Ever wonder why peace seems so difficult in the Middle East? In Africa? In Afghanistan and Pakistan? Too often, the headlines trumpet peace and months later declare failure. Why is it that internationally negotiated peace accords may cause more violence and genocide, not less? Why is it that in fifteen years of international climate change conferences, little has been accomplished? Why is it that the Rwandan genocide was directly caused by the Arusha negotiations? That the Oslo accords…Continue
In this week’s PSR: Climate conflicts; New Ivory Coast clashes; Rwanda bans conflict minerals; South Sudan violence; Guatemalan drug kingpin captured; 300 in Mexican mass graves; Chavez meets with Libyan officials; Thailand press crackdown; Truce between Thailand and Cambodia; Tibet government in exile elections; Belarus oppression; France/Italy immigration row; Al Qaeda in the Caucuses; Libya battles; Hamas and Fatah sign deal; No UN statement on…Continue
Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on April 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
From more than 120 amazing and genuinely creative cartoons from around the world, this collection contains the cartoons selected by MasterPeace. These cartoons are selected from all the submissions that were sent in for the special project. The cartoons will be exhibited at…Continue
on being asked to record a video about my feelings on the passing away of gul rukh tahir
they came and asked
take the time to
give voice to your feelings
and tell us on video
what is happening to you
since the day
you lost her
to an insane bomber?
for you perhaps
this is a matter
to talk about and tell
and glamorize death
but for those…Continue
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I did not feel safe when I travelled to Bardiya in the last week of November, 2010. Just before my journey, the district treasurer of the Nepali Congress was killed by unidentified persons on the east-west highway near the Bardiya National Park, while he was returning to his home around 6pm. I landed at nearby Nepalganj airport around 6.30pm, and then had to drive one-and-a-half hours to the district headquarters of Bardiya, at Guleriya. Just a couple of days before, two children aged 13-14…Continue
Added by Joel Gabri on April 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
SANJEEB GHIMIRE, Kathmandu Nepal
Many people who know little or nothing about Laal’s evolution question the practicality of building socio-political movements through music and poetry. Too obviously, there is some truth to this skepticism; music, in its essence is a language constructed on notes and percussion. Revolutionary movements on the contrary are political-economic-social movements that are led by oppressed classes to overthrow a system of exploitation. However, revolutionary movements are…Continue
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Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Magandang umaga! Good morning!
It may be about time to reveal the highly controversial, if not incontrovertible fact, that the very people who comprise the world’s elites—oligarchs, politicians, technocrats, military elites—comprise a distinct genetic make-up altogether. The elites aren’t human but reptilian, thus explicating the great wall of social distance between them and the underclasses.
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 28, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments
The Green Pen is my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of…Continue
Added by Mike Abkin on April 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
(Whispering.) “Psst, excuse me, but actually it’s not ‘your’ program. And if you think that it is, we may have a problem on our hands.”
Many would argue that who owns what in development and peacebuilding is a key aspect, if not the aspect, to a project’s or program’s success.
And so a person’s choice word choice when describing their work or do-gooder endeavor can actually reveal quite a lot.
Some may think…
KAMPALA, UGANDA—As my time in Uganda winds down, the obvious question about my 10 months here is whether my presence made any difference for this wonderful, maddening country and its resourceful, friendly, poverty-stricken residents.
Did I waste my time and American tax dollars (my $270,000 peace journalism project was supported by the U.S. State Department and USAID)? Am I just another arrogant Westerner preaching mzungu (white person) values?
In an attempt…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 28, 2011 at 4:22am — No Comments
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
From the Pear of the Orient I greet you a pleasant day!
Any news about extra-terrestrial intelligences (ETIs) or aliens is not as pleasant is it seems. There remains so much secrecy about the aliens, not even if news abound regarding encounters with them. In my cosmic blogs, I dwelt on the matter quite extensively, though the perspective is from a cosmogony with…Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 27, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) have taken historic steps to begin dramatically altering the international monetary system by calling for alternatives to the U.S. dollar as the world’s main currency. The BRICS in a recent statement stated: the international financial crisis has exposed the inadequacies…Continue
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Petra H. Maxwell- Late last fall, New York became the last state in the nation to offer something akin to ‘no-fault’ divorce...…Continue
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Nepal, formally a unitarily governed kingdom, is now preparing to become a federalist republic, and the debate around federalism is in the center of an ongoing constituent assembly. At this juncture, it is crucial to determine the shape our Federalism will take.
Federalism ensures the government remains more accountable to its citizens because the central government is more in tune with the daily needs and aspirations of people in even small and isolated places. However, many…Continue
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Sharqieh: 'We are seeing dictators inspiring dictators to resist'
Ibrahim Sharqieh is deputy director of the Brookings Doha Center.…
"If the Balkans find that too many obstacles are strewn about the road to Brussels, they may well be tempted to set out on the shorter road to Istanbul"
(Misha Glenny, Balkan political analyst)…Continue
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