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  • Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari Executed

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    Human Rights Watch
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was imminent, but then returned her to her original prison cell overnight. Update:Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari in Tehran this morning. She was 26. read more
  • Without fuel subsidies, aid to displaced Iraqis in jeopardy

    IRIN
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    ERBIL, 24 October 2014 (IRIN) - The prospect of a fuel bill five times higher than last year has left already overstretched aid agencies in Iraq worried they will be unable to help many of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in tents and shelters, just as winter approaches.
  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Philosopher Helen Nissenbaum is one of the leading thinkers about the ethical issues we face in digital spaces. Her work on privacy as “contextual integrity” is one of the most tools for understanding why some online actions taken by companies and individuals feel deeply transgressive while others seem normal – we expect online systems to respect norms of privacy appropriate for the context we are interacting in, and we are often surprised and dismayed when those norms are violated. At least as fascinating, for me at least, Nissenbaum doesn’t just write books and…
  • Americans Rather Like The United Nations

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    American like the United Nations–and there is data to prove it. A new poll from a bi-partisan polling team shows that nearly three quarters of likely American voters surveyed believe that the United Nations is still relevant and needed today. These voters overwhelmingly believe that the United States should work with the United Nations to solve common problems. The survey released this week is the latest of an ongoing series of polls conducted by the bi-partisan team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Better World Campaign.  As you can see from…
  • Israel/Palestine Conflict: Why now is the time to change to a human rights approach

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    Edith Garwood
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The same day Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, visited the Gaza Strip saying, “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations” was the root cause of latest escalation in violence, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People hosted a lecture by Noam Chomsky in the UN General Assembly hall on resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict. It couldn’t have happened at a more pivotal time. Significant movement is happening globally and with…
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  • Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari Executed

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was imminent, but then returned her to her original prison cell overnight. Update:Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari in Tehran this morning. She was 26. read more
  • Thailand: No Justice 10 Years After Tak Bai Killings

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern Thailand in 2004. (New York) – The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern Thailand in 2004. read more
  • Malaysia: End Political Case Against Anwar

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. (New York) – Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Human Rights Watch said todaread more
  • Italy: Drop Charges Against Gay and Lesbian Activists

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7. (Milan) – Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the…
  • United Arab Emirates: Trapped, Exploited, Abused

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UAE government, about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organization (ILO), has failed to adequately protect female domestic workers – many of them from the Philippines – from abuse by employers and recruiters. (Manila) – Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human…
 
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  • Without fuel subsidies, aid to displaced Iraqis in jeopardy

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    ERBIL, 24 October 2014 (IRIN) - The prospect of a fuel bill five times higher than last year has left already overstretched aid agencies in Iraq worried they will be unable to help many of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in tents and shelters, just as winter approaches.
  • Germany struggles to house rising number of asylum seekers

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    HAMBURG, 24 October 2014 (IRIN) - When a video emerged last month of security guards physically abusing a resident of a refugee housing facility in the German town of Burbach, the ensuing media furore shone a light on an asylum system straining under the weight of an unprecedented caseload.
  • Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, leaving some families unable to afford food.
  • Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    LONDON, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region.
  • Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Philosopher Helen Nissenbaum is one of the leading thinkers about the ethical issues we face in digital spaces. Her work on privacy as “contextual integrity” is one of the most tools for understanding why some online actions taken by companies and individuals feel deeply transgressive while others seem normal – we expect online systems to respect norms of privacy appropriate for the context we are interacting in, and we are often surprised and dismayed when those norms are violated. At least as fascinating, for me at least, Nissenbaum doesn’t just write books and…
  • Coco Fusco’s introduction to the Cuban blogosphere

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Multimedia artist, writer, activist and teacher Coco Fusco is a visiting associate professor at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies this year, and she introduced herself to the Center for Civic Media community with a stunning talk this past Thursday, unpacking the history and the possible futures of the Cuban blogosphere. Fusco is a frequent traveler to Cuba and has interviewed many of the key figures in the space and offered an overview that’s complex, subtle and by far the most informative picture of the space I’ve heard thus far. (Video of Fusco’s talk is available…
  • 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…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • Americans Rather Like The United Nations

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    American like the United Nations–and there is data to prove it. A new poll from a bi-partisan polling team shows that nearly three quarters of likely American voters surveyed believe that the United Nations is still relevant and needed today. These voters overwhelmingly believe that the United States should work with the United Nations to solve common problems. The survey released this week is the latest of an ongoing series of polls conducted by the bi-partisan team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Better World Campaign.  As you can see from…
  • Why the Bonn Climate Talks Matter

    Mythili Sampathkumar
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Another round of UN climate change negotiations are taking place this week in Bonn. This is the third time countries are meeting in Germany this year to create a legally enforceable mechanism they all agreed was necessary following the 2011 summit in Durban, South Africa. The outcome of this week will be a draft text that countries will work to ratify at the major summit this December in Lima, Peru. What comes out of Lima will in turn set the stage for the final, binding agreement on climate change next year in Paris. In other words, the Bonn talks kick off a year of intense diplomacy on…
  • Ebola Comes to New York, But It’s Mali We Should Be Worried About

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Get these stories delivered to your inbox.  With word of a doctor in NYC coming down with ebola, there’s a potentially much more worrying development: a two year old girl has tested positive for ebola in Mali. In Mali: “Speaking on state television on Thursday, Malian Health Minister Ousmane Kone said the infected girl was being treated in the western town of Kayes. She was brought to a local hospital on Wednesday and her blood sample was Ebola-positive, Mr Kone said. The child and those who have come into contact with her have been put in quarantine.The girl’s mother died in…
  • How Americans’ Lack of Understanding of African Geography is Undermining the Fight Against Ebola

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The ebola outbreak and its importation to the United States has unleashed a wave of panic in the United States, revealing the paucity of Americans’ knowledge and understanding of Africa. I speak with Laura Seay of Colby College and the Washington Post who is one of America’s premier Africanists. She discusses how ignorance breeds discrimination and policy responses that undermine the effort to contain the ebola outbreak in West Africa. Americans don’t know much about Africa or African geography–and that is hurting the country’s ability to stop ebola at its…
  • Some Money Finally Making It’s Way to UN’s Ebola Trust Fund

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Want these clips delivered to your inbox? Sign up here!  Last week, it was revealed that only $100,000 was committed against a $1 billion UN trust fund to provide rapid and flexible funding to combat the outbreak in west Africa.Quite a bit more has been pledged in the past few days, including $50 million  to the trust fund and many millions to other funding mechanisms. Still not enough, but at least things are moving in the right direction. “The United Nations Financial Tracking Service showed on Tuesday that more than $410 million had been committed to Ebola response efforts, while…
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  • Israel/Palestine Conflict: Why now is the time to change to a human rights approach

    Edith Garwood
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The same day Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, visited the Gaza Strip saying, “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations” was the root cause of latest escalation in violence, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People hosted a lecture by Noam Chomsky in the UN General Assembly hall on resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict. It couldn’t have happened at a more pivotal time. Significant movement is happening globally and with…
  • It is past time for El Salvador to rescind its total abortion ban

    Marselha Gonçalves Margerin
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    El Salvador: Marlene was accused and charged with having an abortion after she had a miscarriage when she was 18 years old. I was on a plane coming back from Mexico when I first encountered the stories of children and young women in El Salvador suffering from the country’s universal criminalization of abortion, a law that is now more than a decade old. I’ve been an advocate for more than 15 years, but the news of people jailed for miscarriages, denied critical health care, and even driven to commit suicide for having to keep their pregnancy after being abused or raped still haunted…
  • 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…
 
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  • Wait for it….Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.9 Releases Next Week

    Vidya Spandana
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Beta 9 Release Postponed To Next Week Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.9 is ALMOST out! Thats right, we are moving our regularly scheduled Beta.9 release from this week to next week — next Thursday to be precise. Our Platform product team members are meeting In Real Life (what!) in Atlanta, GA all this week cranking out code, making decisions, and sprinting forward. As usual, we will update you with the details through a blog post next week. yours truly, the Ushahidi Platform Team The post Wait for it….Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.9 Releases Next Week appeared first on Ushahidi.
  • Maps are everything: Crowdmap’s improved experience

    Brandon Rosage
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    I’m not proud of this, but some of our original design concepts for Crowdmap didn’t include maps. Crazy, right? Sure, there were pathways to view a map as, you know, a map. But it wasn’t the first thing you saw. Thankfully, we fixed that well before launch. But I’ve refused to bury that memory because, within that mistake, was a key insight: On Crowdmap, maps are everything. And we’re doubling down on that insight in our upcoming improvements to Crowdmap.com. On the website today, all of the content for a map rests on top of an interactive web map. But that map isn’t even…
  • Announcing RNI: Building Resilience in Boulder, Colorado

    Shadrock Roberts
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    Resilience is the capacity for a city and all its components to recover quickly from shocks or stresses, such as natural disasters, and to grow and thrive during good times. The ability of citizens and governments to share information about these stresses, shocks, and the responses to them to improve decision making and grow smarter is at the heart the Resilience Network Initiative (RNI): a partnership between Ushahidi and the Rockefeller Foundation. RNI supports cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge with technology and services to lower barriers to exchanging information…
  • Hacking on Crisis Data: Our Open Source Day experience at GHC 2014

    Angela Oduor
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The Mecca for Women in Tech” – That’s what Linda terms the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to be. It probably is :). Linda, Chris, Brian and I had the honor of being able to attend this year’s celebration in Phoenix, Arizona. Chris introduces the students to CrisisNET For the first time this year, Open Source Day decided to host a session committed to helping women grow their skills and interest in using open source technologies at GHC, and we’re glad that Ushahidi was one of the organisations chosen to participate. It provided a unique opportunity for us to not…
  • Reintroducing Crowdmap

    Zack Halloran
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    A lot of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Crowdmap since I joined the team earlier this year. I’ve been building software products and services for over a decade and, in my humble opinion, we’re doing some really cool things here. For those unfamiliar with Crowdmap.com, it’s the only map-making tool that allows you to simply and collaboratively track any event on a map using social media, sms, email, or the web. We’re working on improving the performance of the website top to bottom, and you should be seeing some big changes in the next couple months…
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  • Ole Miss coach Kennedy will go the distance to recruit

    USA Today
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Andy Kennedy received valuable advice during his first basketball meeting as a freshman at North Carolina State. “There’s no such thing as levels of programs,” then-Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano told his team, Kennedy recalled. “There are levels of players.” Those words stuck with Kennedy throughout his collegiate career at N.C. State and later UAB. Now, entering his ninth year as the men’s basketball coach at Ole Miss, that advice has played a crucial role in how he builds his roster. Ole Miss picked to finish sixth, Summers on all-SEC team Ole Miss turned…
  • United Nations Day

    episcoglobal
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    A monitor in the meeting room of the Committee on Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) at the United Nations, to which the Episcopal Church was granted special consultative status in January 2014 (Photo by Lynnaia Main) United Nations Day is Friday, October 24. When Jesus instructed the disciples to heal the sick, welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, serve the poor and proclaim good news to the captives and the oppressed, it was well before the ratification of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945. And yet, being present at the United Nations and cooperating with UN agencies is one…
  • The State Of Palestine

    Jerry "Peacemaker"
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The video was made by the National Consensus Government of the State of Palestine as part of the presentation of its National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan at the Cairo conference on October 12, 2014. The video shows the extent of the damage Gazans have endured during the seven-week Israeli military assault beginning in July 2014. Over 2,100 people were killed, of which 580 were children. During the Israeli military campaign one in four Palestinians in Gaza were forced to flee, while tens of thousands of homes were either partially or completely destroyed. Gazans now face shortages…
  • The State Of Palestine.

    Jerry "Peacemaker"
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Posted on October 23, 2014 by Jerry Alatalo The video was made by the National Consensus Government
  • United Nations Day

    danudesigns
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Happy 69th Anniversary United Nations.
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  • Open Access Week: Creative Commons Licenses

    EEM
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Creative Commons Licenses can help authors/content creators more explicitly indicate how their work can be used and shared. Specifically, "[w]ith a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify... ."Simply follow the instructions provided on the "Choose a License" page. You will then be provided some HTML code to insert on your web site or you can include a link from your document, photo, video or other creative work to the relevant license.Here is a breakdown of the…
  • Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

    EEM
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Publications:Airstrikes on ISIS Bring New Dimension to Aid Worker Safety: Q&A with David Miliband (Global Observatory, Sept. 2014) [text]Conflict and Disaster Reporting: Does the Public Still Care?, London, 23 Oct. 2014 [access]- Follow link for video.Dossier: Qu'apporte la recherche à l'action humanitaire? (Grotius International, Oct. 2014) [access]- Follow link for access to five articles in French; see also this English version of one of the articles.Humanitarian Diplomacy and Principled Humanitarian Action, Geneva, 2 Oct. 2014 [access]- Follow link for video.  This speech by…
  • Thematic Focus: Statelessness

    EEM
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Did you notice...The UNHCR logo in several factsheets from UNHCR West Africa reads "UNHCR: The UN Refugee and Statelessness Agency" (see this one as an example).  I don't recall seeing "statelessness" included before. Is an official change in the works?  Perhaps related to UNHCR's campaign to eradicate statelessness (which is due to be launched on 4 November 2014)?Events: A Boat without Anchors: Statelessness among Minority Populations in Cambodia, Canberra, 29 October 2014 [info]- Free event, but registration required. The findings of the research referenced in this…
  • Open Access Week: "Hybrid" Open Access

    EEM
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hybrid open access is similar to gold OA, but also completely different! Under the hybrid OA model, traditional publishers, upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC), will grant immediate open access to individual articles that appear in otherwise subscription-based journals.  Most of the big journal publishers have now adopted a version of this model, e.g., OxfordOpen, WileyOnlineOpen, etc. (See this table for a complete list of publishers offering paid OA options.)Here are some recent examples of forced migration-related articles published under the hybrid OA model:-…
  • Open Access Week: Option 2 for Making Your Work Open Access

    EEM
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A second option for making your work open access is to publish an article in a relevant OA journal ("gold OA"). The forced migration field has experienced a bit of a surge in scholarly OA journal publishing, so prospective authors have more choices now than even just a year or so ago.  I plan to make a partial list available to you by the end of the week. For now, try the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).But before you dive into a search for a suitable title, keep in mind the following:1) Business Models: OA journals employ a variety of business models to cover their production…
 
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  • Dhondup Wangchen wins Havel Prize

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering that brings together some of the world's leading minds to honour survivors of political oppression and persecution, on Wednesday awarded Dh
  • Telo Rinpoche appointed as Honorary Representative of Russia

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The spiritual head of Kalmyk Republic, Telo Rinpoche, has been appointed as the new Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tibet Culture and Information Centre (Office of T
  • Denma Lochoe Rinpoche passes away

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A senior Tibetan Lama and a former abbot of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's monastery, Denma Locho Rinpoche, breathed his last on Thursday after a brief ill
  • TCV celebrates its 54th founding anniversary

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    The Tibetan Children's Village school which is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan schools in exile today celebrated its 54rd anniversary here. Presiding over the celebrations as chief guest was Sp
  • Karmapa graces Delek Hospital's 43rd founding anniversary

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje today attended the 43rd founding anniversary of the Tibetan Delek Hospital here. Also present at a modest gathering were Spea
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  • Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari Executed

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was imminent, but then returned her to her original prison cell overnight. Update:Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari in Tehran this morning. She was 26. read more
  • Thailand: No Justice 10 Years After Tak Bai Killings

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern Thailand in 2004. (New York) – The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern Thailand in 2004. read more
  • Malaysia: End Political Case Against Anwar

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. (New York) – Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Human Rights Watch said todaread more
  • Italy: Drop Charges Against Gay and Lesbian Activists

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7. (Milan) – Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the…
  • United Arab Emirates: Trapped, Exploited, Abused

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UAE government, about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organization (ILO), has failed to adequately protect female domestic workers – many of them from the Philippines – from abuse by employers and recruiters. (Manila) – Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human…
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  • Dr Giulia Pecorella

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    From left, Nadia Bernaz, Giulia, Michael Scharf (on screen), Anthony Cullen and myself.Giulia Pecorella successfully defended her doctoral thesis today at Middlesex University. The topic of the thesis was the United States and the Crime of Aggression. The examiners were Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Dr Nadia Bernaz of Middlesex. The supervisory team was composed of Dr Anthony Cullen and myself. Congratulations, Giulia.
  • Interim release at the ICC

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    The International Criminal Court announced yesterday that four of the accused in the Central African Republic situation would be released pending trial. The suspects are to spend their interim release in the UK, Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and France. This is a positive development from 2009, where six states were called upon to cooperate with the Court in giving effect to Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo's provisional release, but failed to do so. The decision to release the accused was overturned on appeal, before the issue of state cooperation could be fully resolved. 
  • Dr Rick Lines

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    From left, Erica Howard, Rick Lines and David Keane, with Neil Boister on the screen in the middle.Rick Lines successfully defended his doctoral thesis today at Middlesex University. It is entitled: 'The ‘Fifth Stage’ of Drug Control: International Law, Dynamic Interpretation and Human Rights'. The external examiner was Prof. Neil Boister of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. The internal examiner was Dr. David Keane and the chair of the proceedings was Dr. Erica Howard. Rick was supervised by Dr. Nadia Bernaz and myself. Congratulations, Rick.
  • Criminal Liability for Legal Persons for Contempt returns to the STL

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    I have previously blogged about a decision before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon where it was held that the Tribunal's inherent jurisdiction to prosecute persons for contempt extended to legal, as well as natural, persons. That position was reversed in July of this year. Last week, however, an Appeals Panel of the STL determined that the Tribunal does indeed have jurisdiction over legal persons in this regard. It is a very interesting decision, and worthy of reading in full. Some of the more controversial elements of the decision are discussed below.The Status of Corporate Criminal…
  • H. Patrick Glenn RIP

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Professor H. Patrick Glenn, of McGill University, has passed away suddenly. His masterful Legal Traditions of the World, the most recent edition of which was only published in August, took readers beyond the civil law/common law paradigm, to discuss such legal traditions as the Confucian, Islamic and Talmudic systems. By all accounts, he was a gifted, generous, and inspiring teacher. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.
 
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  • In northern Nigeria, a little cash goes a long way towards getting girls to school

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    WURNO, Nigeria, 24 October 2014 – Since their father died a few years ago, Aisha and Asmau have had to contribute to their family’s income, hawking by the roadside.
  • In Sierra Leone, getting back to school – on the airwaves

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts.
  • In Tanzania, empowering girls, fighting HIV

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2014 – Fatuma Djamali was born in 1996 in Ruvuma region, in Tanzania’s southern highlands. Since she was in primary school, her life has been dominated by solitude and fear.
  • In Burkina Faso, sowing the seeds for a sustainable future

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 17 October 2014 – It’s lean season in the Sahel. The last harvest has long been gathered, and the first rains have yet to fall. The earth is hard and dry, and a fine layer of dust coats everything.
  • Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is.  It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago.
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  • ONE’s Ebola Work

    Erin Hohlfelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Post last updated October 23rd, 2014 Overview ONE’s health portfolio has traditionally focused on issues that have had centuries-long impact on African communities: AIDS, TB, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other drivers of maternal and child deaths. The emergence of the West African Ebola outbreak has forced us to take a fresh look at our health portfolio and see where we can help.    Although we have not historically worked on “emerging threats” such as this one, we have been alarmed at the rapid spread of Ebola and the toll it is taking on the region.  What is…
  • Member of the Month: TJ Harvey

    Emily Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Congratulations to TJ Harvey, October’s ONE Member of the Month! TJ is the reigning star of ONE in the great state of Mississippi. He has been active in Mississippi politics for many years, and has had an interest in global issues since college, when he participated in the Institute of International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. TJ with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker Since joining ONE’s Congressional District Leader program two years ago, he has made great strides in teaching folks in Jackson about how they can impact the lives of the world’s…
  • 6 Liberian workers gripped by Ebola’s many tentacles

    Morgana Wingard
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    This piece is excerpted from a post on USAID by Morgana Wingard. While the Ebola virus is devastating Liberia’s health system, beyond the spotlight, the crisis is having an equally damaging impact on the economy. Sales have plummeted in Waterside Market—an economic hub in downtown Monrovia where Liberians trek to buy commodities like fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean, school shoes, or used household goods imported from America. And at this time of year, many parents should be back-to-school shopping. However, with all of Liberia’s schools closed and many parents now jobless, vendors…
  • Hey guys, why do YOU support girls and women around the world?

    Malaka Gharib
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    As the #HeforShe movement reminded us, taking a stand for women and girls is taking a stand for humanity. It’s not just a fight for women, but for men, too.  We asked 6 guys brave enough to attend the ONE Girls and Women blogger summit (where 95% of the attendees are ladies) to tell us why they – as dudes – are using their influence to promote equal access and opportunities for girls and women. Here’s what they said: 1. Doug French  Cofounder, Dad 2.0 Summit  Doug pledges his support for the #HeForShe campaign. “Men need to support women and girls in the…
  • Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  Today, I call for urgent funding to meet the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As these nations fight the devastating impact of Ebola, pregnant women face a double threat, dying from Ebola or dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. UNFPA Liberia Assistant Representative and Officer In Charge Dr. Philderald Pratt and midwives at the JFK Memorial Hospital maternity center in Monrovia.
 
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  • Perú: Estudio dice que las empresas “formales” no consideran que discriminan laboralmente por razones de etnia o género

    romero
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    “Discriminación laboral: ¿Son conscientes las empresas peruanas del problema?”-  24 OCTUBRE 2014 …La sociedad peruana es discriminadora y tiende a encasillar a las personas de acuerdo con sus características étnicas. La IX Encuesta de Gerentes Generales de SE del año pasado arrojó opiniones divididas respecto a si existe o no discriminación por origen étnico en las empresas formales peruanas –el 48% de los encuestados consideró que sí existía discriminación por este criterio; mientras que el 49% indicó que no—. No obstante, ejecutivos de empresas…señalaron que no…
  • Venezuela: Mujeres indígenas denuncian amenazas por minería en sus territorios ancestrales, con impactos en la salud y el agua

    romero
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    “Lideresas indígenas denuncian minería en áreas del Sector Oriental del Parque Nacional Canaima” – 21 de octubre de 2014 El Sector Oriental del Parque Nacional Canaima, lo que se conoce como la Gran Sabana, se encuentra el sureste extremo de Venezuela de cara al Brasil. Se trata del territorio ancestral del pueblo pemón, la tierra de los tepui…La minería, sin embargo, comenzó a verse en 2010, cuando comenzaron a subir los precios del oro…Y a esto se sumaron nuevos y más voluminosos cupos de combustible para las comunidades indígenas que habitan en el Parque. Primero…
  • Costa Rica: Por protestas contra concesión a APM Terminals, que reduciría la fuerza laboral, 32 sindicalistas detenidos por la policía

    romero
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    “Policía reabre los puertos de Limón y detiene a 32 huelguistas” – 22 de octubre de 2014 Un contingente de la Fuerza Pública ingresó antes de las 6 p. m. a los puertos de Moín y Limón, para reabrir las instalaciones que se encontraban cerradas desde las 8:30 a. m. a causa de la huelga de trabajadores de Sintrabap…y detuvieron a 32 dirigentes dirigentes o afiliados del Sindicato, dijo Raúl Rivera, encargado del operativo…La organización laboral de la Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica (Japdeva) protesta contra el contrato…
  • Lecture: “Debt and Human Rights: The Case of Financial Complicity”, UN expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (Warwick, UK, 5 Nov)

    romero
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Poor public resource management and the global financial crisis curbing fiscal space, millions in poverty, and authoritarian regimes benefiting from crime all raise fundamental questions around finance, sovereign debt and human rights. This presentation is a chapter in Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky’s new book ‘Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work’.  Discussant: Tim Jones, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK and The Guardian columnist. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky is the UN Independent Expert on the Effects of Foreign Debt and other Related International…
  • Colombia: Congresistas convocan audiencia pública sobre impactos sociales y ambientales de mina La Colosa, de AngloGold Ashanti

    romero
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Consultas Populares y Ordenamiento Territorial de Municipios Afectados por el proyecto de la mina La Colosa- 22 de octubre de 2014 La audiencia pública convocada por los congresistas del Polo Democrático Alternativo, Iván Cepeda y Alirio Uribe Muñoz, tiene como objetivo analizar la situación de derechos humanos de esta región tolimense, y discutir la viabilidad jurídica de las consultas populares para el ejercicio de autonomía en las decisiones locales en materia de ordenamiento territorial ambiental en Cajamarca y los municipios de la cuenca del Coello, en donde se encuentra…
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  • Tribes and farmers unite to end oil palm expansion in Philippines

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Palawan tribal people say that their coconut trees are dying because of pests spreading from the oil palm plantations.© ALDAWTribal people and small-scale farmers in the Philippine province of Palawan have called for a halt to the expansion of oil palm plantations which are destroying the forests they rely on to survive. Their newly formed Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG) collected over 4,000 signatures from tribal people and farmers affected by the plantations, calling for a moratorium on oil palm expansion. Palawan, which is often referred to as “the Philippines’ last…
  • Eden Project photo exhibition showcases tribal people of the rainforest

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Sebastião Salgado's stunning images of the Awá tribe in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, taken in 2013, will be showcased in the Rainforest Biome of the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. The Awá are finding it increasingly difficult to hunt game in the forest, and have been brutally attacked by loggers while out hunting.© Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas/nbpictures Stunning photographs of tribal people of the rainforest by Cornish explorer and writer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado will go on display at the UK’s Eden Project from Friday,…
  • Tragedy strikes Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Indians

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Arhuaco Indians, Colombia © Survival InternationalA series of tragic events has hit Colombia’s Arhuaco, Kogi and Wiwa tribes in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of northern Colombia. On 6 October eleven Wiwa Indians were killed after a lighting bolt struck a communal building where sixty of the tribe’s leaders were meeting. Amongst the dead were “mamos” or spiritual leaders, and health experts. The following day, five Arhuaco children and the mother of one of the children were killed by a landslide that destroyed their home. On 14 October, Jacinto Sauna Zarabata, the son of…
  • Survival calls for release of tribal political prisoners and journalists in West Papua

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Papuan tribal people have suffered immensely from Indonesian military brutality since 1963.© SurvivalFrench journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat face trial by the Indonesian authorities in West Papua on October 20, 2014, on charges of “abusive use of entry visas”, after being arrested while making a documentary film in August. Dandois and Bourrat were arrested after meeting with Areki Wanimbo, the head of the Lani Besar Tribal Council in the Papuan highlands, who has also been detained. Wanimbo is now facing charges of “conspiracy to commit treason”, a charge that is…
  • "We'll die for our lands", Guarani Indians declare in Brazil's capital

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Forty Guarani leaders traveled over 1,000 km to Brasília to insist that the authorities map out their ancestral land.© CIMIForty Guarani Indian leaders have traveled over 1,000 km to Brazil’s capital to insist that the authorities map out their ancestral land before more of their relatives are killed. The delegation expressed its dismay at a recent High Court ruling which, if upheld, will be a huge setback for the land campaign of one community whose internationally renowned leader, Ambrósio Vilhalva, was killed last year. In response to the government’s failure to fulfil its…
 
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  • OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

    Zakri Abdul Hamid
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Roseate spoonbills (Platalea ajaja), coastal birds in Sonora, Mexico. Mauricio Ramos/IPSBy Zakri Abdul HamidKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity’s relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing. Only a persuasive “why” resonating throughout society will successfully get us to urgently needed negotiations of who, what, where, when and how to halt disastrous biodiversity loss.Experts in a broad span of disciplines — taxonomists,…
  • Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic

    Jim Lobe
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Credit: Twitter/@AntDeRosaBy Jim LobeWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus.Concern about the potential threat posed by the virus has clearly grown over the past two weeks, especially after two nurses at a Dallas hospital who helped treat a fatally infected Liberian man contracted the virus. But a major…
  • OPINION: Europe is Positioning Itself Outside the International Race

    Roberto Savio
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, argues that the crisis of internal governance, fomented by a latter-day Protestant ethic of fiscal sacrifice, is pushing Europe to the side lines of world affairs.By Roberto SavioROME, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.During the…
  • U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process

    Carey L. Biron
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Of the tens of thousands of chemicals thought to be in regular use in the United States today, the government’s main labour regulator oversees fewer than 500. Credit: BigstockBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.The new information-gathering process, which began last week and will continue for the next six months, could result in the first major overhaul of related regulations in more than four decades. Of the tens of thousands…
  • Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa

    Thalif Deen
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    German aircraft arrives in Ghana to help deliver U.N. supplies for emergency Ebola response. Credit: UN Photo/UNMEERBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.Dr. Shenggen Fen, director-general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), told IPS the crisis is expected to be confined mostly to the countries directly affected by the spreading disease:…
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  • “Who will take responsibility?”: Communities Testify about Dawei SEZ at Thai Human Rights Commission

    Jessica Spanton
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    This week, communities affected by the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) testified at a public hearing at the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) about the human rights and environmental impacts of the project. At the hearing, Dawei Development Association (DDA), a local civil society network, and community representatives presented a new report, entitled “Voices From the Ground: Concerns Over the Dawei Special Economic Zone and Related Projects”. Previously, in March 2013, the DDA and the affected communities submitted a complaint to the NHRCT, shortly after which one of…
  • No Fish, No Food: NGO Coalition Files Complaint Against Don Sahong Dam Developer

    EarthRights International
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Contact: Tanja Venisnik: +60(0)912796825 / +66(0)947830484 tanja@earthrights.org. EarthRights International Ame Trandem +66 868 82 24 26, ame@internationalrivers.org; International Rivers October 20, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –A coalition of local, regional and international NGOs, filed a complaint today with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), requesting investigation of the impacts of the Malaysian-built Don Sahong Dam project on behalf of Thai and Cambodian communities faced with losing their main food source and the extinction of an endangered dolphin…
  • Thousands of Lives to Be Devastated by Lower Sesan 2 Dam: International Groups Demand New EIA

    EarthRights International
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Contact: Ame Trandem +66 868 82 24 26, ame@internationalrivers.org; International RiversTek Vannara +855 23 21 44 29, vannara@ngoforum.org.kh; NGO Forum on CambodiaWenhong Xie +66 943 923 710, wenhong@earthrights.org; EarthRights International October 16, 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Today, a group of 18 civil society organizations from Cambodia and the Mekong region issued a statement demanding that the project developers and the Cambodian Government conduct a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and release information on the redesign of the Lower Sesan 2 (LS2) Hydropower Dam…
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Filing of Complaint with Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Against Don Sahong Dam Developer and Press Conference

    EarthRights International
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Contact: Tanja Venisnik: tanja@earthrights.org On October 20, 2014, a coalition of local, regional and international NGOs will lodge a complaint with SUHAKAM, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, requesting investigation of the economic and social impacts of the Don Sahong Dam project being developed in Lao PDR by a Malaysian company, Mega First Corporation Berhad. What: Filing of complaint against Don Sahong Dam developer with SUHAKAM, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, and press conference Who: Cambodian Rural Development Team (Cambodia), Community Resource Centre…
  • Book Review: Law of the Jungle by Paul Barrett

    Michelle Harrison
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve just finished reading Paul Barrett’s new book, Law of the Jungle: the $19 billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win. Barrett’s book is about the Chevron/Ecuador saga, with a particular focus on Steven Donziger, the attorney that has represented the Ecuadorian villagers in their struggle to hold Texaco (now Chevron) accountable for the environmental destruction left behind by the company’s operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In 2011, after nearly 20 years of litigation in the U.S. and Ecuador, an Ecuadorian court ordered…
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  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

    John Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Photo by Alex Leung / Flickr In 2000, I organized a meeting in China that brought together independent trade unionists, campaigners for corporate codes of conduct, and human rights advocates. We had spirited conversations about strikes and labor organizing and how to deal with the Communist authorities in Beijing. We didn’t worry about the government monitoring or breaking up our meeting. Hong Kong is not just a playground for the rich. One in five residents lives below the poverty line. True, we were in China, and the Chinese…
  • When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

    Tom Eblen
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library. It has been 50 years since America launched the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act and legislation to outlaw racial discrimination were the centerpieces of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s vision to create a Great Society. These programs helped get a generation of families jobs. We had to find ways to get all sides working together. Today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor. Wealth inequality is growing. State support for education is withering. Social safety-net programs are under attack in Congress. Many…
  • Americans on Food Aid Document Their Hunger in Photos

    YES! Editors
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Photo by Sallie Campbell. What does hunger look like in America? According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, suffer food insecurity each year. So, more and more, hunger looks like you and me. In Colorado, a diverse group of women who receive food assistance benefits chronicled their experience through photography. Their photographs and stories shed light on the reality of hunger with the hope of creating change in how we view and understand the issue. “Hunger Through My Lens,” an exhibit of their work, will be on…
  • Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

    Tiffany Williams
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Pakhi Begum left Bangladesh for Dubai to work as a maid, only to find that her recruiter had sold her into domestic servitude. Photo courtesy of UN Women. “Mariah” is a small woman with an unexpectedly intense stare. All of us in the hotel conference room crane our necks to see her as she rises to address the table of advocates and NGO representatives gathered for a meeting on safe migration. She declares her story: She has just returned from Jordan, where she had been working as a domestic worker. To get there, she had sold her…
 
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  • Child migrants continue to face discrimination inside U.S.

    Women News Network
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh for Democracy Now! – WNN Features (WNN/DN) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: What is now considered a “humanitarian crisis” by U.S. President Barack Obama as well as other local and global immigrant advocates, has brought over 50 thousand plus migrant children to the United States within the last year. It is […]
  • Cured of Ebola, Nina Pham Anxious to See Family, Dog

    Women News Network
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Maggie Fox and Erin McClam – NBC News – Friday October 24, 2014 Nina Pham walked out of the hospital and into the White House. Two weeks after she tested positive for Ebola, the Dallas nurse was declared free of the virus Friday and discharged from the Washington-area hospital where she had been treated in […]
  • Aboriginal women launch their own anti-violence campaign: Goar

    Women News Network
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Carol Goar – Toronto Star – October 22, 2014 (originally published on Oct 21) There is no defiance or bravado in her voice. For Sylvia Maracle , executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres , it’s a simple statement of fact: “We will move ahead on violence against aboriginal women with or […]
  • New campaign to Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Africa builds traction

    Women News Network
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Efua Dorkenoo – WNN Featured Editorial (WNN/EN) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: Writing about the global situation that continues to plague millions of girls worldwide, Program Director Ms. Efua Dorkenoo with the launch of The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM shares her belief that Female Genital Mutilation can be completely and fully eradicated around the globe […]
  • Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

    Women News Network
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Clayton Masekesa – The Zimbabwean – Monday October 13, 2014 (originally published 8 Oct) A swiftly shifting landscape in rural Honde Valley has changed the lives of many women – especially those who are small-scale banana farmers and who depend, almost exclusively, on rainfall for their water supply. In an interview with The Zimbabwean last […]
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  • New Report: Human Trafficking in Silicon Valley

    Sarah Potts
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    We are proud to announce a first-of-its-kind study of human trafficking in the Silicon Valley. Here’s the scoop. In Silicon Valley, human trafficking victims are young, American women. They are most often sexually exploited at an early age, and their exploitation continues as they are forced to sell their bodies. Most existing organizations cannot adequately address victims’ long-term needs for job-skills training, affordable housing and lawful work experiences that will effectively protect them from re-exploitation. READ THE REPORT We know this because we worked with more than…
  • 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…
 
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  • So Far This Year, At Least 35 Dead on Ohio Tracks

    Cicci
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Cicci:Horse racing. Yet another animal cruelty that way too many people find entertaining! Originally posted on Horseracing Wrongs: In its most recent meeting (September 30th), the Ohio State Racing Commission disclosed that through September 29th of this year, 35 horses – 28 Thoroughbred, 7 Standardbred – have died racing or training on Ohio tracks. (And there was no Thoroughbred racing the first 3 1/2 months of the year.) Five of those kills came in a recent five-day period at Belterra. The minutes go on to say that “[Executive Director] Crawford and Chairman Schmitz expressed concern…
  • November 15 Spain Will Yet Again Cause Great Pain To Bulls!

    Cicci
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Yet again Spain will torture bulls. Getting tied to a post by its horns and a plank of wood attached to a metal bar doused in pitch – a highly combustible mixture of turpentine and sulphur. While the flames eat the wood Fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches onto the terrified and suffering young bull. Then released it will be chased around by a screaming laughing crowd. The bulls can’t do much more than run around in pain, often smashing into walls in tying to put out the flames. Stumbling over things placed on the ground to the delight of the…
  • Thailand: Dog Meat and Dog Skin Boss Arrested

    Cicci
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Cicci:There are no limits of how much I hate scum like that. Well done to the Thai army and police! Originally posted on SAY NO TO DOG MEAT.NET: Thailand: Dog Meat and Dog Skin Boss Arrested The Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Police conducted a surprise midnight raid on a dog skin tannery and meat works a few nights ago, owned and run by one of Tha-Rae’s most powerful men. We thank Soi Dog Foundation and Watchdog Thailand for their involvement in the operation. Inside the illegal dog meat slaughterhouse and dog skin tannery. The operation busted the biggest boss in the region for dog skins…
  • PETITION TO HARVEY NICHOLS

    Cicci
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Cicci:Disgusting! You would think that in this day and age when the information how there poor animals live and get murdered EVERYONE would say no to fur, but sadly too many seems to lack a brain. Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET:: Words taken from the petition below: Department store Harvey Nichols has gone back on their fur free policy from 2004 and started selling real fur again. A simple browse through their online shop shows that they are using rabbits, minks, foxes, raccoons and coyotes. They claim that they are only using fur that is ‘ethically sourced and humanely farmed’.
  • Taiji Fishermen – Jihad on Dolphins

    Cicci
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
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  • Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life (Part 2)

    Burt Phoenix
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    This is Part 2 to the Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life.  This article is written for Who’s your Crisis Angel? An Indi-Change activity  with http://incrisisrelief.org/ in association with Indiblogger.in You may call Vaastav Foundation Helpline numbers listed below 24×7 in case of distress: Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498 The letters written by the survivors are given below as how Vaastav counselorswere their Crisis Angels: Related articles Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life (standupforacause.wordpress.com)
  • Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Vaastav Angel saving souls Vaastav Foundation, is an NGO based out of Mumbai working towards equal human rights for both the genders. The organization assists families in distress and crisis who suffer from toxic domestic relationships. They assist people who have suffered false dowry and domestic violence cases. The organization is a part of a network of over 40 NGOs all over India which conducts weekly meetings in over 20 cities. In these meeting they try to create a positive space for men where they can be heard without being judged. Meetings for Vaastav Foundation regularly conducts…
  • No Automatic Arrest in 498A Complaints

    Burt Phoenix
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    In the recent landmark judgement by the Apex Court, it was directed that there should not be any automatic arrest for cases under section 498A of the IPC until provisions of Section 41 of Cr.PC are satisfied. Section 498A of the IPC was inserted in the code in 1983 with a backdrop to curb torture of married women by the in-laws for dowry. As per the Supreme Court in B.S. Joshi vs. State of Haryana, the object of introducing Section 498A in the Indian Penal Code was to prevent the torture to a woman by her husband or by relatives of her husband. Section 498A was added with a view to punishing…
  • Can Domestic Violence be filed against Daughter-in-law?

    Burt Phoenix
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    As per a HelpAge India report, daughter-in-law emerged as the major abuser of the elderly. Now abuse of a daughter-in-law is protected under various special laws of the country, whereas no such law is for the elderly. An interesting question arises, can an abused elderly mother-in-law take protection of any law against abuse by her daughter-in-law? We will analyse this question in this article. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (“Domestic Violence Act”) was enacted by the parliament in 2005 to provide for an effective protection of women who are victims of violence of any…
  • India – Rape Statistics

    Burt Phoenix
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The total number of frivolous cases and acquittals (as a percentage of cases reported) during a year has been consistently over 50%, nearing 70% in a few years and touching 71% for 2003. Such a high number of frivolous cases and acquittals is a very serious concern as the identity of the rape victims were protected who filed the complaints and the accused identity was made public. Presently in India, one accusation from a woman makes the man a criminal, one accusation destroys his career and one accusation drains out his savings on legal recourses for defending himself. The woman gets a…
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