Thursday, 31 March 2011

Be a smart voter – Canada needs you

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 20:19 PDT

Before Canadians head once again to the polls, they should do their homework. This election is an opportunity to make Canada even better, but it’s also a chance to make it worse. Bad decisions at the polls can lead to increased poverty, a stagnant economy, lost opportunities, worse pollution or unjust wars.


Private Security Companies’ Firearms Stockpiles

Filed under: Disarmament,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:02 PDT

The private security industry has come under considerable international scrutiny due to the highly publicized role it has played in Afghanistan and Iraq. Attention has mostly focused on questions concerning governmental oversight and these companies’ accountability. Research Note 4: Private Security Companies’ Firearms Stockpiles —based on a forthcoming chapter from the Small Arms Survey 2011 yearbook—examines private security company (PSC) firearm holdings: their scale and variation across settings.


Côte d’Ivoire: Coming to a crunch

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:11 PDT

Skirmishes in Côte d’Ivoire between political rivals have grown into a full-blown civil war. Rebel forces allied to the winner of last year’s presidential election are sweeping through the country from the west, causing 1m people to flee their homes, many of them to neighbouring countries. West African governments are under increasing pressure to intervene.


Demanding end to violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council imposes targeted sanctions

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:10 PDT

With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates.

In unanimously adopting resolution 1975, the Council urged Mr. Gbagbo to immediately step aside, repeating the calls made for months following his UN-certified defeat in November’s presidential run-off, which was won by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.


ICC gathers evidence to prosecute Gbagbo, deputy prosecutor reveals

Filed under: Africa files,International Law: War,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:10 PDT

APA-Dakar (Senegal) – In what may not be music to the ears of Laurent Gbagbo and his government, the deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda has spoken of plans by the ICC to prosecute the incumbent Ivorian leader who is locked in a political stalemate with rival over disputed elections in November.


Cote D’Ivoire Reports: Hiatus

Filed under: Africa files,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:07 PDT

I am currently living in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and because of the increased fighting as of late, our internet, phones and power have been intermittent. This has made it difficult to research and post, especially the This Week in Conflict reports.


Dispensing Seed Bombs

Filed under: Environment,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:06 PDT

Seed bombs are a favorite tool of guerrilla gardeners for planting flowers on derelict ground. The simplest seed bombs are made of compostable paper, the most ingenious from a hollow eggshell, while a mixture of compost and clay gives weight for a long-distance throw.

The seed bomb idea was taken up by designers Daniel Phillips and Kim ­Karlsrud, who customize vending machines to distribute seed bombs instead of gumballs, for 50 cents.

“We really like the idea that seed bombing, while appealing perhaps to our desires to be bad and illicit, actually has the positive result of ecological restoration,” says Phillips.


Saturday, 26 March 2011

World Vision Peace Prize | Nominations Accepted until 31 March 2011

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Jobs, awards, opportunities,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:36 PDT
Thursday, 31 March 2011

The purpose of the annual World Vision International Peace Prize is to recognise and honour one individual who is a catalyst for peacemaking and one organisation which champions the integration of peacebuilding into relief, development and advocacy programmes.


Friday, 25 March 2011

ICC investigation into war crimes increases pressure on Gadhafi

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:38 PDT

With the UN-mandated air campaign continuing to pound military sites from the skies and emboldened Libyan rebels taking on his forces on the ground, Moammar Gadhafi is now facing a legal challenge to his 40-year reign.

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is leading the investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have been instigated by Libyan government forces under orders from Gadhafi, his sons and the regime’s inner circle.

Moreno-Ocampo is currently focusing his investigation into the events which happened between February 15 and February 26, the period before Libyan rebels took up arms against the regime. The ICC prosecutor has confirmed that pictures, videos and testimonies of people who fled Libya before fighting began support allegations that unarmed demonstrators were killed by security forces during the early protests


Guide to Nonviolence in Practice

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:47 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?..



Thursday, 24 March 2011

International Day for the Right to the Truth of Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Human Rights,Nonviolence,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:19 PDT
Saturday, 24 March 2012

March 24 is the International Day for the Right to the Truth of Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations.

The date was chosen to commemorate the day El Salvadorian human rights defender, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot dead in 1980 while celebrating mass in a chapel. He had been outspoken in his condemnation of abuses against the most vulnerable people in his country.

UN officials underline the right to truth for victims of gross human rights abuses

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:12 PDT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the right of the victims of gross human rights abuses and their families to know the truth about the circumstances surrounding the violations, the reasons they were perpetrated and the identity of the people responsible.

“Knowing the truth offers individual victims and their relatives a way to gain closure, restore their dignity and experience at least some remedy for their losses,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the first International Day for the Right to the Truth of Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations…

Mr. Ban noted that the Right to the Truth is now provided for in the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which entered into force in December last year.

The date was chosen to commemorate the day El Salvadorian human rights defender, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot dead in 1980 while celebrating mass in a chapel. He had been outspoken in his condemnation of abuses against the most vulnerable people in his country.


Student Group Presents Database of Nonviolent Actions

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:35 PDT

A group of students gathered Wednesday in Kohlberg’s Scheuer Room to present and discuss the Global Nonviolent Action Database, a project that has been years in the making. The database is an electronic compilation of different case studies of nonviolent resistance from around the world.

Hannah Jones ’12 explained in detail how the case studies are presented in the database. A case study will contain a one to three page summary explaining what happened, and a file of which “nonviolent tactics” were used.


A Skeptic’s Guide to Nonviolent Resistance

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:14 PDT

In anticipation of a variety of critiques concerning my op-ed, “Give Peaceful Resistance a Chance,” New York Times (March 10, 2011), I have assembled a set of 15 Frequently Asked Questions by civil resistance skeptics. I can empathize with these concerns, because I once shared them myself—before I embarked on this project and was surprised by what I found. I would have included more caveats and more detail in the op-ed itself, but the (excellent) editorial staff at the Times had to limit the content for space. Furthermore, I wasn’t able to reference the many different authors whose ideas have inspired me on this subject, but a quick look at any of my published works or blog posts on nonviolent resistance will show that my research builds on a wide range of previous scholarship….

Why did the nonviolent revolution in Libya fail? Could it have ever succeeded?

First, the nonviolent movement may have over-relied on a single tactic—protests—to pursue their aims. In Unarmed Insurrections, Kurt Schock argues that when movements rely too much on rallies or protests, they become extremely predictable—in other words, they become sitting ducks for regime repression. Successful movements will combine protests and demonstrations with well-timed strikes, boycotts, go-slows, stay-aways, and other actions that force the regime to disperse its repression in unsustainable ways…

Second, the campaign did not have adequate leverage over the security forces…

6. Doesn’t the failure of the nonviolent resistance in Libya disprove your argument that nonviolent resistance works? And aren’t the Libyan rebels justified in using violence given the circumstances?

All of the arguments I make are based on probability, not certainty. Here’s what I know: a campaign doesn’t succeed simply because it is nonviolent. Nevertheless, note how the largest gains the Libyan opposition made were during the nonviolent struggle…


Gaza: The Next Israeli-Palestinian War?

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:39 PDT

Amidst a serious escalation of deadly violence, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas must urgently be achieved to prevent the situation from spinning out of control.

Gaza: The Next Israeli-Palestinian War? , the latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines the sharp deterioration of the Israel-Palestine conflict in the past few days, which has been aggravated by broader regional instability.


Humanitarian intervention in Libya

Filed under: Africa files,International Law: War,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:28 PDT

Last week the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973/2011, which authorises the taking of “all necessary measures” including a no fly zone but short of occupation, to protect civilians and “civilian populated areas” from Colonel Gaddafi’s government. The UN has essentially authorised “humanitarian intervention” against Gaddafi’s regime.


Groundbreaking Consensus Reached to Abandon Global Blasphemy Code at the United Nations

Filed under: Human Rights,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:21 PDT

Today in Geneva, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a groundbreaking resolution that seeks to address violence, discrimination and incitement to religious hatred without reference to the controversial notion of “defamation of religions.” Human Rights First said the move marks an important shift away from efforts at the UN to create an international blasphemy code, something that has for the past decade been supported by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

“This new text adopted by the UN Human Rights Council is a huge achievement because, for the first time in many years, it focuses on the protection of individuals rather than religions,” said Human Rights First’s Tad Stahnke. “The consensus behind today’s resolution should put the divisive debates on defamation of religions behind us. Instead, states need to do more to adopt measures to combat violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, as well as address religious hatred without restricting speech. The resolution is a start, but recent events across the globe remind us that much more work needs to be done.”


Workplace Bullying: The Role of Policies and ADR Systems | AAA webinar March 29 @1pm ET

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:49 PDT
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Workplace bullying is a persistent form of hostility at the hands of someone with whom we work, usually bosses and coworkers. Recent research suggests that close to 50% of the American U.S. working population has had some exposure to bullying either as a target or as an observer in their working lives. The evidence of impact is devastating on an individual, group, and organizational level. What is clear is that organizations can have a profound impact on such behaviors for good or ill and this is where we need to focus more attention. While there is some work occurring on remediation of workplace bullying, we need to get in front of this type of interaction and organizations are well-positioned to do this.

This webinar has its focus on policies and procedures that organizations should consider in addressing bullying.

Loraleigh Keashly – Associate Professor and Academic Director for the MA in Dispute Resolution in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, Detroit
Lamont Stallworth- Arbitrator, mediator, fact-finder, and Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at Loyola University

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CLE Information:

CLE has been approved in the following states:  Arkansas (1.25), Mississippi (1.3), Missouri (1.6), Tennessee (1.33), Texas (1.25), and Wisconsin (1.5).  The AAA has applied for CLE in the following states:  Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, and North Carolina.  This course has been approved by New York State for a total of 1.5 hours of transitional/non-transitional CLE credit (1.0 Skills and 0.5 Professional Practice) – NY State scholarship will be available upon request.  Additionally, CLE credit is presumptively approved in the following states where AAA is an Approved or Accredited Provider:  Alaska (1.25), California (1.25), Rhode Island (1.5), Vermont (1.25), and West Virginia (1.6).

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.25 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.

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Romania | Peacebuilding courses 13-17 June and 20-24 June (PATRIR)

Filed under: Conferences, Events — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:01 PDT

Sunday, 20 March 2011 to Thursday, 24 March 2011

Monday, 13 June 2011 to Friday, 17 June 2011

Advanced Professional Trainings on

Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Stabilisation, Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR)
13th – 17th of June, 2011 – Cluj-Napoca


Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding & Peace Support Operations (DPP)

20th – 24th of June, 2011 – Cluj-Napoca


Programme description:

Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Stabilisation, Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR)

June 13th – 17th, 2011

Cluj –Napoca, Romania

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PCTR provides a practical, highly intensive and professional training for government officials, policy makers and practitioners working in the field. The programme gives a key policy and operational overview of the latest lessons learned, tools, and methods in peacebuilding, conflict transformation and post-war stabilization and recovery, bringing together experienced practitioners and policy makers from governments, the United Nations, EU, and national and international organisations and agencies. It has been evaluated as one of the highest quality trainings in the field by hundreds of participants from more than 70 countries. PCTR draws upon an extensive global experience base, systematically weaving together operational and policy lessons identified and good practices. The training also provides a forum for participants to share experiences and address concrete issues and challenges facing them in their work and country/community.

The PCTR includes:

  • Systemic Peacebuilding, Applied Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation
  • Early Warning and Effective Operational and Structural Violence & Risk Prevention
  • Developing Sustainable Peace Outcomes and Peace Processes – Local, National, Regional and International Engagement
  • Scenario Development, Strategic Planning & Foresight Approaches
  • Improving Practical / Operational Situation and Conflict Analysis & Intelligence and Linking it to Programme Planning and Implementation
  • Strengthening and Supporting Sustainable Local, National and Regional Infrastructure and Capacities for Peace
  • Reconciliation & Recovery After War and Violence

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes:
Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness
in Peacebuilding & Peace Support Operations (DPP)

June 20th – 24th, 2011

Cluj –Napoca, Romania

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Designing Peacebuilding Programmes is the first fully integrated programme helping agencies, organisations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilization and recovery to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programs.  Experience from the field has shown that organisations and agencies often face significant gaps / challenges in the development, planning and implementation of their projects – leading work to have limited sustainable impact. The DPP programme has been offered around the world and provides the first comprehensive and in-depth training to support organisations and agencies through all levels from project development through design, planning, implementation and follow-through. Most importantly: it’s an operational programme. Participating organisations and participants bring actual projects and engagements they are working with in their organisations / agencies / governments and are supported to learn and apply improved, effective skills for designing peacebuilding programmes for impact, effectiveness and sustainability.

The DPP includes:

  • An Integrated Operational Framework for Effective Design of Peacebuilding Programmes
  • Design and Planning Tools drawing from the latest developments in the field – the programme incorporates methodologies developed in the peacebuilding field as well as from development work, business and elsewhere
  • Program Design, Development and Implementation specifically for peacebuilding and post-war recovery programmes
  • Effective ways to integrate Program Monitoring & Evaluation into your work
  • Making Risk Assessment & Mitigation Effective in Programme Planning and Implementation
  • Design and Implementation for Sustainable Results and Impact

For more information on course content, application procedure & deadline, please visit the IPDTC web-site: or write to

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Gene Sharp: Why Burmese Resistance Has Failed So Far

Filed under: Myanmar,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:00 PDT

He has been called the man who toppled Mubarak, a description he says demeans what he sees as a wholly Egyptian uprising against authoritarian rule. Before that, he was the victim of a whispering campaign in which his work was alleged to be a US front for regime change in the guise of citizen uprisings. He calls those allegations “a joke” and reminds that he went to prison in the US for civil disobedience there.

From Dictatorship to Democracy is perhaps his best-known and most-influential work. Renowned as a handbook for strategic non-violent protest around the world, it originated in Dr Sharp’s work with Burmese opposition and ethnic groups in the early 1990s, and was intended as a blueprint for the liberation of the country from military rule.

With the army in control since 1962, and seemingly entrenched behind a parliamentary makeover, the challenges facing activists and opposition groups in Burma are among the most daunting anywhere. Now 83 years old, and with a CV that dates back to working with Norwegian opponents of Nazi/Quisling rule during World War II, Dr Gene Sharp shared his thoughts on the recent events in North Africa and the Middle East with Simon Roughneen, as well as outlining why he believes that resistance in Burma has failed to dislodge the military rulers of that country.

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