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Syrian soccer: Succeeding against the odds




Syrian soccer: Succeeding against the odds

Despite civil war, Syria’s tightly-controlled national…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 9, 2015 at 7:41pm — No Comments

2022 World Cup sparks labour reform, just not in Qatar

By James M. Dorsey

The 2022 Qatar World Cup may be sparking social change in the Gulf, just not (yet) in Qatar.

Qatar’s winning of the hosting rights for the World Cup gave human rights and trade union activists the leverage they needed to more effectively pressure the Gulf state for reform, if not abolition, of its controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system that puts employees at the mercy of their employers.

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 6, 2015 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Brand New Self-paced Course: Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization

Excel offers an interface most people are familiar with, as well as a valuable set of features that can be utilized to meet a wide range of data analysis and visualization needs. In this course you will learn the nuts and bolts of how to use Excel functions and features including: INDEX MATCH, PivotTables, Slicers, and more. In addition, you will learn key data visualization principles that will help you optimize your data…


Added by TechChange on October 6, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Student movements role in peacebuilding processes


i am currently working on my Masters dissertation on the role of student movements in peacebuilding processes. I would appreciate if you would recommend any recent articles, books, publications that can enrich my work. Thank you !  

Added by Christian Cito on October 5, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Online Certificate Course in Technology for Data Visualization (Nov. 23 - Dec. 18)

Are you analyzing your data efficiently and displaying them effectively? Nearly all of us are responsible for producing reports for our colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Good data visualization is essential to analyzing your data quickly and with the greatest value.

The importance of data visualization has become apparent in the current ‘era of big data’ that we live in. Effectively visualizing data can lead to…


Added by TechChange on October 5, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

NEW COURSE! TC211: Technology for Data Collection and Survey Design

How has technology changed the way data are collected and how surveys are deployed? Regardless of the organization, agency, or company you work for, you need to understand how to collect data to maximize its value.

Data collection is the building block of M&E work. The data collected determines the value of analysis and the impact that can be measured. Digital survey tools have added new elements to survey…


Added by TechChange on October 5, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

How a local peacebuilding network helped stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia

Liberian civil society played a crucial role in getting the Ebola outbreak under control. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent for Liberia, Nat Walker, reports on the work of the Liberia Early-Warning and Response Network.

This article was originally published on Insight on Conflict. Published by Peace Direct,…


Added by Insight on Conflict on October 5, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

The Status of Constitutionality vs. Real Politik in Africa by *Eyob Asfaw Gemechu

By its virtue, constitution making, constitutionalism are are the orders and direct implication of state building, as attested elsewhere. The trend of typical Westphilian state also fulfills the requirements of social contract to end up as constitution.

By and large, regarding the African states, it seems a faint accompli, that the decision of constitutional interpreter, usually the Supreme Court or constitutional court, favors the incumbent president claims and decisions, at…


Added by Eyob Asfaw on October 3, 2015 at 7:10am — No Comments

Staunch Sisi supporter calls for opening of stadia and dialogue with ultras

By James M. Dorsey

A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, has called on the government to allow soccer fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years.

Mr. Sawiri’s request on the eve of two African Confederation Cup semi-finals in Cairo in which Egypt’s storied clubs Al Ahli SC will square off with South Africa’s Orlando Pirates…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 3, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

Gaza Blockade - It's Egypt not Israel!

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a sc blockade or siege. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian…


Added by Ari Rusila on October 3, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

The new Peace Journalist Magazine is out!

The October edition ofThe Peace Journalist has arrived.

This edition features articles from Turkey (Reporting Syrian Refugees project), Kuwait, the Philippines, Nigeria, Kashmir, and many other locales.

You can view/download a .pdf copy of…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on October 2, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

Insight on Conflict Monthly Newsletter: October 2015

A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on locally-led peacebuilding in DR Congo, countering extremism in Afghanistan and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.

Research this month

World Disasters Report…


Added by Insight on Conflict on October 2, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

Measuring Progress or Measuring Success? Thoughts on M&E in Next Generation DDR !

 Measuring Progress or Measuring Success? Thoughts on M&E in Next Generation DDR !  …


Added by Dean Piedmont on October 1, 2015 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Unsustainable Careers in Sustainable Development

Students passionate about building a better future are increasingly being asked to mortgage their own in return. Students share the growing burden of student debt across the country: The median level of indebtedness for a Master of Arts degree jumped from $38,000 in 2004 to $59,000 in 2012, after adjusting for inflation. But the ability to repay debts is not…


Added by TechChange on October 1, 2015 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

Colombia's Inminent Peace Agreement: A Brief Analysis of What the Agreement is, What is Next and What is Missing

I was born during the war and I thought, I really thought that my work for peace and gender equality was important in that it was contributing to generate conditions so that my son or his descendants would enjoy a durable peace.  Most of us believed we worked for the future and…


Added by Catalina Rojas on October 1, 2015 at 12:58pm — 2 Comments

TransConflict - September 2015 Review

Dear All

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during July, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…


Added by TransConflict on October 1, 2015 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Sustainable Development: An Oxymoron in India?

In order to adequately understand whether sustainable development is an oxymoron for any country, one must break down and understand the constituent parts of this loaded question. An oxymoron can be described as a self-contradictory concept or an idea that cannot be conceived logically as possible. ‘Sustainability’ and ‘development’ are two distinct concepts, and the combination of the two terms (‘sustainable development’) is a practice; hence, to answer the above question we must understand…


Added by Sahil Patni on October 1, 2015 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes

By James M. Dorsey

The rise of Islamic State (IS) beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq over the past one year has drawn comparison with the spread of communism more than a century ago. It has also pitted proponents of kinetic realpolitik seeking military defeat of the extremist against supporters of the notion that jihadism poses primarily an ideational threat.

However both schools of the debate focus on the violent nature of the threat and ways to neutralise it rather than on…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 30, 2015 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

UN Peacekeeping operations since the start of the Cold War - Unpacked

PRSG and the New School - Program in International Studies - DDR in Contemporary Peace operations with Nick Palombo - UN Peacekeeping Operations since the Cold War - Unpacked ~

Peacekeeping Operations in 3 Easy Steps

Added by Dean Piedmont on September 30, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

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