PEACE WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION CIVILITY REPORT 2014

In Civility Report 2014, Peace Worldwide Organization Founder Mehdi Alavi reviews all countries within the United Nations and provides human rights, democracy, peace, and civility scores for 128 countries. We urge you to read Civility Report 2014 today.

PEACE WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION CIVILITY REPORT 2014

In Civility Report 2014, Peace Worldwide Organization Founder Mehdi Alavi reviews all countries within the United Nations and provides human rights, democracy, peace, and civility scores for 128 countries. We urge you to read Civility Report 2014 today.

KEY AREA FOCUS: TUNISIA

Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. Africa covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people, it accounts for about 14.72% of the world's human population.

KEY AREA FOCUS: COSTA RICA

Americas are lands in the Western hemisphere of the world. In English, the plural form of the Americas is often used to refer to the landmasses of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions.

KEY AREA FOCUS: AFGHANISTAN

Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. With approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population.

KEY AREA FOCUS: ENGLAND

Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Yet the borders of Europe, can incorporate cultural and political elements.

Bloodbath in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The United Nations’ Security Council has declared Israel an occupying force as it has taken control of Gaza’s air, sea and nearly all land borders. The occupation has deprived the Gazans from enjoying basic human rights. By the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel was obliged to protect the occupied Gazans due to its presence in the territory. Instead, Israel has subjected the Gazans to continuous harassment, collective punishment, and severe travel restriction. Furthermore, years of off-and-on negotiations have gone nowhere in freeing the Palestinians from the Israeli yoke. To attain freedom, Gazans feel forced to resist the occupation by all means.
In this recent conflict, Hamas has fired over 3,000 rockets into Israel and Israel has disproportionately retaliated with over 4,500 airstrikes onto the densely populated Gaza. Over 1,850 Palestinians and 65 Israelis have been killed. Of the 65 Israelis killed only a few were civilians. On the contrary, the United Nations reported that at least 72 percent of the Palestinians killed were women and children. The UN shelters and schools were not even spared. According to Human Rights Watch, Israeli forces have even deliberately killed Gazan civilians who were fleeing the potential areas of conflict, thereby violating the international laws of war.
The disproportionate killings of the Palestinians by Israelis would not have been possible without the support of the United States, United Kingdom, and their Arab clients in the Middle East. American politicians continue to support the Israelis despite widespread protests across the United States in support of Gazan human rights. In contrast, some British politicians have shown courage to stand against a once mighty Britain. "[Israeli assaults] are disproportionate, ugly and tragic and will not do Israel any good in the long run," said London Mayor Boris Johnson who is seen as a possible future successor to Britain Prime Minister David Cameron.
Oppression strengthens the moral resolve of the oppressed but destroys any trace of morality in the oppressor. The “When Genocide is Permissible” article in the Jerusalem-based online newspaper, The Times of Israel, was withdrawn due to widespread international protests but it demonstrated Israel’s moral decline due to the oppression of the Palestinians. Israeli aggression is not only counterproductive but also demoralizes its own nation.
Today, Israel justifies its actions by claiming that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Such a claim is hypocritical for both sides have blood on their hands. Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel terrorizes some innocent Israelis and Israel’s disproportionate retaliations kill many innocent Gazans. It is time to pause, forgive, and negotiate to end the horrific cycle of conflict once for all!

Wahhabism and International Terrorism

Americans must be concerned with Wahhabi threat for 150 to 200 of the ISIS terrorists are reportedly Americans who could return home and cause harm far worse than that of 9/11.
In 2013, the European Parliament issued a report identifying Wahhabism as the source of international terrorism. Wahhabism can be seen in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, al-Nusrat, Talaban, al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram. Also, the nineteen terrorists who crashed two commercial planes into the World Trade Center in New York in 2001 held this belief. If we are serious about resolving Wahhabi terrorism, we must seek the root of the problem, which is primarily based in Saudi Arabia.
The ISIS invasion of Iraq is not a Sunni-Shia conflict as stated by United States’ President Obama and international media. It is a conflict between the Wahhabi terrorists and the world. To characterize ISIS’ occupation as a Sunni-Shia conflict is completely irresponsible for it would generate tension between the Sunni and minority-Shia communities across the world.
The mass killing of Sunnis by ISIS within the Sunni Triangle testifies that Wahhabi extremists are not Sunnis despite ISIS’ claim. If Islam truly means peace, then they cannot be Muslims either. ISIS fighters, like other Wahhabi extremist, hate Christians, Jews, and other non-Wahhabis.
In 2010, the United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated that Saudi Arabia is a “critical source of terrorist funding” (The Guardian December 5, 2010). The solution to the terrorism is not to attack Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, or other countries but rather to convince the Persian Gulf Arab States, especially the Saudi Kingdom, that it is in their own interest to treat international terrorism as a top priority.

Syria’s Future at the Ballot

We maintain our position that the United States is on the wrong side in the Syrian conflict for encouraging and arming the so-called “moderates,” which consist of the insurgents and foreign fighters in Syria.
In August 2011, President Barack Obama said, “the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” This ill-advised policy has globally strengthened the al-Qaeda and their cooperatives whose ultimate goals are the destruction of the world, as we know it.
What is most needed in Syria is peace! Arming people in Syria would not bring peace, but would further increase the degree of carnage and destruction. Both Russia and Iran clearly see the destructive impact of al-Qaeda’s bloody ideology on the world and that is why they steadfastly support the Assad regime. After the tragic 9-11 and the Boston Marathon, the United States could have also come up with the same conclusion that al-Qaeda Syria is disastrous for the world. Unfortunately, the United States’, encouraging the Syrian conflict to oust Assad, has resulted in the deaths of over 150,000 people plus the displacement of over 1.5 million.
We urge the Obama Administration to stop supporting the Syrian conflict, whether directly or through surrogates (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and others) and allow the Syrian people to decide on their leader through an internationally supervised ballot. To start the process, the United States could work with Syria, Russia, and Iran to provide some incentives for the Assad regime to cooperate in favor of a democratic political institution where the Alawis, Shias, Christians, Jews, and other can all live in peace.

Iran and Nuclear Agreement

"I have a profound responsibility to try to resolve our differences peacefully, rather than rush toward conflict," President Obama said at the White House after the agreement with Iran was reached in Geneva on Sunday, November 24. As early as in 2008 in his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama offered to negotiate with Iran. In his first inaugural address to the nation in 2009, he offered to extend his hand to Iran if Iran would "unclench their fist." After the Iranian President Ahmadinejad ignored his gesture, he galvanized global support for sanctions to force Iran into negotiations.

In the 2013 Iranian presidential election, Iranians surprised the world by electing Mr. Rouhani, who campaigned to work for improved international relations and a better economy. That gave President Obama an opportunity to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to reach to Iran.

Iran and six world powers, following marathon negotiations in Geneva, reached an agreement for Iran to curb its nuclear program for the next six months in exchange for some sanctions relief and promise of no new sanctions while the agreement is in effect. Iran reaffirmed its long time position that it will not, under any circumstances, plan or develop any type of nuclear weapons.  

Like other peace initiatives, there are voices that prefer conflict to peaceful resolution in both countries. American extremists and foreign allies demand unachievable terms such as asking Iran for the complete shutdown of its uranium program. Iranian extremists persist that Iran has every right to pursue its nuclear program peacefully and develop sufficient grade of materials to support its scientific research, medical laboratories, and power plants. In light of such extremism, both President Obama and President Rouhani deserve support for their courage to opt for negotiation based on realistic goals.



Iran Calls for Elimination of Nuclear Arms

On October 26, 2013 at the United Nations (UN), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for global nuclear disarmament and elimination. "No nation should possess nuclear weapons, since there are no right hands for these wrong weapons," Mr. Rouhani told the UN General Assembly meeting on nuclear disarmament. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has long issued a religious edict that forbids making, storing, and using a nuclear weapon, for it indiscriminately kills people and destroys properties.
The world could also give some attention to commercial usage of the nuclear energy remembering the tragic experience from the Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power plant of 2011. Its contaminated remains are still surfacing on many coasts far away from Japan. The argument that nuclear power is safe can no longer hold since such an accident, infrequent as might be, impacts the whole world. The storage of waste product of the reactors remains problematic; the waste is highly radioactive with isotopes radiating for millions of years.
In fact, the mere threat of some nations having nuclear weapons compels other nations to attain such weapons to counter any nuclear attack. The devastating effect of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII still plays on our mind. That makes the attaining of such weapons immoral, hence, unacceptable. But, in a world where dictators dominate, it is unlikely that the democracies would readily drop their ultimate defensive weapons in hope for global peace.
However, the ultimate objective should be to free the world gradually from not only weapons of mass destruction (WMD) but also national militaries. That could be accomplished through the following stages:
First, focus could be on chemical weapons. Since these arms are poor state’s bombs, their elimination could be coupled with reduction of rich state’s nuclear weapons. International chemical and nuclear watchdogs could provide oversight for such tasks.
Second, arms transfer across national borders could be strictly prohibited. 
Third, any type support of authoritarian regimes, financial or otherwise, could be banned. Further, UN could effectively promote fair and free elections in all countries. If necessary, it could restrict privileges to the authoritarian regimes. Democracy would not surrender their ultimate WMD in a world ruled by despots.
Fourth, armed forces personnel reduction across the board could be reduced to reasonable levels, periodically determined through negotiation at the UN.
Fifth, UN Peacekeepers could be expanded to the necessary level to enforce international law. This may be achieved by a broader mandate given to the UN to deal more effectively with the threats to world peace and security. As UN Peacekeepers expand, all states, led by the United States, could proportionately reduce their forces and reinforce their trust in the UN.
Sixth, each state with nuclear arsenal could gradually transfer control and operation of their nuclear cache to the UN.
Seventh, the UN could survey and guarantee, except for those territories in dispute, the national boundaries of all nations. For those in dispute, the UN could form an unbiased committee, consisting of the disputing nations and the UN arbitrators, to resolve the dispute and secure agreement from the disputing parties before giving a guarantee.
Eighth, when the world is free and lives in peace, UN could take the necessary steps to eliminate all nuclear arms.

We hope that Mr. Rouhani’s call will not fall upon deaf ears and the world will move towards the elimination of nuclear arms and all other WMDs.

GIVE SYRIA A CHANCE FOR PEACE

Last weekend, I met a woman who along with her family had fled Syria after her house was bombed. She said she does not care who did it, all she wants now is peace.
The Obama Administration has embarked to arm so called “moderates” consisting of the insurgents and foreign fighters in Syria. Like in the Cold War, the United States is entering another proxy war. This time, on one side are the United States and her allies and on the other side are Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. What have been left out of the equation are the people of Syria, nearly 100,000 have been killed and over 1.5 million have been displaced. Arming more people in Syria would not resolve the issue at hand, but would further increase the degree of carnage and destruction. What is most needed in Syria is peace!
While the United States plans to arm the “moderate” factions in Syria through CIA covert operations, her allies Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting Islamist factions, such as the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, who are determined to turn Syria into another authoritarian state like Saudi Arabia. These states will ultimately be the losers. The experienced foreign fighters will eventually return home and become a serious threat to the authoritarian regimes in the region, particularly, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
This bloodbath must stop! In August 2011, Obama said that “the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” This desire should not be accomplished by a bloody warfare that could eventually involve American forces on the ground like that in Vietnam. The United States could convene a peace conference that provides some incentives for the Assad regime to step aside in favor of a democratic political institution where the Alawis, Shias, Christians, Jews, and other minorities could enjoy equal rights.

A Way to Restore Peace in Egypt

The overthrow of the first ever democratically elected president, President Mursi, in Egypt has brought crowds on the Egyptian streets against the military coup. So far, the army has killed hundreds of the protesters. It is hoped that the United States did not have any role in the Egyptian military coup. The 1953 United States sponsored military coup in Iran that overthrew the first ever democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossadegh still remains the main source of Iranian government mistrust of America.
As the Iranian experience has demonstrated, the coup involvement is not only inconsistent with American values, it will return to haunt America in the future, especially in Egypt where over two-thirds of the population is under 30 years of age.  
President Mursi, despite his inexperienced and narrow vision, was elected in a free and fair election. Democracies could withdraw all their support and aid from the Egyptian military as a gesture for the military to restore Mursi to his rightful position. President Obama’s announcement of the cancellation of the military exercises next month and the discontinuation of cooperation with Egypt are proper courses of action for the start.
Once restored, President Mursi could have learned from his months under arrest that his survival depends on his willingness to work with the secular political entities. He could recognize that the new Egyptian Constitution failed to guarantee equal rights for women, define individual rights, and balance the government’s powers. The constitution was devised and approved by a constituent assembly that was chiefly composed of Islamists at the dismay of liberal Muslims and Christians who walked out. He could initiate amending it to address women’s rights, minority rights, and other secular concerns.
In the interest of its Arab allies in the region, the United States could encourage the Arab states under America’s influence from interfering in the Egyptian internal affairs, allowing Mursi a chance to work out his differences with secular organizations in moving Egypt forward. Otherwise, the Egyptian crisis will likely worsen and gradually spread into the other Arab states.
Democracy demands patience! The young Egyptians can also realize that democracy will ultimately address inequities, but it moves in the desired direction slowly, a bit better at a time. They could focus on knowing that all will work out in time. 
Most of the region is already in turmoil. Syria is invaded by the al-Qaeda inspired foreign fighters, Lebanon on the verge of a civil war due to the conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are faced with insurgents financed by foreign states, Libya is run by militias, and Pakistan is becoming a lawless state. For those of us in love with freedom and peace, the least we can do is to value the freedom we take granted, live in peace, and wish them all freedom and peace! 

Peace Worldwide Organization Second Anniversary

We have many accomplishments since our inception on July 4, 2011. We have held two Peacegiving Luncheons, one to honor UNICEF (a United Nations’ organization dedicated to improvement of children’s lives) and A 2nd Cup (a coffee shop devoted to ending human-trafficking in Houston). This year, we held our first annual Peace Walk at University of Houston. Our Civility Report 2012 was downloaded by many. We started our first Peace Worldwide Chapter in Africa. Our Civility Report 2013 is in preparation and will be available for download soon.
We will continue promoting freedom and peace for ALL humanity by publishing our annual Civility Reports and establishing chapters throughout the world. Our Civility Reports will continue evaluating all countries within the United Nations for human rights, democracy, peace, and civility scores. Our chapters will provide a friendly grassroots atmosphere to share our innermost thoughts and outwardly supporting projects promoting freedom and peace.  
On the behalf of Peace Worldwide Organization, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all those who strive for freedom and peace for ALL humanity, especially our dedicated volunteers, supporters, and contributors.
Dr. Mehdi Alavi, Founder and President
Peace Worldwide Organization

Give Syria a Chance for Peace

Last weekend, I met a woman who along with her family had fled Syria after her house was bombed. She said she does not care who did it, all she wants now is peace.
The Obama Administration has embarked to arm so called “moderates” consisting of the insurgents and foreign fighters in Syria. Like in the Cold War, the United States is entering another proxy war. This time, on one side are the United States and her allies and on the other side are Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. What have been left out of the equation are the people of Syria, nearly 100,000 have been killed and over 1.5 million have been displaced. Arming more people in Syria would not resolve the issue at hand, but would further increase the degree of carnage and destruction. What is most needed in Syria is peace!
While the United States plans to arm the “moderate” factions in Syria through CIA covert operations, her allies Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting Islamist factions, such as the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, who are determined to turn Syria into another authoritarian state like Saudi Arabia. These states will ultimately be the losers. The experienced foreign fighters will eventually return home and become a serious threat to the authoritarian regimes in the region, particularly, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  
This bloodbath must stop! In August 2011, Obama said that “the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” This desire should not be accomplished by a bloody warfare that could eventually involve American forces on the ground like that in Vietnam. The United States could convene a peace conference that provides some incentives for the Assad regime to step aside in favor of a democratic political institution where the Alawis, Shias, Christians, Jews, and other minorities could enjoy equal rights. 

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