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seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Race, Class and Transformation in South Africa - Sehlare Makgetlaneng - Pambazuka

Race, class and transformation in South Africa

Sehlare Makgetlaneng


How can the race question not be one of the key issues of concern for those who are for a better life for all South Africans? asks Sehlare Makgetlaneng.

There has been a dialectical and organic link between the class question and the race question in South Africa from the period since the inception of capitalism to the present post-settler colonial era of the country. Capitalism since its…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on July 2, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Science for Peace: The Conflictology Studies and Research Centre, CREC, IN3-UOC (Open University of Catalonia)



CREC, a multidisciplinary catalonian research center of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) is developing research scientific strategies to explore human conflicts using from biology, genetics, social sciences as a tool, all…


Added by Xaro Sánchez on July 2, 2011 at 4:12am — 10 Comments

Progress on the new website

we have been working on changing the name of our project from Leeds Pyramid to the Earth Pyramid for about 6 months now and things are going well. The University of Bradford has taken on the challenge of creating a video that hopes to explain the venture in a way that makes its aims easily understood and the whole process has been a great experience.We are honoured that Archbishop Tutu has kindly agreed to participate and along with the other contributors it should make for a fascinating…


Added by Stephen Ward on July 1, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from the boondocks west of Manila!


Below are update studies and reports done regarding health. The greater focus on the materials is reproductive health. This has great relevance for the Philippines in particular, where reproductive health has been a raging public policy issue for some time now.


There is so much…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 1, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

This Week in Middle Eastern Conflict... June 24th-30th, 2011.

  • A court in Oman sentenced 55 people to prison on Tuesday for taking part in protests demanding jobs. The accused were found guilty of offences including robbery, unlawful gathering, and vanalising government departments. The protests happened between March and May.
  • Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on July 1, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Thoughts on Peace – Reflections from the Newark Peace Summit: Peace and Gender

What type of person comes to your mind when you hear the following words?: “Criminal, Tyrant, Murderer, Terrorist, Rapist.”

How about these words?: “Leader, Politician, Dictator, President, Ambassador.”

Chances are, you most likely pictured some sort of man when you read these words. What is the meaning of this? Of course, this does not mean that all men should be labeled with these terms. However, as several of the speakers at the Newark Peace Education…


Added by Colby Jeffers on July 1, 2011 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Insight on Conflict Newsletter - July 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… Continue

Added by Joel Gabri on July 1, 2011 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Peace & Security Report - 07/01/2011

In this week’s PSR:  Hello from Bologna; Somali Refugees in Kenya; Bombs in Nigeria; Rwandan genocide conviction; Bashir in China; Mexico kidnappings; Peru protests successful; Uruguay human rights investigation; Thailand/Cambodia border tensions; Malaysian crackdown; Universities in North Korea close; Philippines peace talks on hold; Ngorno Karabakh failed agreement; U.S. human trafficking list; Ukraine former PM on trial; Egyptian protests;…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on July 1, 2011 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

USA and Iran: Pride and Prejudice

USA and Iran: Pride and prejudice.


The most frequent question to me during my three visits to Iran was: How can we convince the West that our country is not going to produce nuclear weapons? The question I hear in Europe and USA is:  When will Iran have nuclear weapons? There seems to be a need for a dialogue. No one wants a war. It might still happen and may escalate into a nuclear genocide.


Iran's nuclear program -…


Added by Gunnar Westberg on July 1, 2011 at 2:52am — 1 Comment

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Land 'investment' deals in Africa: Say 'no way' - Pambazuka

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Food insecurity, loss of food sovereignty, the displacement of small farmers, conflict, environmental devastation, water loss, and the further impoverishment and political instability of African nations – these are among the consequences of…

Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on July 1, 2011 at 1:41am — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji -- Slaves are the Same - Prof. Shubha Tiwari

The Universality of The Colonial Experience

of Different Parts of the World


'Erstwhile colonies of the world unite!' sounds a loud call. Nevertheless, the loudness of the call does not undermine its…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on July 1, 2011 at 12:44am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Good day from Manila!

Below are some updates on development efforts being done in Central Asia. A region most of whose states used to be part of the Soviet Union, Central Asia had lagged behind other regions of the continent after the…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 30, 2011 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Peacebuilding and Functional Medicine: An Isomorphism

I was in Los Angeles this past weekend for the 50th reunion (!) of my North Hollywood High School class of 1961. Classmate Jack recounted how, about 10 years ago, he phased out of his general surgery practice and into the field of functional medicine. It was as if he’d worked himself out of a job in surgery as he’d begun treating his surgical patients à la functional medicine and found that in so many cases they no longer needed surgery.

It dawned on me that functional…


Added by Mike Abkin on June 30, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas... June 23rd-29th, 2011.

Special thanks to Michael Southcott for his submissions.


Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 30, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Documentary on Benghazi

This Colombo-European documentary team is pursuing a great story:

Added by Gerard Martin on June 30, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments

somaliaTogether we must fight piracy

somaliaTogether we must fight piracy

By Lene Espersen, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs.


The fight against piracy can’t be underestimated. Piracy is a breach to the most fundamental principles of the modern civilization. In the worst hit areas off the Horn of Africa no seafarers – be it on a merchant ship or even a yacht – can be safe at sea.


Today more than 600 seafarers are being kept as hostages by Somali pirates. They are all innocent…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on June 30, 2011 at 9:47am — No Comments

Conflict Commandos?

I thought the following would be of interest to the readers of this blog.  Good points are raised, and although I might not agree with all of it the points and suggestions, the value is in, at the very least, the discussion of creating such a unit of commandos as part of the military.


The proposed unit reminds me of how it would be similar work to what I do with the NYPD as part of the Community Affairs Bureau- communication and community specialists using communication to…

Added by Jeff Thompson on June 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

A study on emphatic communication on female inmates


Am finishing my study on female inmates facing drug related cases.  Its core relates on emphatic communication being practiced in  female jails.



Any resourceful websites and reading materials on this topic as well as comments and ideas  in my study will be very helpful.



Mindanao, Philippines

Added by DR. ROLANDO Z. GANAC on June 30, 2011 at 5:57am — 1 Comment

Should the IDF (or any Military) Create a Conflict Resolution Commando Unit?

My latest is an out-of-the-box piece co-written with Andrea Bartoli (Director of the S-CAR at GMU) which asks:

"Imagine back in 2010 if instead of masked men with guns, trained for intense warfare at sea, boarding a ship in the dead of night, the IDF had dispatched an elite unit of conflict resolution specialists. Could the tragedy at sea been averted?" …


Added by Roi Ben-Yehuda on June 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

This Week in Asian Conflict... June 22nd-28th, 2011.

Special thanks to Michael Southcott for his submissions this week!

  • On Friday, suspected insurgents killed two civilians  and wounded another four in a triple bombing attack in Thailand, near the Malaysian border. Thailand faces an election July 3rd, in a vote that the opposition…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 29, 2011 at 3:50pm — No Comments

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