Wed, Jun 30, 2004
Peace Doves Game - Stop Nuclear Proliferation
The Peace Doves Game is an online flash-based game developed by the Nobel e-Museum. It’s target audience is folks over 15, with an estimated game play time of 15 minutes or more. Your mission: Take on the mission to disarm the world of nuclear weapons! You have eight “Peace Doves” to help you, each able to disarm one of the eight countries possessing nuclear weapons.
Mon, Jun 28, 2004
Selective Guide to Online International Arbitration Resources
The LLRX.com site (Law Library Resource Xchange) has just posted a new start page for folks interested in international arbitration. It was developed by Gloria Miccioli, a law librarian with more than 20 years of experience in the field. The Selective Guide to Online International Arbitration Resources is a good launch pad into lots of organized information on this widely dispersed set of content.
Islamic Society Of North America Conference 2000 Session on Conflict Resolution
The Islamic Society Of North America regularly hosts conferences and many of the sessions are videotaped and made available online. At the Community Development Conference hosted by the ISNA in 2000, Gulam Bakali and Najeeba Syeed presented a general session on conflict resolution. Najeeba Syeed-Miller used to work with the Indiana University Student Conflict Resolution Services program and has since gone on to work as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in California.
Bill Clinton on Conflict Resolution
The annual Hay Festival is a literary and cultural “carnival” that takes place in a small town on the Welsh border. In 2001, President Bill Clinton spoke on Conflict Resolution and then answered questions from audience members. The archived presentation can be listened to using Windows Media Player.
Part One is about 39 minutes long.
Part Two, the Q&A, is about 9 minutes long.
RadioIslam Broadcast on the Processes of Mediation
The Social Services panel of RadioIslam discussed the processes of mediation within the framework of the Islamic faith, and the show was archived to the web. Panelists included Aneesah Nadir, Shahina Siddiqui, Abdul Malik Mujahid and Itrath Syed.
RadioIslam is a project of the Sound Vision Foundation, and would like to achieve the following goals through the RadioIslam.com project.
1. Develop quality programing for the web radio
2. Make this programing available without cost to cities where Muslims already have a religious or cultural radio show on air.
3. Engage young Muslim talent through training workshops, internships, and by sharing know how to participate in creative programing for radio.
Sat, Jun 26, 2004
Free Speech TV online video archives
Free Speech TV is a progressive, publicly-supported, independent, non-profit TV channel available via the Dish Network or local community access cable stations. Many of their broadcasts have been archived and are available over the web via RealPlayer. A special collection entitled Mobile-Eyes Special Report On Creating Peace provides quick access to many of the items that might be of interest to conflict studies people.
Two High School Peer Mediation “Public Service Announcements”
The Peer Mediation team at West Burlington Arnold High School has developed two short video commercials for their peer mediation program Seeds Among the Stones. View them as mpg files here and here.
Conflict - An Opportunity for Development - Videos and Interactive CD from UIUC
The Department of Community and Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has produced an interactive CD and a series of short videos to teach about making the most of conflict. The series is called “Conflict - An Opportunity for Development” The CD’s table of contents and a number of sample workshop outlines are available online, as well as previews of the videos.
College Conflict follows the story of a family conflict about a daughter’s choice of college. This 15-minute video introduces the conflict cycle, adjustments, and problem-solving steps. Preview it here.
Duel or Discussion
Follow the town council as it struggles with a conflict between a development option and the neighbors’ concerns. This 15-minute video introduces the conflict cycle, adjustments, and problem-solving steps. Preview it here.
Mediation: Finding a Solution
This 15-minute video introduces the role of the informal mediator in a conflict situation. Preview it here.
The National Academies Discovery Engine search tool
The enhanced Discovery Engine search tool of the National Academies provides open access to a broad range of academic content (with lots of encouragement to buy a hard copy) that you can read online. A search on the term “conflict resolution” found 50 publications, with the ability to “find more like this” for items that most closely match your search terms. Another nice feature is the Research Dashboard, which pulls key terms from the current found item, providing you with ways to combine these terms in various ways, or to drill deeper into the book using terms found for you. You can also paste a few pages of a text that you yourself are writing into their Reference Finder tool to find books from The National Academies collection that might be good references or to extract the key terms found in your text for use constructing your own search later.
Thu, Jun 24, 2004
Behind the Barrier - Understanding the Building of a Wall in Israel/Palestine
The Christian Science Monitor has provided an overview entitled Behind the Barrier of the current dispute over barrier walls in Israel. Even as Israelis and Palestinians renew political negotiations, Israel is bringing more Palestinian territory under its control. Settlers continue to expand their communities while officials claim land to build roads, establish buffers, and erect the barrier intended to protect Israelis from terrorist attack. These confiscations are eating more deeply into the West Bank and Gaza Strip, raising concerns about the viability of any future Palestinian state. This occasional series by the Christian Science Monitor examines the trend, its roots, and its implications for Palestinians and Israelis alike who have been profoundly affected by ongoing conflict. The overview covers:
Part 1 - An overview of the barrier’s dimensions
Part 2 - The barrier’s impact on Palestinians
Part 3 - Israeli victims talk about the barrier
Part 4 - Jerusalem’s growing web of walls
Part 5 - Sharon’s plans, made concrete
Map - The wall in Israel
Graphic - Fence to contain violence
Video Reviewing Mediation Field with Advice to Those Hoping to Enter It
The Harvard Mediation Program, a student-staffed clinic for mediation training and service associated with Harvard Law School, hosted a presentation by experienced mediators Sarah Worley and Eric Green exploring their experience in the field of mediation and offering advice for those hoping to enter the field. They are speaking specifically to Harvard Law students, so some advice is specific to this group. The event was video-taped and archived as a Real Player online video.
Confronting Iraq - Flash Overview of Iraq Conflict
The Modesto Bee newspaper has developed a flash-based overview of the key players and factors involved in the conflict involving the U.S. and Iraq. The “Confronting Iraq” presentation relies mainly on annotated timelines and interactive maps with an emphasis on military issues.
Tue, Jun 22, 2004
Official Rock Paper Scissors Game Strategy Guide
The worldrps.com website is the place to go if you really want to hone your skills playing the classic “Rock Paper Scissors” game. Apparently, there is a lot of strategy hiding behind this simple game. You can review various gambits and play against an online rps trainer. Who knows when the time will come to decide an important conflict by playing RPS…perhaps you should start training now!
Sat, Jun 19, 2004
RadioScout Finds Upcoming (and recent past) Public Radio Programs
You can find upcoming public radio shows by keyword with RadioScout, a site available at http://www.radioscout.org/servlet/RadioScout.MainPage. Here you may search by program (or search all programs), specified timespans (this week/month, last week/month, etc.) and sort by program name or date. Each listing includes a summary of the program, the program date, and a link to that program’s Web page. If you like you can also get keyword listings of programs via e-mail. This requires a name/email/password registration.
Fri, Jun 11, 2004
Power Politics III - Ultimate Election Game
Rock the Vote and the Christian Science Monitor have teamed up to present a new election year educational game. From the award-winning designer of Power Politics, The Doonesbury Election Game and Spirit Wars comes Power Politics III, the 2004 presidential election game that casts you in the role of Campaign Manager as you try to guide you candidate to Oval Office!▄▄ The game features detailed statistical models of both current and▄historical presidential candidates, a supporting cast of hundreds of real-world potential running mates, and a data-rich recreation of the voting landscape.▄ Power Politics will both entertain you and provide you with stimulating insights into the marketing and management of a modern-day presidential candidate. A flash trailer for the free game is available now, with the final release of the free online and deluxe downloadable games imminent.
Carefully blending entertainment with realistic gaming features, Power Politics III offers a unique opportunity for voters to transform presidential politics from spectator sport to a captivating, hands-on “what if” political testing ground.▄ If Gore had campaigned more in Florida in the last week of the election, would Bush be the incumbent in 2004?▄ Although John Kerry’s nomination is also but assured, is he really the Democrat must capable of challenging Bush in November?