My first thought when I read the headline for the article was one of utter non-surprise, as I thought to myself, “of course - the economy is pathetic, we have a housing market crisis, we’re in the middle of a war
costing us at least 120 BILLION dollars a year, we’ve had 3,800 military deaths
in Iraq in the last…
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 29, 2007 at 8:38am — No Comments
Most of the peoples of the world live with conflict-oriented worldviews (Van Slyck, Stern and Elbedour, 1999). Indeed, conflict-oriented worldviews are so firmly positioned as the norm in our societies that they pass undetected even when…Continue
Added by Sara Habibi on September 28, 2007 at 10:36am — No Comments
Manila, Philippines-Last Sept 21 as the world celebrated the International Day of Peace, human rights advocates here remembered the declaration of martial law 36 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), one of the oldest human rights groups in the country commemmorated the lives of martyrs and heroes of that period by inaugurating a Martial Law Memorial Wall. It was a solemn and quiet…Continue
I’ve been following the “Jena Six” stories and protests which are bringing race relations and tensions front and center to national attention in America. The Southern
Christian Leadership Conference announced that they are establishing a
temporary conflict resolution center in Jena to teach alternatives to violence,
so that’s good. (Too bad I can’t find
many articles announcing it or describing it.)…
I have been in Toledo spain since Wenesday. Attending a conference by the international society of social defense and Human criminal policy. One of the issues that caught my eye is the issue of Crimes committed by UN peace keepers. Do you think much is being done to bring the perpetrators to book. And do you think peace keepers really keep peace?
The website for the conference is below.Continue
There was an provacactive article that appeared in the Los Angeles times earlier this month (see below). The article offers a very strong critique of the peacebuilding field in general. Although the article has some interesting points, the author makes huge (and often incorrect generalizations) He fails to realize the many successes in the peacebuilding field, helping to rebuild communites and prevent conflict, the role of strategic…
Has anybody seen the Beyond Intractability (.org) site with their new Conflict Frontiers Project? http://conflict-frontiers.beyondintractability.org/gateways/conflict-frontiers/index.jsp
They have posted “The Conflict Challenge” which is their identification of “20 broad challenges that we believe lie at the ‘frontier’ of the conflict, peace,…Continue
My friend Kwesi was sold into slavery as a young child and lived a horrific life of forced labor and abuse in Ghana until he eventually managed to escape to the United Kingdom. Here is an interview with him:
PATRIR and Denisa Jacobsen in particular made it possible for the participants at the 1st European Nonviolent Peaceforce Core Training for Civilian Peace Teams to train in a simulation with the Romanian Army at Bistrita.
We appreciate very much their open engagement with us and their good offices while at the base.
It was a great experience for all.
I was an IDP, leader of an NGO, that translated for the other IDPs when NP came…Continue
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First impressions can mean everything. Committed to establishing from day one that my classroom would be about exploring peace and peacebuilding, I decided to establish a "baseline" with a written response to the question of "What kinds of things do you think cause conflict or violence in our world and our communities?" I was so pleased with much of the thinking that I got in response. The kids identified alcohol, drugs, gangs, sexism, racism, stereotypes, oil, war, poverty, miscommunication…Continue
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