September 2007 Blog Posts (14)

FBI: Violent crimes in U.S. near 5-year peak

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20956036/





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…

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Added by Carrie Landrum on September 30, 2007 at 9:11pm — 4 Comments

The Blog's New Home

Dear Colleagues:

You can now find my blog at http://teachforpeace.blogspot.com.

Peace,
Cheryl

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 29, 2007 at 8:38am — No Comments

Transforming Worldviews: The Case for Education for Peace

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…

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Added by Sara Habibi on September 28, 2007 at 10:36am — No Comments

Memorial Wall on Martial Law Unveiled

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…

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Added by Niza Concepcion on September 24, 2007 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

Jena



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.)…

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Added by Carrie Landrum on September 23, 2007 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

Hey all. 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…

Hey all.

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.

www.defensesociale.org

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Added by Rosebell Kagumire on September 21, 2007 at 10:59am — 2 Comments

Provacative Article Criticizing Peacebuilding

HI Everyone

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…

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Added by Craig Zelizer on September 13, 2007 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

Beyond Intractability's Conflict Frontiers Project Challenge #1

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,…

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Added by Carrie Landrum on September 9, 2007 at 11:09pm — 1 Comment

The Interview with an Ex-Slave

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:

http://www.ricenpeas.com/docs/kwesi_slave.html

Added by Rada Krstanovic on September 9, 2007 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

A First for Everybody - Romanian Army Trains with Potential Nonviolent Peaceforce Field Team Members

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…

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Added by Corina Simon on September 7, 2007 at 9:44am — No Comments

POVERTY

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO OVERCOME EXTREME POVERTY (ZIMBABWE EVENTS)


HIE I JUST WANT TO INVITE ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN CELEBRATING THE POVERTY DAY CAMPAIGN IN ZIMBABWE YOU CAN DONATE ANYTHING FROM SERVICES TO ARTICLES and EVEN POEMS.

EMAIL ME FOR FURTHER DETAILS AT liverbra@yahoo.com

Added by busani sibindi on September 6, 2007 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The First Day

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…

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Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 4, 2007 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

WHY EDITORS IN WESTERN COUNTRIES NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AFRICA



I Increasingly see pieces of journalism in Western media about Africa which quite piss me off if i may say. It takes me back to those days I read about when Africa was called a dark continent.



Editors in western countries should know better than this. They send reporters who have no idea about Africa for days' trip to do a story here and what do you get published?



I got to know about this story because Blake Lambert brought it to the attention of some friends of mine. No… Continue

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on September 4, 2007 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

Join me on mepeace.org!

Join me on mepeace.org, the platform for peacemakers that I created so people like us could meet for Middle East peace. Try it and let me know what you think.

Added by Eyal Raviv on September 3, 2007 at 5:26am — 2 Comments

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