Friday, 4 April 2014

Honduras: Liberating a Prison

Filed under: Art of Peacework,children and youth,Film, video, audio,Latin America & Caribbean — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:42 PDT

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

New video pressures Redskins to change name before Super Bowl

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Indigenous Peoples,Media and Conflict,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:54 PDT

Just days before Super Bowl XXLVII, the National Congress of American Indians in the United States has released a video? denouncing the term ‘redskin.’

It’s part of an ongoing campaign urging the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change the team’s name.

The video titled Proud To Be highlights the strengths and positive attributes of indigenous peoples, as well as features prominent aboriginal people throughout history.


Monday, 16 December 2013

International Center on Nonviolent conflict: Webinar Archives 2010-2013

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Film, video, audio,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:08 PDT

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is making available … all ICNC-hosted academic webinar presentations delivered between 2010-2013…

 Click here to view the library of webinars …


The Other Cambodia: Indigenous People’s Land and Rights

Filed under: Cambodia,Film, video, audio,Human Rights,Indigenous Peoples,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:47 PDT

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Government Less Free After 2013 Election: Elizabeth Becker (video)

Filed under: Cambodia,Film, video, audio,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:11 PDT

VOA Khmer’s reporter Men Kimseng interviewed Elizabeth Becker to get her insight on Cambodian politics.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Gaming for Peace: Resolving conflict through a… video game?

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:41 PDT

You may say it’s impossible, but we say we can do it! At SFCG [Search for Common Ground] we are always looking for innovative ways to promote conflict transformation and peacebuilding. We know from experience that popular culture is a powerful way of conveying messages such as acceptance of the “other” and tolerance without causing people to doze off in their seats.

This is what we want to achieve with this video game, Cedaria: Blackout. We want to provide youth in the Middle East with a platform to learn and practice how to mediate conflict, solve community problems collaboratively, and understand the perspectives of the “other”. Such skills cannot be acquired in classrooms or in books as they need constant practice and a video game is a much more entertaining way to do so. At a time of escalating violence in the region, we believe that gaming is an effective and innovative tool to reach out to young people and promote non-violent behaviour without being boring or patronizing.

This idea is supported by studies showing that skills learned while playing video games are transferable to real life situations. (read more…)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

University of Victoria, Canada | HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL APOLOGY “What comes after the government says sorry?” | 26 September, 5-7 pm

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Film screening and panel discussion with film director Mitchell Miyagawa and political scientist Dr. Matt James

WHEN: Sept. 26, 2013 | 5:00-7:30pm
WHERE: University of Victoria | Harry Hickman (HHB) Room 105

*This event is free and open to the public… more details

Or watch the film here (Scroll down. 47 minutes):

Thursday, 5 September 2013

In an Unsettled Cambodia, Preparing to Confront the Government

Filed under: Cambodia,Film, video, audio,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:56 PDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — He screamed, “This is so unjust!” But Yann Rith, a 25-year-old resident of Phnom Penh, did not struggle against the group of men who carried him away.

A supporter of Cambodia’s political opposition, Mr. Yann Rith was taking part this week in a practice protest, a role-playing exercise intended to show other supporters how to submit peacefully if arrested by the riot police.

“We will be nonviolent!” Mr. Yann Rith declared, as he patted down his rumpled, button-down shirt.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

“I Have a Dream” | Roger Alford, Opinio Juris

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Human Rights,Nonviolence,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:54 PDT

Fifty years ago today, on the morning of August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King looked out from his suite at the Willard Hotel as crowds began mulling around the Washington monument. He had stayed up until four in the morning drafting and redrafting his speech. As King looked on, his aides were furiously typing the finished draft for distribution to the press. King’s greatest fear was that the march would turn violent. “If that happens,” King told Ralph Abernathy, “everything we have done in Birmingham will be wiped out in a single day.” Turn-out was a close second on King’s list of concerns. He had hoped for 100,000 marchers, but at the scheduled start date of 9:30 a.m., less than 25,000 had gathered at the Washington monument.

Within an hour the numbers surged to 90,000 with many more on the way. By the time entertainers had finished their warm-up act and the formal speeches began, the crowd exceeded 200,000. The following day the New York Times described it as “the greatest assembly for a redress of grievances that this capital has ever seen.”


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

How to Negotiate Like North Korea

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Dispute resolution and negotiation,Film, video, audio,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:56 PDT

North Korea’s leaders have been threatening the world with nuclear strikes and war for decades now, to the point that the international community has branded the small country as the Boy who Cried Wolf. In fact, world leaders are probably resistant to making peace talks effort with North Korea’s new leader Kim-Jong Un. While Kim-Jong Un’s international relations efforts might seem borderline delusional, in truth he is just partaking in negotiations tactics well-known and understood in North Korea… more

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Violence against women: Canada needs federal strategy, report says

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,gender,Human Rights,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:03 PDT



The lack of both data and a national strategy to address violence against women in Canada is stalling progress to end the problem, says a new report being released Thursday.


What little data there is shows the problem is pricey, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


The combined cost of adult sexual assault and intimate partner violence is about $9 billion, or $334 per person a year, according to the report. (Victims in these crimes are mostly women.)



Monday, 1 July 2013

The Problem with “Crossing Lines”

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Human Rights,International Law: War,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:27 PDT

After weeks of anticipation, I finally had a chance to watch the premiere of Crossing Lines, the new NBC drama about a police unit that works for the International Criminal Court. As a police procedural, the show is not bad. William Fichtner is fantastic as always. Production values are extremely high. Bringing together detectives and investigators from a number of European states is a nice idea. And all the actors have nice accents.

But as a show about the ICC, Crossing Lines is an unmitigated disaster.

The problem, of course, is with the basic premise…

I was very curious to see how, if at all, the writers would get around the inconvenient fact that the ICC team will investigate crimes over which the Court has no jurisdiction. At first they just avoided the issue: after the newly-recruited Fichtner character points out that the ICC usually investigates war crimes and genocide, the leader of the team simply replies, “for now we’re going to try something…” He then changes the subject and explains that the team is comprised of the best and brightest detectives from various Western European states. (Africa’s worst nightmare!)

But then things get ridiculous.


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Growing up in post-conflict Northern Ireland

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Peaceworkers in the news — administrator @ 14:25 PDT

As world leaders gather in Belfast for the G8 summit, what are the challenges facing young people in Northern Ireland today?

The Elders met with a group of young people from Northern Ireland during their visit to Dublin last month, to hear about the legacy of sectarian conflict for them and their communities, from youth unemployment to the lack of political representation.


Monday, 6 May 2013

Cambodian played flute to escape death in Khmer Rouge labour camp | Video

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Cambodia,Film, video, audio,Nonviolence,Restorative justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:57 PDT

Arn Chorn-Pond was a child in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. Born into a family of artists and musicians, he was sent to a children’s labour camp where he escaped death by playing his flute for the camp guards…

As a Cambodian-American, he considers the festival his personal answer to the US bombing of Cambodia. “The US bombed Cambodia,” he says. “I am carpeting New York with artists.”


Friday, 22 February 2013

Documentary: “Five Broken Cameras”: A bloody look at non-violent resistence

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Media and Conflict,Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:01 PDT

IN 2005 Emad Burnat was given a video camera to record the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. It was while he dutifully chronicled the formative years of his son that Mr Burnat unexpectedly became the film-maker behind “Five Broken Cameras”, a sombre documentary about the struggle of his native West Bank village of Bil’in against Israel’s construction of the separation wall.

The film’s premiere in the Palestinian territories took place recently at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, a multimillion-dollar centre unmatched in its size and facilities in the territories. The audience featured mainly young Palestinians and foreign expatriates, a common mix in a city that has become the West Bank’s administrative capital.


Monday, 21 January 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr: “Mountaintop” speech full length

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Nonviolence,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:18 PDT

Martin Luther King, Jr: “Mountaintop” speech full length from Filip Goc on Vimeo.


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Erica Chenoweth – Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future

Filed under: Film, video, audio,Media and Conflict,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:51 PDT



Friday, 7 December 2012

Landfill Harmonic

Filed under: Art of Peacework,children and youth,Environment,Film, video, audio — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:43 PDT

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.


When the Water Ends – Africa’s Climate Conflicts

Filed under: Africa files,Environment,Film, video, audio — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:56 PDT

When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts is a 16-minute video that documents conflicts driven by climate change in Eastern Africa.


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Good Office? Twenty Years of UN Mediation in Myanmar

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Myanmar — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:17 PDT

The UN Secretary-General’s good offices on Myanmar, now in their twentieth year, have been one of the longest such diplomatic efforts in the history of the organization. With Myanmar now in the midst of major political, economic, and social reforms, and questions invariably being raised about the future of those “offices,” it is an opportune time to revisit the history and achievements of the past twenty years of mediation efforts.

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