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DON’T COUNT OUT NEPAL’S ROYALISTS, THEY’LL COUNTER-ATTACK!

Erle Frayne Argonza Good morning from Manila! The recent turn of events that saw the catastrophic devastation of the old order in Nepal should not be equated to the complete eradication of kingship. Any adroit observer of political dynamics knows that, in the founding of any modern nation-state, the forces of the deposed ancien regime will counter-attack sooner or later, with the option of a royal...

NEPAL’S ‘LATE NATIONALIST’ REVOLUTION: THORNY ROAD AHEAD

Erle Frayne Argonza Nepal is going through a ‘late nationalist’ revolution. Just like those states that experienced the birth pangs of nationhood, Nepal is expected to pass through the same thorny road. For a long time in their lives, the Nepalese were accustomed to regarding their King as the sovereign of the land. The King was the unifying symbol of all aspects of life in the Kingdom, and this...

BLACKS HOPELESSLY LESS SMARTER? TRY YOGA TO INCREASE INTELLIGENCE

Erle Frayne Argonza The recent news about Watson, the American Nobel prize biologist, claiming that Blacks are less smarter than Whites due to genetic factors, comes as a real shock to me. I can’t believe that a 20th century post-war scientist would declare such highly destructive, bigoted contention. Not only that, Watson even pushed his racist theory beyond the limits by claiming that Blacks are...

BLACKS BIOLOGICALLY LESS SMART PER WATSON’S CLAIM

Erle Frayne Argonza Good morning! I just stumbled across a contentious and controversial news this morning that echoes back racialist theories that were declared obsolete even before World War II erupted. It has to do with the claim of Watson, one of USA’s biological stalwarts and Nobel Prize winner, contending that Blacks are inherently less smart than Whites. The article was written by Henry Louis...

MALAYSIA’S INTERNAL SQUABBLES AND MANILA’S PEACE TALKS

Erle Frayne Argonza In a previous article, this writer noted the sudden withdrawal of the Malaysian peace team that was brokering the GRP-MILF peace talks (GRP = Government of the Republic of the Philippines, MILF = Moro Islamic Liberation Front). The talks had now stalled, war looms in the south, the 3rd party is out. The withdrawal is surely temporary, as this has been the behavior of 3rd parties...

Content Online for Creativity

Date: 4-6 June 2008 Venue: Brdo Congress Centre The conference ‘Content Online for Creativity’ aims to shift the focus of the debate on information society in the field of culture from technical matters to matters of content. The conference, which will touch upon important issues in the areas of media, information society and culture, is an important part of the Slovenian EU Presidency. In drawing...

media4[ME] network conference

Conference Media4[ME] The possibilities the media are offering to us are in constant development. The media has become an integral part of our daily life in such a way that we barely take into account what media does to us and what we ourselves can do with media. On one hand they are the tools that reinforce the community sense by offering a platform for intercultural dialogue. On the other hand it...

MALAYSIA PULLS OUT OF MANILA PEACE TALKS – STRANGE!

Erle Frayne Argonza Good morning! We’ve had so many wars here in the Philippines related to insurgency since way back hundreds of years. Among insurgencies here, the Muslim separatist and Maoist rebellions are the biggest. As such, given the perceived legitimacy of their causes, they gained international watch, sympathy and widespread support. Because the conflicts here have been internationalized,...

GRP-NDFP TALKS RESUME IN OSLO: WILL THIS BE FOR GOOD?

Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon, fellow Peacemakers and Development Practitioners! The planet had seemingly forgotten now the Maoist insurgency that erupted in the Philippine Islands or PI some 39 years back. This rural-based rebel caldron is led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP Maoist), which leads the umbrella coalition National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the...

” Mother Teresa”

Mother you always said love
love is not peace mother
as you heard Jesus’ s voice
calling, asking you to go
to the city of poor
to gather armfulls of love
is that not peace
as your face in equanimty
remained in peace
till you surrendered yourself
to the dust.

Ananya.S.Guha.

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Two Choices:Resolve Ethnic Exclusion or Face a Brutal Arm Insurgency

Two Choices: Resolve Ethnic Exclusion or Face a Brutal Arm Insurgency Dear beloved community, I am looking for some research literatures and materials about the “Ethnic Inclusion” models and approach. It would be also grateful, if someone could give me some links or works about the applied models and case studies of ethnic inclusion. Further, I expect your feedback, opinions, and recommendation...

Peace and Conflict Management: Case study Kashmir

Where Marx believed that social class is the most basic division in any society, Max Weber saw conflict as having many possible bases religion, race, ethnicity, and more including social class. Where Marx believed that class inequalities would ultimately be ended by revolution, Weber saw conflict as eternal, although it could take new forms. Group conflict theory derives from Weber’s vision. Johan...

MANILA’S ESPERON – FASCIST PEACEMAKER

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago The ‘neo-cons’ and Pentagon guys have quite some nice news to savor with the appointment of retired general Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as official peacemaker. Esperon has shown fascistic ‘cold war’ behavior during his watch of both the armed forces and defense portfolio, which serves the purpose of the global oligarchy and US military-industrial elites well. Being a...

TESTING NEW EARTHQUAKE-CAUSING WMD ON CHINA

Erle Frayne Argonza [Writ 15 May 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] As I was browsing through the pages of the newspapers this morning, my eyes immediately caught the item about the China earthquake update. The latest quake flattened many towns to ground level, killing over 22,000 folks, and destroyed infrastructures thus cutting off the affected areas from outside relief operations. The quake registered...

CLUSTER MUNITIONS CAMPAIGNERS PUSH FOR A BAN IN DUBLIN.

Representatives of about 100 governments are meeting in Dublin for the next two weeks for final negotiations to reach a treaty that will ban the use of cluster munitions. I have written some stories about the issue and also broadcast on NTV Uganda where I work. I am posting links for those interested in the campaign against cluster munitions. http://www.ntvuganda.co.ug/news.php?task=news&&sectionid=15&&id=570&&opt=bo http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/news/Campaigners_call_for_ban_on_cluster_bombs.shtml Campaigners...

TFF’s Open Letter about the Iraq Compact Conference, Stockholm May 29, 2008

Lund, Sweden May 19, 2008 TO: Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri K. M. Hassan al-Maliki Your Excellency It is beyond doubt that Iraq and its people need the earliest international community’s constructive attention and assistance after decades of dictatorship, wars with...
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Ex-Yugoslavia – Five continuous blunders of the international “community”

It hardly understands its own role Media and politicians convey the view that the international so-called ‘community’ is a detached peacemaker in the world’s conflicts, neutrally and impartially fighting for freedom, democracy, peace, and human rights. Unfortunately, this international ‘community’ are participants with past, present or future interests. No knights altruistically ride in on...
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  • May 19, 2008 2:59 pm

BURMA’S LEADERS? CALLOUS!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago Callous! Mad and utterly callous up to the end! This is what I can say of the praetorian leaders of Burma. The country has been clearly devastated by the powerful typhoon that razed through the Irrawady area recently, killing past the 100,000 death mark as of a couple of days ago. Humanitarian work had almost halted as the praetorians have focused their efforts more on...

New Website for The Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) Launched

May 15, 2008 From Co-Founder/Board Chairman, The Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) — K.J. Wetherholt As of last evening at 9:05 PM EDT, the HMF launched the new version of the HMF website: http://www.humanitarianmedia.org. We will continue to add further information and resources and facilitate interactive features over the coming days—but in the interim, the new website includes the...

Removing the questionable mosque

In a place called Bradina near a Bosnian city of Konjic, during this construction workers have dismented and removed remaind of a mosque built during the war in Bosnia- Herzegovina on a private property which belonged to a Serbian citizen, entire removal has been financed by the Islamic comunity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Grand mufti of Mostar Seid Smajkich has comented this act as following: The Islamic...
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  • May 14, 2008 7:02 pm