Strategies for building awareness for the potential of peace education in Cameroon Ben Oru Mforndip
Special Report
Has Democracy Enhanced Development in Africa? Conrad John Masabo
Permanent Emergency Powers in France: The ‘Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism’ and the Protection of Human Rights Lena Muhs
Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka: Leading towards Prosperity or Peril Pujika Rathnayake
Lack of empathy as a threat to peace Victoria Scheyer
Comment II
The death of democracy in Honduras Daniel Bagheri S.
Berta Vive Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani
The Persons Who Changed the Lives of Terrorists and Criminals Surya Nath Prasad

Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki Patporn Phoothong
Special Report
Reflections of Refugees in Africa Wyclife Ong'eta Mose
Challenges and prospects of AU to implement the Ezulwini Consensus: The case of collective security and the use of force Tunamsifu Shirambere Philippe
The Right to Food Shant Melkonian
Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Zambia Mariateresa Garrido
Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights Luciana Téllez
Common Things: Communication, Community, Communal Peacebuilding Lina Patricia Forero Martínez
The political Crisis of the 2017 Honduran Election Daniel Bagheri S.
Research Summary
Water Security in the Sixaola River Basin Adrián Martinez Blanco and Diana Ubico Durán
Reborn Arunima Chouguley
An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age Richard Falk, David Krieger, and Robert Laney


Letters to the Editor
Last Updated: 11/01/2007
Reader Responces

Re: Buildings Walls inthe Free World

Sorry, but having a border fence is not offensive. It's just a fence. Good fences make for good neighbors, right?

Seriously, there was fence that separated East and West Germany, right? Why shouldn't there be one separating Mexico from the US? Frankly, I'm surprised Mexico isn't happy that there's a fence preventing drunken gringo fratboys from invading the country every spring break.

Okay, all kidding aside. Doesn't Mexico have a brutal policy against illegal/undocumented immigrants from other parts of Latin American? In particular, aren't Mexican authorities known for their racist treatment of Indigenous American migrants (and natives of Mexicans)?

Every country has a right to protect its borders as it sees fit. Mexico's government claims a right to publish racist, anti-black stamps of its "beloved" sambo cartoon character and bristles at criticism from the US, right?

What really is wrong with a country defending its borders?



Re: Javier Solana’s dislike of walls between countries

I find this ironic. While I commend the EU's attitudes towards open immigration, that attitude definitely does not exist among the majority of Spanish citizens I've met. I'm studying in Madrid right now and believe me, the racism towards immigrants is widespread and a little frightening. It's very similar to the feelings of the loudest of the loonies in the US right now. I have many examples.. walking around with my Chinese friend always invites comments. I went to the park with my host family, and when we reached an area of the park where South American immigrant families were eating lunches and playing with their kids they wanted to turn back. They explained to me that these people used to congregate in such large numbers, that 'ni un espanol podia pasar.' When spanish folks started complaining about the food carts that people were setting up and the amount of immigrants in that area, the police began scaring them off. To hear these reactions to families enjoying the park is upsetting, but not surprising; just like we've seen on May Day in LA, a bunch of brown people congregating anywhere scares the bejeesus out of xenophobic citizens and the governments elected by them.
Not to mention the recent riots in an immigrant suburb, where a mob of Spanish youths started attacks against immigrants in the neighborhood, that lasted for an entire weekend. And the justification for racist and violent attacks given by much of the media and many citizens was that they were only protecting themselves and their community from the latin-american gangs that have recently shown up.
I could go on and on, honestly, but there's no need to hear every example to understand that Europe is every bit as fucked up in its issues with immigration as the US.