Jonathan Barsness's Blog (13)

“Cambodia: Country of Scars” – A Powerful Documentary about Life After Pol Pot

Watch the video here: “Cambodia: Country of Scars” – Link TV


Few political regimes have been as brutal, repressive, and murderous over the past hundred years as that of Pol Pot’s Communist Party in Cambodia during the late 1970s. From 1976 to 1979, Pol Pot aggressively imposed an agrarian socialism in which Cambodia’s urban citizens were relocated to the…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on August 26, 2012 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Education in Iraq: A Small Step Forward

Watch the video here: "Post-Conflict Education in Iraq" – ViewChange


Following years of war and disrepair, an unacceptably high number of Iraq’s schools are struggling to provide young Iraqis with a safe place to receive an education and further their academic and…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on August 19, 2012 at 9:55pm — No Comments

UNICEF, the Special Olympics and PeaceMedia

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UNICEF and Special Olympics – UNICEF


As the 2012 Olympic Games come to an end in London, it is good time to celebrate the competitive spirit of the games – a spirit rooted in sportsmanship, respect for fellow competitors, and fair play. It is also a good time to recognize similar events that have shared this spirit and provided an…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on August 12, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Burundi: When a Grenade Costs as Much as a Beer, There’s an Arms Control Problem

"Shooting Poverty: Bang for Your Buck" by Control Arms Alliance

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An abundance of weapons makes the world infinitely more unstable and dangerous. But what is to be done when entire communities are saturated by an influx of weapons during a civil war? What do families and individuals do to…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on August 4, 2012 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Bomb Squad Rats: Innovative Approaches to Post-Conflict Demining Efforts

Watch the video here: "Africa: Bomb Squad Rats" ViewChange 


The pervasive and indiscriminate use of landmines throughout the world has continued to plague civilians living in post-conflict environments. Frequently maiming, disfiguring, and killing unsuspecting victims, landmines have also contributed to economic difficulties by rendering large segments of land unusable to…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on July 28, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Doing The Thing You Love With People You’re Not Supposed To Like - SOUR

In the buildup to the 2012 Olympic games in London, many within the peace studies and conflict resolution community continue to examine the role of sport in peacebuilding. Organizations like, PeaceandSport, as well as branches of the United Nations and the…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on July 22, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mexico: Political Controversy, Fighting Misperceptions, and Unity through Music

“Mexico Lindo y Querido: Music from Playing for Change” – Vimeo & the U.S. Institute of Peace


With the growing controversy surrounding Mexico’s recent presidential election, there is much discussion over the legitimacy of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s victory. But there are also larger questions regarding how Peña Nieto’s party, the Institutional…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on July 10, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Arms for Arms – A Unique Video about Transforming Weapons into Prosthetic Limbs

“Arms for Arms” – U.N. in Action


As the fields of conflict resolution, international development, and related sectors of humanitarian work continue to grow and interlink, the need for innovative approaches to solving problems will – and must – increase as well. Evidence of such innovations have taken the form of using cell phones to aid in global health initiatives, new…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on July 1, 2012 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

In what is becoming increasingly clear, persistent violence and upheaval in Syria is spilling over its borders and affecting neighboring countries. Most recently, Syrian forces have allegedly shot down a Turkish jet, exacerbating tensions between Damascus and Ankara. Moreover, weapons, medical, and food supplies continue to be smuggled into Syria from all sides of its border. Though important, these issues often overshadow the human cost of the brutal civil war in Syria. The video below,…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on June 27, 2012 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

Reinterpreting Terrorism

Mia Bloom - “Seeing the New Face of Terrorism”


Much of the conventional wisdom emanating from US-based media outlets suggests that terrorism is on the rise. Post-9/11 fears of Islamic fundamentalism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber attacks are often linked to the possibility of a small group of terrorists carrying out an…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on June 15, 2012 at 5:31pm — 4 Comments

Syria: Urgency, Inaction, and Options

“Tell First Lady Asma al-Assad to Stand up for Human Rights in Syria” – Amnesty International


For more than a year, Syria has endured increasing levels of violence, repression, and conflict. In recent weeks this trend has taken a disturbing turn with…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on June 10, 2012 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Reflections on PeaceMedia and Women’s Empowerment in Zambia – A Video Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Watch the video here: “Where the Water Meets the Sky” -


Written by Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins) and narrated by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, “Where the Water Meets the Sky” tells the inspiring story of a group of women in a remote region of Northern Zambia who achieve the unimaginable: they learn how to make a film as a way to speak…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on May 13, 2012 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and PeaceMedia

As Egypt prepares for presidential elections in May 2012, it is worth reflecting upon the country’s remarkable transition from semi-authoritarianism to democracy. Egyptian protesters defied government orders and filled the streets to express a wide range of grievances, including a lack of free elections, police brutality, rampant corruption, economic stagnation and high unemployment, as well as the primary demand that Hosni Mubarak relinquish power and end his 30-year stint as…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on April 19, 2012 at 10:13pm — 2 Comments

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