Last week, Hala El Helou, emergency coordinator at the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN the government had only received a few in-kind donations from Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, some financial contributions from the UN to do capacity-building, as well as $700,000 from Norway, and around a $1 million grant to be channelled through the World Bank.
“We’ve had some pledges and we’ve had some promises. Very few have so far provided us with actual funds,” she said.
The government had received no contributions for the health sector of its plan, “which is one of our most crucial at this point…
“We have a huge lack of medication at the centres of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health. The medication we have is barely enough for the Lebanese,” she said.
According to UNHCR, the number of refugees fleeing Syria to neighbouring countries could top one million by June 2013.
via IRIN Middle East | Lack of funds hits refugee health care in Lebanon | Lebanon | Health & Nutrition | Refugees/IDPs.
One important dimension of the conflict, however, has often been ignored: the domestic factors that had undermined Afghanistan’s internal stability of 40 years, between Muhammad Zaher Shah’s accession to power in 1933 and Sardar (Prince) Muhammad Daud’s coup d’état on 17 July 1973. Daud’s coup set an example, leading to a succession of violent power changes which, in turn, drew the Soviet Union into the conflict and triggered its military intervention six years later.
via The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / How It All Began: Pre-1979 Origins of Afghanistan’s Conflict.
Imagine close to 50,000 people marching in absolute silence, in five different townships, from two to five hours apart. Not a word, nor even a greeting. Just a raised fist in a sign of strength, determination and unity. Streets overflowing with masked faces and wordlessness. It is a huge demonstration of force–the largest in the entire history of the Zapatista movement–just days before the 19th anniversary of their first public appearance and 30 years since their founding.
What’s behind a mass mobilization like this, with no more resources than what the communities themselves can offer? Without the spending accounts of political parties or other organizations that only mobilize with government money?
via “We Are Here”: Zapatistas Send Silent Message With the Return of the PRI – CIP Americas.
One of the areas Netanyahu said would be subject to preliminary planning work is the so-called “E1” zone east of Jerusalem, a prospect that has stoked particular alarm.
“E1 is not just another settlement. E1 is of enormous strategic importance. E1 … would cut off East Jerusalem once and for all from the West Bank, thereby making a two-state solution practically impossible,” said Ruprecht Polenz, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democrats and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag lower house.
Should E1 go ahead, Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would “bury the dream of a democratic, Jewish state” by creating instead an entity that would have to include a large Palestinian population, he said.
“The (German) government should do everything to turn Israel from this path in the coming inter-governmental talks,” he said.
via Settlements showdown beckons for Netanyahu in Berlin | Maan News Agency.
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 2012 (IPS) – Against the backdrop of an upcoming U.N. Security Council (UNSC) meeting on women, peace and security, a coalition of some 63 international women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has decried the absence of women during peace negotiations in post-conflict situations.
In a letter to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet, executive director of U.N. Women, the coalition says of the nine peace agreements that were signed last year, only two contained women and peace and security provisions.
Furthermore, out of the 14 peace processes that were underway in 2011, only four of the negotiating party delegations included a woman delegate.
via IPS – Why Are Women Shut Out of Peace Talks? | Inter Press Service.
Today I am writing with many other bloggers about peace. Yes, peace! We all are writing our thoughts about this simple word…peace.
Is it really a simple word though or is it much more than that?
If we can come together for a common reason say…name your holiday here…or birthday or some other celebration or cause or…
Why can we not collectively think and wish for peace?
via Just the Stuff Ya Know: Day 4-Dona Nobis Pacem.
I don’t have mortar shelling in my life, violence at my door or bloodshed on my streets like so many are experiencing at the moment. I have wild noises in the woods. And trees full of lichen. Inconvenient mishaps that trip me up at the smallest sound of trouble. I’ve had a lot of that lately. And worries. Stress. Life is full of challenges big and small. How does one stay peaceful in the midst of chaos? I’ve asked that out loud quite a lot lately. You see one thing through and something else shows up to throw you off your game. And just when you convince yourself it’s OK to have a temporary pity party, you realize your blessings and the things you think catastrophic are nothing in comparison to children in the sand with no food.
Sometimes I am shadow and sometimes I am light.
That is what it means to be human.
via Mimi Writes…….: Dona Nobis Pacem ~ The Dream: Trees In The Courage of Time.
There is a powerful and profound need within each of us to know that peace is possible in spite of the violence that surrounds us on so many different fronts. Ten Thousand Ripples is that reminder.
Ten Thousand Ripples is a multi-platform public art and civic engagement initiative that places artists, neighborhood leaders, and residents at the center of community-driven planning and public involvement efforts that utilizes public art as a catalyst to foster dialogue and advance innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues.
via About the Project.
Activists rally in European cities to support Roma, denounce discrimination. PARIS – Anti-racism activists, Gypsy musicians and others have gathered in European cities to protest violence and discrimination against Roma and celebrate their culture.
Dozens of people participated in the “Roma Pride” event on Paris’ Left Bank on Sunday. Organizer Benjamin Abtan said a march was held in central Prague, and there were conferences in cities from Bulgaria to Denmark.
He said “we are a demanding a Europe-wide fight against racism and discrimination” and “to celebrate the diversity of Gypsy culture, which is an integral part of European culture.”
Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Slivers of Peace.
Why everyone talks about peace
About a dream that didn’t come true
The peace that never existed
Or has not been born yet
In my land
Peace is a bite of bread for a laborer
New clothes for orphan kids
Shelters for homeless people
A pair of shoes for a shepherd
Cozy sleeps for mama’s children
But, here is no peace
You already abandoned my city
Maybe we were not good hosts
And made you upset,
But we always welcome you
Don’t abandon my land