What does it mean when someone says they’re Shia or Sunni?

Credit: Wissm al-Okili/Reuters Shi’ite pilgrims gather at Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine to mark his death anniversary in Baghdad’s Kadhimiya districtt, May 25, 2014. The words Shia and Sunni come up often in coverage of the conflict in Iraq. But they’re words with an old word origin, and powerful meaning. Player utilities Popout Share 00:00 00:00…

International Peace Research Association at 50 BY Johan Galtung

Known as IPRA, founded in 1964 in London–and this author, 34 at the time, is the only surviving founder. IPRA rotates every two years from one peace research center to the other, and is now in very competent Turkish hands. And what is more natural than having the 50th anniversary for the hub of peace…

Tell Kirr and Marchar, the taste of the pudding is in the Eating

The much-anticipated first face-to-face talks between South Sudan’s President Kiir and his former vice president turned rebel leader Machar culminated in a peace accord. The talks that the IGAD Chairperson and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne personally facilitated took place in two rounds. In the first round, PM Desalegne held separate talks with Kiir and…