Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola's 2003 meditation on isolation, loneliness, and the need to connect, features Bill Murray as a sadsack actor who's in Japan to film a lucrative whiskey commercial. There's a great scene in which Murray receives long, elaborate, instructions from an impassioned Japanese director which are translated into absurdly short, enigmatic phrases. Have a…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on August 15, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments
Originally posted on Insight on Conflict.
More than a metaphor, this understanding is fundamental to CeaseFire, an innovative international violence prevention program that uses disease control methods to disrupt urban violence. Violence as a disease is also a central theme of 'The Interrupters' an…Continue
Added by Joel Gabri on August 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
I love technology, specifically twitter. Jason Dykstra (@jasondyk) and I have been talking for about a month or so and jointly decided to put together a twitter chat specifically for professionals in the ADR field (mediators, facilitators, ombuds, conflict coaches, negotiators,…Continue
Monday, August 15, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
With NATO-backed rebel troops closing in on the Libyan capital Tripoli, Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s opponents are desperate to project a façade of unity, brush aside internal rifts and assure Libyans and the international community that they are capable of managing transition in a post-Qaddafi era.
To do so in the wake of the mysterious killing last month of rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younis, the rebel Transition…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on August 15, 2011 at 6:12am — No Comments
Added by Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei on August 15, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 15, 2011 at 1:18am — No Comments
Added by Susan Partnow on August 14, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments
Peter Falk left this mortal coil on June 23. Mostly known as the schlumpy, deceptively dim Detective Columbo in the eponymous 1970's TV series, he also had an admirable film career. He was superb in John Cassavettes' Husbands and A Woman Under the Influence...movies that out-indie today's…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on August 14, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments
Take a second to check out this trailer for the new documentary "The Peace Agency"
When the war ends, a woman's fight begins.
An extraordinary grassroots school is being held on a woman's front porch in the post-conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia. Lian Gogali is teaching female survivors of nearly a decade of communal violence how to transform themselves into agents of peace for their…
Maryknoll sisters president was in south sudan during three weeks to lead various workshop on conflict transformation and peace building.
sister Janice Mclaughlin told SCN news that she started her activites in wau with 28 students at the nursing school and then moved to Juba to work with major seminarians and Bakhita Radio staff.
She said the paticipants were concerned that issues like corruption,tribalism and land grabbing could create conflict in the future if people were…Continue
Sunday, August 14, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
The struggle for greater political freedom in Syria is emerging as a lightning rod for a far greater schism in the Middle East and North Africa – one that is more worrisome and that threatens to divide the region and several of its societies not only along political lines but also along sectarian lines.
A majority of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia have in the last week for the first time…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on August 13, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments
Islamabad August 13, 2011 Former Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and President All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has expressed deep concerns over ethnic riots in different parts of United Kingdom that resulted into loss of life and properties at a large scale. “The People of Pakistan and Kashmir are concerned over the situation and wish for restoration of peace and tolerance of the multicultural society” he said. Kashmiris origin British…Continue
Added by Muhammad Tahir Tabassum on August 13, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments
Despite society’s belated recognition of homosexual marriage rights, political homophobia is still alive and well in America.
Exhibit A is a press release that found its way into my email in-box, leaving a slimy trail in its wake. This release is from Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch. Freedom Watch’s website is equally fascinating and alarming. In one spot on the site, visitors can view a documentary that “exposes the ‘new world order’ that…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 13, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments
I moved to New York City's East Village 18 years ago, long after its gritty punky heyday. While I missed out on the Ramones and the Talking Heads gigging at CBGB's, the hood was still a cauldron of art, music, fashion and activism, with just a soupcon of edgy danger. It's now widely regarded as a cliché of New York City gentrification. Today, CBGB's is an unaffordable (for…Continue
Added by Academy Of Universal Global Peac on August 13, 2011 at 3:08am — No Comments
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 13, 2011 at 1:04am — No Comments
I envision a world of local, resilient, adaptive communities who are networked in a web of interdependence with other local, resilient, adaptive communities all around the world. That global linking provides for macro-level resilience and adaptivity to complement the micro-/local-level resilience and adaptivity.
Added by Mike Abkin on August 12, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments
In response to an earlier post on how-matters.org, “Sorry but it’s not YOUR project,” a reader offered the following guest post. Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country.
My friend Tom is working for “Aid Agency X”, which has prided itself in working ‘with’ and not ‘for’ the people, a sign that it is ready to involve the community in its development…
War Tax Resistance Today - Forbes online - Peter Reilly, Forbes blogger, has written 2 articles that relate to war tax resistance. This last one is by a resister in reply. Follow links back to the other two.
In this week’s PSR: Panel discussion on nonviolence; Ivory Coast extrajudicial killings; Al-Shabaab withdraws from Mogadishu; Zimbabwe torture at diamond mine; Brazil corruption; Chile protests; U.S. contractor sentenced in Cuba; Pro-democracy in Burma; World Bank / Cambodia rift; Chinese aircraft; Japan’s energy policy; UK riots; Uzbek internet censorship; NATO’s new route through Central Asia; Israeli housing plan and protests; Saudis condemn…Continue