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  • A Zulu Nation Chapter for Costa Rica 03/28/2014
    Saylove keeps us up to date with the establishment of a Costa Rican Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation -- a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring cultural events and community service, especially for youth.

  • Fallujah and Weapons of Mass Destruction 08/20/2013
    Victoria Fontan reports from Fallujah where the medical consequences of war and the US occupation of Iraq continue to express themselves through congenital malformations and high cancer rates, particularly among children.

  • Even In Afghanistan, Separate Is Not Equal 07/09/2013
    Are US/NATO efforts to empower women and equalize Afghan society undercut by the segregation policies of their own camps and insensitivity to local staff? Jade Wu reports from Kabul and Kunduz.

  • Transforming a university conflict into a student development platform 06/11/2013
    In this article, Shahbaz Israr Khan tells the story of how the student council of Gomal University was formed to mediate a conflict between two student societies, and eventually became a way for students to break down the barriers between them and play a meaningful role in the administration of the university.

  • Voices from the Narmada River 03/05/2013
    Leon Mach shares his reflections after a study tour of the Narmada River Valley with Medha Patkar, a community organizer and tireless advocate of "people oriented development", illustrated by the beautiful photography of Kelsea Schumacher.

    Tags: Medha Patkar, Narma River, conservation, development, community, justice, livelihoods, ecosystem services, Sardar Sarovar Dam, globalization.

  • Reflections and An Awakening 12/24/2012
    “Reflections away from the Fray” and “Awake from Thy Slumber” are testimonies of two friends and fellow Malaysians. The two essays depict each person’s involvement in the BERSIH 2.0 rally for clean and fair elections held in July 2011, one in New York as an overseas Malaysian fearing for her friends and fellow citizens at home, and one in Kuala Lumpur joining thousands of people in the rally to fight for change.

  • Welcome to the Hotel Uvira: Such a Lovely Place… 08/23/2012
    Back from her most recent trip to the Congo, researcher Victoria Fontan shares her observations about the darker side of the peace industry in Kivu province. In a region where sexual violence is a prominent and ongoing issue, she provides a glimpse of how the UN Peacekeeping forces fuel a thriving underground sex industry.

  • Fight or Flight: A Picture Worth 500 Words 05/04/2012
    Pepperdine University graduate student Dusty Bates Farned has an uncomfortable experience with a homeless man in Los Angeles and reflects on his own fight or flight response.

  • Reflections on an Observation: El Salvador International Election Observation Mission 03/27/2012
    Having recently returned from an International Election Observer Mission to El Salvador, Jennifer Dillon reflects on how the voters in this growing democracy have revived her belief in the electoral process and brought the magic back to Election Day.

  • Humiliation and Crocodile Tears 02/01/2012
    Dr Victoria Fontan reflects on the role of honor and humiliation motivating insurgents in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- as well as the Afghan soldier who recently killed four French soldiers participating in the NATO mission in the country.

  • Living in Fear: Elections in DRC 11/30/2011
    Jean-Pierre, citizen and peace activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, shares a first-hand account of this week's election-related violence in his country. Election results remain disputed among declarations of mass fraud and violence.

  • My Life Story with UPEACE-DIPS 03/01/2011

  • My UPEACE Experience 02/02/2011

  • Responding to Conflict in Gaza 09/25/2008
    Paul Clifford reflects on his recent visit to Gaza, remarking on the courage and creativity with which people face their daily hardships, the hospitality he received, and the dishearteningly entrenched nature of violence in the Middle East.

  • Que Dicha 06/02/2008

  • The ruins of Zimbabwe 05/01/2008
    At independence, Zimbabwe was one of the countries in the southern part of Africa with a very solid economic standing. It had the infrastructure and the systems in place for a continued progress of the economy and the country as a whole. Mugabe himself was an acclaimed hero: “the revolutionary leader who had embraced the cause of reconciliation and who now sought a pragmatic way forward.” Western governments were impressed with the transition and flooded Zimbabwe with offers of aid. President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the late President of Tanzania advised Mugabe at independence that: “You have inherited a jewel. Keep it that way.”

    For a number of years Mugabe did indeed take care of the jewel – it was the bread basket of the Southern Africa region and the literacy rate in Zimbabwe rose to 90%. It’s been 28 years since the jewel was placed in Mugabe’s hands and today, it is unrecognizable and Nyerere should be turning in his grave.

  • It Doesn't Rain, It Pours 03/03/2008
    Catherine Cheweza reflects on her experiences as a woman from Malawi travelling to Costa Rica.

  • Mother of a Soldier 10/27/2006
    This is the first publication of a series. The Monitor, in the coming issues, will be publishing personal accounts from areas of conflicts.

    The letter below is from a mother of a soldier to the Office of Public Affairs, a department in the Israeli government responsible for facets of military proceedings. Her discontent is articulated in response to a perceived neglect of Israeli soldiers.

  • Sunday 30 July: Lebanon 07/31/2006

  • Look Beyond Summit 05/23/2006
    A summit on global education at Georgetown University last month made its audience realize both the centrality and the responsibility of the US government to foster sustainable globalization. May we all take that to heart, and pass it along to others.

  • We're not Laughing 03/15/2006
    The author was recently asked how she felt as a Muslim regarding the cartoon issue and was asked to put her religious beliefs aside and expound on it in the context of freedom of speech and civil rights. Following is an excerpt from her email in response.

  • Of These Times 12/01/2005
    On October 8, 2005, a massive earthquake hit Pakistan and left around 90,000 people dead and the same amount homeless and injured. The aftermath of this tragedy was catastrophic but it came as a blessing in disguise as Pakistanis from all over the world, regardless of their age, ethnic, political, religious and class differences, joined hands to help their fellows mired in calamity. The essence of humanity was victorious over the ferocity of nature.

  • Ready to Vote 09/16/2005
    On the ground in Afghanistan, pre-election tension and hope.

  • Dispatch from Tanzania 08/18/2005
    Regina Eddleman has spent the last six months in Africa working with youth programs that include HIV/AIDS peer education in Zimbabwe and peacebuilding and conflict prevention in Tanzania.

    In Zimbabwe she worked closely with the youth to facilitate discussions on HIV/AIDS related issues in local schools, assisted in training camps and communications. Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in Africa and the world. There are no words to express how the pandemic has affected every fabric of the society in a country already suffering from an economic and political crisis that is said to be the worst since they won their independence. In Tanzania, Regina also works closely with the youth, developing workshops, mentoring and assisting them in their own proposal writing and projects.

  • Those pesky moral standards 07/12/2005

  • We are Lebanese 06/14/2005
    With car bombings and civil unrest in the news these days, what does it mean to be Lebanese? The same it always has, says Adib Samara: You have hope.

  • A Long Walk 05/12/2005
    This part of an interview with Yassir Kori relates his flight from Sudan that finally brought him to safety in the United States. Kori walked across Sudan and Ethiopia for over a month, working along the way to finance his trip as he tried to escape from a government that wanted to kill him.

  • ", forever" 04/13/2005
    A University for Peace visiting professor muses on the meaning of the “forever” that stretches both in front and behind of human endeavours.

  • Poems for Peace 03/10/2005

  • Now We Pain and Groan 02/23/2005
    Uganda, alternately beautiful and gruesome, continues to be at war. Is there hope for the future? A personal reflection.

  • Earth Charter Kickboxing: new moves. 01/19/2005
    Bangkok was the site for the 3rd World Conservation Union Congress – an event that occurs with Olympic frequency, the last one taking place in Jordan in the year 2000. Mohit Mukherjee records a success story.

  • Hebron: a typical cauldron 12/08/2004
    Some recent press reports have been suggesting recently that peace in Israel/Palestine is a real prospect in the not-so-distant future. Am Johal, now back in Canada, reflects on how tense the situation is in Hebron, and measures the problems there against those of the whole of Israel/Palestine.

  • A drizzly but hopeful day in Buduburum 11/16/2004
    Theresa, one of the would-be returnees to Liberia, is a middle-aged woman whose difficult life experiences show through in the lines etched on her face. She was forced to leave her country four years ago due to the ongoing violence there and has lived in exile in Ghana ever since.

    Joanna Gaughan reports from Buduburum, Ghana..

  • The Repeated Cry 10/19/2004
    Catherine Onekalit offers her latest prose-poem.

  • International Spy Caper is No Joke 09/20/2004
    When the church bell rings at noon at the Anglican cathedral of St. George's in East Jerusalem not far from Damascus Gate in the Old City, chances are it's Mordechai Vanunu ringing the bell.

  • Revolution as Poetry 05/20/2004
    Regina Eddelman takes her first trip to Nicaragua and finds a nation of poets.

  • I have been to Nyamata 05/05/2004
    The author wrote this poem on her return from Nyamata, Rwanda where 2,500 people had been slaughtered in 1994 to her home in Zimbabwe(June 2000).

    Pictured above is the church where the genocide was perpetrated.

  • Three tales of Rwandan Genocide 04/19/2004
    Ferdinand Katendeko writes:

    “Whenever the month of April approaches, I recall what happened in my neighbouring country, Rwanda. What policies should governments put in place to avoid this genocide? How should the international community prepare itself to avoid such an occurrence? What role should the local community in such circumstances of brother killing a brother? What about the regional community? These are some of the questions that I would pose for every one to ponder as they read the testimonies given below.”

  • Unknown Eternity 02/19/2004
    Catherine Onekalit offers another prose poem to bring home the horror of war and the hope for peace.

  • Something about trees 01/26/2004
    The Editor spends a couple of days out of the office.

  • The Stars our Solace! 12/15/2003
    In this prose-poem Catherine Onekalit painfully recalls the death of her cousin, Odong, and the desperate plight of countless others.

  • Laughing it Off 11/25/2003
    Nicholas Reader looks at 235 ways of dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

  • Vesszen Haynau 11/04/2003
    Catherine Bellamy explores post-totalitarian Hungary where every glass of beer reminds the drinker of foreign oppression, where the shadow economy is grossly underestimated, where real cream is a real delight and much else besides.

  • Doing What Has to be Done 10/20/2003
    A young Israeli writing at the time of the Jewish New Year points out vividly how the Palestinians of today are behaving like the Israeli's of the pre-1948 generation. They are doing what has to be done.

  • “Tómale la mano y dale una salida” (take by the hand and show a way out) 09/29/2003
    Catherine Bellamy sits ringside to witness one NGO’s work to bring pride and hope to the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

  • Eye to Eye 09/16/2003
    This poem was submitted to the Peace and Conflict Monitor by a reader, and calls for what the author, Gihad Ali, sees as justice. Without justice, the poem argues, there can be no peace.

  • Bujumbura (July 7-13 2003): Terror, distress and helplessness 08/11/2003
    "Today, it is exactly like in 1993. Nobody had thought of organizing relief services for survivors, casualties and the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons. Other countries have professional disaster relief services. As for us, we vegetate in daily catastrophes and such services are inexistent.

  • Diary from Burundi 07/14/2003
    The author reflects on the recent peace process in Burundi and its shortcomings and calls for an international criminal tribunal.

  • Diary from the Lebanon 06/09/2003
    Sina Rahmani continues his thoughts on living among the Palestinian refugees and includes a comment on the new middle east Road Map to peace.

  • Human Security as a Measure of Peace Building 05/26/2003
    Victor Valle prefaces his Central American Diary with an historical summary

  • Diary from the Lebanon 05/12/2003
    Sina Rahmani begins his work in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut from the Lebanon

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