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Efforts to halt Syrian crackdown focus on crippling economic sanctions

Thursday, August 11, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

A day of failed diplomatic flurry in the Damascus is focusing efforts on strangling the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad economically despite Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to give the failure of diplomacy a glossy facade.

While Mr. Erdogan took credit for an alleged withdrawal of the Syrian military from Hama, the country’s fourth largest city and a symbol of resistance to the Assad family’s…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 10, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

How far do vaccines work? Is vaccination an opportunity or a threat to communities suffering from epidemic and pandemic outbursts?

Vaccination has generated its own level of fear responses, as cases of vaccination failures have led to fatalities on the parts of poor patients. Let it be stressed that pandemics, such as those that struck Africa, often than not strike down the poor classes, thus generating toxic fears that the…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 10, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle For America's Global Role

Dr. Caleb Rossiter, former counselor to Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) discusses his latest book, The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle For America’s Global Role.


This book tells the story of how US politics became mired in the assumption of domination, and it offers a way for advocates of a foreign policy of cooperation to change that assumption. That is the real issue....

Would America be an eagle or a turkey in its relations with others?…


Added by Eric Ham on August 10, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

How we get it wrong in marketing mediation.



Let’s face it, mediation is way underutilized.  We help more than 10,000 New Yorkers find creative and durable solutions to their conflicts every year, but we’re about 6,990,000 short of our goal.  Here are some…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

World Peace through Inner Peace

World Peace Through Inner Peace-By Dorcas Juliette Ramos



I was one of the twenty participants from all over the world to attend the Peace Revolution Fellowship last June in…


Added by Anita on August 10, 2011 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

Peace Revolution At Global Youth Assembly 2011

Between July 27- 30, 2011, Peace Revolution participated in Ignite Change Now! Global Youth Assembly 2011 at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.


The theme of the conference this year is, “OUR WORLD. OUR WATER.” The program focuses on efforts around the world by various organizations to create sustainability for the environment.

Participants at the GYA 2011 are able to deepen…


Added by Anita on August 10, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Syria’s Widening Protests: Assad increasingly Beleaguered

By James M. Dorsey


The protests against Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s regime is spreading to the country’s business community and middle-class residents of Damascus. There is also mounting international pressure on Assad to halt the crackdown while the US and EU prepare to impose new sanctions on Syrian oil exports.


THE FIVE-MONTH long uprising in Syria is spreading to middle class neighbourhoods of the capital Damascus while… Continue

Added by James M Dorsey on August 10, 2011 at 9:37am — 1 Comment



Over the past few decades, the linkages between security and development have increased significantly.  Governments throughout the world have begun to…


Added by Kira Kern on August 10, 2011 at 9:24am — 8 Comments

Intellectual Property and NGO trainings

With any training program, remote or in person, global south or global north, issues of copyright and plagiarism abound. I have found some interesting resources about distance learning (specifically this one from 2002 and this one from 2007) that really talk about the issues of resources and barriers to access in sub-Saharan… Continue

Added by Allyson Krupar on August 10, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

London riots and young people

This was originally posted at Peace Direct

In London’s east End, our Truce 2020 youth project aims to give young people the skills to handle and defuse conflict in their own communities. Here the project…


Added by Joel Gabri on August 10, 2011 at 4:20am — No Comments

My new Op-Ed on "Why the U.S. Must Support Bid for Palestinian Statehood."

Why the US must support bid for Palestinian statehood


By Ibrahim Sharqieh / August 9, 2011


Palestinian leaders need equal footing with Israeli leaders –…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on August 9, 2011 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

Meeting Sam: Journey to the Source of the Nile

Meeting Sam: Journey to the Source of the Nile

August 8, 2011 By…

Added by Firouzeh Afsharnia on August 9, 2011 at 4:03pm — 20 Comments

Grant Funding for African Researchers

Following a pilot call last year, the Medical Research Council has now launched a second call to support African Research Leaders. This is a highly prestigious award, jointly funded by the MRC and the UK's Department for International Development (DfID), for non-clinical and clinical researchers of exceptional ability. The aim of the scheme is to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa, by attracting and retaining researchers of high ability. The call has been re-focused…


Added by zoneziwoh on August 9, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

ICTs in Post-Conflict Situations

infoDev, a division of the World Bank, is beginning a research program on the role of ICTs in post-conflict situations. The first phase includes a study of six countries - Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Liberia - that are at different stages of emerging from different forms of conflict. We have hired a team of researchers who will be developing case studies and in a later phase we will aim to synthesize the lessons learned into policy recommendations for…


Added by Kevin Donovan on August 9, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments



A network of four civil society organization namely: Integrated Rural Enterprises Development and Environmental Project (IREDEP), People’s Credit Cooperative Finance LTD (PCCF), African Leadershipp  Community Link Advancement Programme ( ALCOMLAP) and Union of Mbonge Area Farmers Cooperative LTD (UNAMAFCOOP LTD),


IPAU Consortium, Center for the Promotion of sustainable enterprise development, working with seven ministries and ten…


Added by Tanyi Justin Ajinga on August 9, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Military Industrial Complex at 50 - A National Conference

A Conference on Moving Money from the Military to Human Needs --

Reserve your spot to attend this conference now!  The fees increase after September 1st: Register.…


Added by David Swanson on August 9, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

On the Road Again: New Trends in Negotiation Teaching

[In a partial response to people who have asked me what I actually do when I'm on the road...]


I recently presented a paper at IACM's conference in Istanbul on recent developments and new trends in negotiation teaching. The full text of the paper is now available on SSRN (click One-Click Download) for anyone who'd like to take a look.

If you've made your way through that,…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 9, 2011 at 5:11am — 3 Comments

Challenges for good governance in Nepal

Nepalese People had high expectations of positive reformation in the country after the democratic government came into power by ending all forms of feudalism. People were waiting to see their day dreaming to make Nepal as a Switzerland of the East. But unfortunately, when they came in to power they believed that democracy meant do anything. Nepali people are getting fed up with their politicians, who have left the nation's problem far behind.

As outcomes of the new Nepal people are…


Added by Yadab Bastola on August 9, 2011 at 3:48am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Should biodiversity be commercialized? What are the stakes in commercialization? What are the costs, and who pay for them?

Colombia is home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, a resource that its stakeholders wish to leverage in the market. Such an option comes at a time when biotechnology had grown to such a level that can aid biodiversity in sustaining itself.

Below is a summary report on…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 9, 2011 at 2:13am — No Comments

Saudi criticism of Syrian president Assad isolates Iran but fails to address key issues

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Saudi King Abdullah’s call on Syrian president Bashar al Assad to embrace reform and his withdrawal from Damascus of the kingdom’s ambassador has boosted hopes of the international community coming together to force a halt to the bloodshed in Syria.

The Saudi move has prompted other Gulf states to follow suit in pulling their representatives out of the Syrian…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 9, 2011 at 1:27am — No Comments

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