During this week’s online sessions in our Rotary Peace Center
course (September 6th -12th 2021), our professor Roxana
Cristescu introduced us the principles of mediation ethics, such as
impartiality, voluntariness, confidentiality, self-determination, honesty,
informed consent and the principle of “Do No Harm”.
professor gave us a task to choose the three most important principles for...Read More
Days after finishing our sessions on
Innovative Development Program Design in the Rotary Peace Fellowship at
Chulalongkorn University, the words of Professor Kai Brand Jacobsen came to
mind over and over again.
I was in Chocó, the jungle of the Colombian Pacific region. A territory historically marked by violence between guerrillas, drug trafficking, and illegal mining, but with a very...Read More
This week’s topic on Fostering Wellness: Transforming Stress & Trauma Through Self-Care & Resilience by Dr. Heidi Kar led the class to think deeply about how to best take care of yourself to promote mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The lectures and skill development exercises provided a wealth of information and ideas on how to build your own action that best works for...Read More
When the World Health Organization
(WHO) declared a global pandemic in March 2020, nations around the globe
started closing their borders. In many parts of world, including New York City
where I live, life for many became suddenly unrecognizable with partial to full
lockdowns and restrictions of movement. The rapid spread of the virus across
communities, cities, nations, made clear how...Read More
After ten years of
violent communist insurgency, Nepal entered into a peace process in 2006 under
international auspices and with domestic pressure. The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist
(CPN-Maoist) agreed to join peaceful competitive politics if a new set of
rules, mutually agreed by key actors and endorsed by the people, were set. An alliance
of seven political parties, which were in...Read More
As a media academic and researcher, I have travelled
to few countries on various continents of the world, including Thailand,
Turkey, Portugal, USA, Greece, Finland, Canada, Italy, Ethiopia, Scotland (UK),
and France. During my visits, other academic’s, researchers, students and
others asked me one unique question: “Are you from Gandhi’s country? Are you
from India? It’s...Read More
million learners are impacted by school closures and a national lockdown in
Jordan due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The number includes 230,000 Syrian
refugees living in Jordan. Even before the pandemic, Jordan’s education system
was under great pressure to provide quality education; with poor
infrastructure, low basic literacy and numeracy levels, combined with older
methods of instruction,...Read More
It was a steaming-hot afternoon in southern Mexico.
We left the final small market town and traveled nearly an
hour on rutted dirt roads to reach this indigenous riverbank community of
Carmen Grande, in Las Montañas del Norte.
This was before the pandemic, and we had come to plan a church-based cattle co-op project.
Several young boys were eager to show us around. “This is
poet Agha Shahid Ali’s collection of poems ‘The Country Without a Post Office’
is related to exile, yearning, and the loss of home and country. Ali has
highlighted the tragedy in Kashmir by comparing it with Joseph Stalin’s Russia.
his collection of poems, Ali writes about “the land of doomed addresses” where
“everyone carries his address in his pocket so that at least...Read More