February 2008 Blog Posts (26)



This lady has been up to many things lately. covering the peace talks between Uganda and LRA rebels in Juba then back to Kampala. I moved up north to Gulu to cover resettlement stories.

My stay in Juba was short but fruitful.

Kids born in to fighters at Laroo school for war… Continue

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on February 29, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

CALL FOR PAPERS: Africa Policy Watch


Your views could make a difference. Share

your ideas with others on African policies and

government programs.

The Center for African Affairs and Global Peace

(CAAGLOP) is currently seeking submissions for

the March 2008 issue of its quarterly journal

Africa Policy Watch.

Africa Policy Watch features papers on conflict,

arms trade, terrorism, democracy, women, youth,

children, governance, economy, banking,… Continue

Added by Victor Bassey on February 29, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

Can the European Union become a peace-maker in the world? In Kosovo?

1. New EU mission in Kosovo is a violation of the UN and international law

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso recently said that the new EU mission in Kosovo mission, dubbed EULEX, is not illegal, 'because UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has not opposed it' - and continued 'The EU mission is not contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the international law.'

Strangely, EU's President has to defend his Union against critics who maintain that its… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on February 29, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Challenging the International Criminal Court (ICC) by using Traditional form of Justice : "Mato Oput" case in Uganda

By. Dr. Joseph Yav Katshung


Very often, when a country wishes to move from war to peace, various options may be tried, including trials in an international or national court of law as well as other non-punitive approaches with various names. In recent years, there has been a growing demand around the world for transitional justice mechanisms, such as truth commissions. Tina Rosenberg suggests that “…a country’s decisions about how to deal with… Continue

Added by Dr. Joseph Yav on February 28, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments


My articles from Afghanistan and the world... Wazhma Frogh

Added by Wazhma Frogh on February 27, 2008 at 3:06am — No Comments

Vatican Condemns Prophet Cartoon

For everybody's reading pleasure.

Vatican Condemns Prophet Cartoon

By IOL Staff

The two-day meeting is the first between Al-Azhar and the Vatican in two years.

CAIRO — The Vatican joined Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni world, on Tuesday, February 26, in condemning the reprinting of a controversial cartoon of prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in Denmark.

"Both sides vehemently denounce the reprinting of… Continue

Added by Datu Taharudin Piang Ampatuan on February 26, 2008 at 11:44pm — No Comments


Direct Action Research Training (DART) is now accepting applications for the 2008 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:

· Entering a community

· Identifying and training local leaders

· Strategic planning and issue cutting

· Relationship and… Continue

Added by Sunil Joy on February 26, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Human Trafficking in Kosovo

As some members of our PCDNetworking asked me more details about human (predominantly sex) trafficking in Kosovo, I thought of providing some sources I found very useful for researching on our region.

The ones whose working on the subject knows very well how difficult is to research sex trafficking. Even though particularly that organized crime is becoming more profitable then drug smuggling last years (world wide), studies and reports about it are providing estimations mostly, as it is… Continue

Added by jelena grujic on February 25, 2008 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Culture of reconstruction Conference: Cambridge 25-27 June

find out about the conference, submit abstracts, register, at http://www.postconflict.group.cam.ac.uk/home.html

Note the call for papers has been extended to March 15th.

Added by Tiffany Greene on February 25, 2008 at 5:11am — No Comments

African Projects (Foundation) For Peace and Love Initiatives Celebrates 5th Anniversary

African Projects (Foundation) for Peace and Love Initiatives is happy to announce its 5th Anniversary (2003-2008) which kicked off with a prayer conference at the Faith Mennonite Church, Goshen Indiana on January 19, 2008. The theme of the year long anniversary celebrations is prayer for "God's Gift of Good Leadership to Africa." This prayer will be held at breakfast prayer meetings across the United States; during morning, afternoon, and night prayer vigils in Nigeria, and at other places… Continue

Added by Titus Oyeyemi on February 21, 2008 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

A Brief History about Nepal

A Brief History About Nepal

Everything about Nepal is a contradiction. It’s a tiny landlocked country of astounding topographical diversity. From the tallest mountains in the world, Nepal plummets to subtropical tiger jungles stretching at sea level along its southern border—all within a distance of 92 miles. It’s caught between the two giant webs of Asia: China and India. Although the United Nations and the international community recognize its independence, Nepal cannot… Continue

Added by Yadab Bastola on February 20, 2008 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

Current Political Situation in Nepal

Source :- FES Nepal



The mass movement of April 2006 in Nepal sought to restore parliament for the democratic process to continue and to initiate a peace process for the end of a ten-year long armed conflict. This required the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to join democratic competition which in turn necessitated the devising of a constitution to manage root causes of conflicts… Continue

Added by Yadab Bastola on February 20, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

The end of multilateralism?

Recognition of Kosovo's independence will erode two fundamental international pillars, sovereign equality and the inviolability of borders


The unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo's Albanians on Sunday February 17 has sparked a somewhat belated discussion about its implications for the international order; implications that no amount of diplomatic gymnastics will curtail… Continue

Added by Ian Bancroft on February 20, 2008 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

The Hidden Agenda of George Bush tour on the African Continent

The real objectives of president Bush in Africa, go far more than the argument presented to the public as of the pretext of rewarding good governance and some economical progress to some selected countries on the African continent. It is basically a matter of strategic importance of which the principal purpose is to attempt to block the irreversible growing gigantic influence of China on Africa which has been for century under western imperialistic dominance

George Walker Bush’s journey… Continue

Added by Rais Neza Boneza on February 20, 2008 at 10:51am — 5 Comments

Our experiment with the media on Kosovo's secession

February 20, 2008

Do you believe that freedom of opinion, diversity, fairness, impartiality, basic knowledge, and research should be defining principles behind the news YOU get?

Then read the press release from TFF below which contains a fairly unique background story. It was mailed to about 400 journalists and editorial offices in Scandinavia and over 1000 worldwide, specialised in international affairs.

We got about the response we expected: 3 - CNN… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on February 20, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

East-West Relations Worsening (Satellites, Missiles & Kosovo)

The building tensions and expanding gulf between the “East” and “West”, headlined by a return to Cold War era relations between the U.S. and Russia, are becoming increasingly harder to bridge, but then again it doesn’t look like the United States, for one, is trying very hard. (Perhaps TIME Magazine’s choice of Putin for 2007’s Person of the Year was an attempt to build relations in a way that the US Government has absolutely no intention of doing.)

I’ve been following the whole… Continue

Added by Carrie Landrum on February 17, 2008 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Kosova's secession: Part 2 - What can happen after this?

What is likely to happen on Monday, the day after Kosova's unilateral declaration of secession from Serbia? Perhaps not a lot - but I hold this likely, sooner or later:

- violence here and there in Kosovo, increased powerlessness and hatred;

- many of those who are not too old or poor will leave for Serbia and elsewhere - Romas and Serbs in particular;

- none of the 200.000 Kosovo-Serb refugees who were expelled under the eyes of the UN, EU, OSCE and NATO's in… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on February 17, 2008 at 7:26pm — 7 Comments

Kosova's secession: Part 1 - What is conveniently forgotten

The Albanian leaders of Kosova (or Kosovo or Kosovo i Metohija) declared themselves independent from Serbia at 03.00 pm on Sunday the 17th of February. If you think that Kosovo is small and this is of little concern to you - allow me to tell you why this is a piece of European and world politics the importance of which stands in inverse proportion to the size of that tiny province.

This is a secession declaration. For all practical purposes Kosovo will, unfortunately for the Western… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on February 17, 2008 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

India's Neighbourhood Intervention in Madhesh

International Intervention (II) in resolving conflicts in a given country in not uncommon. Nepal is also not entirely unfamiliar with II, because of the direct or indirect involvement of foreign nations and particularly the UN. In this paper I try to illustrate some indispensable need of Neighbourhood Intervention (NI), meaning Indian intervention (in our case), in the management of… Continue

Added by Krishna H. Pushkar on February 16, 2008 at 9:35pm — No Comments



Nepal: FAQ commentary on Madhes/Tarai Conflict

What is Madhes/Tarai Conflict?

It is a crucial ethnocentric war between State and Madhesi ethnic groups in Nepal. Currently, Madhes region of Nepal has been suffering with severe ethno- regional arm and unarmed insurgencies. The causes can be mentioned as crisis of identity, Inclusion, development,… Continue

Added by Krishna H. Pushkar on February 16, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

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