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PeaceTech Lab Welcomes ChannelsTV Nigeria CEO John Momoh as First International Board Member

PeaceTech Lab has taken another step towards securing its position as an international leader in the use of technology, media, and data to accelerate local peacebuilding efforts with the addition of ChannelsTV CEO John Momoh of Lagos, Nigeria as its newest board member.

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Using the Power of Radio to End Conflict in South Sudan

PBS NewsHour

The second season of “Sawa Shabab“, a radio drama aimed at helping youth in South Sudan resolve conflicts peacefully, begins this week. The radio program’s next 20-episode season is airing while South Sudan — independent for nearly four years — is still struggling under leaders who are of different ethnicities and are locked in a political dispute that frequently turns violent.

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Connecting dissidents and journalists

Columbia Journalism Review

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which to describe their lives, argue their opinions, and refute official propaganda. The people behind the website hope to help change that status quo, using the principles of crowdsourcing to help activists connect with journalists and editors who can tell or publish their stories, or with anyone else who can help.

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Waging Peace: Media's Role in Middle East Conflicts

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held a panel discussion on the media’s influence in Middle Eastern conflicts at its Washington, DC headquarters on May 8. Entitled “Fanning the Flames or Fueling the Peace?”, it featured Anand Varghese, program officer of the PeaceTech Initiative, which is run by the USIP; Susanne Fischer, regional program manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting; and Ammar al-Shahbander, chief of mission at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.

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Survivors: Fixing the Middle East Through Reality TV, Adventure Travel

Middle East Voices

In Iraq, the second season of a special television show is about to begin.  Salam Shabab – “Peace Youth” in Arabic – brings together teenagers between 14 and 18 from different regions of the country for a reality television show.  Based on a curriculum co-designed by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Iraqi educators, Salam Shabab is part education, part entertainment. Theo Dolan is the Senior Program Officer at USIP Center for Media, Conflict and Peace building at USIP.

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The Real Story About Kony 2012

The Huffington Post

In a matter of days more than 77 million people have watched Kony 2012, a 30 minute video about the crimes against humanity committed by Joseph Kony in Uganda. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the video and the organization that made it, but one thing no one can doubt: more people now know more about the horrors endured by children in Uganda than ever before, thanks to the miracle of social media, and especially Facebook where it had huge viral distribution.

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How Iraq Is Using Reality TV and Facebook to Inspire a Generation of Peacemakers


Educational reality TV and social media are the drivers inspiring a group of Iraqi youth demanding a different future — one with peaceful resolutions and equality. Nareen, an 18-year-old Iraqi whose last name has been withheld for safety reasons, starred in Iraq's first youth reality TV show called Salam Shabab to compete for the title of becoming an "Ambassador of Peace" last year. Salam Shabab is a competitive TV show with the ultimate goal of uniting Iraq through peace building.

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