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Peace & Security Report - 09/09/2011

In this week’s PSR: “Changemakers (Peace Nerds)” video; violence in DRC; Teachers strike in Kenya; Somali famine; Education reform demonstrations in Chile; Church mediates in Cuba; Drug violence in Puerto Rico; China legal reform; Malaysian women start businesses; Arrest for criticizing Thai royal family; Nationwide strike in Italy; Serbian general convicted at ICTY; Turkey-Israel spat; Medics released in Bahrain; Honor killing in Jordan; Yemen…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on September 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A World of Double Standards Where People Pay the Price

The Middle East has been witnessing drastic changes since the end of last year beginning with the Tunisian Revolution that fueled enthusiasm of people in other countries in the region to follow suit in purse of freedom, democracy and equal opportunities for all.


The success of the Tunisian revolution is not measured only in terms of the fall of Bin Ali’s regime, but also peaceful way it was conducted. The Egyptian revolution that followed in January25th, 2011 was almost the…


Added by Engy on September 9, 2011 at 12:10pm — 9 Comments

Post 9-11, Media Embrace Conflict, Shun Peace Journalism

Post 9-11, Media Embrace Conflict, Shun Peace Journalism

 By Steven Youngblood

As we examine the first 10 years after 9/11, one can’t help but wonder if the media have learned any lessons. Would we respond to another terrorist attack with the same facile, xenophobic coverage, or would we offer our viewers and readers a more nuanced perspective? Would journalists again be seduced by the superficial beauty of war without, in the words of the old hippie anthem,…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 9, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Invitation to Proposal Writing And Fundraising Training Workshop.





                                                        Capacity Africa Training Institute




Added by Peter Karegwa on September 9, 2011 at 6:44am — 1 Comment

Individual Sexual Behavior Threatens National Security?


One often hears the term 'national security' being used in discussions about HIV/Aids. The epidemic is said to be threatening in a way that other epidemics are not, despite affecting fewer people than a lot of other diseases and health conditions. HIV/Aids is sometimes talked and written about as if it could topple governments or as if people from high prevalence countries could commit acts of…


Added by Simon Collery on September 9, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

MEN OPPOSED TO VIOLENCE (against women and children) EVERYWHERE (MOVE)

For many years now, various women’s groups, the academe, private sector and government have addressed the issue of violence against women (VAW) in many ways. Quite a number of intervention programs and services, advocacy, policy development and capacity building among others, have been developed and implemented. However, a great majority of these approaches/strategies focus on women as victim-survivors and potential victims. For years, one component of the VAW…


Added by Ricky A. Bunao on September 8, 2011 at 9:29pm — No Comments

African Entrepreneurs Are Making Ghana Into a Tech Startup Hub

I hope this post finds everyone well!  It's my first post on the PCDN, so you'll all have to bear with me as I navigate the new technology.  

I saw a great article on today and thought of those of you interested in start-ups, particularly African entrepreneurs.  A group of web entrepreneurs are looking to turn Accra,Ghana into the new start-up oasis.  Funded through the World Wide Web Foundation and a training program…


Added by Nura Suleiman on September 8, 2011 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Ten Tips for Organizational Wellness

1. Systemize! – Develop a system or multi-prong approach to organizational wellness that communicates the value of wellness to staff.

2. Empower Your Staff! – Knowledge is power! Ensure Knowledge and information is effectively managed and appropriately shared to reduce uncertainty, fear and anxiety among staff. Happy staff are more productive!

3. Introduce Flexibility! – Provide multiple options as well as coaching for staff to…


Added by Joyce Odidison on September 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The new militaristic mindset in German development cooperation

The decision of the newly established giz to participate in an arms show in Berlin later this year (the 10th Congress on European Security and Defence) may seem like a small piece of news. The giz job advertisment for an 'Expert for Communication, Video Surveillance and Security System' for the Saudi-Arabian Ministry of the Interior may be questionable, but it fits into the broader picture…

Added by Tobias Denskus on September 8, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Somalia: Animals under fire and drastic drought impacts

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) mourns and concern the

horrific butchery against Somalia wildlife by the Alshabab.

Dozens of Somali wildlife had been killed by the opposition group of

the Somalia’s government of alshabab and Somalia animals are still

under death displacement day by day in the area controlled by the

Islamist hardliners of Shabab.

Alshabab new trainees are continuing to kill the wildlife during…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on September 8, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

TransConflict - August Review

Dear All,
Please find below a selection of articles published by TransConflict during August. To read all TransConflict's analysis from the month, please click here.

Serbia and Kosovo – the EU condition - by Gerard Gallucci -…

Added by Ian Bancroft on September 8, 2011 at 3:44am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from the Pearl of the Orient!


Fungi have been stereotyped as curse species and should be destroyed as much as we can destroy them. Now, how about reflecting on the research fact that “rice inoculated with fungi grew five times faster” as per report from a Philippine-based food base research?


As always, let’s be prepared for the breakage of conventional…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 7, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Toilets can be re-engineered, rendering them less wasteful in water and assortment of hygiene accessories. This is the challenge posed upon all member states of the United Nations, most specially as the 2015 deadline for the Millenium Development Goal or MDG nears.

I recall having a chat one time with former colleague in UP Manila, Prof Roland Simbulan, when he was the Vice-Chancellor for Planning & Development…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 7, 2011 at 7:11pm — No Comments

New Papers on SSRN

I've put some new papers up on SSRN, you can view them at

My deepest thanks and appreciation to my co-authors! We're looking forward to hearing any comments people may have; post them here or write me at .


Added by Noam Ebner on September 7, 2011 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the Nation.

I thought this extract would help some peace activists reflect.

The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the Nation. This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor countries.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which is just 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries. The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also…


Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on September 7, 2011 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Are you reading this?

Then you should take this survey.

In other words, it’s for people who read aid blogs.

Why should you bother? For one reason, it's short. It's also anonymous. And most notably, your interests and habits are important to us, the bloggers.

See what the @SmartAid folks and other bloggers have to say about the survey via…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 7, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Syria and Bahrain: Two poles of the Arab revolt highlight a slide toward sectarianism

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Syria and Bahrain: Two poles of the Arab revolt highlight a slide toward sectarianism

By James M. Dorsey

If Syria and Bahrain represent two poles of the 10-month old popular revolt sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, they also highlight the increasing danger of the uprising descending into a sectarian confrontation between Sunni and Shiite…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 7, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA)

Hello everyone!

I am making an endeavor to establish a research institute namely Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA). I need your experienced guidence and help in order to establish the institution. A brief introduction and proposed responsibilities of RIPA is as under:-


Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA) is an endeavor of the young researchers to carry out research on the issues of internal situation of country and to…


Added by Abdul Rauf Iqbal on September 7, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

UNOY Peacebuilders celebrates the International Day of Peace in The Hague between 17 and 23 September

UNOY celebrates every year the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical…

Added by Stephanie Moy on September 7, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Gaddafi secret files could lead to information toward peace


Gadaffi’s intelligence files are being exposed, and there is a lot ammunition in them for various groups to condemn each otherwith.



Added by RichardKane on September 7, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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