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1. “Our Nation’s Authentic Traditions”: Law Reform and Controversies over the Common Good, 1999–2006

Dorothea E. Schulz Indiana University Press ePub

IN MARCH 2000 Malian national radio announced in daily news broadcasts that a family law reform proposal, prepared by legal specialists and representatives of civil society, was to be publicly discussed so as to ensure popular participation and support. The projected reform of the codification of family law (Code du Mariage et de la Tutelle [CMT]), the broadcasts explained, was part of PRODEJ (Promotion de la Démocratie et de la Justice au Mali), a project financed by a consortium of Western donors to improve the effectiveness and credibility of the judiciary, and to mend inconsistencies within the Malian legal code “in accordance with international standards.”1 The anticipated law reform generated vehement protest among Muslim religious authorities and activists who publicly condemned the government’s endorsement of the Beijing platform as an attack on women’s “traditional role and dignity” that ultimately threatened to undermine Mali’s authentic culture, one “rooted for centuries in the values of Islam.”2 Yet the main targets of these Muslim leaders’ wrath, and their main political adversaries, were women’s rights activists who, in broadcasts aired on local and national radio and tacitly supported by the Family and Women’s Ministry, dismissed their protest as an attempt by “conservative religious forces” to pave the way for reactionary influences from the Arabic-speaking world by mixing religion and politics. Clearly, behind obvious differences in ideological orientation, Muslim activists and their political opponents have several points in common. Speakers on each side acknowledge that the government’s decision to reform Mali’s legal and judicial system is the result of various international influences and support structures, on the one hand, and of local and national political processes, on the other. Agendas of Western donor organizations intersect and collide with the interests of sponsors from the Arabic-speaking world, but also with interest groups struggling to gain greater influence in the national political arena. Both parties also present women’s dignity, and their rights and duties, as essential to definitions of the common good and of membership in the political community.

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Devonport & the Northwest

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Tasmania's northwest is the island in a nutshell – wild and untramelled in places, quietly sophisticated just about everywhere else. In the far northwest in particular, there are so many candidates for the title of Tasmania's most remote corner, from the dense and ancient rainforests of the Tarkine wilderness to remote beaches swept by the cleanest air on earth. Here also are some of the best places in Australia to see platypuses and penguins, enjoy fabulous beaches and then sleep the night in charming towns where the past sits lightly upon their shoulders. Best of all, the sense of exploring one of the world's last unspoiled corners will linger long after you leave.

AThe northwest blooms in spring and summer: fields of purple poppies, multicoloured tulips, fragrant rainforest leatherwood. There’s fresh crayfish, penguin watching, and music and craft festivals, and you can camp beachside, ready for the perfect surf break.

AVisit in winter to experience the full power of the Roaring Forties. Locals batten down the hatches for the longest, darkest nights, when the area is exhilaratingly wild and wind-lashed. You’ll get a warm welcome, but call ahead: some things close completely – or open less frequently – in winter.

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Dire Straights in Nigeria

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

Come to Soul Lounge this Thursday night—the night before Valentine’s Day. Bring your wife! Bring your deputy wife! Your assistant wife! Your sins will be forgiven!

NIGERIAS HETEROSEXUALS HAVE it rough. This may sound facetious in light of the ways homosexuals have been targeted since the Nigerian government passed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act earlier this year. But the challenges facing straight Nigerians are key to making sense of the physical and symbolic violence currently being done to people accused of being queer. The Anti-Gay Law, as it is called, criminalizes membership in gay organizations as well as same-sex marriage. Though condemned by human rights advocates, it enjoys massive popular support. Politicians, clerics, and ordinary citizens defend it as consistent with the nation’s cultural and religious values, and several observers have noted with satisfaction that opposition to homosexuality is one of the few issues that Nigeria’s Muslims and Christians can agree on.

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Predicting Causes of Traffic Road Accidents Using Multiclass Support Vector Machines

Robert Stahlbock, Gary M. Weiss, Mahmoud Abou-Nasr, Hamid R. Arabnia CSREA Press PDF

Int'l Conf. Data Mining | DMIN'14 |


Predicting Causes of Traffic Road Accidents Using Multiclass Support Vector Machines

Elfadil A. Mohamed

Department of Management Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Al Ain University of Science and

Technology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Abstract - Road traffic accidents have caused a myriad of problems for many countries, ranging from untimely loss of loved ones to disability and disruption of work. In many cases, when a road traffic accident occurs that results in the death of both drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident, there are some difficulties in identifying the cause of the accident and the driver who committed the accident. There is a need for methods to identify the cause of road traffic accidents in the absence of eyewitnesses or when there is a dispute between those who are involved in the accident. This paper attempts to predict the causes of road accidents based on real data collected from the police department in Dubai,

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Can We Talk About This?

Lois Hart HRD Press, Inc. PDF

50 Activities for Developing Leaders

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Leaders use negotiation more than any other leadership competency. Training people in negotiation skills, however, is incredibly challenging, because you have to change people’s behavior—not just give them information. And that takes time.

A module or two about negotiation won’t be particularly useful in the long run unless participants understand the concepts and practice them frequently. Some people are natural negotiators, but everyone can improve with practice and reflection.

In this book, we have outlined ways to create and deliver the leadership training modules. In this activity, we use a coach for each negotiation team. This approach allows dispassionate observers to help identify roadblocks or issues that must be addressed.

The best negotiations are those in which each “side” feels that it has “won.”

Negotiation is not compromise! This module requires that you do some advance preparation: Have participants take the Dealing with Conflict Instrument (DCI) so they understand their chief negotiation style; they will then feel comfortable changing their negotiation strategies. We chose this instrument after reviewing an array of assessments because the five style types identified in the DCI parallel the negotiation styles commonly accepted by leaders. It is important that facilitators know how to use the DCI instrument, which won’t be difficult to do since the instrument itself comes with detailed instructions for training and teaching. This instrument is also useful for other kinds of training.

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