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Somaliland: a window to the future

Jawahir Adam, 21 November 2006


A formal recognition of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa would be just in principle and a boon to the region and the continent, says Jawahir Adam.



The news from Somalia is dominated by gloomy…


Added by Mohamed H. Osman on May 24, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Online Master Programme and Individual Courses

Added by Mariela Solís on May 24, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

What Coaches Do

Well over the years I have had many people ask me what coaches do. I want to take this time to share with you what I have had the benefit of attaining when working with a coach and what I see my clients receive when working with me. First, I must add that coaches widely use coaching services. Any profession that is highly used by its practitioners gets my vote. Remember coaches all have their specialty areas.…


Added by Joyce Odidison on May 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Addressing conflict cycles in Nigeria: measures, entry points, sustainability, and local ownership;;

During the past week high level discussions among state and non-state actors in Nigeria and selected civil society actors from across the West African sub-region were sustained, around issues of WHETHER and HOW to deal with lingering, apparently never-ending…


Added by Nathaniel Msen Awuapila on May 24, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


A truly good news, making PH as an endeared country for investments by both domestic and foreign stakeholders. $67.8 Billions—end of Apri 2011 Forex—is equivalent to nearly 14 months of imports, a fact that should make Filipinos happy a bit, more so that the forex reserves is coupled with a strong peso that is among the darling currencies of…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 23, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Now Underway, An Outrageous International Land Grab

A massive international land grab is now underway as investors and national governments buy up millions of acres of farmlands in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  It amounts to an unprecedented and novel set of enclosures of worldwide land, much of it customary land that rural communities use and manage collectively.  Hundreds of millions of rural poor people rely upon the land for their families' food, water and material -- but they don't have formal property rights in the land.  Those…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 23, 2011 at 5:37pm — 9 Comments

Class struggle in Israel: The feeling of siege

The Israeli ruling class tried to increase the feeling of fear amongst Israeli workers during the whole period of the Arab and North African revolutions.

The Israeli regime attempts to use this fear to counter any sympathy developing inside Israel for the struggle of workers and youth in Egypt and elsewhere. They do everything to hide the role of mass movements and the potential of the working class behind a curtain of dangers and fear.

So far there is a very mixed mood in…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 23, 2011 at 5:36pm — No Comments

A Higher Responsibility- Failure of the Egyptian Army

I have just written my latest post about how the Egyptian Army has failed in what is called the 'higher responsibility' of leaders and politicians. 


Check it out here: 



Added by Amira Mikhail on May 23, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

Mediator (Zen) Mind- Beginners Mind

I'd like to introduce everyone to the newest feature of this blog- video blog posting. No, I will not be giving up on the written version of my blog postings but rather, this will complement them.…

Added by Jeff Thompson on May 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

'Free' Coffee & Rapport Building


Rapport building is often cited as critical characteristic of a successful mediators. As a mediator, I agree, and think it must also be genuine. Additionally, establishing rapport, or building it, is something that mediators probably do and use not only as a tool in their Mediator's Toolbox but rather something they use throughout the day during daily interactions.
Now of course this is written for mediators, my usual audience, yet take…

Added by Jeff Thompson on May 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Venice Academy of Human Rights

July 11-16, Venice (Italy) | Venice Academy of Human Rights

This year's Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place in less than two months. The programme is dedicated to the topic “Human Rights and the Cosmopolitan Idea(l)” with lectures by professors Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, David Held, Yasuaki Onuma, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights).




Added by EIUC - Human Rights on May 23, 2011 at 7:32am — No Comments

South Sudan: Enhancing grassroots peacebuilding by Hope Chichaya

Sudan Sudanese peacebuilder Hope Chichaya assesses the many challenges that will face the new nation of South Sudan, and finds that local peacebuilders must be strengthened to addresses the different issues. He identifies the holding security forces accountable, engaging with the role of religious leaders, and the possibilities for ‘quiet diplomacy’ to be priorities areas for peacebuilders. …


Added by Joel Gabri on May 23, 2011 at 5:11am — No Comments

Denial: A River in Egypt...


Denial: A River in Egypt...

By: Firouzeh Afsharnia

“Israel would never pull back to its 1967 borders.”  There you have it -- straight from the horse’s mouth.  After decades of two step tango around multi version road maps drafted by peace players of all walks – quartets, duets, dissonant coalitions and tone deaf power brokers -- what has always been evident to the rest of us is now out in the open in the official chambers of power. Israel has no intention of giving…


Added by Firouzeh Afsharnia on May 22, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments

No end in sight for north Colombia violence: Report

A report by a human rights NGO collective found that an end to the violence in the north of Colombia is a long way off.

The report by the Latin American Working Group, called "No Relief in Sight," found that neo-paramilitary groups have increased their control in the region through violence, that government policies to protect at-risk individuals and communities…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 22, 2011 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Testimonies: Deir Yasin Massacre (1948)

“We were inside the house. We heard shooting outside. My mother woke us up. We knew the Jews had attacked us. My cousin and his sister came running and said the Jews were already in our garden. In the meantime, fighting became heavier and we heard lots of gunshots outside. A bomb was thrown at us and it exploded close to where we were in the yard… My sister- in-law did not want to leave. She was frightened. The girl was two months old and the boy about three. I took the two and my mother…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

On the Move with Climate Change

In 2008, a National Intelligence Assessment judged that “global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for US national security interests over the next 20 years.” Later, in 2009, National security analysts and policy makers further concluded that “changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in…


Added by Mike Abkin on May 22, 2011 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Osama bin Laden – Closure or Continuance

my initial post on my blog and other sites was:

Osama bin Laden is dead, justice has been done, I called president Zardari. Obama on TV a short while back.

That he was killed in a ground and gunship assault on his house in Abbottabad, by US Forces, 20 others were killed, and the Americans have his body, is of no consequence.

For now I am sad, and numb.

Tahir Wadood Malik

Survivor of an act of terror October 05, 2009

May 03,…


Added by tahir wadood malik on May 22, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

The Conception and Birth of Peacetalk Quarterly Magazine

In starting any venture, the first step is the hardest. The idea to start a magazine line with focus on promoting peace has been on my mind since early last year. However, one thing or the other has always prevented me from taking an actual step toward crystallizing it. In retrospect I’ll have to admit it was nothing other than procrastination that kept me from starting out earlier.  Once I decided to take the first step there was this nagging feeling of I should have started long ago.…


Added by Kingsley Madueke on May 22, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Debates on the Merits of Engaging the Burma Regime…to engage or not?

Hi Anna,

There is no genuine political and economic change if you engage with the military government of Burma. If at all, there will only be palliative solutions to the complex problems that are present. We cannot criticize an isolationist policy... when in reality it has not been totally enforced, as you yourself have mentioned. ASEAN countries engage in trade and investment with the Burmese government, and the state itself is enmeshed in the larger global political order and have…


Added by Anna Malindog on May 22, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from the boondocks west of Manila!


A chilling, cryptic news about the murder of a forest ranger of the University of the Philippines in Los Baňos or UPLB struck a hard cord on the public mind recently. Elpidio Malinao, forest guard for the UPLB that owns and manages the entire Mt. Makiling, was gunned down while doing his…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 21, 2011 at 9:42pm — No Comments

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