Rebecca Sargent's Blog Posts Tagged 'UN' (23)

This Week in the World of Conflict... December 6th-12th, 2011.

  • Global Witness announced that it had left the Kimberley Process, an international diamond regulatory group, because it refused to address links between diamonds, violence and tyranny. Even if these certification schemes manage to address problems at mines, in many cases, the materials must pass roadblocks and pay “taxes” that directly line the pockets of warlords.
  • The United…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 12, 2011 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Interesting Links

Here are some interesting links I came across this week:

  • For those of you in the academic world who haven’t heard of this free citation service, Zotero, check it out. Makes collaboration, citation and organizing your sources much easier.
  • In the face of the recent attention afforded to the London riots, this view is…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 15, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

The over-simplified narrative of the Somali famine.

The recent attention afforded to the Somali famine has mostly infuriated me. It’s not because I don’t care about those who are starving, quite the contrary; it’s more that I am infuriated with the way that the crisis is being painted in the media. For example:

The way it is so constantly referred to as a “natural disaster”, the result of drought or climate change, or some other ecological problem, as opposed to being a…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 2, 2011 at 8:29pm — 13 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

Is peace a possibility for Cote D’Ivoire in 2011? Part 1.

This past month or so has been a particularly stressful one for me. I have been living in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for most of the past year and have watched as the country has been sinking deeper and deeper into

violence and intense propaganda. Sadly, I’ve found I no longer believe a word I read in both local and international news, as I have read “news” that is in direct contrast to what I have seen and heard with my own

eyes and ears. The stories seem to be escalating the…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 2, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Something’s rotten in the state of Cote D’Ivoire…

Something didn't sit right with me while watching this second round of the Presidential vote here in Cote D'Ivoire. The international community…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… November 27th- December 3rd, 2010

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 4, 2010 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

International community’s response to the Ivorian situation.

I have no access to foreign tv news and radio at the moment, as it has been cut off through the government in an attempt to stop what is being termed “illegal” announcements of a Presidential winner. I have

been trawling the internet searching for the international response to

the current situation trying to gauge international opinion and what

information is being released where.



The election happened last Sunday, and since then things have gone…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 3, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… September 25th-October 1st, 2010

For a comprehensive summary of conflicts in the world for the week of September 25th- October 1st, 2010, visit http://apeaceofconflict.com/2010/10/02/this-week-in-conflict-september-25th-october-1st-2010/.


Added by Rebecca Sargent on October 1, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... September 17th-24th, 2010.

For a comprehensive summary of conflicts in the world for the week of September 17th-24th, 2010, visit http://apeaceofconflict.com/2010/09/25/this-week-in-conflict-september-17th-24th-2010/.

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 24, 2010 at 5:25pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… September 11- 17th, 2010

World

  • The UN will be having its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in New York city from the 20th to the 22nd of September. They are looking to accelerate the progress towards the MDGs by 2015, review successes, best practices and lessons learned, obstacles and gaps, challenges and opportunities to lead to more “concrete strategies of action”.
  • A new…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 17, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… August 21st-27th, 2010.

Find out what's going on in the world of conflict each week.
August 21-27th, 2010 post available here:
http://apeaceofconflict.com/2010/08/29/this-week-in-conflict-august-21st-27th-2010/

Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 28, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… August 14th-20th, 2010

World

  • The New Economics Foundation found that the earth is using up resources faster than ever. The study monitors nature’s capital and concluded that this year the earth was using up its own natural

    resources to support itself a full month earlier than in the previous

    year.
  • August 19th was World Humanitarian Day. The…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 20, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

This week in conflict...

This week in conflict...

World

  • The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has recently launched its Multidimensional

    Poverty Index (MPI),
    a new way to measure poverty in the world. The MPI expands on the previous Human Development Index (HDI) and includes 10 indicators of health (child mortality and nutrition), education (years of schooling and child enrollment) and standard of…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 6, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

This week in conflict...

I decided to start a new type of post on a Peace of Conflict reviewing conflict situations in the world on a somewhat weekly basis. I figured, I read this stuff every week anyway-- I might as well share it with readers in condensed form.



Here's some of what's happening in the world of conflict this week:



World

  • The UN General Assembly voted to recognize the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation in a…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on July 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

What to do about blood minerals in the DR Congo.

I have may have spoken too hastily in the past regarding conflict resources in the DR Congo. My rage at the inherent abuse led me to think that boycotting and protesting companies was perhaps the best way to go. I realize now, that I was wrong. This is the wrong approach.



Over the past six years, I have delved into this subject more than any other and have even gone so far as to ban all products for my personal use if I didn't know EXACTLY where they came from and what…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Freedom Flotilla and Israeli rights of self-defense

So, in the past I have neglected to write directly on Israeli/Palestinian issues because of the overwhelming hatred and backlash that seems to follow anything that is written on the subject and the claims of bias, antisemitism, brainwashing or worse. I feel now, however, that I should write something, since the "facts" I keep reading are often ludicrous and so shrouded in propaganda that I'm frustrated beyond belief and…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Part I: Summary of Human Rights Watch- World Report 2010

Human Rights Watch recently released their latest Human Rights Watch Report for 2010.



As I read through the list of countries profiled in the report, I found myself disappointed that Canada, the UK, Australia or any Western European countries had not made…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 30, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The DR Congo, MONUC and Joseph Kabila.

MONUC, the UN's mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will sadly soon be coming near an end, even though the country is arguably home to the most deadly and violent humanitarian crisis the world has ever seen.In December, the UN extended their mission another couple of months until…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 21, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

UN International Day of Peace

You may not know it, but today is Peace Day. A 24 hour “platform for life-saving activities around the world and an opportunity for individuals… to become involved in the peace process” created by Jeremy Gilley.



192 member states of the United Nations have since unanimously adopted this day as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Whether they will respect this ceasefire and how long the respect will last is hard to discern, we can only hope for the best and work at our… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 21, 2009 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

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