October 2008 Blog Posts (43)

Article from the International Herald Tribune about the Growth of Peace Studies


Peace studies take off

By Dana Micucci

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico: The Bradbury Science Museum in this drab high-desert town studded with old army barracks houses life-size replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man, chilling reminders of the human capacity for unspeakable violence. The cutely named atomic bombs,… Continue

Added by Craig Zelizer on October 20, 2008 at 8:54am — 6 Comments

Letters in Peace Science on Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy

Dear Friends,

I hope everyhting runs good for you. I am pleased to inform you that Peace economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, the journal founded by Walter Isard to develop and spread Peace Science, and published by Bepress (www.bepress.com/peps), is launching a new policy.

In order to improve scientific communication within the field of Peace Science and Peace Economics, PEPS will publish 'Letters' to provide accounts of new original research. Letters will not normally exceed… Continue

Added by raul on October 18, 2008 at 11:48am — No Comments

Powerplay behind the new Cold War

Georgia 08/08/08 is the date when headlines in Western mainstream media started to tell how big, bad aggressive Russia attacked to tiny, democratic, good Georgia. After that the West continued accusations about occupation a free sovereign state started rethink enforcing its frontlines around Russian border in new cold war era. Al this despite the fact, that day earlier 7th August 2008 Georgia had started the moths before planned war against its separatist province (look my article “OSCE… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 18, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Arm Revolution in Madhes, Nepal & Peace Process

Dear All,

Please find a supplementary article on Arm Revolution in Madhes.pdfArm Revolution in Madhes and Peace Process. This article is a descriptive analysis about the ongoing Arm Revolution in Tarai Part of Nepal and Peace Process. This will be very fruitful to the all individuals and institution who are interested to… Continue

Added by Krishna H. Pushkar on October 18, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

. . .if you are for a--

NOTE: After joining the group For a Better World, I felt compelled to write a poem/journal entry-- not sure this fits as a blog but I wanted to share nonetheless . . .

if you are for a

better world, you must

tell everyone with urgency in your voice--

"I am for a better world!"

if you are for a

better world then you must behave

in a manner that says, "I am for a better world but

being so does… Continue

Added by Emm Dee B. on October 16, 2008 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

The Authoritarian Executive, the Rubber-Stamp Parliament, and Delegation of Powers in Ethiopia

Alemayehu Fentaw

The Nondelegation Principle

The doctrine of nondelegation is explicit or implicit in all written constitutions that impose a structural separation of powers. It is usually applied in questions of constitutionally improper delegations of legislative powers to the executive. In 1690, John Locke (1632-1704), one of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period, wrote that legislators “can have no power to transfer their authority of making… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on October 15, 2008 at 9:46am — No Comments

African leaders anti-development

Has it occurred to you that African leaders are against development? Its quite interesting, instead of trying to help their people, they would rather build giant palaces, buy arms and pay huge salaries. The international community should realize that they are dealing with leaders who can never achieve any meaningful results other than war, famine, disease and illiteracy. The truth is that most African leaders are extremely intelligent people who know exactly what needs to be done in order to… Continue

Added by Godfrey Kimega on October 15, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Solidarity Covenant Proposal

I’m appreciating the framing of contemporary issues by Naomi Klein and Naomi Wolf and have paid attention to statements from Congress members Marcy Kaptur and Michael Burgess, along with websites on FEMA camps. My human responsibility is not to defeat evil but to promote goodness in myself and others through caring collaboration.

A covenant invites us to commit publicly to the power and security of compassionate interdependence. For some, stating what enables us to be human and to… Continue

Added by Thea Nietfeld on October 11, 2008 at 10:38am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Good afternoon, Fellows of Planet Earth!

The planet’s bourses are still plunging as of yesterday (Friday), a day that was dabbed as ‘black Friday’ in Japan which saw the Nikkei plunge by 10%. ‘Bloody Friday’ may be a better term, as the word ‘black’ in ‘black Friday’ could be construed as a racial slur.

This gentleman is among the economists/social scientists in Manila who forecast, way back in the late 1980s yet, that the Western economies… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on October 11, 2008 at 4:36am — No Comments

Do you hear Mr. Nobel rolling in his grave?

The criteria for Nobel peace prize outlined in Alfred Nobel's will 1895 was “to contribute to fraternity in the world, to reduce armies and to establish peace congresses”. The choice of Martti Ahtisaari as this years winner undervalues - again – those original ideas. Ahtisaari got the prize probably about his actions as mediator in Namibia, Aceh and Kosovo. Namibia went according UN peace plan, Aceh was acceptable compromise and Kosovo everything else.

Norwegian founder of… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 10, 2008 at 7:26pm — No Comments




September 2008

The Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg, Austria

Alemayehu Fentaw was Fellow of Session 455, "Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society," which was organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar from 7-12 September 2008, at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Below is the full-text of the recommendations… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on October 10, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Nobel Committee's choice again a scandal

The choice of Martti Ahtisaari satisfies - even with a broad interpretation - none of the criteria outlined in Alfred Nobel's will, namely: to contribute to fraternity in the world, to reduce armies and to establish peace congresses - to quote them in Nobel's own language of 1895.

Ahtisaari has repeatedly functioned as "peace fixer" for Western power elites. In 1999 he was the envoy who persuaded the Serb state to give in after NATO's 78 days of bombing, the most brutal event in… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on October 10, 2008 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

UN is sending Kosovo case to ICJ

The UN General Assembly is backing Serbia’s draft to request an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) about the legality of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo. October 8th UNGA, by a recorded vote of 77 in favour to 6 against (Albania, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 74 abstentions, adopted a resolution drafted by Serbia.

The resolution

In initiating the resolution,… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 8, 2008 at 8:10pm — No Comments

What a read about Rwanda and President Paul Kagame and the Great Lakes Region

Rwanda has been in the news of late following the political exchanges by the Foreign Minister of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those familiar with developments there may not be interested in getting background knowledge because they are already in the know. Those who are in darkness would greatly appreciate the book by Stephen Kinzer entitled: A Thousand Hills...

This book by Stephen Kinzer, author of the national bestseller All the Shah's Men, is a timely written must… Continue

Added by Dennis Thokozani DLOMO on October 8, 2008 at 10:28am — No Comments

iPeace Network Newsletter # 3


Added by David Califa on October 7, 2008 at 10:05am — No Comments

The Dark Knight's nonviolence message

The movie, “The Dark Knight”, situates us in a chaotically violent city and demonstrates responses to violence and consequences of varied choices. Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, producer and screenwriter, continue to explore distinctions between vengeance and law-based order. We are invited to examine responses to terrorism and to consider what we will live and die for.

Viewers are introduced to Joker as the leader of robbers doing their work – and then killing each other… Continue

Added by Thea Nietfeld on October 6, 2008 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Kosovo story continues at international stages

Coming week will be show again one significant step in international politics and especially in Western Balkans. 1st at its plenary session called for 8th October, the 192-member UN General Assembly is to debate Serbia’s draft resolution calling for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence. 2nd EU tries again find some common position about Kosovo case and the forecast is that EU member-states will probably abstain from the vote… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 5, 2008 at 3:46pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Magandang hapon! Good afternoon!

It’s been some couples of weeks now since the financial downspin in the USA took a further plunge as mega-banks sought help from federal government for rescue. The closure of the Lehman Brothers and the S.O.S. by other big banks that are now in the red rocked the global stock markets to a new round of instabilities and volatilities, even as the US economy is in danger of another Great Depression.

As I’ve… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on October 4, 2008 at 7:01am — No Comments

Dividing Kosovo - a pragmatic solution to frozen conflict

Earlier this week Serbian President Boris Tadic stated, that he would not rule out partitioning Kosovo if all other options on Kosovo’s final status have been exhausted. "Intellectuals in Serbia and the international public are debating the issue of a partition and this is one of the options that have been emphasized all these years in searching for a solution to Kosovo's future status. I can only think about this when all other possibilities have been exhausted” Tadić told a news… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 3, 2008 at 6:11am — No Comments

Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy: A Practitioner's Perspective


The Report presented by the Mathews Commission entitled Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy is a well written and clearly thought out work. Like anything human though, it has its short comings. Before dwelling on these, it is important to appreciate its strengths and innovations in improving the oversight of intelligence. The first remarkable aspect is its call for the revisiting of the White Paper on Intelligence. I would add that with that process must be the… Continue

Added by Dennis Thokozani DLOMO on October 3, 2008 at 5:29am — No Comments

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