Way back in the 1880s, when the socialist movement in Germany was gathering new members by the thousands, German immigrants in the United States, among many other observers, wondered why the most industrially advanced country in the world had so few enrolled socialists. Vulgar answers were offered immediately and have been recycled ever since: what would Americans — prosperous, fat, happy, and individualistic — want with cooperative, fund-sharing doctrines when any one of them might become a…Continue
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Kashmir has been transformed from a beautiful vale to a wretched conflict, like a despondent poet, blossoming in pain, reciting ballads of war and violence. It has been torn to pieces by the many ill facets of ghastly wars. Only failures have made a political history here, awakening the memory of death and suffering every hour amidst the countless helpless victims of the conflict.
Kashmir is a land of failed political conjectures, broken dreams and…Continue
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PH BALANCE OF PAYMENTS SURPLUS DOING GOOD!
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Magandang araw! Good day!
Another great news from Asia’s emerging market Philippines has been ringing across economic sectors of late. This pertains to the end of April report of a net BOP (balance of payments) surplus of over $1 Billion.
The situation of a BOP surplus has been consistent since the begging of 2011 yet, thus rendering total BOP…Continue
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The ruins of Lifta are the final remains of the Palestinian hamlets that fringed Jerusalem until 1948. Now plans to bulldoze them are causing outrage…
In the soft golden light of a late spring evening, as yellow flowers are beginning to bloom on giant cacti, Yacoub Odeh climbs up through knee-high grass to the ruin that was his childhood home. For a man in his eighth decade, he is surprisingly nimble as he navigates ancient stones that litter the…Continue
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People need signposts that help them see the possibilities in themselves, to encourage them to build, to create again. This requires people willing to stand in the darkness with them. I believe this is the best of what local organisations can do and are doing in Zimbabwe.
Added by Joel Gabri on May 31, 2011 at 6:45am — No Comments
The Foreign Office intervened to stop a criminal investigation into the alleged massacre of 24 unarmed villagers by British troops, in a cover-up that puts Britain's colonial past under renewed scrutiny. Newly disclosed documents reveal that in the 1990s UK officials pressured Malaysian authorities into aborting a police inquiry into the alleged killings by Scots Guards in Malaya in 1948.
They reveal that Malaysian police officers contacted Interpol and were due to visit the UK in…Continue
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 30, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments
Although politicians seem to have put the peace process on ice, there are many different groups in Israel and the Palestinian territories that still believe in reconciliation. They call on the world not to believe in stereotypes. "The minute you choose sides, you become part of the conflict."
"We're a minority, but revolutions always start with just a small group," says Shlomit Benjamin, a sociologist at Tel Aviv University. She is Jewish, but because her father is Syrian, she is…
Added by Patrick Mac Manus on May 30, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments
Youth and Electoral Violence in Africa
This piece is structured into two sections;
I thought the following presentation would be of interest to fellow mediators and others working in conflict. It explains the semiotic perspective on nonverbal communication.
Added by Jeff Thompson on May 30, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
You have probably heard people saying that communication is all about action/reaction. When you look at somebody who is also laughing, you tend to laugh as well. Laughter is communications beyond language. The power of this type of communications defies logic, but it is so. Words can sometimes be superfluous.
People in business by definition tend to be primordially goal focused. When visiting customers, they concentrate on their sales targets…
Added by Emmanuel Kuehn on May 30, 2011 at 5:15am — No Comments
Ratko Mladic arrested – now for truth and reconciliation between the Bosniaks and Bosnian Serbs.
The news of the arrest of Ratko Mladic’s arrest in Serbia is excellent news for truth and reconciliation for the Bosinan Serbs and Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks).
Mladic was responsible for attacks on civilians in…
Added by MasterPeace on May 30, 2011 at 4:12am — No Comments
Reflections of Fidel
(Taken from CubaDebate)
ONE can be in agreement or not with Gaddafi’s political ideas, but nobody has the right to question the existence of Libya as an…Continue
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Their uprisings have been drowned in blood, but the cry "Freedom for Kurdistan" reverberates in the barren, wind-swept mountains where Turkey meets Syria, Iraq and Iran.
The unfulfilled quest of the Kurds for statehood is now emerging as a major barrier in Turkey's path to the European Union and in Ankara's relations with the United States.
It risks becoming the dominant issue of this year's Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections, and a considerable diplomatic…Continue
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Israeli leaders and settlers stifle the peace process by asserting their "right to all parts" of the West Bank.
On the rare occasion that the Israeli army dismantles an illegal Israeli-built outpost in the West Bank, Palestinians in nearby villages go into lockdown. Normally within a day, there is retaliation from the settlers. Not against the soldiers who demolished their "property", but against the perceived beneficiaries. Violence against the nearest Palestinian community…Continue
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CLOSE DOWN THE IMF, IT’S A PREDATOR BANK!
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
The world watches as the director of the International Monetary Fund or IFM, Strauss-Kahn, was arrested for rape case. As the case proceeds, talks have been circulating concerning the reform of the IMF, with the option of enlarging the voting powers of the developing countries in it.
Reforming the IMF for this long-time development worker and analyst isn’t the…Continue
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Most media coverage and research on the experience of Palestinians focuses on those living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, while the sizable number of Palestinians living within Israel rarely garners significant academic or media attention.
Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived realities of Palestinians within the state of Israel, Displaced at Home gathers a group of Palestinian women scholars who present unflinching critiques of the complexities and…Continue
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