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When John wrote “Imagine” he had a vision of a world in peace. When I created my interpretation of the tied revolver symbol I thought back to “Imagine” and the text line “living as one” because both John and I were and are dedicated to the idea that world peace is a realistic goal. The Non-Violence Project takes that vision into the 21st century, says Yoko Ono about his work.
This is Yoko Onos own version of the sculpture
The sculpture Revolver with knot, “Non-violence”, was originally designed by artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd 1980, commissioned by Yoko Ono after John Lennon was murdered at his home in New York. It was created as a symbol of John Lennon’s peace struggle. Most people recognize the sculpture, which stands outside the UN scraper in New York.
Ringo Stars version of the sculpture
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd later transferred the rights to the sculpture to the organization Non-Violence Project Foundation, which since then has appointed a number of cultural ambassadors around the world.
The organization works to reduce violence in the world and educates children, among others, in non-violence.
KGH Border Services is named as peace ambassador in the Global Non Violence Army after donating a significant and important contribution to the Non Violence Project.
The Non Violence Project works to inspire, motivate and engage young people in positive thinking and behavior to make them understand and resolve conflicts without violence.
The Revolver with a knot, Non Violence, was created by the Swedish contemporary artist Carl Fredric Reuterswärd as a tribute and a memorial after the murder of John Lennon in New York, 1980. The original Revolver is located outside the United Nations building in New York as a symbol of peace.
IMAGINE – A WORLD IN PEACE is a project with individually painted Non Violence revolvers. The Non Violence revolver has inspired politicians, artists and role models throughout the world of sports, music and art – but also children worldwide.
This is our copy of the Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr designed Knotted Gun sculpture that was commissioned by the Non-Violence Foundation to commemorate the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder.
This is the KGH Ringo Star designed “Drums for Peace” version of Reuterswärds Non-Violence gun.
Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Star are still active musicians and they have created colorful copies of the sculpture, “Music for Peace” and “Drums for Peace” supporting the Non-Violence project.
One of the most important development questions for the future is to increase intra-continental trade.
A united African continent working towards common goals would be a major force on the global economic stage.
To this end, nations in the region have been working towards an ambitious plan to create the world’s largest trade area. The Gambia recently became the latest country to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), helping the agreement reach critical mass to move forward.
Today’s graphic helps put the region – and the status of AfCFTA – into perspective.
One key to unlocking the region’s economic potential is making it easier for Africa’s 55 countries to trade with one another.
Currently, Africa is a patchwork of regulations and tariffs, and trade between countries has suffered as a result. For example, only 10% of Nigeria’s annual trade activity is with other African countries. This is a surprising given the country’s dominant economic standing and location firmly in the center of the continent.
As a whole, Africa’s intra-continental trade level hovers at just around 20%, while nations in Europe and Asia are at 69% and 59%, respectively. Clearly, there is a lot of room for growth.
AfCFTA is the biggest free trade agreement since the establishment of the World Trade Organization.
The objective of the agreement is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business people and investments.
Last year, 44 African leaders signed an agreement to ratify AfCFTA, with half that number needed to move the agreement forward. Earlier this week, The Gambia was the 22nd country to announce that its government has ratified the agreement, meeting the threshold to officially put the wheels in motion.
We have witnessed a historic moment for the African Continent. AfCFTA is now set to become operational within the month, creating a single continental market for goods and services.
We have a new date – or really several new potential dates for Brexit where 31 October is the deadline.
During an historic six hour EU summit in Brussels, the 27 EU leaders discussed the length and terms of a so-called “flextension” – a flexible delay of arricle 50 – which will come to an end on October 31.
May asked for a short delay until June 30 to avoid a no-deal Brexit on the previously agreed cliff edge April 12.
However when given the offer by EU she accepted the six-month postponement after stressing that her main goal was ensuring the UK could get out of the EU early if she could find a way to break the Westminster impasse and pass a Brexit deal in parliament.
It is important to note that under the terms of the agreement, the UK can leave at any time during the next six months if the withdrawal agreement reached last November is ratified by the Westminster parliament.
If the UK fails to take part in elections to the European Parliament on May 23-26, it will automatically leave without a deal on June 1.
A review of progress will take place at the scheduled June 20 EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, but European Council president Donald Tusk stressed that this would be an opportunity for “taking stock” and not for any new negotiations.
Here are the main points of the decision:
Conclusions – 10 April 2019
1. The European Council takes note of the letter of Prime Minister Theresa May of 5 April 2019 asking for a further extension of the period referred to in Article 50(3) TEU.
2. In response, the European Council agrees to an extension to allow for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement. Such an extension should last only as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month.
3. The European Council underlines that the extension cannot be allowed to undermine the regular functioning of the Union and its institutions. If the UK is still a Member of the EU on 23-26 May 2019 and if it has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2019, it must hold the elections to the European Parliament in accordance with Union law. If the United Kingdom fails to live up to this obligation, the withdrawal will take place on 1 June 2019.
4. The European Council reiterates that there can be no opening of the Withdrawal Agreement, and that any unilateral commitment, statement or other act should be compatible with the letter and the spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement and must not hamper its implementation.
5. The European Council stresses that such an extension cannot be used to start negotiations on the future relationship. However, if the position of the United Kingdom were to evolve, the European Council is prepared to reconsider the Political Declaration on the future relationship in accordance with the positions and principles stated in its guidelines and statements, including as regards the territorial scope of the future relationship.
6. The European Council notes that, during the extension, the United Kingdom will remain a Member State with full rights and obligations in accordance with Article 50 TEU, and that the United Kingdom has a right to revoke its notification at any time.
Spending a few days in Brussels for Brexit and meeting clients. Extremely exiting time in the Capital of Europe.
The air vibrating with expectations and uncertainty.
This is the moment. Will we soon know?
Earlier today UK PM Theresa May met with Angela Merkel in Berlin to pave the way for a second delay of article 50 in frint of the extra EU Council Top Meeting Summit tomorrow.
Last week Theresa May sent a letter woth a request of a delay to 30 June and she now needs all 27 EU countries to agree, or we might have a no deal hard Brexit on Friday this week (April 12).
Right now Theresa May is in a meeting with the other EU power house, France, where she is having discussions woth President Macron in Paris.
EU leaders have said that UK needs to come up with a plan within 24 hours to get the delay. They have also discussed to offer a longer delay, to the end of the year – an option that UK has difficulty in excepting.
It will be a historical meeting tomorrow, either way the outcome will be.