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Call for Nominations: Yayori Award for Women Peace Activists

The deadline of Yayori Award nomination for 2011 is coming soon. We encourage activists and organizations from Asia to send many nominations to honour grassroots women's activism for human rights and peace.

The Yayori Award focuses on women activists, journalists, and artists

who work at the grassroots level with socially marginalized peoples in

order to create a 21st century free from war and discrimination against

women. Younger activists are especially encouraged to…


Added by zoneziwoh on August 16, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

International Video Competition - Schools

The Earth Charter International (ECI) is conducting its first-ever International Video Contest, in collaboration with Odyssey 2050 movie project and the British Embassy in Costa Rica.


We are inviting schools from all over the world to be part of this contest, and we would love for your school to participate. We are asking for students to see the trailer of Odyssey 2050 movie, read the Earth Charter and then, submit videos that…


Added by Alicia Jimenez on August 16, 2011 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution 08.16.11

Brad Heckman-  Let’s face it, mediation is way underutilized.  We help more than 10,000 New Yorkers find creative and durable solutions to their conflicts every year, but we’re about 6,990,000 short of our goal.…


Added by Jeff Thompson on August 16, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Drawing out ideas...literally.


I'm a visual learner with a limited attention span, and I like to draw.  So, when I teach and train, I use cartoons, visual metaphors, and pop culture references as (hopefully) entertaining mnemonic devices.  Above is a picture of me spieling about Community Cooperative Advocacy (more on that…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 16, 2011 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

The future of peace and stability world wide is an individual responsibility not a choice.

The future of peace and stability is uncertain, unless religious tolerance exists in practice.

I have earlier described the Religious intolerance as a factor into conflict and division of Sudan into two nations. Some scholars refuted my views a personal rhetoric, nevertheless,this piece of news, has been the attitude of the Islamic Scholars and rulers towards…


Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on August 16, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Somalia soccer seeks Diaspora support as Islamists lose ground

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Somalia, racked by civil war and famine, is seeking soccer players and fan support from the country’s large Diaspora to rebuild shattered infrastructure in advance of 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The recruitment and fundraising campaign follows military setbacks in which the country’s Al Shabab, jihadist insurgents associated with Al Qaeda have lost their control of a majority of the capital Mogadishu to forces of the Transition…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 16, 2011 at 12:38am — No Comments

Interesting Links

Here are some interesting links I came across this week:

  • For those of you in the academic world who haven’t heard of this free citation service, Zotero, check it out. Makes collaboration, citation and organizing your sources much easier.
  • In the face of the recent attention afforded to the London riots, this view is…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 15, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

The Arts of Survival

I’m currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico and this weekend I stopped in at a favorite place of mine here, the Museum of International Folk Art. A current exhibit, “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Disaster,” had caught my eye and I wanted to check it out.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola's 2003 meditation on isolation, loneliness, and the need to connect, features Bill Murray as a sadsack actor who's in Japan to film a lucrative whiskey commercial.  There's a great scene in which Murray receives long, elaborate, instructions from an impassioned Japanese director which are translated into absurdly short, enigmatic phrases.  Have a…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 15, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Violence spreads like a disease By Josh Gryniewich

Originally posted on Insight on Conflict.

More than a metaphor, this understanding is fundamental to CeaseFire, an innovative international violence prevention program that uses disease control methods to disrupt urban violence. Violence as a disease is also a central theme of 'The Interrupters' an…


Added by Joel Gabri on August 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Twitter Chat For ADR Professionals

I love technology, specifically twitter. Jason Dykstra (@jasondyk) and I have been talking for about a month or so and jointly decided to put together a twitter chat specifically for professionals in the ADR field (mediators, facilitators, ombuds, conflict coaches, negotiators,…


Added by Jeff Thompson on August 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Libyan rebels seek to project image of unity as they advance on Tripoli

Monday, August 15, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

With NATO-backed rebel troops closing in on the Libyan capital Tripoli, Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s opponents are desperate to project a façade of unity, brush aside internal rifts and assure Libyans and the international community that they are capable of managing transition in a post-Qaddafi era.

To do so in the wake of the mysterious killing last month of rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younis, the rebel Transition…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 15, 2011 at 6:12am — No Comments


Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei

Tragedies have befallen the people of Somalia. They need every assistance at this moment to survive. A cup of water, a piece of bread, a quiet environment (silencing the guns) can save a life today in Somalia. What is happening in that East African Nation can happen anywhere, and most of us in other parts of the world have experienced the same tragedies, but with different magnitudes.

We are all aware that humanity is… Continue

Added by Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei on August 15, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

A very good news had sprouted from out of my beloved country the Philippines, concerning the cure to dengue. Among the perennial epidemics in the country, dengue had killed too many to count for nigh centuries already, and continues to make sweeping attacks in both urban and rural areas.

The pepper variety is no other than the black pepper that we commonly use as condiment. Extracts of the black pepper can…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 15, 2011 at 1:18am — No Comments

Healing Our World from the Inside Out- Seattle 2 day workshop Sept 17/18 on Compassionate Listening

Seats still remain for this powerful and inspiring workshop on Compassionate Listening: develop essential practices for any peacebuilder. You will enhance your own skills and learn exercises and techniques that will enrich your work with others. Learn more:… Continue

Added by Susan Partnow on August 14, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Falk Yes! What 1970's TV Detective Columbo can teach us about mediation.

Peter Falk left this mortal coil on June 23.  Mostly known as the schlumpy, deceptively dim Detective Columbo in the eponymous 1970's TV series, he also had an admirable film career.  He was superb in John Cassavettes' Husbands and A Woman Under the Influence...movies that out-indie today's…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 14, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

Trailer for Documentary about women and peace in Indonesia

Take a second to check out this trailer for the new documentary "The Peace Agency"


When the war ends, a woman's fight begins.

An extraordinary grassroots school is being held on a woman's front porch in the post-conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia. Lian Gogali is teaching female survivors of nearly a decade of communal violence how to transform themselves into agents of peace for their…


Added by Sue Useem on August 14, 2011 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

workshop on conflict transformation and peace building kickoff in south sudan/juba

Maryknoll sisters president was in south sudan during three weeks to lead various workshop on conflict transformation and peace building.

sister Janice Mclaughlin told SCN news that she started  her activites in wau with 28 students at the nursing school and then moved to Juba to work with major seminarians and Bakhita Radio staff.

She said the paticipants were concerned that issues like corruption,tribalism and land grabbing could create conflict in the future if people were…


Added by Grace John kenyi on August 14, 2011 at 5:02am — 1 Comment

Syria fuels schism between Sunnis and Shiites

Sunday, August 14, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

The struggle for greater political freedom in Syria is emerging as a lightning rod for a far greater schism in the Middle East and North Africa – one that is more worrisome and that threatens to divide the region and several of its societies not only along political lines but also along sectarian lines.

A majority of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia have in the last week for the first time…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 13, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

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