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ICERM Radio is dedicated to promote positive interaction among people of different ethnicities and religious persuasions, and to increase tolerance, understanding and acceptance through programming that informs, educates, engages, mediates, and heals.
An essential part of the education and dialogue programs of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, ICERM Radio educates people about ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world, and creates opportunities for inter-ethnic and interreligious exchanges, communication and dialogue.
ICERM Radio is a pragmatic, proactive and positive response to the frequent, incessant and violent ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world. An objective evaluation of the history of the world and current events reveal the frequent, incessant and violent nature of ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the globe. In the words of Donald Horowitz, a leading expert in ethnic conflict, “the importance of ethnic conflict, as a force shaping human affairs, as a phenomenon to be understood, as a threat to be controlled, can no longer be denied”. And further, “ethnic violence since World War II has claimed more than ten million lives, and in the last two decades ethnic conflict has become especially widespread. Ethnicity is at the center of politics in country after country, a potent source of challenges to the cohesion of states and of international tension”. In his 1997 State of the Union Address, former US President Bill Clinton declared, “All over the world, people are being torn asunder by racial, ethnic, and religious conflicts that fuel fanaticism and terror.” Significantly, recent violence around the world – in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, South and North America, the Caribbean, Australia and Oceania - demonstrates that religious conflicts are growing more intense.
The economic and humanitarian consequences of ethnic and religious conflicts are enormous. The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), Oxfam International, and Safeworld estimate that Africa loses around $18bn per year due to ethnic and religious wars and insurgencies. On average, armed conflict shrinks an African nation’s economy by 15 per cent, and this is probably a conservative estimate. (Africa’s missing billions, IANSA, Oxfam, and Saferworld, October 2007). The report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 2011 global forced displacement affirms that for the fifth consecutive year the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 42 million, as a result of persistent and new conflicts in different parts of the world.
Confronted by these facts, many people around the globe have been engaged for a long time in the quest to understand the role of ethnicity and religion in human conflict. Important questions have emerged that seek to recognize and explore these roles in hopes of better understanding the causal relationship between ethnic or religious differences and violent conflict.
Committed to the mission of developing alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world, the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) has adopted a unique, comprehensive and coordinated approach to address ethnic and religious conflicts through its online radio programs.
A peace network for inter-ethnic and inter-religious exchanges, communication and dialogue, ICERM Radio provides listeners with programs that inform, educate, engage, mediate, and heal.
ICERM Radio invites many guests to speak during a show, provides the opportunity for listeners to call into the show, partners with public and community radio stations and streams the show ‘live’ on those networks that allow millions of listeners worldwide to tune in across a wide array of connected devices such as internet, mobile phones, social networks, or autos.
As a peace network that focuses on issues concerning ethnic and religious conflicts, ICERM Radio targets a variety of audience from the different ethnic, racial, and religious/faith groups who fall within the age bracket of 18 and 60, as well as listeners interested in peace programs, including students, academics, women, and professionals in the public and private sectors. ICERM Radio endeavors to maximize the number of passionately devoted listeners from countries around the world.
ICERM Radio involves six programming components: news, lecture, dialogue and call-in show (titled, “let’s talk about it”), documentary interview, book review, and music therapy (titled, “I am healed”).
ICERM Radio monitors, identifies and analyzes ethnic and religious conflict developments in countries around the world through cables, correspondence, reports, media and other documents, and through liaising with relevant stakeholders, as well as brings issues of importance to the attention of listeners. Through the use of Conflict Monitoring Networks (CMN) and Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARM), ICERM Radio covers potential ethnic and religious conflicts and threats to peace and security, reports them in a timely manner, sends early warning, anticipates most likely developments and proposes appropriate response options designed to prevent violent conflicts or reduce the risk of escalation.
ICERM lecture is the academic organ of ICERM Radio. Its uniqueness is based on the three objectives for which it is created: first, to serve as an incubator and forum for academics, researchers, scholars, analysts, and journalists, whose backgrounds, expertise, publications, activities, and interests are consistent with or relevant to the mission, vision and purposes of the Organization; second, to teach the truth about ethnic and religious conflicts; and third, to be a place and network where people can discover the hidden knowledge about ethnicity, religion, ethnic and religious conflicts, and conflict resolution.
Let’s Talk About It
"There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions”, and “there will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions”, declared Dr. Hans Küng. In line with this assertion and in partnership with other institutions, ICERM organizes and promotes inter-ethnic and interfaith exchanges, communication and dialogue through its radio programming titled: “Let’s talk about it”. “Let’s talk about it” provides a unique opportunity and forum for reflection, discussion, debate, dialogue and exchange of ideas among different ethnic and religious groups who have long been severely divided by race, language, beliefs, values, norms, interests, and claims for legitimacy. ICERM places strong emphasis on open-hearted discussions in the spirit of give-and-take, reciprocity, mutual trust and good will. We believe that contentious issues have to be resolved privately and quietly, and complicated problems cannot be solved by simply holding violent demonstrations, riots, coups, wars, bombings, assassinations, and massacres or by headlines in the Press. “It is only through mutual discussion and good will that amicable settlement can be reached”. This program involves two kinds of participants: first, invited guests from diverse backgrounds, ethnic groups and religious/faith traditions who shall participate in discussions and answer questions from listeners; second, the audience or listeners from around the world who will participate by telephone. This programming also provides an opportunity to share information about available local/regional assistance that interested persons may be unaware of.
ICERM Radio documentary interview provides a factual record or report on both ethnic and religious violence in countries around the world. Its goal is to enlighten, inform, educate, persuade, and provide insight into the nature of ethnic and religious conflicts. ICERM Radio documentary interview covers and presents the untold stories about ethno-religious conflicts with a focus on the community, tribal, ethnic and religious groups involved in conflict. This program highlights, in a factual and informative manner, the origins, causes, people involved, consequences, patterns, trends and zones where violent conflicts have occurred. In furtherance of its mission, ICERM shall include conflict resolution experts in its radio documentary interviews to provide information for listeners about conflict prevention, management, and resolution models that have been previously used and their benefits and limitations. Based on the collective lessons learned, ICERM Radio shall communicate opportunities for sustainable peace.
ICERM Radio book review program offers an avenue for authors and publishers in the field of ethnic and religious conflicts or related areas to get more exposure for their books. Authors in this field shall be interviewed and engaged in an objective discussion and critical analysis and evaluation of their books. The purpose is to promote literacy, reading and understanding of topical issues about ethnic and religious groups in countries around the world.
Music therapy is the therapeutic component of ICERM Radio programming. It is basically a music therapy program carefully formulated to facilitate the healing process of the victims of ethnic and religious violence – especially children and victims of war, raped women, individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, refugees and displaced persons, as well as to restore the victims’ sense of trust, self-esteem and acceptance. The type of music played will be from a variety of genres and is destined to promote forgiveness, tolerance, acceptance, understanding, hope, love, harmony, and peace among people of different ethnicities, religious traditions or faiths. Spoken word is included in this program through the recitation of poems, readings from selected materials demonstrating the importance of peace, and other books that promote peace and forgiveness. The audience can make contributions by telephone in a non-violent manner. All these shall be done in the context of the music played.
Be Our Guest
Are you an expert in ethnic, racial, religious, cross-cultural or cross-border conflicts, and /or conflict monitoring, analysis, prevention, resolution, peace building, mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)? Do you have a peace-driven message to share with our listeners? We would like to hear from you.
No problem if you are not an expert in these areas and you have something meaningful to talk about! We also want to hear from you. We shall get back to you immediately.
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Make a donation today to ICERM Radio. Join our group of sponsors by sponsoring any programs of your choice.
We shall acknowledge your donation by mentioning your name, company, organization, or business during our radio shows and also publish them on our website.
As a not-for-profit organization, ICERM is dependent on the voluntary donations and contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Your donation and sponsorship will support the Organization’s efforts in reducing violent conflicts in vulnerable and severely divided countries, and in promoting sustainable peace, positive interaction, understanding, tolerance, acceptance and harmony at both the individual and institutional levels, as well as in saving lives.
ICERM has recently filed the 501(c) (3) tax exemption application to the IRS. All donations to ICERM will be tax deductible in the United States of America upon the approval of the application by the IRS.
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