Hussein Barud Gahnug

What is peace?
The question today is what is peace?
This is the absence of war, discrimination, nepotism, favoritism, unequal distribution and so on so far.
Peace means understanding, comprehension, and going the same direction.

What are the things that I cannot do or live without peace?

  1. Without peace I cannot live.
  2. Without peace I cannot learn.
  3. Without peace I cannot stay here.
  4. Without peace I cannot prosper in life.
  5. Without peace we cannot understand.
  6. Without peace we cannot reach our goals.
  7. Without peace means without income.
  8. Without peace means without government.
  9. Without peace means without unity.
  10. Without peace means zero.

Importance of Peace

  1. Peace is the pillar of human life.
  2. Peace is the key to success.
  3. Peace is the key to understanding.
  4. Peace is the key to prosper.
  5. Peace is the guideline of everything.

How can we develop peace?

  1. To understand each other.
  2. To respect each other.
  3. To go in the same direction.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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