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USA funded CHILD SOLDIERS

The United States continues to support the use of child soldiers unfettered and unsanctioned. Child Soldier recruitment, training and deployment are universally condemned.   In fact, the United States Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) provides fundamentally that no nation that uses child soldiers can receive US military aid or assistance. This includes sales of arms and ammunition.   Yet the US government continues to support the use of Child Soldiers in scenarios deemed in the national interest of the United States, it is within the Act called a “national interest waiver”. So it appears that as long as there is…

Dump the Trump

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Here I am, the erstwhile hippy, reliving my youth after 40 years of being a middle American wife, mommy, and all around peaceful person. Here are some facts about Donald Trump’s visit to my town, Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is solidly Bernie Sanders territory, one of the most liberal cities in the United States. The Trump campaign had to increase the number of tickets for a 1400 seat venue to 20,000, because the original number were quickly snapped up by protesters who planned to pack the house with empty seats. The population of Burlington is just over 40,000. The Trump campaign…

City of Lights – Awakening Conscience

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“Everyone is responsible to everyone for everything.”   –  F. Dostoevsky These words I found during my visit to the headquarters of the Red Cross / Red Crescent in Geneva Switzerland.   I was at the time visiting the “RC” as the global displaced population was beginning to spiral upwards beyond anyone’s contemplation.  With me during the visit was Michel Muller, my friend and fellow Co-Founder at the Institute of International Relations.   The quote was simple and powerful and caused a pause of reflection.  Nothing man written better declares our human relationship to one another. The Terror attacks in Paris struck the…

Eagle’s Nest in India

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The visits between India’s Prime Minister Modi (end of 2014) to the United States and that of Mr. Obama as President of the United States to India this past month  (Jan. 2015) have been mutually historic for the people of each respective nation that transcends to a clear global message to the birth of a strategic partnership. Mr. Modi in his speech referred to it as “a natural global partnership” what it fundamentally is, is a partnership of necessity. Both nations share common values based on democratic ideals, a growing mutuality of economic and technological dependency but as if not…

Mediation: The Socio-Cultural IMPACT

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Mediation essentially is a process of non-adversarial and non-aggressive resolution to a dispute regardless of the methodology or preferred model style.  At times the process of mediation like in Party Direct Mediation (PDM) is directly imposed upon the principals themselves.  We might actually find ourselves by situation and circumstance in a defaulted imposed scenario where our abilities to navigate through a potentially contentious interaction make us the mediator on demand.  The critical key is to maintain focus on the issues and not the ad hominem components of the exchange that can lead to proliferation rather than resolution. It is vital…

The Stateless Person

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Most of us go through our lives always in recognition and being recognized as citizens or residents of a particular sovereign nation.  That recognition and membership by and into a country is taken for granted.  However there are also among us by recent UN reports approximately 10 million stateless persons. What is a stateless person? A “stateless person” is someone who is not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law (article 1 of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons). Here, nationality refers to the legal bond between a person and…