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Imprisonment in the United States

There is a slow but growing concern in the United States related to the prison system. The total number of people imprisoned in the US on any given day is 2.2 million people. Out of every country in the world, the US has the most number of people imprisoned and also has the highest percentage of its population imprisoned. (China has the second largest number of people incarcerated, and Russia has the...

Hate Crimes Up in US and Europe

I recently wrote about racism and xenophobia being on the rise in Switzerland, and I have been watching the reports from Italy about their rising hatred of Romanians and how it is affecting national policy and public sentiment. There have been revenge killings and beatings taken out on innocent Romanians in the country. Rome’s Deputy Mayor in charge of security stated, “Extreme-right groups are...

Jan Tinbergen Peace Science Conference June 2008

> Dear Fellow Peace Scientists, > > > > We are pleased to announce that the annual Jan Tinbergen European > Peace Science Conference will take place 30 June – 2 July 2008 in > Amsterdam at the Tinbergen Institute, whose address is Roeterstraat > 31, 1018 WB Amsterdam. Registration fee will be 50 Euro. > > At the conference there will be continuing emphasis on research...
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Welcome

Welcome to my blog. I teach negotiation and mediation skills in Mexico. I am now starting a new proyect to teach community gang and youth leaders negotiation skills. Peacebuilding skills will be key for these kids. Any suggestions or ideas? For those of you who speak Spanish, I have a blog called Negociacion Efectiva. I am slowely uploading some of my materials in Spanish onthis blogs at www.negociacionefectiva.blogspot.com...

Please visit my blog at: http://vitalvoicesonline.org/blog/ Here’s a sample from a recent program in Northern Ireland that brought together women from South Africa and Israel/Palestine to learn best practices and explore strategies used in Northern Ireland to reach peace and sustain it: Women Leaders Building Peace and Prosperity – Northern Ireland, Post 1 Nearly a decade after the Good...

news on Kosovo

The UN’s negotiating deadline on Kosovo is fast approaching: December 10 is now just around the corner and there is no hope in sight that a deal will be reached. That’s the day that international mediators (the Troika of EU, US and Russia) must report back to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the results of their negotiations. Now that Hashim Thaci, a former Kosovar Albanian rebel leader (referred...

American Democratic Presidential Candidates and Conflict Resolution

Ronald Brownstein’s article Divided Over Uniting discusses the top American Democratic Presidential candidates in their abilities to unite America. His article is filled with the sorts of concepts and key words that conflict resolution specialists use daily. (http://nationaljournal.com/brownstein.htm) Brownstein charges that “[John] Edwards and like-minded liberals…maintain that major change...

Bahá’í Faith: A Model of Conflict Resolution

I keep hearing that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion, or at least is the fastest growing religion in North America and Europe. Now I’ve come across an article that puts the Bahá’í Faith as the world’s fastest-growing major religion, only behind Zoroastrianism in speed of growth. What is exciting to me about this is that the Bahá’í Faith promotes religious tolerance,...

HAS THE WORLD TURNED ITS BACK ON SOMALIS

Last week, the UN secretary general ruled out an option of sending troops in Somalia. This war torn country has seen no peace for more than a decade. The Ugandan troops who are only about 1600 are overwhelmed as the serve under the AU mission.Most African troops that had promised troops are dragging their feet. Only this week 80 people were killed in mogadishu as government and Ethiopian troops searched...

Invitation to the 2008 Peacebuilding Institute in Vermont, USA

CONTACT Conflict Transformation Across Cultures invites applications for 2008 Summer Peacebuilding Institute June 2-20 The institute takes place at the beautiful campus of School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA THE PROGRAM: A rich multicultural learning community, where participants from 30-35 countries develop new skills for peacebuilding and new relationships with each...

Report of the UN Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict

This is a powerful short report that illustrates the significant impact that armed conflict continues to have on civilians around the world. In addition it documents the need to developed increased action and accountability. The report is from reliefweb: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/EGUA-78WR4Q?OpenDocument Report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict...

Bishops go to Conflict Management Training

Cambridge University’s Psychology and Religion Research Group is offering a course on “Conflict Transformation among Christian Leaders with Different Theological Stances.” Leaders from six different Christian denominations have signed up for the three-day course. It seems that it is arranged as a special dialogue group with the bishops meeting in groups of four to six. Dr. Eolene Boyd-MacMillan and...

School Violence Rocks Scandinavia

I can’t believe Scandinavia has now been hit. Every time I read about a school shooting I am devastated. I remember reading about the Columbine killings in the newspaper right after it happened and I broke down in tears. I had never before cried while reading a newspaper. Scandinavia in my head is an idyllic land of peace and happiness, mostly because every time I read about any peace initiative...

Water

I keep hearing more and more about water shortages globally, including in the U.S., and at the same time I am continuously reading about access to water as one of the top two critical issues facing humanity today and especially in the future. Of course lack of access to water not only creates a humanitarian crisis, it also breeds violent conflict. Living in Michigan, the Great Lakes State, where the...

The Judiciary’s Redemptive Role in Nigeria’s Democracy

An independent judiciary is universally acknowledged as one of the most defining and definitive features of a functional democracy. Many, in fact, see it as an essential bulwark against abuse of power, authoritarianism and arbitrariness. How it functions as well as how the various stakeholders in a democratic experiment appropriate its interventions and role in the polity are critical indicators of...

Politics and Conflict

1.Political action like all intentional action represents a conjunction of beliefs and desires of people; civil disobedience, violent armed conflict, revolutions and wars are all political actions. How would one synthesize the concept of political action as an essential part of human beings towards the realization of their collective and individual ends and the need for peace despite illegitimate democracy,...
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Nepal Transition to Peace

Nepal: Creating Mechanisms to Manage Peace and Negotiations Processes The Nepal Transition to Peace (NTTP) Initiative is a national peace support program designed in consultation with the Government of Nepal, its Peace Secretariat, and political parties to build their capacity to engage in the peace process, create an inclusive multi-party dialogue to address all stakeholders’ concerns, and institutionalize...

Media and Objectivity

Debunking the “Big O” By Hannes Siebert Can you separate the journalist as a person from the message that he or she sends? We are hopefully coming out of an era where those who control the media believe a journalist should stand in the no-man’s land of objectivity – always standing outside an event, never getting involved, never openly embracing one’s own and others’...

Sri Lanka’s Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations and Dialogue

Sri Lanka One-Text Initiative A Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations and Dialogue (2006) By Hannes Siebert The Sri Lanka One-Text Initiative was co-founded by the country’s main political parties to facilitate dialogue, strengthen relationships and enable a structured exchange of ideas/options between the nation’s political stakeholder groups. This inclusive forum utilizes the “One-Text” procedure...

Colin Parry meets Gerry Adams

Work has been interesting this week. The Charity I work for Foundation for Peace, have just had a significant event, whereby out Founder Colin Parry, who’s son was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington town centre in 1993, met with Gerry Adams for the first time last night in London. Here’s a link to the event: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7071981.stm The event was called ‘Exploring...
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