International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Scholarly, multidisciplinary journal covering humanities, the arts, peace, and education. Includes legal and medial humanities, environment and ecology, and spirituality.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Annual

About Arthritis
In ancient times gout was associated with people of wealth who could afford to indulge in rich foods and beverages. More than 2,000 years later, we know that gout is one of more than a hundred types of arthritis. You may also get gout called gouty...
Academic Boycotts-No!
If we could manage the global academy, the AAUP would issue an edict disallowing" academic boycotts." No scholars anywhere would then be ostracized because of their own writings or their national government's policies or be prevented from working in...
Anonymous Article
Why is this article anonymous? Because staff members don't have the same protections you have. They call it rankism. It's an apt term to describe the class relations between university staff members and their faculty "colleagues." When a senior...
Astrology and Spirituality
The thread of continuity which binds the various limbs of the Vedas is the underlying philosophy of Vedanta. Vedanta occupies a holistic and integrated perspective with regards to the sum of creation stating that all of life is intelligent and interconnected,...
Babblefish: Promoting World Peace through Global Communication
Introduction: The Essence of Babblefish Babblefish.com was conceived by Johnny Jaskot in 1996 to help people from all parts of the world, regardless of their language barriers, communicate over the Internet. Right from the start the Internet was...
Balancing Painful Swelling with a Desire to Exercise
For almost 20 years, the prevailing wisdom among most doctors has been that breast cancer survivors at risk of contracting lymphedema--a debilitating, irreversible swelling of one or both arms--should avoid most upper-body exercise or lifting anything...
Braiding Anamnesia: Imaginal Interpretations of the Gendered Body in Deepa Mehta's Earth and Urvashi Butalia's; the Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India
BRAIDING ANAMNESIA: IMAGINAL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE GENDERED BODY IN DEEPA MEHTA'S EARTHAND URVASHI BUTALIA'S THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE: VOICES FROM THE PARTITION OF INDIA The 1999 film Earth, second in Deepa Mehta's Fire, Earth, Water Trilogy,...
By the Way, Doctor
With Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Letter Q. Is it possible to have one or more TIAs in the past four years and not have them show up in four MRIs? A.: Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are symptomatically small...
C-Head Wellness Corner: Compassion Fatigue
It has been shown that when we are suffering from compassion fatigue, we work more rather than less. What suffers is our health, our relationships and our personal lives and, eventually, our clients. Working as a helping professional can challenge...
Chronic Vulvar Pain: It Can Be Helped
Pain is not a sensation most of us want to face. But chronic vulvar pain--persistent pain in the area around your vaginal opening--can be especially hard to deal with. Not only have societal norms made it an awkward subject to talk about, but science...
Compression Stockings: How Hosiery Can Help Circulation and Leg Swelling
Compression stockings may never be considered the height of fashion. But when it comes to improving circulation in your lower limbs, they beat anything you might find on the runway. Blood flow Normally, muscle contractions in your lower legs...
Concentrated Guidance: Attention Training Gives Kids a Cognitive Push
A brief course on how to pay attention boosts children's scores on either intelligence or attention tests, depending on their age, a new study finds. The training may quicken normal brain development, says a team of neuroscientists led by Michael...
Deployed Husbands, Waiting Wives; ACA Member Proposes Existential Group Therapy Model for Military Spouses
There is an old saying that if the military wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one. Fortunately, today, the U.S. Armed Forces are beginning to recognize the direct correlation between a soldier's home life and job performance....
Embedded: A No-Holds-Barred Report from Inside a Nursing Home
It happened so fast it stunned me. At the age of 67, after one week in a hospital, I found myself in a nursing home. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. We think nursing homes are just for old people, but that's not always true. Nursing homes also...
Indian on Top at UN
Ban Ki-moon picks Vijay Nambiar as chief of staff. Vijay Nambiar, an Indian diplomat with experience within and oustide the United Nations, has been appointed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff. Nambiar, 63, who served...
Interview with Takeshi Utsumi, Founder and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of Global University System (GUS)
Can one man with limited resources accomplish remarkable things in global education? Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., is a passionately dedicated former Fulbright Scholar who has for some decades devoted himself to experimenting with and demonstrating...
Iran, International Law and Nuclear Disarmament
Iran has been accused of secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Although Iranian leaders claim to be enriching uranium only for peaceful nuclear energy purposes, these claims have been treated with derision by the West. Despite the fact that...
Kujaku Myo Maha-Mayuri (Backcover Symbology)
KUJAKU MYO MAHA-MAYURI (Backcover Symbology) This is the finest existing example of a painting showing the Buddhist god Kujaku Myo-0 (Peacock King) devouring of serpents and conqueror of evil. The Mahamayuri came to Japan from India, the Sanskrit...
Lymphedema Awareness
I have lymphedema and I'm getting tired of hearing, 'It's not swollen too bad' or 'You can live with a little swelling.' Is there anything I can do to change the widespread ignorance about lymphedema among most healthcare providers? "(Question submitted...
McDonald's Fries: Not Done Yet $10 Million Settlement Including $250,000 for Hinduism Today-Appealed
It was started by a Seattle lawyer, Harish Bharti, a vegetarian Hindu who makes a habit out of identifying the ingredients in purportedly vegetarian foods. He examined McDonald's French fries. Back in 1990, news reports appeared that started for example,...
Meditation on the Self and Super Consciousness
Meditation is practiced in three stages: concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and super-consciousness (samadhi). Concentration is the focusing state of the mind. If you watch your mind, you will see how it is always wandering in so many directions....
Modern Thought, Ancient Wisdom
The story of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, asleep near a mosque in Mecca with his feet pointed in the direction of the holy Kabba and the reaction of a Muslim cleric to that has been passed down generation for centuries. One version of...
Nearly Twenty One Days to Peace: On Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Is the phrase, "peace in one's self, peace in the world" just pretty words to hear, or is it actually possible to perceive/live that experience? With that and other questions in my heart and mind I set out in June 2006 to attend a 21-day retreat at...
No Baby Is Born with the Urge to Hurt Someone; Hetty Van Gurp: Brave Choices: Founder of Peaceful Schools International
People who harm others do so because they have learned violence somewhere. Some believe that peacemakers are from picture-perfect backgrounds, people who skipped joyfully from one happy birthday to the next. The truth is that peacemakers don't necessarily...
Nuclear Power's Sick Legacy
April 17, 2006, Australia--The Howard Government, is embarked on another mendacious, ill-advised, and downright dangerous enterprise: transforming Australia into a nuclear-powered, uranium-exporting nation, deploying as a rhetorical fig leaf the spurious...
Nutrition: Water, Carbohydrates, Glycogen, Et.Al
When I was a child, one of my favorite stories was the old fable about "stone soup." There are probably as many versions of this fable as it is years old, but the one I like best goes like this: In a time of famine, a group of weary travelers come...
Peace Education: Viewpoints of Primary School Students about Peace
Rapid process of change plays a fundamental role in society's improvement. Attempts to compete with the innovations in society have brought about the necessity to educate the citizens in accordance with the changing needs of society. Considering the...
Physical Therapists Say Tottering on High Heels Puts Women at Risk for Foot and Back Problems
This Spring "fashion forward" women will buy footwear in a wild profusion of prints, patterns, and colors. Unfortunately, these eye-catching concoctions are rarely foot-friendly. That attractive pair of python pumps requires a balancing act on stiletto...
Plato Writes on the Dangers of Writing
Antisthenes, a student of Socrates, had a friend who complained that he lost his notes (hypomenmata). To this Antisthenes countered, "You should have inscribed them in your mind (psyche) and not on paper." (quoted in Thomas 1989, 33) Our aim here...
Recent Developments in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
The purpose of this essay is to present an update on recent developments in the nuclear fuel cycle, in order to demonstrate that modern nuclear realities could and should be transformed into something that might bode well for the future of humanity....
Reflections on Fear and Unity and Discovering the Way to Eternal Peace
If we are to find a way to peace, within our selves and amongst each other, we must find our way to a connection to and understanding of the reality within which we exist and of which we consist. While many might argue that humans already live "connected"...
Reflections on Wealth and Poverty in Mexico Poverty and Wealth Are Relative Concept
At a party I recently attended in La Misi6n, a man from a plush southern California neighborhood commented that he found the poverty in Mexico shocking and depressing. It is true there is a lot of poverty in Mexico, but one thing I've noticed is that...
Shibui: A Messenger of Peace in Nature, Humanity and Diplomacy
Does not the sight of a single leaf, seen through a fence, capture your breath? In this split second of perception and veneration, motion ceases and mindfulness increases. This moment awakens one to enlightenment and wisdom. This moment is shibui....
Study Stirs Debate about Low-Fat Diet and Reduction in Disease Risk
At one time or another, you've no doubt heard that eating a diet low in fat can help protect you against everything from cancer to heart disease. But according to headlines earlier this year, a low-fat diet doesn't significantly reduce a woman's risk...
Tea Time (Tea and Cancer)
Dr. Roderick Dashwood, Linus Pauling Institute Q: Much of your research is focused on tea and cancer. How did you get interested in tea? A: A study by my former professor from England, Costas Ioannides, reported that when rats were given two...
The Continuing Process of Cultural Adjustment
Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa, I moved to the United States of America to pursue my college education in 1998. A four-year journey filled with culture shock and adjustments to a new environment finally led to...
The Elusive Quest for Peace in the Horn of Africa: The Regional Attributes of Civil War in Somalia
A major post-Cold War challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa is putting an end to internecine conflicts. Civil wars undermine human development and democratic governance. Africa's wars waste the Continent's scarce human and financial resources, help incumbent...
The Human Right to a Nuclear Free World
I believe one of the most hopeful trends in the world today is the interconnectedness of the Human Family. Technology has made us interconnected, and trade and the movement of people have made us interdependent. Even in the last 10 years, the world...
The Promise of Technology versus the Pastoral Ideal: Ralph Waldow Emerson's Conflict over the Role of Mankind in Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson was among the first American philosophers to address the role of technology in the early development of the United States. His work "The American Scholar" has been called the intellectual Declaration of Independence and works such...
Towards a Global Philosophy: Key to Peace
In the Eastern tradition, philosophy is looked upon not simply as an academic exercise like economics, political science or sociology, but as a powerful tool for enlightenment, human welfare and inner spiritual growth. This implies that philosophy...
Transforming Academic Globalization into Globalization for All
Driving innovation and continuous improvement with regard to ecological, environmental and human sustainability is essential for win-win globalization. That calls for research on strategic and monitoring planning to manage globalization and technological...
Universities Branch Out: From Their Student Bodies to Their Research Practices, Universities Are Becoming More Global
As never before in their long history, universities have become instruments of national competition as well as instruments of peace. They are the locus of the scientific discoveries that move economies forward, and the primary means of educating the...
Wealth and Poverty in Mexico: Poverty and Extreme Poverty Are Very Harsh Conditions
I read Mr. Cochran's article about poverty and wealth in Mexico and the United States, and I can see that the writer is sincere and is really making an effort to understand my country. I appreciate that, and I thank him for trying to reach out to another...
What Is Bone?
Bone is living, growing tissue. It is made mostly of collagen, a protein that provides a soft framework, and calcium phosphate, a mineral that adds strength and hardens the framework. The combination &collagen and calcium makes bone strong and...