This Week in the World of Conflict… January 22nd- 30th, 2012.

  • A new UN report warns that there soon won’t be enough food, water or energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. The world will reportedly need at least 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water.
  • The Fellowship of Reconciliation and Uniting for Peace announced an international conference in peacebuilding “Peace In My Lifetime” scheduled for Thursday, March 15th, 2012 in London, the United Kingdom.
  • The University of Kent and the University of Marburg began accepting applications for their international double degree Masters programme in Peace and Conflict Studies for their 2012-2013 year.
  • The Park University approved the establishment of a Centre for Global Peace Journalism to promote the concepts of peace and peace journalism.
  • On Friday, the world marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day when Soviet troops liberated the German Nazi-run Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland in 1945. The Day has been recognized since 2005 by the UN General Assembly.
  • Micro-blogging site Twitter announced that they altered their technology to allow for country-specific censorship of messages. The move has angered users, some of whom are calling for a boycott and organizing an online protest in response.
  • Google announced that it was revising its privacy policy on how it uses data from users of its services. Many are concerned that the new combined privacy services for all its products would allow them to deduce a more complete picture of who the user is, what they read, where they are going and what they are up to.
  • The UN humanitarian office announced on Wednesday that $104 million was being allocated to support 13 neglected emergencies around the world.  A second round of allocations is scheduled to follow in July.
  • Battles over copyrighted materials on the internet have been raging these last couple weeks, with shutdowns of major websites such as Wikipedia in protest over the SOPA and PIPA bills, and now rising concerns over the fate of the ACTA bill, as well as the Canadian Bill C-11.
  • Freedom House released its 2012 report that categorizes freedom, political rights and civil liberties in the world. Tunisia showed the largest improvement a country has ever made in a single year, while the Gambia’s freedom score declined significantly.
  • Human Rights Watch released its 2012 World Report summarizing human rights conditions in more than 90 countries worldwide. A special introduction examined the Arab Spring uprisings.
  • The Monkey Cage had an interesting blog post about the actions of states after they acquire nuclear weaponry.
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