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International peace art competition in South Korea for achieving world peace



The International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), based in South Korea, announced the winners of the 2nd International Loving-Peace Drawing Competition – an international competition is one of the policies for realizing world peace that is designed to foster children and youth, the leaders of the future, as leaders in the culture of peace.

The competition was held in 41 cities throughout 30 countries. It was participated by over 6,500 students from around the world on the theme of “Cessation of Global War, Handwritten Letters of Peace, Love Nation, Love Peace, Eradication of Weapons”. Three pieces from each country that passed the preliminaries sent for the finals.

Ha Eun Yoon (Buil Design High School in Korea, 19 years old) received the Grand Prize for her drawing of the dove that symbolizes peace covering the world of war and death with light and a rainbow. She received high artistic evaluation for her work in regards to the theme, composition, and color. Yoon said, “I wanted to deliver peace and hope to those suffering from global war and conflicts” while describing her drawing.

At this award ceremony, 3 were awarded 2nd place: Enkhtur Anu-Ujin from Mongolia (Elementary School), Milana Martirosyan from Armenia (Elementary School), and Myat Noe Cherry from Myanmar (High School). There were 6 recipients of 3rd place: Jennifer Sharon from Indonesia (Elementary School), Naw Hsa Seh Hpo from Myanmar (Elementary), Fatima Yousaf from Pakistan (Middle School), Kennard D. Putra from Indonesia (Middle School), Punnavit Mool-phon from Thailand (High School), and Enkhjargal Altaibaatar from Mongolia (High School). Chiara Isabelle Lisapaly from Indonesia along with 35 other received the Award of Recognition.

In addition, the Grand Prize was awarded 1 million won as a scholarship, the 2nd place was given 200,000 won each for a total of 600,000 won, and the 3rd place was given 100,000 won each for a total of 600,000 won. In total, 2.2 million won was handed out as scholarships.

Winners from each country participated in the exhibition and awards ceremony of the “International Loving-Peace Art Competition” held in the International Conference Room at Nurim Dream Square in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea on the afternoon of 19th.

IWPG Chairwoman Hyun Sook Yoon said, “This event is a very meaningful event where children and young people from South Korea, as well as from all over the world, are building a world peace culture. If there is one thing that I am unfortunate about, it is that the children in North Korea were unable to participate. But I am confident that the competition will be a catalyst and the children and youth in the North can participate one day. IWPG will surely make the world of peace a reality. ”

Judge Yang Hyung Lee said, “There is no barrier to culture and art, and no boundary between countries. I look forward to the development of the “International Loving-Peace Art Competition” into cultural arts that can ring the bell of peace all over the world. ”

Soon Kyu Hwang, the Vice Director of the Korean Fine Arts Association, said, “Through the education of a culture of peace, the people of the world will be awaken. Under the slogan, ‘We are One’, where people of the world become one between religion and nation, I am sure that the answer to peace will come to fruition.

The judges for the finals were Yang Hyung Lee, Executive Advisor of the Korean Fine Art Association; Soon Kyu Hwang, Vice Director of the Korean Fine Art Association; and Frederic Couton, architect from France.

IWPG is an international women’s NGO registered with the United Nations Global Communication Bureau (DGC) and the UN Economic Committee for Economic and Social Affairs (UNECOSOC). Currently, active peace works are being carried out through women’s peace networks around the world, women’s peace education, ‘LP“ project, and initiatives to spread a culture of peace.

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Iran Blocks Nearly All Internet Access



Iran imposed an almost complete nationwide internet blackout on Sunday one of its most draconian attempts to cut off Iranians from each other and the rest of the world as widespread anti-government unrest roiled the streets of Tehran and other cities for a third day, The New York Times reported.

The death toll for the three days of protests rose to at least 12; hundreds were injured; and more than 1,000 people have been arrested, according to semiofficial news agencies like Fars News.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all state matters, called the demonstrators “thugs” and endorsed the government’s decision to raise prices it sets for rationed gasoline by 50 percent as of Friday and by 300 percent for gasoline that exceeds ration limits. Even after the price hike, gasoline in Iran is still cheaper than in most of the rest of the world – now the equivalent of about 50 cents a gallon.

In a speech on Sunday, Khamenei said he would support rationing and increasing gas prices because heads of three branches of government had made the decision.

Khamenei also acknowledged that Iranians had taken to the streets to protest and that some had died – however, he blamed the protests on monarchists and opposition groups trying to destabilize Iran, the Times added.

The widespread discontent on display across the country marked yet another crisis for the country. Iran has been struggling with an economic crisis after the United States exited a nuclear deal and reimposed harsh sanctions that ban Iran’s oil sales.

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HASC Chairman Claims Legislation to Create a Space Force in 2020 ‘Still Possible’



House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said last week that negotiations on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act are “proceeding reasonably well” but he expressed doubt that the NDAA will include language to authorize a Space Force as a separate military branch, SpaceNews reported.

“It’s still possible but by no means guaranteed,” Smith told reporters on Capitol Hill last week. When asked for specifics, Smith said, “I don’t think it would be helpful for me to make predictions.”

The biggest sticking point in the NDAA negotiations is language in the House version of the bill that restricts the use of military funds to pay for the wall that President Trump wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, SpaceNews adds.

There are other dealbreaker issues. The authorization of a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces is one of them, Smith said. Other contentious matters include extending the “war powers” legislation that authorizes the president to use military force, and allowing transgender people to serve in the military.

Smith said the House and Senate NDAA conference in recent weeks worked on compromise language on hundreds of provisions and “reduced the stack significantly, and we’re down to a few really contentious issues.”

Smith characterized the Space Force as a “higher echelon” issue that is proving divisive. Both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate continue to have reservations about the administration’s Space Force proposal, said Smith. “There is bipartisan concern on the proposal and bicameral concern about the specifics of that proposal.”

The House version of the NDAA creates a Space Corps and is closer aligned with what the administration proposed. The Senate bill would rename the Air Force Space Command the U.S. Space Force and does not specifically authorize a sixth branch of the armed forces.

Smith noted that the House has been a proponent of a military space branch since 2017 while the Senate had adamantly opposed it. “In their bill they didn’t have the same language that we did. But the president has persuaded them to look at it differently.”

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Gunman Kills Four at California Backyard Party



Police in the California city of Fresno were investigating a mass shooting at a football game party on Sunday in which at least 10 people were shot, killing four, with five others left in critical condition and another wounded, Reuters informs.

Three men died at the scene and another died at a hospital, Fresno Deputy Police Chief Michael Reed said in a late night news conference. Six more were hospitalized, he said.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this thing,” Reed said. “This was senseless violence. We’re going to do everything we can to find out who the perpetrators were and bring them to justice.”

A gunman walked into a backyard and started shooting at a south Fresno home, where a gathering of about 35 family and friends was watching a football game before 8 p.m., said Reed. Neighbors soon flooded 911 dispatchers with calls for help, Reuters adds.

The suspect fled the scene and police were combing the neighborhood for witnesses and possible security camera footage, police said. Police did not release further information about the shooting in the city about 200 miles (320 km) north of Los Angeles, except that the dead were men between the ages of 25 and 35.

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