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Peace News: Key indicator for PAXi peace index makes huge jump on 10/13/2012

Surprise! There should be a big jump in the Daily Peace Index today!

(Update: The PAXi Peace Index number for today, Oct. 13, 2012 is, in fact, “754”. A new high, and a giant leap from yesterday!)

One of the key indicators is a search for “peace” at Google News.

Today, the Google News number is over 60 million! Compare that to the past few days: 10/10 was 4,020,000; 10/11 was 3,790,000; 10/12 was 4,040,000. Also, the highest day yet for the PAXi/Daily Peace Index was on September 11, 2012. On that day, the Google New/peace figure was 20,100,000 and PAXi came out to 337. When we do the figures later today, we will probably have that beat! (Come back to the front page this evening to check on today’s PAXi number!)

In searching for causes of the jump, I reviewed what the top Google News stories about peace were this morning. I think the main story pushing this jump is the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the EU/European Union. Though, I was also happy to see a third party candidate shaking up the peace discourse: On the first page of the Google News results, Roseanne Barr for President on the “Peace and Freedom Party” line shows up!

Google News Peace: A PAXi Daily Peace Index indicator
Above: A Google News search for “peace” on the morning of October 13, 2012

Celebrations for an icon of nonviolent political protest

Suu Kyi photo from Wikimedia

Now, this is news for the peace community, and for those of us who understand the power of music in world culture!

Bono is “on tour” with 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. They were in Dublin June 18th. (Story: here.)

Link to Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech at the Nobel Prize website: here.

Link to Action Alert from Amnesty International about political prisoners still jailed in Myanmar.

Story and picture at Boise State Public Radio, which offered the phrase “icon of nonviolent political protest”: here.

The AP story below includes quotes from Bono:

(excerpt from) The Seattle Times/AP
Suu Kyi walks on with U2’s `star-struck’ Bono

Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono joined forces Monday as the Myanmar democracy activist’s European tour moved from the home of the Nobel Peace Prize to the land of U2. Continue reading Celebrations for an icon of nonviolent political protest