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  • France: Press Rights With Visiting Azerbaijani President

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    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan. (Paris) – President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan.read more
  • Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

    IRIN
    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.
  • 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…
  • Developing Story: Canadian Capital Under Attack

    UN Dispatch
    Penelope Starr
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    A disturbing incident is unfolding this morning in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. At least one shooter unleashed mayhem on Parliament Hill this morning, mere days after an incident in Quebec where two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were mowed down by a car. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Ottawa police are investigating three shootings: one at the War Memorial, one on Parliament Hill and one near the Rideau Centre – all located in the nerve center of the Canadian capital (Update 1:45pm ET: Police only confirm two incidents – one at the National War Memorial, and…
  • 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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  • France: Press Rights With Visiting Azerbaijani President

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan. (Paris) – President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan.read more
  • Turkey: Abusive Policing Powers Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A new government bill before the Turkish parliament would expand police search and court seizure and wiretap powers, reversing reforms approved in February, 2014. (Istanbul) - A new government bill before the Turkish parliament would expand police search and court seizure and wiretap powers, reversing reforms approved in February, 2014.read more
  • Senegal: Chad’s Inaction Won’t Prevent Habré Trial

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Chadian government’s refusal to transfer two alleged accomplices of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to the special court in Senegal trying crimes during his rule will not prevent his trial. The Chadian government should try the two men and others accused of Habré-era crimes in Chad based on international standards. (Dakar) – The Chadian government’s refusal to transfer two alleged accomplices of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to the special court in Senegal trying crimes during his rule will not prevent his…
  • Spain: Excessive Force in Melilla

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Spanish authorities should investigate the beating and pushback of a man by Guardia Civil officers in Melilla on October 15, 2014. (Milan) – Spanish authorities should investigate the beating and pushback of a man by Guardia Civil officers in Melilla on October 15, 2014. Spain should immediately halt summary returns to Morocco from its enclaves. read more
  • Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.  (Kingston) – LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. What Jamaica Should Do our recommendations read more
 
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  • 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.
  • Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties.
  • 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.
  • From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised.
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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

  • Developing Story: Canadian Capital Under Attack

    Penelope Starr
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    A disturbing incident is unfolding this morning in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. At least one shooter unleashed mayhem on Parliament Hill this morning, mere days after an incident in Quebec where two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were mowed down by a car. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Ottawa police are investigating three shootings: one at the War Memorial, one on Parliament Hill and one near the Rideau Centre – all located in the nerve center of the Canadian capital (Update 1:45pm ET: Police only confirm two incidents – one at the National War Memorial, and…
  • Map of the Day: Where People Die From Tuberculosis

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Tuberculosis is a preventable and treatable disease, yet 1.5 million people died from TB last year–including 360,000 people who were HIV positive. Today’s map comes from the World Health Organization’s brand new Global Tuberculosis Report.  It shows the estimated TB mortality rates–the darker the color, the higher the rate of TB deaths.  As you can see from the map, TB is very much a disease of the poor.  (Click here for larger image) But there’s good news! Despite the still large number of deaths, global TB rates have been on the overall decline and humanity…
  • Why Banning Travel from Ebola Affected Countries Makes it More Likely That Ebola Spreads in the USA

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Some members of the US Congress are proposing visa restrictions  for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The Republican leaders of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, clarified that they would like a temporary suspension of visas to travelers from the Ebola-affected nations “while simultaneously permitting a robust effort by the U.S. government and global health agencies to combat this vicious disease in West Africa.” Mr. McConnell, said a spokesman, Don Stewart, was “using shorthand” last…
  • RIP, Efua Dorkenoo

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Want these clips delivered to your inbox? Click here  The international icon Efua Dorkenoo is the reason there’s an international movement to end female genital mutilation. She passed away from cancer yesterday. She will be missed, but her campaign will live on. “Efua Dorkenoo, widely seen as the mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation, has died after undergoing treatment for cancer, her family have confirmed. She was 65. Dorkenoo – known affectionately to many as “mama Efua” – was a leading light in the movement to bring an end to FGM for more than 30…
  • The Central African Republic is Once Again on the Verge of Total Meltdown

    Penelope Starr
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Following a few months of relative calm, tensions have once again flared up in the Central African Republic. The new wave of violence and insecurity was triggered by the killing of a MINUSCA peacekeeper on October 7 in the capital Bangui. The deteriorating security situation in the capital, Bangui, highlights the fragile peace deal brokered by regional and international partners in Brazzaville in July, and increases concerns that the an election calendar planned for early 2015 may be too aggressive. As in previous flare-ups of tensions in the CAR, the October 7 incident – where the…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • 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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  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks to the World — Paul Craig Roberts

    princepsip
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Russian Foregn Minister Lavrov speaks st to the World — Paul Craig Roberts Dear Readers, I now have for you the complete English transcript of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech to the United Nations. Lavrov’s speech, together with President Putin’s remarks in his Serbian press conference (excerpts posted on this site) clearly indicate that the moral leader of the world is Russia, not Washington. The Russians have come out of tyranny as America descends into tyranny. Washington’s barbarity in the world is unprecedented. For 13 years Americans have permitted their…
  • You must read this to know why creation of Pakistan was a matter of life and death for the Muslims

    Pan Islamist
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    By Syed Hassan Raza Shah You must read this to know why creation of Pakistan was a matter of life and death for the Muslims and why Quiad and Baba Iqbal fought tooth and nail to create this Pak Sarzameen. All those snakes like Altaf the toad, who say that creation of Pakistan was the greatest blunder, they are the true traitors ! Pakistan was NOT created for a Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Kashmiri or Pathan or Hindustani. It was created for Muslims of sub-continent because ALL Muslims were being destroyed, decimated and humiliated by the Hindus. Read this sobering account, a rebuttal of an…
  • October 12, 1960: Nikita Khrushchev Pounds His Shoe at the UN

    Donald R. McClarey
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!  (Alternative translation of the Russian:  We will dig you in.) Nikita Khrushchev, to Western diplomats, November 18, 1956 at a diplomatic reception.  He later denied that he meant it literally but that, as Marx said, Communism was the grave digger of capitalism and that it was the Western proletariat who would topple capitalism in the West and not the Soviet Union.   By the time I reached the papers of 10 October 1960, I was convinced that the shoe had never left Khrushchev’s foot. Like every New Yorker 40…
  • HeforShe: Gender Perspectives

    dylanalexander96
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Gender equality is an issue that everyone ultimately faces in the contemporary public sphere abroad. Over the last month public attention has been set on gender equality due to a particularly interesting speech that came out of the UN. The award winning actor Emma Watson, notable for her leading role in the hit movie series Harry Potter, presented a speech to the UN in New York on the 20th of September this year presenting the argument that feminism or rather gender equality is a matter of all human beings. She strongly implored men to join the push for equality in the…
  • Non-Acting Stuff: UN YPP 2014

    MiaDjojowasito
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    LOL. So, my first post here will actually not be about acting (I was going to post about something else—something of equal importance… NOT! Wait, no). On Sunday, I decided to share some study material with YPUN.org (because I’m no kiasu hoarder). YPUN is a lot like UN YPP Facebook and mailing-list study groups, except it covers all job families. So I decided to host the files at Scribd (why, you ask? Because I’ve never used it before and I’m always trying new things just because, plus I’m too ADHD to have noticed that Scribd isn’t free). And I even got…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea

    EEM
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Events:Refugee Council of Australia's Annual General Meeting and Public Forum on Protection at Sea, Melbourne, 24 November 2014 [info]- More details to follow."Protection at Sea," Theme of the High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 10-11 December 2014 [info]- A tentative schedule is now available.  Follow the a/m link for background information, key documents and regional reports.Publications:2014 Becomes the Deadliest Year at Sea off Yemen (UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text]Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration (IOM, Sept. 2014) [text]- See…
  • Thematic Focus: Refugee Protest & Resistance

    EEM
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Forthcoming book:Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY Press, Nov. 2014) [info]- Follow link for access to the first chapter, "Immigrant Protest: Noborder Scholarship."Publications:"Com/passionate Protests: Fighting the Deportation of Asylum Seekers," Mobilization: An International Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 2 (June 2014) [full-text via Academia.edu]Desecuritizing Migration: The Case of the Berlin Refugee Strike, International Development Studies Project Paper (Roskilde University, May 2014) [text]Politicization from Below? The Deportation Issue in Public Discourse…
  • Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement

    EEM
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Event:Protecting People on the Move in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change, Sydney, 4 November 2014 [info]- Free event, but RSVP requested.Publications:Climate Change and Internal Displacement (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Oct. 2014) [text]"Climate Change and Migration: From Geopolitics to Biopolitics," Special issue of Critical Studies on Security, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [access]- The first two articles are freely available.The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention (Planet Policy Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]"Constructing 'Climate Migration' as a…
  • Thematic Focus: General

    EEM
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    *The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation (OHCHR, Oct. 2014) [text via Refworld]The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Prohibition of Arbitrary Denial of Humanitarian Access: A Story of Success (UpFront Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]Mapping the Response to Internal Displacement: The Evolution of Normative Developments (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Oct. 2014) [text]"Mixed Migration: Assessing the Issues and Implementing an Effective Humanitarian Response," Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 3 (July-Sept. 2014)…
  • Open Access Week: Option 1 for Making Your Work Open Access

    EEM
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, one way to make your work open access is by depositing it in an open access repository or archive ("green OA").  There are two types of repositories:1) Institutional repositories (IR) aim to capture the research output associated with particular institutions, usually universities.Example: RSCAS' Migration Policy Centre houses its publications within the European University Institute's research repository.If you are not affiliated with an academic institution or if your institution does not yet have an IR, you can take advantage of worldwide repositories like…
 
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  • 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
  • PM Sangay concludes Europe tour

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    The Tibetan Prime Minister Dr Lobsang Sangay on Saturday called on the Dutch officials for their assistance to Tibetan asylum seekers in the coun
  • SFT renew its commitment to campaign for Khenpo Kartse’s release

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The Students for a Free Tibet, the student organization headquartered in New York, renewed its commitment to campaign for the release of a jailed Tibetan monk who was recently se
  • CTA launches TED for entrepreneurs

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development, an initiative of Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) under the Department of Finance of Tibetan government in exile today began its outreach c
  • Dalai Lama leaves for Canada, US visit

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday left his exile home of Dharamshala for a three week visit to Canada and the United States, where he is scheduled to
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  • France: Press Rights With Visiting Azerbaijani President

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan. (Paris) – President Francois Hollande of France should urge President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free four human rights defenders jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan.read more
  • Turkey: Abusive Policing Powers Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A new government bill before the Turkish parliament would expand police search and court seizure and wiretap powers, reversing reforms approved in February, 2014. (Istanbul) - A new government bill before the Turkish parliament would expand police search and court seizure and wiretap powers, reversing reforms approved in February, 2014.read more
  • Senegal: Chad’s Inaction Won’t Prevent Habré Trial

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Chadian government’s refusal to transfer two alleged accomplices of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to the special court in Senegal trying crimes during his rule will not prevent his trial. The Chadian government should try the two men and others accused of Habré-era crimes in Chad based on international standards. (Dakar) – The Chadian government’s refusal to transfer two alleged accomplices of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to the special court in Senegal trying crimes during his rule will not prevent his…
  • Spain: Excessive Force in Melilla

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Spanish authorities should investigate the beating and pushback of a man by Guardia Civil officers in Melilla on October 15, 2014. (Milan) – Spanish authorities should investigate the beating and pushback of a man by Guardia Civil officers in Melilla on October 15, 2014. Spain should immediately halt summary returns to Morocco from its enclaves. read more
  • Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.  (Kingston) – LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. What Jamaica Should Do our recommendations read more
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  • 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.
  • Preview of proposed human rights reforms in the UK

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Jack of Kent blog today features exclusive details on the proposed human rights law reforms for the UK, including the abolition of the Human Rights Act. I believe that these will be officially announced tomorrow. Let us examine each of the proposed reforms in some more detail:Terrorists and serious criminals who pose a significant threat to the security and safety of UK citizens would lose their right to stay here under Human Rights Laws.In other words, the current government sees nothing wrong with extraditing individuals to face torture elsewhere.People who commit serious crimes in the…
 
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  • 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.
  • In Nigeria, texting to prevent Ebola

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    ABUJA, Nigeria, 13 October, 2014– When the recent outbreak of Ebola virus was first reported in Nigeria, Nne Orji was one of many Nigerians who took baths in saltwater, believing that it would help keep her safe from the disease. She even drank from the salt solution – a mythical cure that has cost the lives of a number of people.
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  • ONE Girls and Women launch the first-ever AYA Summit

    Julie Eckert
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Photo credit: ONE Mom Blogger Karen Walrond, taken on a trip to Ethiopia with ONE. Tomorrow, ONE Girls and Women is kicking off the first ever AYA Summit for digital influencers. Named after a hardy West African fern, the AYA represents endurance and resourcefulness—just like so many girls and women across the world. The AYA Summit will take place at Google’s DC headquarters and will focus on issues facing women and girls in the developing world. Through a series of talks, panels, visuals, and demonstrations, attendees will learn what it means to be born female in Africa, and what we,…
  • Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Mandy Slutsker, the Senior Associate for TB at ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty. Every day, hundreds of people with a deadly disease are being turned away from clinics and hospitals. Without proper treatment, they are asked to return home and are likely to infect others. The WHO estimates less than half of people given MDR-TB drugs successfully complete treatment. This isn’t just happening in West Africa — it’s happening all over the world. And the disease isn’t Ebola, its…
  • Tanzania’s Generation Z reveal their own global goals

    Jamie Drummond
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    ONE co-founder Jamie Drummond with pupils at Malinzanga Village primary school who will all be 15 in 2015. Photo: ONE I’d just asked the kids clustered in the classroom, “Which of you is about 14 years old, or born around the year 2000?”. A swarm of hands shot up, and with the help of Happy, a local youth activist from the excellent Restless Development, we picked out 15 teens that will be 15 in 2015. I really wasn’t sure if this experiment would work. We trotted out to stand in the shade of the old tree in the Malinzanga Village primary school playground. Though we were in remote…
  • AYA Summit: Agenda

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Wednesday, October 22 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration, The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave NW 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Cocktails at The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O St NW   Thursday, October 23 7:45 – 8:35 am – Buses depart hotel to Google, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW 8:00 – 9:15 am – Breakfast 9:15 – 9:25 am – Welcome by Patricia Amira, Master of Ceremonies 9:25 – 9:35 am – Intro to ONE & Why Girls Patricia Amira and Ginny Wolfe, ONE 9:35 – 10:25 am – Why Girls Aili Tran, Caterpillar…
  • Speaker Profiles

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Patricia Amira has carved a stellar career path in radio and television. Creator and content-driver of her own ‘The Patricia Show’, broadcast on four continents, she is committed to presenting a rounded view to modern day issues. In addition, she is developing avenues in which this view can be more effectively utilized in media storytelling. Lending her voice in support and action with a number of initiatives both locally and internationally, she is an elected Trustee with Heshima Kenya and a Signatory and Individual Champion of the Girl Effect’s, “The Girl Declaration”.
 
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  • Four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

    thorgeirsson
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Seven years after American security contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqis by firing machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle, a jury…convicted all four Blackwater Worldwide guards charged in the incident…The guilty verdicts marked a sweeping victory for prosecutors, who argued in a 10-week trial that the defendants fired wildly and out-of-control…after one of them falsely claimed to believe the driver of an approaching vehicle was a car bomber. The guards claimed they acted in self-defense and responded appropriately…, their defense said. Overall, defendants were…
  • Finnish National Action Plan emphasises review of legislation, due diligence & procurement

    horvath
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    "Corporate social responsibility to be promoted with broad-based cooperation", 21 Oct 2014 The national implementation of the corporate social responsibility principles will be carried out according to the plan presented by the civil servants working group. The government has established that an assessment of legislation, specification of the due diligence, and utilisation of social criteria in public procurements will be key procedures in the implementation process. Assessment of legislation: A report detailing legislation related to business and human rights will be drawn up. The objective…
  • UK: Businesses & universities collaborate to address food security challenges

    macmillen_1
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    "Business and academia join forces to tackle UK food security", 21 Oct 2014  As competition over land use hots up and the global population keeps growing, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is experimenting with collaboration between agronomy experts and companies in the food supply chain. The non-profit NCUB…established a cross-sector taskforce in July 2013 to promote innovation and sustainability in the UK’s agri-food sector. Top of the group’s list for discussion is how UK universities might produce the calibre of graduates and research required to meet…
  • National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    horvath
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Ministry of Employment and the Economy submitted its report, a joint proposal written by a working group representing various ministries, on the national implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the Government evening session on 17 September 2014. The Government also examined statements issued from the working group report. The national implementation will be launched based on the action plan proposed by the working group. The objective of these proposals is to initiate procedures that will place more of an emphasis on the connection between business and…
  • Finland publishes National Action Plan on business & human rights

    horvath
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
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  • Tribes and farmers unite to end oil palm expansion in Philippines

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Oil palm plantations have taken over land that the Palawan used to grow coconuts.© 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 ecological frontier”, is a…
  • 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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  • 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…
  • Do development projects bring happiness?

    Guest
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Based on my own experience working closely to development projects, I have realized that there are different definitions of development and happiness. From the government’s perspective, development will improve people’s lives and therefore bring people happiness. They say that modernization or urbanization is the means for people to obtain this happiness and so they try to bring big development projects like mining and hydropower dams to communities. In reality however, most of the benefits go to investors and governors. What have communities received from this type of development?
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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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  • 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 […]
  • Emma Watson’s UN gender equality campaign is an invitation to men, too

    Women News Network
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Emma Herman with Mama Cash for The Guardian News Global Development Network – Wednesday October 8, 2014 (originally published 3 Oct) Men are welcome to join the conversation about gender equality. Let them start by listening to what women and girls have to say Emma Watson launched the HeForShe campaign at the UN last week […]
  • Tibetan woman rights blogger & poet outlines China’s clampdown on freedom

    Women News Network
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Lys Anzia – WNN Features From the WNN – Women News Network archive: (WNN) Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: Self-immolation is an act of setting oneself on fire as a protest, most often the practice results in suicide death for the protester. The act most often comes as a public statement against some […]
  • State-by-State Look at Gay Marriage Bans

    Women News Network
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    ABC News via Associated Press – Monday October 6, 2014 State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking […]
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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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    One Person, One World.

  • Taiji Fishermen – Jihad on Dolphins

    Cicci
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Originally posted on quorndawgblog: View original
  • 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.
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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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