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TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS Weekly Digest Mar 7-13, 2011

Solutions-Oriented Peace Journalism - website created by Prof. Johan Galtung - Antonio C. S. Rosa, Editor





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Added by Antonio Carlos Silva Rosa on March 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sustainable Waste Management in Bangladesh

The rising urban population has been changing the nature of solid waste management in Bangladesh from mainly a localised issue to a more distinct and persistent social problem.  Despite the growing extent of this problem, the sector continues to remain one of the most disorganised areas of urban development in Bangladesh. An estimated 47000 tons of solid waste per day will be generated in urban areas by 2025, which is almost three and half times more than the current…


Added by Sowmya Suryanarayanan on March 10, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

FOOD PRICES UP, SPECULATORS ATTACK ANEW!   Erle Frayne D. Argonza   Winds of change are blowing hard on the granite edifices of autocratic regimes in pan-Arabia. As this is happening, financier specu…



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Winds of change are blowing hard on the granite edifices of autocratic regimes in pan-Arabia. As this is happening, financier speculators cashed in on the conflict by playing it up in the petrol spot market, thus raising oil prices to scorching heat levels. More areas of the global economy are under attack by the financier speculators, food & beverage among…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 10, 2011 at 12:25am — No Comments

Rep. King- Hearings? How About Facilitation?

Originally posted at
We all know the story about Rep. Peter King and the hearings he has put together on the radicalization of members of the Muslim community in the United States.…

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 9, 2011 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Speakers Louded Women's Role in Pakistan

Islamabad March 8, 2011

Former Federal Minister for Human rights and Member National Assembly Syed Mumtaz Alam Gillani said that Islam is greater character for women’s rights; constitution has all clarity, women have very glorious role in history. NGOs should promote awareness regarding women’s rights. He was speaking in a seminar on International Women’s Day this afternoon. Seminar organized by two reputed NGOs the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) and Peoples…


Added by Dr. Jabeen Shauq on March 9, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Do we need an MA in Social Media for International Development & Change?

It is not an easy answer, but I do think that social media should play a more prominent role in the development and peace studies curricula.

The example of Northwestern University’s cooperation with businesses to tap into the creative potential of marketing students is very interesting and made me think about the potential and limitations of a similar cooperation between development organisations and the departments that teach an…


Added by Tobias Denskus on March 9, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Petals of Pride

Mama, don’t put me under the knife

Give not to culture

A slice of my precious life

My body I feel you holding

In the warmth of a mothers touch

Betrayed by the act of folding

Into the excuse of social norms we use as a crutch

With your hands you cover my eyes

Knowing I am fragile like bone-china

Yet for now my sense of sight

Lives in the pain that radiates from my… Continue

Added by Billene Seyoum Woldeyes on March 9, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Manocracy...not Democracy

Today is our march, the march for women. Here are some of my thoughts before I go out to the march.

I remember the day when my pastor told me to get was the first day I realized that I was woman. Not man. That they did not see me as equal. Don't get me wrong. I want to get married, I want to have children, and I want to stay home and love and cherish my kids, and I WANT TO BE A HOUSEWIFE. But don't tell me to go do that...I will when the time is right. I will seek a… Continue

Added by Amira Mikhail on March 9, 2011 at 5:36am — 5 Comments

Our Writers of the Middle East

Novelists and poets who supported liberation movements soon found themselves censored, imprisoned or even killed when they began to criticise the native despots who had come to rule them. To survive you either had to censor yourself or go into exile.

But the uprisings that began last December, when a Tunisian fruit seller called Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after being slapped by a government inspector, have in three months transformed the political landscape, with what the…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on March 9, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Kindness, Generosity, and Bombing Libya

Wouldn't it be kind and generous of us to send the US or NATO or a UN-approved military into Libya to bloodlessly prevent the vicious slaughter of masses of people by a truly evil lunatic?

Would it?

In a study called "Why Civil Resistance Works," Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth examined major uses of violence and nonviolence against tyrannical governments around the world between 1900 and 2006. They found that violence succeeded 26 percent of the time. I think they were…


Added by David Swanson on March 9, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments

Palestinian women deserve celebration!

Palestinian women face a multitude of challenges, not solely related to their identities as women. In Palestine, Israel’s military occupation oppresses everyone, male and female. However, the trials and tribulations of women in Palestine are unique in their struggle against this occupation, in their endurance against its brutality and in their struggle to retain a unique identity as women in a predominantly male society.

Women everywhere often possess the quality of recreating…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on March 8, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


A full-blown civil war is now brewing as I write this note. As the gloomy events unfold, greedy speculators are busy taking advantage of a conflict situation by playing it up nauseatingly on the petrol spot market. Wars and mini-hotspots surely have a way of making some greedy families make lots of money, so let me add more reflections about the Libyan hot fires’ impact on oil price.


The notorious financier speculators have…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Encouraging Peace@Work

Imagine! Employees working collaboratively, addressing challenges, overcoming obstacles, being cordial and  an encouragement to each other.  No more watching your back or hurtful gossips.  No one is trying to bully, manipulate or get you.  Hey, you can even be vulnerable...  This is not a dream it is possible in most workplaces.

For the next 10 weeks my company is sponsoring a Peace@work initiative as part of our contribution to the global peace…


Added by Joyce Odidison on March 8, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

What Can Applying a Gender Lens Contribute to Conflict Studies?

It is rare to find gender a specific focus of scholarship on conflict studies except when produced by scholars who habitually use a gender analytical lens. This is presumably because for a large number of researchers working on conflict, gender is seen as either an irrelevance or a minority issue. This no doubt stems in great part from the unfortunate conflation of women and gender in a world in which…


Added by John Spall on March 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Comments On ABA Task Force On Improving Mediation Quality (Guest Post)

(Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation)

Enjoy Lisa Renee Pomerantz's guest post as she shares here views on the ABA Dispute Resolution Task Force's findings.

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Task Force

 on Improving Mediation Quality…


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

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 03.08.11

 ODR (Online Dispute Resolution) By Any Other Name...

Noam EbnerWhenever I teach ODR, I assign students a search-and-report assignment,…

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

Social networks and awakening societies


Added by Donatello Osti on March 8, 2011 at 5:07am — No Comments

Democracy…. With deaf ears

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

~ Aristotle

I was changing position on my favourite coach, it seemed not as comfortable as it used to be, I was taking a more defensive posture, crossing hands on my chest, looking far more serious…


Added by MasterPeace on March 8, 2011 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Innovations & Food Security in Bangladesh

Over the years, Bangladesh has addressed some of the challenges it faces in sustaining food security. With the area under cultivation being stagnant, introduction of high yielding varieties of rice boosted food production in the country. Along with this, efficient irrigation technologies tackled the problem of scarce freshwater resources. Bangladesh however, is likely to face extreme climatic variations in the future that will severely affect food production in the country. Innovations in…


Added by Sowmya Suryanarayanan on March 8, 2011 at 1:28am — No Comments

Another Life Focuses This One

Brilliant and humane playwright Karen Malpede has produced another play that grabs this country by the lapels, shakes it, caresses its cheek, and kicks its ass.  The play is called "Another Life" and the life it leaves me thinking about is the life of our dreams. 

The play is not so much a national nightmare or a national fantasy as a surreal reproduction of the mixture of horrors and hopes that most dreaming is: the most gruesome and graphic and taboo of our collective fears without… Continue

Added by David Swanson on March 8, 2011 at 12:33am — No Comments

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