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Lesson Plans
  1. -Imagining a World at Peace (PBS)
      "Invite students to brainstorm the basic rights of people everywhere, explore in basic terms the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights and UNICEF's Committee on the Rights of the Child, and then use international photography galleries as part of a multimedia creative writing assignment imagining a world at peace."

  2. Using MyHero to Promote Peacemaking (
      "The primary goal of this lesson is to help students learn how to become involved in peace missions and translate this awareness into action. By identifying peacemaker heroes and participating in an activity that promotes peace in their community, students will learn that they, too, can impact the world and make a difference." 7-05

  3. Workable Peace Role Playing (
      "Workable Peace role plays are set in international hot spots around the world. There are currently six full-length Workable Peace role plays, and one Introductory role play. Each role play includes several parts: the historical background and general instructions, confidential instructions for each role, a teaching note, worksheets and evaluation forms." The role playing materials are for review only. 10-04

  1. Globalization Issues (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources that discuss the pros and cons of globalization and "Americanization." 8-02

  2. International Affairs Resources (WWW Virtual Library - Selcher)
      Provides over 2200 carefully selected, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. 2-02

  3. Iraq and War (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of information on Iraq. 1-03

  4. North Korea and War (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of information on North Korea. 1-03

  5. Peace Organizations (
      Describes several dozen sites that promote peace and cultural understanding. Also provides a "banner for peace," literature related to peace, projects that promote peace, and more. 10-03

  6. Volunteering - International Opportunities
      The Directory on International Voluntary Services provides hundreds on sources of information. 07-06

  1. Cards - World Peace Cards (
      Provides four cards for world peace. 11-01

  2. Map of the Middle East During World War I (Lavarone)
  3. Women United Against War (
      Provides an online petition for women to express their opposition to a pre-emptive strike against Iraq. 1-03

  1. Bystander Effect (ABC News)
      "Why did passersby leave a Good Samaritan bleeding to death on a New York sidewalk last week, with one even pausing to snap a photo of the dying man who had been stabbed after thwarting a mugging?" 04-10

  2. Happy People Dancing Across the Earth (
      "Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, started dancing, and filmed the result. The video is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without smiling." 07-08

  3. Peace Day (
      Provides a video introducing world Peace Day, September 21. 09-07

  1. -09-22-07 Giving Globally (MSNBC News)
      "A doctor, a banker, an engineer and a scientist are working separately—and together—to bring lifesaving vaccines to children around the world. How inspired individuals can take on and conquer some of the world's biggest problems." 09-07

  2. -10-14-07 Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize (PBS News)
      "This year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the former vice president and a U.N. panel of scientists for creating greater consciousness and a growing consensus about climate change and the dangers it poses." 10-07

  3. -12-09-09 Responses to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech (
      "The president walked into the city hall of Oslo a wartime leader on hand to accept the most prestigious prize bestowed on peacemakers. It was a paradox not lost on him." 12-09

  4. Global Peace News (Human Rights Watch)
      Provides news on progress in supporting human rights globally. "Human Rights Watch works to end...summary executions, torture, arbitrary detention, restrictions on the freedom of expression, association, assembly and religion, violations of due process, and discrimination on racial, gender, ethnic and religious grounds. The standards we use are universal civil and political rights as embodied in international laws and treaties. 7-99

  5. International Development and Humanitarian Organizations (Interaction)
      "InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations." List key organizations providing assistance in each global campaign.

  6. Peace and War (Waging Peace)
      Provides articles and news stories regarding peace and war. 5-02

  1. -Editorial: Are Humans "Wired" for War? (New York Times)
      "The emerging popular consensus about our biological predisposition to warfare is troubling. It is not just scientifically weak; it is also morally unfortunate, as it fosters an unjustifiably limited vision of human potential."

      "There is a story, believed to be of Cherokee origin, in which a girl is troubled by a recurring dream in which two wolves fight viciously. Seeking an explanation, she goes to her grandfather, highly regarded for his wisdom, who explains that there are two forces within each of us, struggling for supremacy, one embodying peace and the other, war. At this, the girl is even more distressed, and asks her grandfather who wins. His answer: 'The one you feed.' "

  2. -Editorial: Are Humans "Wired" for War? (New York Times)
      "The emerging popular consensus about our biological predisposition to warfare is troubling. It is not just scientifically weak; it is also morally unfortunate, as it fosters an unjustifiably limited vision of human potential."

      "There is a story, believed to be of Cherokee origin, in which a girl is troubled by a recurring dream in which two wolves fight viciously. Seeking an explanation, she goes to her grandfather, highly regarded for his wisdom, who explains that there are two forces within each of us, struggling for supremacy, one embodying peace and the other, war. At this, the girl is even more distressed, and asks her grandfather who wins. His answer: 'The one you feed.' "

  3. -Essay: How Peace May Be Achieved Between Tibetans and China (New York Times)
      "One signal is this: For the first time, the Dalai Lama is willing to state that he can accept the socialist system in Tibet under Communist Party rule. This is something that Beijing has always demanded, and, after long discussion, the Dalai Lama has agreed to do so."

      " 'The main thing is to preserve our culture, to preserve the character of Tibet,' the Dalai Lama told me. 'That is what is most important, not politics.' 07-08

  4. Bridging the Digital Divide (BBC)
      Provides facts about how access to the Internet is shaping up globally, with very few in poorer economies having access.

  5. Conversations with History (UC Berkeley - Institute of International Studies)
      Provides Provides transcripts of interviews of key international figures regarding key world developments. The interviews are conducted by Harry Kreisler. 8-99

  6. Dalai Lama Peace Message on March 10 (Awesome Library)
      Provides a message for world peace from H.H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Nobel Peace Laureate. 3-02

  7. Editorial: "He Won What?!" (
      Regarding President Barack Obama winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize: "Why the Norwegian Nobel Committee made such a decision barely nine months into his presidency was a worthy question. So instead of popping off, I wanted to go deeper, and there is no better explanation than the committee’s rationale."

      " 'Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population,' according to text of the Nobel Prize citation."

      " 'For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that ‘Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.' " 10-09

  8. Essay - Three Views of America's New Power in the World (BBC News - Reynolds)
      Provides three points of view about the expression of American power in the world. 5-03

  9. Flags of World Peace - By Children (United Nations and International Olympic Committee)
      Shows pictures of flags drawn by children to depict world peace. 10-01

  10. Fueling War - Oil and Iraq (Christian Science Monitor - Francis)
      "With the cold war over, more global conflicts are being spurred by a scramble for natural resources rather than by geopolitics, and poor countries rich in mineral deposits are the new focal point." "Altogether, about a quarter of the roughly 50 wars and armed conflicts active in 2001 had 'a strong resource dimension,' says Michael Renner, a senior researcher with Worldwatch Institute in Washington." 1-03

  11. Fueling War - Oil and Iraq ( - Klare)
      "As the United States gears up for an invasion of Iraq, the great unanswered question continues to be: Why is the Bush Administration so determined to topple a government that has been effectively contained by American power for eleven years?"

      "Growing worries about the stability of Saudi Arabia, principal US supplier there, heightened by revelations of Saudi extremists' involvement in the September 11 terror attacks, have prompted US strategists to seek a backup should future instability lead to a drop in Saudi oil production, which could trigger a global recession." "With proven reserves of 112 billion barrels of oil (compared with 49 billion for Russia and 15 billion for the Caspian states), Iraq alone can serve as a backup for Saudi Arabia. At the same time, control over Iraqi oil would allow US leaders to more easily ignore Saudi demands for US action on behalf of the Palestinians and would weaken OPEC's control over oil prices."

      "Whoever gains possession of these fields will exercise enormous influence over the global energy markets of the twenty-first century."

      "This could prove to be the biggest oil grab in modern history, providing hundreds of billions of dollars to US oil firms--many linked to senior officials in the Bush Administration--and helping to avert a future energy crunch in the United States. But is oil worth spilling the blood of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians who get caught in the way? This is the question Congress must ask if we are to have an honest debate on the merits of invading Iraq." 1-03

  12. Fueling War - Opposition to War for Oil (
      Provides articles to peacefully oppose going to war with Iraq for the purpose of gaining stable oil supplies. "No conflict can ever be understood by looking at just one factor – factors other than oil (e.g. supposed links to terrorism and possible weapons of mass destruction) clearly contribute to the rationale for war – but the dominant economic interest in the region and Iraq has been, is, and will continue to be oil. The peace movement’s rallying cry of 'No blood for oil' has resonance and power because it holds more than a grain of truth when talking about any proposed military action in Iraq." 2-03

  13. Half the World's Children Suffering (Guardian Unlimited)
      "More than half the world's children are suffering extreme effects of poverty, war and HIV/Aids, denying them a healthy and safe childhood, according to a report published today."

      "The report said the world had the capacity to reduce poverty, conflict and HIV/Aids and improve the plight of the world's children. It said Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the world through human development by 2015 and were agreed to by the UN's 191 member states in 2000, could be achieved at an annual cost of $40bn (£20.8bn) - $70bn (£36.4bn). World spending on military last year was $956bn (£497.4bn)." 12-04

  14. Indigenous Peoples (Center For World Indigenous Studies)
      "The Fourth World Documentation Project is an online library of texts which record and preserve our peoples' struggles to regain their rightful place in the international community."

  15. Islamic Reformation and the Trial of Hashem Aghajari ( - The New York Times - Friedman)
      "What's going on in Iran today is, without question, the most promising trend in the Muslim world. It is a combination of Martin Luther and Tiananmen Square - a drive for an Islamic reformation combined with a spontaneous student-led democracy movement."

      Hashem Aghajari has been sentenced to death for calling for reformation in Iran. "Watch this story. It's the most important trial in the world today." "This movement faces a formidable opponent in Iran's conservative clerical leadership. It can't provide a quick fix to what ails relations between Islam and the West today. There is none. But it is still hugely important, because it reflects a deepening understanding by many Iranian Muslims that to thrive in the modern era they, and other Muslims, need an Islam different from the lifeless, anti-modern, anti-Western fundamentalism being imposed in Iran and propagated by the Saudi Wahhabi clerics. This understanding is the necessary condition for preventing the brewing crisis between Islam and the West -- which was triggered by 9/11 -- from turning into a war of civilizations." 12-02

  16. Jihad Vs. McWorld ( - Barber)
      Presents world politics as a contest between between alternative world views, the Western vision of globalization (or McWorld) versus the movement back to tribal communities (or Jihad). Argues that neither approach necessarily supports democracy but that democracy can be fostered within both approaches. (This was written in 1995.) 10-01

  17. Kniting Project (
      Describes a project to help refugees of Kosovo to find meaning and some income by providing them with the tools for kniting. 1-01

  18. Muslim Rage (Awesome Library)
      Discusses the sources of Fundamentalist Muslim rage against the United States. (Notes that many Muslims are very sympathic with the United States.) 10-01

  19. National Missile Defense (PBS NewsHour)
      Provides different perspectives on the USA missile defense strategies, including the ABM Treaty. 7-01

  20. National Missile Defense - Death of the ABM Treaty (BBC News)
      Provides a short statement against the Bush administration's proposal to break the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. 7-01

  21. National Missile Defense - Global Nuclear Arsenel (BBC News)
      Describes how many nuclear warheads each country has and the distance it can deliver them. 7-01

  22. Nobel Peace Prize Awarded (Fox News)
      "Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her work as leader of the Green Belt Movement, which has sought to empower women, better the environment and fight corruption in Africa for almost 30 years." 10-04

  23. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for 2001 (BBC News)
      Describes why the United Nations and its Secretary General, Kofi Annan, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001.

  24. Palestinian Perspective on the Peace Process (PASSIA)
      "In Oslo, a culture of peace was started between Palestinians and Israelis based on mutual recognition. This encompassed a revolution in thinking on the Palestinian side: the acceptance of a two-state solution and a reduction of the Palestinian territory to 22% of its original size. It also encompassed a revolution on the Israeli side: the acceptance of the PLO as a partner in negotiations."

  25. Peace Across Cultures (
      Provides information and highlights related to the video "Tutu and Franklin, A Journey Toward Peace." Includes discussions between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. John Hope Franklin. 2-01

  26. Peace Proposals by Level (
      Provides examples of work done for peace at an individual, family, community, and world level. 11-02

  27. Peace Symbols (
      Provides words and images related to peace. 10-01

  28. Peace Travellers (
      "Peace Travellers Centers will form a global network of small locally operated bed and breakfasts." "These Centers will each feature a local social or environmental participatory Project which will develop according to the need and traditions of each community. They will be primarily places of exchanges between the local communities and international travellers." 11-02

  29. Preventing Conflict and Warfare by Region (Forum on Early Warning and Early Response)
      Provides historical context and analysis of regions of conflict in order to prevent further conflict or warfare. Uses PDF format. 1-02

  30. Quarter of the World in Armed Conflict in 2002 (
      "About a quarter of the world's countries struggled with armed conflict this year, mostly low-intensity battles against terrorists or guerrillas, the kind of conflict that poses the greatest threat to global stability, according to a report released Monday." 12-02

  31. UN Criticizes USA for Racial Discrimination (United Nations Committee to End Racial Discrimination)
      Provides a summary of UN findings against the United States.

  32. View - U.S. Increasing Reliance on Nuclear Weapons (NRDC)
      "The logic and assumptions underlying the administration's hostility to arms control, and its infatuation with nuclear weapons, deserve vigorous public scrutiny and debate. Not since the resurgence of the Cold War in Ronald Reagan's first term has there been such an emphasis on nuclear weapons in U.S. defense strategy." 6-03

  33. Women Waging Peace (Women Waging Peace)
      "The goal of Women Waging Peace is to change the public policy paradigm so women are fully integrated throughout formal and informal peace processes to prevent violent conflict, stop war, and sustain peace in fragile regions." 01-16

  34. Workable Peace Framework (
      Outlines a conflict management framework. 10-04

  35. Young Peace Leaders (
      Highlights several leaders of peace movements globally. Describes a symposium "dedicated to creating a vision of global peace by exploring the role young people play as peacemakers in the 21st century." 11-02

  1. -09-24-08 $10 Million for a Good Idea (CNN News)
      "Got an idea that could change the world, or at least help a lot of people? Google wants to hear from you -- and they'll pay as much as $10 million to make your idea a reality." 09-08

  2. -U.S. Department of Peace Legislation (Awesome Library)
      Provides rationale for a U.S. Department of Peace. 4-03

  3. Bridging the Digital Divide (Technology Access Foundation)
      Provides projects and opportunities to assist ethnic minorities to gain greater access to the Internet and technology.

  4. Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center -
      Provides activities for countering hate groups and for promoting tolerance.

  5. Meditation and Prayer on New Year's Eve (Institute for World Peace)
      Provides a prayer for the new millenium. 7-02

  6. Peace Day (
      Provides projects and resources for Peace Day in September.

  7. Philosophy Paper Contest for K-12 Students (
      Provides an essay for the competition each year. This is the question for 2004: "Is world peace possible, or does human nature make war inevitable?" 9-04

  1. Axe Makes Commercial for World Peace (
      "Instead of focusing on broad humor, the company’s Super Bowl spot to promote the new Axe Peace fragrance line is a sprawling epic that seemingly spans to span continents and generations." 02-14


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