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Youth and Electoral Violence in Africa


Youth and Electoral Violence in Africa


This piece is structured into two sections;

  1. Reflection and general overview of written essays on why youths partake in electoral (political) violence. With personal definition of a Youth and suggestions for meaningful strategies in involving…

Added by zoneziwoh on May 30, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Mediation, Semiotics & Nonverbal Communication

I thought the following presentation would be of interest to fellow mediators and others working in conflict. It explains the semiotic perspective on nonverbal communication.


I hope you enjoy it!…

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

Smile & The Whole World Smiles With You

You have probably heard people saying that communication is all about action/reaction. When you look at somebody who is also laughing, you tend to laugh as well. Laughter is communications beyond language. The power of this type of communications defies logic, but it is so. Words can sometimes be superfluous.

People in business by definition tend to be primordially goal focused. When visiting customers, they concentrate on their sales targets…


Added by Emmanuel Kuehn on May 30, 2011 at 5:15am — No Comments

Matko Mladic arrested – now for truth and reconciliation between the Bosniaks and Bosnian Serbs


By Will Watson


Ratko Mladic arrested – now for truth and reconciliation between the Bosniaks and Bosnian Serbs.

The news of the arrest of Ratko Mladic’s arrest in Serbia is excellent news for truth and reconciliation for the Bosinan Serbs and Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks).

Mladic was responsible for attacks on civilians in…


Added by MasterPeace on May 30, 2011 at 4:12am — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - A Fire which could burn everyone - by Fidel Castro Ruz


Reflections of Fidel

(Taken from CubaDebate)

ONE can be in agreement or not with Gaddafi’s political ideas, but nobody has the right to question the existence of Libya as an…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on May 29, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Kurds’ struggle: Dynamite under the foundations of the Turkish republic

Their uprisings have been drowned in blood, but the cry "Freedom for Kurdistan" reverberates in the barren, wind-swept mountains where Turkey meets Syria, Iraq and Iran.

The unfulfilled quest of the Kurds for statehood is now emerging as a major barrier in Turkey's path to the European Union and in Ankara's relations with the United States.

It risks becoming the dominant issue of this year's Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections, and a considerable diplomatic…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 7:46pm — No Comments

The West Bank: Israel is weighing up the gamble

Israeli leaders and settlers stifle the peace process by asserting their "right to all parts" of the West Bank.

On the rare occasion that the Israeli army dismantles an illegal Israeli-built outpost in the West Bank, Palestinians in nearby villages go into lockdown. Normally within a day, there is retaliation from the settlers. Not against the soldiers who demolished their "property", but against the perceived beneficiaries. Violence against the nearest Palestinian community…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


The world watches as the director of the International Monetary Fund or IFM, Strauss-Kahn, was arrested for rape case. As the case proceeds, talks have been circulating concerning the reform of the IMF, with the option of enlarging the voting powers of the developing countries in it.


Reforming the IMF for this long-time development worker and analyst isn’t the…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 29, 2011 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Displaced at Home - Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel

Most media coverage and research on the experience of Palestinians focuses on those living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, while the sizable number of Palestinians living within Israel rarely garners significant academic or media attention.

Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived realities of Palestinians within the state of Israel, Displaced at Home gathers a group of Palestinian women scholars who present unflinching critiques of the complexities and…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Dictatorship-Era Law Used to Squelch Activism in Chile

"What is happening in Chile isn't justice; it's a pantomime, because under the anti-terrorism law, there is absolutely no way justice can be done," José Venturelli, spokesman for the European Secretariat of the Ethics Commission against Torture, said on a recent visit to this South American country.

The controversial law that Venturelli was referring to has been used to try members of Chile's Mapuche indigenous…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Europe Sowing the Seeds of Hunger

Europe is facing a hungry future unless it changes agricultural policies and makes farmers the main participants in agriculture research, a new report has found. And there is little hope of meeting Europe's recently announced goal of reducing the loss of biodiversity in ten years without making those changes.

France is suffering a severe drought but Europe's seed laws prevent farmers from using a wider variety of seeds that could help them cope, says Michel Pimbert of the…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Our New Iraq-Afghanistan War National Holiday

Memorial Day is nice, I suppose. Veterans Day is all right. Patriots Day can be fun. Yellow Ribbon Day's not bad. But you will be pleased to hear that on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted, in pure bipartisan harmony, to add the following gem to the big war-funding, war-expanding, bill that now goes to the Senate:

"The President shall designate a day entitled a National Day of Honor to celebrate members of the Armed Forces who are returning from deployment in…


Added by David Swanson on May 28, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

The Militant: For a democratic secular Palestine!

U.S. president Barack Obama’s remarks that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” as a starting point for negotiations sparked a public clash with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite the prominence given to it by the media, the dispute has nothing to do with resolving the Palestinian struggle for national rights or with the interests of working people—Jewish and Arab alike—in Israel…

“Israel must be able to…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 28, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Celebrating life with Joplin tornado victims

As my brother, uncle, a Moldovan friend and I chatted about cars at a Kansas City-area watering hole last night, we were politely interrupted by a 30-something woman who asked us if we wanted to see a picture of her car. We said sure, not knowing what she had in mind. Her white Camry was speared through the back window by a long 2X4. It took a minute to figure out, but we quickly realized she was a tornado victim.

She and her husband lived in a second story apartment block that didn't…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 28, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

The novelty, noise, and problem with Twitter: An example from Azerbaijan

Channel 4 anchorman Jon Snow leading the Amnesty International UK campaign

in support of Azerbaijani journalist and prisoner of conscience Eynulla Fatullayev

In a previous post I praised the use of Twitter in…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on May 28, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Indian Institue of Peace and Development

I am in the process of setting up  Institute for Peace and Development in India with the primary objective of awarding Post Graduate Degree and also Research opportunities leading to PhD. I am looking for people who can help me in identifying universities/institutes in Europe or North America who would  like to twin with our institute both for award of degree and exchange of students. We are  also looking for consultants who can help developing the institute and faculty.

Added by NELLI GEORGE on May 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Review: Popular Resistance in Palestine – A History of Hope and Empowerment

'...the reality is that popular resistance in Palestine developed indigenously, organically, naturally and beautifully. And it has accelerated in the past two decades.'

The author Mazin B. Qumsiyeh is a committed activist and academic in Palestine; this is his third book. I know of the many activities he organizes and participates in; his energy is amazing. Grounded in the present situation of struggle against the occupation, he also has the scholarly skills to present…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 05/27/2011

In this week’s PSR: Global Peace Index; Ivory Coast; South African IMF; Abyei reignites; Chile protests; Honduras events; Sanctions on Venezuelan oil co.; China and N. Korea; Philippines Migrant workers; India border guards; Belarus panic; Georgian protests; Russian politics; Mladic arrested; Israel / Palestine news; Tripoli airstrikes; Qatar statements;  Yemen violence; Afghanistan peace talks; Mumbai trials; Taliban…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on May 27, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Nascent Independent Unions Play Key Role in Arab Uprisings

In the Arab world, most trade unions are affiliated to governments, but independent labour organisations are starting to emerge.

In Tunisia and Egypt they have been key in overthrowing corrupt regimes, while in Algeria and Bahrain they are trying to bring people to the street. For Arab unionists, the State must play its role to consolidate the economic transition, and privatisation is not the solution.

"In Tunisia, we say that reversible jackets are out of stock. Some UGTT…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Saudi Arabia Scrambles to Limit Region’s Upheaval

Saudi Arabia is flexing its financial and diplomatic might across the Middle East in a wide-ranging bid to contain the tide of change, shield fellow monarchs from popular discontent and avert the overthrow of any more leaders struggling to calm turbulent republics.



Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 5:57pm — No Comments

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