Category Archives: Volume 2, Issue 1

Volume 2, Issue 1 – January 2012

Table of Contents From the Editor’s Desk – Kyrstie Lane, Managing Editor Pedagogy of Conflict: Neutrality – Pushpa Iyer, Director The Future of the Nepali Peace Process – Jitman Basnet Reflections on the Importance of Unarmed Civilian Protection – Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh Empire’s Prisoners – Anita Seth Cover Photo: Portrait of Dago – Adele Negro India read more »

From the Editor’s Desk

by Kyrstie Lane, Managing Editor Human rights is something everyone likes to talk about, yet few actually pursue with dedication and resolve. It is easy to proclaim support for human rights, but do we really know what they mean? How can we define these rights, and how can we tell when they have been violated? read more »

Pedagogy of Conflict: Neutrality

by Pushpa Iyer, Director Neutrality in conflict situations is a hotly debated topic in the field. Should conflict resolvers, peacemakers, and peacebuilders stand right in the middle of warring parties in order to ensure every side has equal access to them? For how else can one expect conflict parties to trust the “resolver”? In some read more »

The Future of the Nepali Peace Process

by Jitman Basnet On Nov. 22, 2006, after ten years of violent conflict in Nepal, the Nepal Government and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) signed a peace agreement. A new constitution based on federalism, justice for conflict victims, and transformations in the old state mechanisms in the judicial, economic, social, cultural, and political sectors are read more »

Reflections on the Importance of Unarmed Civilian Protection

by Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh This year Peace Brigades International is celebrating its 30th anniversary – 30 years of highly creative and effective non-violent struggle supporting peace with justice. Like Mahatma Gandhi (Narayan Desai, one of Gandhi’s freedom fighters, was a founding member of PBI), the founders of PBI believed that non-violent struggle was taking the moral read more »

Empire’s Prisoners

by Anita Seth Most of us do not often consider the plight of incarcerated people in America. We are often concerned only with due process, particularly in those terrible situations where an innocent person is imprisoned for a crime that he or she did not commit. But that concern alone does not make us champions read more »

Cover Photo: Portrait of Dago

by Adele Negro Bright-eyed and engaging, if slightly bashful, 11-year-old Dagoberto Gómez – or Dago, as he is known – wants to be a computer scientist when he grows up. After a bit of playful prodding, he enjoys showing off his knowledge of English, and loves to chat up the students in our team. He read more »

India Column: Peoples’ Power Versus Nuclear Power

by Francis Gonsalves Koodankulam is a tiny town in the Tirunelveli District of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Like most of the villages in India, this hamlet has its own laidback lifestyle that reflects the ebb and flow of the carefree sea. Little from the outer world affects the peaceful pace of Koodankulam’s read more »

Picks of the Quarter

The conflicts that gain the most attention and media coverage tend to be those that are most sensational and violent. But there are many other conflicts we do not hear about, and those living through them must struggle to make their voices heard. This column seeks to bring attention to serious events, issues, and conflicts read more »