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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

FIFA to rescue of troubled Saudi King Salman

By James M. Dorsey

Palestine is a headache Saudi King Salman doesn’t need as he confronts rare demands from members of his ruling family that he and his son be removed from power, growing unease about a seven-month old devastating military campaign in Yemen that has caused devastation and mounting civilian casualties, widespread criticism of the kingdom’s handling of the Haj in the wake of a deadly stampede, and concern about the financial and economic management of the kingdom…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 30, 2015 at 12:23am — No Comments

The People's Report Card: A New Tool to Hold Political Leaders Accountable for the Global Goals

Peoples Report Card Twitter Final

World leaders signed off on the new Sustainable Development Goals ("Global Goals") at the UN General Assembly earlier this week. Building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, the Global…


Added by Jonathan Talbot on September 29, 2015 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

After Trauma II: Basic Info for Trauma Survivors

In my last post I presented reasons why trauma survivors often fail to get the support they need, what it feels like after trauma, how easy it…


Added by Odelya Gertel Kraybill, PhD on September 29, 2015 at 9:10pm — No Comments

After Trauma I: Basic Info for Trauma Survivors

Why trauma survivors often fail to get the support they need

A lot of trauma survivors fail to get the support they so much deserve, simply because the symptoms of trauma are often mistaken for…


Added by Odelya Gertel Kraybill, PhD on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Calls for War Crimes Court & Renewed Violence ~ Outgrowths of failed Reintegration

In the wake of the UN General Assembly, please see new new postings from the New School's Milano School on International Affairs in Reintegration of Armed Groups and 2nd Generation approaches on the Peacebuilding, Reintegration & Stabilization Group (PRSG) in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) following news of UN officials voicing concern over renewed…


Added by Dean Piedmont on September 29, 2015 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Aerial Robotics in the Land of Buddha

Buddhist Temples adorn Nepal’s blessed land. Their stupas, like Everest, stretch to the heavens, yearning to democratize the sky. We felt the same yearning after landing in Kathmandu with our UAVs. While some prefer the word “drone” over “UAVs”, the reason our pNepali partners use the latter dates back some 3,000 years to the spiritual epic Mahabharata (Great Story of Bharatas). The ancient story features Drona, a…


Added by Patrick Meier on September 29, 2015 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Kyrgyzstan’s election campaign: the struggle for peace by Inga Sikorskaya

With parliamentary elections due to take place on October 4th in Kyrgyzstan, Inga Sikorskaya describes some of the problems that threaten the chances of a peaceful campaign.

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


Added by Insight on Conflict on September 28, 2015 at 6:02am — No Comments

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