Wednesday, August 22
By James M. Dorsey
Significant advances by NATO-backed Libyan rebels seeking to oust Colonel Moammar Qaddafi pose a significant policy challenge for China and Russia that could prompt a rethinking of their support for autocratic leaders in the Middle East and North Africa.
As Russia and China scramble to improve strained relations with the rebels and salvage future commercial ties in the wake of the fall of…Continue
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Fresno, Ca…………………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 not taken in a timely…Continue
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Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO …Continue
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Five years ago, I saved up enough scratch to get Lasik surgery and said adieu to my coke-bottle lenses forevermore. On the whole, I'm delighted with the results, mainly because I can see better.
But there are two drawbacks: 1) I kind of missing wearing my nerdy-chic glasses and 2) I used to enjoy taking my…Continue
We just wanted to remind you all that there are only 9 days left to get your story published! You can participate in the Stories of Peace Challenge until August 31st, 00:00 GMT+1!
Winners are published in the book "People Building Peace 2.0", which will also include contributions by our judges: Emmanuel Bombande, Vanessa Griffen, and Michael Shank. To see their profiles, you can click…Continue
All around the world, governments have justified the ‘war on drugs’ in the name of children. While children and young people are all too visible in prevention campaigns and political rallies, the stories about how the drug war has failed or harmed them as well as their families, have been almost invisible.
If drug policies are to be justified with reference to children and young people, then drug policies must be…Continue
I just read a paper by Rotary Peace Scholar Duncan Autry that paralleled the ideas I present in my latest book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts. What we concluded from entirely different approaches is that the traditional means of achieving peace is doomed to fail. This is especially true if applied to Libya. Libya has a choice, and the wrong choice will lead to disintegration of its…Continue
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The Georgetown University and Generations For Peace Summer Research Fellows have all returned to DC after three months in the field. As we begin to digest our research and experiences, we wanted to share a piece of our journey with you.
What was the most surprising thing you found?
From Amanda Munroe:
Connection! I was surprised (and encouraged!) to find out how well the organizations and the academics I was interviewing were…Continue
Just wanted to let everyone know that an exciting new internship opportunity has been created by the Global Minded Internship Program of RACI. New interns will create an eco-tourism project for sustainable livelihoods in the post-conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia. To learn more about this please visit:
Added by Sue Useem on August 22, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments
ORDINARY SAND FILTERS WATER
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Sand has been in use as filtration material for so many hundreds of years. Maybe a second look at the ordinary sand that we find in beaches and in our backyards could provide the answer to lingering questions about more effective water filtration processes.
Scientists from across the oceans have done that precisely: take a second look at the ordinary sand, and cease to condescend on…Continue
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Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians
August 20, 2011
Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your…Continue
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Communities have the capacity to take action, based on their strengths, to realize their dreams. Constellation Support Teams develop and nurture the capacity of communities to facilitate communal discussion, reflection, learning and action. They accompany communities on their journey to their…Continue
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
NATO-backed Libyan rebels have captured Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s soccer playing son, Al Saadi Al Qaddafi, the third of the Libyan leader’s seven sons to have been apprehended since the rebels late Sunday launched their final offensive on the capital Tripoli.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, head of the rebel National Transitional Council, told the Associated Press that the rebels had detained Al-Saadi on Sunday night along with his…Continue
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When choosing a logo for the New York Peace Institute, we insisted on avoiding the commonly-used images of our field...so, ixnay on the doves, peace signs, roundtables, and handshakes. (We did toy with the idea of a peace pigeon...a scrappy urban bird gobbling an olive branch). We wanted to carve out our own identity --and recognize that we're as much about…Continue
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JAMS CEO Chris Poole & The New JAMS Blog
Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO Chris Poole as they discuss the new JAMS Blog. Findout from Chris why the blog was created, the vision and goals of the blog, and what to expect from future posts.…Continue
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I am interested in where the Republican presidential candidates stand on negotiation, mediation, and diplomacy as a means of solving intractable international conflicts. As I read reports about Governors Perry and Romney and Representative Michelle Bachman as the leading Republican candidates, I saw very little about their foreign policy positions, their negotiating skills, or their positions on war and peace. Some digging around the Internet provides early indications, based on past public…Continue
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Monday, August 22, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
With NATO-backed rebels capturing Tripoli and members of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s family, Libya could emerge as the Middle East and North Africa’s first revolution rather than its third successful revolt following the toppling earlier this year of autocratic leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.
In many ways that could mean that change in Libya could move faster and deeper but also prove to be far messier than the transitions in…Continue
The Peace Portal is holding an exciting competition for stories of peace building around the world. The top 25 stories will make it into a book about peacemaking 2.0! Here is the entry for Institute Mosintuwu, a grassroots movement for women and children in Poso, Sulawesi.
"Consult conventional history of the brutal communal conflict that lasted from 1998-2007 in Poso, on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and prospects for a lasting peace…Continue
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