January 2012 Blog Posts (195)

This Week in African Conflict... January 23rd-31st, 2012.

  • The African Union summit in Addis Ababa ended in deadlock after the group failed to chose a new chairman for the executive commission. A new election was then scheduled to be held in June or July, though they managed to elect President Boni Yayi of Benin as the new…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 31, 2012 at 10:19pm — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Is the development agenda of the world’s top 20 wealthy nations still flying high on the menu of social interventions? Or is the same agenda being continued, if to show semblance of the glory…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 31, 2012 at 9:48pm — No Comments

We Are a Grassroots Feminist Media Monitor

The authors of this article will remain anonymous to ensure their personal safety.


We are Kherrberr. We are not an organization. Rather, we are a…


Added by Yasmina Mrabet on January 31, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

New Center for Global Peace Journalism takes baby steps

Park University’s newest innovation is just 10 days old, but already standing in the crib and clanking a metal cup along the bars.

First, a beta website has been posted. On it, you can find some basic info about the center and its activities. Be forewarned: the emphasis here is solely on the content, thus, you will notice that the design is somewhat lacking. Soon, this will be converted by a real designer…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 31, 2012 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Make a difference


I am inclined to share with you a movie that would make a huge difference in life. Perhaps, you may have viewed this movie earlier. Yet, it is still worth having another view of it. If you find it worthwhile, you may share the movie with your friends/relatives.

Added by Vandana Hattiangadi on January 31, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments

The More we give....

The more you give, the more you get

The more you do unselfishly,

The more you live abundantly.

The more of everything you share,

The more you laugh, the less you fret.

The more you'll always have to spare.

The more you love, the more you'll find

That life is good and…


Added by Vandana Hattiangadi on January 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Immigration and multiculturalism in Iceland - the opportunity!

People have been on the move around the globe since history began. But with growing globalization the issue is becoming more complex and increasingly important to address. Growoing conflicts between people with different cultural/religous backrgounds who share societies and social rescources in Europe (and elsewhere) is worrisom. The events in Norway in July 2011, the killings of Turks in Germnay for the past decade and rise in right wing extremism in Europe emphasizes just how urgent it is…


Added by Anna Lára Steindal on January 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the World of Conflict… January 22nd- 30th, 2012.

  • A new UN report warns that there soon won’t be enough food, water or energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. The world will reportedly need at least 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water.
  • The Fellowship of Reconciliation and Uniting for Peace…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 30, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments

The Politics of Foreign Aid

Time Magazine

"Does this look like the city of Ramallah?” asks Jawad Tamimi, in the doorway of his store on the main street of downtown Ramallah. The scene is very nearly normal: Sidewalks crowded with pedestrians. The aroma of roasting meat wafts from kebab stands. Yellow minibuses…


Added by Raad Amer on January 30, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Won't Leak In Flight!

Won't Leak in Flight!

Hire Me: I’m Really Good at Summarizing…

Added by Jeff Thompson on January 30, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Improving the Design of Peacebuilding Interventions

Dear Colleagues,

Designing an effective peacebuilding intervention can be difficult: between ensuring logical hierarchy, identifying the most appropriate indicators for success and employing best practices in both the intervention and its design, there is quite a lot to consider.

This is one of the reasons we launched the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding: to provide peacebuilders with access to a comprehensive database and community…


Added by Jonathan White on January 30, 2012 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Congolese Women: We're Not Just Victims

Christina Mitchell

United States/Democratic Republic of Congo

“A failed state does not mean a failed people or, more notably, failed women.”


After three years of preparation, I finally met the women of the eastern Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, regions hosting what has been called Africa’s World War. These are women who have seen the worst, but work toward the best. Who have fought and…


Added by Caroline Anderson on January 30, 2012 at 3:24pm — 4 Comments

What does the Future Hold?

I have been thinking about the future lately.  Mostly because I have had my graduate students doing a scenario exercise about the future directions of conflict resolution.  Today, the 'thing' in CR is to do development work; a conflict resolution degree has become for many a development degree by stealth.  So, as students plan their careers they often do so with the development angle in mind.

In thinking about the future, however, it seems to me that there are forces that need…


Added by Alan Tidwell on January 30, 2012 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Presidential candidates Mite/Nuke

This question was posed to me by a fellow blogger. “Do you believe that withholding military aid from Israel would lead to peace? If so, how?” This was my response;

Withholding United States military aid from Israel would be a great step towards peace. Especially if half of it went back to reducing our national debt and the other half was invested into the Arc plan, A Formal Structure for a Palestinian…


Added by David Crier on January 30, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

Capillary Philanthropy: Businesses, local NGOs, and the future of aid

I often find that aid blogs tend to criticize much, offer solutions too little. Orietta L’Abbate, CEO of AAE Australia Inc., shares her proposal for the future of aid.

What do you think? Could it work?

And if the answer is no, you’d better be ready to offer your own new idea. Let’s hear it.


Large scale aid intervention in large scale disaster has shown its slowness and its inability to cooperate and effectively intervene in the Haiti 2010…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Form of Present conflict and People's movement in Nepal for Rights and Dignity

Formation process of 'New Nepal' through building a new constitution is going on in Peoples Republic of Nepal. In 2008, by a declaration in the Constituent Assembly, Nepal turned into People's democratic Republic from chronic Monarchy of 105 years long.   Since 2008, the country is run by under an interim constitution and the final constitution yet to be adopted. In the meantime, government of Nepal had to run under unstable governance due to lack of political consensus. The…


Added by Lalit C. Chakma on January 30, 2012 at 2:09am — No Comments

Male', Maldives, Protest Continues for 13th night in a row

Since the Maldives Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed's unlawful arrest by the Maldives National Defense force on 16th of January 2012, the Maldivian people have been protesting in the Capital Male'. 

Although the Prosecutor General, Supreme Court Chief Judge and the High Court have ordered his release he remains held in solitary confinment in a Military base, with Military claiming they arrested Abdulla on President Mohamed Nasheed's order and will…


Added by Dr Khaulath Mohamed on January 29, 2012 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Human Rights in a Democratic Society

Should medical interns and residents engage in a strike and not do any work?  What about the ethical issue of their ability to "do no harm?"  What about their obligation to patients?  Then, what about their rights to fair labor? The question becomes where to draw the line or if we should draw a line.   

Added by Jaffar Mjasiri on January 29, 2012 at 7:26pm — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


The Middle East and North Africa or MENA has some good news going concerning clean energy. This surely freshens the region a bit that has been mired in bloody conflicts between the youth-driven anti-Old Order movements and the status quo of Stone Age prinzeps-military dictatorships-family oligarchies.


US $9 Billions was allocated recently by stakeholders…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 29, 2012 at 3:28am — No Comments

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