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Both ideologies to the conflict are after their interests, no one cares about the Somali people

What we don’t know about conflict in Somalia!

The Mujahidin al-Shabaab Movement, is an Islamic organization that controls much of southern Somalia, until recently some parts of the capital, Mogadishu. It has waged an insurgency against Somalia's transitional government and its Ethiopian supporters since 2006, because it considers the interim government in Mogadishu, a western ideology and must be remove and replace with Islamic extremist ideology. Originally…


Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on August 18, 2011 at 5:41am — No Comments

Syria’s Latakia stadium joins long list of region’s politically abused soccer pitches

By James M. Dorsey

Syrian president Bashar al Assad has highlighted the symbolic role of soccer pitches in the Middle East and North Africa with the herding this week of hundreds, if not thousands, of anti-government protesters into the stadium of the country’s main port city of Latakia where their identification papers and cell phones were taken from them.

The herding into the Latakia stadium as well as Mr. Assad’s use of stadiums as detention centers in other beleaguered…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 18, 2011 at 12:42am — No Comments

UN Job List Intro Part2: UN System job hunting – Contract Types, Grades and Levels

This is part 2 of a series of posts on job hunting in the UN System.

Read part 1 on the PCD Network.

Read part 3 on the PCD Network.

As usual and before I start, I…


Added by Sebastian Rottmair (UN Job List) on August 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

9 Web Conferencing Platforms for Education and Collaboration 2.0: What Should Your Organization Use?

by TJ Thomander, Cross-posted from the TechChange Blog



Have you ever…


Added by TechChange on August 17, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

WFP Should Stop the Media misinformation against the Hunger People in Somalia

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) concerns over the jeolous  reports from the UN World Food Programme on Aljazeera channel which is far-off the truth and says that "vast majority" of food aid is reaching starving amid reports of deliveries stolen and sold.


SOMESHA started to do reliable and independent monitoring and evaluation the reason caused for the recent Somalia government troops opened fire Friday on hungry…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on August 17, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments

Hello, TV/Video Freaks!

New Research in Queeensland University, Australia has it that every hour spent on the TV screen reduces your lifespan by about 22 minutes; this would include computer usage, actually. Be warned!

Added by Egwuatu U ONYEJELEM on August 17, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments

Date of Adoption of the United Nations High Commission on Refugee (UNHCR), Policy on Refugee Women

Hello, Pals! Could anyone kindly help me with details of the United Nations High Commission on Refugee (UNHCR), Policy on Refugee Women – I need to know the date (Day, Month and Year) of its adoption. I can’t find it anywhere-online.

Added by Egwuatu U ONYEJELEM on August 17, 2011 at 5:40am — No Comments

A "what if...?" moment

A very important question was posed in response to's recent guest post, "Participation: Reality or the Promised Land? A View from South Sudan, which is "What can development professionals who believe in and practice participatory processes do to promote it?"


It’s a tough question to answer, especially for people on the “inside” of the system, because this often means…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 16, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Conflict Resolution needed in Cameroon!

We are now recruiting volunteers to teach

anger management and conflict resolution

to husbands, parents and teachers

to reduce domestic and interpersonal violence.

A social worker from Canada recently helped launch

the domestic violence program in Cameroon.

She found that almost all of the men said they beat their wives;

almost all the parents said that they beat the kids, as did teachers.

The common comment was, "How else do you get them to…


Added by NGOabroad on August 16, 2011 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Call for Nominations: Yayori Award for Women Peace Activists

The deadline of Yayori Award nomination for 2011 is coming soon. We encourage activists and organizations from Asia to send many nominations to honour grassroots women's activism for human rights and peace.

The Yayori Award focuses on women activists, journalists, and artists

who work at the grassroots level with socially marginalized peoples in

order to create a 21st century free from war and discrimination against

women. Younger activists are especially encouraged to…


Added by zoneziwoh on August 16, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

International Video Competition - Schools

The Earth Charter International (ECI) is conducting its first-ever International Video Contest, in collaboration with Odyssey 2050 movie project and the British Embassy in Costa Rica.


We are inviting schools from all over the world to be part of this contest, and we would love for your school to participate. We are asking for students to see the trailer of Odyssey 2050 movie, read the Earth Charter and then, submit videos that…


Added by Alicia Jimenez on August 16, 2011 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution 08.16.11

Brad Heckman-  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.…


Added by Jeff Thompson on August 16, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Drawing out ideas...literally.


I'm a visual learner with a limited attention span, and I like to draw.  So, when I teach and train, I use cartoons, visual metaphors, and pop culture references as (hopefully) entertaining mnemonic devices.  Above is a picture of me spieling about Community Cooperative Advocacy (more on that…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 16, 2011 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

The future of peace and stability world wide is an individual responsibility not a choice.

The future of peace and stability is uncertain, unless religious tolerance exists in practice.

I have earlier described the Religious intolerance as a factor into conflict and division of Sudan into two nations. Some scholars refuted my views a personal rhetoric, nevertheless,this piece of news, has been the attitude of the Islamic Scholars and rulers towards…


Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on August 16, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Somalia soccer seeks Diaspora support as Islamists lose ground

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Somalia, racked by civil war and famine, is seeking soccer players and fan support from the country’s large Diaspora to rebuild shattered infrastructure in advance of 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The recruitment and fundraising campaign follows military setbacks in which the country’s Al Shabab, jihadist insurgents associated with Al Qaeda have lost their control of a majority of the capital Mogadishu to forces of the Transition…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 16, 2011 at 12:38am — No Comments

Interesting Links

Here are some interesting links I came across this week:

  • For those of you in the academic world who haven’t heard of this free citation service, Zotero, check it out. Makes collaboration, citation and organizing your sources much easier.
  • In the face of the recent attention afforded to the London riots, this view is…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 15, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

The Arts of Survival

I’m currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico and this weekend I stopped in at a favorite place of mine here, the Museum of International Folk Art. A current exhibit, “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Disaster,” had caught my eye and I wanted to check it out.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola's 2003 meditation on isolation, loneliness, and the need to connect, features Bill Murray as a sadsack actor who's in Japan to film a lucrative whiskey commercial.  There's a great scene in which Murray receives long, elaborate, instructions from an impassioned Japanese director which are translated into absurdly short, enigmatic phrases.  Have a…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 15, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

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