Thursday, 7 July 2011

Transcend Peace University: Summer Sessions July 18-Aug 26 | 2nd term 2011 Sept 26-Dec 16

Filed under: Conferences, Events — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:32 PDT

Friday, 8 July 2011 to Friday, 26 August 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Transcend Peace University TPU is an all-online university, currently headed by Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung, widely recognized as the core founding-figure of the academic discipline of peace-studies. Our inter-disciplinary courses are designed to cover issues pertaining to peace and development studies.

As specialists in this domain, we emphasize solution-oriented approaches. Our faculty members are leading peace scholars and internationally recognized mediators. The purpose of TPU, the educational institute of TRANSCEND, is to impart to our students the knowledge and skills required for professional peace and development work.

TPU equips students with analytical and practical competence in conflict-transformation and -resolution. Our methodology draws from more than fifty years of knowledge provided by distinguished researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

1st term 2011: March 7th – May 27th (12 weeks)
Summer Sessions – July 18th – August 26th (6 weeks)
2nd term 2011: September 26th – December 16th (12 weeks)

Our 12-week and 6-week (Summer Sessions) online courses are addressed to government and non-government practitioners – including students – in need of high level analytical peace & conflict competence. The Galtung-Institut offers additional on-site tutorials in southern Germany – for further information please visit the homepage of the institute: www.galtung-institut.de.

E-mail: tpu [at] transcend.org
Contact person: Karoline Weber, Executive Secretary, weber [at] transcend.org

Finding peace with the raccoons in our backyard

Filed under: Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:26 PDT

Four years ago , my husband and I bought a house in an old Toronto neighbourhood. What we didn’t realize when we signed the purchase agreement was that we would be sharing the property – with raccoons.

Our first encounter was shortly after we moved in and were eating dinner outside. As night fell, the raccoons emerged from between the houses. They sat on our fence and watched us. Disturbingly, they were unafraid of us higher mammals.

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Live and Learn: Why we have college

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:13 PDT

My first job as a professor was at an Ivy League university. The students were happy to be taught, and we, their teachers, were happy to be teaching them. Whatever portion of their time and energy was being eaten up by social commitments—which may have been huge, but about which I was ignorant—they seemed earnestly and unproblematically engaged with the academic experience. If I was naïve about this, they were gracious enough not to disabuse me. None of us ever questioned the importance of what we were doing.

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Community control, rather than govt control, helps forests recover, says study

Filed under: Environment,Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:32 PDT

A new study says that giving local communities control over forest resources can help slow and even reverse deforestation.

The research, published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) on the eve of a forestry workshop in Lombok, Indonesia, analyzed trends in countries that have either maintained or expanded forest cover since 1990. It found several factors contributing to forest recovery: expansion of community rights over land and resource management; support for afforestation, restoration, and reforestation projects; and “opening of markets to support sustainable forest management practices.”

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UN welcomes Somali insurgents’ decision to drop ban on humanitarian aid

Filed under: Africa files,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:31 PDT

The top United Nations relief official for Somalia today welcomed an announcement by Al-Shabaab insurgents that they would lift their ban on international aid, but asked for guarantees against workers being targeted or taxed.

“I welcome the suspension of restrictions on aid agencies and I am happy to cooperate with anybody who can help to alleviate the current crisis and save hundreds of Somali lives,” Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, said in a news release.

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Palestine: The Fire Next Time?

Filed under: Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:30 PDT

“The third intifada has already begun,” a very mild-mannered Palestinian told me last week when I asked her if she expected a new uprising should Palestinian diplomatic efforts fail. My initial reaction was that either her words were overly dramatic or that the uprising was too gentle to be noticed. But on further reflection, I was less certain.
She was, of course, exaggerating—there are few overt signs of popular mobilization. Her claim should not be quickly dismissed, however. The third intifada—if it does develop—may begin far more gradually and remain less violent than the second of the early 2000s. Even though I differ with her assessment—the third intifada has not yet begun—signs of change and motion are unmistakable. It is simply not clear where they will lead.

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Bangladesh: Protect Women Against ‘Fatwa’ Violence: Despite Court Orders, Government Has Failed to Intervene

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,gender,Human Rights — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:29 PDT

DHAKA – The Bangladesh government should take urgent measures to make sure that religious fatwas and traditional dispute resolution methods do not result in extrajudicial punishments, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is yet to act on repeated orders of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court, beginning in July 2010, to stop illegal punishments such as whipping, lashing, or public humiliations, said the petitioners who challenged the practice.

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OPT: Born at a checkpoint

Filed under: children and youth,gender,Human Rights,Middle East,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:29 PDT

LONDON, 5 July 2011 (IRIN) – For three years now a UK medical journal, the Lancet, has been working with Palestinian health professionals and researchers to document the effects of stressful living – coping with economic difficulties and shortages, restrictions on movement, political tensions and fear of outside attack – and has just published its latest findings.

Restrictions on movement are an everyday irritant in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt): Apart from tedious and humiliating searches at checkpoints, residents never know for sure how long their journeys will take, or whether, indeed, they can be made at all. But in a medical emergency these restrictions can be a matter of life or death.

Last year the Lancet’s collaborators described vividly the terror of women waiting to give birth during Israeli bombing raids on Gaza in early 2009: They knew they might need urgent medical care at a time when they were trapped in their homes during the attacks. This year another of their researchers has looked at what happens to women already in labour who are caught at oPt checkpoints.

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“A Woman’s Place is at the Peace Table”: An Analysis of Women’s Participation in the Afghan Peace Process

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,gender,Human Rights,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:28 PDT

Abstract : Almost a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the government of President Hamid Karzai is promoting talks with them as well as other insurgent groups. Facing a never-ending cycle of instability and conflict; escalating violence and high numbers of civilian casualties as well as pressure for an exit strategy from troop-contributing countries, there is strong domestic and international consensus on the need for a negotiated settlement.

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Diaspora Peacebuilding Capacity: Women in Exile on the Thai/Burmese Border

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,gender,Human Rights,Myanmar,Thailand — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:26 PDT

Abstract : This paper is a gendered analysis of peacebuilding capacity in the context of forced migration… This study of women from Burma in exile reinforces the need to implement UNSCR 1325 in a way that strengthens the peace capacity of diaspora women?s organizations in host countries as well as those at home.

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“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”: Women’s Ingenuity in the Peace Process in Liberia

Filed under: Africa files,Books, reports, sites, blogs,gender,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:24 PDT

Abstract : Liberia is a country in transition from war to peace. The end of the 14-year war (1989-2003) and the journey towards post-conflict recovery were enabled by the concerted efforts of a myriad of actors operating from different tracks but with a common goal to end the war… Among these many actors and actions, the active and visible engagement… of the „Women of Liberia? and their „Mass Action for Peace Campaign? was the “straw that broke the camel?s back” and ushered in Liberia?s post-war era.

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