April 2012 Blog Posts (139)

2012 U.S. Peace Index Highlights America’s Most and Least Peaceful States and Cities

  • Maine is most peaceful state for 11th consecutive year, Louisiana least peaceful state
  • Wyoming has improved the most while Arizona records the biggest fall
  • Cambridge metro area is the most peaceful, Detroit the least peaceful
  • The U.S. is more peaceful than at any time in the last 20 years
  • Further improvements in peacefulness would generate hundreds of billions of extra economic…

Added by Institute for Economics & Peace on April 26, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

DM&E Tip: When to use a Case Study

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

When to Use a Case Study

A case study is a research methodology which allows the investigation to maintain all the meaningful characteristics of real-world events and process. A core feature of case study methodology is its multi-perspectival analysis: it…


Added by Jonathan White on April 26, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Seeing is Believing & Learning

Considering my research area is based on primarily nonverbal communication and mediation, when I am presenting and offering workshops and trainings, it is not just words I rely on to try and help others understand the value and important role nonverbal communication has on our daily interactions.  This includes both our professional and social interactions.

Sketchnoting and infographics are two examples of how information can be shared and retained when you are at a workshop,…


Added by Jeff Thompson on April 26, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study - A Poem

- By Kamla Bhasin


A father asks his daughter:

Study? Why should you…


Added by Caroline Anderson on April 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

SIMBA Radio editor received wound in crossfire

(Mogadishu) 26, April 2012

By: Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter)

A somali editor…


Added by Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter) on April 26, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments

Art for peace and collaboration between India and Pakistan


Hindi and Urdu is one language when spoken but written in two different scripts hence it is the only major language of the world with this characteristic, says Pakistani artist Syed Mohammad Anwar, a lawyer by profession. He has highlighted this aspect of the language through his calligraphic work, first of its kind, saying it can be used together with other…


Added by Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer on April 25, 2012 at 3:54pm — 7 Comments

What a Real Peace Candidate Looks Like

I recently wrote about a conversation I'd had with a fairly typical Democratic candidate for Congress (O.K. perhaps he was below average) -- a former military officer who claims to be for peace, but whose every solution involves war.  I asked him to make commitments on what sort of things he would vote for or against, and he evaded every such question, while maintaining that he held a desire for peace somewhere in his heart.



Added by David Swanson on April 25, 2012 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Finding the Humanitarian G-spot

Angelica Arbulu

“I am wearing large overalls and am but a couple of months away from maternity leave myself. It dawns on us that there isn’t a chance in hell I’m going to get that job. ”…


Added by Caroline Anderson on April 25, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

How to Tell if a Candidate Backs Peace or War

I just had a chat with a Democratic candidate who has just about wrapped up his party's nomination for Congress here in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District.  John Douglass is a retired Brigadier General, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a former deputy U.S. military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium.  

Obviously a candidate for war, right?  That's not what people were telling me, and not what Douglass himself says.  He tells me he's…


Added by David Swanson on April 25, 2012 at 12:36am — No Comments

My new article published today: Focus on Al Qaeda in Yemen Magnifies Chronic Instability

Focus on Al Qaeda in Yemen Magnifies Chronic Instability

Ibrahim Sharqieh

Apr 25, 2012



In a recent conversation, the White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and…


Added by Ibrahim Fraihat on April 24, 2012 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Networking and Status

Welcome to a Journey with Joyce

Success Wellness Strategy Networking

How are you handling your networks? As social beings we are designed to live, work and socialize in…


Added by Joyce Odidison on April 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Attaining Self-Mastery

Welcome to a Journey with Joyce

Success and Wellness tip on….



Added by Joyce Odidison on April 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Peace X Peace is looking for writers - Share your peace story with the world!

*** Hey guys! I posted this before, but we're always looking for new writers.  Please send me your story today, or email with any questions. caroline@peacexpeace.org ***

Peace X Peace, the international organization…


Added by Caroline Anderson on April 24, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


That line comes from a retired PH journalist, Crispin Maslog, who urged Asian countries to go green rather than to force nuke energy for power generation. From the very own words of the noblesse environmentalist, Asian countries—the top models of emerging markets—should follow the ‘Philippine way’ of power generation via the RE or renewable energy sources plus minimal fossil fuel…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 24, 2012 at 2:09am — No Comments

Sensational Afghani photo unnecessary

In peace journalism, we’re always asking ourselves if the story can be told in a less-inflammatory way. I was left wondering this week if this notion ever entered the minds of the editors of the Los Angeles Times.

In case you missed it, last week brought the latest in a seemingly endless stream of offensive pictures of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. This time, the photos showed service people mugging it up with dismembered “enemy” corpses and body parts. It’s noteworthy, and perhaps…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 23, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

Documenting Peacebuilding: Case Studies

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Case studies are a terrific, low-cost way to document something interesting in project implementation and evaluation. They provide an opportunity for reflection, learning and the sharing of lessons learnt in a safe and secure manner, and also allow for the easy presentation, dissemination and…


Added by Jonathan White on April 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

TechChange's FrontlineSMS Zombie Apocalypse Simulation at Challenge Accepted 2012

Cross-posted from the TechChange Blog

Zombies have started to make their way into the DC Metropolitan Area! Yesterday the TechChange team delivered another FrontlineSMS…


Added by TechChange on April 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Yes, Women, Yes Now: Your Assignment

- A Statement by Patricia Smith Melton

Last week I looked at how the power of women is rising throughout the world. Combined with the power of the Internet, the 5thWorld Conference on Women will be a game-changer for peace,…


Added by Caroline Anderson on April 23, 2012 at 9:55am — No Comments

Veterans for Peace Among 33 Arrested Outside Drone Base in NY State

Three members of Veterans For Peace -- Russell Brown, John Amidon, and Elliott Adams -- were among 33 peaceful protesters arrested on Sunday outside Hancock Air Field in New York State.  Almost all of the 33 were arrested preemptively, as they walked single-file and silently along a road, prior to reaching the military base, at which they intended to approach the gate and deliver a written statement.

Here is video of the walk:…


Added by David Swanson on April 23, 2012 at 8:12am — 1 Comment


Dear friends

Here is 19 constructive proposals in the direction of war-prevention and long-term peace.

It contrasts sharply the present discourse which is dominated by intellectually lazy and anachronistic talk about war as an option. War on Iran is not an option!

It's been published by IPS - the Inte Press Service. You are welcome to use it but you must print the © of IPS and myself as author.

I look forward to your comments here on…


Added by Jan Oberg on April 23, 2012 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

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