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When Elephants Fight: Why We Need More Sustainable Community Organizing

Posted by Diana Skelton on October 15, 2014 at 6:14am 0 Comments

“Why are you wasting time by reaching out to people who can’t be bothered to come to meetings, or who don’t dare open their mouths? You’re bottom-dragging.”

I was shocked when I heard the words “bottom-dragging,” a terribly insulting way to refer to efforts to connect people with one another. The questions, asked of us by the Industrial Areas Foundation about ATD Fourth World‘s work in Brooklyn, pinpoint one of our fundamental disagreements with them. Ever since Saul Alinsky founded the IAF in 1940, community organizing has become a tool for bottom-up change in neighborhoods around the world. But people living in the worst situations of poverty are often not part of the groups through which…

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Global Ethics and the Effective Parliamentarian

Posted by Jean Pierre Chabot on October 16, 2014 at 7:30am 2 Comments

October 16th marks the inaugural Global Ethics Day—a day spearheaded by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on the occasion of their centennial celebrations. When I first learned of the day, I immediately turned my thoughts to ethics in politics. As a program advisor at the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), when I think of questions of ethics I am inevitably drawn back to issues of corruption. Ethics is vital to the work of parliamentarians and crucial to functioning democracy. Without ethics the entire infrastructure of democratic institutions falls apart.

Picture the following scenario. A legislator is a member of a committee that is overseeing the spending on a major public infrastructure project that involves a multi-million dollar…

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Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

Posted by Gwilym David Blunt on October 13, 2014 at 6:17am 1 Comment

For the past three weeks a multinational coalition has been engaged in an air campaign against the Islamic State. We've been told the fight will be a long one, but will it be a just one?

In the linked post I question whether air strikes are sufficient means to the end of defeating IS and protecting innocent civilians. This is not a simple theoretic question, but a pressing policy issue. The people of Kobane have been fighting a concerted IS attack for several weeks and air support has not yet been able to turn the tide. If they are defeated it will almost certainly result in a massacre. Perhaps it's time to seriously consider putting boots on the ground. 

Read more at: Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

#Cyberpeacefare #2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Al LeBlanc on October 11, 2014 at 8:56am 0 Comments

Congratulations ! to Malala Yousafzai (17-year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by Taliban for advocating female education) and Kailash Satyarthi (Indian Gandhian children's rights activist) for being awarded shared Nobel Peace Prize.

(Two Courageous Advocates for Peace.  An inspiration to "us/all").

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Rights, Civic and Individual

Started by Xie Ming Mai. Last reply by Xie Ming Mai Aug 11. 6 Replies

There is a vague effort underway to assert that such rights exist and are universal.One may prepare such a list of rights, but try and rank them in order of priority!I am rather fatigued by those who pontificate and then do not make their list.Here…Continue

Partnering up to research online political activism in democratic policy-making process

Started by Zsuzsi Rabai. Last reply by John M Bunzl Jun 17. 1 Reply

Dear All, I am studying at the University of Amsterdam, finishing my masters in Political Science this June. I was wondering if anyone has studied online political activism in democratic policy-making process recently, and if so, would you be up for…Continue

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