A former prime minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Ali, tells a story that demonstrates the pervasive influence of al-Shabab, even in areas ostensibly controlled by the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Al-Shabab collects taxes – reportedly as much as the government, and certainly more efficiently. This includes a payroll [...]Continue Reading →
Observers of Sudan see clearly a crisis of confidence between the majority of the Sudanese citizens and the government. This gap between the citizens and their rulers is increasing day by day. Continuation of the civil war in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile without a political solution shows the large gap between people in [...]Continue Reading →
A nugget of hard science is crystallizing at the center of peace studies. A steady accretion of scientific studies in microbiology, genetics and behavioral science, is demonstrating links between (for example) early childhood nurturing and levels of aggressiveness or sociability in adulthood. Prominent among this research is the work of Prof. Michael Meaney of [...]Continue Reading →
Today, we marked 12 years of the disappearance of our good friends and colleagues. I hope and I pray they are alive and we will meet one day. At the same time, this day should not only be a day of reflection, but it should also be a somber reminder of the onus Medhane, Dawit and other disappeared voices of democracy shoulder us.Continue Reading →
The founder of the World Peace Foundation, Edwin Ginn, was an educationalist with remarkably progressive views. Among the causes that he espoused was educating young children to create peace.
In an 1895 pamphlet, “Our Schools are in Danger,” Ginn commented that the majority of existing school textbooks glorifies warfare and patriotism. He wrote: such [...]Continue Reading →
There is much talk of how tough international response to Syria should prove a lesson to Iran, in particular. But Iran has already learned the brutal lessons of what it means to suffer a chemical weapons attack. Iran’s condemnation of chemical weapons blames the rebels, rather than its ally, the Syrian government, but [...]Continue Reading →
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