April 2008 Blog Posts (27)

Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute is offering an exciting and dynamic course called Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes as a part of our Summer Professional Training Program in June at American University in Washington, DC. We are so excited about this course! The instructors are brilliant and have a wealth of experience working with women in conflict and post-conflict environments. Practitioners, professionals, students, and scholars will have the opportunity… Continue

Added by Saji Prelis on April 30, 2008 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Early warning: Burundi !

There is a country in Africa which, in a few years, has achieved more peace than most formerly war-ravaged countries around the world - much more than Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, or Afghanistan. There was a comprehensive ceasefire and a power-sharing among former fighters, tens of thousands of whom have been disarmed and re-socialized. Thanks to peaceful, free and fair elections and a new constitution, it has a democratic government for the first time in its history, and it has leadership and one… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on April 28, 2008 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

Early warning: Burundi !

There is a country in Africa which, in a few years, has achieved more peace than most formerly war-ravaged countries around the world - much more than Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, or Afghanistan. There was a comprehensive ceasefire and a power-sharing among former fighters, tens of thousands of whom have been disarmed and re-socialized. Thanks to peaceful, free and fair elections and a new constitution, it has a democratic government for the first time in its history, and it has leadership and one… Continue

Added by Ina Curic on April 28, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy latest issue (http://www.bepress.com/peps/vol14/iss1/)

Dear Colleagues and Friends



I am pleased to send you the table of contents of the latest issue of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (http://www.bepress.com/peps/vol14/iss1/). You can follow the links below for each article.



have a nice day!



bests



Raul



An Economic Development Road Map for Promoting Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation2

Miki Malul, Yuri Mansury, Tad Hara, and Sidney… Continue

Added by raul on April 28, 2008 at 2:46am — No Comments

Fragments of life in Burundi

Burundi, April 2008



It is not enough that we “know” what is going on, and continue living and working along. Beyond theories, figures and abstract knowledge that often does not reach our hearts, I believe we also need the capacity and openness to continue to be struck by things, outraged by what is going on in terms of violence and injustice, impressed and amazed by what is going well in peace and justice and so on. Just, not “familiar” with everything already.



One… Continue

Added by Ina Curic on April 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

A NEW GLOBAL FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE IS MOST EXIGENT

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



From the early 1970s through the 1990s, the massive liberalization of the international financial system was executed with such dynamism, radically altering thus the international financial landscape. Look at the result of this gargantuan liberalization today: global economic catastrophe.



New Nationalism, in collaboration with old nationalists, socialists, and ideologies that articulate the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 24, 2008 at 5:41am — No Comments

Welcome & Enjoy

Hi, I live and work in Burundi. I will, from time to time, write about Burundi and its peacebuilding process as well as about my work and life experiences here.



“We live in the age of written papers”, one of my favourite Romanian poets goes. And the age of speed, to the extent that some peace educators speak about the traumas the young – and not only they - are developing because of this constant race through… Continue

Added by Ina Curic on April 23, 2008 at 7:20am — 1 Comment

Training Course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute offers its Summer Professional Training Program every June, and each year, dozens of students, scholars, practitioners, and professionals flock to Washington, DC in hopes of taking advantage of what some say is our most engaging training course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding. We’re highlighting the Youth course this week - please read on.



The Details:



Youth, Conflict, &…
Continue

Added by Saji Prelis on April 22, 2008 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

CHINA HAS FUELED ENOUGH CONFLICTS IN AFRICA, NOW ARMS TO ZIMBABWE

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7360002.stm



China power might not hard to beat by many African governments but sending a ship full of arms to volatile Zimbabwe is a far worse test to the continents powers. The Chines Government has already bought enough bloody oil from Sudan to fuel a genocide in Darur isn't that enough?

No it isn't. China is increasingly become shameless. It has a ship full of arms hovering around the southern coast of Africa to have access to Zimbabwe. It's… Continue

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on April 22, 2008 at 5:10am — No Comments

NATIONAL BANKING & FINANCIAL-MONETARY REFORMS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



Who really is in control of a country’s central bank? Is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas really in the hands of the people of the republic, under the guidance of the Constitution of the Republic? How come we cannot even see a shadow of any of the Letters of Intent of the International Monetary Fund that were supposedly deposited in the central bank here?



National banking has to be… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 21, 2008 at 9:03am — No Comments

GEVEVA - LEBANON TRIPS AND LESSONS

I have spent the last two weeks in Geneva and Lebanon for a peace and security workshop.

Being invited I had no idea how big this would be. The workshop for journalists organized by Media21 had 13 journalists from developing countries , a few swiss based ones.



I just one week I was able to learn from different experts ranging from Migration, Cluster munitions, arms to Refugees and Internally displaced people.



But the most amazing times were ahead we had a field trip… Continue

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on April 17, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR MARGINAL SECTORS IN RESOURCE EXTRACTION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



I have always supported a ‘social capital’ framework for advancing the interests of marginal sectors in resource extraction industries. Particularly affected are the indigenous peoples and the slash & burn planters. The New Nationalism article emphasizes this point clearly.



I also had advanced this contention in some other articles. In a speech before environmentalists held in late 2004, I… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 14, 2008 at 7:23pm — No Comments

The River Red

there is no water in the river
only blood
what calumny
what heresy
if at that time a child dies
and the serpent entwines itself
in the red red river,
my bloodied hands will cry out
Where are you o peace?

Ananya.S.Guha.

Added by Dr (Mr) Ananya.S.Guha. on April 12, 2008 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Monitoring & Evaluation

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute is focusing this week on highlighting our Monitoring & Evaluation course within our Summer Professional Training Program in June. Why? Because it’s such a good opportunity. Gain and hone your M&E skills while networking with fellow students, local DC professionals, and international peace builders and practitioners.



The Details:



Building Monitoring & Evaluation into Program… Continue

Added by Saji Prelis on April 12, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

OPEN UP MARKETS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



As one can observe from my previous articles, New Nationalism supports a continuous entry of investments to the domestic market from overseas. This article articulates the specific contention about the matter.



Autarchy is bad policy and practice to begin with. If it worked for the Habsburg Empire for a while, it worked only because there were draconian measures employed to make them work, and… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 12, 2008 at 8:28am — No Comments

Summer Professional Training Program in Peacebuilding & Development

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University is preparing for its big annual event this June: the Summer Professional Training Program. PDI will host nearly 100 international peace builders, development practitioners, conflict resolution specialists, government officials, civil society leaders, and scholars, not to mention the esteemed members of the American University graduate student body.

The Summer Professional Training Program is perfect for any… Continue

Added by Saji Prelis on April 11, 2008 at 11:43am — No Comments

FAIR TRADE AND THE NATION-STATE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



In a recently written book by me titled Fair Trade and Food Security: Framework and Policy Architecture (Kaisampalad, 2004), I was able to gather clear evidences of the failures of free trade policies. Not only free trade but the whole policy regime of economic liberalization—that paved the way to globalization—had downgrading effects on our currency, agriculture, and industry here in my home… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 11, 2008 at 6:01am — No Comments

BREAKING NEWS... Israel denies visa to Richard Falk: Yet another Jewish fundamentalist clamp down on intellectual freedom

BREAKING NEWS

Israel denies visa to TFF Associate Richard Falk, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian human rights situation.

That's what you can read in the Israeli Daily Haaretz on April 9, 2008.




By any standards and beyond dispute, professor emeritus Richard Falk of… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on April 10, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

DOMAINS OF WEALTH OF NATIONS: BOTH DOMESTIC AND OVERSEAS

Erle Frayne Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]





The antiquated debate regarding which domain should be the main source of national wealth—whether domestic or overseas—is still alive today. In the article of New Nationalism, I argued that in the emerging context of post-industrialism, this debate has become futile and unproductive. Instead of stressing a domestic versus international mindset, I argued for a both/and… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 9, 2008 at 5:31am — No Comments

Did you believe it?

I am now more than confident that I will manage to lead Bulgaria to better days.

Thank you all for your encouraging responses! I appreciate them.

I REMAIN IN BULGARIA!

Added by Rosen Dimov on April 7, 2008 at 7:22am — No Comments

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