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  • Burundi: Human Rights Activist Freed

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    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds. (Nairobi) – A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds.  read more
  • Episode 34: Joseph Nye

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Joseph Nye is on the line today. You probably know him best for “soft power,” but the international relations theorist has a long history of trailblazing research and analysis. Arguably one of the most influential academics of the last half century, Nye tells Mark about how he got his start. (It begins in, in a way, in east Africa.) Nye also discusses growing up in New Jersey, his career in and out of government service, and his “a-ha!” moment about “Soft Power.”  It’s a great episode with a top-notch thinker. They kick off with a discussion about…
  • An Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong?

    UN Dispatch
    Kimberly Curtis
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Is this the most consequential moment in Hong Kong’s 17 year history as part of China? What started as a protest against interference by Beijing in the quest for Hong Kongers to choose their own regional leader has exploded into much more as protests popped up around the region, far from the original target of the Central Government Complex. As the protests spread, so does the police response with riot police using tear gas to try and clear crowds around the city. This was unprecedented for Hong Kong. Photos emerged of Hong Kongers using umbrellas to try and shield themselves from the…
  • Polio cases surge in Pakistan

    IRIN
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    ISLAMABAD, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year.
  • Sana'a power vacuum hampers aid response

    IRIN
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    SANA'A, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - For several days, Um Ibrahim's walls shook as she tried to keep her two children calm. Her 18-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are both physically and mentally handicapped, unable to walk on their own, so she had little choice but to stay put in her one-bedroom shelter in the Hasaba neighbourhood as areas of the Yemeni capital Sana'a were rocked by clashes.
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  • Lebanon: Rising Violence Targets Syrian Refugees

    Human Rights Watch
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The authorities in Lebanon are failing to take adequate steps to prevent and to prosecute increasing violence by private citizens against Syrians following the outbreak of clashes in Arsal in August 2014 between the Lebanese Army and extremist groups the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and the subsequent executions of three Lebanese soldiers by extremists. The attacks against Syrians, most of them refugees, are being carried out in a climate of official indifference and discrimination, with the violence appearing in some cases to be attempts to expel Syrians…
  • Tunisia: Candidates Should Speak Up on Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Political parties and candidates competing in Tunisia’s October 26, 2014, parliamentary elections should describe how they will promote human rights and legal and other reforms if elected. (Tunis) – Political parties and candidates competing in Tunisia’s October 26, 2014, parliamentary elections should describe how they will promote human rights and legal and other reforms if elected, Human Rights Watch said today as it released a Human Rights Agenda for Tunisia.read more
  • Hong Kong: Free Peaceful Protesters; Avoid Excessive Force

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Hong Kong authorities should avoid excessive use of force as pro-democracy protests continue, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should immediately free anyone still detained for peacefully participating in demonstrations between September 27 and 29, 2014. (New York) – Hong Kong authorities should avoid excessive use of force as pro-democracy protests continue, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should immediately free anyone still detained for peacefully participating in demonstrations between September 27 and 29, 2014.read more
  • Burundi: Human Rights Activist Freed

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds. (Nairobi) – A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds.  read more
  • Turkey: Authoritarian Drift Threatens Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and Internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. (Istanbul) – Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and Internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 
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  • Polio cases surge in Pakistan

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    ISLAMABAD, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year.
  • Sana'a power vacuum hampers aid response

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    SANA'A, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - For several days, Um Ibrahim's walls shook as she tried to keep her two children calm. Her 18-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are both physically and mentally handicapped, unable to walk on their own, so she had little choice but to stay put in her one-bedroom shelter in the Hasaba neighbourhood as areas of the Yemeni capital Sana'a were rocked by clashes.
  • Resilience planning – some do’s and don’ts

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    BANGKOK, 26 September 2014 (IRIN) - Among the topics being discussed at the 2014 World Climate Week in New York City (22-26 September), are financing resilient cities, corporate actions for resilience, the ways data can support resilience moves, and women's leadership in resilience planning.
  • Left behind in North Waziristan

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    PESHAWAR, 25 September 2014 (IRIN) - Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind.
  • Ebola and "the perfect storm"

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    LONDON, 24 September 2014 (IRIN) - The new figures from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola Response Team are sobering. If cases in the three worst affected countries continue to rise at the present rate, by the beginning of November more than 20,000 people in West Africa will have been infected. And despite earlier suggestions that this might be a less deadly strain of the Ebola virus, allowing half its victims to recover, the new figures show a much higher fatality rate, in the region of 70 percent.
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  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    Ethan
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. (Should you want to see me deliver the address, here’s the YouTube video.) If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and…
  • A public apology – on screwing up by not questioning assumptions – my talk at #BIF10

    Ethan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I spoke this morning at the tenth incarnation of BIF, Business Innovation Factory, an annual conference in Providence, RI that focuses on storytelling. It’s got a lot less product promotion and self-celebration than many conferences on innovation, and more personal stories, which is why I always enjoy attending. So I thought I’d share a personal story that I’m still digesting and the questions it raises for me. If it reads a little differently from most of my writing, the context helps explain why. About a month ago, I wrote an article about a simple idea. I asked whether…
  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

    Ethan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Saturday August 9, 2014. After his body lay in the hot street for four hours, Ferguson residents took to the streets to protest his killing. Brown’s death, the ensuing protest and the militarized police response opened a debate about race, justice and policing in America that continues today. I heard about Michael Brown’s death for the first time on the evening of the 9th, through Twitter. Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based journalist, was retweeting accounts of the protest, and other Twitter friends who write about…
  • News reports on Michael Brown’s death: how do mourners become a “mob”?

    Ethan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Around noon on Saturday, an 18-year old African American teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a local police officer in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. Accounts differ as to the events that preceded the shooting. The St. Louis County Police Department has said that Brown and another man struggled with an officer and pushed him back into his squad car, then attempted to seize the officer’s gun; a witness says that a police officer told Brown to walk on the sidewalk instead of the street, grabbed Brown after he exchanged words with the officer and shot the young man,…
  • The biography I’m waiting for: Bambaataa and the parallel universe of hip hop

    Ethan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I wrote a book review, of sorts, last week about Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs and my concern that biographies, as a genre, celebrate a “great man” theory of history. While I remain convinced that we need more biographies of teams, of successful collaborations (an idea that Nathan Matias furthers in his post today on acknowledgement and gratitude), I do have a dark secret to admit: I periodically dream about becoming a biographer. This isn’t because I believe in the biography as a form. It’s because there are people I find so fascinating, I’d enjoy…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • An Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong?

    Kimberly Curtis
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Is this the most consequential moment in Hong Kong’s 17 year history as part of China? What started as a protest against interference by Beijing in the quest for Hong Kongers to choose their own regional leader has exploded into much more as protests popped up around the region, far from the original target of the Central Government Complex. As the protests spread, so does the police response with riot police using tear gas to try and clear crowds around the city. This was unprecedented for Hong Kong. Photos emerged of Hong Kongers using umbrellas to try and shield themselves from the…
  • Episode 34: Joseph Nye

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Joseph Nye is on the line today. You probably know him best for “soft power,” but the international relations theorist has a long history of trailblazing research and analysis. Arguably one of the most influential academics of the last half century, Nye tells Mark about how he got his start. (It begins in, in a way, in east Africa.) Nye also discusses growing up in New Jersey, his career in and out of government service, and his “a-ha!” moment about “Soft Power.”  It’s a great episode with a top-notch thinker. They kick off with a discussion about…
  • These Hong Kong Protests are a Very Big Deal

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Want these clips delivered to your inbox? Sign up here.  Hong Kong has never seen this before. China watchers expect Beijing to crackdown very hard. “The heavy-handed police measures, including the city’s first use of tear gas in years and the presence of officers armed with long-barreled guns, appeared to galvanize the public, drawing more people onto the streets. On Monday morning, protesters controlled major thoroughfares in at least three different parts of the city. A few unions and the Hong Kong Federation of Students called for strikes, and the federation also urged a boycott of…
  • Finding New Ways to Bridge the Aid Gap in Syria

    Kimberly Curtis
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It is difficult to understate the humanitarian toll the Syrian conflict has taken, not just on the 22 million Syrians that once called the country home but on the region as a whole. As the death toll from the war approaches the grim milestone of 200,000, the UN estimates another 3 million Syrians are registered as refugees, 6.5 million are displaced within Syria and nearly 11 million Syrians are in need of international assistance inside Syria while 4.6 million are located in hard to access of besieged areas. These numbers represent millions of individuals and families desperately fighting to…
  • Combatting Ebola with Public-Private Partnerships

    Kimberly Curtis
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    While the UN General Assembly gets underway with a renewed focus on the fight against terrorism, yesterday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon convened a high-level meeting regarding the ongoing fight against Ebola. The actions of governments, UN agencies and aid organizations are generally gaining the most attention as the international community struggles to bring the epidemic under control but the private sector is also stepping up to assist efforts in the region. The stakes for how bad things can get if the epidemic is not controlled came into stark relief earlier this week with the release…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • What happens when abortion is banned?

    Larry Ladutke
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Sunday, September 28, Amnesty International is taking part in the International Day to Decriminalize Abortion. The importance of access to safe, legal abortion is clearly demonstrated in Amnesty’s new report, On the Brink of Death: Violence Against Women and the Abortion Ban in El Salvador. In contrast to a global trend in liberalization of abortion laws in the last 20 years, El Salvador completely outlawed the procedure in 1997, without exceptions for rape, or incest, or the life of health of the woman. This report therefore tells us what happens in a country where abortion is totally…
  • No Bigger Fish to Fry? Why Iran is Imprisoning a Sports Fan

    Elise Auerbach
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Take action to demand the release of Ghoncheh Ghavami Going to watch a volleyball game shouldn’t mean having to make a major political statement. It certainly shouldn’t mean arrest and indefinite detention in solitary confinement. But that is exactly what happened to dual British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old woman who went to Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in June to watch a match during the International Federation of Volleyball World League games. She and other women were defying a 2012 ban on Iranian women watching volleyball games, supposedly to protect them from the lewd…
  • Where is the Evidence Against These 17 Women in El Salvador?

    Larry Ladutke
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Being able to make your own decisions about sexuality, pregnancy and motherhood is a basic human right (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). Imagine waking up in a hospital and learning that you are under arrest, accused of killing your own infant. Despite your efforts to explain that you had a miscarriage and passed out from medical complications, the authorities sentence you to up to four decades in an overcrowded prison where you “suffer harassment, exclusion, and violence both from other inmates as well as prison personnel” because of the accusations against you. This…
  • How This Week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Help End Violence Against Women in Morocco

    Guest Writer
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    While Morocco has amended a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims if they are younger than 18, there are still numerous legal and procedural ways in which it actively discriminates against women and girls (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). This blog posting is part of a series Amnesty International USA is publishing to coincide with the U.S.-Africa SummitoccurringAugust 4-6th, 2014. We are utilizing the series to highlight human rights concerns on the continent we feel critically need to be addressed during the summit discussions. Contributed by Jihane…
  • Will Today’s Senate Hearing Help End Gun Violence Against Women?

    Guest Writer
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    (Image: Facebook / Everytown for Gun Safety). By Alice Dahle, Co-chair, Amnesty International USA Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to protect women who face domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking through legal and social services. Amnesty International has actively campaigned for this legislation and its re-authorization throughout its history. Last year, we celebrated passage of a stronger, more inclusive version of VAWA with new provisions added to protect Indigenous women, immigrant…
 
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    Ushahidi » Blog

  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 release!

    Woody Gilk
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 is out! Take it out for a spin on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer. What’s changed? We’ve added an additional option to bin/update that allows for disabling git sync Data provider settings are now verified before a provider can be enabled We’ve restored total_count to search results for paging search results We’ve also standardised the user context for all access controls. OAuth scope checking has been restored Anonymous access via the API can now be disabled Translations now work on all pages…
  • Launch: Global Innovation Competition to Make All Voices Count

    Declan Ottaro
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Cross posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View original article here While democracies share common features, there is no single model and the same is true for innovations designed to engage citizens and incentivise better governance. On the International Day of Democracy September 15, Making All Voices Count, a global initiative that aims to foster and support new ideas to enable better citizen engagement and government responsiveness, will launch its second annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC). “We’re excited to launch the GIC on this symbolic day and welcome…
  • The Global Innovation Competition: Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead

    Declan Ottaro
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Cross-posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View the original article here. The Global Innovation Competition (GIC) is a central part of the Making All Voices Count programme, aimed at supporting effective democratic governance and accountability. Its competitive nature is intended to bring out the most innovative and inspiring ideas for 12 key countries, which radically rethink the routes to accountable responsive governance. Having completed the first Global Innovation Competition in April 2014, this year the programme will embark on its second competition, launching September…
  • Announcing Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.6 release!

    Woody Gilk
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Ushahidi Platform V3.0.0-beta.6 is out! Take it out for a spin on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer. What’s changed? We completed the integration of tag permissions. We have added migrations for the default OAuth scopes and client. We also added migration for the default “admin” user (password is also “admin”). The changing message status now has an immediate effect. The posts created from messages now inherit the message-created date. We removed all submodules in favor of composer components.
  • Five New Jobs at Ushahidi!

    Vidya Spandana
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    This week we put five new positions up on the Ushahidi Jobs page. Exciting stuff happening in the Ushaverse. Let me kick off this post with a caveat. At Ushahidi, we don’t hire for specific skills and often purposefully keep our role definitions grey. At Ushahidi we hire for awesome. We look for people who are passionate about our work and add a new blend to our team and culture. It doesn’t matter where you live and when you work – as long as you are committed to delivering quality products for global good you will fit right in. That said, we are looking to bring on three…
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  • For the International Day of Peace: Have your say for peace

    alfreddezayas
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Have your say for peace – UN expert urges NGOs to take active role in global disarmament GENEVA (19 September 2014) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Alfred de Zayas, calls on civil society organizations to take an active role in a special forum to be convened by the UN Conference on Disarmament, to be held in Geneva later this year. On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, Mr. de Zayas urges NGOs to take advantage of this opportunity to propose concrete strategies for conversion from military-first to…
  • Rise of Violence and Brutality Committed, in Iraq and Syria

    Nayheak
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Rise of Violence and Brutality Committed by Terrorist/Extremist Organisations in Iraq and Syria.  26 September 2014 ASEAN Member States expressed concern over the rise of violence and brutality committed by terrorist/extremist organisations and radical groups in Iraq and Syria, noting that these groups not only pose a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, but also to all countries in Middle East, and if left unchecked, to the rest of the world. ASEAN denounces all acts of destruction, violence, and terror in all its forms and…
  • "Children and International Criminal Justice" @ Georgia Law features ICC Prosecutor, dozens of other experts

    Diane Marie Amann
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Pleased to announce that “Children & International Justice,” an international experts’ conference, will be held Tuesday, October 28, here at my home institution, the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens. Delivering the keynote address will be Fatou Bensouda (left), Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, whom I am honored to serve as Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict. Joining us will be more than 2 dozen experts in children’s rights, international criminal law, and transitional justice, who will address a range of issues…
  • Of all natural calamities, floods are the deadliest for India

    Saptarishi Dutta
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Natural disasters strike India routinely—earthquakes, tropical storms, cyclones and heat waves. But floods have, by far, been the most damaging of all the natural calamities in the last 10 years, data from the International Disaster Database shows. This year, floods killed hundreds and left thousands homeless in India—all within a month. First, it was the deluge in Kashmir that killed at least 215 people and now, incessant rains in the northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya have claimed about 85 lives already. In the last decade, such floods have become the most deadly of…
  • Obama Rewrites History at the UN

    Garry Leech
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week US President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly and the unintended irony in his speech would be humorous if it were not so cruel—and dangerous. Obama touched on a variety of global issues from the Ebola epidemic to the Ukraine to the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS). So what was this unintended irony so prevalent in Obama’s speech? Well, here are a few choice nuggets for you to consider: “We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.” Obama neglected to note that…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Admin: Fall Break

    EEM
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    This blog will be quiet next week.  Posts will resume again the first full week of October.
  • New Book Titles

    EEM
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Please check out my Pinterest page for new books due out in October 2014. I've also added information about a few additional titles to the Sept. 2014 and New Legal Texts book boards.Tagged Publications 
  • Events & Opportunities: More October 2014

    EEM
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    CFP: RLI Working Paper Series [info]- New submissions are requested and will be considered on a rolling basis.UK Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention [info]- The deadline for submitting written evidence is 1 October 2014.MHPSS Network Webinar series, 2 October-13 November 2014 [info]- The first webinar is "The politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings" on 2 October 2014.ECRE Annual General Conference and UNHCR NGO Consultations, Brussels, 15-17 October [info]- Registration deadline is 3 October 2014.Between Principle and…
  • Thematic Focus: General

    EEM
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Protection of and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, UN Doc. No. A/69/295 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2014) [text via Refworld]- The thematic section focuses on "the challenge of finding durable solutions for internally displaced persons in urban settings."Security Sector Reform and Ending Displacement: Important, but Neglected, Connections (UpFront Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]"Status and Treatment of Refugees," 53rd Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Tehran, 15-18 Sept. 2014 [text]UNHCR Asylum Trends, First Half 2014: Levels and Trends in Industrialized…
  • Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

    EEM
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Events:Putting Affected People at the Centre of Humanitarian Response: Rhetoric or Reality?, London, 7 October 2014 [info]- Will also be livestreamed.XVI Humanitarian Congress Berlin, 10-11 October 2014 [info]- Theme is "Protection: A Broken Promise?"; registration is ongoing.Publications:The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: An NGO Perspective (VOICE & DARA, May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]Global Conversation on Humanitarian Action Kicks off (IRIN, Sept. 2014) [text]Histories of Humanitarian Action in the Middle East and North Africa, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Sept. 2014)…
 
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Technology: Progress and Potential

    Sanjana
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and new challenges of technology provoke a simple question of us: we all often say technology saves lives, but how far and much are we willing to really invest to make sure it really does? Read the article here. Also worth reading is ‘Technology and the…
  • Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation

    Sanjana
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    A presentation made at The Asia Foundation in Colombo to the 2014 cohort of the Foundation’s Lankacorps Fellows. Filed under: ICTs in general
  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
  • Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the potential of new media for conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Photo by Jareeya Arttanuchit I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. As an aside, half an hour before I left for the airport, my Mac completely crashed, which forced me gather my thoughts on paper en route and deliver a 40 minute address without the aid of a presentation, for the first time in my life. Looking back, I think it was useful to have the audience focus on exactly what I…
  • Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

    Sanjana
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the ISCRAM Asia Conference 2014 held in Sri Lanka from 20 – 21 June 2014. My session was held at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing and was titled ‘The more the technology, the more it stays the same?’. Had my keynote been a week earlier, I would have begun in a different manner. As it happened, the keynote was during a week that saw some of the worst violence against the Muslim community in recent history, covered at the time not by mainstream media or official government sources, but by social media that…
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  • Lebanon: Rising Violence Targets Syrian Refugees

    Human Rights Watch
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The authorities in Lebanon are failing to take adequate steps to prevent and to prosecute increasing violence by private citizens against Syrians following the outbreak of clashes in Arsal in August 2014 between the Lebanese Army and extremist groups the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and the subsequent executions of three Lebanese soldiers by extremists. The attacks against Syrians, most of them refugees, are being carried out in a climate of official indifference and discrimination, with the violence appearing in some cases to be attempts to expel Syrians…
  • Tunisia: Candidates Should Speak Up on Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Political parties and candidates competing in Tunisia’s October 26, 2014, parliamentary elections should describe how they will promote human rights and legal and other reforms if elected. (Tunis) – Political parties and candidates competing in Tunisia’s October 26, 2014, parliamentary elections should describe how they will promote human rights and legal and other reforms if elected, Human Rights Watch said today as it released a Human Rights Agenda for Tunisia.read more
  • Hong Kong: Free Peaceful Protesters; Avoid Excessive Force

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Hong Kong authorities should avoid excessive use of force as pro-democracy protests continue, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should immediately free anyone still detained for peacefully participating in demonstrations between September 27 and 29, 2014. (New York) – Hong Kong authorities should avoid excessive use of force as pro-democracy protests continue, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should immediately free anyone still detained for peacefully participating in demonstrations between September 27 and 29, 2014.read more
  • Burundi: Human Rights Activist Freed

    Human Rights Watch
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds. (Nairobi) – A court in Burundi on September 29, 2014, provisionally released the detained human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, on medical grounds.  read more
  • Turkey: Authoritarian Drift Threatens Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and Internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. (Istanbul) – Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and Internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Dr Dang Heping

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Dang Heping successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the National University of Ireland Galway last Friday. Heping's thesis was on human rights and public opinion. The external examiner was Dr Jérémie Gilbert of the University of East London and the internal examiner was Prof Michael O'Flaherty, director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Congratulations, Heping.From left, Dr Shane Darcy, Prof. O'Flaherty, Heping, Dr Jérémie Gilbert and myself.
  • Research tools on the international criminal tribunals

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    One of the distinguished defence counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Peter Robinson, has prepared 'research tools' on the case law that are available on line. These are summaries of relevant case law for the Yugoslavia Tribunal as well as for the Mechanism that replaces it. The guide to the case law of the Mechanism is quite unique, as far as I know.
  • Death penalty in the United States

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Readers may be interested in this infographic about capital punishment in the United States.
  • Human Rights in the UK Media: Representation and Reality

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Dr. Michelle Farrell of the School of Law, University of Liverpool, is organising a fascinating conference on the theme of 'Human Rights in the UK Media' on 19 September 2014. This seminar, supported by the Modern Law Review, brings together constitutional and international law researchers, media and communications researchers, journalists, legal practitioners and civil society actors for an interdisciplinary discussion on the media's representation of human rights. The seminar will facilitate a bridging of the gap between theoretical and practical…
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon does not have Jurisdiction over Legal Persons

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    On 24 July, Judge Lettieri, acting as contempt judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, decided that the Tribunal does not have jurisdiction over corporations for contempt offences, contrary to an earlier decision discussed at length here. The Contempt Judge noted:Irrespective of one's position as to the better policy (and I could even agree with Judge Baragwanath de lege ferenda), the fact that the Tribunal is not allowed to prosecute legal persons does not as such render its contempt power meaningless. The natural persons who comprise a corporation, no matter how high their…
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    UNICEF News

  • Overcoming loss in the rubble of Gaza

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    GAZA, State of Palestine, 29 September 2014 - Ten-year-old Shaima lives in Shuja’iyeh in eastern Gaza City, a crowded neighbourhood now mostly reduced to a vast expanse of rubble. The threat of explosive remnants of war looms around every corner.
  • New supplies bring hope to Syrian schools

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    DAMASCUS, Syria, 26 September 2014 – “I love my new school bag,” says Dania*, a fourth grade student at Abdurrahmaan Khazen elementary school in Damascus. As part of a UNICEF back-to-learning campaign, Dania and 1,500 other students in her school received their school materials for this year.
  • Protecting vulnerable children through government support for families

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    NEW YORK, United States of America, 23 September 2014 — Iliya, a 12-year-old boy from Serbia with Down’s syndrome, lived in a state-run institution for much of his life. Despite all efforts, it was not possible for him to return to his biological parents. Today, he is growing up in the care of a loving foster family.
  • In Egypt, preschool brings a sense of normalcy to Syrian refugee children

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    CAIRO, Egypt, 22 September 2014 – As his kindergarten teacher coaxes Oudi to talk about his favourite activity, the 4-year-old twists his fingers and stares straight past her, fixing his large eyes on something only he can see.
  • In Nigeria, social mobilizers fight Ebola – and misinformation

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, 17 September 2014 – Asked how she can protect herself from Ebola, 7-year-old Uchechi exclaims, “I go wash hand before chop” – pidgin for “I wash my hands before eating.” She then proudly demonstrates how it is done.
 
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    ONE

  • PHOTOS: An intimate side of the Ebola crisis, taken via Instagram

    Jordan Elton
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    It’s an important job, but a dangerous one. Journalists and aid groups are capturing the story of the Ebola crisis in West Africa for the rest of the world to witness. It’s these stories and images that shock us. Touch us. Move us to take action. For some of them, the photo sharing app Instagram has become an unexpectedly powerful tool to share intimate and personal moments in the crisis that slip through the cracks of the media –  in real time. Here’s a selection of Instagram users, ranging from photojournalists to humanitarian organizations, who have captured an incredible…
  • ONE and Actor Idris Elba deliver Ebola petition to the UN Meetings

    Garth Moore
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Urge Swift Global Action on Ebola Following UN Meeting; Warn Materials and Personnel Must Get to Ground Quickly ONE CEO Michael Elliott, Global Policy Director Eloise Todd, and actor Idris Elba deliver ONE’s petition to the UN Special Envoy for Ebola Dr. David Nabarro. The Ebola infections and death toll continue to rise. The urgency for international action was very apparent at Thursday’s United Nations High Level Meeting on Ebola at the United Nations in New York. And ONE was there with a message from our members demanding swifter action on Ebola crisis. ONE’s CEO Michael Elliott,…
  • ONE Vote 2014 Kickoff Celebration

    Jen Olson
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    You can’t say that ONE doesn’t love a challenge! With just a little over a month before the highly contentious November elections, ONE asked Washington politicos to do something pretty rare…leave partisanship at the door. We wanted them to spend one evening with us to celebrate and renew the bipartisan commitment to ending extreme poverty. Hosted by Democratic strategist Karen Finney and Republican strategist Alex Vogel, friends of ONE, both old and new, gathered at Hill Country BBQ to help us kick off ONE Vote 2014.   This is our campaign to educate candidates in open Senate races…
  • Changing tomorrow for women with fistula

    Guest Blogger
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    by Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation Naresia with her grandmother and child. When I entered the hospital room, the first thing I noticed about Naresia was her smile. It came easily, brightening the whole room with a joy that was palpable; her face unlined, with rounded features, looking more like an older girl than a young woman. Next to her bed sat a middle-aged Masai woman with shorn hair and large beaded earrings, proudly holding a baby. At first I thought the woman might be Naresia’s mother, but I learned later she was her grandmother. “How old are you?” I asked Naresia.
  • The hunger season hits Kenya as David & Zipporah wait for their harvest

    Hailey Tucker
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in rural Kenya. Read part 1, part 2, part 3 part 4 and part 5. Written by Hailey Tucker. David and Zipporah with their maize which is almost ready to harvest. Photo: Hailey Tucker. David and Zipporah’s maize now towers tall above their house. From the front door, they can no longer see across their field to…
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    News from Survival International

  • Amazon Indian family makes first contact

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Korubo Indians contacted in the mid-1990s. Another Korubo family made first contact earlier this month.© Erling Soderstrom/SurvivalA family of uncontacted Korubo Indians has made contact with a settled indigenous community in the western Brazilian Amazon. The Brazilian government’s Indian Affairs Department, FUNAI, announced that the group, formed of one man, one woman and four children, contacted the neighboring Kanamari Indians earlier this month. The Korubo family is extremely vulnerable to outside diseases which could prove fatal for them as they lack immunity. They are currently…
  • Ayoreo Indians protest at government inaction over illegal deforestation

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Ayoreo Indians protest against Yaguareté Porã S.A. which is rapidly destroying their forest home for beef production. © GATRelatives of the last uncontacted Indians outside Amazonia held a protest on Wednesday to demand the urgent protection of their land, which is being destroyed by cattle ranchers. Brazilian firm Yaguareté Porã S.A. is destroying the last refuge of the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indians in Paraguay to make way for cattle that is sold for beef to European and Russian markets. Uncontacted members of the tribe have been living on the run as their homes are bulldozed by the…
  • Amazon Indian protests outside Jimmy Nelson photo exhibition in London

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Nixiwaka Yawanawá protested against the 'outrageous' exhibition of Jimmy Nelson's work at London's Atlas Gallery today, wearing his ceremonial headdress.© Sophie Pinchetti/SurvivalAn Amazon Indian protested outside the exhibition of controversial photographer Jimmy Nelson’s work “Before They Pass Away” at London’s Atlas Gallery today. Nelson’s work has been attacked by indigenous peoples around the world, as well as Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – for portraying a false and damaging…
  • Survival announces winners of 45th anniversary photographic competition

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Striking portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man, the winning entry of Survival International's 45th anniversary photo competition.© Giordano Cipriani / Survival InternationalSurvival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, is delighted to announce the twelve winning entries of its first-ever photographic competition, held to mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. The winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man in the Brazilian Amazon. The winning entries give an insight into the incredible…
  • Amazon Indian 'army' takes on illegal loggers

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Ka'apor Indians have formed an indigenous 'army' to combat illegal logging in their forest© SurvivalKa’apor Indians in the Amazon rainforest have formed an indigenous “army” to combat illegal invasions of their land, following the government’s failure to protect their territory. The Ka’apor men track down and detain gangs of illegal loggers, set fire to their trucks, and confiscate their chainsaws. Images of their latest expedition show the Ka’apor, armed with bows and arrows and wooden batons, detaining one group of loggers in their…
 
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    Inter Press Service » Headlines

  • Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks

    Monde Kingsley Nfor
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Mercy Hlordz (l), Akos Matsiador (centre) and Mary Azametsi (r) are all victims of climate change. Credit: Jamila Akweley Okertchiri/IPSBy Monde Kingsley NforYAOUNDE, Sep 29 2014 (IPS)As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks.The African Group noted during a May meeting in Ethiopia that while negotiations remain difficult, they still hope to break some barriers through close collaboration and…
  • OPINION: Tackling the Proliferation of Patents to Avoid Limitations to Competition

    carlos-m-correa
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    In this column, Carlos Correa, the South Centre's special adviser on trade and intellectual property issues, argues that the global increase in number of patents does not indicate the strength of innovation but a weakening in the standards of what can be considered patentable. He calls for an intrinsically balanced system of protection of innovation that remains neutral in its effects on competition.By Carlos M. CorreaGENEVA, Sep 29 2014 (IPS)The steady increase in patent applications and grants that is taking place in developed and some developing countries (notably in China) is sometimes…
  • Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

    Amantha Perera
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    A villager prepare to dig a deep well by hand in the drought-stricken village of Tunukkai in Sri Lanka's northern Mullaithivu District. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Amantha PereraCOLOMBO, Sep 29 2014 (IPS)The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.“Since last October we have had nothing but sun, all day,” the 40-year-old father of two school-aged children told IPS. If his layman’s assessment of the rain patterns is off, it is by a…
  • ‘Youth Exodus’ Reveals Lack of Opportunities

    Catherine Wilson
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Samoan mother Siera Tifa Palemene receives financial support from her sons who emigrated to Australia and New Zealand for employment opportunities. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonAPIA, Sep 29 2014 (IPS)The small South Pacific island state of Samoa, located northeast of Fiji, attracts tourists with its beaches, natural beauty and relaxed pace of life, but similar to other small nations with constrained economies, it is experiencing an exodus of young people, who are unable to find jobs.Samoa has a net migration rate of -13.4, while in neighbouring Tonga it is -15.4 and in the…
  • Militarising the Ebola Crisis

    Joeva Rock
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    First shipment of the ramped-up U.S. military response to Ebola arriving in Liberia. Credit: US Army Africa/CC-BY-2.0By Joeva RockWASHINGTON, Sep 28 2014 (IPS)Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.On Sep. 16, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a multimillion-dollar U.S. response to the spreading contagion. The crisis, which began in March 2014, has killed over 2,600 people, an alarming figure that experts say will rise quickly if the disease is not contained.Obama’s announcement comes…
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    EarthRights International

  • World Rivers Day: The Humanitarian and Economic Arguments for a New Model of Hydropower

    Patrick Boyle
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    At first glance, hydroelectric dams seem like a relatively benign source of renewable energy. They don’t churn out dangerous plumes of smog or house radioactive materials that threaten to turn whole regions into uninhabitable wastelands. They don’t inject poisonous chemicals into the water table, and besides, it’s water, so it must be clean, right? For the better part of the last century, dams have been heralded as modern day wonders of engineering. They exemplify mankind’s ability to harness the natural world, and are sources of national pride and a signature of a country’s…
  • Mother Somboun: A Happy Life on the Moun River

    Guest
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
     “For me, development is not about modernization. It is not about new technologies and modern materials. For me, development comes from inside the heart—what I call moral development.” These words, along with the beautiful smile of Mother Somboun, came to my mind while reflecting on my recent visit to the Rasi Salai community in Sisaket Province with the EarthRights School Mekong. Mae (‘Mother’) Somboun has lived in the Rasi Salai community for a long time. Mae Somboun is just a regular woman, but the people of Rasi Salai call her ‘Mother’ to show the deep respect they have for…
  • Oxfam America Sues SEC for Failure to Issue New Transparency Rules Required by Dodd-Frank 1504

    EarthRights International
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Contact: Jonathan Kaufman      +1 (202) 466 5188 x113         jonathan@earthrights.orgMichelle Harrison        +1 (202) 466 5188 x110         michelle@earthrights.org September 18, 2014, Washington, DC — EarthRights International (ERI) sued a federal agency today on behalf of international relief and development organization Oxfam America, seeking the swift enactment of long-delayed rules that will require oil, gas, and mining companies to publicly report the payments they make to governments.  These transparency requirements will help communities in…
  • Students Embark on Social Justice Field Study

    EarthRights International
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The EarthRights School Mekong students spent the last two weeks of August preparing for their field research. After a class on research methodology, students heard from two female alumni on women’s security issues while doing fieldwork in politically sensitive areas, based on their experiences.  Students chose a research topic that centered on on-going earth rights issues in their home country, and developed a comprehensive research proposal. EarthRights International’s (ERI) Training Director and Legal and Campaign teams also assisted the students in the proposal writing process,…
  • Court Holds that Profits Don’t Trump Human Rights in Nestlé Case

    Katherine McDonnell
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided John Doe I, et al v. Nestlé, USA, et al. While the holding itself may not have been a game-changer, the court’s thoughtful analysis of the problems with the “myopic focus on profit over human welfare” offered some hope for corporate liability post-Kiobel. The case was brought by three former child slaves in the Ivory Coast. Aside from 14-hour, 6-day workweeks with only scraps to eat, the children faced regular beatings and torture, and were locked up in tiny spaces. If they tried to leave, they risked, among other things, getting…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day

    Yessenia Funes
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Photo by H. Kopp-Delaney / Flickr. From Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, people have been rising up in recent years to fight oppression. But success isn’t the inevitable outcome of protest, and revolution, even for just causes, can lead to further oppression. In The Nonviolence Handbook, Michael Nagler provides a clear and accessible guide to what he sees as the only path to sustainable justice: the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. Click here to subscribe to YES! Nagler prefers the Gandhian term satyagraha, generally used to mean nonviolent struggle, but which literally means…
  • The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It

    Valerie Schloredt
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Khakimullin Aleksandr / Shutterstock. It’s fortunate for our understanding of the dynamics of oppression that the writer Rebecca Solnit attended a certain party one evening in Aspen years ago. That’s when she encountered an instance of everyday sexism so staggering it sparked her widely shared and quoted 2008 essay, “Men Explain Things to Me.” Her description of a man unheedingly explaining to her what she already knew—the subject of her own recently published book, in fact—struck a familiar chord for those who had experienced their own encounters with the…
  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School

    Liz Pleasant
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Photo courtesy of US Department of Education / Flickr. With the first day of school just around the corner, teachers across the country are wondering how to incorporate discussions of the violent clashes between the Ferguson, Mo., police department and protesters in the weeks after the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. How can teachers lead classroom discussions on such difficult and emotional topics as racism and police militarization? How do these types of conversations change based on students’ age or socio-economic background? A growing number of teachers have connected on…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
 
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • [Australia] Workplace Gender Equality Agency to send ‘Daughter Water’ to CEOs as part of pay equity campaign

    Women News Network
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Lauren Wilson – News.com.au – Monday, 29 September 2014 MORE than 3000 chief executives across the country will be sent a bottle of ‘Daughter Water’ as part of a radical campaign to raise awareness about the growing gender pay gap. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has seized on international research which indicates the pay disparity […]
  • Ukrainian-American author Maria Lewytzkyj opens our eyes toward Russia & Ukraine

    Women News Network
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Maria Lewytzkyj with Lys Anzia – WNN Features Interview (WNN) San Francisco, California, U.S., AMERICAS: Exploring the current situation for Ukranians who want to prevent what they call a Russian ‘invasion’ of their country, ex-CIA analyst and foreign policy writer Maria Lewytzkyj brings the issues covering the recent political struggles in Ukraine to the public […]
  • The Secret History of Mexican Cooking Was Written by Women

    Women News Network
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Jeff Gordinier  – New York Times – Friday, 26 September 2014 (originally published 22 Sept) As my taco pilgrimage through Mexico with the Danish chef René Redzepi of Noma was winding to a close in the languorous city of Mérida, I was starting to worry that we were going to miss out on one of […]
  • ISIL steps up atrocities against women rights defenders

    Women News Network
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the recent brutal, cold-blooded slaying by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of human rights defender Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, as well as the continuing detention, sexual exploitation and sale of hundreds of women and […]
  • The Changing Face of Caribbean Migration

    Women News Network
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jewel Fraser – IPS – Thursday, 25 September 2014 PORT OF SPAIN, Sep 25 2014 (IPS) - Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanor and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants. As […]
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    Not For Sale

  • THE FIRST GRADUATION

    Sarah Potts
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    “I have been in this lifestyle since I was 13, and it has been a pretty rough road. Two months ago i was jobless, homeless, everything-less. I didn’t have any hope or any kind of goals for myself. I didn’t care. I was comfortable with the lifestyle I was living, but I started thinking I was tired. I told myself, I have this little girl, I don’t want the same lifestyle for her.” All of our trainees shared a piece of their experience with a small group of family, friends and staff yesterday afternoon as we celebrated one milestone [of what will come to be many] in…
  • Human Trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    It’s not everyday that fighting human trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor. Last Thursday, September 11, anchor for MSNBC Dayside and NBC News Early Today, Richard Lui helped raise millions for causes around the globe at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was part of dozens of celebrity ambassadors representing charities around the world (and we were proud to have him as ours!). Lui along with Jon Bon Jovi, Christy Turlington, Dr. Oz, New York Mayor Deblasio, and others were on the trading floor making trades on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald because all proceeds that day went…
  • Team NFS Athletes Receive Top Honor

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Roberto Clemente defined the standard for how an athlete can use their platform to impact a world in need. When not playing outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he spent his time traveling overseas to provide aid to those who needed it most.  In December of 1972, while en route to Nicaragua to provide relief efforts after an earthquake had hit the capital city of Managua, his plane crashed into the ocean just after take off, cutting his life short. The legacy he left behind is reflected in the award that bears his name.  Each year, all 30 MLB teams nominate an individual on their roster who…
  • So Worth Loving + Not For Sale

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    As Not For Sale has the ongoing privilege of being hosted by various Major League ballparks this summer in support of our Team NFS platform, one of the largest pleasures has been the local engagement and support seen in each community. This past month, Atlanta was no exception. Upon learning of our Not For Sale Day with the ATL Braves, local apparel retailer “So Worth Loving” wanted to use the opportunity to share the story of freedom and hope, sharing our belief that we are stronger when we work together in the fight to end human trafficking. They have designed a limited…
  • Celebrate Freedom with the Oakland A’s

    Sarah Potts
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    This week has been the culmination of much hard work, study, and preparation to turn our first classes aimed to empower women into a reality.  Our work to end slavery here in the U.S. is now officially underway and this is in no small part due to the thousands of supporters across the country who believe in a future where every person deserves an equal opportunity and where nobody should be for sale. We could not be more grateful to you for joining in this mission with us. Over the summer, the message of freedom has been front and center at home plate at a number of Major League Baseball…
 
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    One Person, One World.

  • Remaining Positive and Overcoming Your Troubles

    Cicci
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Cicci:So true ♥ Originally posted on Endless Light and Love: Wise words indeed from H.H the 14th Dalai Lama. If we could take these words into our hearts and realize that there are always many people in our world who are worse off than we, and come to the realization that there are many people out there in our families, communities, countries and other regions of the world who really need our help and that we certainly do have the the power and abilities to overcome our own struggles in life, then we could and will be able to change our own circumstances for the better and also at the…
  • One Dogs Life In Mexico City

    Cicci
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
      Meet Fresa, she is a 5-year old dog living in a shelter in Mexico city. She was found wandering the streets and rescued after the previous owner decided to get rid of her and hacked off half her snout with a machete. Unable to breathe some neighbours took her to Santuario Milagros Caninos shelter in the Mexican capital where the Surgeon Jesus Paredes performed a 3 hour emergency surgery. He helped her to breathe again through her trashed nostrils, removed her protruding jaw and reconstructed her lips with flaps of skin and mucous so she can drink and feed.  She is now recovering…
  • Denmark, One Of The Countries Where It’s Still Legal To Have Sex With An Animal.

    Cicci
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Yes, you read it right. Denmark allows you to have sex with an animal without punishment. But here comes a twist, you are not allowed to rape, torture or abuse it? Does that mean that according to Danish law you have to prove that it was sex that both agreed upon? You and the dog? Or is it that if the dog (just as an example) is not hurt ”enough” so therefore it must be consensual? How about the brothels that exist there too? Does the animals seek up them and WILLINGLY sell their bodies for some sick perverted freaks? There are even claims by some of these freaks that the animals…
  • 12 Egg Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know ~ Free From Harm

    Cicci
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Originally posted on Girl for Animal Liberation: By Free From Harm Staff Writers | July 29, 2014 Consider the following 12 egg facts, most of which are common to all forms of egg farming: 1. The global egg industry destroys 6,000,000,000 healthy newborn male chicks every year. (1) 2. Male chicks born to egg-laying hens can not lay eggs, and are not the breed used for meat. Therefore, they are worthless to the egg industry. 3. Eggs sold under organic, free-range, and humane labels, and even chicks sold to backyard chicken keepers, also have their origins in these killing hatcheries. (2) 4.
  • Action Alert: Please Help Free Arturo the Polar Bear

    Cicci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cicci:Arturo is living in hell. Arturo are denied a life for an existence that no one deserves! WHY does Argentina say no for him to move? WHY won’t they take the responsibility and let him go to Canada where he would be with other Polar bears and in a climate that fits him? I can not imagine one single reason that would be good enough. Or is it a case of better with bad publicity for the Zoo, than none? Disgusting! Originally posted on Fighting for Hope's Blog: Please sign the petition to free Arturo the polar bear: “Two years ago, Arturo’s long-time companion, a polar bear…
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