Sunday, 30 May 2010

Do You Make These 10 Common Mistakes When You Think?

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 04:26 PDT

Your thoughts are incredibly powerful. This can be an awesome thing.

It can also be a thing that cripples you, paralyses you, causes much suffering and gets you stuck instead of getting you to move forward towards a better and more positive life.

In this article I’ll explore 10 common mistakes I have made many times – and still do from time to time – and what I have done about them to improve the way I use my mind…

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Winning the Invisible Conflict: Is Sri Lanka headed for sustainable peace?

Filed under: Human Rights,Media and Conflict,Restorative justice,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:26 PDT

On Tuesday 19th May 2009 – the day after the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, declared victory over the Tamil Tigers, bringing to a close 26 years of conflict. With the routing of the LTTE, and the reclamation of all occupied territory, it was announced that the conflict in Sri Lanka had come to an end.

The cost of this declared victory was immense…

Though the conflict with the LTTE is over, the root causes which in part were responsible for giving that entity its birth have yet to be addressed…

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15 years accompanying human rights defenders in Colombia

Filed under: Human Rights,Nonviolence,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:06 PDT

English: 15 years accompanying human rights defenders in Colombia from Peace Brigades International on Vimeo.

15 years accompanying human rights defenders: A documentary by Peace Brigades International. October 2009.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A new idea in conflict prevention?

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:16 PDT

I had a fascinating meeting at Google in London this morning. Attended by some very senior journalists, former top-level government officials, and representatives of NGOs, universities, and think tanks, the three- or four-hour session looked at a proposal for a new way to approach conflict prevention.

Called “PAX”, the idea is to gather SMS, images and video from the general public in areas of conflict (in the style of FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi), and combine that with satellite imagery to form a massive open database that could be accessed to help pressure key governments and others into preventative action.

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Friday, 21 May 2010

To Publish or Not to Publish

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:50 PDT

The earthquake in Haiti… somehow made publishing the photographs more important than protecting the dignity of the dead. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times chose to publish graphic images of the carnage in Haiti, to which The Post’s Ombudsman Andrew Alexander defended the decision by saying: “Journalism is about truth, and the horrific images convey reality.”

Yet Susan Sontag in her New Yorker essay, “Looking at War: Photography’s view of devastation and death,” didn’t seem to agree.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Birmingham, UK | Peacebuilding: Strengthening Organisational Policy and Practice

Filed under: Conferences, Events,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:13 PDT

Monday, 22 November 2010 to Friday, 26 November 2010

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Organisational Policy and Practice
Dates: 22 – 26 November 2010
Location: Birmingham, UK
Course fee: £970

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Organisational Policy and Practice is designed to draw on the experience and practice of participants, working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding to influence internal policies and programmatic approaches. The course will identify how organisations can strive to balance their organisational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political emergencies.

Course aims
The course will enable participants to contribute to developing constructive organisational and programmatic policies that will guide practical responses in the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields. It will draw on the experience of participants and tutors to examine the key issues that are emerging from field-based work.

Course objectives
Participants will:
-deepen their understanding of peacebuilding, from a conflict transformation perspective, as it applies to their work
-apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organisational situations
-explore the relationship between organisational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence
-examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organisations
-consider the key policy and practice issues relating to conflict prevention and peacebuilding

Suitable for
This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes. It is particularly relevant for those engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes, and those concerned with developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.

2009 participant feedback
“I learned a lot, and I can say now that through this training I feel better prepared for my work in Kenya.”

“This was a well organised course in which participants can apply in case studies what we learned.”

“The tools and concepts were very useful and I can be of good help in policy planning. Also, the tools used can help us do similar training at local level.”

For more information about the course and to apply, please visit our website www.respond.org or contact us at courses [at] respond.org

Responding to Conflict,
1046 Bristol Road,
Birmingham, B29 6LJ,
United Kingdom.

Registered as a Charity in England and Wales, No. 1132189.

Registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in England and Wales, No. 06979336.

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Organisational Policy and Practice

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Jobs, awards, opportunities — administrator @ 04:51 PDT

Monday, 22 November 2010 09:00 PDT to Friday, 26 November 2010 17:00 PDT

Dates: 22 - 26 November 2010

Location: Birmingham, UK

Course fee: £970

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Organisational Policy and Practice is designed to draw on the experience and practice of participants, working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding to influence internal policies and programmatic approaches. The course will identify how organisations can strive to balance their organisational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political emergencies.

Course aims

The course will enable participants to contribute to developing constructive organisational and programmatic policies that will guide practical responses in the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields. It will draw on the experience of participants and tutors to examine the key issues that are emerging from field-based work.

Course objectives

Participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of peacebuilding, from a conflict transformation perspective, as it applies to their work
  • apply appropriate conflict analysis to their own organisational situations
  • explore the relationship between organisational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence
  • examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organisations
  • consider the key policy and practice issues relating to conflict prevention and peacebuilding

Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, and peacebuilding programmes. It is particularly relevant for those engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes, and those concerned with developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.

2009 participant feedback

“I learned a lot, and I can say now that through this training I feel better prepared for my work in Kenya.”

“This was a well organised course in which participants can apply in case studies what we learned.”

“The tools and concepts were very useful and I can be of good help in policy planning. Also, the tools used can help us do similar training at local level.”

For more information about the course and to apply, please visit our website www.respond.org or contact us at courses@respond.org

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Peace exhibit good idea for war museum

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:58 PDT

War and peace do not need to be mutually exclusive concepts in Canada’s war museum.

Shining a spotlight on the peace movement and those who have historically championed it doesn’t in any way imply disrespect for those who fought and died in war, which is why officials at the Canadian War Museum should be applauded for mounting an exhibit about the movement to mark the museum’s fifth anniversary.

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Israeli and Jordanian women, in business, for peace

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment,gender,Humanitarian work,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:56 PDT

An Israeli-American academic has initiated a program that may both advance disadvantaged women from Israel and Jordan and build peace among nations.

Media Needs to Be Trained in Conflict Reporting: Singh

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:53 PDT

Pacific Islands media should undergo regular training on peace and conflict prevention, says an academic attending a Pacific regional workshop on peace building in Nadi, Fiji.

Shailendra Singh, the Divisional Head of Journalism at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, said that because reporting conflicts was an integral and important part of journalism, journalists needed training in this area in order to do their jobs professionally and ethically.

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Liberians Still Debating Reconciliation Commission Recommendations

Filed under: Africa files,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:50 PDT

Five months after the release of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, the International Center for Transitional Justice has published an assessment addressing transitional justice options in Liberia.

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Sri Lanka: New Commission For Restorative Justice

Filed under: Restorative justice,South Asia,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:47 PDT

The communiqué from the Presidential Media Unit announcing a probe into the violations of internationally accepted norms of conduct has incorporated several new words and phrases which are not yet familiar terms in the political discourse in Sri Lanka. A few such words and phrases are: the need for restorative justice; a probe of violations of internationally accepted norms of conduct; no recurrence of such tragic conflict in the future; institutional, administrative and welfare measures already taken in the post conflict phase and which should be further taken in order to effect reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation; legislative and administrative measures that may be necessary to prevent such situations in the future; assessing the lessons learned from the recent conflict phase; identification of any persons or groups responsible for such acts, (and) payment of compensation for victims.

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Call for Applicants: Senior Research Scholar and Post Doctoral Research Scholar | Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR), Columbia University | Deadline 1 June 2010

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Jobs, awards, opportunities — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:26 PDT
Tuesday, 1 June 2010

… two new positions at the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR),The deadline for applications is June, 1 2010.

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Amnesty calls for ‘bullet-proof’ Arms Trade Treaty

Filed under: Disarmament — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:25 PDT

Amnesty International have today joined with campaigners in more than 100 countries to call upon government leaders to develop a “bullet-proof” Arms Trade Treaty. Amnesty’s call came as they published a report [Killer Facts] on abuses fuelled by the trade in weapons.

Their comments come ahead of negotiations between leaders which are expected to begin in July. Some fear that proposals for the treaty will be watered down, while other campaigners have warned against putting too much hope in the treaty without wider political change…

“It beggars belief how no international agreement exists to regulate the global trade of weapons, despite the fact that there are global treaties for items such as bananas or dinosaur bones,” said Amnesty’s Oliver Sprague.

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EJIL Talk! Dissects Ken Anderson’s “The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences”

Filed under: Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:24 PDT

… Ken Anderson’s recent article “The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences”… “offers a high-altitude, high-speed look at the effects of international criminal law on other parts of public international law and organizations.” EJIL Talk! has solicited two very interesting responses so far, one from Prof. Brad Roth and the other from Amrita Kapur…

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New Report Shows Progress on Global Health MDGs

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,Humanitarian work,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:11 PDT

The World Health Organization released its annual Global Health Statistics which provides a global snapshot of how the WHO’s 193 member countries are progressing on the health related Millennium Development Goals. The figures are encouraging…

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UN Budget 101

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:11 PDT

…Better World Campaign put together a helpful primer on how the United States pays the United Nations and its agencies…

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Burundi, Facing Four-Month Electoral Cycle, Could Become ‘Extraordinary Example of Political Maturity’, Secretary-General’s Envoy Tells Security Council

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 03:11 PDT

Continued international support was crucial for Burundi as it faced multiple election processes this year and socio-economic challenges following the critical democratic transition, Charles Petrie, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General, told the Security Council today.

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Afghan prohibition of under-age police recruitment wins UN applause

Filed under: children and youth,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 02:58 PDT

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today welcomed a ban on the recruitment of people under the age of 18 into the national police force and called on the defence ministry to adopt a similar prohibition with regard to the army.

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Cameroon agrees to cut illegal wood out of its supply chain

Filed under: Africa files,Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 02:58 PDT

One of Africa’s largest exporters of tropical hardwoods, Cameroon, has announced today a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) to rid all illegal wood from its supply chain to the EU and worldwide. Cameroon signed a legally-binding Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that will cover all wood products produced in Cameroon.

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