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Insight on Conflict Newsletter - February 2011

A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict.

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Paix sans frontières building peace across borders The… Continue

Added by Joel Gabri on February 4, 2011 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Day of history in Egypt and concerns

As the Friday deadline expires for president Mubarak to quit , the protestors are likely to move to the President house within few hours. I am concerned about their security. Whether a violence will erupt or there will be a peaceful change ?


One mind-buggling question is that whether UN has any role in this type of situations? Why the UN is silent ?


Another question is that there are many civil society orgs who are sitting in UN  , none thought it to be their…


Added by LALIT on February 4, 2011 at 9:33am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


The month of February is the 2nd month of the year. 2 in numerology signifies change, whether this be change for the better or for worst. So let me take…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 3, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Africa is on fire. From north to south, east to west of the continent, politico-military turbulences are taking place, hence tending to confuse and scale up fear among the ordinary folks of the continent.…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 3, 2011 at 11:35pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Magandang araw sa kapamilyang global! Good day to global community fellows!


This year 2011 will mark the 21…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 3, 2011 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Revisiting the Wheel: Insights from Online Community Managers

The task was simple; Don’t reinvent the wheel.

It’s easier said than done, but this is what I attempted to do when I began working with the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) in Cape Town to help conceptualize an online community.

At the end of last year, The Barefoot Guide that CDRA helped to produce had been downloaded over 50,000 times and has been widely lauded by people and organizations engaged in…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 3, 2011 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Economics and Peace Faculty Network

The Institute for Economics and Peace, in conjunction with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education, kicked off the Economics and Peace Faculty Network at American University in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 28th, 2011. The meeting yielded interesting discussions around the role of business, peace, and economic development, serving as a jumping-off point for tangible initiatives alongside the growth of the network. Participants included faculty from leading…


Added by Institute for Economics & Peace on February 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Update Note: An example of how both still and video/movie photography can mislead, distort & even extort!

While the basic source for the original posting on this issue is now some distance in the past, it was recalled to mind recently by 2 events: The first was accidently coming across an OnLine review & evaluation of Non-Profit org's that purportedly assist with key issues in developing nations.  One of these professional evaluation & reporting groups was particularly tearing into the claims made by the "ChildFund" group, based in TX & the subject of recent acrimony & internal…


Added by J. Seamus Boylson on February 3, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments

A new world for U.S., Arabs

The events unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt are part of an arc of profound political change across the Arab world. Each country has its own historical contours, but this moment is offering a cumulative example that demonstrates that the times are indeed…


Added by James Ketterer on February 3, 2011 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Youths, Social Networking and Political Transformation

The world is changing in a fascinating way. The recent events around the world today are reminding us that the era has more to offer than just connecting pals and families separated by miles of land or oceans. Whether it is yahoo mail, facebook, twitter, or livejournal, the worldwide web or cyber space has become a strong tool and platform for the democratization of communication, ideas, opinions and activism. Previously, politics and revolutionary decisions and actions were almost…


Added by Mbuli Rene on February 3, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Egypt: Impunity and Injustice – Now Protest and Change!

In Egypt, where protestors continue to demonstrate, the use of torture by law enforcement officials over the past two decades has contributed to the growing unrest.

In a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the international advocacy group claims the practice is endemic and often practiced with impunity.

"Egyptians deserve a clean break from the incredibly entrenched practice of torture," said Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 2, 2011 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Statement from the AMAN 20th Anniversary Assembly, Pattani

We the AMAN* Anniversary Assembly of 2011, firmly believe that the diversity of the cultures on Earth today is our strength, which should be nurtured and protected. Diversity gives us identity and the means to know, respect and celebrate each other, living together in peace.

We are convinced that peace amidst diversity is achievable. But, in a rapidly globalising world, we are also convinced that to make Peace achievable we must:

1. recognise and respect human dignity

2.… Continue

Added by peace on February 2, 2011 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Any ideas??

Hello and welcome to my blog about our project to create a global peace monument.If you get a chance to see our website at it will be better than me trying to explain it here but our main aim is to create a structure that every nation and an entire generation of the worlds children can contribute to.We started it about 2 years ago and considering we had no funding, contacts or experience we are doing pretty well. The issue we are…


Added by Stephen Ward on February 2, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

How to simplify complex legal choices for social entrepreneurs

Robert A. Wexler explores how we can better understand the legal alternatives for creating organizations in the social sector, recently posted on


"Metaphors, Models, Charts, and Choices"

"There has got to be a way to explain this stuff to regular people, I keep telling myself.  How can I explain the laws that affect social enterprises to social entrepreneurs and other non-lawyers…


Added by Courtney Ivins on February 2, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Youth Development Is Security: Cairo Edition

Youth development, as I’ve developed a habit of saying, is security. As we have all watched unrest, riots and protests throughout Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordon, and previously in Iran, I continue to believe this truth.

Numerous analysts have noted how young “the Arab world” (we’ll set aside the fuzziness of that term for now) is. Stanford reports that 37% of Tunisia’s population is young (defined as…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 2, 2011 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments

TransConflict - January Review

Dear All,

Please find below links to a selection of articles published by TransConflict throughout January:

Kosovo – what a mess - by Gerard Gallucci - given the spate of bad news emerging from Kosovo in recent weeks, the only way forward is for the international community to again attempt to achieve a political solution, this time with…

Added by Ian Bancroft on February 2, 2011 at 7:13am — No Comments

Hopes for an Armenia-Azerbaijan peacebuilding center in Georgia

Armenia and Azerbaijan as seen from Tekali, Georgia © Onnik Krikorian 2011

TEKALI, Georgia -- May 2011 will mark the 17th anniversary of the 1994 ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan which effectively put the conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh on hold. Since then, in…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on February 2, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The domino effect of Arab unrest (on CNN)

Today, all Arabs are asking the same question: after Tunisia and Egypt, who is next? There are, however, many differences between these two countries as well as between them and the rest of the Arab world. In each country, there are certain characteristics that may make replicating the uprising less likely. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, Jordan is a kingdom; Syria is a security controlled state, Yemen is a tribal society, and Sudan is ethnically divided.


Despite all these…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on February 1, 2011 at 6:26pm — 9 Comments

ICRD Monthly Update: New Book from ICRD Proposes Expanded Approach for U.S. Foreign Policy

January 31, 2011


How should the United States deal with the challenge of religious terrorism and other forms of identity-based conflict that permeate today’s geopolitical landscape? Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement, the latest book from ICRD, argues that it will require rethinking old assumptions, expanding the scope of policymaking, and departing…


Added by Int Ctr for Religion & Diplomacy on February 1, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

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