ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Image Source: tommy japan (1967, USA — Pentagon Peace Demonstration)October 10, 2014; New York TimesThe commission formed by the Pentagon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam has reopened some deep rifts that formed as the war was fought. As reported in Friday’s New York Times, while the commission strives to “provide the American public with historically accurate materials” suitable for use in schools, that is not as easy a task as it might appear.More than 500 scholars, veterans, and activists, including civil rights leader Julian Bond, Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers), Lawrence J. Korb (former assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan), Peter Yarrow (of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary), and Tom Hayden, have written to the Pentagon demanding the ability to correct the Pentagon’s version of history and include a place for the old antiwar activists in the anniversary events. Fredrik Logevall, a Cornell University professor whose book on Vietnam, Embers of War, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, said that the commission’s website lacked context and that the timeline “omits too many important developments, while including a significant number of dubious importance.”Earlier this month, protestors demanded that New York City’s Metropolitan Opera cancel its scheduled performances of The Death of Klinghoffer, which depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of disabled Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer. In a video on the Met Opera’s website, director Tom Morris says he views The Death of Klinghoffer as an intellectual exercise. “It’s saying, ‘Let’s spend some time wrestling with the very difficult questions that arise from this very difficult conflict.’”In a letter to the New York Times, Judea Pearl wrote:“Choreographing a ‘nuanced’ operatic drama around criminal pathology is not an artistic prerogative, but a blatant betrayal of public trust. We do not stage ‘nuanced’ operas for rapists and child molesters, and we do not compose symphonies for penetrating the minds of ISIS executioners.”In June, NPQ reported on museums struggling with how climate-related exhibits would and should include information about global warming. In a time of deep divisions in America, controversies like these can be expected to increase.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Prepared by RYS Sri LankaThis RYS Project was jointly organized by the Universal Peace Federation, Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) and the Government of Sri Lanka, August 10-17, 2018. A total of 57 participants and staff from 10 countries joined the event. The project is to construct an extension of a Buddhist Community Center and build a concrete pathway surrounding the Center which will greatly help the people in the community using the said facility.The Opening Ceremony was graced by Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister of Public Affairs & Management and he is concurrently the Minister of Law & Order. With him as Chief Guest is the Deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament, Hon. Ananda Kumarasiri who both delivered their peace messages.The prayers were offered by Religious Leaders from Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religions respectively. It was followed by a welcome speech of Lt. S. Sarrajh , President of YSP-Sri Lanka. The project was introduced by Dr. Edgar T. Tanate, UPF Director of Education for South Asia and followed by Dr.Chula Senaratne – Secretary General, UPF Sri Lanka.The government and the people of Sri Lanka are showing their support to UPF, YSP, and the worldwide campaign to raise up the youth through service projects that will eventually lead to a world of lasting peace. This is the dream of the founder of UPF, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han, the True Parents of all humankind. This is the same dream shared by the good people of Sri Lanka and by all of humankind.