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Syrian student tells of torture ordeal in mass stadium detention

A 25-year-old university student tells Amnesty International of the beatings and torture he and other detainees suffered while held in a sports stadium after he was seized with his 73- year-old father by security forces from their home in the coastal town of Banias on 8 May.

“Several soldiers knocked at the door, asked us to come with them for five minutes because the officer wanted to see our IDs. We went with them and there were many other men and boys being taken from their homes…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 25, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Work of Resistance Gets a New Push

There are a few values that trade unionists generally agree on: the power of collective action, basic economic security, fair job opportunities. Things get messy when those bread-and-butter issues clash with one of the most vicious and bitter political conflicts in modern history. The intersection of the labor movement and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict adds a twist to the expansive, convoluted battle for land, sovereignty and justice in the Middle East.

Left and progressive views…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 25, 2011 at 6:09pm — No Comments

My Op-ed on Natenyahu's speech at the Congress published at The Hill

Netanyahu’s address to Congress is a recipe for disaster, not peace

By Ibrahim Sharqieh - 05/25/11 01:40 PM ET

 

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/163245-netanyahus-address-to-congress-is-a-recipe-for-disaster-not-peace

 

Taking advantage of his New York accent while addressing Congress on…

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Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on May 25, 2011 at 5:55pm — 8 Comments

PCP Canada Inc. Employment Opportunity - Research & Analysis Project Intern

Peace & Conflict Planners Canada Inc.

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Position: Research and Analysis Project Intern

Term: 3-6 months

Remuneration: Unpaid internship; potential for future employment

Location: Virtual, and/or Ottawa, Ontario

 

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Project Identigenesis® strengthens and enhances local economies and cultures to counter the negative results…

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Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on May 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Secret Army of Mercenaries for the Middle East and North Africa

In Zayed Military City, in a training camp in a desert area of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a secret army is in the making.

This secret army of mercenaries, which is slated to be used not only in the Emirates but throughout the Middle East and North Africa, was created by Erik Prince, a former member of Navy SEALS who in 1997 founded Blackwater, the largest private military company on contract to the Pentagon in Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones. The company, which in 2009 was…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 25, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

PCP Canada Inc. Employment Opportunity - Social Media Intern

Peace & Conflict Planners Canada Inc.

Position: Interactive / Social Media Project Intern

 

Term: 3-6 months

Remuneration: Unpaid internship; potential for future employment

Location: Virtual, work from home, and/or Ottawa, Ontario

 

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Project Identigenesis® strengthens and enhances local economies and cultures to counter the negative results of state failures, including transitioning…

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Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on May 25, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

PCP Canada Inc. Employment Opportunity - Chief Executive Officer

Peace & Conflict Planners Canada Inc.

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Position: Virtual Chief Executive Officer

Term: 1 year, with potential extension based on interest of both parties

Remuneration: based on successful fundraising initiatives and project funding secured; and/or partnership with opportunity for shareholding

Location: Virtual and/or Ottawa,…

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Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on May 25, 2011 at 3:55pm — 5 Comments

RCTs: A band-aid on a deeper issue?

I finished the book weeks ago. When I closed Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel’s “More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty,” I had many notes and reactions jotted down but they hadn’t yet gelled. Something just didn’t sit quite right with me and I was having trouble articulating it.



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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Let the People of Abyei decide to end the blood shed in south Sudan.

Let the People of Abyei decide to end the blood shed in south Sudan.

 

In Politics there are always interests and each party is expected to concede in order to reach a solution. However, in the case of Sudan as a whole, Black Sudanese have conceded more than expected. The history of Sudan is that the land of the black Africans Sudanese was invaded by the Europeans and Arabs slave traders, and century later, the European left as the human rights criticism mount…

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Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on May 25, 2011 at 7:07am — No Comments

The real story

In the past two weeks, I experienced many sides of South Africa, meeting a range of different people from all layers of society. I was lucky to sit down with one inspiring young girl who told me a story about the reality most she and her friends face.

 

“Imagine yourself born in one of the poorest townships in South Africa”, she said.  “Your father leaves when you’re 8, leaving your mom and five children behind. You go to school, knowing that your mother has to work 12 hours a…

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Added by Dewi Spijkerman on May 25, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Somaliland’s Recognition: The Undiscovered Secret

By Abdikadir Dayib Askar *

May 20, 2011

 

Unknown to many people in the world is a yet-to-be-recognized state with three and half million population in the Horn of Africa. It is a phenomenal country that has emerged out from the ashes of the collapsed Somalia. Up till now it stayed stable for over two decades without any external support. It is a country that has set brilliant records in terms of government institution building and peace maintenance which was based on a…

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Added by Mohamed H. Osman on May 25, 2011 at 4:57am — No Comments

Revolutionary Evolution toward a Culture of Peace:Inside-Out, Bottom-Up, Topsy-Turvy

Earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, uprisings of the oppressed, nuclear meltdowns, global economic and financial collapse. Of historic proportions, all around the world, and all virtually in the blink of an eye.



And what of peace? In this revolutionarily evolutionary, topsy-turvy world turning upside down, what can peace mean? What is the role of peacebuilding in such a world? How do we go about it and make it practical in our daily lives, no matter who we are…

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Added by Mike Abkin on May 24, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

The World We Want Is The World We Need

We must love one another or die  — W. H. Auden

Capitalism is like a roller coaster. The dynamism of ruthless profit pushes against the constraints of humanity and technology to produce the boom years. But the very pressures of cutting wages and substituting machines for people creates unruly competition – the vast mass of humanity has not enough money in hand to buy goods, and the piles of wasted goods tempers the enthusiasm of capital to make more. We enter the bust…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 24, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

An Ecological Constitution

Turkey is the latest country to engage in a discussion about affording constitutional rights to Mother Earth. Following the example of Ecuador - the first country in the world to grant inalienable rights to Mother Nature - and Bolivia, some 40 Turkish politicians, academics and lawyers have organized the Initiative for an Ecological Constitution (IEC), which calls for an ecological approach to the country's constitution. 

Noting that the constitution is currently under review,…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 24, 2011 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Three Take-Aways from the Ashoka and World Bank Event: Public Goods through Social Enterprises

By TJ Thomander, Program Coordinator at TechChange



(Cross-posted from TechChange Blog)



Last Wednesday, Ashoka delivered a terrific panel conversation at the World Bank called, Public Goods through Social Enterprises: Creating Hybrid Value Chains. Bill Drayton and Valeria Budinich spearheaded the discussion with their thoughts on the growing impact of hybrid value chains, full economic citizenship, and the inevitability of a changemaker world. I had three take-aways that I… Continue

Added by TechChange on May 24, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Exploiting the Commons - Time to Change Course

The business of exploiting the natural resources of the world for profit continues at an ever-increasing rate. While people are the generally unwitting drivers of exploitation and damage to natural resources, the real driver is laissez faire capitalism, as pursued by the dominant corporate-political nexus.

We all rely on our collective natural resources – water, air, soil, natural diversity – to keep us alive. This is the natural commons of the planet, the common property of all…

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Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 24, 2011 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Somaliland: a window to the future

Jawahir Adam, 21 November 2006

 

A formal recognition of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa would be just in principle and a boon to the region and the continent, says Jawahir Adam.

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The news from Somalia is dominated by gloomy…

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Added by Mohamed H. Osman on May 24, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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What Coaches Do

Well over the years I have had many people ask me what coaches do. I want to take this time to share with you what I have had the benefit of attaining when working with a coach and what I see my clients receive when working with me. First, I must add that coaches widely use coaching services. Any profession that is highly used by its practitioners gets my vote. Remember coaches all have their specialty areas.…

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Added by Joyce Odidison on May 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Addressing conflict cycles in Nigeria: measures, entry points, sustainability, and local ownership

http://cepserd.org;http://www.c-r.org;http://hjdpc-abujaprovince.org

During the past week high level discussions among state and non-state actors in Nigeria and selected civil society actors from across the West African sub-region were sustained, around issues of WHETHER and HOW to deal with lingering, apparently never-ending…

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Added by Nathaniel Msen Awuapila on May 24, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments

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