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Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day to you fellow global citizens!


We just celebrated the 25th EDSA People Power Revolution in PH last Feb 25. A full twenty-five (25) years after EDSA, the country remains mired in the gargantuan problem of bad governance. Graft & corruption continues to be a scourge to this country, ditto for other countries.


Patrimonial interest groups of every shade continue to pillage the national…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 4, 2011 at 2:43am — 1 Comment

Suppression, I accept not

This pro democratic poem is for all of those who want democratic world - a world free of tyrants and ruthless dictators.


I came into this world

not like the river but like a drop of water

and will soon evaporate

Though, I am only a drop of water in the majestic ocean of nature

I yearn to create a vigorous ripple of freedom, in the eternity of the water

For I am a man of…


Added by Bhuwan Thapaliya on March 4, 2011 at 2:41am — No Comments


Hello, For those who can read french, please find here a press release (french version)  about a workshop between the African network of journalists on peace and human security and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC). Thanks

Communiqué relatif à la rencontre du RAJOSEP avec l’UNREC

Le lundi 28 février, une délégation du Réseau africain des journalistes sur la sécurité humaine et la paix (RAJOSEP), a tenu une séance de travail avec le…


Added by Combetey Combey Djidjole on March 3, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

THE HOUR OF SUNLIGHT: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker


This powerful book by Jen Marlowe (Darfur Diaries) should not be missed by anyone working in the area of Peace building and Conflict Transformation. 


Synopsis of The Hour of Sunlight:


As a teenager, Sami Al Jundi had one ambition: overthrowing Israeli occupation. With two friends he formed a militant cell and began building a bomb to use against the Israeli police. But their plans were derailed when the bomb exploded prematurely, killing one of his…


Added by Cynthia Davis on March 2, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

ODR Blog: ODR, by any other name… Part 2

Part 2 – Real Estate Negotiation Platform

Whenever I teach Online Dispute Resolution, I assign students a search-and-report assignment, asking them to run down and discuss different types of sites and services. This combines their (assumed) interest in learning what is going on in ODR, with my own interest in staying on top of things. Of course, many students report on oft-discussed service providers who have been in…


Added by Noam Ebner on March 2, 2011 at 7:50pm — No Comments

March 2011 Update : Honoring the Role of Women in our work

March 1, 2011


In anticipation of International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8 for nearly a century, here are some highlights of our important work with the female leaders of girls’ madrasas.

In a nutshell:

  • 218 Female leaders have participated in ICRD workshops
  • 111 Female madrasas have been actively engaged
  • 3 Female vocational training centers have been established
  • Thousands of girls have been…

Added by Int Ctr for Religion & Diplomacy on March 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sign up for the 2011 International Summer Course on Social Responsibility!

The 2011 International Summer Course with the Education Center for Development of UNIMINUTO University is a unique international exchange opportunity in Bogotá, Colombia for college students or graduates that have at least intermediate Spanish skills. This course runs from June 17 through July 15, 2011 and applications will be accepted through April 30.

Our international summer course supports solidarity between the countries of the North and the South, promotes equality and…


Added by Amira R. Resnick on March 2, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

“Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding” at American University. Exploring New Models for Education 2.0

This past weekend Dr. Michael Gibbons and I taught a 20-hour graduate skills institute at American University’s School of International Service entitled Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding. Students came from a variety of AU programs, including the International Peace and Conflict Program (IPCR) in the School of International Service, the AU Business School, and the AU Law School.

We at… Continue

Added by TechChange on March 2, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Lookinf for Volunteer English Language Teaching Assistants/Teachers

The country is made up of 1,190 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers. These atolls structures are formed upon a sharp ridge rising from the ocean, making way for their secluded uniqueness. Each atoll in the Maldives is made of a coral reef encircling a lagoon, with deep channels dividing the reef ring. A string of islands take their places among this atoll ring; each island has its own reef encircling the island lagoon. The reefs of…


Added by Imad Mohamed on March 2, 2011 at 7:04am — No Comments

Exposing networks on Facebook: An example from the Caucasus

Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have highlighted the potential use of online social networks for activism, but they have also added weight to personal and security concerns. In a recent interview with Radio Free Europe, for example, Evgeny Morozov even argues that internal security agencies might actually welcome the use of Facebook precisely because whole…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on March 2, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Pleasant day to you fellow global citizens!


Criminal investigations are currently hounding the Philippine military, with retired generals serving as frontal targets of congressional investigations. The dirty practices among echelon officers in the headquarters of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) include huge slush funds juggled from soldiers’ salaries and ghost battalions, and listening to the investigation…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 2, 2011 at 1:59am — No Comments

Critical Skills for Peacemakers: Training towards the intersection of international conflict management and social entrepreneurship

The world is at a critical juncture, and frankly, the way in which young persons are educated to address the complex and interconnected global ills plaguing communities around the world has not evolved to meet the need.  Education in crucial conflict prevention and resolution theory and practical social entrepreneurial skills…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on March 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

la culture de l'impuissance

"la culture de l'impuissance" is a painting by Belgian artist Jan Theuninck about the culture of learned helplessness (one of the mechanisms used by the organized… Continue

Added by Jan Theuninck on March 1, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Religions and us

Among the major world religions, all three came from the same source and the prophets comes from the same bloodline along with in their origins, their beliefs, their revealed books or Holy Scriptures, and their institutions of leadership. They also closely related in their beliefs about morals and ethics, and their views of the individual and social life.

Historically, relations among these faith groups reflect both conflict and cooperation. In modern times, adherents of the Abrahamic…


Added by Khaled Nasir on March 1, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

CansSanitary pads provision bring a stop to Gender based violence in South Africa? What are the priorities for these sanitary towels that seems to be the talk of politics. During the State of the Nat…

CansSanitary pads provision bring a stop to Gender based violence in South Africa? What are the priorities for these sanitary towels that seems to be the talk of politics. During the State of the Nation Address, President Zuma mentioned pads again. I cannot help myself to think that this is a joke and we are not in April yet to play fools day jokes on women. will sanitary pads bring peace to women who are abused and raped daily in their homes and elsewhere?


Added by Tambu on March 1, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Full scholarship for MSc in Climate Change and Development at University of Sussex/Institute for Development Studies, UK

Just thought of circulating it:

A full scholarship (full fees plus maintenance and travel) funded through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme is available for applicants to the MSc in Climate Change and Development programme for entry October 2011.

Note: Potential applicants must undertake the following process in the order stated.

1.    Check their eligibility for the award (see criteria below)

2.    Submit an application for the MSc in Climate Change… Continue

Added by Albert A Arhin on March 1, 2011 at 4:39am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good evening from this side of the planet!


It is the 25th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution—the people power revolution that overthrew the dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos—as I write this note. Completely attuned to the celebratory mood of this special event, I hereby greet my fellow Filipinos a Happy Anniversary to our People Power Revolution!


As I’ve been saying these couples of years in my…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 28, 2011 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Kurdish struggle: End of a cease-fire in Turkey

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ends the six-month cease-fire in a statement published on its news agency, Firat. The statement blames intransigence on the part of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for the decision.

The PKK had said it would hold the cease-fire until June, the month in which Turkey is to hold general elections. Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization. The group has been fighting a war in Turkey since 1984,…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 28, 2011 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Help is needed for IDPs in Cote d'Ivoire.

Hello all! Hope all is well!

This is an informal post, but I am hoping those of you with UN or other IDP agency contacts will heed these words and help to get rapid assistance for the IDPs living in Cote d'Ivoire. I am currently living in Abidjan and have been watching as civil war is breaking out all around me.

There are an estimated at least 30,000 newly displaced persons within Abidjan alone right now (and thousands upon thousands more across the country), because of… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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