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Do Not Censor Hezbollah via Twitter

30 Dec

The more communication, conversation, and dialogue we have with Hezbollah or the Taliban, the less fearful we become to them, greater familiarity trust might be established resulting in reduced violence. Shutting down communication creates fear, distance, distrust, and increased violence.

Shutting down communication and forbidding dialogue is the quickest way to war. Thus, allowing Hezbollah to air its views on Twitter is healthy and promotes peace. A lot of people will decide that Hezbollah’s path of violence is a turn off based on their rhetoric. Hezbollah will learn that its message is generally not being well-received, which may cause it to rethink its position. Communicating on Twitter may be one safe way to open a dialogue with Hezbollah about what its true interests, needs, goals, and desires are. The more communication, conversation, and dialogue we have with Hezbollah or the Taliban, the less fearful we become to them, greater familiarity grows, trust grows, and the chance fo


Is Syria Suffering From a Family Business Conflict?

16 Dec

As a professional peacemaker, I tend to look at conflicts from the perspective of the people instead of politics. In the process of mediating thousands of conflicts, large and small, I find that conflict dynamics tend to fall into predictable patterns. This is especially true in family business conflicts. The same themes arise over and over again such that the conflict dynamics are predictable and systematic.

While reading about the Syrian uprising some months ago, I read a brief mention of President Bashar al-Assad’s younger brother, Maher. Maher, as it turns out, controls the military and is apparently the one responsible for the violent oppression of the protesters. I had wondered about that because Bashar was trained as medical doctor–an opthamologist—with no interest in politics or power until he was recalled to Syria by his father, the late Hafez al-Assad. So why would a western-trained physician married to a British-born Syrian woman who was a Citibank investment banker,

Climae Change Neogtiations in Durban South Africa

2 Dec


Good article on Elusive Peace came out today in San Diego paper

4 Sep

Good article on Elusive Peace came out today in San Diego paper

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-Courageous Peace Leaders Wanted

2 Sep

In the lull after the media frenzy around Irene, it is a good time to reflect on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. In a few weeks, the Palestinians will submit a resolution to the UN General Assembly that asks that Palestine be declared a new nation-state. Regardless of where you might stand on this issue, there are a lot of practical problems with the resolution. Besides the fact that the US will veto it in the Security Council, it is politically meaningless as long as Hamas and Fatah remain irrconciliably opposed to each other on fundamental issues of economic reform, governance, and recognition of Israel’s right to exist. It’s pretty hard to organize a nation-state when there are two bitterly opposed parties that cannot agree on what that state will look like.
Khaled Mashaal, who leads Hamas as its political bureau chief, must be wondering what the future will bring. Although safely enscounced in Damascus, he is at the epicenter of the Syrian uprising. He has been watching the revo

To Prevent Genocide and Civil War in Libya Follow International Peace Consultant Douglas E. Noll’s Advice

23 Aug

August 23, 2011

Fresno, Ca…………………International Peace Consultant and author Douglas E. Noll has developed procedural and preventative measures for Libya to avoid genocide and civil war. “The Libyan people must put together a new form of self-governance, rebuild their infrastructure, create jobs, and provide basic services as quickly as possible. This is the turning point. If these steps are not taken in a timely manner, bedlam is sure to follow. Chaos will slip in when leadership leaves a void unless strategic key steps are taken. This is an urgent warning,” Noll explains.

Without major efforts spurred by U.S. leadership, the Libyan revolt would not have succeeded. Authorizing assistance to ‘prevent a humanitarian catastrophe’ President Barack Obama committed millions of dollars in military exercises through NATO to assist rebels in overthrowing Libyan dictator Gadhafi.

“Helping and then standing by hoping is not a resp