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This Week in the World of Conflict… June 20th- 26th, 2011

• Monday marked World Refugee Day, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UNHCR released its annual report on the state of the world’s refugees to coincide with this day. An estimated 80% of the world’s refugees now live in developing countries and yet anti-refugee sentiment is growing in industrialized nations.

• ActionAid released a new report entitled “A Second Global Food Crisis” highlighting the most recent statistics on food production, prices and… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 27, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Are you part of positive change in the Arab world? Share your story!

What do you think of when you hear “Arab world” or “Middle East and North Africa”? All too often, the first images that come to mind are “politicians gathering to talk about the economy, employment rates or education; or an analyst breaking down headline news stories,” writes Lulua Asaad in an article for the Common Ground News Service. But there are many other images and stories that are part of this…

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Added by CGNews on June 27, 2011 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

When the Public Rises, We'll Want an Ally in Congress

For the majority of people in the United States -- a majority does not vote, a majority believes the government is broken, a majority thinks our public policy is headed in the wrong direction -- the fact that we call this place a democracy is apparently outweighed by the fact that our national government almost never does what a majority of us want done. Some of the things we don't want done include the destruction of the planet's environment, the mass slaughter of war, the spreading of…

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Added by David Swanson on June 27, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

"So What's Your Hypothesis? : A Word on Research Methods

About a week and half ago, during one of my site visits in Berlin, a practitioner (with a B.A. in political science) said to me, “Your project sounds fascinating. What’s the hypothesis behind your work?”

I was taken off guard. Surprisingly, no one had asked me that question yet. I felt a little silly, coming from Georgetown and all, notebook in hand, doing site observations and suddenly thinking to myself, “I don’t know. Do I have a hypothesis?” I was whisked back to every science…

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Added by Amanda Munroe on June 27, 2011 at 8:53am — 21 Comments

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 06.28.11

Defying The Rules of Conflict Resolution (Israel & Palestine)



By ALON BEN-MEIR 

The study of conflict resolution is prefaced on the notion that two parties in conflict desire a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute, however intractable it…

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Added by Jeff Thompson on June 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Existential Crisis in Pakistan explored

Pakistan is facing an existential crisis which emanates from several internal and external factors. First, the external factors are considered.  The Global War on Terror has taken its toll on Pakistan. The country has been shaken badly by it. Meanwhile, Pakistan is faced with a serious political economy crisis. Unmistakably, the Army and also the Gillani Government has been paralyzed by recent terrorist incidents. More importantly, the paralysis is because of incapacity and lack of vision.…

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Added by Sohail Mahmood on June 27, 2011 at 2:31am — No Comments

MEMOIRS FROM THE SCHOOL WAR ZONE- Peace Starts with Education



It's not about the "stuff"! 

Last year, on the first day of school, a small boy entered the classroom and blurted out, "What kind of stuff we gonna learn this year?"  Since he was one of those eager kids who shows up early for the first day of class I…

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Added by Steve Poynter on June 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

So where do we go from here

 

I am constantly aware that my Grandchildren have "no " friends.

That is they live on a meandering country lane in a quiet farm town and yet they are not allowed out without a parent present! They learn to ride bicycles with arm pads knee pads and helmet safely in place and they are moving on to a "green " school with over a hundred acres cows and Llamas included.

Play dates are arranged and supervised and for a fixed amount of time on the weekend when time is precious…

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Added by Anne D Kasday on June 26, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Constant nightmare

 

Am I crazy?

If I think an illusion is solid delusion of peace and tranquility!

No prize of equality or hope for the world!

So I see my dreams shatter,

my tears start to fall!

Fall  into the hollow of hatred and shame.

So who is to blame if I say…

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Added by Anne D Kasday on June 26, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

CLIMATE CHANGE: PLANETARY OR GALACTIC?...ROCKET SCIENTIST BACKTRACKS GLOBAL WARMING

CLIMATE CHANGE: PLANETARY OR GALACTIC?...ROCKET SCIENTIST BACKTRACKS GLOBAL WARMING

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



We cannot deny, as shown by evidences, that Earth changes are taking place today. There are no fixed interpretations of the changes though, and the scientific community is the least unified about such interpretations.

Whether the fixed idea of ‘global warming is carbon-based monstrosity’ is fully accepted across the sciences and…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 25, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Calls for Presentation

The Institute for Professional and Personal Development is accepting Calls for Presentation for a January 13-

16, 2012 training cruise. The theme is Conflict Resolution for School Board Members. The deadline for presentation submissions is July 3, 2011.  See the attached document for presentation guidelines.  Email ippdtraining@gmail.com for additional information or for presentation submission. …

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Added by Sharmon Monagan on June 25, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... June 18th-24th, 2011

  • The meeting of religious leaders from Armenia and Georgiadid not result in any concrete agreements on disputes between the quasi-official churches after nearly one week of talks.
  • Thousands of people marched on Parliament in Athens,…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 25, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

This Week in Middle Eastern Conflict... June 17th-23rd, 2011

Hello, hope all is well!

Sorry, several of the This Week in Conflict reports are a little late this week, as I have been without power or Internet since Tuesday, one of the side-effects of living in a conflict zone. As such, stories are only updated until Tuesday evening. I will try to keep to a consistent posting schedule, as much as my access to the Internet allows me.

Peace!

Rebecca

 

This Week in Conflict is now being divided…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 25, 2011 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas.... June 16th-22nd, 2011

Hello, hope all is well!

Sorry, several of the This Week in Conflict reports are a little late this week, as I have been without power or Internet since Tuesday, one of the side-effects of living in a conflict zone. As such, stories are only updated until Tuesday evening. I will try to keep to a consistent posting schedule, as much as my access to the Internet allows me.

Peace!

Rebecca

This Week in Conflict is now being divided…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 25, 2011 at 1:05pm — No Comments

This Week in Asian Conflict… June 15th-21st, 2011

Hello, hope all is well!

Sorry, several of the This Week in Conflict reports are a little late this week, as I have been without power or Internet since Tuesday, one of the side-effects of living in a conflict zone. As such, stories are only updated until Tuesday evening. I will try to keep to a consistent posting schedule, as much as my access to the Internet allows me.

Peace!

Rebecca

 

This Week in Conflict is now being divided…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 25, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

MULTIPOLAR POWER ARRANGEMENT MUST BE ADVANCED!

MULTIPOLAR POWER ARRANGEMENT MUST BE ADVANCED!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The rugs under our feet are changing fast. Even before the changes, brought forth by globalization and rising new economic powers, took place in the early 1990s, this analyst was already of the mindset towards building a (a) strong ASEAN and (b) re-engineer the global context towards multipolarity.

 

At that time, the Soviet Union just collapsed, with…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 24, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Recap of TechChange Course at George Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

(Cross posted from TechChange Blog)

 

Over the weekend TechChange had the opportunity to teach a two-day course on Technology and Peacebuilding at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University. This was a first for S-CAR students and we were excited…

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Added by TechChange on June 24, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Obama, pull troops from Afghanistan! Costs Are Too High and Goals Unachievable

In my professional opinion as a reconstruction expert, I fully support the Obama Administration with their bold move to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and all 33,000 surge troops by September 2012.

 

If America had unlimited resources, time, and funding it would be ideal to continue rebuilding Afghanistan.

 

But, the reality is that the American, and global, economy are largely dictating the direction of the mission activities in…

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Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on June 24, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Canada have revealed how Corruption gripped the African Continent.

On Monday 7 March 2011, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, tabled the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act in Parliament aimed at freezing assets that former repressive foreign leaders may hold in Canada. Minister Lawrence Cannon said that “Today I tabled the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act in Parliament to give the Government of Canada new and more robust tools in our fight against corruption and the misappropriation of state funds…

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Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on June 24, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

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