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Missionaries, Mercenaries & Misfits: How two aid workers came full circle in the development world

I recently had the pleasure of "virtually" connecting with Renee Martyna and Steve Munroe of Satori Worldwide. They have a compelling story with which I think many aid workers can identify. They share it below.



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When we met back in 1998, we were young in more ways than one. Although we were not missionaries in the strictest sense, we were surely full of a non-sectarian but very potent form of ‘save the world’ zeal. The…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 11, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Social networks and their potential in African policy

2011 appears to be a year of extraordinary mobilizations of the African citizens.  I am asking myself to what extent the Internet is "responsible", "guilty", "instrumental" in all of it.

 

I am taking a look at West Africa. Can what is happening in the Arab region happen here?  What roles will Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn play?  Who will do what?

 

I have put a survey…

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Added by Nnenna Nwakanma on February 11, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Irish republicans to hold peace summit with Kurdish and Basque separatists

Irish republicans meet Kurdish and Basque separatists at a summit designed to encourage armed movements to adopt political dialogue and put an end to two conflicts that have cost thousands of lives.

The two-day meeting in Venice, which starts on Friday, will bring together activists from Sinn Féin, Sortu – successor to Herri Batasuna, Eta's former banned political wing – and the Kurdish BDP…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 11, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Egypt is faced with a choice of direction – which one?



While Yasmin Revolution in Tunisia inspired population throughout Arab world and wide support to change regime got decisive role in Egypt it was clear that Tunisia was not…

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Added by Ari Rusila on February 11, 2011 at 2:53am — 6 Comments

February 2011 Newsletter - Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

ICAR Newsletter: A Publication of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and

Resolution
at

George Mason University

Vol. 5, Issue 1, February 2011



Editor: Tom Richardson,…

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Added by S-CAR at GMU on February 10, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Importance of Distance Education in India

Importance of Distance Education in India

 

                                                                 Asif Ahmed

 

 

          After independence, India had made tremendous progress in the field of education, though mostly quantitative in nature. Earlier, education was available only to the elites in society, and a large majority of poor and marginalized…

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Added by ASIF AHMED on February 10, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NCC CADETS

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NCC CADETS







        The National cadet Corps (NCC) represents one of the positive forces in shaping, especially the values of the youth in our country. Those who join the NCC are subject to discipline NCC tries to…

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Added by ASIF AHMED on February 10, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Defence Studies-As a Career and Academic Discipline

DEFENCE STUDIES - AS A CAREER AND ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE

 



Most  national activities require an integrated approach to understand, this is true to a greater extent of defence and security problems of a nation. Moreover, security of a nation is influenced by its political stability, geostrategic environment, economic and international…

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Added by ASIF AHMED on February 10, 2011 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Aid transparency-From standards to innovative accountability and action

I agree with the importance of more and better aid data. I also think that the International Aid Transparency Initiative is important. But agreeing on standards for aid transparency is only a first and relatively small step and linking transparency to real, new, innovative 21st century accountability and participatory ideas will be the much bigger challenge.

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Added by Tobias Denskus on February 10, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

New 3D Approach to Foreign Policy Report Launched!

The CPRF Final Report: A 3D Approach to Foreign Policy has just been released. The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) is a project of Search for Common Ground, 3D Security and a consortium of Washington think tanks and universities.

 

The forums meets monthly and engages in discussions like:…

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Added by Search for Common Ground on February 10, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Time to Strengthen Indo-Iranian Relations

Time to Strengthen Indo-Iranian Relations


By: ASIF AHMED

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Added by ASIF AHMED on February 10, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

WORLD WETLAND DAY 2011

World Wetlands Day 2011 – Bangladesh

Greetings from WORLD PEACE MISSION (WPM) is one of the largest peace NGO in Bangladesh. We are working in diversified field like men and women empowerment, social development, health, education, disaster preparedness & management, environment restoration, wetland conservation, participatory wetland management, integrated water resources management, public awareness, capacity building to manage disaster etchas celebrated World Wetlands Day 2011… Continue

Added by Dr. kamal kumar saha on February 10, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

May I never be the cause of one tear to fall, one heart to ache, one friend to lose

May I never be the cause of one tear to fall, one heart to ache, one friend to lose.



The sun will soon be rising on the morning of another day of 2011, the  day of the Year2011. What can I wish that everyday, every year may bring? Nothing that shall make the world or others poorer; Nothing at the expense of other person, but just those few things which, in their coming, do not stop with me, but touch me rather as they pass and gather…

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Added by SH--Unbowed Unafraid Journalist on February 10, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Day of solidarity and defiance!

Thousands of Amnesty International supporters, Egyptian activists, trade unionists, students and others will come together at a mass rally in Trafalgar Square in central London this Saturday (12 February) to mark a “Global Day of Action” in solidarity with protestors in Egypt and the wider region who are demanding greater human rights.



With a large screen providing a TV link-up with protestors in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, the event is being billed as a “Trafalgar to Tahrir” act of…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 10, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments

New Kurdish Mass Grave in Turkey

Another mass grave in the Tatvan district of Bitlis province will soon be excavated, according to officials from the Human Rights Association (İHD).

Some 33 people are believed to lie in a grave called Geliye Karoka by locals in Tatvan, Sami Görendağ, the İHD’s Van branch secretary, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, adding that the group was waiting for official procedures to be completed before excavation began.

“It is in a very high location. I believe the…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 9, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Egypt: Workers Unite! Democracy now!

The mass democratic revolt, which began in Tunisia and is now spreading through North Africa and the Middle East has panicked, surprised and inspired. The panic is not limited to those with hard currency bank accounts searching for a safe haven for their cash, politicians scrambling for a comfortable exile and embassies and foreign offices undoubtedly burning and shredding the evidence of their complicity. It extends to all who profited – in the region and abroad - from their multiple links…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 9, 2011 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Nonviolent Activism Is Middle Eastern

Muslims can look back to the classic nonviolent struggle against British empire waged by the Pashtuns from 1930-1934 in what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The leadership of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar movement makes every list of campaigns chronicling the development of modern nonviolent activism. 



Nonviolence is also the dominant tool of resistance in the Middle East -- resistance to local corruption and to foreign occupation alike.  Nonviolence doesn't make… Continue

Added by David Swanson on February 9, 2011 at 2:59pm — 9 Comments

The Dehumanization Syndrome

Olek Netzer, PhD – olek.netzer134@gmail.com

THE DEHUMANIZATION SYNDROME

The Dehumanization Syndrome is an inventory of symptoms. It serves as the analytical and diagnostic tool; see last page for Directions of Use.  

WE -- Blind Areas

The fact that “WE”(the Nation, the People, the Country, the State) is an abstract term and that in reality only individual human beings…

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Added by Olek Netzer on February 9, 2011 at 7:25am — No Comments

Introduction to the psychological Theory of Dehumanization

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF DEHUMANIZATION

Olek Netzer, Ph.D.   -  olek.netzer134@gmail.com

Description: A detailed mapping of the inner space of persons who think and behave as in Prejudice, Fanaticism, Racism, Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia,  and any other term used to denote socially organized war/conflict.  

Methodology: Direct Causation Approach.  It won't ask "What are the…

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Added by Olek Netzer on February 9, 2011 at 3:23am — No Comments

Education Against Dehumanization

EDUCATION AGAINST DEHUMANIZATION

 by Olek Netzer, Ph.D.  --    olek.netzer134@gmail.com    

The paper introduces a new method in teaching about wars and conflicts, prejudice, racism, ethnocentrism, fanaticism, etc. It aims beyond teaching about those phenomena and suggests a humanizing educational process that prevents common inter-group destructive attitudes, beliefs, and behavior, from taking root in students'…

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Added by Olek Netzer on February 9, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

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