Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Khmer Rouge trials will not bring justice

Filed under: Cambodia,Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:18 PDT

When the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, popularly known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, was established, many Cambodians hoped it would bring justice, truth and reconciliation for the victims and survivors of the regime….

There are better alternatives to this court setup if justice and national reconciliation are the goals. The funds allocated for the court, which have already exceeded the original budget, should have been used for restorative justice – a healing process – rather than this imperfect retributive justice.


Reducing Collateral Damage Through Wiser Weapon Choice

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:12 PDT

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examines data from the Iraq Body Count, which finds that some weapons leave a disproportionate share of civilians dead in their wake.

A new analysis of violent civilian deaths in Iraq since the American-led invasion in 2003 has a little something for many viewpoints.


Special Invitation to the Peace Media Clearinghouse – A NEW Mutlimedia Resource for Peacemakers

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Film, video, audio — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:42 PDT


Find documentaries, films, shows, podcasts, songs, video games, and other multimedia about peace and conflict management…


The Bush Six to Be Indicted

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:38 PDT

Spanish prosecutors have decided to press forward with a criminal investigation targeting former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five top associates over their role in the torture of five Spanish citizens held at Guantánamo, several reliable sources close to the investigation have told The Daily Beast. Their decision is expected to be announced on Tuesday before the Spanish central criminal court, the Audencia Nacional, in Madrid.


What Counts as Proof that it Pays to Be Ethical?

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:32 PDT

Ethisphere Magazine just released its 2009 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Accompanying their ranking is the graph pictured here, the caption of which reads:

    Need proof that it pays to be ethical? The World’s Most Ethical Companies consistently outperform the S&P 500. The graph…depicts the average stock growth percentile of the public World’s Most Ethical Companies vs. the Standard & Poor’s 500 index over the last five years.

It’s an interesting graph, to be sure, but it doesn’t show what they claim it shows. What it shows is correlation, not causation. I hope their conclusion is right…


Clock ticking on legal definition of ‘Indian’

Filed under: Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:17 PDT

OTTAWA — Parliament has less than a year to craft a new definition of “Indian” before Canadian native policy risks tumbling into chaos as the existing rules for determining native status are thrown out by the courts.

The clock is ticking after the B.C. Court of Appeal set the tight deadline for the minority Parliament. It’s a ruling that has experts in native law scratching their heads, wondering how such a contentious issue can possibly be resolved in time.


Ontario Ombudsman On Twitter

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:16 PDT

The Ontario Ombudsman — office of, one presumes — is now on Twitter:


Where nuclear weapons go to die

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:15 PDT

Speaking in Prague on April 5, U.S. President Barack Obama called the thousands of nuclear weapons sitting in world arsenals “the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War.” He proposed deep cuts in U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles. But when policymakers talk about nuclear reductions, what do they mean in practice? After all, you can’t just leave the warheads out on the curb on Tuesday morning for the garbage collector to pick up.


Elder Decisions scores major marketing success with NPR

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:15 PDT

The folks at Elder Decisions have scored another major P.R. success with today’s National Public Radio feature, Mediators Help Families with Tough Choices of Aging.


Pathbreaking Interview on Syrian/American/Israeli Relations

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:01 PDT

Syrian Ambassador to the United States gives an important interview to CNN. The story is significant because Moustapha lays out the parameters of a separate Syrian/Israeli peace track, while also stressing the importance of a ‘comprehensive’ peace for Israel, which must include the Palestinian track.


The People Speak

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:00 PDT

Trailer for film based on Howard Zinn’s book…

More at The Real News


THAILAND: Prawase calls for media overhaul

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:59 PDT

Comprehensive media reform is essential in keeping its function as a system of checks and balances intact, social critic Prawase Wasi told a seminar on media ethics yesterday.

Mr Prawase said there was no denying that the media had played a big part in the current crisis in society. With the help of technology, every member of society can gain quick access to information and news.


A reminder of radio’s power

Filed under: News Watch Blog,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:57 PDT

Since arriving in Rwanda six months ago, I have learned a lot about the power of radio.

On a recent Wednesday, I looked up from my Facebook page to watch six teenage girls leave my office in Kigali. They were off to the local radio station to produce Urungano (the local word for generation), a program addressing the trials and tribulations of Rwandan girls…

Fifteen years ago last week, another movement sought to empower its people through the same Rwandan airwaves.


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