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African leaders anti-development

Has it occurred to you that African leaders are against development? Its quite interesting, instead of trying to help their people, they would rather build giant palaces, buy arms and pay huge salaries. The international community should realize that they are dealing with leaders who can never achieve any meaningful results other than war, famine, disease and illiteracy. The truth is that most African...

Solidarity Covenant Proposal

I’m appreciating the framing of contemporary issues by Naomi Klein and Naomi Wolf and have paid attention to statements from Congress members Marcy Kaptur and Michael Burgess, along with websites on FEMA camps. My human responsibility is not to defeat evil but to promote goodness in myself and others through caring collaboration. A covenant invites us to commit publicly to the power and security...

CONTINUING BOURSE PLUNGE DOWN NEAR DEPRESSION LEVEL

Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon, Fellows of Planet Earth! The planet’s bourses are still plunging as of yesterday (Friday), a day that was dabbed as ‘black Friday’ in Japan which saw the Nikkei plunge by 10%. ‘Bloody Friday’ may be a better term, as the word ‘black’ in ‘black Friday’ could be construed as a racial slur. This gentleman is among the economists/social scientists in...

Do you hear Mr. Nobel rolling in his grave?

The criteria for Nobel peace prize outlined in Alfred Nobel’s will 1895 was “to contribute to fraternity in the world, to reduce armies and to establish peace congresses”. The choice of Martti Ahtisaari as this years winner undervalues – again – those original ideas. Ahtisaari got the prize probably about his actions as mediator in Namibia, Aceh and Kosovo. Namibia went according...
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RECOMMENDATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEACE-MAKING AND PEACE-BUILDING: SECURING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN AND CIVIL SOCIETY September 2008 The Salzburg Global Seminar Salzburg, Austria Alemayehu Fentaw was Fellow of Session 455, “Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society,” which was organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar from 7-12 September 2008, at Schloss...

Nobel Committee’s choice again a scandal

The choice of Martti Ahtisaari satisfies – even with a broad interpretation – none of the criteria outlined in Alfred Nobel’s will, namely: to contribute to fraternity in the world, to reduce armies and to establish peace congresses – to quote them in Nobel’s own language of 1895. Ahtisaari has repeatedly functioned as “peace fixer” for Western power elites....
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  • October 10, 2008 10:00 am

UN is sending Kosovo case to ICJ

The UN General Assembly is backing Serbia’s draft to request an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) about the legality of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo. October 8th UNGA, by a recorded vote of 77 in favour to 6 against (Albania, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 74 abstentions, adopted a resolution drafted...
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  • October 9, 2008 12:10 am

What a read about Rwanda and President Paul Kagame and the Great Lakes Region

Rwanda has been in the news of late following the political exchanges by the Foreign Minister of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those familiar with developments there may not be interested in getting background knowledge because they are already in the know. Those who are in darkness would greatly appreciate the book by Stephen Kinzer entitled: A Thousand Hills… This book by Stephen...

iPeace Network Newsletter # 3

iPeace keeps growing 6400 members in less the 2 weeks from launch This is incredible, inspiring and uplifting. New members are joining us every day. And they are filling the iPeace space with hundreds of blogs, new groups, their poetry, songs and videos. We are now more than 6400 Peace People from over 160 countries, and we start to look like a peace force. Please visit iPeace to see what’s new...

The Dark Knight’s nonviolence message

The movie, “The Dark Knight”, situates us in a chaotically violent city and demonstrates responses to violence and consequences of varied choices. Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, producer and screenwriter, continue to explore distinctions between vengeance and law-based order. We are invited to examine responses to terrorism and to consider what we will live and die for. Viewers are introduced...

Kosovo story continues at international stages

Coming week will be show again one significant step in international politics and especially in Western Balkans. 1st at its plenary session called for 8th October, the 192-member UN General Assembly is to debate Serbia’s draft resolution calling for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence. 2nd EU tries again find some common position...

IMMORAL U.S. BAILOUT ECHOES JAPAN’S 1990s ‘CRISIS MANAGEMENT’ FLAWS

Erle Frayne Argonza Magandang hapon! Good afternoon! It’s been some couples of weeks now since the financial downspin in the USA took a further plunge as mega-banks sought help from federal government for rescue. The closure of the Lehman Brothers and the S.O.S. by other big banks that are now in the red rocked the global stock markets to a new round of instabilities and volatilities, even as the...

Dividing Kosovo – a pragmatic solution to frozen conflict

Earlier this week Serbian President Boris Tadic stated, that he would not rule out partitioning Kosovo if all other options on Kosovo’s final status have been exhausted. “Intellectuals in Serbia and the international public are debating the issue of a partition and this is one of the options that have been emphasized all these years in searching for a solution to Kosovo’s future status....
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  • October 3, 2008 10:11 am

Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy: A Practitioner’s Perspective

INTRODUCTION The Report presented by the Mathews Commission entitled Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy is a well written and clearly thought out work. Like anything human though, it has its short comings. Before dwelling on these, it is important to appreciate its strengths and innovations in improving the oversight of intelligence. The first remarkable aspect is its call for the revisiting...

Personal vendetta is a dish that is eaten cold.

For a few weeks ago, South Africa has gone through political turmoil that left unanswered questions in the mouths of many. South Africa is an African country that is known historically as a land of apartheid where the minority whites dominated the majority blacks for more than four decades. When talking about South Africa, many would remember a living hero Madiba Mandela the man who fought against...

Nonviolence – the most viable and most ignored principle

October 2 marks that it is 139 years Gandhi was born. Non-violence, or peace by peaceful means, is the most viable alternative to the problems our world faces. It is also the most ignored – in media, politics, economics and public debate. Said Gandhi: “Non-violence in politics is a new weapon in the process of evolution. Its vast possibilities are yet unexplored.” Why? Because a tiny...
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  • October 2, 2008 9:30 am

No Bailout!

No Bailout! by John Wilmerding Prior to the illegal Iraq war, the USA was still floating on a global wave of sympathy following 9/11. The dollar fiat hegemony was intact, and the Afghanistan war had not yet damaged the economy. But laws of economic equilibrium had begun to come into sway. Following the collapse of the Soviet empire, laws of economics say that the one on the other side of the globe...

CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY: CAN IT SURVIVE THE COMING ‘TECHNOTRONIC’ CAPITALISM?

Erle Frayne Argonza ‘Late’ capitalism, this current phase that replaced the ‘monopoly’ capitalism of the pre-war era, is now DEAD. As elucidated by Jurgen Habermas, thinker of the Frankfurt school, capitalism was able to move to its present state but only with massive state planning/intervention. State intervention had since the early 70s been relaxed, via globalization, but this only created...

‘Bailout’ – psycho-economic denial and…

…are we all doomed to domino down the drain? The hypothesis I advance here is that ‘bailout’ is a catchword for a systemic breakdown, a cover-up for deep anxiety about its consequences and a quick-fix of the sort Einstein warned us against, namely that “the significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” In short, I don’t think...
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  • September 29, 2008 12:30 pm

Paul McCartney should not have gone to Israel…really?

Paul McCartney has been criticised for giving his “Friendship First” concert in Tel Aviv, his first ever visit there after The Beatles were banned 43 years ago. I totally disagree with the critics. On the day Sir Paul – TFFs Honorary Friend – gave the concert in Tel Aviv, I sent out a small note about it on TFF’s PeaceTips service. We received a few letters back, and the main points of the...
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  • September 28, 2008 11:00 pm
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