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Insight on Conflict Newsletter - April 2011

A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict.

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Scaling up locally-led peacebuilding: the Zwelethemba model

Rosemary Cairns … Continue

Added by Joel Gabri on April 1, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Third church attacked as Pakistani extremists declare war over Florida Koran burning

Yesterday afternoon, an armed group attacked the Catholic Church of St. Thomas in the military district of Wah, 45 km from Islamabad. The fundamentalists hurled stones and tried to burn the building. Bishop of the capital, we are Pakistani Christians, we have no ties with the United States. Young Christians: no hope for the future.

An armed group of seven people attacked the Catholic Church of St. Thomas in the military district of Wah,…


Added by Nisar Masih on April 1, 2011 at 3:34am — No Comments

Two Christians killed, churches burned: extremists respond to Florida Koran burning

In Hyderabad and Lahore, a mob of Islamic fundamentalists targeted the Christian places of worship. Desecrated several copies of the Bible. Anti-American slogans and demonstrations in different cities of Pakistan. The extremists pledge more violence, if Washington does not condemn pastor Jones to death. Bishop of Islamabad: the gesture of a "fanatic."…


Added by Majida Jabeen on April 1, 2011 at 1:02am — 2 Comments

Reporting from Madison, WI

     Walkers attack on the blue collar citizens is completely stripping the voice of the common person. What is most frustrating about these situations is that people have hidden agendas.  Everyone is making decisions off of false information. I had an employee come into my office for healing work that was overwhelmed by the calls of citizens throughout the U.S. wondering why Madison protestors were destroying the Capitol.  Pictures on the news were completely fabricated. The demonstrations…


Added by Ivonne Ramos on March 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Wikileak: US military Aid to Colombia Enriches Defense Companies; Columbia Reports 3/31/11

The United States spent more than $7 billion in military aid to Colombia since the year 2000.

"There are several powerful companies and lobbies in Washington such as Lockheed Martin, say Raytheon, Northrop Grumman; military intelligence contractors who lobby Congress and their contacts within the Pentagon and the CIA to engage in special programs in Colombia with provisos written to make sure that the money actually cycles back to the United States," the WikiLeaks founder…


Added by Susmita Barua on March 31, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Civil war rages on in Libya as of this writing. Western powers’ bombing sorties did change the compass of the conflict, as they destroyed armored arsenals and aircraft of government forces, thus weakening Kadhafy’s position. However, the bombing addiction is turning more spurious, even as it obfuscates the legitimacy of the pro-democracy…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 31, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

CeaseFire in Iraq: The Social Innovation Kind

As a respected Shī‘ah anniversary date approached, representing a divergence in religious thinking with the Sunni, tensions in Basrah, Iraq were high. A date reserved for reverence historically triggered violent clashes. Anticipating the conflicts the Basrah Anti-Violence Campaign (BAVC), a replication of the CeaseFire violence prevention health model, went into action. Using social marketing and public health communication strategies, BAVC launched targeted messaging around the anniversary…


Added by Joel Gabri on March 31, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

IMI: Cultural Competency Certification Criteria (For Mediators)

(Originally Posted at EnjoyMediation)

As my credentials state, I am a International Mediation Institute (IMI) certified mediator. I beleive in the mission of IMI- to create a global certification scheme (administered by…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Building Knowledge for Action to avert the Climate threat in East and Horn of Africa

Building Knowledge for Action to avert the Climate threat in East and Horn of Africa


The Kenyan-based African Insect Science for Food and Health (icipe) launched yesterday on 30th march, 2011 the most avoidable technology system, (ADOPT) Adaptation and Dissemination of the ‘Push-Pull’ Technology to Climate Change and is also a kind of preservation on agriculture approach for smallholder cereal livestock production in drier areas to…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on March 31, 2011 at 7:54am — No Comments

If I had only known…

I’ve been invited to speak at my alma matter and so I’ve been eagerly reading fellow bloggers’ recent advice for students and aid career seekers. See Tales from the Hood’s posts on Motivation and Sacrifice, one from Satori Worldwide on, one from… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 30, 2011 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from this enthused social analyst and self-development guru!


Just about a week ago, my wiz-kid nephew Dean Patick Delago, an accounting student who’s among the topguns of his batch, alerted me to the dates of 9/11 (9-11-2001) and the Japan quake cum tsunami (3-10-2011), with the intriguing conclusion that when added yields the following…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 30, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

On Visiting an Unwinnable War

I'll be visiting my nation's longest war next week in Afghanistan, thanks to a wonderful organization called Voices for Creative Nonviolence which seeks to build friendship and understanding between countries. I'll be meeting with ordinary and prominent Afghans and reporting on what they think of their country's future -- often a more complex view than will fit into a television sound byte.

In preparation, I've been trying to ascertain…


Added by David Swanson on March 30, 2011 at 10:28am — 6 Comments


I've been asked to prepare some conflict resolution training to be used (potentially) at Hill Air Force Base.
While I've prepared a basic outline of topics and activities, what are some that you use in training others to deal with conflict?

Added by Sarah Hanisko on March 30, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

H-A-L-T: Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired


Aid Worker:  HALT!!!

HALT is a popular self-care tool in the treatment of alcoholism. It is an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired, and was designed to remind people when they might be vulnerable to relapse. But really, HALT applies to anyone– no…


Added by Steve Munroe on March 30, 2011 at 5:20am — 9 Comments

Abdulla Goran: A Poem for Kurdistan

Kurdistan: you are my abode, my abode

of thousands of years,

I have been nurtured by these valleys,

summits and hummocks,

My breath is full of the fragrant breeze of

your highlands,

My lips are satiated by your snow waters,

My gaze is used to the sight of your

silvery twilights

Reflecting on evening snows,

My ears are habituated to the music of

your waterfalls

Pouring down from high quarters above

snow to green…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on March 30, 2011 at 4:29am — No Comments

International Peace Bureau statement on Lybia last events

Libya: IPB condemns military strikes and urges political negotiations to protect the civilian population


Please check,

Added by Catalina Mihotek on March 29, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Obama on Libya: What Would MLK Say?

President Obama on Monday said he would "never hesitate" to use the U.S. military "unilaterally" to defend "interests" and "values," including "maintaining the flow of commerce." Fear of exactly that led the founders of this republic to give Congress the exclusive power to declare war. James Madison did not believe any single individual could be trusted with such power:

"The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast, ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable…


Added by David Swanson on March 29, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments

MasterPeace Way…

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Added by MasterPeace on March 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 03.29.11

Listen live on March 29th at 7:00 – 7:30 pm CST on …

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 29, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Working Poor Hardest Hit By Disaster

When the massive Tohoku quake struck on Mar. 11, Yayoko Shinohara, owner of a small grocery store on the main shopping street of the now devastated Namie town, grabbed the day’s earnings and escaped to safety with her husband.

When the couple returned two days later what they had feared most had come true - the street, including their shop, had been reduced to ruble and their home, just two miles away, also lay in ruins after it was hit by the huge tsunami that swept the area. …


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on March 29, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

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