December 2011 Blog Posts (187)

As Campaigns Against Impunity underway, Somali Government captures a suspect for the murder of Slain colleague

Mourning ceremony co-organized by the National Union of Somali

Journalists (NUSOJ) and Somali National Women Organization (SNWO) was

held at the Somali National Youth Center in Mogadishu on Friday 23

December 2011, meanwhile the government announced the arrest of a

suspect linked to the killing of the journalist.

The remembrance ceremony, which was attended by members from the

Somalia's Transitional Federal Parliament, Somali National Women



Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on December 24, 2011 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Critical Challenges Assessment Project Update (with 28 selected links)

Work-in-Progress Update (with 28 selected links)

for “IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011” Project


Since July (2011), the main focus of The IPCR Initiative has been on compiling evidence and creating draft versions of a document to be titled “IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012” (as the project is carrying into 2012).  There is an IPCR webpage for this project , which makes accessible draft versions of sections--and posts…


Added by Stefan Pasti on December 24, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

This Week in Middle Eastern Conflict... December 16th-23rd, 2011.

  • On Saturday, the Sunni-backed bloc suspended its participation in Iraq’s Parliament after accusing PM al-Maliki’s Shi’ite led government of concentrating power. On Sunday, the last of the US combat troops in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait after nearly nine years of war, and…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 23, 2011 at 6:45pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne Argonza


A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone else!

That I started with a goodwill greeting associated with the Christmas occasion doesn’t make me a church devotee of which I definitely am not. I have departed a long time ago yet…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on December 23, 2011 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Reflections on our first (half) year.

Folks, I’d like to reflect on the amazing, whirlwind year that’s coming to a close.  We officially became the New York Peace Institute this year, building upon three decades as a …


Added by Brad Heckman on December 23, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas... December 15th-22nd, 2011.

  • The trial of Breanna (nee Bradley) Manning, the soldier allegedly responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret state documents to WikiLeaks began this week in the United States. Manning is charged with 23 counts, including…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 22, 2011 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Prospects for Peace on Earth

This time of year is ideal for reflecting on the miracle of Christmas 1914, that famous temporary truce and friendship between opposing sides in the midst of a war. Here was a new type of slaughter confronted with a new type of humanism, the leading edges of two opposing trends.

An op-ed in the New York Times last week by…


Added by David Swanson on December 22, 2011 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

This Week in Asian Conflict... December 14th-21st, 2011.

  • Relatives of inmates on a hunger strike in Kyrgyzstanpicketed a pretrial detention centre on Wednesday to demand their relatives’ demands be met. The protesters are calling upon reviews for the inmates’ cases, who they claim have been sentenced for crimes they didn’t commit. On Tuesday, the Kyrgyz Parliament…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 21, 2011 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Call For Submissions - Peace Education in Action



Call for Submissions: Peace Education in Action Online Resource


Dear Peace Education Colleagues,


Teachers Without Borders is seeking contributions of narrative case…


Added by Amanda Munroe on December 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Bonn, Busan and new "CSO" Bureau


Added by LisaSchirch on December 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... December 13th-20th, 2011.

Hello, hope all is well!

This week’s conflict reports will be a little thinner than usual, as I have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple days and haven’t been reading as extensively as normal. Please be sure to add anything I have missed in the comments below or send via email to



  • The New…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 20, 2011 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Atlas Corps Invites Applications for a New June 2012 Class of U.S. Fellows!

*Priority consideration will be given to those who meet specific position-specific criteria (see below for details)

*Deadline: January 29th 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world's best nonprofit leaders. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders,…


Added by Atlas Service Corps on December 20, 2011 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Clinton calls for women to be agents of peace | Women's Views on

Summary of story from Georgetown Patch, December 19, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week announced a new effort by government agencies to engage women in the critical processes of peacemaking, prevention programs and nation building in conflict zones.

“Women are not…


Added by Susmita Barua on December 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

''The mechanism of identity, Modernization, and the 21st century open world'' By Yves M. Musoni

''Identity isn't given once and for all: It is built up and changes throughout a person's lifetime...not many of the elements that go to make up our identity are already in us at birth. A few physical characteristics of course-sex, colour and so on. And even at this point not everything is innate. Although, obviously, social environment doesn't determine sex, it does determine its significance. To be born a girl is not the same in Kabul as it is in Oslo: the…

Added by Yves M. Musoni on December 20, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Be Part Of A Historic Global Party To Give Praise and Thanks To The Creator Of The Universe For All Life On Earth!

Please spread these  words far and wide all around the world:

Humanity will be starting a global cease fire starting now!

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens,  Shieks and  Commanders:

Command your armies to cease fire now.

Command your armies and your peoples to begin destroying all weapons now, everywhere all around the Earth.  

Order your troops back to their own land.  

Destroy all weapons of Mass Destruction on the Earth…


Added by Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW on December 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

On tyrants and their sunglasses.

I took a Latin American politics course in college, and the prof told us, à la Jeff Foxworthy, that if a leader wears sunglasses indoors, he's probably a despot. Here are some ostensible reasons why some dictators might've rocked the shades:

-- Kim Jong Il, North Korean Dear Leader:  His lady-who-lunches specs added some compensatory bling to his polyester…


Added by Brad Heckman on December 20, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

Call for Writers - Do you have a peace story to share?

Peace X Peace, an international organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a global network of peacebuilders in 120 countries, seeks contributors for our "Voices from the Frontlines" blog.See guidelines and submission information below.  To submit a story or ask your questions email…


Added by Caroline Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 9:52am — No Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution [12.20.11]

Models of Standards For Mediator Certification Programs

The Model Standards for Mediator Certification Programs stands on the shoulders of those who have previously designed and…


Added by Jeff Thompson on December 20, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

This Week in The World of Conflict... December 12th-19th, 2011.

  • Fatima Bensouda was formally elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court on Monday. Bensouda was the only candidate running for the election and will take over from Luis Moreno-Ocampo in June.
  • The UNDP has released its 2011 Human Development Report. This report projects a…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 20, 2011 at 12:38am — No Comments

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