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Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day to you fellow global citizens!


Just recently, a team from the British diplomatic corps made an unusual pronouncement in Manila: that Philippines is an emerging power. For a world power that once conquered Manila during the world war between the empires of Spain and Britain, the UK remark is truly unusual.


Cordially and tactfully…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 22, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Identicide in the Balkans

Conflicts are understood as “any situation in which two or more social entities or parties (however defined or structured) perceive that they posses mutually incompatible goals” (Mitchell 1981:17).

War has always been barbaric and civilians have always been involved in warfare, either willingly or unwillingly. Yet, the rising number of intrastate wars attests that the UN Charter preamble… Continue

Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on June 22, 2011 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted: Why the Mobile Phone is Still Critical to Reaching the Masses in the Middle East


(Cross-posted from TechChange Blog)


The revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa have captured the collective attention of the world, and with good reason: the images of millions mobilized in Cairo, the thousands protesting under threat of gunfire in Syria and Bahrain, and the…


Added by TechChange on June 22, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Working Lands Conflict

Since Paul Collier began to work on the economic correlates of conflict a lot of attention has been focused on extractive industries.  A fair amount of attention has been focused on mining and its relationship to violent conflict.  Conflict diamonds, conflict focusing on the mining and trade in minerals such as tantalum in the DRC, and the impact of large mining projects such as the Panguna mine in Bougainville.  I think there’s a good case to be made that mining done irresponsibly or badly…


Added by Alan Tidwell on June 22, 2011 at 10:08am — 5 Comments

Great kids create memorable Peace Camp in Turkey

Why would anyone voluntarily agree to spend 11 days with a bunch of teenagers?


If you believe the stereotypes about these alleged slackers—lazy, self centered, video heads, drugged out, dispassionate—then this prospect must seem like 11 days in purgatory.


Fortunately, the popular “wisdom” was wrong. The energy, compassion, intelligence, and camaraderie of these teens have given me renewed hope for the future.


I was a volunteer group leader for…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 22, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Religious fundamentalism is among the mega-waves of the moment. Secularism, which was a 19th century wave yet, had reached its full circle around the 3rd quarter of the 20th century.

From 1980 onwards, with the advent of Islam Fundamentalism and Religious Right (Christian Right, Hindu Right), secularism has been taking the backseat…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 21, 2011 at 6:28pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict… June 14th-20th, 2011

This Week in Conflict is now being divided up!

Here is the new schedule:

This Week in the World of Conflict – posted on Mondays

This Week in African Conflict- posted on Tuesdays

This Week in Asian Conflict – posted on Wednesdays (includes Oceania and Australia)

This Week in Conflict in the Americas – posted on Thursdays

This Week in Middle…


Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 21, 2011 at 3:19pm — No Comments

The 2011 Elections has come and gone.

The 2011 Elections has come and gone.

  Congratulations to Nigerians

Prince Goddy Korieocha  peace Ambassador  of Noah’s Ark international peace project . The dream of having a free, fair, credible and peaceful elections has come to pass. Local and international  observers have agreed that this is the best election in the history of Nigeria . Nigerians must be very grateful to the INEC chairman prof.Attahiru Jega ,the national commissioners of INEC staff…


Added by Prince Godwin Korieocha on June 21, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

Imo state need SECURITY for Peace- Cooperation- Development

Imo state need SECURITY for Peace- Cooperation- Development.



Prince Goddy Korieocha (Africa peace Ambassador)Noah’s international peace project And the Coordinator Imo State Rebirth movement .


we want to use opportunity to congratulate His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha OON the Governor of Imo State. Equally asking him to take is issue of security for Ndi Imo as the number one project. This is very essential in the state, your administration will…


Added by Prince Godwin Korieocha on June 21, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

Mexico Documentation Project Internship Opening - The National Security Archive

Mexico Documentation Project Internship Opening - The National Security Archive

The National Security Archive* is seeking an intern to work on the Mexico Documentation Project for the fall 2011 semester in Washington, DC. The internship entails preparing the set of Mexico documents for publication. The set contains declassified U.S. government and Mexican government documents about human rights and democracy building in Mexico. (To see an example of a published…


Added by Emily Willard on June 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

You Might Be Teaching Peace If....

If you've taught K-12, you've been there. A new mandate to plan for. A new test to scantron. Another inservice that may or may not be led by someone who has taught K-12 in the past decade. (Those who run these teacher trainings who have not taught run the risk of getting eaten alive.)

And they want us to "teach peace" too? They want us to seriously be responsible for the moral, social development of students we see 45 minutes a day on a good week? A week without fights, assemblies,… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Popular committees continue the revolution

As dark clouds of smoke billowed out to sea, a blazing red sun set to end a day of street battles with no telling what was to come. On 28 January in Alexandria almost every police station in the city was on fire, state security trucks were upside down and ablaze and every uniformed element of the Interior Ministry had disappeared. The atmosphere was rich with a sense of triumph and an equal, if not overpowering, feeling of dread.

But Alexandrians mobilized immediately. Come nightfall…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 20, 2011 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the World of Conflict... June 13th-20th, 2011

Hello all! Hope all is well!

Since the This Week in Conflict report has gotten so incredibly long in recent weeks, I thought it might be easier to digest as 6 shorter reports highlighting the different regions on separate days. The World report, which will highlight different news at international organizations, human rights research and other aspects of peace and conflict that affect global situations, will be posted each Monday. The Africa…


Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 20, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Our Picasso will be changed by its journey to Ramallah…

A Palestinian art academy has put on display a $7 million Pablo Picasso masterpiece, the first of its kind in the West Bank.

Picasso's 1943 "Buste de Femme" is on loan from the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Holland. Organizers said they had to overcome a lack of reliable transport and several Israeli checkpoints along the way.

The art director of the Palestinian academy, Khalid Horani, said it took two years to arrange the loan. He said the painting's journey was "a story full…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 20, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Special Notice: Watch Afghan Women Peacebuilders on PBS NewsHour Tonight!

The PBS NewsHour will broadcast a story tonight, June 20, 2011, on Afghan women’s leadership in the country’s peace and reconciliation process. As the United States starts transitioning out of Afghanistan, there is an increasingly urgent need to find a political solution to the conflict.

Over the past two weeks, The Institute for Inclusive Security hosted a diverse delegation of 11 women leaders from across…


Added by Inclusive Security on June 20, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Sport as a lens and tool for peace dialogue and action

Some of students, colleagues, and I have been discussing the issue of sport as both a lens for understanding conflict and as a tool for peacebuilding in a course in Sport, Peace, and Conflict I'm teaching this summer in Conflict & Peace Studies at UNCG and a presentation I gave at the…


Added by Sherrill Hayes on June 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How the Mayors Debated and Passed an Antiwar Resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has just done something it hasn't done since Vietnam, passing a resolution that supports efforts to speed up the ending of our current wars and calls on the President and Congress to "bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs."

Here's a page that organized this:

Activist groups are already…


Added by David Swanson on June 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

what does Change mean to you?

Change means different things to different people. To Ben, it means growth. Growth, he says:’ I believe that if I do not grow, I have not changed’.


‘Don’t resist change’. Said Ben to Me

It is true that each day people experience change but how many times have…


Added by zoneziwoh on June 20, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Last places available for the Venice Academy of Human Rights | 11-16 July

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place in less than one month (11-16 July). Few places are still available for academics, PhD students and highly qualified practitioners.


The programme will focus on human rights and cosmopolitanism with analysis of legal, political and philosophical aspects of globalisation and global governance. The lectures will be delivered by distinguished professors including Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, David Held, Yasuaki Onuma, Boaventura de…


Added by EIUC - Human Rights on June 20, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

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