In May 23, A coalition of over 150 peace groups and global NGOs protested the U.N. Security Council's adopting a resolution that virtually legitimizes the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and endorsed the foreign occupation of a U.N. member state, in the course of lifting UN sanctions against Iraq by a 14-1 vote with a no vote from Syria, the only Arab state on the Council.
The national conference of United
for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) took place in
decided that, "UFPJ's over-arching goal in the coming year to 18 months
to impact and mobilize public opinion in order to force a shift by the
government away from its present policy of permanent war and
and to address the ramifications of that policy both abroad and at
The two proposals that were given the highest priority were:
Another group of proposals with significant support were campaigns for an end to the Israeli occupation/justice for
There were also proposals to set up a "Baghdad Occupation Watch," the development of "peace zones," the planned August 2-30 National Poor People's March for Economic Human Rights from
This spring, representatives of some of the world's
coalitions met in
The Peace and Justice Studies
Association (PSJ) has been very concerned about continuing
Israeli-Palestinian violence, and one of its main causes, injustices
Even at the Evergreen State
College, considered one of the most progressive campuses in the
for Palestine has been a primary concern for many faculty, students and
following its involvement in organizing after Evergreen student Rachel
was murdered. Those involved were accused by several Jewish faculty
antisemitism and creating an hostile environment for Jews on campus.
people from the community went to their elected officials and pressure
on the university to inquire into their work. This promoted an informal
investigation and re-negotiation of PJSA's relationship to the college.
those involved, came under personal attack and suffered damage to their
reputations, despite having the support of many of their colleagues and
engaged in productive conversations with both the administration and
adversarial colleagues. In some cases those advocating Middle East
been attacked by proPalestinian people and groups for not being
anti-Israeli. For more information contact PJSA, The Evergreen State
Mailstop: SEM 3127,
Gush Shalom and The Other Israeli and
Palestinian peace organizations continue to
pressure the Israeli government
to take up a more effective and just policy for peace, while protesting
the building of the wall,
mostly on seized Palestinian land, to separate
Palestinian lands from Israel, and injustices to Palestinians
continuing destruction of homes), in addition to providing support for
growing number of regular and reserve Israeli military personnel who
serve in the occupied territories. The wall has been so routed as to
make 10% of the occupied
The Israeli peace movement also decried the Israeli governments closing of the Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and Raprochement offices in Beit Sahour including the arrest of five people, three of whom were internationals. The ISM, a Palestinian led non-violent group which attempts to provide protection to the Palestinian people and to enable them to resist non-violently, http://www.palsolidarity.org, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palsolidarity. For more information contact Gush Shalom, pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033, http://www.gush-shalom.org/, Jerusalem Women in Black and Peace Now +972-(0)54-578822, http://www.seruv.org.il/.
In June, a delegation of 250 Israeli Arabs and Jews undertook a unique journey to the Holocaust death camps in Poland. The trip was organized by a group of Israeli Arab intellectuals and educators who, after the riots of October 2000, "realized that reconciliation between Arabs and Jews would never be possible unless Arabs understood what the Holocaust means to Jews." A program for Arab and Jewish schoolchildren called "The Image of Abraham," which encourages the children and their parents "to explore their shared religious heritage through a series of games, guided tours and creative workshops." a coexistence workshop organized by the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. The program - which began in 1998 - encourages schoolchildren, aged 9 and 10, to explore their shared religious heritage through a series of games, guided tours and creative workshops. Following its success, the museum decided this year to extend the annual eight-week program to include parents, with between 30 to 40 parents showing up for each session. "There was just as much enthusiasm and curiosity among the parents, as there were among the children," said Yehuda Kaplan, the head of the museum's education department. The project is about building communication and trust where none exists. The project, whose annual budget is about $42,000, is supported by the Abraham Fund, private donations and by the Jerusalem Foundation. But like so many Israeli programs which rely heavily on charity, it is under threat due to a worsening world economy and the ongoing intifada. The West-Eastern Diwan project, launched under the initiative of Israeli conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and the US based Palestinian writer and critic Prof. Edward Said, brings together teenage musicians from Israel and Arab countries for a multinational concert tour.
At a time when the eyes of the world are on the political leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and their neighbors in peace talks, the Jerusalem Circle of Peacemaker Circles International continues grassroots work of building bridges between different communities in the Holy Land. There have been regular meetings developing a vision of Jerusalem as a city of peace and sessions with the Israeli government and Palestinian groups seeking an agreement about a 'hudna' (ceasefire), with the intent to plant the seeds for the next phase after 'hudna', which is 'sulha' (reconciliation)...to bring 'sulha' between the family of Abraham. In June, 45 people took part in a Jewish-Sufi gathering at a-Nabi Musa, the Islamic holy place dedicated to the prophet Moses in the Judean desert near Jericho. White bearded Sheikh Muhammad Usta, guardian of this vast desert stone castle, welcomed the participants, who consisted of Israelis and Palestinians, joined by seekers of peace from all over the world, including a family from Jordan and people from Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, France, the Czech Republic and the U.S. Joining the group, also, was Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi and community members from Hamakom, the Jewish spiritual eco-village near the Dead Sea. For details conatact Eliyahu McLean, 02-625-4648 or 050-219-952, new E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mahmud - 054 995974, www.metasulha.org, or Peacemaker Circles Int'l, 177 Ripley Rd., Montague, MA 01351.
The Joseph Burg Chair in Education for Human Values, Tolerence and Peace - UNESCO Chair on Human Rights. Democracy, Peace and Tolerance at Bar Ilan University in Israel has been increasing its efforts to educate for peace and tolerance, producing several books, undertaking a number of projects and conducting seminars in such fields as conflict resolution, creating cultural bridges at schools, and education for tolerance and peace in Israel. For details contact Professor Yacov Iram, UNESCO/Borg Chair in Education, Bar Ilan University, Israel.
Search for Common Ground (CG)
Summer 2003 News Letter reports that "'These are difficult times for
of us who work as peacemakers. Non-violent conflict prevention failed
Iraq. Despite some forward movement, the
Israeli-Palestinian struggle is still caught up in violence. It would
to despair and forget that peace processes typically have enormous ups
downs. We need to keep reminding the world - and ourselves - that:
There is no
conflict that cannot be resolved. Violent conflict is created and
human beings, and it can be ended by
human beings'. - Former US Senator George Mitchell. 'Political
usually define themselves by what they oppose. We
are different. Our goal is
build a new, non-adversarial system - not to fight the old one. Thus, we operate within a framework of being
for - rather than being against. As
individuals, we have strong views about right and wrong, but we try to
getting caught up in divisive issues and becoming part of the problem. Instead, we want to be part of the solution,
which we see as resolving the conflict. Our commitment is to the
finding common ground - not to the positions of one side or the other.
doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has'. - Margaret Mead".
CG produces a series of weekly radio programs on world affairs in the United States. A Program Guide and Network List is available from Common Ground, 209 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761, www.commongroundraio.org.
"When we began 21 years ago, we had a staff of two. Today,
375 employees in 13 countries. Our largest program is in Burundi where
100 people work on tens of projects. When
we began in Burundi in 1995, the country was on the
genocide. Now, while huge problems remain, there is also good news. In
President Pierre Buyoya, a Tutsi, peacefully stepped down and was replaced by
Vice President Domitien Ndayizeye, a Hutu. Our role was - and is
defuse ethnic tension. We make extensive use of media, and we are
the long haul from both the top-down and the bottom-up. In Burundi and
elsewhere, we work at a societal level to change attitudes and behavior
Multi-Pronged Approach in Burundi
includes the radio production, Studio Ijambo, with 13 hours a week of
programming. The most popular show is a soap opera, Our Neighbors,
that promotes tolerance and good governance, attracts 90% of Burundi‚s
listeners, and is in its 540th episode. There are also mediated call-in
roundtables, and programs by and for young people, women, and elders.
a series on Hutus who have saved the lives of Tutsis - and vice versa. The studio responds to misinformation and
violence by sending reporters across the country to give voice to
Radio Isanganiro (Crossroads Radio) was launched in 2002, with CG supporting the journalists who work for Studio Ijambo in operating their own independent station, broadcasting most of Studio Ijambo's output, as well as original programming. Through web-streaming (www.ijambo.net), it also reaches thousands of Burundians who live abroad and who stay connected by e-mailing and phoning-in. The station‚s motto is: "Dialogue is better than force". The Women‚s Peace Centre assists Burundian women in establishing and strengthening local associations that encourage reconciliation and healing. In the last two years, it has worked with 240 such associations to provide training in conflict resolution, leadership, organizational development, and transparency. It also produces radio programs about the work of these associations in order to encourage and inspire other Burundian women. The Youth Project supports activities that promote ethnic cooperation and rehabilitate child soldiers. In partnership with Burundian groups, it uses sports, music, and skills training as tools for peacebuilding, and co-sponsors publication of an anti-violence comic book that is now part of the national school curriculum.
Victims of Torture was initiated in March, promoting physical and psychological healing, legal assistance, awareness raising, support for social reintegration, and preventive advocacy. It partners with Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services, International Human Rights Law Group, and Ligue Iteka.
In partnership with His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, CG has launched a project called Partners in Humanity (PiH) to build (two-way) bridges between the Muslim world and the United States. In July, PiH held a three-day meeting in Amman, bringing together 60 leaders of NGOs, media outlets, government agencies, international organizations, and CG staff members from Amman, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Rabat, and Washington. The goal was to develop a concrete action plan.
Search for Common Ground in the Middle East (SCGME) is putting the Bulletin of Regional Cooperation in the Middle East on line via E-mail and at www.scfg.org and www.ecg.org beginning with the current Fall issue. It will now be available in Arabic and Hebrew as well as English. SCGME is producing a series of five one hour television documentaries in Hebrew, Arabic, English and French on final Israeli-Palestinian settlement questions, such as the right of refugees to return, Jerusalem, settlements and Holy Places. Peace oriented radio soaps also continue to be produced, and in February 15 Palestinian television talk show hosts received training in Ramallah on principles and practical skills for putting on talk shows on contentious issues in Palestinian society. SCGME has been undertaking workshops with Palestinian NGO leaders using the NGO handbook developed with U.S. State Department help last year. Common Ground News Service has launched a new English, Hebrew and Arabic database of articles distributed by the service available at its existing website: www.sfcg.org/. The Security Working Group has been involved in a number of projects encouraging regional collaboration against the threat of terrorism and other incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. In October of 2002, a meeting of Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli health professionals agreed to establish the Middle East Consortium on Infectious disease Surveillance to develop and link regional methods of detecting, reporting and processing information on disease outbreaks. The Consortium began operation in March. In January, participants from Jordanian, Egyptian, Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, meeting in Prague, agreed in principle to form a consortium to deal with chemical risks from industrial accidents to terrorism, and commenced developing case studies of local accidents and lessons from them concerning emergency response. Search for Common Ground in Morocco has been finding the September 2002 election of a private sector businessman as Prime Minister an indication of renewed governmental emphasis on social and economic development, providing an enhancing environment for Common Ground projects involving community building, labor relations development and media.
In June, with support from the Arca Foundation, CG held a conference on creating a Global Marshall Plan on St. Simon‚s Island, Georgia. The goal was to develop recommendations on how to improve drastically the quality and quantity of foreign aid. Present were a wide cross-section of development experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the governmental and non-governmental sectors, corporations, and academia. Participants defined two strategies that will become part of an ongoing Campaign for New Development Strategies: Creating the political will for bold development approaches that raise levels of foreign assistance and drive major reform of the aid process, improving the support structure for local entrepreneurs and building links between innovators and sources of investment capital.
In Indonesia, as in Burundi, CG reaches large numbers of people through radio soap opera and comic books. Their focus is on three local conflicts: in Kalimantan, Madura and Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), with funding by the Australian, British, and Dutch governments. "Ethnic conflict tore through West and Central Kalimantan between 1996 and 2001, with thousands killed and about 200,000 people displaced. Working with communities and civil-society organizations in conflict-vulnerable areas of Indonesia, our Community Transformation Teams are carrying out cross-sectoral dialogue programs, conflict resolution training, peace education programs in Islamic boarding schools in Madura, and activities to reunite children separated by conflict. In Papua, we are developing a video dialogue program and a second-track dialogue program".
In Macedonia, in 1999, CG created Nashe Maalo (Our Neighborhood), a dramatic TV series for Macedonian kids. Four years ago, as it went into production, war broke out in neighboring Kosovo. Macedonian state television (called MTV), that had previously agreed to broadcast the series, no longer wanted to air programs on ethnic tolerance. CG managed to cobble together a network of independent stations that reached the whole country, so that Nashe Maalo reached 70% of Macedonian children, and spun off a number-one music video, a magazine, and a website in five languages (www.nashemaalo.com). Recently, MTV agreed to air the series on a new, multi-lingual channel in both the Macedonian and Albanian languages.
CG began working inside the United States in 1992,
laid the groundwork for similar activities in Belgium, its
base. US projects include: A campaign, initiated in 2001, to urge
establish the United States Consensus Council (USCC), an agency that
facilitate consensus on national issues. The campaign, headed by
National Chairman Marc Racicot and former Democratic Congressman and
of Agriculture Dan Glickman, is close to final passage, with Congress
a $1 million start-up appropriation. CG is working in several US cities
apply consensus-building processes to local problems. In Philadelphia,
the leadership of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode, Sr., it set up a task
find common ground on crime policy, for a year facilitating meetings
community participants to try to improve the way the city deals with
of ex-prisoners into society. In February, the group agreed on 24
recommendations that were accepted by Mayor John Street at a City Hall
In addition, Mayor Street stated he would use the Group as his advisory council on ex-offender reentry. Common Ground plans to take its consensus process to other cities. For further details contact Search for Common Ground, 1601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC (202)265-4300, email@example.com, www.sfcg.org; European Centre for Common Ground, Rue Belliard 205 bte 13, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium, Tel.: (32-2) 736-7262, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sfcg.org.
Conflict resolution Center
International's Conflict Resolution Notes
will cease publication after more than 20 years, with a special
on the retirement of director and editor Paul Wahrhftig.
July issue of the Notes, that in the
midst of a 40 year civil war, that spawned a larger culture of violence
in Columbia, a culture of
peace is being built in the capitol of
Currently 1% of
Columbia's population is killed by violence each year, with less than
the deaths war related. In 1996 there were 56.63 homicides per 100,000
in the capitol, compared to 9.4 in the U.S. and 2.1 in Europe. Over the
decade, there has been a dramatic drop in violence in Bogota, while the
violence rate remains unchanged in the rest of the nation. The homicide
the city dropped from 82 per 100.000 in 1993 to a current 28. Strong
from two of the last three mayors and implementation of the Mossavi
the Gamma Idear Foundation to impact
families, schools and the community.
A key piece of the implementation has been extensive teacher training to make the method widely available. The Mosavi model of conflict analysis focuses upon changing and preventing violent behavior. To make the approach manageable, individuals are encouraged to apply it to one conflict at a time, using a grid that helps individuals identify the structural roots of the conflict, the type of conflict (e.g. physical, emotional, sexual,...), the relationships involved (e.g. family, school, community, work,...), and provides the opportunity to locate and list relevant resources. When the grid is completed, participants have a map of their conflicts and the remedies that fit each conflict, with referrals to relevant resources such as mediation and service agencies. For information about Mossavi, contact Matha E. Mantilla, 2243 Wightman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, email@example.com or Amparo Mantilla de Ardila, Director, Fundacion Gamma Idear, Caille 105 No. 43-34 Interior 101, Apartado Aero 93426, Bagota D.C., Columbia, Tel: +571 623 0725, AmparoMantilla@fungamma.org, www.fungamm.org. Details about CRI are available from Conflict Resolution Center International, Inc., 204 37 St., Pitttsburgh, PA 15201 (412)687-6210, Paul@ConflictRes.org, http://www.ConflictRes.Org.
Conciliation Resources (CR) is an
international service for conflict
prevention and resolution. "CR's organizational objective is to
provide practical and sustained assistance to people and groups in
armed conflict or potential violence. We specifically work with those
at community or national levels to prevent violence or transform
opportunities for social, economic and political development based on
relationships. Where mechanisms for effective participation are
weak, sustained conflict transformation support implies providing
locally, nationally and sometimes regionally, to build or strengthen
capabilities for dialogue and problem-solving.... In striving to attain
objective, CR: assists local organizations in the development of
indigenously-rooted, innovative solutions to short and long-term
economic and political problems related to armed conflict or communal
involves previously marginalized or excluded groups in community and
peacebuilding processes; helps build or strengthen civic capabilities
dialogue, problem-solving and constructive action, locally, nationally
sometimes regionally, when existing mechanisms for effective
either weak or lacking; promotes organizational transparency and
accountability, as well as inclusive and participative decision-making;
participates as fully as possible in the local and international
and dissemination of conflict transformation practice and theory;
partnerships and collaborative arrangements with other organizations
participates in networks such as the Committee for Conflict
Support (CCTS), the UK Conflict and Development Network (CODEP) and the
Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation; draws on a pool of
staff, programme associates and consultants to apply a wide range of
in addressing armed conflict or the threat of large-scale violence."
major effort of CR has been to promote peace in the troubled Manu
Countries of West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
troubles in any of these nations spill over into the others, CR has
engaged, since 2001 in facilitating dialoguing among NGO's in the three
nations, assisting them in developing a deep understanding of the
their causes, and enhancing the NGO's ability to take peace promoting
Related to this, CR has been working with the Sulima Fishing Community
Development Project and the Bo Peace and Reconciliation Movement (BPRM)
Sierra Leone. The Sulima project involves an indigenous peace
between two tribes that promotes peacebuilding, development and access
justice. BPRM is a coalition of 11 communities engaged in peacebuilding
reconciliation. Recognizing that how media cover events and topics
on going or potential conflicts often has inflaming or calming effects,CR's
Media and Conflict Program helps African journalists provide
and constructive coverage of conflicts, particularly in Uganda, Sierra
In the Caucuses, CR has been
active in conflict
transformation and civil society capacity building work relating to the
Georgian-Abkhaz conflict for five years, and has been working with the
promote more peace enhancing coverage.
In Northern Uganda, CR
helping Kacoke Madit, formed by
Acholi communities, to improve its communications in efforts to find
alternative ways of building peace in the region.
In Angola, CR
partnered with Action for Rural
Development and Environment in a civic and human rights education
In Fiji, CR has been working with the Citizens
Constitutional Forum (www.ccf.org) to facilitate the rebuilding of
democracy by enhancing civil society development.
Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, CR has been working with local
developing dialogue and understanding between ethnic groups. CR has
engaged in a number of short and long term conflict transformation
including in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
In addition, CR's Accord program of on line and in print publications documents peace building work, providing a record and analysis of what does and does not work in what circumstances. Current accord projects being developed involve Columbia and Angola. For more information see the latest CR's latest Annual Report, which can be downloaded as a PDF file at: http://www.c-r.org/pubs/annreps/annreps.shtml, or contact Conciliation Resources, 173 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RG, UK, Tel. +44 (0)20 73597728, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carnegie Endowment for Peace
has produced a study of the U.S. attempts at nation building. In only four
of 16 attempts since 1900 has the U.S. actually produced lasting
West Germany, Grenada and Panama). In Haiti, Cuba, and Nicaragua,
dictatorships, albeit friendly to Washington, emerged in the wreckage
botched U.S. nation-building efforts. In Cambodia, a genocidal regime
power after the departure of American troops and perpetrated one of the
crimes against humanity in history. Generally, multinational efforts at
building have been far more successful than unilateral attempts.
involved in whether an attempt succeeds include the extent of
coherence in the society (the greater the fracturing, the greater the
difficulty), the readiness of the administrative and political
to carry out social and political functions, and to do so
adequacy of effort at economic development (both in terms of
and amount of investment), and the degree to which the rebuilding
free from external disrupting pressures.
For the executive summary or the full report, consult the CEIP, April 2003 report " Lessons from the Past: The American Record in Nation-Building," by Minxin Pei and Sara Kasper, by going to http://www.ceip.org/, or contact them at: 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20036, (202)483.7600 Fax 202.483.1840, email@example.com.
Psychologists for Social
Responsibility (PsySR) and the Society for the Study of Peace Conflict
Violence: Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological
International Peace Practitioner's Network reports that
refugee groups in Eastern
Europe and central Asia have been having a difficult time because many
international relief foundations in various countries were cut off from
aid by the Bush Administration's decision only to fund
The network also announced that women peacebuilders in Latin America met in Quito, Ecuador, in February, "to demonstrate that peace is a process of permanent construction of respect, justice, inclusion, equity and solidarity.... the historical tendency of the armed militarization of the region has been profoundly deepened with the intervention of the North American government throughout our countries, with the presence of troops, economic impositions, military bases and training, local police corps... In the face of this situation, the Women of Latin America and the Caribbean... declare ourselves in total rejection militarization, and all of the forms of violation of integral human rights that provoke suffering in the life of people. We manifest our repudiation of threats against the defenders of human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean who struggle against impunity, and demand that states respect their lives and physical integrity," For more on this declaration and meeting go to Latin American Information Agency at: alainet.org. PsySR offers a complete set of abstracts from its October conference at: www.psysr.org. For more information go to this site or contact Psychologists to Social Responsibility, 2604 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202)745-7084, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amnesty International (AI), in May, released a report, "A Catalogue of Failures: G8 Arms Exports and Human Rights Violations", accusing the world's wealthiest countries of arming some of the worst human rights abusers despite their assurances to the contrary. AI said it was calling for an international arms trade treaty to strengthen and harmonize national controls on the flow of arms to countries it describes as human rights abusers such as Israel, Colombia, Afghanistan and Senegal. The report indicated that the United States accounted for 28 per cent of global arms transfers from 1997 to 2000, making it the world's top supplier of weapons. For details, go to http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/19/1053196529293.html.
The International Education for
Peace Institute (EFP-International), in Switzerland, is a
non-profit organization and an affiliate agency of Landegg
University, whose main purpose is to create the necessary structure for
development and implementation of peace education programs in all parts
world for all segments of society. The main objective of Education for
to contribute to a collective process of community building by
younger generations and their teachers, parents, and leaders to become
makers. EFP's ultimate goal is to assist the participating populations
a significant step toward establishing an all-inclusive civilization of
Since June 2000, EFP has been implementing a program of Education for Peace (EFP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 2-year program, involving the entire curriculum, focuses on the development of 1) a culture of peace, and 2) a culture of healing in the participating school communities. The Program has been implemented in primary and secondary schools in Sarajevo, Travnik and Banja Luka. The EFP-World program is being developed as an online version of the EFP Curriculum. For more details contact Sanna Heikkinen, Executive Assistant, International Education for Peace Institute, Landegg International University, CH-9405 Wienacht/AR, Switzerland, Tel: +41 71 845 5939, email@example.com, http://efp.landegg.edu.
The Coalition for Work With
Psychotrauma and Peace (CWWPP) in Vukovar, Croatia, associated with
the Stichting Coalition for Work With
Psychotrauma and Peace in Groningen, Netherlands, reports, "The situation in eastern Croatia, northern
Bosnia and western Serbia is not improving. Nearly nine years after
of the war, there are still high levels of traumatization and little
psychotherapy or counseling. Most psychological problems are still
drugs. There are also high levels of physical illness related to the
are virtually no efforts toward reconciliation in the region. Civil
still in its infancy. Human rights are still a problem. Unemployment is
estimated at about 90% unofficially. The upcoming elections in Croatia
increase tensions. Unfortunately, this region seems to have been
president of the European Union has said that Croatia will enter the
sooner or later, but that it will enter, and that other countries in
will follow soon after. While we support these aspirations, we feel
that a great
deal of work needs to be done to support the people of the region in
recovery and further development. Unfortunately, we have not seen much
help until now, and we see no cogent strategies to bring it about."
is engaged in numerous activities.
Together with the organization Tratincica in Vinkovci,
runs two weekly groups counseling veterans, and veterans peer
training. "At present, neither Tratincica nor we have sufficient staff
increase the number and the types of groups as we would like to. We
start groups in other places in the region, we need groups for wives
children and we need family counseling. We
also need to train more people to be peer counselors."
an ethnically mixed village about 20 km northwest of Vukovar. CWWPP is
a training for a group of motivated
workers in trauma counseling,
society and non-violent conflict resolution. "We would like to
support of such groups, particularly in troubled villages". "
CWWPP is assisting the group Marimo
("We Care") in Osijek. This is
a group that has two sets of difficult
problems. These families were traumatized by the war and have the
problems of a family member being mentally ill. Mental illness is
facilities for and methods of treatment are rarely modern or adequate. The CWWPP is providing the possibility for
families to speak openly with one another and to learn how to deal with
own feelings. We plan that we will be teaching these families to help
a similar position". In addition, the coalition continues to see a
number of individual clients with the average length of assistance is
years, and also provides some short-term counseling. An important
the work of the CWWPP is that the participants -either in counseling or
training - do not pay fees. This is particularly important in an area
unemployment is high and where taboos against psychological treatment
Since the beginning of 2002 there has been an alliance between the CWWPP and the Jewish Community of Osijek, Europe House Vukovar and the Bench We Share Association of Osijek to implement a field institute for post-conflict studies, including units for inter-religious dialogue, the trauma of war, civil society and democratization and non-violent conflict resolution and human rights with a good library. The institute, which will concentrate on both theoretical and practical work and the integration between the two, is to be housed in the Vukovar Synagogue, now destroyed. For more information contact, Coalition for Work With Psychotrauma and Peace, Gunduliceva 18, 32000 Vukovar, Croatia, tel and fax +385-32-441975, tel +385-32-444662, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.cwwpp.org.
Transcend Peace University (TPU) is the worlds first truly global, on-line Peace University designed for practitioners, policy makers and students working in the fields of peace, conflict transformation, development and global issues. Its goal is: "to bring about a more peaceful world by using action, education, networking and research to handle conflicts with creativity, nonviolence and empathy". Since 1996, 300+ on-site skills institutes have been offered for 6,000+ participants around the world, using the TRANSCEND manual "Conflict Trans-formation By Peaceful Means," published by the United Nations. In Semester, TPU offered 12 on line courses.
The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) connects and informs leaders in dialogue and deliberation, recognizing that community. Dialogue and deliberation help people bridge gaps, make better decisions, take collective action and become more active citizens. Dialogues are powerful personal experiences that lead to careful deliberation and collaborative action or policy recommendations. For information contact (802)254-7341, email@example.com, www.thataway.org.
Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) provides resources for careers and opportunities in human rights, peace and conflict resolution, development and civil society development, maintaining announcement forums for individuals seeking jobs and scholarships and information on conferences/events, and for organizations interested in recruiting qualified candidates/applicants in the fields of conflict resolution, peace studies, development, human rights, women's rights, civil society development, micro finance and similar fields. Posting of jobs/scholarships/conference and other announcements are free of charge. For subscriptions, a contribution is required, although residents of designated international regions may qualify for a free subscription. For information contact Alliance for Conflict Transformation, Inc., P.O. Box 3203 . Fairfax, VA, www.conflicttransformation.org.
Foundation International (PFI) is an NGO,
based in Nigeria (West Africa) that has been operating since 1995. PFI
upon civil society strengthening for a culture of peace and democracy
grassroots empowerment and training of key stakeholders in communities.
committed to promoting the culture of democracy, dialogue, mediation,
mitigation, tolerance, understanding, fostering electoral values and
dialogue through education, training, retraining, capacity building,
enlightenment, advocacy, etc. for the sustenance of democracy in
heart is the desire to create a peaceful and enabling environment in
with the canons of democracy. The motivation is service that is not
by geo-political, religious, race and ethnic divides. To this end, the
cardinal objectives are:
For further information, contact Peace Foundation International, AREF Complex, Old Secretariat Road, G.R.A. Ikeja, P.O.Box 1006, Festac Town, Lagos State, Nigeria, Contact Persons: Mrs. Ehis Abebe, Dr. Amos Abu (Ph.D), firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Colombian Virtual Youth Desk (VYD) of the Global Campaign is a new addition to the Youth team, working in collaboration with International Advisor Amada Benavides and her Schools of Peace. They are currently developing the "Catedra for Peace, Life and Freedom" which includes 55 people including youth from their peace network, teachers, indigenous peoples as well as 30 youth from the most deprived areas of Bogotá. This program is run through the Peace and Development Studies Institute and focuses on strengthening "culture of peace and coexistence values, enlarging the design projects capacity and executing projects at the local and regional levels, by means of reflection exercises that contribute to a construction of a new Colombian society." According to Educating Cities Latin America, International Relations Bureau in the Municipality of Rosario, Argentina, several peace education projects are underway. For more information contact: Educating Cities Latin America, Director: Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Youth Department, Buenos Aires 711, Piso 2. (2000) Rosario; Pcia. de Santa Fe- Argentina; Tel./ Fax: +54 341 4802275, email@example.com, http://ar.geocities.com/ce_paz
is a registered society
in India created for the
purpose of alleviating distress and the
self esteem and poverty amongst rural women and their children caused
specifically by unjustified ill treatment from spouses, in-laws and by
outside the personal control and responsibility of the victim/s.
formed in the early nineties as a result of several urgings from rural
the mission has grown under the stewardship of Father Francis X. D'Sa
untiring efforts of Sister Lucy and her dedicated team.
Today Maher operates in
scores of villages around Pune and has taken under its umbrella several
women and children. Most have been
rehabilitated and have returned home, and are now leading productive
part of regrouped families and communities. However, quite a few (38
156 children as on 31st December 2002), subjected to extreme trauma,
to be looked after under the watchful care of Maher. All of them
quality level preventive and ongoing medical attention, psychiatric
and healthy foods with nutritional supplements. They also engage in
community-based activities in loving and motivating environments. Women
trained in various trades enabling self-esteem and self-sufficiency,
are given formal education followed by vocational training.
12 rural schools of which six have been handed over to the Government,
with dedicated staff and ongoing curriculums. Maher has initiated and
over 30 village self-help groups, which now rely on a cooperative
amongst themselves, rendering them free of unscrupulous moneylenders
they had earlier borrowed at interest rates of the order of 12-15% per
month. Maher is dedicated to
establishing clean and healthy environments.
growing and harvesting of organic foods with use of nonpolluting solar
recycled waste, permiculture and biogas is the norm. In addition, Maher
initiated training programs based on human divinity, justice and
with the longer-term objective of permanently changing the attitudes
mindset of our people towards women, particularly in rural areas.
The organization has initiated professionally supervised Change Management Programs where all work towards establishing democratic values and achievement of common visions of benefit to the families and communities. The useful role and contribution of all including the female population in achieving this common benefit is widely discussed and having been unequivocally demonstrated, is quickly appreciated leading to increased harmony and tolerance. Maher's next needs based project is the setting up of a special school and an old persons home. Older children, previously deprived of education, who were put in primary classes along with much younger children were often embarrassed, leading to lack of motivation and causing coordination problems. The special school will provide fast track learning conducted by specially trained teachers, leading to vocational training. There is also a need for an old-persons home where the elders are looked after, given medical attention when needed and, while they are still capable, participate in assignments of value to the rural working community, e.g., assisting in the management of crèches and various routine jobs. For more information go to: http://www.maherashram.org.
Creative Response to Conflict (CRC), focusing on creating alternatives to violence for children in school and other settings, celebrated its 30th birthday last December. For details of its activities and publications, contact Creative Response to Conflict (CRC), P.O. Box 271,521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reports that collaborative work with other organizations and individuals brought about a vote, in July, by the House subcommittee on Energy and Water Appropriations to remove millions of dollars for funding research on new and redesigned nuclear weapons. FCNL continues to work for a more collaborative and less militaristic U.S. foreign policy, long run protection of real national security by promoting government budgets and legislation that support the needs of people and protect the environment, and by promoting civil liberties, including opposing the excesses of the Patriot Act. For more information contact FCNL, 245 Second St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 (800)630-1330, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fcnl.org.
Resist is a 35 year old NGO that funds small activist groups around the U.S. working against militarism, violence and racism and for peace and social justice. For information contact Resist, 359 Elm St., Sommerville, MA 02144. Peace Action is a grassroots citizens organization with a network, of 100 local chapters in the U.S., organized into 27 state affiliates, with a national office near Washington, DC, working to craft a U.S. foreign policy dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons, cutting military spending in order to fund human needs, supporting human rights at home and abroad, and fostering peaceful resolution of international conflicts, in cooperation with the United Nations. More information can be obtained from a local chapter: Peace Action-CNY, 658 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13224, email@example.com.
American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) is concerned that the U.S., which has not signed
international treaty against landmines, but previously said it would
using them except in Korea, shipped land mines to the Middle East
initial invasion stage of the Iraq conflict. AFSC continues to provide
humanitarian relief in many places, including Afghanistan and Iraq
politicking and acting for peace and nonviolent solutions to problems
local level to the world.
For information contact
Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 (888)588-2372,
Rescue Committee (IRC)
continues to be involved with the ongoing refugee struggle to return
Afghanistan, while delivering aid in war torn Iraq, Liberia, the Ivory
other places in Africa and elsewhere. For information contact
Rescue Committee, 122 E. 42 St,. New York, NY 10168, www.theIRC.org.
For more information, contact Doctors without Borders. 6 E. 39 St., 8 Fl., New York, NY 10016.
Physicians for Social
Responsibility (PSR) is concerned that the U.S. government "has
little or nothing to make Americans safer from the threats posed by the
chemical industry," whether in terms of accidents and pollution or acts
terrorism. EPA has estimated that 123 chemical plants in the U.S. are
in such proximity to major urban centers that a large explosion at any
could put more than a million people at risk.
In addition, research
ordinary exposure has caused most U.S. residents to carry numerous of
than 80,000 artificial chemicals developed by industry in their blood,
with women passing many of them on to
their children in the womb or in
posing considerable health hazards. PSR believes that the Bush
unilateralism and reliance on military and nuclear development force is
weakening U.S. security, by making additional wars and terrorist
likely, while stimulating other countries to develop nuclear weapons.
organization advocates a preventive approach relying heavily on
cooperation to control and stop the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction and to counter terrorism and ameliorate its causes. PSR is
"to take decisive action to curb climate change, clean up the air, and
embrace sustainable energy solutions.
The organization released reports this year analyzing the impacts of air pollution, climate change and energy choices in Texas and California, with an emphasis on health, economic and employment benefits from switching to energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. For more information contact PSR, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202)667-4260, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.psr.org.
The First People's World Water Forum, cosponsored by several hundred peace, environmental and antipoverty organizations (including Greenpeace and WWF) met in Florence, Italy, in March, calling for a new world wide set of arrangements for water for people based on public sector control and a legal right to water for all by 2012. To make this a reality, a world water parliament is being called for, anchored to democratically governed local water bodies around the world. For more details go to: www.contrattoacqua.it or the Polaris Institute: www.polarisinstitute.org. Population Communications International (PCI) is concerned that unless a major effort to reduce human reproduction is undertaken, world population will reach 7 billion by 2016, reducing environmental quality, increasing poverty and causing threats to peace. PCI runs a series of population growth reduction programs. For details contact PCI, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (212)687-3366, www.population.org.
Sierra Club is concerned
that 40% of U.S. waters are below the
standards of the Clean Water
60,000 aces of U.S. wetlands are destroyed annually, while the Bush administration is moving to relax environmental standards that
wetlands at risk. For information, contact the Sierra Club, 85 Second
Second Fl., San Francisco, CA 94105, www.sierraclub.org.
Information Service (NIRS) is
very concerned that the Bush Administration is open to the
new nuclear power plants in the U.S. and that, as of March, three major
utilities had told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that they would
permits to build new atomic power
plants by the end of the year,
payers to pay for the development.
For more information contact Nuclear Information Service, 1424 16 St., NW, Suite 401,Washington, DC 20036 (202)328-0002, email@example.com, www.nirs.org.
An international campaign lead by the U.S./Labor Education in the Americas Project (US/LEAP) has succeeded in achieving the first unionized maquiladora factory in El Salvador, Just Garments operated by Tainan. For more information contact U.S./Labor Education in the Americas Project, P.O. Box 268-290, Chicago, IL 60626 (773)262-6502, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uslcap.org.
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