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Handshake for peace

Optimism now oozes that with the Singapore summit, there is also the big possibility the Koreas which are in state of war for a long time might become one again, like what happened to East and West Germany in 1990. It was a handshake – a simple handshake at that – lasting for about 10 […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJun 14th, 2018

EDITORIAL - Momentum for peace

Say what you will about their personality quirks; that was still a historic handshake the other day between the leaders of the United States and North Korea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

North and South Korea to seek peace regime to end war

SEOUL, South Korea (3rd UPDATE) – The leaders of North and South Korea agreed Friday, April 27, to pursue a permanent peace and the complete denuclearization of the divided peninsula, as they embraced after a historic summit laden with symbolism. In a day of bonhomie including a highly symbolic handshake over the Military ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Rival Korean leaders cross demarcation line

GOYANG, South Korea: The leaders of North and South Korea agreed Friday to pursue a permanent peace and the complete denuclearization of the divided peninsula, as they embraced after a historic summit laden with symbolism. In a day of bonhomie including a highly symbolic handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the two countries, [...] The post Rival Korean leaders cross demarcation line appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93

NEW DELHI --- Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Vajpayee had been hospitalized for more than two months for treatment of a kidney infection and chest congestion, announced his death. Vajpayee, a leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, had suffered a stroke in 2009. A onetime journalist, Vajpayee was in many ways a political contradiction: He was the moderate leader of an often-strident Hindu ...Keep on reading: Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93.....»»

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Bangsamoro youth leaders attend confab on peace, security and development

COTABATO CITY – Over 200 Bangsamoro youth leaders have attended Tuesday a conference here on peace, security, and development. The […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Isabela exec reconstitutes PPOC

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Aug. 14 (PIA) - The local chief executive of this province has issued an order reconstituting the composition of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC). Gov. Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Woods now at peace

LAST week’s broadcast ratings are out, and, as expected, the final round of the PGA Championship got a major — pun wholly intended — boost when Tiger Woods played himself into contention and became the prime focus of CBS’ Sunday coverage of the final Grand Slam event of the year. Even as the rock-star atmosphere he engendered at Bellerive highlighted his pull among the sport’s avid followers, the myriad eyeballs he attracted on the small screen served as proof of his unparalleled crossover appeal. The post Woods now at peace appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Colombia s ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia's ELN guerrilla force announced Tuesday, August 14, it would release 9 hostages to comply with a demand by new President Ivan Duque in order to continue peace talks with his government. The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran said the group was discussing how to carry out ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon

Seoul, South Korea --- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a "bold step" towards formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North. The two Koreas agreed earlier this week to hold a third meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September as a rapid diplomatic thaw builds on the peninsula following their first summit in April. Moon's trip to the North Korean capital will be the first visit by a South Korean head of state to Pyongyang since 2007. The leaders will "take a bold step towards declaring an end to the war and a peace treaty", Moon said at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of ...Keep on reading: Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Exposing Duterte’s Dubious Peace Offer (Part 1)

What was achieved in this latest BBL is the strengthening of the national government’s hold over the new Bangsamoro entity by maintaining the primacy of national laws above regional laws, increasing reserved powers over defense and security as well as public order and safety and the continuing State and corporate control of resources within the Bangsamoro areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

With tensions on the Korean peninsula easing, North and South Korea plan to revive the cross-border family reunions that were halted three years ago as concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs mounted. Source link link: Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Dolls for Peace help empower women in post-war Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — Sapiyah Macalangcom’s textile business was the go-to place in Marawi City, her clients the well-to-do families, mayors, and governors in the city and even those from the neighboring provinces. What remained of their home and livelihood now are only memories after a five-month war between government forces and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

PEACETALK: The BOL may not be a perfect law for us but at least we can have something to start with

(Statement of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair, during the Presentation on Republic Act No. 11054 or the “Organic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” on 08 August 2018 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM ORG Compound in Cotabato City) Asalaamu alaikum warakmatulahi taala wa barakatuh. Good morning, ladies and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk peace, security

KABUL, Afghanistan – A Taliban delegation travelled to Uzbekistan earlier this month to discuss the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces, officials said Sunday, August 12, as fighting between insurgents and security forces raged near Kabul .   The meetings in Afghanistan's northern neighbor follow recent reports that the Taliban sent similar delegations to China, illustrating the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Criselda Lontok still poised after all these years

Your mantra for the week: "Because the Mighty God within is my Counselor, I find solutions to all problems."   There is only One Power in the Universe, and that Power may be found within each human being, who discovers it in his or her consciousness.   When this happens, the Holy Book says, "For unto us a child is born, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."   These qualities can change lives for the better---unlike Churchianity's teaching that life is full of struggle and suffering, it can then be a Wonderful journe...Keep on reading: Criselda Lontok still poised after all these years.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

PH for world free of nuclear weapons

THE Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reaffirmed the Philippine Government’s commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. This reaffirmation was made by Philippine Ambassador to Tokyo Jose C. Laurel V when, accompanied by Minister and Consul General Robespierre Bolivar and Mme. Maria Aurora Bolivar, he attended the 73rd Nagasaki Peace….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Malaysian intelligence agency plays role in MILF peace talks with Manila

THE MALAYSIAN External Intelligence Organisation or MEIO was said to have played a role in peace talks between the Philippine […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Dureza confident gov’t will have funds for BOL implementation

Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza expressed confidence Friday that the economic managers will be able to source funds for the implementation of the newly-signed Bangsamoro Organic Law next year even if it was not included in the proposed 2019 national budget. Source link link: Dureza confident gov’t will have funds for BOL implementation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Normalization for MILF fighters, communities under way

The implementing panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front met on Wednesday with members of the different peace mechanisms as part of preparations for the normalization track, a key process in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the two parties. Source link link: Normalization for MILF fighters, communities under way.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018