Tag Archives: Conflict

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski

A review of the documentary, “Triage:  Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma,” 2007, on NetFlix now. Dr. James Orbinski worked with Doctors Without Borders for many years, eventually ending up as their president.  He treated hundreds of people in Somalia, Rwanda … Continue reading

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Love-filled, precision-guided lightning bolts

Why does my mind steeped in soot cause me to cry out, “War!  War!  Rage against the vile winds which rip through the virgin, green fields, stripping them of their succulent fruit,” when I know, from a higher place inside, … Continue reading

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Synergy

I continue to send out a clarion call for problem solving rather than power tripping; for putting our heads together rather than banging heads; for good-faith collaboration among all merited individuals on any given topic, rather than clever, cunning subversion … Continue reading

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The Bridge

Two shores; Separated by a roily river and eons of distrust. “I can become a Bridge,” offers a pile of wood. For decades, centuries, cries of “NO” resound through the hate-filled skies. Then, at last, a full moon to the … Continue reading

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The PLANET Somalia Project

By placing the Internet into the hands of adults and youth within the school system, we further empower an already technology-strong population.  Like so many other tools to which we have access, the Internet gives us enormous potential:  the capacity … Continue reading

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Implementing New Technologies

As a concerned, private citizen, entitled to his own opinions, I strongly believe that we as a species are implementing new technologies entirely too aggressively. I believe all new technologies should be tested in very small scale, very long term … Continue reading

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Building a Sense of Security

“All sides [of a conflict] have a need for security, and increasing the feeling of security of one side does not diminish the security of the other side, as is commonly believed. Rather the opposite is generally true: the more … Continue reading

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Waste

Waste. Few people like to think about it, much less discuss it. And yet, if we do not implement intelligent, safe procedures for handling waste, we are slowly, unconsciously poisoning ourselves. For a particularly dramatic example, I quote sections of … Continue reading

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Resolving Intractable Conflicts: An Inner Approach (Part I)

A conflict arises when one or more parties want to change the status quo. If all parties are satisfied with the way things are, no conflict arises. The scope of a conflict can be defined as the difference between the … Continue reading

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Resolving Intractable Conflicts: An Inner Approach (Part II)

In Part I of this blog-post, I wrote about the need to seduce people into the practice of meditation techniques and right prayer, so as to bring about the conditions needed for more fruitful negotiations of intractable conflicts. James Hillman, … Continue reading

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