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Syria: New wave of Kurdish activism

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 4, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Israelis Rush For Second Passports

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 4, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

The Peace that Resides Inside You

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…


Added by Guy Farmer on June 4, 2011 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

Peace Camp in Turkey; Culture Shock in Missouri

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--…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 4, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why are we educating youth "for jobs" that do not exist rather than to "create jobs" and businesses

Are we only reinforcing industrial education models that aggravate developing country brain drain?

As we do our digital stories for the UNESCO PPN project we are seeing college graduates back on the farms and in the factories. A tradgety an signal we are making mistakes.

Why are we not educating youth in small business principles, ethics, finance logistics. Why are we not placing thne as apprentices in small and large business as they go threw school?

If Africa has… Continue

Added by Richard Close on June 4, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Crisis in Pakistan Today

Pakistan is faced with a serious political economy crisis. The new budget was presented in the National assembly yesterday. On the positive side: record year of exports at $24 billion and also home remittances at $12 billion, a stable exchange rate, and inflation is down to 13% from a very high of 25% in 2008. The money earmarked in the new budget for the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) has also been increased to Rs730 billion. However, on the negative side: unemployment and poverty… Continue

Added by Sohail Mahmood on June 4, 2011 at 4:09am — No Comments

The feeling in the US that the US fighting in Afghanistan serves no, or now serves no useful purpose is growing


Perhaps purposing small steps could get peace steps rolling


I wrote a blog article, “Small is Beautiful Afghan Peace Steps”,…


Added by RichardKane on June 3, 2011 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

Kurdish Children Carry the Burden of Conflict in Diyarbakir

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 3, 2011 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 06/03/2011

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…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on June 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

TechChange & Twitter Chat happening NOW!

How can digital activists harness new technologies, tools, and platforms to be as effective as possible in their work?

Digital organizing has arguably been at the heart of the recent protests in the Arab world. In the case of Egypt, a successful campaign run by online activists contributed to bringing hundreds of thousands of people to protest and force the resignation of President Mubarak. Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The… Continue

Added by TechChange on June 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Summit Against Violent Extremism

Summit Against Violent Extremism


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…


Added by tahir wadood malik on June 3, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments

Worldviews and Peace Perspectives

How intervention stakeholders “imagine” their work informs their contextual perspectives.

How we view the world is how the world responds to us.

We are in a reflexive relationship with our world: how we see it, is how it is.

Peace and development stakeholders function in the context we see and create. We are all functioning in different worlds, yet we are working side by side in the field.

This concept is useful in understanding why stakeholders… Continue

Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on June 3, 2011 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

Afghanistan: the road to peace, on year on. By Mariam Safi

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…


Added by Joel Gabri on June 3, 2011 at 4:55am — No Comments

Sardar Tahir Tabassum appointed as Advisor Human Rights with PM AJK

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.…


Added by Muhammad Tahir Tabassum on June 3, 2011 at 4:40am — No Comments


This article is republished to stress the contention for a stronger region of Southeast Asians.



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…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 3, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments

Mladic in Hague, Serbia towards EU, reopening Srebrenica

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…


Added by Ari Rusila on June 3, 2011 at 12:55am — No Comments

A UN Secretary General against Freedom Flotilla 2

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 2, 2011 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Palestinian Reconciliation: Conditions Required for Success

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 2, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Fear is driving Israelis to obtain foreign passports

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…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 2, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

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