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Displaced at Home - Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel

Most media coverage and research on the experience of Palestinians focuses on those living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, while the sizable number of Palestinians living within Israel rarely garners significant academic or media attention.

Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived realities of Palestinians within the state of Israel, Displaced at Home gathers a group of Palestinian women scholars who present unflinching critiques of the complexities and…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Dictatorship-Era Law Used to Squelch Activism in Chile

"What is happening in Chile isn't justice; it's a pantomime, because under the anti-terrorism law, there is absolutely no way justice can be done," José Venturelli, spokesman for the European Secretariat of the Ethics Commission against Torture, said on a recent visit to this South American country.

The controversial law that Venturelli was referring to has been used to try members of Chile's Mapuche indigenous…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Europe Sowing the Seeds of Hunger

Europe is facing a hungry future unless it changes agricultural policies and makes farmers the main participants in agriculture research, a new report has found. And there is little hope of meeting Europe's recently announced goal of reducing the loss of biodiversity in ten years without making those changes.

France is suffering a severe drought but Europe's seed laws prevent farmers from using a wider variety of seeds that could help them cope, says Michel Pimbert of the…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 29, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Our New Iraq-Afghanistan War National Holiday

Memorial Day is nice, I suppose. Veterans Day is all right. Patriots Day can be fun. Yellow Ribbon Day's not bad. But you will be pleased to hear that on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted, in pure bipartisan harmony, to add the following gem to the big war-funding, war-expanding, bill that now goes to the Senate:

"The President shall designate a day entitled a National Day of Honor to celebrate members of the Armed Forces who are returning from deployment in…


Added by David Swanson on May 28, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

The Militant: For a democratic secular Palestine!

U.S. president Barack Obama’s remarks that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” as a starting point for negotiations sparked a public clash with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite the prominence given to it by the media, the dispute has nothing to do with resolving the Palestinian struggle for national rights or with the interests of working people—Jewish and Arab alike—in Israel…

“Israel must be able to…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 28, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Celebrating life with Joplin tornado victims

As my brother, uncle, a Moldovan friend and I chatted about cars at a Kansas City-area watering hole last night, we were politely interrupted by a 30-something woman who asked us if we wanted to see a picture of her car. We said sure, not knowing what she had in mind. Her white Camry was speared through the back window by a long 2X4. It took a minute to figure out, but we quickly realized she was a tornado victim.

She and her husband lived in a second story apartment block that didn't…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 28, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

The novelty, noise, and problem with Twitter: An example from Azerbaijan

Channel 4 anchorman Jon Snow leading the Amnesty International UK campaign

in support of Azerbaijani journalist and prisoner of conscience Eynulla Fatullayev

In a previous post I praised the use of Twitter in…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on May 28, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Indian Institue of Peace and Development

I am in the process of setting up  Institute for Peace and Development in India with the primary objective of awarding Post Graduate Degree and also Research opportunities leading to PhD. I am looking for people who can help me in identifying universities/institutes in Europe or North America who would  like to twin with our institute both for award of degree and exchange of students. We are  also looking for consultants who can help developing the institute and faculty.

Added by NELLI GEORGE on May 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Review: Popular Resistance in Palestine – A History of Hope and Empowerment

'...the reality is that popular resistance in Palestine developed indigenously, organically, naturally and beautifully. And it has accelerated in the past two decades.'

The author Mazin B. Qumsiyeh is a committed activist and academic in Palestine; this is his third book. I know of the many activities he organizes and participates in; his energy is amazing. Grounded in the present situation of struggle against the occupation, he also has the scholarly skills to present…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 05/27/2011

In this week’s PSR: Global Peace Index; Ivory Coast; South African IMF; Abyei reignites; Chile protests; Honduras events; Sanctions on Venezuelan oil co.; China and N. Korea; Philippines Migrant workers; India border guards; Belarus panic; Georgian protests; Russian politics; Mladic arrested; Israel / Palestine news; Tripoli airstrikes; Qatar statements;  Yemen violence; Afghanistan peace talks; Mumbai trials; Taliban…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on May 27, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Nascent Independent Unions Play Key Role in Arab Uprisings

In the Arab world, most trade unions are affiliated to governments, but independent labour organisations are starting to emerge.

In Tunisia and Egypt they have been key in overthrowing corrupt regimes, while in Algeria and Bahrain they are trying to bring people to the street. For Arab unionists, the State must play its role to consolidate the economic transition, and privatisation is not the solution.

"In Tunisia, we say that reversible jackets are out of stock. Some UGTT…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Saudi Arabia Scrambles to Limit Region’s Upheaval

Saudi Arabia is flexing its financial and diplomatic might across the Middle East in a wide-ranging bid to contain the tide of change, shield fellow monarchs from popular discontent and avert the overthrow of any more leaders struggling to calm turbulent republics.



Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 27, 2011 at 5:57pm — No Comments


The Peaceful Tomorrows' Say Your Peace video contest is your chance to share your ideas for supporting the U.S. Constitution and creating a more peaceful world for everyone. Winners in three age categories will each receive a cash prize of $1,000.


The SAY YOUR PEACE video contest grows out of our desire to hear how individual Americans think our nation can respond alternatively to terrorism and violence.…


Added by Sept11Families4PeacefulTomorrows on May 27, 2011 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Teachers Without Borders: Peace Education in the 21st Centurty: Theory, Reflection and Action

Greetings Colleagues!


Please join Teachers Without Borders at the OISE Transformative Learning Center Summer Institute for the workshop"Peace Education in the 21st Centurty: Theory, Reflection and Action."

Where: University of Toronto, Toronto,…


Added by Rocky Mountain Peace Institute on May 27, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Mladic arrest: Has the West now learned not to be impartial on war crimes?

In Bosnia, outsiders for too long relied on impartiality to distance themselves from responsibility. Now, with Mladic's arrest, we must send a message that survivors will be at the center of concerns on security.

Read the Op-Ed by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair of The Institute for Inclusive Security.



Added by Inclusive Security on May 27, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Are You Ready for Memorial Day? Are You Ready for This?

Added by David Swanson on May 27, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 05.27.11

Noam Ebner- ...So far as the conference itself is concerned, this was certainly a successful event. New contacts were made, new ideas were voiced, and the borders of how negotiation could or should be taught have once again been…


Added by Jeff Thompson on May 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Côte d’Ivoire: eyewitness account

We woke up to the steady rat-a-tat-tat of the AKs at barely daybreak. We had been warned the day before that the rebels were moving towards the city, but the violence that accompanied their arrival still surprised us. Looking out our back window, we saw them moving up the street; first the foot soldiers shooting forward with their guns, followed by a large group of excited civilians, including women with their small children, who cheered then ducked behind cars and debris on the side of the…


Added by Joel Gabri on May 27, 2011 at 7:32am — No Comments

UK Parliamentary debate on conflict prevention

Last year the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues secured the first ever debate in the UK Parliament on conflict prevention (watch it here).



Added by All-Party Group Conflict Issues on May 27, 2011 at 4:11am — 3 Comments

Ameer Makhoul: One Year of Imprisonment

A year has passed since my imprisonment. My share has been more modest compared to other prisoners who are about to enter their fourth decade in Israeli prisons. It’s true, one should not differentiate between the sentences the same way we should not differentiate between the fighters for freedom – the sentence of the judges of oppression is always one of cruelty, terror and abuse. What is most important, however, is that it is always temporal.

Things in Palestine occur according to…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 26, 2011 at 7:11pm — No Comments

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