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Imminent fall of Qaddafi poses policy challenge for China and Russia

Wednesday, August 22

By James M. Dorsey

Significant advances by NATO-backed Libyan rebels seeking to oust Colonel Moammar Qaddafi pose a significant policy challenge for China and Russia that could prompt a rethinking of their support for autocratic leaders in the Middle East and North Africa.

As Russia and China scramble to improve strained relations with the rebels and salvage future commercial ties in the wake of the fall of…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 23, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

To Prevent Genocide and Civil War in Libya Follow International Peace Consultant Douglas E. Noll's Advice

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Fresno, Ca…………………International Peace Consultant and author Douglas E. Noll has developed procedural and preventative measures for Libya to avoid genocide and civil war. “The Libyan people must put together a new form of self-governance, rebuild their infrastructure, create jobs, and provide basic services as quickly as possible. This is the turning point. If these steps are not taken in a timely…

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Added by Doug Noll on August 23, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

IDS/VSO action research PhD opportunities on 'Valuing Volunteering'

My colleague Joanna Wheeler from IDS sent me a message this morning about a fascinating action research-based project that the IDS Participation, Power…
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Added by Tobias Denskus on August 23, 2011 at 11:24am — 4 Comments

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution 08.23.11

Episode #26 JAMS CEO Chris Poole & the New JAMS Blog

 

Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO …

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

On Lasik Surgery and Mediation.

Five years ago, I saved up enough scratch to get Lasik surgery and said adieu to my coke-bottle lenses forevermore.  On the whole, I'm delighted with the results, mainly because I can see better.

 

But there are two drawbacks: 1) I kind of missing wearing my nerdy-chic glasses and 2) I used to enjoy taking my…

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Added by Brad Heckman on August 23, 2011 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

Stories of Peace Challenge - only 9 more days!

We just wanted to remind you all that there are only 9 days left to get your story published! You can participate in the Stories of Peace Challenge until August 31st, 00:00 GMT+1!

Winners are published in the book "People Building Peace 2.0", which will also include contributions by our judges: Emmanuel Bombande, Vanessa Griffen, and Michael Shank. To see their profiles, you can click…

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Added by Peace Portal on August 23, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Children of the Drug War: Perspectives on the Impact of Drug Policies on Young People

All around the world, governments have justified the ‘war on drugs’ in the name of children. While children and young people are all too visible in prevention campaigns and political rallies, the stories about how the drug war has failed or harmed them as well as their families, have been almost invisible.  

 

If drug policies are to be justified with reference to children and young people, then drug policies must be…

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Added by Nayeli Urquiza Haas on August 23, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Libya at the Cross Roads: Genocidal Civil War or Peace?

I just read a paper by Rotary Peace Scholar Duncan Autry that paralleled the ideas I present in my latest book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts. What we concluded from entirely different approaches is that the traditional means of achieving peace is doomed to fail. This is especially true if applied to Libya. Libya has a choice, and the wrong choice will lead to disintegration of its…

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Added by Doug Noll on August 23, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

A Piece of Our Journey in Sports & Peacebuilding

The Georgetown University and Generations For Peace Summer Research Fellows have all returned to DC after three months in the field. As we begin to digest our research and experiences, we wanted to share a piece of our journey with you.

 

What was the most surprising thing you found?

 

From Amanda Munroe:

 

Connection! I was surprised (and encouraged!) to find out how well the organizations and the academics I was interviewing were…

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Added by Meeghan Zahorsky on August 22, 2011 at 11:21pm — 3 Comments

New Internship opportunity in Sulawesi, Indonesia for post-conflict ecotourism development

Just wanted to let everyone know that an exciting new internship opportunity has been created by the Global Minded Internship Program of RACI. New interns will create an eco-tourism project for sustainable livelihoods in the post-conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia. To learn more about this please visit:

 

http://spottedfrogproductions.com/jobs.html

 

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Added by Sue Useem on August 22, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

ORDINARY SAND FILTERS WATER

ORDINARY SAND FILTERS WATER

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Sand has been in use as filtration material for so many hundreds of years. Maybe a second look at the ordinary sand that we find in beaches and in our backyards could provide the answer to lingering questions about more effective water filtration processes.

 

Scientists from across the oceans have done that precisely: take a second look at the ordinary sand, and cease to condescend on…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 22, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - NDP Jack Layton's last Letter to Canadians - Politics - Canada

 

http://http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

 

Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians

 

August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your…

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Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on August 22, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments

International AIDS Conference: Introduction to Community life competence

Communities have the capacity to take action, based on their strengths, to realize their dreams. Constellation Support Teams develop and nurture the capacity of communities to facilitate communal discussion, reflection, learning and action. They accompany communities on their journey to their…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 22, 2011 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Detention of Qaddafi scion spotlights the soccer pitch as a platform of resistance

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

NATO-backed Libyan rebels have captured Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s soccer playing son, Al Saadi Al Qaddafi, the third of the Libyan leader’s seven sons to have been apprehended since the rebels late Sunday launched their final offensive on the capital Tripoli.

Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, head of the rebel National Transitional Council, told the Associated Press that the rebels had detained Al-Saadi on Sunday night along with his…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 22, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Au revoir, clichés.

When choosing a logo for the New York Peace Institute, we insisted on avoiding the commonly-used images of our field...so, ixnay on the doves, peace signs, roundtables, and handshakes. (We did toy with the idea of a peace pigeon...a scrappy urban bird gobbling an olive branch).  We wanted to carve out our own identity --and recognize that we're as much about…

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Added by Brad Heckman on August 22, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

Podcast Series #26: JAMS CEO Chris Poole & The New JAMS Blog

Episode #26

JAMS CEO Chris Poole & The New JAMS Blog

Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO Chris Poole as they discuss the new JAMS Blog.  Findout from Chris why the blog was created, the vision and goals of the blog, and what to expect from future posts.…

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Added by Jeff Thompson on August 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Where the US Republican Presidential Candidates Stand On Peace

I am interested in where the Republican presidential candidates stand on negotiation, mediation, and diplomacy as a means of solving intractable international conflicts. As I read reports about Governors Perry and Romney and Representative Michelle Bachman as the leading Republican candidates, I saw very little about their foreign policy positions, their negotiating skills, or their positions on war and peace. Some digging around the Internet provides early indications, based on past public…

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Added by Doug Noll on August 22, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

MALARIA FIELD KIT BETTER THAN LAB!

MALARIA FIELD KIT BETTER THAN LAB!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Who knows what is in store in the future of such diseases as malaria? Better diagnostics could address the prevention aspect, and simple kits such as what can be brought as mobile tools to the field just might prove to do better than orthodox means offered by laboratory methods.

Improvements in the process are proving to be effective in the area of human behavior and industrial processes. Outright…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 22, 2011 at 1:51am — No Comments

Libya at crossroads: A model for the Middle East or a revolution that goes awry?

Monday, August 22, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

With NATO-backed rebels capturing Tripoli and members of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s family, Libya could emerge as the Middle East and North Africa’s first revolution rather than its third successful revolt following the toppling earlier this year of autocratic leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

In many ways that could mean that change in Libya could move faster and deeper but also prove to be far messier than the transitions in…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 21, 2011 at 11:49pm — 13 Comments

Peace Portal Stories of Peacemaking Challenge Entry

The Peace Portal is holding an exciting competition for stories of peace building around the world. The top 25 stories will make it into a book about peacemaking 2.0! Here is the entry for Institute Mosintuwu, a grassroots movement for women and children in Poso, Sulawesi

 

"Consult conventional history of the brutal communal conflict that lasted from 1998-2007 in Poso, on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and prospects for a lasting peace…

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Added by Sue Useem on August 21, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments

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