Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Guide to Nonviolence in Practice

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:18 PDT

One of the key questions around the globe today, is what is the role or the possible impact of non-violence and non-violent action in helping to end violent conflict and build peace? In many of complex and challenging conflicts in the world, where civilians are increasingly the targets and victims of violence, does non-violence have a positive role to play?

Within the field of conflict resolution, what is the role of non-violence and is using force to end a conflict ever justified? There are widely diverging perspectives on this within the field, among scholars and practitioners.

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Congo: Five Priorities for a Peacebuilding Strategy

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:57 PDT

The deal struck by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda for renewed military and political cooperation is an important step forward, but is not sufficient to bring peace to the Kivus.

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What About Lustration?

Filed under: Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:04 PDT

I am obviously on record as supporting the criminal prosecution of the individuals involved in the CIA’s torture regime — the interrogators who inflicted it, the military and government officials who ordered it, the OLC lawyers who rationalized it. Such prosecutions are, unfortunately, extremely unlikely — at least in the United States. Moreover, there does not seem to be any other way to discipline the responsible individuals. We do not know who the interrogators are. The Bush administration officials are out of office and out of power, at least until the next Republican is elected president. Bybee is unlikely to be impeached, no matter what the chatter (and doing so might be unconstitutional). And the statute of limitations for bringing a misconduct complaint against John Yoo appears to have already run.

There is, however, another possibility – one that steers a middle course between criminally prosecuting the torturers and letting them off the hook completely: lustration.

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That fashionable and popular brain! Are neuromyths increasing in dispute resolution? Who creates them?

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:01 PDT

I am happy to see that neuroscience is being mentioned more frequently by many who are talking and teaching about dispute resolution. On the other hand, I am a little concerned about what is being said about the brain; I’m hearing some neuromyths and assertions that go beyond what the research has proven. Let us be careful not to introduce neuromyths into the dispute resolution arena. Once they get in, repeated and accepted, it will be very hard to weed them out.

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No more denial: Children affected by armed conflict in Myanmar (Burma) – Report

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,children and youth,Myanmar — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:00 PDT

In the midst of Myanmar’s enduring political and socioeconomic turmoil, thousands of children also experience the devastating consequences of protracted armed conflict in parts of the country…

Children living in Myanmar’s conflict zones are often caught in indiscriminate shelling and attacks against villages. As a result of the high demand for new recruits, children as young as nine constantly face the threat of forced or coerced recruitment by security forces and civilians, even in public places such as bus or train stations and markets. In fact, the recruitment and use of children has turned into a profitable business for soldiers, civilian brokers and the police, who receive money or food from recruiters for each new recruit.

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Apology is a Breath of Fresh Air, Hillary, But Take It One Step Further

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:00 PDT

Secretary Clinton’s apology for the Afghan civilian casualties was profuse and heartfelt, which is good. And her commitment to additional measures of addressing the conflict beyond the military one is welcome. But the standard alternatives, as usual, are about economic development and are rather long-term. There are other interventions afoot, however, that could have a more dramatic effect if the United States pursued them.

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