Thursday, September 24, 2009

4th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace Communique

I am writing this on an airplane heading to Los Angeles from Costa Rica. We had our most successful Global Alliance summit ever and "We made a history today" as Dot Maver of the Peace Academy, USA said.

I am more than grateful to Rita Marie of the Rasur Foundation and all her amazing volunteer team and the Global Alliance summit members who made it all possible. My heart is filled with love and gratitude as I write this and the energy of love and gratitude will go a long way in helping me in my work to form a Ministry of Peace for Japan.

Thank you All!!

Below is the communique that was released on the final day.

September 21, 2009

4th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace
San Jose, Costa Rica, Sept. 17-21, 2009

The 4th Global Alliance (GA) Summit was a resounding success with 200 participants attending from more than 40 countries, enhanced by a live streaming video link to the world. The Summit was inspired by Costa Rica's declaration, earlier this month, of a Minister of Justice and Peace, making it the third country in the world to have such a Ministry. The President of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias, addressed the opening of the Summit, and told us that:

“The task is only just starting; the creation of a Ministry for Peace…is not the final achievement, merely the making of a road to achieve sustainable order that would allow resolution of human conflicts without violence.”

The mission of the GA is to support the establishment of Ministries and Departments of Peace in all nations. The Summit, in order to prepare itself to work with governments to build national infrastructures for peace, heard from experts in the fields of : Unarmed Civilian Peace Services and Youth Engagement in Peacebuilding; Academies for Peace, Restorative Justice Practices; Peace Economics; Innovation in the Use of Media; Nuclear and General Disarmament; Civil Society and Government Cooperation; and, Networking with the UN and Business.

The GA also established strategic direction and an action plan for its next phase and formed a dynamic Leadership Council, with membership from 6 continents, to carry its mission forward, partner with other international sister organizations and plan its next Summit.

Rita Marie Johnson of the Rasur Foundation in Costa Rica, Summit convener, summed up the achievement of the Summit, stating, “The GA members embodied peace as they took a quantum leap toward national peace infrastructures by presenting a detailed picture of hope for the world. We know what to do and we will do it – together in the name of peace.”

The Summit concluded with a determination to witness the formation of at least 2 more Ministries or Departments of Peace by the time of the next Summit to be held in 2011.

Contact: Milena Sanabria, Vice Minister of Justice and Peace


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Be Peace Foundation Course in Costa Rica

I have just finished taking part in the Be Peace Foundation Course which took place from Sep 13 to the 17th in Costa Rica at the Rasur Foundation. The Be Peace Course is a combination of Heart Math principles and NVC (Non Violent Communication)

Check out photos from the event by clicking here. You can see how relaxed and happy everyone looks. It was an amazing course and I hope every child and adult will be able to take this course.

From tomorrow, the 4th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace will start. Currently delegations are arriving from all over the world....

On Sept 20, Sun, at 2:00-3:30 pm Costa Rica time, I am speaking about the role of the media in the peace movement. My talk is titled Be The MEDIA.

My talk will be streamed live so please spread the word and watch me online at Please send your comments by e-mail, twitter, etc. For anyone living or visiting Japan, I would be so happy to connect with you!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Go Charlie, Go!

Charlie Sheen has produced an open letter to President Obama, a fictional 20 minute interview with the President, as well as a YouTube video. Here is the story:

Reported by Charlie Sheen
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with our 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, while he was out promoting his health care reform initiative. I requested 30 minutes given the scope and detail of my inquiry; they said I could have 20. Twenty minutes, 1200 seconds, not a lot of time to question the President about one of the most important events in our nation’s history. The following is a transcript of our remarkable discussion.

You can read the rest on the Prison Planet website.

Check him out on YouTube:

Today, I am having an event with Yu Tanaka, one of the most famous and popular environmental lecturers and speakers in Japan. He is rare person here in Japan who also supports the 911 truth movement. He understood the attacks on September 11 were a hoax after seeing the films 911 Plane Site and Loose Change. People like him who talk about 911 truth publicly is still rare in Japan.

Date & Time: Sep 11, 2009 6:30 open, 7:00pm starts 9:00pm ends
Place: LOFT PLUS ONE in Shinjuku, Kabukicho
Charge: 2500yen

I will be the first person speaking so do not be late if you are coming...