Read: An Integrative Approach To Peacebuilding And Good Governance

Written by Julius Nyambur Wani.
 
Conflict resolution interventions in any conflict situation in Africa have proved difficult due to competing and conflicting cultural values and practices. Besides the Western-Indigenous binary, there are also the local variations across nationalities and tribes. Whereas the Western techniques have been bitterly criticized for their individualistic, neo-imperial, and low-context orientations, the traditional systems have equally fallen short in majoring up to the imperatives of modern statehood. The notion of 'statehood' is foreign and almost untenable. Claiming sovereignty and constitutionalism in highly ethnicized societies is nearly becoming hypothetical. Plainly granted, African ancient institutions of governance recognized only two levels: individual and society.
On the other hand, the purely indigenous governing structures have been impacted and nearly eroded to extinction, both culturally and geopolitically. There are however isolated exceptions. This paper examines the Mundari Model of peacemaking and reconciliation as an evidence-based qualitative case study. The Mundari Model provides a compelling argument because it substantially continues to resist the crippling and delusory effect of colonialism. Not only is the Model rooted in the democratic traditions of African culture and history, but it is also practically voluntary, collectivistic, raw and therefore cheap. Its inadequacies to accommodate and weather national and international regimes, however, demand a renegotiated social contract.
Read Here: Effective Peacebuilding and Governance
 

Israel estorba el fútbol en la Palestina ocupada: 2008-2014


En la Palestina ocupada, el fútbol ha sido atacado como resultado de una tendencia israelí de combinar asuntos deportivos y políticos. El conflicto afecta la Federación de futbol Palestina (PFA), una entidad no-gubernamental. Por desgracia, el fútbol y la mayoría de la gente involucrada en él se han convertido en las victimas de acciones de violencia y otros atentados cometidos por el ejército israelí bajo el pretexto de ‘amenazas a la seguridad’. La FIFA intentó mejorar las condiciones del fútbol en Palestina a través de la FIFA Circular- 1385 de octubre 2013. Desafortunadamente, falló en cumplir con su meta.
 
Aquí: Español FIFA Palestine

Gaza's Ark Deliberately Targeted by Israel

It is with sorrow and outrage that we announce that Gaza’s Ark was totally destroyed by a direct hit from the Israeli Occupation Forces at 2:00 AM local time on Friday, July 11th.  It caught fire as result of the hit and was damaged beyond repair. In the context of all the death and destruction caused by Israel, the material damage to our project pales in significance.
Read full article HERE
Watch for more information on Gaza's Ark HERE

NI issues report on how Israel is hindering Palestinian Football


Nonviolence International and Palestine Football Association released a 45 page report documenting numerous Israeli practices which sabotage the sport in the Palestinian occupied territories.   Today, June 10th,  the FIFA representatives have converged on Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 64th FIFA congress. High on the agenda will be complaints from the Palestinian Football Association detailing continued difficulties caused by the Israelis and the failure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter to address these hardships.

Download the report here: English | Spanish 

FIFA has not fulfilled its mandate” said Jonathan Kuttab, co-founder of Nonviolence International and well known Palestinian attorney.  “This is the first comprehensive report which has documented scores of examples of obstacles enacted by the Israelis in the area of movement of Palestinian players and in many other areas outside FIFA’s current efforts.

The Palestine Football Association has threatened to sponsor a resolution calling for the suspension of the Israeli Football Association.

 The report outlines 5 major areas of Palestinian victimization:

1) Obstruction of Movements of Palestinian Players, Coaches, and Officials,

2) hindering delivery of football equipment,

3) construction restrictions of sports facilities, 

4) Israeli dissuasion of visiting teams,

5)  and violence against Palestinian players.
 
“The pro-active assaults on Palestinian Football will never stop us” said Mubarak Awad, president of Nonviolence International.  “Playing and watching sports is a human right and the whole world supports us.  FIFA needs to suspend Israel for its misconduct.”

 The report was authored  by Mariabruna Jennings and edited by Jonathan Kuttab and Susan Shalabi-Molano.

Download the report here: English | Spanish 


NI Opens Office at the UN in NYC

 

Nonviolence International announces the establishment of our new office near the UN headquarter in New York City. On May 13, 2004, we celebrated the opening with our founder Mubarak Awad, our Executive Director Michael Beer, Finance Director Paul Magno, Treasurer Jonathan Kuttab as well as with David Kirshbaum who will direct the New York office.  We were joined by Mel Duncan of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, John Miller of ETAN and the War Resisters League and others.

 

With our office in the UN, we are hoping to promote nonviolence and disarmament at the UN programs. This is a big step for our organization. Apart from the UN, our New York office will also serve as the center for our Palestine Media Project, which advocates for accurate reporting for Palestinian dignity and rights in the media.  None of this could have happend without the diligent work of David Kirshbaum.


Nonviolence International condemns attack on Gaza Ark

Nonviolence International serves as the US fiscal sponsor for Gaza Ark. NI condemns the bombing of the boat and the continued  blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt.
Gaza's Ark Attacked

for immediate release
Gaza City - Gaza At 3:45 AM Gaza time on April 29th, the night guard on board Gaza's Ark received a call to leave the boat because it was going to be attacked.
The guard left, but when nothing happened, he returned after 5 minutes. A few minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat causing extensive damage.
The boat sank part way and is now sitting on the shallow sea floor. The guard was not injured but was taken to hospital for tests. Mahfouz Kabariti, Gaza’s Ark Project Manager, says: “The extent and nature of the damage are currently being investigated. We will provide an update when available.”
"Gaza’s Ark and all our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition are considering our next move in response to this cowardly act of terrorism, but our position remains clear: Neither this nor any other attack will stop our efforts to challenge the blockade of Gaza until it ends," adds David Heap of Gaza's Ark Steering Committee.
"Freedom Flotilla boats have been sabotaged before. This attack comes as we were almost ready to sail. You can sink a boat but you can't sink a movement," concludes Ehab Lotayef, another member of the Steering Committee.
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For information: Ehab Lotayef +1-514-941-9792 lotayef@gmail.com>
David Heap +1-519-859-3579 
Charlie Andreasson +970 (59) 8345327
www.gazaark.org

Holy Land Trust

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In 1996, Sami Awad returned to Palestine, his home after wrapping up his studies in the States. He wanted to serve the Palestinian community by building stronger better Palestine. When he arrived the situation on ground really hit him.  Politicians kept talking about peace but have done anything to achieve this peace. Sami looked back to his work with the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence and the works of his Uncle Mubarak Awad the founder of Nonviolence International, decided to overcome these challenges and work toward his goal of a better Palestine
Awad founded the Holy Land Trust in 1998, their mission “to lead in creating an environment that fosters understanding, healing, transformation, and empowerment of individuals and communities, locally and globally, to address core challenges that are preventing the achievement of a true and just peace in the Holy Land”.  After 10 years of community engagement Holy Land Trust continues to focus on nonviolent movements as the way to end all conflict in the Holy Land .
Please Click link below to see video on Holy Land Trust
This is Holy Land, This is Our Vision
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http://www.holylandtrust.org/index.php/donate

Christ at the Checkpoint: Izzeldin Abuelaish and Sami Awad

Powerful video interview with Palestinian doctor highlights the beliefs in peace  and forgiveness in the face of great adversity. This interview was just one part of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference recently held in Bethlehem this March, 2014, and more videos can be found on their Facebook page and Vimeo account.
watching the interview
Courage, Faith and Hope in the midst of Adversity
 
 

The Passing of one of the Greats

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Everyone at NI is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Schell. Jonathan Edward Schell was born on August 21, 1943 in New York City and died on March 25, 2014, he was seventy years old. He received his degree in 1965 from Harvard University. Mr. Schell went on to become a dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the current Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S. - China Relations at Asia Society in New York.  He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Critics Award.
Mr. Schell, a bestselling author whose work has been featured on The Nation, The New Yorker, and Los Angeles Times. His topics covered Nuclear weapons and their affect on society in general. The New Yorker Time described his books as Schell “explored warfare in its myriad 20th-century incarnations, from a scathing indictment of United States policy in Vietnam to a sobering portrait of the world in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust” (Fox, 2014)
Mr. Magno the financial director here at nonviolence shared his thoughts about Mr. Schell, Over thirty years ago, (1982) Jonathan Schell wrote a series of New Yorker essays that became the book, The Fate of the Earth, powerful in its impact on a renewed anti-nuclear weapons movement.  It relied on an impressive volume of scientific evidence to illustrate the consequences of a nuclear exchange between the superpowers on the planet and galvanized activists the world over to action with its stark conclusions. He returned to the topic in each of the next two decades with later books focused on the need for total nuclear abolition, but none as compelling as The Fate of the Earth. He also published, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and The Will of the People in 2003, an extensive look at the interplay of  title dynamics and how they advance civil society on terms not premised on force and violence.
William Shawn, in a piece found in the New Yorker “He is an excellent judge of talent, and of people. As for the range of his interests, it is extraordinary. As for his character, his mind, his temperament, I think he has the qualities we have been, or should be, looking for (and I use the following words with precision): warmth and good will, truthfulness, fair-mindedness, self-forgetfulness, humor, imagination, vision, conscience, inner strength, intellectual and emotional depth.” (Remick, 2014).
If you like to read more about Mr. Schell, please check out these amazing pieces
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us/jonathan-schell-author-who-explored-war-dies-at-70.html?_r=0
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/03/postscript-jonathan-schell-1943-2014.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/2014/03/26/02c76602-b51a-11e3-8cb6-284052554d74_story.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/jonathan-schell-dead-journalist-anti-war-activist_n_5037003.html

Works Cited

Fox, M. (2014, March 26). Jonathan Schell, Author Who Explored War, Dies at 70. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us/jonathan-schell-author-who-explored-war-dies-at-70.html?_r=0
Remick, D. (2014, March 26). POSTSCRIPT: JONATHAN SCHELL, 1943-2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/03/postscript-jonathan-schell-1943-2014.html

NI Sponsors Upcoming 'Vagina Monologues' Production

Lorpu Kpadeh, founder and chairwoman of The Survivant Organization, with Emily and Michael of NI Lorpu Kpadeh, founder and chairwoman of The Survivant Organization, with Emily and Michael of NI

Nonviolence International is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a production by The Survivant Organization of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

TSO is a non-profit organization founded by Lorpu Kpadeh, dedicated to combating domestic and sexual violence affecting women aged 16-24 in the greater D.C. metro area. Young women in this age range are three times more likely to become victims of violence over any other age group, while simultaneously having the highest rate of under-reported cases. Given these alarming statistics, it is TSO’s mission to eradicate domestic and sexual violence among young women through research, interactive education, and advocacy. A proud participant of the V-Day 2014 Campaign, TSO has been granted the rights to put on a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise money and awareness for their cause of ending violence against young women.

Further information about this event is forthcoming. We hope those of you in the D.C. area will join us for a memorable celebration of women and girls, and make a difference in 2014!

For more on The Survivant Organization, visit:

www.survivant.org

www.facebook.com/thesurvivantorganization

@THESURVIVANTORG on Twitter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z59q6krNdhk and subscribe to Survivant!



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