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RIP Tony Benn, Lifelong War Critic

Remembering British MP Tony Benn, a Lifelong Critic of War and Capitalism + Never be afraid of getting old | Dandelion Salad.

Tony Benn about to join the March 2005 anti-wa...
Tony Benn about to join the March 2005 anti-war demonstration in London

democracynow.org – Tony Benn, the former British Cabinet minister, longtime Parliament member and antiwar activist, has died at the age of 88. He was the longest-serving member of Parliament in the history of Britain’s Labour Party, serving more than half a century. He left Parliament in 2001, saying he planned to “spend more time on politics.” In 2009 he appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the war in Afghanistan and Britain’s fight for a nationalized healthcare system.

“You’ve got to judge a country by whether its needs are met and not just by whether some people make a profit,” Benn said. “I’ve never met Mr. Dow Jones, and I’m sure he works very, very hard with his averages. We get them every hour. But I don’t think the happiness of a nation is decided by the share values in Wall Street.”

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10 of the best Tony Benn quotes – as picked by our readers | Politics | theguardian.com.   Continue reading RIP Tony Benn, Lifelong War Critic

Who is asking Obama for peace?: Please advise

The State of The Union is tonight. [was Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013]

I have seen messages in my e-mail from various groups with important lobbying messages for President Obama. Though, I don’t recall seeing anyone specifically lobbying for peace.

I will have my eyes open, and blog here with any messages or demonstrations about peace.

Please, please, comment and/or send links to groups working on a peace/anti-war message for this evening.

It will be interesting to look at the way the The Daily Peace Culture Index for the United States (aks: PAXi Peace Index) moves in the lead-up and follow-up to the State of the Union. Continue reading Who is asking Obama for peace?: Please advise

US Daily Peace Index reaches new high on 8/29/2012

The PAXi — The Daily Peace Culture Index of the United States — recently achieved the 150 level for the first time. PAXi was 150 on August 8th. And, today, Wednesday, August 29, 2012, DPCIUS/PAXi reached another new high of 153.

In trying to uncover why PAXi is so high on certain days, there is some guesswork involved. Though, we can also search the same indicators that got us to the PAXi score, and see what some of the stories and/or content is about.

So, here are some goings on in the universe of peace and nonviolence, which may have led to today’s impressive amount of discussion about peace, nonviolence, and antiwar sentiment: Continue reading US Daily Peace Index reaches new high on 8/29/2012

What will the PAXi number be on International Peace Day 9/21/12?

Peace Child at Occupy Wall Street by PeaceCouple(See bottom for running tally of Peace Index numbers leading up to and after International Day of Peace.)

On July 15, 2012, Duchess Susanna introduced PAXi, which is the nickname for the Daily Peace Culture Index for the United States [DPCIUS]. PAXi is designed to describe the amount of energy and discussion devoted to peace in The United States each day. The PAXi number is  posted prominently at Peace Couple every day.

According to our friends at the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR):

Each year on Sept. 21, the United Nations marks the International Day of Peace. Passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 2001, the day is to be “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” Beginning in 2004, the World Council of Churches has marked the day with an International Day of Prayer for Peace. A spiritually-based, multifaith 24-hour vigil for peace has taken place each year around the world.

There will global celebrations of peace leading up to September 21st.  The Fellowship of Reconciliation will be marking “the occasion in a couple of ways, including an all-day event with affiliate Global Days of Listening. FOR is also sponsoring On Earth Peace’s network of local events around the theme Peace Day: Praying for Ceasefire. Read on for more information!”

Please check in with us everyday to see if the global focus on peace raises the PAXi number. Continue reading What will the PAXi number be on International Peace Day 9/21/12?

Save The Whales: Baby Beluga is the Peace Song for 4/22/2012

August 2012 update: The whale that inspired Raffi’s song has died at age 46. Story at The Examiner: here.
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Baby Beluga, by Raffi, is the Peace Song of the Day for April 22nd — Earth Day 2012.

Since The Duke and Duchess of Peace have lived, worked, and played with environmentalists for so long, we know that there are so many layers, and so many issues for people who love the earth.* Though, it is sometimes fun to revel in the perceptions and stereotypes that others hold for you. So, in honor of all the folks like us who eat granola, hug trees, and try to save the whales, we chose this classic song for Earth Day 2012!

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Never kill another man: Peace Song of the Day for 4/9

Never Kill Another Man” by The Steve Miller Band is the Peace Song of the Day for April 9th.

Continue reading Never kill another man: Peace Song of the Day for 4/9

Happy Easter: An uplifting peace song for the day

Happy Easter! And, Happy Spring! “New World Coming” is the Peace Song of the Day for this Easter holiday, April 8th.

Continue reading Happy Easter: An uplifting peace song for the day