All Blog Posts Tagged 'reform' (34)

Egyptian spectator ban: flashpoint for conflict and statement of weakness

By James M. Dorsey

An Egyptian Cabinet decision to end the suspension of professional soccer in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and security forces. The decision against the backdrop of mounting evidence that Egyptian general-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has no apparent intention of easing repression implicitly acknowledges the role of fans in continued widespread opposition to his…


Added by James M Dorsey on February 27, 2015 at 12:50am — No Comments

Soccer deaths renews spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces

By James M. Dorsey

A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt’s unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what precisely happened and how many fans died.

Amid security forces holding fans and fans holding police responsible and conflicting assertions of the number of people who died…


Added by James M Dorsey on February 15, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Future of Afghan Policing

From the U.S. Institute of Peace. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Scott Smith

As President Obama was outlining his plans to leave almost 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year to train…


Added by Viola Gienger on May 30, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments


By Beverly Bell and Tory Field

September 9, 2013

At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, minerals, oil, gas, biodiversity, knowledge (otherwise known as intellectual property), rights, and autonomy. Stacked against all these are extraction, “development,” and profit by Honduran and international business, with backing from the Honduran government and US military aid. Rio Blanco, a Lenca indigenous community of 400 families,…


Added by Other Worlds on September 9, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments


 By Beverly Bell and Tory Field

Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.

            The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the…


Added by Other Worlds on September 6, 2013 at 3:23pm — No Comments



By Beverly Bell and Tory Field

COPINH members on a piece of their ancestral land to which they had just won title. Photo: Oscar Andrade.


“Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra]…


Added by Other Worlds on August 29, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell


A Garífuna ceremony on lands stolen by organized crime networks in Honduras. Courtesy of OFRANEH.


Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal…


Added by Other Worlds on August 26, 2013 at 10:34am — 4 Comments

We Don’t Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras


By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Co-authored by Lauren Elliott


Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series


Consuelo Castillo and son in their land reform…


Added by Other Worlds on August 15, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series

In a land reform encampment in Brazil, where families hope to win title to unused land. Photo: Andy Lin.

As a key determinant of who has…


Added by Other Worlds on August 7, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Garifuna People of Honduras Launch Land Recovery Campaign




Stephen Bartlett

Coordinator for Education and Advocacy/Latin America Liaison

Agricultural Missions

(502) 896-9171 


Garifuna People of Honduras Launch Land Recovery Campaign

Campaign Opposes Land Grabs of Traditional Territories in Honduras by Elites and Foreign…


Added by Other Worlds on August 23, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Friday’s Poetic Pause: “Paper Over People”

Once in a while someone will say something to you that perfectly encapsulates what you’ve been trying to convey, only in a more concise, elegant or articulate way. @Semhar Araia, founder of the Diaspora African Women’s Network did that for me in a conversation recently, and her brilliant summary has stayed with me over the last few weeks, resulting in this poem last night.

I dedicate it to her and the…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 11, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

BIRTHING JUSTICE: Our Hope is in Our Struggle – Reclaiming Land and Life in Honduras

By Beverly Bell and Lauren Elliott

April 30, 2012


Welcome to Birthing Justice: Women Creating Economic and Social Alternatives. The series features twelve alternative social and economic models which expand the possibilities for justice, equity, and strong community. They are based in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Some are national-level, some global-level. Some are propelled by people’s movements, some forced or adopted into…


Added by Other Worlds on April 30, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Peace X Peace Forums: Political and Religious Reform Needed

Peace X Peace Forums: Women and the Arab Spring

Welcome to the first Peace X Peace Forum! These forums, which we hope to host regularly, will take on pressing issues in the world of peacebuilding and gender. This time, we have gathered women from around the Middle East – from Egypt to Tunisia and beyond – to discuss how women have influenced the Arab Spring, and the impact it has had on them. We hope you enjoy this discussion and…


Added by Caroline Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

This Week in the World of Conflict... February 6th-13th, 2012.

  • The UN conference on trade and development (UNCTAD) secretary-general published a report on Tuesday that called for fundamental reform of the global financial system that would be of benefit to the global poor. The report will act as the theme for the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar in April.
  • An Online Dispute Resolution…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 13, 2012 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Can allies help Palestinians to reform aid? How?

Dalia Association, Palestine’s first and only community foundation, recently launched an advocacy campaign to address the issues facing grassroots civil society as recipients of international aid in Palestine. Nora Lester Murad, Dalia’s founder and former executive director, shares the organization’s progress and the questions they face going forward.


We at Dalia Association in Palestine have an…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 19, 2011 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

You Might Be Teaching Peace If....

If you've taught K-12, you've been there. A new mandate to plan for. A new test to scantron. Another inservice that may or may not be led by someone who has taught K-12 in the past decade. (Those who run these teacher trainings who have not taught run the risk of getting eaten alive.)

And they want us to "teach peace" too? They want us to seriously be responsible for the moral, social development of students we see 45 minutes a day on a good week? A week without fights, assemblies,… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Practice note on conflict sensitive land policy and land reform


This practice note explains the importance of using a conflict-sensitive approach to land policy and land governance in conflict-prone or conflict- affected contexts. It offers guidelines and principles on how…


Added by Joost van der Zwan on May 11, 2011 at 11:29am — 6 Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Pakistan's Deep State after Osama Bin Laden

Pakistan’s Deep State – After OBL

By AA Khalid

America Gets Closure

The Deep State in Pakistan received a shock and a major blow with the death of Bin Laden. Under the noses of the Army and Intelligence services the world’s most wanted man resided in idyllic tranquillity, whilst…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on May 5, 2011 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Remembering George Harrison on the road to Busan

After sharing some development practitioners’ honest remarks on aid, Africa, corruption and colonialism last week, I thought I would also share key points made in a session hosted by Oxfam that I attended at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings’ Civil Society Policy Forum on April 15th. Entitled “The Road to Busan: Ensuring Citizens Drive Their Own…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 25, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

World Bank and IMF, Don’t Just Develop Capacity – Unleash It

The World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings start this week. My colleague, Tom Grubisich and I have put together a panel during the Civil Society Policy Forum entitled, "Winds of Change: Will it bring a new development paradigm?" It will take place on Friday, April 15th at 2pm EST (6pm GMT). The session overview, webcast links, and bios of participants (an exciting group if I do say so!) are featured below.

A livestream… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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