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Peace for Life condemns Israeli assault on Gaza, calls for international solidarity

PfL Statement • 17 July 2014 • People’s Forum on Peace for Life Secretariat

Peace for Life condemns Israeli assault on Gaza, calls for international solidarity

  The People’s Forum on Peace for Life condemns the murderous Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. Operation Protective Edge is but a new name to the State of Israel’s longstanding policy of aggression against Palestinians, and serves to mock once more the dreams of all peace-loving peoples in the world for justice in the Holy Land. Since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, at least 223 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,600 others injured as a result of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Over 70 of the Palestinian casualties are women, children, and...

Statement to the Pakistan Conference In Toronto, Canada

Statement • 25 June 2014 • Junaid Ahmad

(The following is a recent statement read at the Pakistan Conference in Toronto, Canada.  http://pakistanconference.wordpress.com/)   Fellow colleagues, comrades, and friends: I wish I could be there with you for this important and timely conference. The organizers have clearly done an excellent job at bringing together papers and voices which unsettle all of the tropes, mantras, and neo-orientalist assumptions about Pakistan and Pakistanis. Even though I write these brief words while the conference has not even begun yet, I can confidently anticipate a fruitful exchange of ideas that will certainly advance the progressive and liberationist intellectual - and...

EDCA: Overstating economic gains

Analysis • 11 June 2014 • Arnold Padilla, IBON Foundation

EDCA: Overstating economic gains

Philippine sovereignty remains seriously challenged even as the country marks its supposed 116th Independence Day on June 12. The biggest threat still comes from the US especially amid its so-called pivot to Asia. This foreign policy of the Obama regime involves the deepening of US-PH colonial ties such as through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Recently signed, EDCA is now the most blatant symbol of US intervention in the country, much like the old US military bases in Subic and Clark. And like before, government is reciting all sorts of benefits to justify what is...

Protest in Mumbai Against Killing of Muslim Youth in Pune - A Report

Statement • 10 June 2014 • Irfan Engineer

June 6, 2014 A protest was organized by DYFI-SFI-AIDWA (Democratic Youth Federation of India-Students’ Federation of India- All India Democratic Women’s Association), AISF (All India Secular Forum), Communalism Combat, Minorities Federation, Jan Sanskriti Manch and NAPM (National Alliance for People’s Movement) at Azad Maidan on June 5, 2014 against the gruesome killing of the innocent, visibly Muslim 28 year old IT professional, Shaikh Mohsin Sadiq, by a group of people allegedly belonging to the radical Hindu outfit called Hindu Rashtra Sena. The protest witnessed around 70 activists, journalists, academics, lawyers etc along with a strong...

OTT meeting proposes new directions for PfL

News • 6 May 2014 • PfL Secretariat

An Organizational Transformation Team (OTT), created at the 3rd People’s Forum held in October 2013, concluded its meeting recently in Bangkok, Thailand. The OTT, which was tasked to review PfL’s ten years of work and propose new directions, was convened from March 22 to 27. Participating in the Bangkok meeting were PfL Co-moderator Omega Bula, Working Group member Christopher Ferguson, Local Oversight Committee member Susan Cruz and former Working Group member Ranjan Solomon. The OTT team’s mandate includes: (a)   To review the report to the Jeju Assembly of the People’s Forum on Peace for Life held in...

The State of the Empire 2014

Analysis • 13 January 2014 • Ninan Koshy

(Text of presentation at the International Conference on US Intervention in Sovereign Nations, Davao, Philippines, 13 to 18 January 2014, held under the auspices of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum, Philippines) I deem it a great privilege to be invited to this International Conference of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum of the Philippines.  The theme of the conference, “US intervention in sovereign countries”, is a bold theme reflecting the boldness of the witness of the EBF. I have known about the work of the EBF and this conference has given me an opportunity to learn about the challenges...

Peace for Life solidarity greetings to the International Women's Alliance gathered in Bali

Women's Program • 4 December 2013 •

What follows is Peace for Life’s solidarity message issued on the occasion of the Grassroots Women’s Solidarity held last December 5, 2013 at Bali, Indonesia. Grassroots Women’s Solidarity was organized by International Women’s Alliance in partnership with Peace for Life and other organizations as part of the People’s Global Camp against the WTO scheduled on December 2-6, 2013 in Denpasar, Indonesia. It aimed to gather leader and advocates from various women’s organizations, CSO’s and grassroots social movements to raise collective voices against the devastating impacts of neoliberal trade in our lives and livelihoods and to...

An Urgent Appeal to Aid Supre Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

Action Alert • 18 November 2013 • PfL Secretariat

An Urgent Appeal to Aid Supre Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

The Leadership Group of the People’s Forum on Peace for Life would like to appeal to all our members, our churches and network organizations,  our friends and all the people of the world to generously give to the millions of people afflicted by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 41 provinces in central Philippines.     The aid is for immediate relief and long term rehabilitation of the devastated communities and families. It was one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. More than 10,000 people may have died.  Entire communities are flattened and  more than a million...

Peace for Life hosts CWM’s Face the Facts Exposure Program

News • 31 October 2013 • PfL Secretariat

Peace for Life hosts CWM’s Face the Facts Exposure Program

Last September 9 to October 5, 2013, Peace for Life hosted Face the Facts, a new action-reflection exposure program of the Council for World Mission (CWM). A partner of PfL, CWM is a worldwide community of 31 Christian churches based in Singapore. Nine clergy and members of the laity from CWM member churches in Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malawi, South Korea and Hong Kong participated in the said program. Participants visited various urban poor communities, had dialogues with government officials, and interacted with people facing issues of poverty, landlessness, prostitution, mining, militarization and human rights...

PfL holds 3rd People’s Forum in Jeju, South Korea, affirms imperative of interfaith solidarity against empire

3rd People’s Forum • 28 October 2013 • PfL Secretariat

PfL holds 3rd People’s Forum in Jeju, South Korea, affirms imperative of interfaith solidarity against empire

NEWS | PfL Third People's Forum | 2013 October 23-27 | Jeju Island, Republic of Korea -- Members and partners of Peace for Life from Asia and other parts of the world gathered for the 3rd People’s Forum on October 23-27 under the theme, “Affirming Life Together in the Face of Belligerent Empire”. Held in the southern island of Jeju in South Korea where there is unremitting people’s resistance against the construction of a massive naval base, the People’s Forum expressed solidarity with local villagers and peace activists struggling against maritime militarization of their village and...

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