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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 –


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…


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

Introduction to the psychological Theory of Dehumanization


Olek Netzer, Ph.D.   -

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…


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

Education Against Dehumanization


 by Olek Netzer, Ph.D.  --    

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'…


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

International Crisis Group: Concerns emerging over a new Armenia-Azerbaijan war

16.7 kilometers south of Lachin, Armenian-controlled Azerbaijan. Photo © Onnik Krikorian 2006

While it didn't come as much of a surprise, the latest report from the International Crisis Group (ICG) makes…

Added by Onnik Krikorian on February 8, 2011 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Communist Party of Turkey: All the Pharaohs of the world will be defeated!

After Tunisia, the toiling masses of Egypt have also been rallying for days on the streets against the dictator who has been ruling his country for thirty years with oppression, exploitation and collaborationism. The revolt of the Tunisian people and the Egyptian people flooding the streets shows how capable the rebellion of the toiling masses to change the life.

The notion of revolution, in other words the idea that a labourers’ power is possible, is shaking the world once again.…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 8, 2011 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Mubarak=Darth Vader?

Funny but poignant twists of Biden's eyebrow-raising depiction of Mubarak.  Though meant as a joke, certainly makes one wonder how support for other "Darth Vader" authoritarians can be deemed as in "U.S. interests."

Added by Davin O'Regan on February 8, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments

EGYPT Remembers

Egyptian revolution heroes


A website to commemorate all people killed in the Egypt protests - Please show your support and share this website with your friends, with the world:





Added by Liviu Constantin Caliman on February 8, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution [02.08.11]


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

Talk from the Graves: What are they saying?

July 9th 2011 is only six months away, and it is when South Sudan will raise it yellowish flag as it becomes youngest nation on the continent of Africa. What began sixty one years ago has become promising to South Sudanese who are witnessing history unfolding in their eyes. To many, it still seems like an exciting dream in the middle of the night which ends every moment one opens their eyes. To others, this is a day that they never thought would happen in their lives time.

So I…


Added by Phillip Manyok, Ph.D on February 7, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


We have a glad tiding of news coming from the Philippines as the stalled peace talks between government and rebel groups will resume again very soon. A heartwarming news this one is, as Filipinos are now very sick and tired of local wars. It’s…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 7, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Russia’s federal state had exhibited kindness so far to the mafia oligarchs, one of whom is in jail (the top honcho in the energy industry). This is a clear departure from the Soviet days when organized crime leaders and subordinates were jailed…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 7, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day to all fellow global citizens!


In a previous article, I wrote about the possibility of mafia states rising to power. As tackled, Belarus…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 7, 2011 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Elder Mediation (Wall Street Journal)

(Originally posted at
The Wall Street Journal published an article on February 5th, 2011 on the topic of Elder Mediation.

The second paragraph touches on an…

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 7, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Flight of Iraqi Christians to Kurdistan: Report

An exodus of Christians to the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq's north has accelerated after a spate of attacks against the minority group, according to the International Organization for Migration.

An official from the organisation also spoke of reports that many Christians were either leaving Iraq, or planning to emigrate.

By the end of January, 1,078 families had moved to the three provinces that comprise Iraqi Kurdistan since an October 31 attack on a church in Baghdad by…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 6, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Kurdish Protest: 46 Automobiles Torched in Istanbul

A pro-PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) group set fire to 46 civilian automobiles in Istanbul in Turkey, Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê (ANF) has reported.

The group calling itself, Însiyatifa Ciwanên Apocî claimed the responsibility for the fires. The move comes almost one week before the 12th detention anniversary of the detained PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

In a statement the group states the act was to condemn Ocalan’s arrest.

The leader of the militant…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 6, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... January 29th- February 4th, 2011.


  • The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned politicians on Tuesday that while recovery is under way, it is beset by tensions and strains which could even sow the seeds of the next crisis. He argued that allowing emerging markets to grab the lion's share of the global growth at a time when developed nations are weighed down…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 6, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Joining this network has been refreshing for me. It gives me the same satisfaction like a child who has learnt how to walk taking their first steps. Or like a child who has has learnt how to talk attempting to say their first words. I really hope that this dialogue continues to grow globally even between adversaries. No one wins in a conflict situation.

Added by Lee Kanyare Kaguongo on February 6, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

We Have Seen !


We have seen and have seen

We have seen leaders and bosses…


Added by Oliver Mupila on February 6, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

At Stake in Egypt: Reading Gaza Mom


The danger of permitting the Egyptians democracy, rather than replacing a dictator with his (and our) torturer lies, let us be honest, not in the possibility that Egyptian politics will approach the religiosity of our own Republican Party, and not in the possibility that the civil liberties we have helped deny Egyptians for decades won't all be immediately established, and certainly not in the possibility that the Egyptians would commit collective suicide by attempting to attack the…


Added by David Swanson on February 6, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments

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