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Erle Frayne D. Argonza                                                       


Magandang araw sa kapamilyang global! Good day to fellow global citizens!


For three decades already, I have been echoing a prognostication that was already current stock within sociology, about the ‘decline of the west’. Let me return to the same theme, as the rapid decline of the West and the fast rise of Asia is now a reality of the current historical…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 14, 2011 at 3:05am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Let me continue with the reflections on my beloved Philippines’ economy. This effort is often part of my self-accepted duties to update myself and my compatriots about the state of the Philippine economy at the start of every year.


Just a week ago, I came across an article writ by one of the stock market columnists in the Philippine Daily Inquirer of PDI, that re-echoed an emerging perception in the international business…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 14, 2011 at 3:03am — No Comments

à Grande e à Brasileira



“O sol brilha para todos e desconheço a cláusula do testamento de Adão que dividiu o mundo entre portugueses e espanhóis “, assim reagiu o Rei da França Francisco I ao Tratado de Tordesilhas de 7 de Junho 1494, que garantia a posse das terras do então chamado ‘Novo Mundo ́, a Portugal e…


Added by 10pt - Criação Lusófona on January 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

EU Integration: Serbia’s new regional relationships

Daniel Pechtol - 01/13/2011

In recent months, Serbia took steps to improve its bid for EU candidacy and bolster its image in the world; however, two high-profile war criminals are still at large, consternating the former Yugoslav states and slowing the ascension process. Of primary importance is Ratko Mladic, organizer of the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica Massacre, who carries…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on January 13, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Rethinking Human Nature


 “If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.”…


Added by Efiong Etuk, Ph.D. on January 13, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Symbolic Reconciliatory Gestures

I teach a course at IUPUI entitled “Making Amends: Reconciliation in International Perspective.’ We cover reconciliatory instruments of all descriptions, from treaties to truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, reparations and, especially, symbolic reconciliatory gestures.…


Added by ian mcintosh on January 13, 2011 at 4:42pm — 24 Comments


Theatre for mass sensitisation in Africa can be traced as far back as the colonial invasion. Later on, in the late 1940s and early 1950s colonialists wrote plays that were rehearsed and taken to the people. The particular case to note is that of the “Mobile Theatre” in Uganda, with themes such as health and general social behavioural patterns. These plays were to divert the Africans from their indigenous cultural practices into learning the new western ways, as related by Margeret Macpheson and… Continue

Added by TUME FONDZEYUF Keneth on January 13, 2011 at 4:22pm — No Comments


The tired sad night goes down in gloom

And rests from the exhausting day's stress

And goes to bed with everyone in their room

Under the magic power of nature's duress

To lie unconsciously transient dead

With worn out and broken bones all over

To pass a pleasant night of rest as you lay your head

And forget previous worries and stress, and start over;

To become a new man with renewed strength

With hopes, creativity and possibilities!

To spread… Continue

Added by Adonai Dgodz on January 13, 2011 at 3:22pm — No Comments



Many faces keen with curiosity to see

Which book has a face

Or which face is in a book,

The incessant questions go round

The way they sound:

'Are you on facebook?'

Or 'what's your name on facebook?'

Facebook! The bait that keeps idle hands busy!

Walking and browsing, all on facebook,

Cooking and browsing, still… Continue

Added by Adonai Dgodz on January 13, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Small is Beautiful…Grants, That Is (Part 2)

Thanks to probing, concrete questions from Maryline Penedo, moderator of a virtual discussion on…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

New Book: Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines

A project in the works for more than a decade, Dr. Ken Rutherford’s latest book,…


Added by Lois on January 13, 2011 at 11:27am — No Comments

Israel: Blocking human rights websites

The restriction of human rights websites is part of a well-orchestrated assault carried out by the Israeli government and  …

Added by Patrick Mac Manus on January 12, 2011 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Captured Pseudo-State Kosovo





We Bombed The Wrong Side” (General Lewis Mackenzie)…


Added by Ari Rusila on January 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Hotspots of 2011- the places to watch in 2011, and why

Just before 2010 clicked over, Foreign Policy with the International Crisis Group (ICG) published the top 16 crisis points to watch in 2011. According to the International Crisis Group, there are currently three dozen conflicts worldwide, and they took a look at the 16 hotspots to look out for in 2011. 

Here are the 14 countries on the ICG list which are also covered by the Global Peace Index (GPI).  What are your thoughts? Any other country to add?




Added by Camilla Schippa on January 12, 2011 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

2011 Taste & Tribute New York to benefit Tibetan Aid Project

Tibetan Aid Project is inviting individuals and companies to the Taste and Tribute New York gala.

One hundred and twenty guests will be received at the Arader Galler, a grand New York town home on Madison Avenue. Staying true to the Taste & Tribute tradition of fine dining, Taste & Tribute New York features an elegant four-course dining experience, prepared by the New York’s top Chefs: Missy Robbins of A Voice, George Mendes of Aldea, Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud, and Michael… Continue

Added by Enver Rahmanov on January 12, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

I looked up on Wikipedia the UN group known as 'the friends of UNSCR1325', presently led by Canada (I believe) - see but there is nothing entered.   Coul…

I looked up on Wikipedia the UN group known as 'the friends of UNSCR1325', presently led by Canada (I believe) - see but there is nothing entered.


Could everyone pass word around that if people know about the UN Friends of UNSCR1325 perhaps they can go to this link and key in some facts.…


Added by Tim Symonds on January 12, 2011 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Teaching partners, City native started Somaliland academy

WORCESTER — Spend an hour with Jonathan M. Starr, and you might forget the city where you’re sitting. His descriptions of life in Somaliland and the school he founded there are so engrossing and different from life here that he can barely get it all in.

Mr. Starr, a 34-year-old Worcester native, Worcester Academy alumnus and former investment banker, was in the city last week to visit his mother, to speak at the academy and to help announce a sister school relationship between the… Continue

Added by Mohamed H. Osman on January 12, 2011 at 12:38pm — No Comments

TransConflict - December Review

Dear All,


Please find below links to a selection of articles published by TransConflict throughout December:


- Serbia’s Sandzak at odds with Belgrade - by Justin Vela - calls for greater autonomy for Sandžak – particularly by the head of the Islamic Community in Serbia, Mufti Muamer Zukorlic – continue to place…


Added by Ian Bancroft on January 12, 2011 at 8:56am — No Comments

Peacebuilding Dialogue February-March 2011, Arlington, VA

If you have lived or worked in a violent conflict setting and desire a deeper understanding of the community that operates in this sphere, you are invited to participate in an upcoming dialogue on peacebuilding. The dialogue will take place for five consecutive Wednesday evenings, lasting from February 23 until March 23. Ambassador John McDonald of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy has graciously donated his space in Rosslyn, VA, for this dialogue.

Kevin Lafleur and Micael Bogar…


Added by micaelbogar on January 12, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day to you, fellow global citizens!


The newspapers this morning released a gladdening news about a macro-economic fundamental in my beloved Philippines: foreign exchange or FOREX reserves breached the U.S. $62 Billion mark. The news item means that my country has all the foreign currencies to purchase a year-long worth of…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 12, 2011 at 2:39am — No Comments

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