August 2017 Review

August 2017 Review

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

 Suggested Reading Conflict Background GCCT

1) Engage them

David B. Kanin – Vucic and Dacic are mixing political interests with substantive proposals. So what? Read on…

2) Gaza – a disaster in the making

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – The socio-economic conditions in Gaza are so horrendous that if nothing is done immediately, the whole area is bound to explode in the face of Hamas, Israel, and the international community. When that happens, you can count on Israel’s and Hamas’ leaders to blame the other for allowing the situation to deteriorate to this perilous point. Read on…

3) Gandhi Kemal’s march for justice

Dr. Ulas Doga Eralp – Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s March for Justice is not a first in Turkish political history, but the broad support it received from all sectors of society – from Kurds to the secular middle class – suggests emerging public opposition to Erdogan’s autocratic regime. If the public opposition could translate its democratic demands to effective political action, then we could expect a positive turn in Turkey’s otherwise depressing politics. Read on…

4) Old wine in new bottles – Sri Lanka’s latest counter-terrorism proposals

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – The Sri Lanka Campaign published an infographic explainer based upon a statement of findings by the UN Special Rapporteur (SR) on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC. Read on…

5) Climate change and the catastrophe of Trumpism

Sam Ben-Meir – Trump’s readiness to allow himself to hold beliefs that are motivated solely by self-interest and his complete disregard for the weight of evidence reflects not only an epistemic failure, but also a moral one. Read on…

6) Syria – a testament to international moral bankruptcy

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – The dismal failures of all the governments and institutions involved directly and indirectly in the Syrian calamity leaves us nowhere but to appeal to the masses. People of conscience, regardless of their country of residence and irrespective of their religious, cultural, or ideological orientation, you must rise now and make your voices heard. Speak up for the voiceless Syrian people who have been betrayed by corrupt head of states and condemned to dispersion, destruction, and death, which is a dreadfully sad testament to the international community’s moral bankruptcy. Read on…

7) World Humanitarian Day

Rene Wadlow – The United Nations General Assembly has designated 19 August as “World Humanitarian Day” but celebrated last Monday 21 August to pay tribute to aid workers in humanitarian service in difficult and often dangerous conditions. Read on…

8) The Kurds’ treatment in Turkey is indefensible

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – The below article is a response to a public letter written by Ibrahim Kurtulus, criticizing my previous article about the plight of the Kurds in Turkey. Kurtulus is a member of the Federation of Turkish American Associations, Inc. Read on…

9) Ending Iraq’s humanitarian crisis

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – It is time to end the Iraqi tragedy. Much of the healing and prospects for a better and more promising future is in the hands of the Iraqi people themselves—it is they who must rise above sectarianism, and it is they who must chart their own destiny. Read on…

10) Trump’s “new” strategy in Afghanistan is doomed to fail

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – Every foreign power was forced to eventually leave because they could not sustain their conquest or domination. If the US wants to end this debilitating war, it must focus on local forces for a permanent solution and leave Afghanistan sooner than later with some dignity. Read on…


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