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The Civil Society and Communities' Consultation report for NACP-IV

Dear Members,


Over the last five years, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in India has been striving to realize its full potential with the support of and in close partnership with community groups and civil society organizations. And it is in this spirit of commitment and ownership that Civil…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on July 25, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments

Teaching Teens

I found them one evening while walking on the streets of my town, throwing fruit at each other-- somewhat jovially, but also violently.

My words on non-violence hit home to them, and they realized someone actually cared. So they began coming over for English lessons, when I realized how much I could actually help them.

Their English is poor, despite attending English-medium Christian schools. While they can understand and communicate verbally, reading level and… Continue

Added by sowmya ayyar on July 25, 2011 at 1:13am — No Comments

Immigrants, Peace and the "Mothers Empowering Mothers" Program

An article about one of the programs I run, the Mothers Empowering Mothers program was published today in the Seattle Times. Unfortunately, anti-immigrants comments have already been posted. Considering the tragic news from Norway today, I feel a need to re-post a link to a TEDx talk about…


Added by Amineh Ayyad on July 24, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Railway projects are now rising in Kampuchea. This is a most welcome news.

The days of Khmer Rouge pogrom on the Cambodian people is way behind us now, as a quarter of a century had elapsed since those gory days of Killing Fields. The intelligentsia, badly decimated by the genocide of…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Islamophobia: Right-wing fundamentalists of Europe

A few years ago, the respected Cambridge scholar T J Winter, also known by his Muslim name of Abdal Hakim Murad, gave a fascinating lecture to Humanities staff and students at the University of Leicester. The title was "Islam and the threat of the West", turning on its head the more usual - then and now - "Islam and the threat to the West".

It was a novel approach, which, in a nutshell, illustrated that, historically, aggression has been directed more from Europe to the…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on July 24, 2011 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Good governance: Panacea for world peace

:The only way to achieve peaceful co-existence most especially in developing nation is for the political gladiators to ensure good governance through the provision of developmental programmes such as employment opportunities to the teeming youths, infrastructural development and respect for rule of law.

Added by Hassan Musbau Atanda on July 24, 2011 at 5:01pm — No Comments


source: Worldpulse

Welcome to the Voices of Our Future Applicants group! By joining this group, you are embarking on an exciting journey to the frontiers of new media and global womenʼs empowerment.
What is Voices of Our…

Added by zoneziwoh on July 24, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments

New Song by Yaron: "She Remembers"



Today I am happy to release "She Remembers", a new spoken word song about the power of inner peace to create outer peace. You are welcome to download it now (for free) at my facebook music page: …


Added by Yaron on July 24, 2011 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Offer: Call for Proposals: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence/16 Jours d’activisme contre les violences faites aux femmes

source: AWDF

The African Women's Development Fund has issued a "Call for Proposals" and is seeking applications from groups planning to organize activities during the 2011 16 Days Campaign and who wish to secure funding. The maximum grant will be $1,000…


Added by zoneziwoh on July 24, 2011 at 2:05pm — No Comments

After Norwegian massacre - Way forward to prevent similar actions

This is an attack against the Norwegian Labour Movement, against the Norwegian labour Party and its Youth Organization.” (Jan Stoltenberg/PM Norway)…


Added by Ari Rusila on July 24, 2011 at 10:11am — 12 Comments

Palestinian refugees in Syria: For democracy!

While stripped of their nationality in Jordan and living in Lebanon in the worst socio-economic conditions of any in their community, Palestinian refugees in Syria have long enjoyed comparably better circumstances, including equal rights with citizens.

But in a development that challenges a central pillar of the Syrian regime’s legitimacy, Palestinians in Syria are beginning to turn against a dictatorship that for decades used its claims of resisting Israel and fighting for…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on July 23, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Peace Journalism to be put to the test in Norway

It’s easy to say that you’re all for peace journalism—not inflaming or exacerbating conflicts while nurturing an atmosphere of peace and reconciliation—when all is well. The challenge is to practice these principles in times of violence and crisis.


Such is the case now in Norway, which is recovering from a series of deadly attacks. I have a Norwegian friend who I just heard from via Facebook. She wrote, “Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts. As of now I don't know…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 23, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 07/22/2011

In this week’s PSR:  Reconciliation in Sri Lanka; Guinea attempted coup; Malawi protests; Famine in Somalia; Argentine bomb probe; Allende’s suicide; Chavez seeks chemo in Cuba; Suu Kyi attends memorial service; Cambodia/Thailand ICJ ruling; Uighur crackdown; S. China Sea deal; Serb war criminal arrested; Turkey/Cyprus row over EU; C. Asia earthquake; Plane downed in Iran; Gaza blockade; Qatar withdraws ambassador from Syria; Tunisia violence;…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on July 23, 2011 at 3:38am — 1 Comment

Why I don't use "the" Peace Sign

I'm preparing for my next Rural Women's Empowerment training, this time with a group of women who are relatively better educated than the previous two groups.

Last time, at the last minute, I asked the Gram Panchayat (local governing body) for a piece of paper, a straight-edge (ruler), and a pen. And I proceeded to make activity cards. Four sets of hearts, stars, trees, suns, and the peace sign.

Handing them out to the ladies, I asked them to get up and find the other… Continue

Added by sowmya ayyar on July 22, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


The West just may be so immersed in internal crisis and power squabbles that the Europeans seemed to have forgotten the basics in budgetary essentials.


A raging issue within continental institutions is whether to merge humanitarian aid and crisis management budgets. Africa, which comprises the greatest client-states of Europe, is the most direly…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 22, 2011 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Afghan Judges Accuse U.S. of War Crimes

I recently sat down for 90 minutes to speak with six Afghan judges, all of them women, and an English-Dari interpreter, a man.  They spoke to me as individuals.  They aren't preparing any investigations or indictments.  The relevance of their being judges is that they know the law.  They've studied international law, and they were visiting the United States to learn about our legal and political systems.  They believe the United States is guilty of war crimes.


I was the one…


Added by David Swanson on July 22, 2011 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Deciphering the Riddle: Fragile vs. Failed States

What are your thoughts and analysis on the characteristics that differentiate ‘fragile’ and ‘failed’ states? Can you provide examples of ‘fragile’ states and ‘failed’ states?

The first point is to understand that state ‘fragility’ or ‘failure’ have become normative and often prescriptive labels, which can be counter-productive- and thus they must be used with a great deal of care. The use of these terms reflects our changing thinking on what we are trying to describe-…


Added by Eric Ham on July 22, 2011 at 12:31pm — 3 Comments

Democracy in focus at cross-border event in Tekali, Georgia

Ethnic Azeri child, Tekali, Georgia © Onnik Krikorian 2011


Since independence was declared by the three countries making up the South Caucasus twenty years ago it hasn't just been conflict which has defined the post-Soviet years. Human rights abuses, the sometimes painfully slow development of an…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on July 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Improving human rights as a sine qua non in socio-economic development is a big challenge to development stakeholders. Human rights the world over is agog in barbarities, as I said in one article writ in December 2010.


Human rights is among the governance prerequisites of welfare goals of equity and redistribution. Political culture factors into the governance equation, and a culture…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 21, 2011 at 9:03pm — No Comments

A Fork in the Road

A friend of mine once said "Washington's not a city, it's a campus." What he meant is that on any given day you can find several, and often a lot, of free lectures, debates and seminars. You almost trip over people willing to tell you about their latest project, research or analysis. If you’re in to learning, it’s very satisfying.

Yesterday I attended a session entitled “Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance” hosted by the Woodrow…


Added by Alan Tidwell on July 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

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