Saturday, 27 March 2010

In Germany, Xenophobia Diverted by Open Doors

Filed under: Religion and peacebuilding — administrator @ 12:15 PDT

A Muslim congregation that converted a movie theater into a mosque has temporarily shelved plans to add a minaret and three golden cupolas while it reaches out to the neighborhood.


Africa’s great riddle: The bleak calculus of Congo’s war without end:

Filed under: Africa files,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 00:45 PDT

Kitchanga, Congo — In a decade of war, Biringiro Kamanutse has tried to go home four times – only to flee for his life each time. A few weeks ago, rebels attacked his village, killing and looting, even taking his clothes and cooking pans. Mr. Kamanutse and his family took shelter in a nearby village, but it too was attacked, so they trudged two days through the bush to reach a camp at Kitchanga, where up to 20,000 refugees are crowded in tiny huts of sticks and straw.

While still in the bush, he heard politicians on the radio talking about peace and progress. “They say we can go home – it’s safe, it’s quiet,” he says. “But it has no connection to reality.”


Friday, 26 March 2010

The Outcomes of Copenhagen: the Negotiations and the Accord

Filed under: Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:52 PDT

The overall purpose of this paper is to evaluate the substantive results of the Copenhagen conference, including the status of the negotiations on the key issues under the formal negotiating tracks and the provisions of the Copenhagen Accord, and to draw implications for implementation of actions in developing countries… full text .pdf


UK: Send Burma to the ICC

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Myanmar — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:49 PDT

Every time that I teach international criminal law, at least one student writes on whether you could prosecute the Burmese junta for crimes against humanity. As a matter of substantive ICL, the answer is clearly yes. The problem is jurisdictional — who is going to prosecute them? Apparently, the UK thinks it should be the ICC via a Security Council referral:


CINERGY: Introductory Conflict Coaching Workshop | Workshop schedule and deadlines

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:59 PDT
Friday, 26 March 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010 to Thursday, 22 April 2010

Friday, 14 May 2010 to Saturday, 15 May 2010

Monday, 17 May 2010 to Thursday, 20 May 2010

Monday, 24 May 2010 to Thursday, 27 May 2010

Friday, 11 June 2010 to Monday, 14 June 2010

Saturday, 19 June 2010 to Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Monday, 23 August 2010 to Thursday, 26 August 2010

Monday, 25 October 2010 to Thursday, 28 October 2010


Conflict coaching is a specialized niche in the field of coaching and conflict management.  It is a one-on-one technique, in which a trained coach assists people to effectively prevent or manage specific disputes and to enhance their conflict management skills.  This process has wide application, in the organizational context and for coaching individuals to participate in mediation, negotiation and relational conflict.

Outcomes of the Introductory Conflict Coaching Workshop:

The outcomes of this workshop are that participants will gain:

  • the theory, principles and methods specific to the CINERGY® model of conflict coaching;
  • an introduction to and basic working knowledge of conflict coaching using the CINERGY® model;
  • an understanding of the types of skills required to provide conflict coaching;
  • experience of the coaching model as a coach, ‘client’ and observer;
    • knowledge of the applications of this technique; and
  • suggested documents and information about the logistics of conflict coaching.

Methods Used in the Workshop:

Through self-reflection, skill-building exercises, discussion, simulations, demonstrations and skills practices, participants develop and practice conflict coaching techniques and skills.


The training will be of specific interest to coaches, HR Professionals, experienced workplace mediators and other conflict management professionals, who want to learn the fundamentals of a model for coaching conflict.

This workshop has been approved for 28 hours of Continuing Coaching Education Units from the International Coach Federation (23 hours ICF Core Competencies; 1 hour Personal Development; 1 hour Business Development; and 3 hours Other Skills and Tools Directly Applicable to Coaching).


Dates Location Registration Deadline

April 19-22*                                      San Antonio, Texas                  March 26, 2010

May 14-15 & 28-29                          Dublin, Ireland

May 17-20*                                      Portland, Oregon                     April 15, 2010

May 24-27*                                      Arlington, Virginia                    April 30, 2010

June 11-14                                         Paris, France

June 19-22                                         Oxford, England

August 23-26**                                 Toronto, Canada                      September 24, 2010

October 25-28**                               Ottawa, Canada                       October 1, 2010

* This program has been approved for 27 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (U.S.).

** This program is  pre-approved for recertification through HRPA (Canada).

We also offer workshops in Australia and New Zealand.  Contact us for more information.

To register and for further information on conflict coaching workshops including coordinating a workshop in your city or workplace, contact CINERGY® Coaching:

Phone: 416-686-4247, Toll free: 1-866-335-6466, Email: cinnie at

CINERGY® Conflict Coaching = Peacebuilding, One Person at a Time

Cinnie Noble is a pioneer in the field of conflict coaching and the founder of the CINERGY® model of conflict management coaching.  She is a lawyer-mediator, former social worker and certified coach.  For further information on CINERGY®, feel free to visit

Britain outlaws cluster bombs

Filed under: Disarmament,South Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:07 PDT

Britain is banning the use of cluster bombs by its armed forces, and has undertaken the destruction of its entire stockpile.


International Nonviolence Summer Institute, at the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Filed under: Conferences, Events,News Watch Blog,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:44 PDT

Tuesday, 6 July 2010 to Friday, 16 July 2010

International Nonviolence Summer Institute, at the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Three training options:

  • a 5-day Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence course,
  • a 10- day Training of Trainers Level I certification course in Kingian Nonviolence, and
  • a 5-day Advanced Level II certification course for previously certified trainers

Recent participates have represented countries such as Somalia, Liberia, Cameroon, South Africa, Columbia, Ukraine, Tanzania, Tibet, Palestine, and Nigeria. The Institute also attracts participants from all over the US, joining together individuals from diverse cultural and political perspectives to find common ground in the principles and practices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an effective method for ending violence, achieving social justice, and creating the beloved community.

The attached flyer offers more detail for anyone who might be interested in any of these intensive trainings.

Please post or circulate to interested colleagues.

Online information is available at our

Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies Website


CLICK HERE for more course details and On-Line registration options.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Intellectual Property: Thoughts about Property and Profit

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:11 PDT

Have you ever thought about the way we attach an economic value to just about everything and then scheme and fight and maneuver to get more of whatever it is? We become downright obsessed with having things and defending our right to do as we wish with what is ours. The value of things is determined by how badly other people want them. The value of things goes up and down according to demand. Land, food, water, oil, energy, precious metals, “collectables”, antiques – they are all bought and sold and we have developed elaborate legal systems to protect all of these things from thieves and to make sure that transactions are done properly, or at least legally. Well – that’s the idea, anyway, wars and invasions and our treatment of First Nations peoples aside.


Monday, 22 March 2010

Unsafe water kills more people than war, Ban says on World Day

Filed under: Environment,gender,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:01 PDT

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water Day…

In his message, Mr. Ban highlighted that water is vitally linked to all UN development goals, including maternal and child health and life expectancy, women’s empowerment, food security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Rwandan woman talks about surviving genocide with her faith intact

Filed under: Religion and peacebuilding,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 02:01 PDT

In 1994, the Rwandan woman hid with seven others inside a closet-sized bathroom for 91 days while 1 million of her countrymen died in a modern-day holocaust. The dead included most of her family.

Her life was in constant danger from roaming bands of killers. Remarkably, Ilibagiza and the others were never discovered.

Even more miraculous, her faith survived, and it enabled her to forgive those who slaughtered her family and so many others.


Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Music is Still the Weapon: Hope isn’t lost for those who believe that art can transform our world

Filed under: Africa files,Art of Peacework — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 01:07 PDT

On February 18, 1977, a thousand Nigerian soldiers surrounded the Kalakuta Republic and burned it to the ground.

As republics go, Kalakuta wasn’t very large. Only 100 or so people lived there. But the immensely popular musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti had created this compound, in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, as a joyful and democratic space in an otherwise corrupt and dictatorial country. The sovereignty of Fela’s republic was always under threat. And even though the invaders threw his mother from the second floor on that day in 1977, and even though the soldiers cracked his skull, and even though the government jailed him for trying to defend himself, Fela continued to fight back. He used his Afrobeat music and biting lyrics as his weapon.


Thursday, 11 March 2010

Chinese use Twitter to report police intimidation

Filed under: Human Rights,Media and Conflict,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 20:31 PDT

BEIJING — Like the United States, China is having its own tea party movement, but this one has a very different agenda.

Police have long tried to shush and isolate potential activists, usually starting with a low-key warning, perhaps over a meal or a cup of tea. Now, the country’s troublemakers are openly blogging and tweeting their stories about “drinking tea” with the cops, allowing the targeted citizens to bond and diluting the intimidation they feel.


Rwanda’s home-grown gacaca courts set to close

Filed under: Rwanda,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:04 PDT

After five years of trials, the grass roots courts that have judged more than one million people suspected of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide are drawing to a close amidst mixed reviews.

“The whole process is expected to be over by the end of March,” Denis Bikesha, an official at the gacaca department, told AFP.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Power of the People: Engaging the Public on Legal Aid

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:55 PDT

Legal Aid is in crisis in this province. The funding model for the Legal Services Society doesn’t work and as a result there is simply not enough money to fund the current system. As a result, there are fewer and fewer lawyers (particularly more experienced lawyers) who are willing to take on legal aid cases. Those that do so in any significant way undoubtedly believe it as the right thing to do, not the financially sound thing to do.

The Legal Services Society has cut service areas, cut staff and in the very near future will close offices everywhere but in Vancouver. There has also been an attempt to shift the form of legal aid delivery from a lawyer model to a “self-help” model. The results of “self-help” are being felt in courtrooms across the province. They are being clogged with unrepresented litigants…

It’s time to get the public involved in a real and meaningful discussion about Legal Aid in our province – what the framework should be, what should be covered, who should deliver it and how it should be funded. Last spring, a group of justice system stakeholders passed a resolution (which was adopted by the British Columbia Branch) calling on the government to hold an inquiry into the state of Legal Aid in British Columbia…

We have begun discussions with other justice system stakeholders to establish a Public Forum on Legal Aid in British Columbia. While it is still in the planning stages, this Public Forum would travel the province and hear from members of the public and others who understand the problems of the current Legal Aid system.


Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Rwanda

Filed under: News Watch Blog,Religion and peacebuilding,Rwanda,Transitional Justice — administrator @ 07:30 PDT

Rwanda photo copyright Andrew Scambler

Peacemakers Trust has received an invitation from The Sharing Way, a Canadian faith-based development agency, and its Rwandan partner, the Association des Églises Baptistes au Rwanda (AEBR), to work with them to develop a three year plan of action that responds to emerging needs and challenges in post-genocide Rwanda. The participatory planning process will involve consultation and planning meetings with a number of Rwandan church leaders from around Rwanda, including women and youth leaders.

You can become a partner in raising the costs of this initiative with a tax-deductable donation to Peacemakers Trust, a Canadian charity focused on conflict transformation and peacebuilding. (read more…)


Monday, 8 March 2010

REMINDER: Winnipeg | Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity and Security in the Search for Peace Oct 1-2

Filed under: Conferences, Events — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:12 PDT

Friday, 1 October 2010 to Saturday, 2 October 2010

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity and Security in the Search for Peace
Hosted by Menno Simons College and Global College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ~ October 1-2, 2010


Building Bridges, Crossing Borders:
Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace

The 8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association
October 1-2, 2010
Menno Simons College and the Global College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


UN officials urge greater support for empowering women on International Day

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:21 PDT

Top United Nations officials are marking International Women’s Day by calling for greater support to women, particularly in developing countries, so that they can be empowered and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

In his message for the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “the third Millennium Development Goal – to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment – is central to all the rest. When women are denied the opportunity to better themselves and their societies, we all lose.


A journey uncompleted

Filed under: gender — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:19 PDT

Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.

– Rosemary Brown, 1930-2003, Canadian politician

It is important on International Women’s Day we mark the progress made by so many women the world over.

Today provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the accomplishments of women, past and present, who fought for women’s rights, who pushed their way into old boys clubs to become members of government or doctors or astronauts.


Canadian gender gap for pay higher than OECD average

Filed under: gender,Human Rights — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:16 PDT

Canadian men on average get paid more than 20% more than their female colleagues, giving the country one of the highest gender gaps among the 30 OECD nations.

Only Korea, Japan and Germany rank higher than Canada in paying men more than women. Canada is in fourth place along with the United Kingdom, according to Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development statistics.


O Canada, it’s time to change our tune

Filed under: gender,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:11 PDT

Ironic, isn’t it, given that today is International Women’s Day, when the world stops for a moment to reflect on the advances society has made on the rocky path to gender equality.

In Canada, like most modern industrialized countries, there are many achievements to celebrate this past century, even as there is still much work to be done: Women can vote, they work outside the home, they wear what they want in public and they speak up with impunity about injustice and inequity, the universal goal that of rectifying the social, economic and sexual prejudices of the past.

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