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Category: Challenges

There are many challenges to peace to societies and the world as a whole.

Culture-based violence is not OK
Modern democratic societies try to incorporate more tolerance of cultural diversity, but there are aspects of many cultures that are antithetical to this goal.
Dr Black and Mr White
Everyone was expecting Barak Obama to be some sort of savour to the black people of the US, claiming to bring hope to the many, but that's all it was.
Ending world hunger
It is estimated that only US$37 billion is needed per year until 2030 to end world hunger. So why aren't we doing it?
Failing wars lead to regime change
When despotic leaders are facing dissention in their own country, they often try to distract their population by rallying them around some nationalistic and racial lies to promote a war abroad.
Fringe porn
The massive amount of information on the web has enabled some marginal ideas to enter into mainstream discourse. This is not necessarily good for society as a whole.
Identity and power
It is said we are in an era of so-called identity politics, but what is it and is it new?
Mercenaries are terrorists
In the context of war, any fighters need to be members of the armed forces of a participating country.
Many, including many political parties, are focussed upon money as the solution to their problems, but is that the right way to view it?
One-China and the two-state hypocrisy
On one hand we have symbolic acquiescence to recognising only one China, but have a push to split Israel and Palestine as a two-state solution. So why these seemingly disparate solutions?
Political suppression and real freedom
Much of the world is not really free to choose what sort of society they want, despite experimentation with radically different politico-economic systems.
Politicians still don't get it
Many politicians still seem to fail to understand why they are not trusted by voters. Hint: Their allegiance is not to their voters.
Some see having quotas for women or others as being a free ride, instead of being based on merit. It is not. They are about finding out what is stopping them achieving the number of positions that represents their numbers in society.
Real peace in the Middle East
The official position taken by many governments is that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict will bring peace.
Sanctioned violence is not noble
All throughout our history, we have had to defend ourselves against those who seek to dominate us or take what we have.
Social media
People often seek to communicate as a means of validation. Social media celebrates and encourages that, but not in a way that serves us.
The glamour of Russia
The Russian revolution in 1917 was the start of veneration of Russia as a sort of leftist utopia. It continued even when Stalinist Russia was known to be far from that utopia.
The myth of race
Racial discrimination is based upon the idea that there are distinct races. However, the sequencing of the human genome showed that there are no genetic markers that definitively identify race.
Tourism, pandemics and climate change
Tourism gets hit hard by pandemics as countries close down their borders to protect their citizens. Travel within countries is also restricted, and businesses are shut down, resulting in cleaner air as many fewer polluting vehicles are on the move.
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