Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Negotiation 101: Gender War Or Gender Peace And Prosperity?

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,gender,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:00 PDT

They say that men and women negotiate differently. If that’s true, let’s learn from one another. Then maybe, we’ll all get what we want.

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When workplace conflict becomes too hot to handle

Filed under: gender — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:00 PDT

When workplace conflict becomes too hot to handle
Imagine going into the office and finding a bullet sitting on your desk. Attached to it is a note saying, “This one is for you.”

And what would you do if your boss slapped you with a ruler every time you made a mistake for the last 10 years?

Cases like these may sound like they’re from the movies. But real Canadians like Rebecca, who asked that her last name not be used, have reached out for help after dealing with such problems in their workplaces.

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UN marks World Peace Day in the face of changing global conflicts

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:19 PDT

September 21 is United Nations International Peace Day. It is the one day that all weapons around the world should fall silent. But what has happened since the previous Peace Day? Has the world become more peaceful?

Answering the question of whether the world is more peaceful than it was a year ago is difficult…

One of the presentig institutes is the Institute for International Conflict Research at the University of Heidelberg. Its “Global Conflict Barometer” report contains statistics from a very broad spectrum of what it considers to be conflicts, from a clash of interests up to the organized and systematic use of force in intermediate or domestic wars. Using its barometer, the institute has determined that there were 345 conflicts in the world during 2008 – more than ever before.

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Carters Receive Nonviolence Award at JMU

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:14 PDT

James Madison University honored Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn with the Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award Monday night for their work promoting peace worldwide.

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Video Games Promote Peace and Democracy

Filed under: children and youth,Dispute resolution and negotiation,Human Rights,Media and Conflict,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:13 PDT

Video games are fun, but besides providing entertainment, some of them actually teach people how to resolve global conflicts without violence. Several organizations are using video games and other virtual simulations to promote peace, build democracies and support for disaster relief.

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Cambodia marks International Day of Peace

Filed under: Cambodia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:13 PDT

PHNOM PENH – Nearly 300 people from schools, universities, pogodas and NGOs as well as other international and social groups gathered in downtown of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh Monday to mark the International Day of Peace…

“We also appealed to our leader and world leaders to support and respect the peace principles in solving the conflict matters even in internal affairs or with neighboring countries,” said a joint statement from the event organizer.

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ABSTRACT: Regulation and the Role of Trust: Reflections from the Mining Industry

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:13 PDT

The role of prosecution in achieving compliance with social regulation is a highly contentious issue, nowhere more so than with regard to work-related injury and death in the New South Wales mining industry.

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Israel: A Toast for Peace

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:12 PDT

A couple of weeks ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced his intention to pass a bill that would ban alcohol from kiosks and gas stations as well as limit its sales and advertisement. The purpose of the bill is to reduce the seemingly rising level of violence and road accidents inside Israel….

If the Prime Minister is really interested in meaningfully reducing violence in Israeli society, which he surely is, he should focus all his energies on ending the conflict with the Palestinians.

The Greek historian Thucydides once wrote that, “War is a violent teacher.” By this he meant that war makes all – victim, aggressor and spectator – brutal.

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U.S. calls UN report on Gaza war unfair to Israel

Filed under: International Law: War,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:12 PDT

The Obama administration on Friday sharply criticized a United Nations report alleging that Israel committed multiple war crimes in its Gaza war earlier this year. The U.S. State Department statement ended nearly a week of muted reactions to findings already rejected by Israel.

The State Department said the conclusions of a UN commission headed by South African Justice Richard Goldstone were unfair to Israel and did not fully deal with the role in the conflict of the militant Palestinian group Hamas. It said the United States objected to a recommendation that Israeli actions be referred to the International Criminal Court.

“Although the report addresses all sides of the conflict, its overwhelming focus is on the actions of Israel,” spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.

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Is it anti-Semitic to defend Palestinian human rights?

Filed under: Human Rights,Media and Conflict,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:01 PDT

“There is clearly a wide range of opinion on Zionism that exists within the Jewish community. This fact needs to be recognized. We also need to reject specious arguments and reject false allegations of racism and anti-Semitism. We need to fight for freedom of speech, academic freedom, critical inquiry and democratic debate, at all universities and colleges, in the media, in the halls of political power and all across North America. Individuals should be allowed to decide for themselves questions about Zionism and the Palestinians based on open debate, the facts and informed opinion not on suppression of debate, intimidation and censorship.” — Edward C. Corrigan

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Rwanda: Tribunal’s Work Incomplete – 25,000 to 45,000 Rwandan Patriotic Front Killings From 1994 Never Addressed

Filed under: Rwanda,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:00 PDT

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda may lose its credibility unless it indicts and tries Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) officers suspected of having committed war crimes in Rwanda in 1994, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the tribunal’s chief prosecutor made public today.

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