Berto Jongman: China Penetrates Middle East

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

China’s Xi On Whirlwind Tour to Boost Mideast Trade

China actively promoting a new ‘Silk Road’ which would involve China as the key power of Eurasia

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has embarked on a tour of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Officially, he will not be speaking of politics, but only of economy. China is proposing that the states of the Near East participate in the construction of a new « Silk Road » in order to enhance their development and liberate themselves from Western colonialism.

Originally appeared at Voltaire Network

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Feb 10

Berto Jongman: Academics in the Camps – the Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Academics in Foxholes

The Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Christopher Sims, Foreign Affairs, 4 February 2016

The U.S. government’s controversial effort to harness the social sciences in support of its counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, in an initiative known as the Human Terrain System, was one of the most ambitious and innovative efforts of the post-9/11 era to help warfighters make sense of conflict’s inherent chaos.   . . .   More than 1,000 personnel were deployed during its duration, from 2007 to 2014 at a total cost of nearly $750 million, making the Human Terrain System the largest investment in a single social science project in U.S. government history.

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Feb 7

Robert Young Pelton: Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton

I am working on MOAS.EU 59 million people are considered displaced. Lot of people.

Our new ship arrives in the Aegean on the 18th

Europe may turn its back on refugees this winter. But our rescuers won’t

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Dec 16

Tom Atlee: Listening for Change

Tom Atlee

Tom Atlee

Good facilitation can help us hear each other in ways that free up our collective energy for change. Here is a provocative story about how nonviolence activists can use that power – and the spirit with which it needs to be used to be most effective.

Listening for Change: A remarkable essay by a remarkable colleague

Rosa Zubizarreta and I have been colleagues for more than two decades. She was part of a group in the early-mid 1990s that critiqued drafts of a book I was writing on co-intelligence. Years later, she was the driving force to get my first published book, THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY, actually written, edited, and out in the world. She became my closest companion in the realm of Dynamic Facilitation and Wisdom Councils, vital tools in both our efforts. Her masters thesis on Dynamic Facilitation evolved into a DF training manual and then into her truly breakthrough book FROM CONFLICT TO CREATIVE COLLABORATION. I recommend her Dynamic Facilitation trainings whenever I can.

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Dec 11