CAPE TOWN – Zimbabwe’s three principal political leaders signed a power-sharing agreement in Harare on Monday, bringing to an end nearly 30 years of exclusive rule by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).(...more)
Monday, 15 September 2008
Rwanda and Burundi have agreed to protect a large tract of tropical mountain forest that is home to chimpanzees, rare owl-faced monkeys, and other wildlife.
The deal was brokered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).(...more)
When you are fully immersed in mediation every day, it’s easy to underestimate how strongly some people feel about it – take for example and his acerbic piece, The Privatization of Civil Justice that was published in the summer edition of the American Judicature Society’s Judicature magazine.(...more)
Today, the Peace and Collaborative Networking site’s membership reached over 3500. There are currently members from over 130 countries around the world. Experiences and backgrounds of individuals on the site range from undergraduate students in North America, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Mid-East, mid to senior level professionals in development, conflict resolution, human rights, social entrepreneurship, etc. working in all regions of the world and scholars/academics.(...more)
Regular readers will know that food certification (and especially competing, overlapping, and conflicting certification regimes) are a special interest of mine. So I was interested to see this story about one of the most ancient food certification standards — kosher slaughter — being interpreted as requiring an additional normative component, one I hadn’t expected.
Here’s the story from the NY Times caught my eye: Meatpacker May Lose Kosher Certification.(...more)
BANGKOK, Thailand: A prominent anti-government activist recently arrested in Myanmar is at risk of torture, the human rights group Amnesty International said.
Nilar Thein, 36, had been on the run for more than a year after the military government cracked down on activists from the 88 Generation Students movement, the London-based group said Saturday. She was arrested Wednesday in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, as she was going to visit the mother of a detained comrade.(...more)
Female survivors of rape and sexual abuse are sharing their stories today [12 September 2008] at an event organized by the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where rape has been used as a weapon of war and an estimated 200,000 women and girls have been assaulted over the past 12 years.(...more)
â€œOur next move needs to make it clear that we mean business.â€ I have heard that line (and others like it) before, and you have, too. But a concept in a popular business book recently helped me understand why this isnâ€™t the great approach I once thought it was.
In Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath explain how the â€œThe Curse of Knowledgeâ€ impacts how we communicate. With the help of their book, I now see how some negotiations succeed while others fail.(...more)
Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On: The Crimes Of Torture And Degrading And Abusive Conduct, And Perpetrators and Punishments.â€
Joshua Dratel, Esq.
Christopher Pyle, Mount Holyoke College
Philippe Sands, University College London