Reconciliation

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

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Latin America Briefing N°32 – ICG – The Overview is also available in: Spanish  OVERVIEW The peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) enter their toughest stretch both vulnerable and resilient. The former quality was displayed on 22 May, when the collapse of the guerrillas’ five-month old unilateral ceasefire triggered the worst escalation of ... Read More »

The Status of the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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ICG – Middle East Report N°159 – This report is also available in: Hebrew EXECUTIVE SUMMARY With the Muslim holy month of Ramadan underway and Jewish high holidays soon to follow, tensions have started to rise, if only slightly, at the Holy Esplanade – the Temple Mount (har habayit) to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary (al-haram al-sharif) to Muslims. In mid-2014, ... Read More »

Pope in Sarajevo, urges lasting ethnic and religious peace

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Pope Francis urged Bosnians on June 6 to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic. Hurriyet – SARAJEVO – Reuters “The cry of God’s people goes up once again from this city, the cry of all men and women of good will: war never again,” he ... Read More »

If You Thought Sorry Was The Hardest Word, Try Mentioning Compensation

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Today is National Sorry Day. And as we continue to dodge justice and repeat the mistakes of our past, we still have plenty to be sorry for, writes Amy McQuire. New Matilda – By Amy McQuire It’s been 18 long years since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament. To commemorate this, Aboriginal communities and organisations across the country ... Read More »

Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards

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Bogotá/Brussels  |  ICG Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire. Instead of more measures to de-escalate the conflict ahead of a final peace agreement, there are now new risks that the confrontation will escalate, causing fresh humanitarian damage, crippling trust between the parties and ... Read More »

Charles meets Sinn Fein leader Adams

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GALWAY, Ireland: Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle’s murder by the IRA. Arab News – AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Charles, the heir to the British throne, shook hands with Adams, the veteran president of Sinn Fein, the political wing ... Read More »

Life in a Colombia village threatened by landmines

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BBC - Colombia’s government and left-wing Farc rebels recently agreed to clear the country of landmines as part of the ongoing peace talks. Natalio Cosoy reports from Anori where people live in fear of landmines ( video ) But the job could take decades. BBC Mundo’s Natalio Cosoy visited one area where residents live in constant threat of being killed, maimed ... Read More »

Moderation key to fighting extremism, Hariri stresses

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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed on the fourth day of his visit to the U.S. to fight extremist forces whether they came from Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, stressing that moderation is the key to confronting religious extremism roiling the Middle East. The Daily Star – Hussein Dakroub ””” Summary – Hariri made the declaration before he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at ... Read More »

Watch Barack Obama’s historic handshake with President Raul Castro

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US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between two Cold War foes Leon Siciliano, and AP, video source APTN The Telegraph With a cordial evening handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a groundbreaking meeting ... Read More »

China welcomes India’s initiative to break the ice with Pakistan: report

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China has welcomed India’s initiative to break the ice with Pakistan and said it is nudging Pakistan to improve relations with India, raising hopes that it may prevail upon its ally to work toward easing tension in the subcontinent, states  The Economic Times . Pakistan Today – By WebDesk “India and Pakistan have launched dialogue to ease tensions. We understand that it is not an ... Read More »