Strategies for building awareness for the potential of peace education in Cameroon Ben Oru Mforndip
Special Report
Has Democracy Enhanced Development in Africa? Conrad John Masabo
Permanent Emergency Powers in France: The ‘Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism’ and the Protection of Human Rights Lena Muhs
Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka: Leading towards Prosperity or Peril Pujika Rathnayake
Lack of empathy as a threat to peace Victoria Scheyer
Comment II
The death of democracy in Honduras Daniel Bagheri S.
Berta Vive Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani
The Persons Who Changed the Lives of Terrorists and Criminals Surya Nath Prasad

Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki Patporn Phoothong
Special Report
Reflections of Refugees in Africa Wyclife Ong'eta Mose
Challenges and prospects of AU to implement the Ezulwini Consensus: The case of collective security and the use of force Tunamsifu Shirambere Philippe
The Right to Food Shant Melkonian
Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Zambia Mariateresa Garrido
Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights Luciana Téllez
Common Things: Communication, Community, Communal Peacebuilding Lina Patricia Forero Martínez
The political Crisis of the 2017 Honduran Election Daniel Bagheri S.
Research Summary
Water Security in the Sixaola River Basin Adrián Martinez Blanco and Diana Ubico Durán
Reborn Arunima Chouguley
An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age Richard Falk, David Krieger, and Robert Laney


In the News
  • Peacekeepers attacked in disputed Sudanese territory 05/21/2013
    Lawal Tsalha reviews the media coverage of attacks on peacekeepers in the disputed Sudanese territory of Abyei earlier this month.

  • LIBYA: West, U.N. Turn Up Heat on Gaddafi 03/01/2011
    Aprille Muscara of Inter Press Service reports on recent developments in Libya's violent political conflict. Her article details the international community's response to Muammar Gaddafi from Western states and the United Nations, while highlighting the regional impact of 100,000+ Libyan refugees entering Egypt, Tunisia and Niger. The article was originally published at:

  • Egypt Portal 02/01/2011
    A guide to some of the best Internet coverage and analysis of the ongoing protests in Egypt.

  • British Palestinian rapper conducts a 'musical intifada' 09/07/2010
    BBC writer, Jon Donnison, interviews Shadia Mansour, 24-year-old British Palestinian-born female rapper, who discusses her childhood influences as well as her present-day influence on West Bank youth. Mansour, sometimes referred to as the the first lady of Arabic hip hop", considers her work to be a form of "non-violent resistance."

  • Mantras and Maxims about Mabhouh: Analyzing An Information Overload 06/01/2010
    What is the real story behind Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh’s Dubai death? After understanding the Palestinian Question, Hamas and Mossad, this essay will tackle an information overload and analyze how Israel’s The Jerusalem Post, Dubai’s ­Khaleej Times and Britain’s The London Independent covered this James Bond style, January assassination. Who said what, how and why; terrorists and spies, accusations and blame, military shopping-sprees, involvement of outsiders and identity fraud.

  • Artist Annie Lennox Recieves Woman of Peace Award 11/13/2009
    Annie Lennox is a famous musician that witnessed HIV awareness in Africa by Nelson Mandela. Lennox founded the SING campaign. According to the organization’s website,, the goal is “To raise funds and awareness to bring about support and change.” Money raised by SING is used to raise awareness about HIV. The organization provides education for prevention as well as medical support.

    Lennox was recently awarded the Woman of Peace Award in recognition of her activism and achievement through SING. According so SING’s website, Lennox has organized several performances and recordings to spread the message of “unity and empowerment” throughout the world.

    SING partners with the Treatment Action Campaign to provide medical treatments and testing facilities, HIV education and prevention in Africa.

  • Aftershocks from Honduras’ Political Earthquake 08/01/2009

  • Congolese and Rwandan Forces Should Make Protecting Civilians a Priority 04/01/2009

  • Women's Day marks crisis of poverty, violence 03/10/2009

  • Casualties rise in Gaza 01/05/2009

  • Ban Ki-moon and Barack Obama 11/16/2008

  • Betancourt for president again? 07/23/2008
    Key Words: Colombia, hostage, Ingrid Betancourt, Latin American politics, presidential campaign, Uribe

  • The Kosovo Question 03/14/2008
    Elsa Cubero presents a synthesis of National perspectives on Kosovo's recent declaration of independence through an analysis of major news sources from around the world.

  • Kenya's Rift Valley burns despite talk of peace 02/04/2008

  • North Korea misses deadline for declaring nuclear weapons programs, continues deterrence strategy 01/04/2008

  • Burma: Thousands Dead In Massacre of The Monks Dumped In The Jungle 10/05/2007

  • Shoe on the other foot as Africa chides Wolfowitz 05/15/2007

  • “Vulture” Feeds on Zambia 02/28/2007

  • CIA Agents to Stand Trial for Italy Kidnapping 02/16/2007

  • 'We Screwed Up' - Clashes in Budapest 09/28/2006
    Demonstrations began on September 17 in Hungary after a speech by the Prime Minister had been leaked, in which he said that the government lied to the people to stay in power. The protests turned violent: a group of extreme rightists and football fans besieged the public service television, burned cars and fought with the police on the streets for three nights.

  • Hamas Victory in the World Media 02/01/2006
    On 27 January 2006 the Middle East woke up to a new reality. The Palestinian Elections Committee announced official results of parliamentary elections, declaring Hamas the clear winner with 76 seats in the 132-seat-strong legislative body. The victory of Hamas, which is labeled as a terrorist group by Europe and the US, caused mixed reactions in the World media.

  • The Summit of the Americas: An Overview 11/17/2005

  • To Panic or not to Panic: The Skinny on Avian Flu 11/03/2005

  • Iran and the EU3: Stick it Out 10/20/2005

  • Press Freedom in Tanzania 09/16/2005

  • Terrorism and International Adjudication 07/18/2005
    In the past few years the international community has seen a rise in international terrorism, and international law has been stunned with a new problem that it has not been prepared for. Without international legislation defining what constitutes international terrorism, no alternative dispute settlement bodies are prepared to deal with such a phenomenon. This paper focuses specifically on the proliferation of international adjudicative mechanisms and whether or not this momentum can promote the creation of a new international adjudicative body to cope with the rise of international terrorism as an alternative means to the War on Terrorism.

  • Andijan on the 'net 06/16/2005
    The website has posted details of 26 individual cases of murder from the May 13 massacre in Andizhan, Uzbekistan. Featuring interviews with family, friends and witnesses, the tales put a human face on a very real atrocity that the Uzbek government has written off as a battle with extremists. An excerpt:

  • Nepal and the Media 05/09/2005
    As in any conflict, the media continue to play a significant role in Nepal’s struggle with the Maoist insurgents. Nepali Kamala Sarup provides perspective on the role of the media in the conflict, as well as background on the dangers journalists face in covering the story.

  • Bringing Down the Family 04/14/2005
    Drawing on information and opinions of friends on the ground in Central Asia, Suleymanov comments on the recent Kyrgyzstan upheaval, its links to other recent revolutions in the region, and what is to be done to assure the change is a positive one.

  • Democracy in Nepal? 02/23/2005
    The King of Nepal recently axed the country's democratically elected government. He blames the government's failure to deal with a growing Maoist insurgency, while international observers fear a cynical power grab. Nepali Kamala Sarup gives an overview of the situation.

  • Nukes in Iran 01/18/2005
    If Iran goes nuclear, the rest of the world, but the Middle East in particular, will have to live with it. If diplomtaic overtures don't do the trick, is another US invasion in the offing?

    The ICG offers us their views.

  • Stop Violence against women and girls 12/08/2004
    The Peace and Conflict Monitor draws attention to the Amnesty International report on Women and War: Stop Violence Against Women, issued today 8 December 2004

    Women and girls tell their stories:

  • Yasser Arafat: Around the World 11/16/2004
    The World debates Yasser Arafat’s Legacy and what his passing means for Middle East.


  • Margaret Hassan 10/19/2004
    The kidnappings and ritual executions in Iraq must in the end be counterprodudtive for the cause of the kidnappers. Nothing can be gained by the abduction of Margaret Hassan.

  • Burma: Road Map Towards a Dictatorship Democracy 06/02/2004
    On May 17 2004, a constitutional convention was held in Rangoon by the Burmese military Junta to draft a new constitution for the country. The convention is meant as a first step to what Burma's military says is an “eventual transformation to democracy”. However, Most of the delegates to the convention were hand-picked, and a code of ethics and discipline has been distributed to all those attending, advising them not to express disloyalty to the state or discuss topics outside the official agenda dictated by the army. Foreign diplomats and human rights organizations have dismissed the gathering as a sham in the absence of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, who chose to boycott due to government's insistence that the military maintain a leading role in any future government, and after the military has refused to free NLD’S leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent activism, and other party members, who have been detained for the past year. In Eastern Burma a humanitarian crisis the world has largely ignored takes place, where up to a million people of ethnic minorities have fled their homes, fearing rape and murder by military.

  • Georgia: “Rose revolutions” 05/20/2004
    Amid rising tension with the leadership of the autonomous region of Ajaria, which did not fully recognize the authority of Mr. Saakashvili, Georgia’s elected president, on March 2004 Tbilisi briefly imposes sanctions on Ajaria and closed the border. On May, Ajarian leader Aslan Abashidze, claiming that Georgian forces were about to invade, blows up bridges connecting the region with the rest of Georgia. President Saakashvili ordered Mr. Abashidze to comply with Georgian constitution and disarm his forces or face removal. After thousands took to the streets of Ajaria’s capital, demanding Aslan Abashidze to resign, Mr. Abashidze resigned and left Georgia. Elections to a new administration are expected in June.

  • March for Women’s Lives 05/05/2004
    George W. Bush didn't seek office hoping to launch a new wave of the women's movement. But the president of the United States has angered so many girls and women that he has helped mobilize a national march in the United States to protect women's rights, the most large and diverse call for protecting women’s rights the US has probably ever seen.

  • Sudan: Another resource war? 04/19/2004
    The world’s attention was recently attracted to the Darfur region in the west of Sudan, where the conflict has escalated in recent weeks, fearing a second Rwanda might take place. An estimated 1,000 people per week are dying in the region.

  • The world’s other superpower 03/26/2004
    The millions of the world's “other superpower”, as The New York Times described popular protest, that took to the streets worldwide on March 19 and 20 on the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, did not only ask for the abolition of this war, or any other. The protesters asked for a culture of peace, where not only that disputes are handled peacefully, but when resources are channeled to education, health care and work and not to waging wars and maintaining occupation.

  • Spain: Surrendering to terror or defiance? 03/18/2004
    Yotam ben Meir, news editor, takes a look at the wide-ranging world opinions relating to the latest terror attack in Madrid, its political aftermath, the calls for greater security and, above all, pleas to solve the root causes of international terrorism.

  • Haiti. To intervene or not to intervene? 02/19/2004
    Haiti one of the poorest countries on Earth is now facing the threat of civil war again. While men, women and children die from violence or starve, doubts emerge in the international community about intervention. Is the island within US sphere of influence or does the former colonial power France have rights and responsibilities? Meanwhile Cuba worries about Haitian boat people.

  • Divided worlds, divided opinions 02/11/2004
    News editor Joe Schumacher looks at the new wall that divides Palestine and Israel and breeds divisions around the world.

  • Is Radical Islam Inevitable in Central Asia? 01/26/2004
    Radical groups that appeared in Central Asia in the early 1990’s, some inspired or funded by Saudi Wahhabi organisations, found only limited popular support. But further support for radicalism has resulted from the repressive policies of Central Asian governments and the lack of democracy and justice in the region.

  • EU defence and NATO 12/15/2003
    *Much to the dismay of the USA, Britain-Germany-France reveal talks about military independence from NATO. *Meanwhile Lord Roberston gets ready to leave NATO for private business (deputy chairman of Cable and Wireless), while the Secretary-General elect, foreign minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer from the Netherlands, prepares to take over.

  • Iraq-Small Arms-Macedonia 11/25/2003
    News Roundup brings news of three Reports:

    The first piece is a report from the International Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons, which argues that as many as 55,000 deaths may have resulted from the current violent conflict in Iraq. We also note the publication of the report from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue of their first edition of the “Small Arms and Human Security Bulletin” The third piece reports disappointing progress in Macedonia. (See also this issue’s analysis of last year’s elections in Macedonia )

  • WHO ARE THE SILOVIKI? 11/05/2003
    As Putin lunches with the Pope and his new found friend billionaire Berlusconi, the media at home and abroad are beginning to ask who are the lions beneath the Russian throne. Are the siloviki came out from the cold?

  • Nobel Peace Laureate 2003 10/20/2003
    Iranian lawyer, Shirin Edabi, is only the third Muslim to be awarded the Nobel following Yasser Arafat in 1994 and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1978 and is only the 11th woman

  • Crisis Watch 09/30/2003
    This issue’s news round-up highlights the work done by the ‘International Crisis Group’. The (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with 90 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. The ICG has just begun issuing a monthly report, summarizing their assessment of the situation in some 60 areas of actual or potential conflict.

  • WTO: bad news, good news 09/16/2003
    Protesters claimed success at the Cancun WTO meeting last week because the talks collapsed without progress. News agencies claimed that the talks were a failure as no agreements were made among the representatives from 146 countries attending. Success or failure depends on the assessment of just who won and who lost.

  • UN stands firm in IRAQ 08/25/2003
    In this issue we look at the reports worldwide of the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad August 20-25, 2003, and the immediate aftermath. We find that the UN is refusing to give ground.

  • Nuclear Weapons 08/11/2003
    August the 6th 2003 saw the 58th anniversary of the day the atomic bomb was launched upon the city of Hiroshima. News Roundup this week focuses on the Nuclear Age.

  • Children and Human Rights 07/28/2003
    Increasingly children are in the news for all the wrong reasons. This last week or so has been no exception. Amisha Koria summarises some of the worst abuses and provides information on some of the leading web sites dealing with children and human rights issues.

  • Afghanistan 07/15/2003
    Recent events in Afghanistan demonstrate some of the problems that may be faced also in Iraq for several years to come. The opposition groups have not been suppressed, an adequate national army and police force has not yet been formed, and foreign aid is falling short of real needs.

  • Peace movements 06/23/2003
    February 15 2003 saw the biggest public demonstration worldwide against the war on Iraq. Since then a large number of the organizations involved have continued to voice their concerns over the occupation of Iraq, although interests have broadened to embrace less high-profile conflict situations The following details a selection of the hundreds of organizations and their plans for helping to bring peace.

  • 30 May - 9 June 06/09/2003
    This week saw a common factor: the Death Penalty. From the stonings in Nigeria, the arrest of Tsvangirai (who faces possible sentencing for treason) and for human rights activists in Cuba. However on a more optimistic note, Russia stops exporting nuclear products to Iran, an African Peace Keeping force has been given the go-ahead and we see the flip side of the coin in relation to the post-war lootings in Iraq.

  • 25 -29 May 05/29/2003
    War and despair hangs over much of Africa; violent conflict leaves a legacy of warlordism and/or criminality from the Balkans to Afghanistan; oil and gas are mixed up in Indonesian politics; were the bombs in Morocco and Bali real al-Qaeda acts or imitators? Old Empires and New ones prepare for war: France and Britain to keep European militarism alive while US commits itself to long-term military build-up. Meanwhile determined efforts are being made to bring peace to the Sudan...

  • Honduras: News blackout after army ousts president 01/01/1900
    The recent developments in Honduras have been accompanied by interrupted news broadcasts and a clamp-down on press freedom, keeping many Hondurans uninformed about what is happening in their own country and the international condemnation of the president's forced exile.

  • Presidential Somersaults and Elite’s Greed in Honduras 01/01/1900

  • Aftershocks of Honduras' Political Earthquake 01/01/1900