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Engaging Non State Actors in Conflict Resolution

The cyclic and spiral operations of armed groups, challenges in peace negotiations and mediation, persistent conflicts and unsustainable peace are key lessons calling for a reform in engaging non- states actors in conflict resolution to ensure sustainable peace and a broad based embrace reconciliation. I am currently conducting an interest based analysis of armed groups in Somali, Chad, Central African...


Erle Frayne Argonza Hail Bonaparte! Hail Empire! Hail new capitalism! Hail oligarchic Gods of Olympus! – Tomorrow’s slogans Bonaparte is back today, I see him alive again. I don’t mean the personal Napoleon Bonaparte of yesteryears, I mean the state system built by Him the Emperor par excellence. Bonapartism is the hyper-convergence of all totalitarian systems of the past to the present. Old...

The Temangalo land saga! Have the right questions being asked and answered?

The current land saga in uganda involvng Mr. Amama Mbabazi and NSSF has been described by many in different ways. Others have called it land bonanza; land political nsunami and some have even gone anti-civilisation by calling the current situation in uganda as a witch hunting scenario. For the benefit of those who have not followed what is happening with keen interest; Temangalo land of about 564 acres...

Kosovo: Macedonia’s Perspectives

KOSOVO: MACEDONIA’S PERSPECTIVES If there had ever been any clear official position of the Republic of Macedonia vis-à-vis the Kosovo issue it remained a secret till nowadays. Throughout the entire post-Yugoslav period, the country had been engulfed by numerous and grave problems, but Kosovo was perceived as such only occasionally and in moments of violence escalation. The state policy towards the...

Re-visiting Croatian nationalism (B)

Or, how nationalist can a country be that wants to join the European Union? Continued from Part A Each people of course is unique, but Croats are uniquely unique! The national history also has it that Croats invented the tie – an assertion that seems to build on the fact that the German word for tie is “Krawatte” and it is close to the Croatian name of Croatia, Hrvatska. Then there are the churchyards...
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Re-visiting Croatian nationalism (A)

Or, how nationalist can a country be that wants to join the European Union? I’m checking in at the reception of a hotel in Slavonia, Croatia. On the desk is a brochure about the local zoo with a tiger on the front. The receptionist, a kind man around 30, tells me what else to see in town and I ask him with a smile whether the name of that tiger could be Tudjman , after the late President of Croatia....
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Rewarding rural poor for environmental conservation

Forest and wetlands conservation is a controversial topic in most developing countries. On the one hand, there’s the desire to utilize forests, lakes and rivers for the purpose of national economic development. These areas are needed to produce food, provide pasture and to supply growing cities and industries with water and timber. Yet, experience is showing that poverty increases as more and...

President Yar’Adua and the Niger Delta

If any one is in doubt about the sincerity of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the protracted crises in the Niger Delta region of the country, recent measures by the government point clearly to that direction. In what he said was a measure aimed at achieving the “prompt execution of his programme for the area”, President Umaru Yar’Adua, recently created the Ministry of the Niger Delta. The...


Erle Frayne Argonza Let me go back to the question of what lies ahead of us—when ‘late’ capitalism dies and yet capitalism will be extended. I am not discounting the possibility that capitalism’s life span will be extended, but this will no longer be ‘late’ capital, just to remind everyone. You better fasten your seat belts, as the stormy days ahead will come for sure, and as this heraldry...

The issue of the security sector

The contending issue of reform in the security council require an urgent debate in this network and i requre response from members with a view to aggregrating our opinion.This again is an addition to my earlier posting on the Big Question

Hand in Hand

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Erle Frayne Argonza To all fellow men and women out there who may have deep fondness for the liberal capitalist model of economic adaptation, I hope that you can make some adjustments in your cognitive banks. Capitalism is not a permanent facet of human life, but merely one among various epochs that will come to pass. Only impermanence is sacrosanct in the cosmos, so please refrain from singing hallelujah...

10 December 2008- 60 years ago The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris). The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent...
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from walls and briges

Read what I write on from walls and bridges

Climate change puts millions in Bangladesh at risk: How can we combat this?

There are complexities of issues, policies, and national-international perspective over food security, hunger and famine. On the other hand sea level rise, because of ice melting due to global warming threatening the chunk land mass of many countries. Millions of people in the coastal districts of Bangladesh are at risk in the coming time due the Sea Level Rise phenomenon. Policy makers, civil society...


Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon! At this moment, I’m sipping coffee contained in a pack that is sold for worth P130, or $3.00. The pack is one of the domestic brands of brewed coffee blends, ready for the drip coffee maker, of the Arabica and/or Robusta varieties. In economic parlance, this coffee is a commodity because (a) it was intended for exchange and not for the coffee producer’s consumption...

How freedom can be gained

In the face of violence and confusion how freedom fighters can have faith in new civilized world after
Sept, 11.It is new war that world leaders are fighting for.
Is it as they say for promoting democracy and freedom, or is it a new kind of slavery?

Conflict Sensitive Strategy in Nepal

Original Content at ——————————————————————————– September 12, 2008 Conflict Sensitive Strategy in Nepal By Krishna Hari Pushkar Nepal is under...


Erle Frayne Argonza Magandang umaga! Good morning from Manila! As one can see in the title, Adam Smith’s ideas about political economy were unoriginal or copycat. So I’m going to articulate some notes about the matter. This may come as a shocker to the devotees of Smith and fanatical ideologues of liberal or free market capitalism, but it had to be accepted. This is a matter of fact, not of speculation...

Letter to the Christian Science Monitor – on Russia & Georgia

I find it increasingly important to challenge the conflict reporting of mainstream media. One, they are often not professional or fair; two, in their implications they legitimize animosity and war much more than the opposite. The general Western media coverage – text as well as pictures – of the Georgia crisis has been particularly disturbing, coming as it did after so much coverage of...
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