A lull before the storm: Kabila in power
Kabila’s assumption of power marked the end of the civil war, but only a pause in conflict escalation between surrounding African states and Congolese leadership. The open sore in the east continued to fester and would again become host to a destructive escalatory cycle. Neither Kabila nor his allies had strong political bases that only grew smaller under his corrupt and inefficient rule. The new…
Added by Vanessa Kulick on June 11, 2011 at 11:12am —
Recently, in the contested town of Abyei, Sudan, a battalion of 850 U.N. peacekeepers from Zambia hid in their barracks as Sudanese forces looted and burned homes, prompting sharp criticism from local officials and U.N. Security Council diplomats who described their conduct as disgraceful.
One wonders as to what mandate should the UN peacekeeping have in order to save lives in the cause of keeping the peace. I am appalled with people being killed, their properties looted, women raped… Continue
Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on June 11, 2011 at 6:17am —
A nautical highway was designed and implemented with appreciable results in the Philippines. Today, the different islands are more interconnected. This article on ASEAN’s adoption of the PH project is hereby republished.
ASEAN ADOPTS RP’S NAUTICAL HIGHWAY
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Good day to you all! Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!
Let me return to the ASEAN, after delivering my kudos to Latin Americans… Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 11, 2011 at 2:42am —
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Added by Christina M. Morus on June 10, 2011 at 8:17pm —
Lawrence Davidson considers the roles of Israel, the Israeli lobby in the USA and the conservative Arab Gulf rulers in creating and sustaining the fantasy of an Iranian nuclear threat, and highlights the failure – through cowardice, expediency and duplicity – of politicians who know better and the media to challenge this fantasy.
Is there an Iranian nuclear weapons programme?
On Friday 3 June 2011 the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gave an… Continue
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 10, 2011 at 7:00pm —
Hello, hope all is well with you!
I’ve finally returned to writing the This Week in Conflict report again after a nearly three month hiatus. In that absence, it seems that conflict has really begun erupting in many places across the globe. As such, it is incredibly difficult for me to remain abreast of all the details and nuances of each conflict, so I ask readers to please submit to me any reports or personal observations… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 10, 2011 at 5:44pm —
Religion as an aspect of political violence.
The word religion is derived from the Latin noun religio, which denotes both earnest observance of ritual obligations and an inward spirit of reverence. In modern usage, religion covers a wide spectrum of meanings that reflect the enormous variety of ways the term can be interpreted. At one extreme, many committed believers recognize only their own tradition as a religion, understanding expressions such as worship and prayer to refer… Continue
Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on June 10, 2011 at 3:35pm —
Taken from my blog, The Harmattan Within Raged:
Over the next several weeks, I will chronicle the rise of the conflict system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and implications for the upcoming election.
The media has recently highlighted the violence plaguing the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) eastern region. Less is known of the complex domestic and… Continue
Added by Vanessa Kulick on June 10, 2011 at 1:54pm —
Reconstruction is one of the most complex topics to tackle in thinking about the aftermath of the American Civil War. At the end of the war many recognized that the South would have to be remade both socially and economically. What this new South would be was a matter of considerable debate around the country. Unlike today there were very few examples to follow; no international standards existed. Today, however, guidelines do exist. For example, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation… Continue
Added by Alan Tidwell on June 10, 2011 at 10:13am —
In this week’s PSR: One year on in Kyrgyzstan; Burkina Faso mutiny; Somali political deal; Abyei updates; Zimbabwe voter fraud; Mexico peace caravan; Peru’s new president; Regional integration; Malaysian immigrants; Economic zone in N. Korea; Shangri-la in Singapore; Singapore anti-china protests; Croatia approved for EU; Greek bailouts; Russia/NATO exercises; Syrian refugees in Turkey; Bahraini doctors prosecuted; Iran’s naval expansion; Yemeni… Continue
Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on June 10, 2011 at 10:00am —
Interconnecting ASEAN member countries via landbridge cum railway project has become an urgent need. It is viable. This article is hereby republished to stress that point.
ASEAN LAND BRIDGES & RAILWAY SYSTEM
Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago
Magandang umaga sa lahat! Good morning to everyone!
This analyst will continue on the ASEAN theme and will focus on road networks & railways for… Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 9, 2011 at 8:24pm —
For 24-year-old Azad, a poet and political activist from Amouda, in northeast Syria, it was a single word, cried from streets on the other side of the country that cut through the tangle of ethnic and political division that has defined Kurdish identity in Syria for generations.
“When people from Daraa  shouted for freedom, not for pan-Arab unity, not for… Continue
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 9, 2011 at 5:58pm —
Turkey’s leaders must face up to Kurdish concerns, or risk provoking Middle East-inspired civil unrest…
In 1923, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Republic of Turkey from the ashes of the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire, there were two significant groups that opposed the formation of a secular nation state: Islamists and Kurds.
Whereas Islamists supported the continuation of sharia law and the sultanate and were against the westernisation of society and politics, Kurds… Continue
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 9, 2011 at 5:54pm —
Dear friends, Hope you all are doing fine, HDO believes in Peace through games to bring young generation closer to develop understanding and Peaceful environment between all societies belong to all religion. Rashad Javed former Chairman HDO was invited as a chief guest and he deliver his Peace message to Almost eight thousand youngsters.
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Added by Rashad on June 9, 2011 at 12:21pm —
Please join The Institute for Inclusive Security for a special panel discussion in Washington, DC on Monday, June 13 9 AM at the National Press Club.
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Added by Inclusive Security on June 9, 2011 at 12:06pm —
Workplace Mediation & Difficult Conversations With Clive Lewis
Join host Jeff Thompson and mediator and author, Clive Lewis, director of the UK based … Continue
Added by Jeff Thompson on June 9, 2011 at 8:30am —
When she was 13 years old, Ashoka Fellow Milly Auma was captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and was forced to serve as a the wife of a rebel commander. Eight years later, when she was finally able to escape back to her village with her two children, Milly was met by former friends and neighbors with hostility and fear. The realities she had brought home with her, in the form of both her children and her scars, epitomized everything the residents of her village had been trying… Continue
Added by Joel Gabri on June 9, 2011 at 6:38am —
Yale is among a small group of the world’s greatest universities. Our goal is to build an extraordinary cohort of Fellows interested in preparing for greater roles of leadership, expanding their professional and personal horizons, and contributing to a deepening of international awareness and dialogue within the Yale community. If you want to be a part of it, we welcome your application. The application deadline for the 2012 class is Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.…
Added by zoneziwoh on June 9, 2011 at 3:55am —
Kurdish nationalists, more defiant than ever, are set to boost their parliamentary clout in Sunday’s polls as fighters in the mountains pile pressure on Ankara with threats of increased violence. Continue
In Diyarbakir, the main city of Turkey’s southeast, Kurdish music blares in the streets, there are election posters in Kurdish and belligerent youths openly display their sympathy for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Ankara brands a “terrorist” group. …
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 8, 2011 at 6:39pm —
Many thanks to those of you who have read and commented on my post on sport and peacebuilding in South Africa. There has been a lively discussion about the merits of such work and the importance of local ownership.
If you are interested in what our Georgetown Generations for Peace summer fellows are doing, please tune in to the Doug Noll show tomorrow (Thursday, June 9th) at 7pm Pacific time. Our research team will be fielding questions about our work in Northern Ireland,… Continue
Added by Sarah Moran on June 8, 2011 at 4:30pm —