Welcome to The Community.
For 15 years, TheCommunity.com has worked to forward the voices of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and other peace builders internationally. It has, as a rule, stayed out of national and local politics and focused instead of the larger issues that affect the kind of world we are building, and the kind of world we are leaving behind us.
In the lead-up to the American election, we all witnessed a deterioration of the quality of news available online. With notable exceptions, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, many of the online news sites that we read on both sides deteriorated into rehashed speculation, fears, sarcasm, and even in some cases outright misinformation and disinformation. News stories, not only on social network sites but on online news sites, escalated based on their “click through rates,” leaving many of our sources of information, including the information we received from each other on our networks, open to severe manipulation.
After 9/11, as the US geared up to invade Afghanistan, many of us were in shock and disbelief at the events around us. TheCommunity.com gathered the statements of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and shared them with our audiences and with the press. The results were overwhelming, both from the media and from readers from all parts of the globe. Theirs were clearly the voices of sanity during a time when insanity seemed to have ruled the day.
Today we can again bring what we believe are the voices of sanity, the voices of credibility and constructive action, to today’s media environment. TheCommunity.com will not offer news on personalities or conflicts between personalities, speculation or accusation. It will, however, take on some of the issues we feel are crucial, today and over the next four years: human rights, peace building, climate change, and reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.
We look forward to having you come forward with us.
6 Nobel Laureates: Stop the Nuclear Insanity
This month the United Nations has the opportunity to take a major step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. It is an opportunity that must not be lost.
Moving the Dial on Torture
Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama on the use of torture by the US. Obama responded.
After receiving the response, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of TheCommunity.com José Ramos-Horta writes about courage.
George Clooney talks to TheCommunity.com’s Youth Ambassadors about how elementary and high school kids can help the people of Sudan.
Find out about school sponsorships and other ways to help.
Let’s go back to basics — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1948 the world was still coming out of World War II and struggling with the memory, still fresh, of atomic weapons being dropped on civilian populations. The United Nations had just been formed, to ensure that World War would never happen again.
A group was formed to draft a document outlining the basic rights and freedoms of all men and women. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. It was the beginning of the human rights movement.
Today there are approximately 1.3 million Rohingya living in Burma, Muslims in a predominantly Buddhist country. Herded into concentration camps, denied access to basic services such as medicine, they are essentially being exterminated.
The ethnic conflict between the the Buddhist and the Muslims of Burma’s Rakhine state is not something that just flared on its own. As usual, foreign influence plays a part in its origins.
Meet a human rights hero
When human rights abusers, conflict and atrocities dominate the headlines, they can appear to be everywhere. So it is particularly important to know and acknowledge the people at the other end of the spectrum, the people who devote their lives to upholding the rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.