TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during September, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:
Highlights from the month include:
- Bosnia, Erdogan’s “Jerusalem at the heart of Europe” – Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra – It is now up to the Bosnian leaders to determine their own destiny, which must inexorably be linked to full membership with the EU if they want to grow and prosper while embracing full democracy. In the interim, they must be cautious in their dealings with Erdogan, who manipulates them by using Islam to pursue his sinister political agenda.
- Cyprus – toward a non-territorial con-federation? – Rene Wadlow – Today, there is a need for cross-communal cooperation. Thus there may be a possibility for a Cyprus con-federation based not on geographic divisions but on functions, such as economic initiatives, land law, personal status concerning marriage, separation and inheritance. Such a functionally-based con-federation has conflict-solving potential.
- In solidarity with Sri Lanka’s families of the disappeared – a statement from three continents – Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – TransConflict is pleased to present a joint statement by the Sri Lanka Campaign, the National Network of the Families of the Disappeared and Missing Nepal (NEFAD), and People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. A PDF version of the statement is available here.
- Morocco provides safe spaces for youth – Julia Payne – The celebration and promulgation of Safe Spaces for youth in Morocco and beyond is crucial in supporting what the world needs to ensure flourishing future generations. Moroccan youth face many of the same problems that youth globally, however, there is also a strong opportunity to effect change, making Morocco an excellent example for countries around the world.
- Yemen – a new but difficult start to conflict resolution – Rene Wadlow – Today, the choice–between an end to the armed conflict with negotiations for a renewal of a Yemeni State on the basis of the con-federal system proposed vs. continued fighting in the hope that one faction become a “winner-take-all”–is relatively clear. The Association of World Citizens is resolutely for an end to the armed conflict with serious negotiations on the structure of a future State.
- Assam – preventive diplomacy needed to protect Bengali-speaking Muslims – Rene Wadlow – Before there is greater violence and a refugee flow from Assam, there needs to be preventive diplomacy from the United Nations and from conflict-resolution non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
- A model to implement Moroccan development – Yossef Ben-Meir – In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise. Sadly, however, for the majority of people, the application of the country’s combined initiatives for development is not seeming consequential. The problem is that Morocco’s programs for national growth and development through people’s participation are not being orchestrated together. Integrating these programs would enable their mutual reinforcement to promote accelerated growth and success of development initiatives.
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