August 2011 Blog Posts (232)

NYC's Turducken of Disaster

As I'm writing this, we're awaiting isolated tornadoes within Hurricane Irene...and we just had an earthquake.  Let's hope the first two ingredients of this meteorological turducken are mild as the third one was.

 

Whatever happens, New Yorkers are…

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Added by Brad Heckman on August 27, 2011 at 11:06pm — No Comments

CHINA LOCALS EXHIBIT CITY PROTOTYPES

CHINA LOCALS EXHIBIT CITY PROTOTYPES

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

China is indubitably the biggest ‘emerging market’ in the global economy. It comprises 1.5 billion people who are getting more concentrated in rapidly growing urban communities.

 

Eastern China has seen its urbanization treble at dizzying pace since 1980 yet. Development in the coastal regions have already reached maturity-to-overdevelopment (led by Shenzen, Shanghai,…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 27, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

IRAQ’S ROADMAP TO DECENTRALIZED GOVERNANCE

IRAQ’S ROADMAP TO DECENTRALIZED GOVERNANCE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



There’s a good news coming from Iraq, which concerns directing the compass of governance along a decentralized trajectory. Iraq was over-centralized for too long a time since the era yet of the caliphate and onwards to the post-Ba’th Party regime, and so that centralization pattern continues as a legacy of antiquated…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 27, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Religious Extremist ideology will force Nigeria to split.

The suicide bomb in a United Nation building in Abuja, Nigeria, claimed 18 lives this week, and the Islamist Boko Haram had claimed responsibility, in a report by bbc here. There have been several bomb attacks in Nigeria since the northern state of Jos declared Islamic Sharia Law some time in 2002. Will Nigeria have stability without splitting? 

Study suggest that Nigeria is divided into…

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Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on August 27, 2011 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Sinai emerged as new front in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Besides political pressure due the Palestinians' upcoming bid for statehood at the U.N. in September, Israel is suffering heaviest bombardments since Operation Cast lead in early 2009. Over 150…

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Added by Ari Rusila on August 27, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Drowning Govt in a Hurricane

"Shrinking government" in American political discourse has, for decades now, meant the following. We enlarge the government's budget through taxation and penalties on working people and through borrowing and printing money. We not only tax the wealthy and corporations less, but we massively subsidize them with public funds. We move away from taxes and fees meant to limit the damage greed can do to the world, and we defund regulation of and law enforcement against the oligarchy. We transfer…

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Added by David Swanson on August 27, 2011 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

PACIFIC COUNTRIES LAG BEHIND ASIA, CATCH UP!

PACIFIC COUNTRIES LAG BEHIND ASIA, CATCH UP!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

A tall order it is for Pacific island countries to catch up with Asian economies. It is a challenge call actually, meant to prop up the resource-rich yet phlegmatic island republics to resonate with the Asian economies most especially the emerging…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 26, 2011 at 6:56pm — No Comments

HORN OF AFRICA: STARVATION THREATS

HORN OF AFRICA: STARVATION THREATS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Gargantuan social crises brought about by almost ceaseless warring among ethnic communities surely have their tolls on the affected populations. Africa has been the most direly affected by such crises, with the end result of seeing up to around 3 millions of non-combatants needing immediate relief to stave off hunger and death.

 

There isn’t a single continent that hasn’t…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 26, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Runthiway for nonviolence www.runthisway.ca

 

The prejudices regarding youth :

 

« The young people doesn't applied themselve properly, they don't work enough, they cannot succeed.»…

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Added by Anne Farrell on August 26, 2011 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Syria starts feeling the pain of Western sanctions

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Syria starts feeling the pain of Western sanctions

By James M. Dorsey

Embattled President Bashar al Assad is feeling the pain of Western sanctions for the first time since anti-government protests erupted in Syria five months ago.

Already deprived of $8 billion a year in tourism receipts, Syria was this week forced to halt all US dollar…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 26, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Mediation needs men.

I've blogged before about the diversity of professions and personalities amongst New York Peace Institute mediators.  I don't think I mentioned that our mediator pool is predominantly female.  My mediation center comrades at home and abroad report that same is true with them.

 

Explanations for this phenomenon have…

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Added by Brad Heckman on August 26, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Discipline: a must!

How can you impose discipline when mostly refuse to participate in any programs of the government.  No matter how we wish to impose it, if there are no actions taken to those who committed offense, then all these programs are not relevant at all. Law enforcement should be strictly imposed.

Added by Jane N. Dominguez on August 26, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments

Soccer players speak out about their ordeal during Bahrain’s brutal crackdown on protesters

Friday, August 26, 2011

Soccer players speak out about their ordeal during Bahrain’s brutal crackdown on protesters

By James M. Dorsey

When Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa came out in support of peaceful anti-government protests…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 26, 2011 at 3:08am — No Comments

Study Sessions

 

CSHR facilitates Study Sessions and Internships

for the International community to broaden

 their knowledge and experience on the status of

 Human Rights and other related issues in Sri Lanka.

for more information pl. visits www.cshr.org

Added by Meloney Palihakkara on August 25, 2011 at 11:49pm — No Comments

ADB & SWISS AID ASIA TRADE

ADB & SWISS AID ASIA TRADE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

A Swiss corporate insurance giant had just committed significant funds to aid Asian countries in boosting their trade. The funding will be channeled to the Asian Development Bank or ADB.

This ‘corporate social responsibility’ or CSR initiative by the Swiss Re Group is most welcome. It…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 25, 2011 at 6:36pm — No Comments

TIMOR LESTE’S INTEGRATION INTO ASIA IS RIPE

TIMOR LESTE’S INTEGRATION INTO ASIA IS RIPE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Certain quarters among Asia’s continental stakeholders are of the opinion that it is ripe for Timor Leste to be integrated into the Asian economies. I am in complete agreement with the same stakeholders, even as I am of the opinion that the more prosperous Asian countries should land a greater…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 25, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Prevent the Next Genocide or Civil War in Libya by following International Peace Consultant Douglas. E. Noll's Advice

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011

International Peace Consultant and author Douglas E. Noll has developed procedural and preventative measures for Libya to avoid genocide and civil war. “The Libyan people must put together a new form of self-governance, rebuild their infrastructure, create jobs, and provide basic services as quickly as possible. This is the turning point. If these steps are…

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Added by Doug Noll on August 25, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Shake and wake.

So I emerged from the subway on Tuesday to see the streets jam-packed with people standing still, infused by a vibe I couldn't quite put my finger on...an admixture of low-level panic, consternation, solidarity, and an odd hint of celebration.  It was evocative of a Japanese monster movie streetscene, with choreographed crowds gawking in awe and horror at an enormous…

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Added by Brad Heckman on August 25, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

Colombia: An analysis of the new 'Victims Law' by Hasan Dodwell

This article was originally published on Insight on Conflict

In any civil war, there will be victims. How to deliver justice to these victims is of fundamental concern to any efforts being made to advance a war-torn state towards peace.

Can laws be developed in a conflict zone in order to bring about justice and advance the possibility of…
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Added by Joel Gabri on August 25, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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