New Year Greeting for 2008
(2007.12.31) I take the opportunity of the last few hours of 2007, to wish you and yours all the best of good health, peace, happiness and success in 2008.
Our world is still full of warfare and misery, because of the destructive culture of violence that ravages it. In 2008, IFLAC appeals to all governments, to all global institutions, to all the media, to all nations and to all people, to act as responsible caretakers and trustees of humankind and of our planet, and to daily spread a global culture of peace, of love, and of democracy throughout our world. Leaders should seek progress and fair benefits for all people, and completely eliminate violence, hunger and famine from our blue ailing planet.
IFLAC will double its efforts to pave the way to a culture of peace in the Middle East and in our world. I wish that 2008 will witness the beginning of the triumph of the opposite spirit to war, terror and violence: the spirit of respecting each other and each other's culture, valuing life, cherishing pluralism, and focusing on improving the quality of life on our planet.
Once again, I wish you all, a very happy and peaceful New Year.
Professor Ada Aharoni
IFLAC Founder - President
How To Help Create A World Beyond War Through Our Words
(2007.12.16) Writers have tremendous power - they have the power of the word, and well-chosen words can help to create a better world and a world beyond war. How can we do it?
Read the whole article to get some inspiration based on Ada's own experience.
The Women Who Change the World
(2007.11.25) In her Anthology "The Women Who Change the World" (Vietnamese only), Nguyen Bich Lan writes about Great Women Leaders, among them Marie Curie and Sister Theresa. She also included an essay on Ada, titled The Woman Who Built the Peace Bridge.
Nguyen Bich Lan writes about these women: "Most of them are not political leaders or first ladies... but their contribution to humankind cannot be denied. With their extraordinary will and intelligence and unlimited love, these women have created great things which deserve the future of a peaceful and beatiful world."
The book is published as a special edition on the 50th anniversary of The Women's Publishing House (Hanoi).
IFLAC on Radio Transilvania-Sighet
(2007.11.19) On 10 October 2007, our member, Mr. Tatomir Ion-Marius, Romanian Poet and Peace Activist, was the Invitee of the Week of the Radio Transilvania-Sighet, local radiopost belonging to Radio Transilvania. This invitation was made by the Redactor Chief of Radio Transilvania-Sighet, Mr. Claudiu Holdis.
During his interview, he presented IFLAC and its mission and also the date of birth of IFLAC. He ended his interview by reciting the poem Peace Is a Woman and a Mother, from my book You and I Can Change the World - Toward 2000.
We are glad to hear that IFLAC has been presented on the Romanian radiopost, Radio Transilvania.
Together toward a Culture of Peace and Harmony!
Prof. Ada Aharoni
Peace Stories Festival
(2007.11.07) Ada has started a new IFLAC Project, a Course on Peace Stories, and the training of Peace Story Tellers.
The best Peace Story Tellers will be chosen to present their stories at the FIRST PEACE STORIES FESTIVAL in Haifa, in May 2008.
The Story Tellers meet once every two weeks, at the "Rose of the Carmel Club," 47 Shoshanat Ha Carmel Street, in Haifa, at 17.30 to 19.00. They present fascinating stories, with feedback from the audience. All are welcome to come and tell their stories or to come and listen and enjoy.
For more, see under Projects.
New book on Saul Bellow
(2007.11.07) Ada's new book on Saul Bellow has just been published: Inner Voice of Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow.
The book is in Hebrew, and is published by Pardess Publications, Haifa.
Ada was awarded her Doctorate Degree in Literature on Saul Bellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1975.
The picture below, showing Ada with Mr. Bellow, is taken at the First International Saul Bellow Congress at Haifa University in 1987. Ada organized and chaired the Congress.
Global Multiculturalism Versus the "War of Cultures"
Presentation by Ada at the "Globalisation for The Common Good" Conference in Istanbul, July 2007.
(2007.11.07) Culture is the essence of personal and national identity. What people read and watch, and the kind of culture, literature, and norms, they are exposed to, through the home, education, religion, television and the internet - provide them with basic values, beliefs and attitudes, which affect and motivate them throughout their lives. The stories people hear, read and watch, as children and as adults, become an integral part of the core of their identity and personalities. The Nobel Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel, explained: "We are the stories we hear and the stories we tell."
Even religions, which are an integral part of culture, are mainly built on stories and parables. It is of crucial importance therefore, that those stories we are exposed to, at the socio-cultural, religious, and educational levels, which we are told, read, and watch on television and in films, should be inspiring, harmonious, peaceful and constructive ones, that open our eyes to the world, and that build and do not destroy.
We are today in the midst of a relentless "War of Cultures", that is causing ravaging violence and destructive wars in the Middle East and in other parts of the world. These "Wars of Culture" cannot be resolved by guns, bombs and tanks, they can only be resolved by cultural means, by bridges of understanding, knowledge, tolerance and respect for "the other's culture", and "the other's religion." That is, the promotion of "Global Multiculturalism" is at the root of the urgently needed global change from a dangerous Culture of Violence and War, to a harmonious Culture of Peace.
To overcome cultural barriers and mistrust of other civilizations and cultures, all governments, educational institutions, and the global media, should inter-connect and join hands, to promote a harmonious "Global Multiculturalism," which would include, among others, principles of the equality of women and men. The best way to accomplish this tremendous task, is by the creation of a network of the "Global TV by Satellite for Peace Culture" (GSPC), proposed by IFLAC, which can effectively promote "Global Multiculturalism" all over the world and help build an innovative, peaceful global village, beyond war, terror and violence.
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