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France’s military intervention in Mali two years ago to stop advancing jihadist forces confirmed the status of the Sahel as an important new front in the global war on terror. France quickly declared victory as the enemy evaporated into the desert. Yet today the region remains a hotbed of instability as rebel attacks and kidnappings continue. And while French troops consolidate their presence, new players primarily China and the United States, are increasingly active there and on the rest of the continent. SHADOW WAR IN THE SAHARA questions the official narrative of this “terror war”, and asks whether the desert masks a larger struggle, that for control of the region’s valuable natural resources - the vast deposits of petroleum, strategic minerals, and even the water that lie under its sands. The film reveals that the ‘war on terror’ is clearly more than it seems and highlights: * The growing power and influence of the U.S. military’s new Africa Command (AFRICOM). * The significance of AFRICOM’S first war to depose its chief opponent in Africa, Libya’s Colonel Mouammar Gadaffi. * How the chaos that followed Gadaffi’s removal precipitated the crisis in Mali. * How Malian government troops trained by AFRICOM staged a coup in Mali. * Interests that could have motivated France’s military intervention in the Sahel. The film details how global empires are jockeying for position in what the some are calling the “New African Resource Wars of the 21st Century”. It shows how 130 years after European powers first carved up the continent, a ‘new scramble” for Africa is underway.+ More details
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For my third short film, I really wanted to explore the idea of conflict, meaning both a physical conflict, specifically here with our main characters, 'Dev' and 'Jay' played by Zaqi Ismail and Bally Gill. but also with an inner conflict which is shown through the thoughts and actions of Dev. We see two very different young men, however, there wants and needs lands them on paths which coincide with one another. I had a small crew, 4 people including me who directed the piece. The actors are Zaqi Ismail and Bally Gill who both study at the Drama school Rose Bruford in Kent. England.+ More details
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My clients this week have an enduring issue with one client who often becomes upset and frustrated. When staff approach him to try to defuse and de-escalate the situation, he sometimes lashes out and has seriously hurt members of his care team. I worked with this team on some personal safety approaches which should help them to work with the client more effectively and give them more options when communicating under pressure.+ More details
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How to Invite, Start and Facilitate a Quick Discussion about Team Conflict is not a miracle fix! You can open the discussion, and open space for light to be shed on why there is an issue at all - its the start of discovery so you can prevent, and solve issues before any fighting is necessary at all! Here's the script to start you off: "I'm wondering. It seems like it may be helpful to hear where we're all at with how things are on the team. I'd like to invite a quick round-table to hear from everyone and suggest that we can do it very simply: there are 4 basic ways you might be feeling at this point: how things are may have you at more or less mad, sad, glad, or scared... let me share where I am first." Find me, and more resources and support for fixing conflict and transforming teams at www.conflictnavigator.com Subscribe to this channel to get notified when new tips are posted!+ More details
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Darren Barker spoke on the “CA Supreme Court Decision Increases Litigation Exposure of Architects” panel at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County chapter’s January meeting, held January 14, 2015. The presentation focused on how the California Supreme Court decision in “Beacon Residential v SOM” expands an architect’s duty of care to future residential property owners, where there is no contractual relationship. In this segment, he stresses the importance of writing down the details of construction conflicts soon after they occur in order to help build a strong case down road in the event that litigation ensues.+ More details
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Depuis des décennies le Moyen Orient est l’objet de conflits récurrents ou latents. La guerre déplace les populations, détruits les infrastructures et transforme les paysages en ruines. Mais au delà des marques évidentes que chacun observent régulièrement dans la presse, des conséquences plus discrètes et perfides grignotent ces sociétés. Pour l’enfance arabe la guerre ne s’arrête pas quand le bruit des canons cesse : des conséquences oubliées entravent le développement des enfants, notamment par l’impossibilité de jouer et à rêver d’un avenir meilleur. Au sud Liban, après la guerre de 2006, la peur continue à roder, celle de toutes les bombes qui jonchent encore le terrain. Des parents s’expriment sur cette crainte permanente et sur cette enfance transformée. En Palestine après plus de 50 ans d’un conflit latent, Tamer, un jeune réfugié palestinien, grandit dans un contexte politique violent qui fait de lui un homme prématurément malgré les inquiétudes de sa famille. Wahaj se propose à travers deux exemples de montrer les répercussions sur l’enfance de ces conflits mais pose aussi la question latente de la possibilité ou non de rêver à un avenir meilleur à travers une jeunesse marqué pour toujours.+ More details
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In the eyes of many American civil libertarians and journalists, France and other Western European nations committed a dangerous and self-destructive blunder with their widespread crackdown on speech perceived as condoning or supporting Islamic terrorism. But Americans are hypocrites about free speech too. In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans eagerly surrendered a wide range of constitutional rights and liberties in the name of security. To watch what they say and do and therefore suppressing undesirable forms of expression. Beneath the complicated and contradictory debate over free speech lies an essential philosophical conflict that doesn't get discussed openly enough. In American terms, it is often depicted as the division between wild-eyed right-wing libertarians (and a much smaller number of wild-eyed left-wing anarchists) and the normal government. But here's a telegram from Captain Obvious, or maybe from Mr. Orwell: We don't have a normal government. The conflict over the nature and purpose of state power will continue. You can embrace the idea of state power - the power of your own state, or somebody's else, or an imaginary state yet to come - or you don't.+ More details
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Conference: "Strategic repositioning: Islam in the new global context", University of Bucharest, 13.01.2015 Conferinta "Repozitionari strategice: islamul in noul context global", Universitatea din Bucuresti, 13.01.2015+ More details
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