Archive | October, 2011

Author of Elusive Peace Teaches Incarcerated Women Principles of Peacemaking

31 Oct
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Author of Elusive Peace Teaches Incarcerated Women Principles of Peacemaking

31 Oct

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011

Douglas E. Noll Professional Mediator and co-founder of Prison of Peace, a non profit organization dedicated to teaching peacemaking and mediating skills for incarcerated women, discovered insights from working with inmates that helped shape his new groundbreaking book, Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Spring 2011).

“We started the Prison of Peace nonprofit project a few months after I had acquired a publishing contract for Elusive Peace. A female inmate in Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California reached out to us through a handwritten letter for help in reducing the conflict and violence within the prison. While working with these women, I saw many similarities to war and violence. My thought was that if we could be successful teaching these women with dark pasts, many of them serving time for murder and manslaughter, to be peacemakers, it would be a strong testament to the
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27 Oct

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Marty Price is an internationally recognized pioneer in restorative justice and conflict resolution with 30 years’ experience. A social worker turned lawyer, turned mediator, he is the founder and director of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program Information & Resource Center, http://www.vorp.com. As a mediator he specializes in crimes of severe violence – particularly homicides. Marty has been a trainer and consultant to restorative justice programs in most of the United States and abroad. In recent years, he has been training mediators and teaching in post-graduate programs at universities and law schools in Italy and Argentina – also at home at the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC. Marty describes himself as a “restorative justice missionary.” His mission is to bring restorative justice reform to juvenile and criminal justice systems, to empower victims, offenders and communities to heal the
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27 Oct

Peace Advocate and International Affairs Expert Warns Against Military Intervention in Iran

24 Oct

Douglas E Noll, professor, professional mediator, international peace consultant and author of [Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus 2011) offers guidance on recent concerns that elected officials are discussing using military force on Iran for an alleged assassination plot of the Saudi Ambassador to the US (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-16/military-force-an-option-against-iran-intelligence-chair-says.html).

“A military attack for a botched plan is the kind of retributive, vengeful thinking that is explained in my book, showing the cause and detrimental effects this type of outdated and ineffective strategy for international affairs has on US reputation and economic stability,” Noll explains.

In the book, Elusive Peace, Noll offers historic proof that using “18th century strategies in a 21st century world challenged with unprecedented civil and military conflict is outdated, dangerous, and expensive.” Noll us
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Peace Advocate and International Affairs Expert Warns Against Military Intervention in Iran

24 Oct

The US Consideration of Military Action Against Iran-Dangerous to the Future of America

17 Oct

Military force shouldn’t be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on U.S. soil, the top House Republican on intelligence issues said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t think you should take it off the table,” said Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rogers said other options would include rallying the international community against Iran or taking action against Iranian operatives in Iraq. Noticeably absent was any mention of aggressive non-violent or even peaceful ways of responding to the Iranian assassination attempt.

This is an another example of a way of thinking that is dangerous to the future of America. The idea is that violence or the threat of violence must be responded to with overwhelming pre-emptive violence. It rejects the law of lex talionis, an eye for an eye, which calls for restraint in the exercise of retributive power. One of the unintended consequences of having the most powerful military in human history is the belief that vexing problems can be solved with overwhelming, brute force. It didn’t work for the Romans, and it will not work for America.

International relations has been a contact sport for a long time. But how foolish is it to consider a military operation against Iran? Iran poses no existential threat to the United States. Its government, while annoying, is in internal disarray. Its political, economic, and moral power is so weak that it must resort to terrorism and assassination to carry out its international agenda. It threatens to develop nuclear capabilities, but knows that Israel would not hesitate to snuff it out if the threat truly materialized.

Publicly considering military options against Iran is therefore beyond stupid. This kind of retributive, vengeful thinking has led us to a trillion dollar deficit caused by unbridled military spending and two wars in the first ten years of this century. Neither war, by the way, has turned out well for America.

The Iranians know that the US will not be flying Predators over Isfahan or dropping cruise missles into downtown Tehran. They are undoubtedly embarrassed at being caught in a clumsy, amateurish assassinaton attempt against the Saudi Ambassador to the US. But the idea that the US would respond to a botched assassination attempt with military force is ludicrous. First, the assassination attempt was aganst a Saudi official, not an American. It would seem that the fight would be between the Arabs and the Persians, not the US and the Persians.

Second, the US military budget is already stretched to the breaking point in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Does the Congress intend to come to the people of America asking if yet another war should be funded by an increase in taxes? Ironically, Mr. Rogers of the party that wants to dismantle government and elimnate all taxes, suggests that another expensive military adventure should be on the table. Fourth, even if the American people wanted a war with Iran, the vast majority of US allies do not.  A US military option is not a realistic or appropriate response to the assassination attempt.

Unfortunately, this kind of primitive thinking about the use of power permeates Washington.  One would hope that more thoughtful leaders would step forward to decry the wrong notion that attempted violence must always be met with overwhelming retributive violence. There are many other ways to respond effectively to this type of petty aggression. We need some maturity in the halls of power to prevent the further decline of America into a reactive, fear-based international tyrant.

Douglas Noll, Lawyer Turned Peacemaker, is the author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Books 2011).