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‘The Interrupters’ Look to Stop Inner-City Violence

‘The Interrupters’ Look to Stop Inner-City Violence

The middle of the summer isn’t the most likely time for a probing documentary film on inner-city violence. But the recently-released movie  “The Interrupters,” an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is drawing attention and winning positive notices from critics.

The film, directed by Steve James of  “Hoop Dreams” fame, is an intimate look at the lives and work of Chicago-based anti-violence organization…

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Added by Jeff Thompson on August 5, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

DON’T COUNT OUT BIOMASS YET AS CLEAN ENERGY, INDOCHINA DEMONSTRATES HOW

DON’T COUNT OUT BIOMASS YET AS CLEAN ENERGY, INDOCHINA DEMONSTRATES HOW

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Renewable Energy or RE is the wave of the present-to-future as energy source. RE represents clean energy, even as it had presented itself as the most potent entry point to efficient, clean, cheap energy in the long run.

 

With RE’s jettison to public awareness, biomass as clean energy seemed to have been relegated to the sidelights…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 5, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: "Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T.  It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British 'Grand Slam' which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."

When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to…

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Added by David Swanson on August 5, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

IPSI Peace & Security Report - 08/05/2011

In this week’s PSR: Afghan civil society; Eritrea’s IGAD bid; Famine in the Horn of Africa; South Africa bails out Swaziland; UN peacekeepers killed in Sudan; Guatemalan soldiers sentenced for massacre; Haiti tent camp protests; Mexican cartel leader captured; Venezuelan prisoners to be released; Papua independence rallies; N. Korea interested in resuming talks; Philippine clashes; Italian burqa ban; Kosovo rejects NATO-Serbia deal; Tajikistan bans…

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Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on August 5, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

Behind the Barricades, There Is Happiness

Richard Moore describes himself as “just a guy who wanted to help.”

This is somehow funny coming from a man whom the Dalai Lama refers to as “my hero.”

Well known to the residents of Derry, Ireland, where we met last month, Richard Moore was shot at the age of 10 by a British solider on his way home from school. Taking a rubber bullet on the bridge of his nose, Richard lost…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 5, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Working Lands Conflict in Indonesia

No better metaphor for life in Indonesia can replace that of Wayang puppet theatre. What is Wayang puppet theatre and why is relevant to peace and conflict? Let me explain.



Wayang puppet theatre is a traditional form of entertainment and art in Indonesia. The use of puppets and light create shadows and silhouettes against a background. Actors and music create the sound track for these shadows that perform plays. The action is not with the puppets themselves, but rather with the…

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Added by Alan Tidwell on August 5, 2011 at 9:53am — 4 Comments

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

‘Smoke stack’ industries have to a great extent factored into the climate change patterns, with dire consequences of more erratic weather patterns that we experience today. ‘Smoke stack’ industries—those utilizing ‘hot process’ technologies—have for so long employed fossil fuels as energy sources, thus compounding the pollution arising from the manufacturing sector.

 

The tall order is…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 5, 2011 at 4:11am — No Comments

A story of an Infamous female Assasin - “Irma Grese”-(WW-II)

 

 

While browsing through couple of pages related to “Holocaust Studies” today I found a name which is not in the list of ‘popular names’ associated with the World War II. “Irma Grese”. Sounds like a normal German name. But Irma Grese was one the most…

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Added by Ractim Goswami on August 4, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Somalia: Droughts and livelihood consequence

 

Somalia: Droughts and livelihood consequence

The Somali Media for Environment, Science Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) is today circulating the latest reports from the frontline views on famine in Somalia. The current drought situation continues to cause displacement, particularly of the pastoralist communities in various parts of the country.

On July 22, 2011 the United Nations declared an statement dedicating that famine…

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Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on August 4, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Off-Grid.net seeks Intern

Sorry for a blatant ad - but its for a good cause

Off-Grid.net is a social entrprise at the heart of the global off-grid community

 

http://www.off-grid.net/research-intern-wanted-for-off-grid-net/

 

 

Added by Nick Rosen on August 4, 2011 at 7:20am — No Comments

Justice Sector Reforms: scholarly updates

Six months ago (February 2011) justice sector reform activists the world over were teeth to teeth on ways to review justice sector reform agenda and support collaborative effort toward sustainable partnerships in favour of best options for the reform stakeholders. You may wish to review the opinions of experts, practitioners, and stakeholders that have continued to be uploaded. I view myself simply as an activist/stakeholder and my opinions on matters touching on the VALUE OF RESTORATIVE…

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Added by Nathaniel Msen Awuapila on August 4, 2011 at 6:16am — No Comments

FOOD SECURITY FROM FARM TO INDUSTRY

FOOD SECURITY FROM FARM TO INDUSTRY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

‘Food security’ as a theme has been reverberating the planet for over two (2) decades now. I still recall, upon my return to graduate school in 1997 to take up development studies (w/ global political economy foundation), that food security was already a wave in terms of advocacy clamors.

 

Since 1998, I was involved in couples of projects about food production, which includes…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 4, 2011 at 5:32am — No Comments

UNOY Peacebuilders' Photo Competition – “Youth and Volunteering for Peace”

Dear members of the PCDN,



"Every picture tells a story… One picture is worth a thousand words…"



As a part of the International Day of Peace celebrations on September 21st, 2011, along with the European Year of Volunteering 2011, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is organising a photo competition with the theme “Youth Volunteering for Peace”.



We believe that peace can be promoted in many ways. This year we choose pictures to deliver… Continue

Added by Stephanie Moy on August 4, 2011 at 3:55am — 1 Comment

Call for Proposals: World AIDS Day/Journee Mondiale de Lutte Contre le Sida

 

WORLD AIDS DAY

 source:AWDF

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

 This is a call for applications for grantees to…

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Added by zoneziwoh on August 3, 2011 at 1:13pm — 4 Comments

Internship opportunities UNOY Peacebuilders

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) is a youth-led network of associations working towards peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming and advocacy. 

The International Secretariat is based in The Hague, The Netherlands and is currently looking for new interns to join the team. 

UNOY Peacebuilders internships offer young people an opportunity to gain work experience in the field of peace-building, join an enthusiastic international team, learn new skills and be in contact…

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Added by Stephanie Moy on August 3, 2011 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

Insight on Conflict Newsletter - August 2011

A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This months edition features articles on improving peacebuilding evaluation, local perceptions of international aid interventions, and approaches to citizen policing. To receive the email newsletter each month, please …

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Added by Joel Gabri on August 3, 2011 at 4:37am — No Comments

The over-simplified narrative of the Somali famine.

The recent attention afforded to the Somali famine has mostly infuriated me. It’s not because I don’t care about those who are starving, quite the contrary; it’s more that I am infuriated with the way that the crisis is being painted in the media. For example:

The way it is so constantly referred to as a “natural disaster”, the result of drought or climate change, or some other ecological problem, as opposed to being a…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 2, 2011 at 8:29pm — 13 Comments

TEXTILE IN AFRICA: TAKING STOCK OF DEVELOPMENT TAKE-OFF

TEXTILE IN AFRICA: TAKING STOCK OF DEVELOPMENT TAKE-OFF

 Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

As in any enterprise, the industrial sector of any developing country begins with a ‘take off’ stage. In that stage or phase, capital goods industries considered as sine qua non for take-off are textiles, steel, and coal/energy.

 

Such a phase was well optimized in Western and Asian countries that are way past their own ‘infantile’ stage of industries. Textiles…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 2, 2011 at 6:12pm — No Comments

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