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Why a Dog Is More Qualified for Congress Than Robert Hurt

The Charlottesville Daily Progress, to its credit, did something that I don't think it or most small-town newspapers have done before, and certainly have not done often: it wrote about the local congress member's position on military spending. Sure it's where half of our income taxes go, but it's hardly ever mentioned.

Hurt told the paper that he wants to cut spending, but not in the military: "I think everybody would agree that national defense is a top priority for our government… Continue

Added by David Swanson on April 29, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

Emerging movement for peace

I did not feel safe when I travelled to Bardiya in the last week of November, 2010. Just before my journey, the district treasurer of the Nepali Congress was killed by unidentified persons on the east-west highway near the Bardiya National Park, while he was returning to his home around 6pm. I landed at nearby Nepalganj airport around 6.30pm, and then had to drive one-and-a-half hours to the district headquarters of Bardiya, at Guleriya. Just a couple of days before, two children aged 13-14…


Added by Joel Gabri on April 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Federalizing Multicultural Societies:Some Lessons for Nepal


SANJEEB GHIMIRE, Kathmandu Nepal

Who gets what?

FEB 09 - Nepal is in the thick of a political transformation and is soon going to have a new constitution made by the Constituent Assembly (CA). The coming constitution should embrace the ethos of inclusion. It…


Added by Sanjeeb Ghimire on April 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Songs of the Wounded Heart


Many people who know little or nothing about Laal’s evolution question the practicality of building socio-political movements through music and poetry. Too obviously, there is some truth to this skepticism; music, in its essence is a language constructed on notes and percussion. Revolutionary movements on the contrary are political-economic-social movements that are led by oppressed classes to overthrow a system of exploitation. However, revolutionary movements are…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on April 28, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Magandang umaga! Good morning!


It may be about time to reveal the highly controversial, if not incontrovertible fact, that the very people who comprise the world’s elites—oligarchs, politicians, technocrats, military elites—comprise a distinct genetic make-up altogether. The elites aren’t human but reptilian, thus explicating the great wall of social distance between them and the underclasses.




Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 28, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Visit The Green Pen!

The Green Pen is my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of…


Added by Mike Abkin on April 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sorry but it’s not YOUR project

(Whispering.) “Psst, excuse me, but actually it’s not ‘your’ program. And if you think that it is, we may have a problem on our hands.”

Many would argue that who owns what in development and peacebuilding is a key aspect, if not the aspect, to a project’s or program’s success.

And so a person’s choice word choice when describing their work or do-gooder endeavor can actually reveal quite a lot.

Some may think…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 28, 2011 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Uganda Peace Journalism Project Benefits Journalists, Communities

KAMPALA, UGANDA—As my time in Uganda winds down, the obvious question about my 10 months here is whether my presence made any difference for this wonderful, maddening country and its resourceful, friendly, poverty-stricken residents.


Did I waste my time and American tax dollars (my $270,000 peace journalism project was supported by the U.S. State Department and USAID)? Am I just another arrogant Westerner preaching mzungu (white person) values?


In an attempt…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 28, 2011 at 4:22am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


From the Pear of the Orient I greet you a pleasant day!


Any news about extra-terrestrial intelligences (ETIs) or aliens is not as pleasant is it seems. There remains so much secrecy about the aliens, not even if news abound regarding encounters with them. In my cosmic blogs, I dwelt on the matter quite extensively, though the perspective is from a cosmogony with…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 27, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

A terrorist victim isn’t always someone else - article by Tahir Wadood Malik

A terrorist victim isn’t always someone else

by Tahir Wadood Malik

26 April 2011

Islamabad - Terrorism was something that happened to others.

Upon seeing news of another terrorist attack, I would simply change the channel. That is, until 5 October 2009, when I received a phone call that would change my life… Continue

Added by tahir wadood malik on April 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Out With The Old...

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) have taken historic steps to begin dramatically altering the international monetary system by calling for alternatives to the U.S. dollar as the world’s main currency. The BRICS in a recent statement stated: the international financial crisis has exposed the inadequacies…


Added by Eric Ham on April 27, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution [04..26.11]

Petra H. Maxwell- Late last fall, New York became the last state in the nation to offer something akin to ‘no-fault’ divorce...…


Added by Jeff Thompson on April 26, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Federalism and State Building in Post-Conflict Nepal: Are we doing right?

Nepal, formally a unitarily governed kingdom, is now preparing to become a federalist republic, and the debate around federalism is in the center of an ongoing constituent assembly. At this juncture, it is crucial to determine the shape our Federalism will take.

Federalism ensures the government remains more accountable to its citizens because the central government is more in tune with the daily needs and aspirations of people in even small and isolated places. However, many…


Added by Yogendra P. Paneru on April 26, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments

Broad Day Democracy in Nigeria: An Observer’s Account

Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei…


Added by Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei on April 26, 2011 at 5:40am — No Comments

Sharqieh on CNN: What is next for Arab Spring


Sharqieh: 'We are seeing dictators inspiring dictators to resist'

Ibrahim Sharqieh is deputy director of the Brookings Doha Center.…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on April 26, 2011 at 5:04am — 3 Comments

Serbia's EU association is not a Must

"If the Balkans find that too many obstacles are strewn about the road to Brussels, they may well be tempted to set out on the shorter road to Istanbul"

(Misha Glenny, Balkan political analyst)…


Added by Ari Rusila on April 26, 2011 at 3:27am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


The Coño regime is up, and certain coño palace officials are true to their coño colors: lotharios who would play with girls and even pass them on to their pals after using the sex goddesses for some time. A top level official unabashedly exhibits his true colors in the presidential palace, disturbs palace workers at night to prepare delicacies for drinking session, and may we not add some girls in his company or so?


Did I…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 25, 2011 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Remembering George Harrison on the road to Busan

After sharing some development practitioners’ honest remarks on aid, Africa, corruption and colonialism last week, I thought I would also share key points made in a session hosted by Oxfam that I attended at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings’ Civil Society Policy Forum on April 15th. Entitled “The Road to Busan: Ensuring Citizens Drive Their Own…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 25, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

New Event of Sri Lanka


Is the report of the UNSG’s panel of experts a conspiracy and obstacle to    reconciliation?


Group of concerned…


Added by Dasanayaka mudiyanselage Ajith K on April 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Can We Truly Change?

Winona LaDuke writes “change will come” (Dolbeare & Cummings, 2010, 582). She is correct. Change is inevitable in our world. Even recently we have seen significant world changes as illustrated by the protests in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. What one must wonder, however, is how and why changes take place as well as what changes must occur for humanity to have a secure future. Do humans truly learn from their pasts or are we destined to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors?…


Added by Sarah Hanisko on April 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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