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3rd International Youth Media Summit

Media Education Centre invites organizations, schools and other institutions working with media to nominate two young media enthusiasts 15-22 years old to participate during August 20th to 27th in Belgrade, Serbia. The young participants must be candidates as Student Filmmaker and Student Diplomat. This Summit will continue the work started in 2006, and will incorporate changes based on last year’s...

Nepal: Birth of a New Nation-State?

The mistreatment and mishandling of ethnic revolt could turn into separation movement and could finally give a birth of new “Nation-State.” This article would deal with the contextual strategic analysis of ongoing unrecognized Madheshi ethnic revolt of Nepal, contemporary sentimental trend and nature of ongoing ethnic insurgency. It provides crucial premeditated recommendations that could help...

Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace

The world is experiencing a new era of international relations, which requires a paradigm shift from statist power politics to one of collaboration and diplomacy. Many countries have national war or defense departments, but how many have departments or ministries of peace? Vast amounts of monies are spent on arms and militaries and new war technologies, but if even a portion of this was spent on development...

International Women Leaders Global Security Summit

I was recently a part of the staff that created the International Women Leaders Global Security Summit, held November 15th – 17th in New York City. There we issued a Call to Action on global security and I would like to share it with you as my first blog post. We, the participants of the International Women Leaders Global Security Summit, share a common vision for a more secure, peaceful and...

Millennium Villages Project Yields Progress in Africa

Millennium Villages, a project sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Millennium Promise, is attempting “to demonstrate how the eight Millennium Development Goals can be met in rural Africa within five years through community-led development. By working in 12 sites located in 10 African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria,...

Looking Good, Liberia

I just read an encouraging article about the positive change going on in Liberia. People are starting to hold the government accountable, the economy grew 8% last year, the government and the UN have created 21,000 jobs helping to improve the country, foreign investment is coming in, more than half a million Liberians have returned to their homes, the IMF is beginning relief on their $3.5 billion debt,...

Call for Vision Program Applications: Conflict Transformation Summer Program in the Balkans

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!! Applications due February 15, 2008.The Vision Program is a ten-month experiential educational program for Jewish and Palestinian university students living or studying in the United States, beginning with a four-week summer experience in the Balkans, which takes place in June and July 2008. Please go to our website to see detailed information regarding this groundbreaking...

Guerrilla’s Merger into Army? : Unfortunate!

Guerrilla’s Merger into Army? : Unfortunate! Krishna Hari Pushkar Berlin, Germany In Nepal, there is ongoing blackjack discussion about the “Integration of Maoist Rebellion Guerrillas into Nepal Army” and most probably it will be amalgamated, this situation emerged due to State is under the control of Insurgents. I have personally criticised the model and way of peace accord since beginning because...

Privelege and Power in Peace and Development Work

Privilege and power are complexly related to nonviolent intervention efforts. Ivan Boothe and Lee A. Smithey explore this connection in their 2007 article Privilege, Empowerment, and Nonviolent Intervention. Intervention efforts, even if successful in aiding resolution of conflict in one sense, can actually undermine the transformation of the conflict into a productive and sustainable system of healthy...

Sports and Conflict Resolution

I have never been a big participant in or follower of sports. However, I think sports can play a huge role in conflict resolution and transformation. The Homeless World Cup which is an international soccer/football match played by teams composed entirely of people who were homeless. The lucky people who get to participate usually find it a life-changing experience. They learn what it is to be human...

Denied A Voice in the American Political Process – A Personal Story

Being American carries with it an enormous amount of privilege and power. We take so many freedoms and conveniences for granted. One such freedom that is often taken for granted is the right of political participation. Obviously there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who do not have access to political participation and who experience perpetual marginalization and subjugation despite...

Kudos to Edward Azar and My Frustration with US International Relations, e.g. Iraq

Edward Azar, a Lebanese American international relations expert in conflict and an expert on the Middle East, was ahead of his time, and unfortunately neglected in mainstream international relations and security studies circles. Even more unfortunate was his untimely and early death in 1991. (It was very hard for me to find much of him on the internet in a quick search just now, and I was only recently...

National Reconciliation and Dialogue Needed in Iraq

Iraq will not see peace until a lot of things happen, but indispensable among them is national reconciliation and dialogue. We can have cease-fires, like the one Muqtada al-Sadr has implemented, and we can see a decrease in our statistical measurements of violence, and these things could theoretically bring a “peace” but it would bring only a negative peace and a temporary peace unless it is accompanied...

Restorative Justice/Reconciliation on American TV

My Name is Earl is a popular American TV show. Its first episode two years ago drew in more than 15 million viewers in the US and it was the most popular sitcom on any network in the 18-49 year old demographic. It has also won the People’s Choice Award for favorite comedy (it has been nominated again this year). Given its popularity, I was very excited when I watched this week’s episode and discovered...

‘Tell UNMIN to go, or criticize constructively’

Kantipur Report, KATHMANDU, Dec 14 – Chief of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Ian Martin urged the people of Nepal Thursday to either tell UNMIN to leave if they don’t find the mission’s role in the peace process fruitful, or engage in constructive criticism of the mission’s performance. “I want you to ask a question to yourself,” said Martin, speaking at...

Emotional shitwork – CALL OUT: conflict resolution

one of the major reasons for blocking groups/individuals from creatinga major change within and around them is the incapability ofresolving/dealing with conflicts in a constructive way.i would like to change that.this is a call-out for all of you who have some experience withso called “emotional shitwork“.i want to get in contact with people who know something about or areinterested in...

The reintegration of young combatants and non-combatants

The Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army are presently negotiating for peace, and the next item on the agenda is the conditions for return and reintegration of the rebel force. In addition to fighters numbering at least a thousand, there are thought to be thousands of porters, cooks, wives and children. In my blog and also in a short research brief, my co-researchers and I use new...

JOBS at CICC

http://www.iccnow.org/?mod=employmentIn 1995, a small group of NGOs decided to work together and coordinate their efforts to support the establishment of an International Criminal Court. Since then, the Coalition for the ICC— simultaneously a global network, coalition and campaign — has grown to include more than 2,000 member organizations from all regions, representing a vast array of interests and...

On “The Day D” for Kosovo

On the day when negotiations on Kosovo status has been finished (for the moment) without results, you might be interested to read about media approach in both, Pristine (Kosovo capitol) and Belgrade. My piece is posted on http://www.mediachannel.org/. A Letter from Belgrade By Jelena Grujic. Q: “What will happen after December 10th? A: That’s easy —it will be 11th December! This is a “joke”...

EBOLA IN UGANDA

TWO DOCTORS DIE AFTER CONTRACTING THE EBOLA VIRUS. NURSES GO ON STRIKE BECUASE THEY WONT TAKE RISKS. WHERE DOES THIS PUT THE POPULATION? THERE’S CONCERN AMONG UGANDANS ABOUT WHY IT HAS TAKEN 2 AND HALF MONTHS FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE SINCE THERE WAS A REPORT OF STRANGE DISEASE KILLING PEOPLE IN WESTERN UGANDA.OF COURSE THE GOVERNMENT WAS BUSY SPENDING MONEY ON THE COMMONWEALTH MEETING AND NOW...
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