All Blog Posts Tagged 'violence' (277)

Reflections about the Dam Burst in Brazil and the (in)Visibility of Structural Violence

(This post was originally published at my blog, Peace Reflections. I am reproducing it here because I think the topic has not been given as much space in the international media as it should)

About three weeks ago, on November 5, a dam burst in the district of Mariana, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In a…


Added by Roberta Holanda Maschietto on November 26, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Op-ed on Paris Aftermath: I’m a Muslim — ask me about Islam.

The Boston Globe published an article I wrote about some of my thoughts as a Muslim-American regarding the recent events of terrorism and their aftermath. Please read and share so that this kind of perspective may be better known and understood amid the present public discourse around Islam, the West, and terrorism.…


Added by Saadia Ahmad on November 23, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Resolutionary Diaries #2

Meet Padre (Father) Vilson Groh. Padre Vilson lives and works in the community of Mont Serrat which is located in the hills overlooking the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.  Padre Vilson is the embodiment of a true resolutionary - one of the discernable characteristics being that there is always a line…


Added by Janet Lynn Murdock on November 19, 2015 at 7:08am — No Comments

TransConflict - September 2015 Review

Dear All

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during July, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…


Added by TransConflict on October 1, 2015 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes

By James M. Dorsey

The rise of Islamic State (IS) beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq over the past one year has drawn comparison with the spread of communism more than a century ago. It has also pitted proponents of kinetic realpolitik seeking military defeat of the extremist against supporters of the notion that jihadism poses primarily an ideational threat.

However both schools of the debate focus on the violent nature of the threat and ways to neutralise it rather than on…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 30, 2015 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

The thirteenth GCCT newsletter

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present the thirteenth edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by visiting:…


Added by TransConflict on September 17, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

What Planet Does He Live On? Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 4.

What Planet Does He Live On? Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 4.


Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on July 14, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes

By James M. Dorsey

European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to tackle the country’s structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars.

The regret could apply to any number of failures to tackle root problems that have prompted lone wolves to strike fear in major European cities, at tourist…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 29, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 1.

The postulates and prophesies of the impressively credentialed psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, formerly at MIT and now at Harvard, appear to be everywhere. He is a darling of the New York Times and endless variations on his ex cathedra pronouncements concerning a purported global decline in violence echo across the media. Violence, he intones repeatedly, “has been…


Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on June 19, 2015 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

By James M. Dorsey

It’s almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

The limited impact of the airstrikes and Iraqi ground operations raises the spectre of a longer term existence of a disruptive entity in the…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 14, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

By James M. Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism. In fact, the history of political violence mitigates in favour of recognizing it as a reflection of deep-seated social, economic and political problems -- rather than demonising it through terms like terrorism or evil.



Added by James M Dorsey on April 27, 2015 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Transconflict Eleventh Edition Newsletter

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present the eleventh edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by visiting: We very…


Added by Ibrahim Bahati on March 23, 2015 at 4:15am — No Comments

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Added by TransConflict on February 20, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments


An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II

By Beverly Bell

Jackson Doliscar organizing earthquake-displaced people to claim their right to housing. His work almost cost him his life. Photo: Ed Kashi, American Jewish World…


Added by Other Worlds on January 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Afghanistan: Taliban in Transition?

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here

By Colin Cookman

During the year of “transition” in Afghanistan in 2014, attention was focused on whether or not the government would survive. The greatest threat was not…


Added by Viola Gienger on January 14, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Nigeria Attacks Flare, Highlighting Fragility Before Elections

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here

By Viola Gienger

A recent flare of attacks in northern Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram…


Added by Viola Gienger on January 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

School shootings and lone wolf attacks: What’s the difference?

By James M. Dorsey

A recent school shooting in the US state of Washington and a lone wolf’s assault on the Canadian parliament in Ottawa are but two of the latest headline-grabbing incidents of home-grown violence. One had nothing to do with politics, the other is classified as a terrorist attack perpetrated by a jihadist Muslim.

Yet, both involved troubled young men groping with personal problems and demons. Their actions are in many mays ways cries of desperation in the…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 3, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments

Egyptian campuses and soccer emerge as flashpoint in resistance to President Al Sisi

By James M. Dorsey

Soccer fans exploiting stadia as contested public space emerged more than three years ago as a key force in anti-government protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and opposition to subsequent military rule. With stadia closed to spectators for much of the period since then, protesting students backed by militant football fans have turned university campuses into the new stadia with hundreds detained and scores killed. Theirs is a battle for public…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 28, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: What Did It Achieve?

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Delphine Djiraibe, Jok Madut Jok, Arif Elsaui Omer, Franklin Oduro, Daud Osman…


Added by Viola Gienger on October 10, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Stepping away from the Poisoned Buffet

Do we have the courage to stop being consumers of violence? 

We are consumers of violence. We have so over-consumed violence that we hardly recognize what we are consuming anymore. It is time to step away from the poisoned buffet.

Our culture offers us as…


Added by Dr. Samuel Mahaffy on October 3, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

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