… another twist in the Thai political story played out in a factionalised media landscape. Talking us through the story this week is Sunai Pasuk, from Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay and two Thai journalists close to the story, Pirongrong Ramasooka and Noppatjak Attanon.(...more)
Saturday, 7 December 2013
On Dec. 9, public hearings will open in Fort St. John for an environmental review to consider another dam on the Peace River, Site C. However, this project will not proceed at full speed. Even though Premier Christy Clark wants it built and her government has exempted the project from a full public review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, Site C faces a slow path to approval…
As the Crown corporation [B.C. Hydro] makes one more attempt to build this dam, it faces widespread community opposition and sharp questions from the joint review panel – not only on environmental matters, but on geo-technical, economic and treaty issues.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Liverpool, UK: Call for Papers – Conference ‘Arts, Peace and Conflict’, 2- 4 July 2014, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 to Friday, 4 July 2014
The Annual Conference on ‘Arts, Peace and Conflict’of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War andPeace Studies will be held on 2nd – 4th July, 2014. This conference aims to examine the role of the artsin relation to conflict and peace from theoreticaland practical perspectives.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts by Tuesday7th January 2014.
For more details, please visit http://tutu.hope.ac.uk/newsevents/latestnews/callforpapers-annualconference2014artspeaceandconflict.html
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Large-scale corruption and economic crimes often go hand in hand with mass human rights abuses in authoritarian countries. The two are mutually reinforcing: Dictators gain and maintain power—and perpetuate impunity—through a combination of violent repression and the distribution of patronage and graft opportunities. The plunder of public wealth serves as both an incentive for retaining power by force, and a means of rewarding those who carry out or cover up regime crimes. Despite this connection, the mechanisms of transitional justice have not adequately dealt with the legacy of authoritarian corruption nor remedied its far-reaching socioeconomic effects.(...more)
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Vancouver | FROM CONFLICT TO CONFLUENCE: Myers-Briggs Personality Type for Conflict Resolution: 19 November 2013 | Early bird registration discount until 12 November
Personality Type differences are a common source of conflict. Differing personality types may see the same situation dissimilarly, communicate and respond to conflict in very different ways. Assessment tools like the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) not only enhance understanding of differences in the ways that we may communicate and respond to conflict, they are a powerful for understanding and improving our own communication skills and strategies.
Participants in this session will complete the MBTI® Step II assessment prior to the session. Carrie and Sharon will guide participants through exercises designed to elucidate personal preferences in conflict that may lead you to approach advocacy from your own points of reference rather than adapting flexibly to improve communication with your clients, other parties, lawyers, and mediators. We will explore the subscales of the MBTI® that are most closely linked to conflict preferences and will explore ways to improve individual negotiation and communication skills through self-reflection.
EARLY BIRD (Register by November 12, 2013 and SAVE $50: $275 + $55 for materials +GST
To register please see www.mediatortraining.ca
Saturday, 9 November 2013
I will remember friends and comrades in private next year, as the solemnity of remembrance has been twisted into a justification for conflict.
Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts. The American civil war’s General Sherman once said that “war is hell”, but unfortunately today’s politicians in Britain use past wars to bolster our flagging belief in national austerity or to compel us to surrender our rights as citizens, in the name of the public good.(...more)
Monday, 4 November 2013
TEL AVIV — Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy.
The women were Palestinians from the southern part of the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them in. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach. And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws…
Such visits began a year ago as the idea of one Israeli, and have blossomed into a small, determined movement of civil disobedience.(...more)
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Between 200-300 Pakistani Muslims and Christians united and gathered to make a human chain around a church in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city on Sunday.
Held on Oct. 6, just two weeks after a church bombing killed more than 100 people in Peshawar, the human chain, organized by the citizen group “Pakistan for All,” is part of the movement’s goal to raise awareness about minority rights and concerns.
“Well, the terrorists showed us what they do on Sundays. Here we are showing them what we do on Sundays. We unite,” Pakistan for All organizer, Mohammad Jibran Nasir told The Express Tribune.
Mufti Mohammed Farooq opened the event by reading several passages from the Quran that called for tolerance of other beliefs, while Father Nasir Gulfam, who had just preached the church’s Sunday service, stood by his side before they took hold of each other’s hands, modeling their message.(...more)
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Shaul David Judelman is an Israeli rabbi who moved from Seattle to Bat Ayin, a religious community in the occupied West Bank.
Ziad Abed Sabateen is a Palestinian farmer who endured imprisonment during the first intifada against the Israelis more than 20 years ago and whose family was dispossessed of most of its land to accommodate Jewish settlers.
The two men are good neighbors, friends, and business partners – not enemies.(...more)
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
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…)
Friday, 27 September 2013
Named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007 by Time magazine, Youk Chhang turned the misfortune and suffering of his childhood under the Khmer Rouge into a documentation centre detailing genocide under the Pol Pot regime which took around 2 million lives.
The Documentation Centre of Cambodia houses over 500,000 documents and 6,000 photographs, making it the largest archive of its kind. According to Chhang, it was an important source of evidence contributing to the establishment of the Cambodia Tribunal in 1997.
During his brief visit to Bangkok, Prachatai talked to Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Centre of Cambodia and a genocide survivor about reconciliation, forgiveness and the future of Cambodia.(...more)
Monday, 23 September 2013
State data show a staggering drop in drug- and violence-related suspensions in Boston schools since the district amended its discipline policies to allow “restorative justice” measures in lieu of suspensions, including written apologies, conferences between offenders and victims, and anger management courses.(...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
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):
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
A speedboat accident that killed two Chinese tourists on August 28 was the first case resolved by Thailand’s first tourist court in Chon Buri’s Pattaya City.(...more)
Inside Story, with presenter Kamahl Santamaria, discusses with guests: Sourav Roy, an Asian affairs political analyst and columnist for the Huffington Post; Chheang Vannarith, a senior fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace; and Rupert Abbott, an Asia researcher for Amnesty International.(...more)
Monday, 16 September 2013
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Leaders of Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties found rare common ground Monday in a meeting held a day after political violence left a man dead, but remained deadlocked over an opposition demand for an independent probe of election irregularities.
In scattered clashes Sunday, security forces used water cannons, smoke grenades and live ammunition, rights groups said, killing one person and wounding at least 10 over the course of the day. Thousands remained at the main protest site Monday, many having camped out overnight in defiance of orders from the government.(...more)
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
He has stared into the gun muzzle and carried death in his hands. But Coptic Bishop Thomas claims he is not afraid, nor angry about the last month’s bloodshed in Egypt.
“We learned that extremists were going to attack us with machine guns, but we did not prepare ourselves for the attack with weapons. We did something simple,” says Bishop Thomas, about that day he received a message that armed hardliners were on their way to his episcopal residence in the Al Quosia-region of Lower Egypt.
Determined to defend themselves without violent means, the church fathers applied soap and water on the rocky path leading to Bishop Thomas’ residence.
“I saw them coming with their machine guns far down the road. They tried to get to the house, but they slipped and fell. They tried over and over again, without succeeding,” says the Bishop, smiling with grief as he talks about the episode.(...more)
Southeast Asia is no stranger to the challenges of unity and reconciliation. The early phases of nation-building were characterized by struggle and upheaval stemming from the reluctance of established conservative elites to share power. Democratic forms of government were deemed unsuited to societies that were organized along hierarchical lines and dominated by narrow interest groups.
By the mid-1970s, however, popular protest movements had begun to exert pressure on conservative elites, partly by harnessing popular support but also by threatening a communist-led takeover. The resulting compromise was a system of partially open, semi-democratic systems that generally promoted a broader base of wealth and prosperity but still limited freedom.
By the mid-1990s, this compromise was coming undone…(...more)
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Many civil society activists who continue to defy the Assad regime are not convinced by the case for U.S. air strikes.
The Syrian Non Violence Movement continues, despite being largely ignored in the conversation about Syria.
Much of the debate over U.S. intervention in Syria boils down the conflict there to a clash between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and an armed rebellion in which al-Qaeda affiliates play a significant role. Typically ignored in that conversation are the voices of the non-violent opposition movement that took to the streets to challenge Assad in March 2011, and which has persisted against great odds.(...more)
This work is a continuation of an earlier work, Militarism in Latin America. This new report deals with the other violence in Latin America, that is the violence, both armed and political that arises from social struggles that conflict resolution studies centers do not usually evaluate.(...more)