As the momentum of opposition demonstrations targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gains in the face of an increasingly violent crackdown by the state, questions are emerging as to the survivability of a regime widely considered to be among the most autocratic in the region. Like others in the Arab world toiling under decades of authoritarianism, Syrians are protesting the absence of democratic freedoms, disregard for human rights and widespread corruption pervading their society. As…Continue
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Perhaps historians or cultural anthropologists surveying the course of human events can identify for us a land, in addition to Palestine, where such a large percentage of a recently arrived colonial population prepared to exercise their right to depart, while many more, with actual millennial roots but victims of ethnic cleansing, prepare to exercise their right of Return.
One of the many ironies inherent in the 19th century Zionist colonial enterprise in Palestine is the fact that…Continue
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When I help people resolve their differences or deal with conflict I've consistently noticed that the nature of their interactions is deeply affected by how people feel about themselves. When people feel fulfilled and whole they are far more likely to seek ways to connect with others. If they come from a place of pain they behave in ways that mirror that inner conflict. There is no value judgment to either approach, people simply function based on their inner dialogue and beliefs about…Continue
People to People Peace Camp comes to Turkey
Getting ready to head to People to People International's Peace Camp in Turkey, which begins next week. PTPI is gathering together youth leaders from around the world to tour Turkey, meet its wonderful people and experience its rich culture, and learn about peace and peacemaking. I am a group leader, and will also be teaching sessions on Peace Journalism and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution. Follow our adventures on my blog--…Continue
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Perhaps purposing small steps could get peace steps rolling
I wrote a blog article, “Small is Beautiful Afghan Peace Steps”,…Continue
When Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Diyarbakir, the main city in the country’s ethnic-Kurdish east this week, he offered a bright future: a 30,000-capacity stadium, new hospitals, highways, riverside recreational areas and other projects.
But the numerous groups of young boys who roam the streets here, skirmishing, begging and selling anything from flowers to rosaries suggest that the city and even more the region face big social and economic problems for years…Continue
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Vol. 5, Issue 4, May 2011
Editor: Tom Richardson, …
In this week’s PSR: Gacaca Courts; New Ivory Coast govt.; Ethiopia/Kenya security cooperation; IDPs from Abyei; Brazil environmental activists; Mexico drug violence; Lake Titicaca mining protests; Burma’s relationship with China; Mongolian protests; South China Sea tensions; Armenia amnesty; Belarus to seek IMF aid; European E. coli outbreak; Russian justice; Egyptian virginity tests; Iran’s bellicose language; ICC for Assad; Yemeni oil exports…Continue
FIFTY FORMER violent extremists, including neo-Nazis, Islamic fundamentalists and drugs gang members, are to attend a summit in Dublin co-hosted by Google’s new “think/do tank”, Google Ideas.
The technology company has teamed up with the US think tank Council on Foreign Relations to hold the “Summit Against Violent Extremism” from…Continue
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One year ago, on 2 June 2010, Afghanistan’s peace council – the National Consultative Peace Jirga or NCPJ – brought together 1,600 delegates from across Afghanistan’s political and social spectrum to pave the road for reintegration and reconciliation. Three questions were posed at the NCPJ, which dictated the discussions and future objectives of the peace process. These were: how can we bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan, what kind of framework do we need to speak with our disaffected…Continue
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Prime Minister Azad Jammu & Kashmir had appointed Sardar Muhammad Tahir Tabassum President Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) and Former Secretary Information Muslim Conference as Advisor for Human rights. The Official notification from Govt. of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been issued.
Mr. Tahir Tabbasum working on Peace, Human Rights, Kashmir and Dialogue in Pakistan, Kashmir and abroad since long time.…Continue
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This article is republished to stress the contention for a stronger region of Southeast Asians.
ONE ASEAN: GET READY!
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Good evening! Magandang gabi!
The dark clouds of the electoral contests are now getting clearer in the Philippines. With our polls settled and our elected leaders about to begin their mandates, I’d now depart from election-related advocacies and move back to…Continue
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From historical perspective the Mladic'n arrest and the Hague trial serves as formation of a more comprehensive picture of events in the Balkans in the 90's after the procecutor and the defense have made their case. Issues related to the underlying policy objectives of Srebrenica, events before Srebrenica and the number and the PR game around Srebrenica. Realization…Continue
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It is expected that at the end of June, Freedom Flotilla 2 will set sail for Gaza, carrying various forms of humanitarian aid, including medical, school, and construction materials. This second flotilla will consist of 15 ships - including the Mavi Marmara from the first flotilla - sailing from Istanbul, but also vessels departing from several European countries, and carrying as many as 1,500 humanitarian activists as passengers. If these plans are carried out, as seems likely, it means that…Continue
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The signing of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement is just the beginning of the internal reconciliation process on the national, political, strategic and tactical levels. Nassar Ibrahim writes that for reconciliation to be successful, two crucial conditions must be met.
Fatah and Hamas did not solely give in to the pressure of the people’s demands, but recognised the non-viability of the current political path
The concept of reconciliation (sulha or musalaha…
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More and more Israelis apply for a foreign passport, not for easier travel but because something has gone terribly wrong here…
The numbers are climbing rapidly and the phenomenon is intriguing: Many Israelis are longing for a second passport. If Shimon Peres (now president ) once promised "a car for every worker," a second passport is now becoming the object of desire. If our forefathers dreamt of an Israeli passport, there are those among us who are now dreaming of a…Continue
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