Monday, 15 September 2008

Zimbabwe: Leaders Sign Historic Unity Pact

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:49 PDT

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).


Rwanda and Burundi agree to protect rare forest area

Filed under: Environment,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:47 PDT

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).


Review | The Privatizing of our Civil Justice System (and the insidious corruption of ADR)

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:44 PDT

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.


Peace and Collaborative Networking Reaches over 3500 Members

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:43 PDT

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.


Child Labour is Not Kosher

Filed under: children and youth,Human Rights,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:42 PDT

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.


Amnesty says Myanmar detainee at risk of torture

Filed under: Human Rights,Myanmar,News Watch Blog,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:00 PDT

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.


Congolese rape survivors break silence at UN-organized event

Filed under: Africa files,gender,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:56 PDT

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.


BOOK REVIEW: Why It May Be a Bad Idea to “Send them a Message”

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Dispute resolution and negotiation,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:39 PDT

“Our next move needs to make it clear that we mean business.” 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 isn’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 “The Curse of Knowledge” impacts how we communicate. With the help of their book, I now see how some negotiations succeed while others fail.


Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On: The Crimes Of Torture And Degrading And Abusive Conduct, And Perpetrators and Punishments.”

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:31 PDT

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