negotiate some curious shaped items I had packed. She treated me with grace, kindness and a smile.  And I hope to have treated her with as much grace and kindness. I'm reminded that peace starts in our daily conversations - with affirmations of care - with faces that demonstrate kindness and smiles. She spoke excellent English - but even if we had not used words at all, I am certain I would have sensed her kindness. Simple interactions remind me about the possibilities of a more peace-able world! Thanks, M***r, for your assistance with my Torah Scroll items! Toward eupan ~ ~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.