June 2017 Review

June 2017 Review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

 Suggested Reading Conflict Background GCCT

1) Lexical issues and the fading Western project in the Balkans

David B. Kanin – Diplomatic jargon obstructs understanding of problems to be overcome and construction of the means of overcoming them. Read on…

2) Fifty years of immoral occupation

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – It is time for both sides to rise and demand that their leaders compromise and come to terms with a reality that neither can change, and seek a just and fair solution that must bring an end to the occupation. Read on…

3) Belgrade-Pristina – a false promise of normalisation

Andrea Garaiova – The structural flaws in the foundations of the Brussels Dialogue may deal a painful blow to the aspirations of the European Union as the champion of peace in the Balkans. Read on…

4) The unfinished Six Day War – an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – History will not be kind to you, Mr. Netanyahu, unless you change course. It is time to reflect, because the destiny of the nation of Israel is in your hands. Read on…

5) After fifty years of occupation, what’s next – an open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – I am known for calling on ending the occupation in any form, but I am also known to call it as I see it. This, Mr. Abbas, is what you are confronted with. You must now use the argument of the hard-core Israelis who support the occupation against them. By adopting this new strategy, you will not only disarm them in droves, but you will also motivate a multitude of Israelis to rally behind the cause of ending the occupation. Read on…

6) Remembering the dead is not a crime

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Despite various interventions from Sri Lankan civil society groups, senior diplomats, and international human rights organisations the Sri Lankan authorities have showed few signs of letting up their campaign of harassment and intimidation against Father Elil Rajendram, a Tamil Jesuit priest and human rights defender based in the North of Sri Lanka. Read on…

7) Moroccan cultural preservation and the Jewish experience

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir – Morocco’s challenge is confronted by all nations that are guided by practical ideals: to conscientiously embody act-by-act the progressive values that are intended to plot the course of their national development now and in the future. Read on…

8) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of President Macron

Gilles Pargneaux and Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – If President Macron wishes to assert himself on the international stage, as he has shown recently, he should convene, with the support of the European Union, an international conference in line with the spirit of the previous French initiative and focus on this new diplomatic approach. A majority of Israelis and Palestinians will support such an approach, on which basis they can urge their respective leaders to act to end this debilitating conflict. The stakes are enormous, France and Europe have an historic opportunity to rise to the occasion. Read on…

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1 Response

  1. As a peace activist, I have been concerned about the Anglophone problem in Cameroon. The conflict has reached alarming proportions within the last 10 months and there are no signs of hope for resolution in the horizon. Schools in the Anglophone Section of the country have not been open for 10 months, Ghost towns campaigns are on the increase in the Anglophone section, Civil disobedience is the order of the day. The government has arrested the leaders of the Anglophone struggle and charged them with terrorism, initiated reforms which do not respond to the wishes of the Anglophone community and the stalemate continues.
    The problem stems from the fact that the Anglophone part of Cameroon which acquired its independence by joining the French speaking section in 1961, has observed that its legacy which it brough into the union with the French sector has been dismantled and a French system is being imposed on them. They also decry blattant discrimination by the government against them.
    I work as Director of Ecunenical Service for Peace, a local NGO in Cameroon. I have been on the Media severally to advocate for a collaborative approach to resolving the problem but this has not proved to be enough. I am in the process of researching and coming up with a database that will inform future actions and projects.
    How can Transconflict get involved in responding to this crisis situation before it gets out of hand?

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