Rebecca Sargent's Blog (195)

Thoughts on violent revolution, anarchism and social change…

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought it was time for a good old fashioned rant... J

Though I have a lot of friends who consider themselves anarchists, it’s a philosophy that I’ve never fully been able to agree with in any real sense. I often find myself in great debates over the practicality or some underlying, glaring contradictions that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. It’s not that I don’t see the problems with the way the world is currently being run, nor that I am…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on July 9, 2012 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Violent encounters with random strangers…

This morning on the way to work, I came across a situation and was left thinking of what responses were possible.

An obviously drunk man of about 30 carrying an open tall can of beer in his hand came up to a younger (maybe 16-18 year old) boy and started belligerently berating him on the subway in between stops. He threatened the boy that he would find and later kill him. That revenge is sweet. All sorts of angry banter. The boy sat quietly, looking down at his phone, earphones in,…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on May 7, 2012 at 10:37pm — 10 Comments

A new direction

During the last two years, I have truly enjoyed writing my This Week in Conflict reports, but alas, the time has come for me to take an extended, and perhaps permanent, break from it.

My goal for the reports was to learn more about what was going on in some of the more obscure conflicts on our planet and try to share that news in the most concise way. The real challenge I found was trying to get at the reality of the situation via news reports, to verify the content. One thing I found…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on April 21, 2012 at 12:38am — No Comments

This Week in the World in Conflict... March 12th-19th, 2012.

  • A new Oxford University study has found that a beta-blocker drug may possibly reduce “subconscious” racism. The drug is thought to work by clocking activation of the peripheral autonomic nervous system and in areas of the brain involved with formulating emotional responses, including fear.
  • The Transitional Justice Institute…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 20, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas... March 8th-15th, 2012.

  • A key player in the 2011 Conservative party campaign for Guelph is refusing to answer more questions, on the advice of his lawyer, from Elections Canada investigators probing fraudulent robo-calls in the riding during the last election that allegedly misled voters. In an extremely rare move, the Conservative…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 15, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments

This Week in Asian Conflict... March 7th-14th, 2012.

  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a new report discussing the threat of the terrorist group Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) in South Asia. The report suggests that the group is the second most dangerous terrorist group in the region, after al-Qaeda.
  • The United States named…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 14, 2012 at 7:56pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... March 6th-13th, 2012.

  • A new American initiative to improve the notoriously poor LGBT rights in sub-Saharan Africa is reportedly inspiring a large backlash. Sub-Saharan Africa is marked by widespread homophobia as well as chronic dependence on foreign aid, in particular from the US, and the idea that the two issues might now be linked seems…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 13, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

This Week in the World of Conflict... March 5th-12th, 2012.

  • Brandeis University in Massachusetts is offering a Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict with several scholarship opportunities. The program is geared towards professionals.
  • The Summer Peacebuilding Institute in Harrisonburg, Virginia is still open for the 2012 year. The institute offers courses in development, humanitarian assistance,…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 12, 2012 at 6:03pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict... March 3rd-10th, 2012.

  • The European Union pulled a TV ad from circulation and apologized after many considered it racist. The ad featured several non-Western martial artists who confront a white brunette (symbolizing Europe) with weaponry and ends with her surrounding them.
  • President Lukashenka of Belarus…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 11, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

This Week in Middle Eastern Conflict... March 2nd-March 9th, 2012.

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 11, 2012 at 9:57am — No Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas... March 1st-8th, 2012.

  • President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina sought negotiations with the UK to establish several weekly flights from Buenos Aires to the Falkland Islands on Thursday, a move the Islands’ legislative chairman says is “about as likely as the Falklands Air Service landing flights on the moon”.
  • The independent federal elections agency in…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 10, 2012 at 7:46pm — No Comments

This Week in Asian Conflict… February 29th- March 7th, 2012.

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 10, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

That need to do “something”. #StopKony criticism.

Dear readers,

I will be filling in some more links and sources tomorrow afternoon-- but I wanted to get this out there while the discussion is still raging.

I will mark any changes under the article.

Also, a reminder that the This Week in Conflict reports will come all together on the weekend and resume their regular schedule next week.

Peace!

-- Rebecca

When conflict or…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 9, 2012 at 4:47am — 8 Comments

This Week in African Conflict... February 28th-March 6th, 2012.

  • A lawyers group claim that police arrested a carpenter on Wednesday who questioned whether Zimbabwe’s President still had the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday celebrations, under a law making it an offense to insult the President.
  • The top UN envoy to Libya expressed…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 6, 2012 at 9:09pm — No Comments

This Week in the World in Conflict... February 27th-March 5th, 2012.

  • The UN-mandate University for Peace’s Centre for Executive Education is offering an online course on Skills for Effective Negotiations starting March 15th.
  • The Center on International Cooperation completed its Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2012, covering both UN and non-UN peace…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 5, 2012 at 7:54pm — No Comments

This Week in European Conflict… February 25th-March 3, 2012.

  • European Union leaders confirmed that Herman Van Rompuy will serve a second term as President of the European Council on Thursday. Van Rompuy has served as the President since December 2009.
  • A remote-controlled bomb injured 15 police officers and…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 3, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

This Week in Middle Eastern Conflict... February 24th-March 2nd, 2012.

  • At least 28 people were reportedly killed in clashes on Saturday between government troops and opposition forces in Syria as the Red Cross continued efforts to evacuate civilians from the city of Homs; while at least 89 people were reportedly killed nationwide. On Sunday, the ICRC said that…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 2, 2012 at 10:45pm — No Comments

This Week in Conflict in the Americas... February 23rd-March 1st, 2012.

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 1, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

This Week in Asian Conflict... February 22nd-29th, 2012.

  • US Secretary of State Clinton announced she had a “constructive discussion” of common concerns with her counterpart in Pakistan on Thursday; new details about American drone strikes were revealed by Reuters; Pakistani jets…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 29, 2012 at 8:54pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... February 21st-28th, 2012.

  • Experts say the increasing trend of illicit financial flows are posing a great threat to Africa’s fragile growth as they pump back more dollars to developed countries than those send to poor African states.
  • The Open Society Media Program released background papers earlier this month on Mapping Digital…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2012 at 8:07pm — No Comments

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