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Iran Ranks 99 out of 140 in Global Peace Index 2009

global-peace-index-2009-iThe concept of peace is notoriously difficult to define. The simplest way of defining it is in terms of harmony achieved by the absence of war or conflict. This is “Negative Peace” .

“Positive Peace” is to identify which structures and institutions create and maintain peace. The GPI is a first step in this direction; the index is calculated on the basis of 23 indicators measuring conflicts, societal security and militarization. 2009 GPI was calculated before Iran’s election, and Iran ranks as 99 out of 140 countries.

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Iranian Enlightenment Week - New York City

dervish-i1Nov. 06 – Asia Society: Women of Iran Film Series: Border Cafe
Nov. 07 – Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery: Roya Akhavan: Nexus
Nov. 08 – Open Center: Lecture, An Evening of Persian Mystical Poetry
Nov. 10 – New York University: Hafez Nazeri, Meet the Artist
Nov. 11 – Asia Society: A Conversation/Demo, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri
Nov. 14 – Carnegie Hall: Rumi Symphony Project: Cycle 1 performance
Nov. 20 – Metropolitan Museum of Art: Artistic Lineages in Persian Painting, Lecture by Dr. Layla S. Diba

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Posters: Students' Day Nov. 4th 2009

lissnup-4044164205-You-are-the-media-iconAn exhibition of 13 selected posters made by supporters of Green movement in Iran to encourage people to protest on Students’ day.

According to an unofficial Iranian state media, Fars, last year thousands of people gathered around the old US embassy walls that students scaled on November 4, 1979, chanting different slogans, including “Death to America”.

This year, the Green movement supporters also would like to participate (since there is no need to get permission to protest and be denied). Unlike last year Green posters says “Death to No One”, and have more messages of peace.

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