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Lost in Translation.

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…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 15, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Violence spreads like a disease By Josh Gryniewich

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…


Added by Joel Gabri on August 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Twitter Chat For ADR Professionals

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,…


Added by Jeff Thompson on August 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Libyan rebels seek to project image of unity as they advance on Tripoli

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…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 15, 2011 at 6:12am — No Comments


Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei

Tragedies have befallen the people of Somalia. They need every assistance at this moment to survive. A cup of water, a piece of bread, a quiet environment (silencing the guns) can save a life today in Somalia. What is happening in that East African Nation can happen anywhere, and most of us in other parts of the world have experienced the same tragedies, but with different magnitudes.

We are all aware that humanity is… Continue

Added by Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei on August 15, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

A very good news had sprouted from out of my beloved country the Philippines, concerning the cure to dengue. Among the perennial epidemics in the country, dengue had killed too many to count for nigh centuries already, and continues to make sweeping attacks in both urban and rural areas.

The pepper variety is no other than the black pepper that we commonly use as condiment. Extracts of the black pepper can…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 15, 2011 at 1:18am — No Comments

Healing Our World from the Inside Out- Seattle 2 day workshop Sept 17/18 on Compassionate Listening

Seats still remain for this powerful and inspiring workshop on Compassionate Listening: develop essential practices for any peacebuilder. You will enhance your own skills and learn exercises and techniques that will enrich your work with others. Learn more:… Continue

Added by Susan Partnow on August 14, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Falk Yes! What 1970's TV Detective Columbo can teach us about mediation.

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…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 14, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

Trailer for Documentary about women and peace in Indonesia

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…


Added by Sue Useem on August 14, 2011 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

workshop on conflict transformation and peace building kickoff in south sudan/juba

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…


Added by Grace John kenyi on August 14, 2011 at 5:02am — 1 Comment

Syria fuels schism between Sunnis and Shiites

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…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 13, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Sardar Attique President Muslim Conference Deep Concern Over Ethnic Riots

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…


Added by Muhammad Tahir Tabassum on August 13, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Demagogues use homophobia to advance political agenda


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…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 13, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Unique New York: The Mosaic Man

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…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 13, 2011 at 9:39am — 5 Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

We have a new alarming development concerning malaria spread. Gorillas and monkeys might just happen to be the dreaded carriers of the disease, a news that could cause chagrin on the legendary Tarzan.

This analyst has no fondness for Tarzan philosophy, but is more focused on highlighting risks to communities caused by a diversity of factors such as diseases. Being a development worker for long, I contracted…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 13, 2011 at 1:04am — No Comments

Resilience and Adaptivity: Local Communities Globally Networked

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

Participation: Reality or the Promised Land? A View from South Sudan

In response to an earlier post on, “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…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 12, 2011 at 5:22pm — 6 Comments

War Tax Resistance Today - 2nd in series

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.

Added by National War Tax Resistance on August 12, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Peace & Security Report - 08/12/2011

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…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on August 12, 2011 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

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