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  • Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

    Forced Migration Current Awareness
    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Publications:Asylum Seekers Left High and Dry in Indonesia (IRIN, April 2014) [text]Boat People, Politics and Humanity (Agora Dialogue, April 2014) [text]Expedited Processing of Asylum Seekers: The Future of Refugee Status Determination in Australia?, Bachelor's thesis (Murdoch University, Nov. 2013) [text]Offshore Processing: Lessons from the ‘Pacific Solution’ (FlagPost, April 2014) [text]Post Return Assessment in Tirah Valley: Consultation with Returnees and Mission Conducted from 25 to 29 March 2014 (Protection Cluster, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]The Rohingya Refugee Making…
  • Elegant Modern Retro White Bedroom Design Ideas

    jonas landgren
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Marvelous white bedroom design with white glossy door wardrobe and white bed on white fur rug with green blanket and black white floral pattern sheet plus white wall shelf and green chair on white wood floor design ideas
  • Elegant Red White Contemporary Kitchen With Round Kitchen Island

    jonas landgren
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:48 am
    This evening i just talked with the neighbor regarding his plan on doing some remodeling for his kitchen. He explained about the concept and how it should be a clean tidy kitchen, while he's got his current kitchen space a spacious one. The color palette, he added must still simplistic, not too much color mixtures, but still bring a bold feel while conserving its elegance. And you know what i found on the net while using his preferences of his kitchen remodel? This one. I just thought at the very second i saw this red white spacious kitchen, it fits perfectly. Don't you think?
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness
    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.
  • India in the grip of election fever

    New Internationalist - The people, the ideas, the action in the fight for global justice
    New Internationalist
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    From the morally bankrupt to the cleanest candidates ever – who will the country choose? Mari Marcel Thekaekara reports.
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  • Tribute to Osman Hummaida, Sudanese Human Rights Defender

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the loss of Osman Hummaida, a prominent Sudanese human rights activist, who died on April 17, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.  read more
  • Algeria: Violent Election-Eve Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria. (Beirut) – Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President…
  • Algeria: Violent Election-Eve Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria. (Beirut) – Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President…
  • Saudi Arabia: Free Prominent Rights Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Saudi authorities should immediately release prominent human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges against him. UPDATE: Samar Badawi, the wife of Waleed Abu al-Khair, said that authorities allowed him to speak to her by phone for one minute on April 17, 2014.read more
  • Nepal: Reject Draft Truth and Reconciliation Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law. (New York) – Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation…
 
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    IRIN

  • Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential.
  • Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    KATHMANDU, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war.
  • Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    NEW YORK, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - The slogan “make poverty history” has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation.
  • Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan.
  • Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
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    Global Voices » Humanitarian Response

  • Macedonians Promote Donations for Less Fortunate on Social Media

    Filip Stojanovski
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Some local humanitarian organizations and grassroots initiatives in Macedonia are successfully using social media to encourage in-kind donations aimed at the country's poorest citizens. The organization “Food for All – BHM” advocates for the creation of food banks aimed directly at helping vulnerable people and families in Macedonia. The NGO recently posted a set of data [mk] on their website regarding those living below the poverty line in Macedonia, which according to official statistics, is 30 percent of the Macedonian population. The poorest seem to live mostly in large…
  • The Kidnapping Industry Takes Hold in Cameroon

    Rakotomalala
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    The Matango Club blog reflects upon the kidnapping of two italian priests and a canadian nun [fr] on April 4, 2014 in Northern Cameroon:  Pour l’histoire, les kidnappings de ce genre ne datent pas d’aujourd’hui. Rappelons que  dernièrement, le rapt du prêtre français Georges Vandenbeusch, 42 ans, a fait beaucoup de bruit. Il avait été kidnappé un 14 novembre 2013 dans son monastère, la paroisse de Nguetchewe, près de Koza, dans le nord du pays, à 700 kilomètres de la capitale Yaoundé, une zone considérée comme très dangereuse. Avant lui, le 19 février…
  • Ebola Virus Outbreak Kills 59 in Guinea, Closes in on Conakry

    Rakotomalala
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons – Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain An Ebola outbreak killed at least 59 people in Guinea and a few suspected cases near the Capital Conakry suggest that it may have spread to the Guinean capital. Barbara Krief provides the latest updates [fr]: Au moins huit agents de santé ont été tués à ce jour. En collaboration avec le ministère guinéen de la Santé, l'Unicef a rapidement livré dans les zones les plus affectées cinq tonnes de médicaments et d'équipements médicaux tels que des gants, nattes plastiques,…
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370 Mystery Fuels Conspiracy Theories

    Jeff South
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:06 am
    “So,” Gerry Shih, a technology reporter for Reuters in San Francisco, asked on Twitter, “what are the most titillating conspiracy theories about the #MalaysiaAirlines out there?? I'm thinking more ‘Homeland,’ less ‘Lost.’ Wild guesses abound on social media, where riveted users were thinking about everything from black ops to black magic. Some people suggested that aliens, UFOs or a meteor strike could be involved. Others blamed terrorists or speculated that the Malaysian military might have mistakenly shot down the passenger plane. Several…
  • Discussing Aid System with a Light Touch

    Ndesanjo Macha
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    This blog takes a satirical view of aid system in the world: Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like is an ongoing series of sometimes satirical, sometimes ironic, usually humorous (but sometimes dead serious), always honest vignettes of the humanitarian aid industry from the inside. Sometimes we want to complain about one of the many ills of the Aid System. Other times we celebrate that same system. Sometimes we expose odd behaviors we recognize in ourselves. Sometimes we call out things we see other Expat Aid Workers doing that we find humorous or offensive. Sometimes we attempt to impress you with…
 
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Susan Benesch on dangerous speech and counterspeech

    Ethan
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Susan Benesch is one of the leading thinkers on countering hate speech online. She’s a fellow at the Berkman Center this year, and I’m terribly sorry to be missing her talk at Berkman this afternoon. (Instead, I’m watching from home so I can be primary caretaker for my son for a couple of weeks while Rachel gets to travel.) She teaches international human rights at American University and is the founder of the Dangerous Speech Project, which tries to understand the spread of speech that incites people to violence. Susan’s talk is available online and I’ve tried…
  • Imagining Wenzhou – How can we use the Internet to introduce readers to unfamiliar cities?

    Ethan
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In 2006, American adman Dan Ligon shared a video, “Ha Ha Ha America”, that he’d entered in the Sundance film festival. The video presents itself as an angry and dismissive rant about China’s superiority and America’s inferiority, badly subtitled in Chinglish. I wrote about the film when it came out, troubled by the racism associated with the Chinglish narration, and my fear it would be misread as reality, not satire, by American audiences. The Shanghaiist and some other China-based commentators were similarly troubled, though one Daily Kos reader found it a…
  • 140journos – When Citizen Media filled the reporting gap in Turkey

    Ethan
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Engin Onder and Zeynep Tufekci visited the Berkman Center today to talk about the rise of citizen reporting in Turkey. Tufekci is a leading scholar of online media and protest, and Onder is one of the founders of 140journos, an exciting citizen media group that’s been central to documenting Turkey’s protests in Gezi Park and across the nation. Zeynep Tufekci offers an overview of the press situation in Turkey to provide context for Engin’s work with 140journos. There’s no golden age of press freedom in Turkey to look back to, she warns. After the military coup in 1980,…
  • Myanmar, no longer closed, still complicated

    Ethan
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    It’s hard to explain just how much Myanmar has changed. It’s at least as hard to know whether to believe in all the changes Myanmar has made. Thankfully, there are few truly despotic societies in the world, but Myanmar was one of them from 1962 until quite recently, ruled by a military junta with a horrific record on human rights. The nation’s media was heavily state controlled, with a policy of pre-publication censorship that turned domestic media into an organ for state propaganda. It was difficult or impossible for international media to report critically on the country,…
  • danah boyd: “It’s Complicated”

    Ethan
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:49 am
    danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a fellow at the Berkman Center, and director of the Data and Society Institute. danah has been working on the issues associated with “It’s Complicated” for many years. 10 years ago, Ethan and danah were two of the youngest people at a conference. danah told him, “I only have one secret to get through these events. I tell them what their children are doing.” Telling people what their children are doing online is…
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    UN Dispatch

  • Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Elections in Burkina Faso

    Penelope Starr
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Since he took power during a coup in 1987, Blaise Compaore has been the president of Burkina Faso. An influential regional player and recognized as an ally by Western nations in the Sahel, Compaore has enjoyed nearly 30 years of uninterrupted rule. The scheduled presidential elections in 2015, however, are to be a test of Compaore’s respect for democracy and his country’s constitution. Indeed, in 2000, a constitutional amendment was enacted to limit heads of state to two terms of five years each. In 2010, Compaore clinched his second – and, technically, last – term…
  • A South African Corruption Controversy that Could Sink the ANC

    Nathan Yeo
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Could an embezzlement scandal end the famed-Africa National Congress’ 20-year hold over South African politics? South African President Jacob Zuma faces controversy after a public prosecutor reported he spent 246 million rand in public funds— close to $25 million— on a swimming pool, cattle enclosure, amphitheater and other improvements to his Nkandla estate.  Public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela’s 444 page report accuses Zuma of “benefitting unduly” from the improvements in a manner which was “unconscionable, excessive and caused a misappropriation of public funds.” As…
  • Top of the Morning: Militia Attacks UN Base in South Sudan

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Top stories from DAWNS Digest Militants attack UN Base Sheltering IDPs in South Sudan…There are about 70,000 IDPs who have sought refuge inside UN compounds since fighting erupted in South Sudan late last year. Yesterday, one of the compounds was assaulted by a militia group, resulting in two deaths. Who is this group?The White Army, a youth militia band loosely aligned with the South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar.What Happened? ‘The U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement that an armed mob forced entry to the U.N. compound in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, and…
  • Ukraine Calls in the International Criminal Court

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    The International Criminal Court may set its sights on Ukraine. The ICC’s registrar has just accepted a request from the government of Ukraine that grants the ICC jurisdiction to investigate alleged crimes committed on its territory between November 21, 2013 and February 22 2014. Ukraine is not a member of the International Criminal Court, but according to the ICC’s bylaws, a government can invite the court to investigate alleged crimes on an ad hoc basis. This is what happened today. So does this mean that those responsible for the deaths of hundreds of protestors may wind up in…
  • After the Philippines Typhoon, the “Cold Chain” is Back

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    This is a pretty amazing story about how a very pregnant woman in the Philippines  survived the Typhoon. She gave birth just six days later. And now, thanks to UNICEF’s ability to restore the refrigeration units needed for vaccine storage and delivery (the so-called “cold chain”) her baby has the vaccines she needs to avoid preventable diseases like polio. The post After the Philippines Typhoon, the “Cold Chain” is Back appeared first on UN Dispatch.
 
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • THIS EXISTS: Country That Forced 200,000 Women Into Sexual Slavery

    Guest Writer
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Women from the house of sharing at the ‘Wednesday Demo’ outside Japanese Embassy, Seoul (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). By Alice Dahle, Amnesty USA’s Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group Before and during World War II, as the Japanese Imperial Army occupied countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, they deceived, abducted or otherwise forced an estimated 200,000 women and girls, some as young as 12 years old, into a system of sexual slavery. They especially targeted those who were susceptible because of their age, poverty, class, low family status, lack…
  • UPDATE: Partial Victory on Mozambique Rape Laws, But the Fight Isn’t Over

    Sarah Hager
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    A woman wears a blood-stained wedding dress as she takes part in a protest against a law that allows convicted rapists to be freed from prosecution if they marry the victim (Photo Credit: Jinty Jackson/AFP/Getty Images). Pat yourselves on the back, stamp your feet, give a (potentially) inappropriate shout of glee wherever you happen to be at this moment, or at the very least, indulge in a slow clap. 35,544 Amnesty USA activists stood with the women and girls in Mozambique who marched in the streets of Maputo to demand the revocation of a proposed revision to the criminal code allowing a…
  • Read the Letter: What We Want President Obama to Do in Saudi Arabia

    Sunjeev Bery
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Obama with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during meetings in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2010 (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images). On Friday, President Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, a country whose government is highly repressive. But instead of raising human rights, Obama’s trip has been described by The New York Times as focused on “fence-mending.” This is the wrong approach. As we say in our Amnesty International letter to President Obama: For too long, the U.S. has put geopolitics and access to energy over…
  • ACT NOW: Three Quick Ways You Can Demand Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

    Sunjeev Bery
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Amnesty International is calling on President Obama to take a stand for human rights in the Gulf Kingdom (Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages). This Friday, President Obama is going to Saudi Arabia. But despite the Saudi Arabian government’s terrible record on human rights, the White House hasn’t said that human rights will be on the agenda. Over 50 Members of Congress beg to differ. A growing number of U.S. representatives have signed a bipartisan letter calling on President Obama to stand up for human rights when he meets with…
  • What Does Access to Water Have to Do with Sexual Health?

    Lisa Schechtman
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    A woman carries wood in Mugu district, Nepal, May 2013 (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). What would you say if I told you that living without a source of drinking water near home is a major risk for sexual and reproductive health? Collecting water is nearly always a woman’s task. Estimates are that women spend around 40 billion hours a year walking for water. For nearly 800 million people, this is a reality. Aside from a host of preventable illnesses that arise from drinking unsafe water like these 800 million people do, there is also a major health consequence that often goes…
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    Blog | Ushahidi

  • Testing Ushahidi v2.7.3 (Upcoming Release)

    Sharon Rutto
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    We’re almost ready for the next bug fix release of Ushahidi v2.7.3b, and we need your help! Courtesy of Progamming fun hub: http://devcv.me/ What Needs Testing? Some of the key features and bugs we need help testing include:- Category import on CSV import: Broken video embeds in reports when viewed over HTTPS: Install errors: 1321 and 1337 Dual alert sign-up: 1316 and 1339 Links back to reports – smssync: SMSSync #140 and Ushahidi #1334 Parent category list in edit report new category: Timeline upgrade: How To Help? There are two ways to test: Download and test the install locally: We…
  • The real point of global hackathons

    Sara-Jayne Terp
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Cross-posted from OpenCrisis.com TL;DR: it’s global community! I’m sitting in the iHub Nairobi today, waiting for Space Apps Challenge to start.  I’ve been in Kenya for a few days now, spending time with the amazing techs here, and getting more and more impatient for the first BRCKs to go on sale (and not just because I’m about to be working in rural Tanzania).  Because the one thing that holds people back here, and in many other “developing” countries, is connectivity. The ability to connect to the global community of information that the internet and all its page,…
  • Humanitarian Tracker: Crowdsourcing Syria Crisis since 2011

    Angela Oduor
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    (Guest post by Taha Kass-Hout and Hend Alhinnawi from Humanitarian Tracker, which is a non-profit global forum that connects and empowers citizens using innovation in technology to support humanitairan causes. Taha serves as Founder and CEO, and Hend the Co-Founder and COO of Humanitarian Tracker) Humanitarian Tracker (HT), a volunteer-based non-profit organization, has been crowdsourcing information from Syria over the past 3 years.  As you’ve all heard by now, 14 years after its eradication, Polio has re-emerged in Syria. What you didn’t hear was that several reports from the…
  • We Choose to do What is Hard

    Erik Hersman
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:20 am
    As I reflect back on the Ushahidi’s first 6 years, I realize that they have been an education in many ways, but possibly the most important lesson is that it is important to do what is hard. To work on things that are more big and difficult than what most people are willing to attempt. To question assumptions on what can be done. I recently had a conversation with someone on the team about an ambitious project that we’re undertaking. He was getting feedback from outsiders that what we want to do is difficult, and hard. Should we dial back our expectations and do something smaller?
  • Kenya Hosts Global Innovation Competition Finals

    Daudi Were
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:33 am
    Making All Voices Count, a global initiative aimed at stimulating innovation to improve government performance and accountability, will host the inaugural Global Innovation Competition awards gala in Kenya on 4th April 2014 at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi County. The awards seek to recognize and reward innovations drawn from across that world that have showcased creative and cutting-edge solutions to enhance government transparency and accountability including those that use mobile and web technology. This is to help ensure the voices of all citizens are heard and that governments have the…
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  • Ukraine's - Україна Problematic Positioning

    Brett Hutton
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    In Brief: The Crimean Peninsula is a primary location of invested development interests, thus contin
  • CIA Presents a New False Video on Cuba, through the UN Watch NGO

    tobleronecubano
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
      Franz Bell A scandalous video with false images of Cuba was presented by the NGO UN Watch during t
  • Iran wants the U.N. Committee on Relations with the Host Country to urgently address US Refusal to Issue Envoy Visa

    desertrose
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Iran Asks UN to Address US Refusal to Issue Envoy Visa FILE – Hamid Aboutalebi, an Iranian diplomat, who was recently named as Iran’s ambassador at the United Nations, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran. VOA News April 15, 2014 Iran is asking a United Nations committee to hold a special meeting on the refusal of the United States to issue a visa to Iran’s choice for its ambassador to the U.N. American officials object to Iran’s selection of Hamid Abutalebi because of his alleged involvement in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. White House spokesman Jay…
  • It's more than Apartheid. Laws in the Israeli Occupied Territories

    ElSaid Rants
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    It has gone way beyond apartheid. It’s SOCIOCIDE. Erasing of Palestinian lands, history, culture, memory, by an occupier bent on destroying Palestinian life. The Israeli army has ruled over the territories by military decree in discriminatory ways. Palestinians are under military law and face the constant threat of arrest and detention without charge. They have no right to representation or trial. Israelis living in illegal settlements on Palestinian land (there are 500,000 illegal settlers in the West Bank) have all the privileges of Israeli Civil Law. As citizens of Israel, they can…
  • Discriminatory Laws in the "State" of Israel. Apartheid

    ElSaid Rants
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    The founding of Israel required a constitution guaranteeing basic rights for all its citizens. Israel still has no constitution. What follow are some of the laws that either overtly discriminate or are applied in a discriminatory way. These laws rule over every aspect of life in Israeli and limit Palestinian rights to political participation, land, housing, education; diversity of culture, language and religion, and due process. Taxation and allocation of resources are also administered in a discriminatory way. Occupation of Palestinian areas of Israel From 1948 to 1966, the Palestinians…
 
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Admin: Spring Break

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Access to Protection: A Human Right = Accesso alla Protezione: Un Diritto Umano (EPIM &Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati, Oct. 2013) [text]- Spanish text with English summary.Bulgaria as a Country of Asylum: UNHCR Observations on the Current Asylum System in Bulgaria (UNHCR, updated April 2014) [text]- See also related briefing note.EASO Quarterly Asylum Report: Quarter 4, 2013 (European Asylum Support Office, April 2014) [text]Quelle Politique de l'Asile pour l'Europe ? Organisation d'une Table Ronde, Paris, 15 avril 2014 [access via EASO]- Follow link for video.Rapport…
  • Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Publications:Asylum Seekers Left High and Dry in Indonesia (IRIN, April 2014) [text]Boat People, Politics and Humanity (Agora Dialogue, April 2014) [text]Expedited Processing of Asylum Seekers: The Future of Refugee Status Determination in Australia?, Bachelor's thesis (Murdoch University, Nov. 2013) [text]Offshore Processing: Lessons from the ‘Pacific Solution’ (FlagPost, April 2014) [text]Post Return Assessment in Tirah Valley: Consultation with Returnees and Mission Conducted from 25 to 29 March 2014 (Protection Cluster, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]The Rohingya Refugee Making…
  • Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea, esp. in the Mediterranean

    EEM
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    News:Migrants: Parliament Approves Search and Rescue Rules to Prevent Deaths at Sea (European Parliament, 16 April 2014) [access]- "New search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer."  Further information is available via the links on the right side of the page.For a bit of background, see this overview from the European…
  • New ETDs

    EEM
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    (ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)Analysing Visual Representations in the North Korean Refugee Movement for Social Change and Justice, Thesis (Malmö University, Jan. 2014) [text]Conditional Belonging: Listening to Unaccompanied Young Refugees’ Voices, Dissertation (Uppsala University, 2014) [text]Education for Refugees: Examining Access to Basic Education in Dadaab Refugee Camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley, Kenya, Thesis (Kenyatta University, Feb. 2014) [text]Migration and Perceptions of War: Simultaneous Surveys in Countries of Origin and Settlement, Dissertation (Uppsala…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

    Sanjana
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I blew the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance practices not because I believed that the United States was uniquely at fault, but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents – the construction of enormous, state-run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives – is a threat to all people, everywhere, no matter who runs them. Last year, I risked family, life, and freedom to help initiate a global debate that even Obama himself conceded “will make our nation stronger”. I am no more willing to trade my principles…
  • ETH lecture on Big Data: What it means, and who benefits

    Sanjana
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    Linked to my last post on what I wrote recently for SciDev.net on Big Data, I recently gave a public lecture at the International Security Network, which is part of Zurich’s world renowned ETH University, on Big Data, ICTs and New Media in Times of Crisis. Far more memorable, for me, than the lecture itself was my interaction with Peter Faber, Head of ISN Strategy and Operations. Peter’s introduction to the lecture, as well as his moderation of the Q&A session were profoundly useful in fleshing out aspects of Big Data often under valued. These included, How Big Data and the…
  • Big Data: It should be about people and how it impacts their lives

    Sanjana
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    On the invitation of SciDev.net, I wrote earlier this year an article looking at Big Data from the perspective of someone who lives in a country post-war, but reeling from systemic conflict, human rights abuse and under an illiberal, authoritarian regime. The article was published in April on SciDev.net’s site, as part of an excellent collection of writing on Big Data for development. As I note in my submission, “[there are challenges] for civil society in post-war Sri Lanka and similar settings: to convince fellow citizens that data in the public domain can strengthen democracy…
  • Silence over months: What I’ve been up to in Sri Lanka and internationally

    Sanjana
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    It’s been a while since I updated this blog – nearly a year in fact. My previous post, in early July 2013 was around a presentation I made on digital archives at an exhibition in Colombo. Coincidentally, I am now preparing for another public talk on digital archives (Capturing the Ephemeral: Archiving our digital present), towards the end of this month, at the American Centre in Colombo. I’ve not been blogging in part because I’ve been tied up with work and travel at Groundviews and with the ICT4Peace Foundation. This has involved, 30 Years Ago: A first of its kind…
  • Digital Traces: Archiving in digital domains

    Sanjana
    6 Jul 2013 | 8:12 am
    Presentation delivered today at Open Edit, held at Park Street Mews, Colombo. A lively discussion ensued focussed around the politics of exclusion, power, the nature of corporate ownership over archived web content, questions over the nature of access, retention, formats, fundamental questions over the right to be forgotten and the interest of some to not be tracked, traced or archived versus what is today a transnational, pervasive surveillance architecture.
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    jonas landgren

  • Elegant Modern Retro White Bedroom Design Ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Marvelous white bedroom design with white glossy door wardrobe and white bed on white fur rug with green blanket and black white floral pattern sheet plus white wall shelf and green chair on white wood floor design ideas
  • Attractive Red Kitchen Design Ideas For Your Home

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Fabulous red kitchen with electric white cooktop and fancy bar table decoration ideas also white kitchen island with white glossy countertop design ideas
  • Romantic Valentine's Day Table Decor

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:13 am
    The February 14th marks a lovely moment where people in many countries celebrating it with romantic love, affection and friendship, the time popularly known as the Valentine's Day. Sending cards, presents, chocolates and flowers, or celebrating the day with a special party, there are so many ways people around the world spending the moment with the beloved ones and friends. Yet, have you planned yours? Speaking of the special Valentine's Day party, decorating the place is one of the most important things to keep the event special, even more. Especially for those of you who have plan to create…
  • Elegant Red White Contemporary Kitchen With Round Kitchen Island

    21 Jan 2014 | 2:48 am
    This evening i just talked with the neighbor regarding his plan on doing some remodeling for his kitchen. He explained about the concept and how it should be a clean tidy kitchen, while he's got his current kitchen space a spacious one. The color palette, he added must still simplistic, not too much color mixtures, but still bring a bold feel while conserving its elegance. And you know what i found on the net while using his preferences of his kitchen remodel? This one. I just thought at the very second i saw this red white spacious kitchen, it fits perfectly. Don't you think?
  • Contemporary Minimalist Bedroom

    14 Jan 2014 | 11:59 am
    Cool modern light natural wood platform bed with awesome comfortable gray bedding. Additionally, the entrancing black headboard with hanging pendant lights and overhead glass window makes the room looks warm and cozy, providing the best relaxing atmosphere.
 
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    Phayul Latest News

  • Tibetan arrested for photographing self immolation protest

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    A relative of the latest Tibetan who died following a self immolation protest in Tibet’s Tawu region on April 15 has been arrested for taking pictures of the self immolator and sending it out, Lobsang Jinpa, a Tibe
  • Exile Tibetans pray for Tibetan self immolators

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters today attended an official prayer service organized by the Tibetan government in exile here at Tsuglakhang, the main temple in Mcleod Ga
  • Conference on CTA’s international efforts concludes

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Commending the works of former officials of Tibetan government, he said, “We now have many young members serving the administration, and if we compare them with the CTA staff in our initial days, may be the present generatio
  • Abbot among five Tibetans arrested

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Chinese police in the Tibet Autonomous Region have arrested the abbot of Boyak monastery in Menda town in Chamdo. Khenpo Khedup was arrested on his way to attend a meeting of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Bu
  • Tibetan PM Sangay launches TPI website and book on CCP leaders in Tibet

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The Tibetan Prime Minister (Sikyong) Dr. Lobsang Sangay today launched the official website of Tibet Policy Institute, and a book in Tibetan language titled ‘Current leaders in Tibet’ here at Gangchen Kyish
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    hrw.org

  • Tribute to Osman Hummaida, Sudanese Human Rights Defender

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the loss of Osman Hummaida, a prominent Sudanese human rights activist, who died on April 17, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.  read more
  • Algeria: Violent Election-Eve Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria. (Beirut) – Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President…
  • Algeria: Violent Election-Eve Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria. (Beirut) – Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President…
  • Saudi Arabia: Free Prominent Rights Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Saudi authorities should immediately release prominent human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges against him. UPDATE: Samar Badawi, the wife of Waleed Abu al-Khair, said that authorities allowed him to speak to her by phone for one minute on April 17, 2014.read more
  • Nepal: Reject Draft Truth and Reconciliation Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law. (New York) – Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation…
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Books by Doctoral Students

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
     This mosaic consists of the covers of doctoral theses published by graduates of the Irish Centre for Human Rights since the first PhDs were awarded not quite a decade ago. There are 19 of them, with all of the leading legal academic publishers, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Martinus Nijhoff, Brill, Routledge and Ashgate. At least three more are forthcoming. Shane Darcy prepared this slide for the annual doctoral seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
  • Essex Human Rights Summer School

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    The Essex Human Rights Centre is holding a summer school on Human Rights Research Methods at its Colchester campus from 30 June to 5 July 2014.  Methodology has a direct bearing on the strength, persuasiveness and legitimacy of human rights research findings and their impact on policy and practice.  Strong methodology is also a central requirement in order to secure funding.  Yet, we often focus on the substance of human rights without sufficient attention to the methods used.  This summer school seeks to fill that gap by providing the core methods and skills needed to…
  • Predatory Publishers

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    One of the consequences of the growth in open access on-line publishing is the proliferation of what have been called ‘predatory publishers’. These are commercial ventures that attempt to attract scholars to publish with them and to attend ‘academic’ conferences. Most academics regularly receive invitations from these operations. Jeffrey Beall has developed a website dedicated to the phenomenon. He provides criteria for assessing whether a publisher is genuine, and keeps a list of dubious publishers.
  • Tributes paid to Arthur Robinson

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    The former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Arthur Robinson, has died. Readers may be familiar with his 1989 request to the General Assembly to consider the foundation of an international tribunal to deal with those suspected of trafficking in drugs. His request, and the resulting General Assembly Resolution, spurned the International Law Commission back into action on the formulation of a Statute for the International Criminal Court, a project that had essentially lain dormant for the best part of four decades. President Song of the ICC referred to Mr Robinson as the 'grandfather' of…
  • Swiss Depository accepts Palestine's accession to the Geneva Conventions

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    On 2 April 2014, the Palestinian Authority notified the Swiss Federal Council, depository of the Geneva Conventions, of its intention to accede to the four Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I. The accession of the State of Palestine to the Conventions and Protocol was formally accepted by Switzerland via a letter issued on 10 April. This is a highly significant development for the recognition of Palestine as a state. The Palestinian Liberation Organisation first sought to join the Geneva Conventions in 1989, which was rejected by the Swiss Foreign Ministry 'due to the uncertainty…
 
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  • First meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Southern Players step up, will Northern Donors follow?

    Pilar Barroso
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    The High Level Meeting in Mexico to strengthen efforts to fight poverty has ended with renewed commitments to improve aid and cooperation—but it has also highlighted the slow start of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The High Level Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Meeting in Mexico to strengthen efforts to fight poverty has ended with renewed commitments to improve aid and cooperation—but it has also highlighted the slow start of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. “The High Level Global Partnership for…
  • Courage in South Sudan: Ayak and Majak

    filip
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    When fighting broke out in South Sudan, Ayak Chuol chose to stay with her elderly brother instead of fleeing to safety. And when push came to shove, they were saved by a brave young stranger. While we need to investigate and make public all violations of human rights in the South Sudan crisis, we also need to shed light on the many people who went above and beyond to help those from ethnic groups different from their own. These are the voices of those who went the extra mile. Their bravery and strength in light of the situation they faced is a testament to the extraordinary power of…
  • Global meeting to define the future of development: What will be Mexico's legacy?

    Elena Cornellana
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    As development leaders from around the world gather in Mexico City to participate in the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation this week, Oxfam is asking a crucial question: What will be Mexico’s legacy? As development leaders from around the world gather in Mexico City to participate in the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation this week, Oxfam is asking a crucial question: What will be Mexico’s legacy? “The legacy of Busan was to bring us all together. But the billions of children,…
  • All countries must collaborate to tackle global emissions after IPCC report

    carolynb
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    All countries will have to contribute their fair share in cutting global emissions, says Oxfam in reaction to the IPCC report on mitigation, which was launched today. All countries will have to contribute their fair share in cutting global emissions, says Oxfam in reaction to the IPCC report on mitigation, which was launched today. Governments must take this report to guide their negotiations for a new climate treaty to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. Oxfam's climate expert Jan Kowalzig said: "In a warming world, countries must either hang together in climate collaboration, or they will fall…
  • Development Committee & Verdict on the 2014 Spring Meetings

    Caroline Hooper-Box
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Oxfam’s Nicolas Mombrial said: “These meetings were a status update on the state of the global economy, but failed to come up with a plan for tackling inequality. Hard decisions about how to change the way international financial institutions do business have been deferred. “The World Bank and IMF talk about inequality as a threat to growth and social stability, but they’re not yet offering solutions.   “The IMF says it’s trying to figure out how to deal with inequality and foster inclusive growth, but we’re overdue for an answer.  “Rather than promoting austerity,…
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    ONE

  • How ONE Campus made a leader out of me

    Guest Blogger
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    This is a guest blog post by Karina Lopez Acero, a sophomore and co-leader of the ONE chapter at University of Arizona. I am not a leader. I never was and I’m pretty sure I never will be. So when I was asked to co-lead the ONE chapter at the University of Arizona, I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I think, “Hey, it looks easy enough. I might as well give it a try.” Little did I know that I was signing up for stress, sleepless nights and a whole lot of fun. When I joined ONE, I had no idea what it was. I just knew they helped others and I thought it was worth giving it a…
  • Making US development aid better, from the outside in

    Lauren Pfeifer
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A set of new reforms will ensure that foreign assistance from US agencies more effective and efficient. Mercia and her daughter Eliza from Mozambique, drink clean water from a well funded by the MCC. A coalition that we’re a part of, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), has announced some big news this week: They want to make sure that US foreign assistance is getting the biggest bang for its poverty-fighting buck – and the way to do that is make US development aid better from the outside in. Their reform agenda, which was announced this week in the report The Way…
  • Mark your calendar: Women and agriculture Twitter chat

    Arathi Rao
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    On Thursday, April 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, 5 to 6 p.m. GMT, Half the Sky Movement will be hosting a Twitter chat with me as well as experts from Kiva and Heifer International to discuss how we can empower women in agriculture to lift 100 to 150 million people out of hunger.  I just got finished working on a report about some of the challenges women in agriculture face in the developing world, and I can’t wait to talk about it with you. From my research, I discovered that in Africa, women make up half of the agricultural workforce overall, and more than half in several countries. Yet…
  • Why travel is not education

    WhyDev
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo credit: The Argentina Independent This guest post by Allison Smith was originally published in WhyDev, a blog for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues.  Recently, I came across the following quote on a personal blog: “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” The quote was unattributed on this blog, but Google attributes it to the Prophet Muhammad. Google also indicates that it appears on many lists and blogs with titles like “25 Inspiring Travel Quotes,” “Top 50 Inspirational Travel Quotes,” “Travel…
  • Tiken Jah Fakoly: ‘Through agriculture, Africa can rise again’

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This is a guest post by Tiken Jah Fakoly, musician, activist and supporter of ONE’s African campaign Do Agric. I am a reggae man, music is my profession. But when I am not singing, I want to put myself at the service of my continent, Africa, in which I believe. This is precisely the reason why I created the association “Un concert, une école” (One concert, one school). I have built schools in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire in order to give children the opportunity to go to school and to highlight the importance of education in our countries. After that, I began to develop an…
 
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: Latest News

  • Fashion brand Sseko is empowering women in Uganda

    29 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ...[F]ashion brand Sseko...provides work and college guidance [to women] in the Kyebando region of Kampala...Sseko are attempting to empower their employees financially...For the employees who're on their way to college, half of their paycheck goes into a personal fund they can't access until they go to university...[P]ressure on women in Uganda compels them to send all their money to support their families, so by protecting some of their paycheck, Sseko ensures it goes towards their education. Sseko's materials are all sourced locally by employees like Netunze, contributing to the local…
  • Toyota support for responsible business push [UK]

    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    [C]ar manufacturer Toyota has given its backing to a campaign aimed at promoting the positive role of business in society. Toyota has added its support to Responsible Business Week, which starts on Monday. The campaign...has been set up to raise public awareness and understanding of the ways that businesses across the UK are making a difference in their communities. Toyota...has supported local charities since it began operating in Derbyshire in 1992. The firm has donated more than £712,152 and 4,800 hours of staff time. Rolls-Royce...has donated £2 million across the UK as well as over…
  • PIP contractor Capita faces staff revolt over discrimination [UK]

    27 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The company responsible for carrying out disability benefit assessments…is facing…allegations of [disability] discrimination….Capita...appears to have no proper policies in place to manage staff protected under the Equality Act...At least one member of staff is taking the organisation to a tribunal, while there…have been "multiple" grievances brought internally by other disabled employees...Disabled employees say they have asked repeatedly for the support they need, but their requests have been turned down or equipment has taken months to arrive...Staff who have been denied reasonable…
  • Le karité africain, ingrédient phare des cosmétiques européens

    26 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Le karité, arbre poussant uniquement en Afrique et dont les fruits sont de plus en plus demandés par les industries alimentaire et surtout cosmétique, apparaît comme un réel instrument de développement dans une vingtaine de pays africains…Seize millions d'Africaines vivent aujourd'hui de sa récolte…Les marchés occidentaux en sont grands consommateurs…[L]e karité, "source de revenus substantiels", selon…le ministre ivoirien de l'Agriculture, fait reculer la pauvreté. Dans le nord du Ghana…il "aide beaucoup à l'indépendance financière des femmes", observe…la…
  • [PDF] Investor Perspectives on Children's Rights

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The study is based on a combination of a questionnaire and publicly available information, published by investors. The questionnaire was developed by GES and Global Child Forum and was also used as a framework when assessing investors’ public information. 195 investors in Europe and USA were invited to participate in the survey. Only 22 investors responded. A systematic assessment using the questionnaire as a research framework was done on the 173 non-responsive investors’ publicly available information...The main findings were: Investors typically focus primarily on child labour and less…
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    News from Survival International

  • Caught on video - Gunmen terrorize Brazilian Indians

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    New video footage shows gunmen driving past a Guarani community and firing shots at the Indians© Aty GuasuA violent gang of gunmen who have been terrorizing a community of Brazilian Indians since they returned to their ancestral land has been caught on video. The gang is believed to be employed by the rancher occupying the Guarani Indians’ land, which was seized from them in the 1970s, and cleared for ranching. Last Monday one of the members of the community of Pyelito Kuê managed to film the gunmen driving past their village and firing shots at them in broad daylight. Watch the video…
  • Bushman travels 5,000 miles to tell Prince Charles ‘We’re not poachers’

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Jumanda Gakelebone, a Bushman from Botswana, sent a letter from the Bushman organization First People of the Kalahari to Prince Charles today, telling him that the Bushmen are not poachers, they hunt to survive.© Survival InternationalA Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We’re not poachers – we hunt to survive.’ In February Botswana’s President Khama was an honoured guest at a global anti-poaching conference in London, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. The initiative resulted in the…
  • Police close 'private militia' firm following Guarani murders

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Gaspem guard. Brazilian police have closed down the firm, labelled a 'private militia' by public prosecutors.© GaspemBrazilian police have closed down a notorious security firm accused of killing at least two Guarani leaders, and brutally attacking hundreds more. Gaspem was described as a ‘private militia’ by public prosecutors who had called for the closure last year. Ranchers reportedly paid Gaspem 30,000 reais (US$ 13,400) each time it evicted Guarani Indians from their lands, which are now occupied by sugar cane and soya plantations, and cattle ranches. The…
  • Bushman travels 5,000 miles to tell Prince Charles ‘We’re not poachers’

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Jumanda Gakelebone, a Bushman from the Central Kalahari, is appealing to Prince Charles to help save the Bushmen.© Survival InternationalA Bushman from the Central Kalahari is traveling 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We’re not poachers – we hunt to survive.’ In February Botswana’s President Khama was an honoured guest at a global anti-poaching conference in London, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. The initiative resulted in the launch of Prince William’s United for Wildlife, drawing together seven big conservation…
  • Mysterious epidemic kills recently-contacted tribe one by one

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Parojnai Picanerai healthy on the day he was contacted in 1998 (left), and gravely ill with a TB-like illness in 2007 (right). He died of the disease in 2011.© V. Regehr/J. MazowerA mysterious epidemic is steadily killing recently-contacted members of a South American tribe, Survival International has warned on World Health Day (April 7). Members of the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode tribe in Paraguay are rapidly succumbing to a TB-like illness which goes undetected in medical examinations. The Indians are being forced out of their forest as cattle ranchers burn and clear the land. The deadly epidemic…
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    StreetlightUSA

  • Dee’s Story: Dreams are within sight

    StreetLightUSA
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    My name is Dee and I am 14 years old. My family is messed up. I don’t see them anymore. It started when my brother started molesting me. He would touch me all over and threaten me. I never told. But then he started making me have sex with his friends. They did horrible things to me. I can’t even stand thinking about it. When the neighbors found out they reported my brother. They came and took me and brought me to StreetLightUSA. When I first came to StreetLightUSA, I was so lonely and scared.  I didn’t even want to talk to the other girls or staff. By the second week at StreetLightUSA,…
  • Help girls like Martha on AZ Gives Day–Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    StreetLightUSA
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I am Martha.  I was 17 when I came to StreetLightUSA.  A lot of bad things happened to me for as long as I can remember.  I was taken away from my parents when I was little and placed in a group home.  I ran away a lot and each time my caseworker would move me to a new place.  I met a man who said he loved me and would take care of me so I would always have a home and everything I needed.  After I moved in with him, he told me I owed him for my food and the apartment. He said I had to pay him back for everything he had spent on me. He started bringing men to have sex with me.  I…
  • Jill’s story: Prostituting herself at age 12 after a rape

    StreetLightUSA
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    My name is Jill and I am 13 years old. Last year my life turned into a horror story.  A gang member broke into my house and went crazy when he saw me. He was yelling at me and then he started hitting me. I was so terrified. Then it got even worse. He raped me. I felt so dirty and felt like I should have tried harder to try and stop him. When he left, I was so scared I couldn’t stop crying. I fell into a depression. I couldn’t help thinking about it constantly. I starting flunking all my classes. I just couldn’t stand to be in the same house. I was angry and sad and afraid, so I ran…
  • Making a difference for StreetLightUSA on AZ Gives Day

    StreetLightUSA
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    From Trauma to Triumph AZ Gives Day is less than two weeks away, on April 9, 2014, Let’s get excited about supporting our You Can Save Her campaign and making this day bountiful for StreetLightUSA. Our You Can Save Her Campaign aims to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage so that we ensure the future of StreetLightUSA and continue to serve girls in need. You can help in one or more of these ways for the Arizona Gives Day:  Donate today.  A gift of $20 or more from each supporter will go a long ways toward paying off our note. Challenge your friends to donate and ask each of them to tell five…
  • Help Jenny start a new life–Support us on AZ Gives Day–April 9, 2014

    StreetLightUSA
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jenny’s story:  Molested by grandpa, sent to foster care and trafficked by a caregiver My name is Jenny and I am 11 years old.  My mom died and I had to live with my grandpa. He hurt me and touched me. I told my teacher.  Then I went to live in a nice home with other kids.  At first, I was happy to have dog to play with and swings and a slide.  One of the ladies there was nice to me and she made me feel good. I even thought she could be my new mom.     One night she put a shiny dress and makeup on me. At first I thought we were playing dress up but then she took me for a ride. We…
 
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    About.com Civil Liberties

  • The U.N. Human Rights Committee: Summary of Findings

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The U.N. Human Rights Committee has released its 2014 periodic report on our compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Some of you will be interested in this international perspective on human rights in the United States, and some of you decidedly will not, but it's worth summarizing in any case. You can find a link to the full report in Word format here....Read Full Post
  • Saving the World Isn't Enough

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I'm grateful to President Barack Obama for proposing NSA policy reforms that will protect us from a nightmarish Orwellian panopticon of universal, undocumented surveillance. But is it too much to ask that he propose NSA policy reforms that actually affect something the agency might want to do?...Read Full Post
  • Tea Speech

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    Louisiana lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne doesn't handle criticism well. His bizarre lawsuit against MoveOn.org over their billboard encouraging Medicaid expansion--ostensibly provoked by MoveOn's satirical use of the Louisiana tourism slogan, but functionally more of an attempt to resurrect the colonial tort of seditious libel--is doomed to fail in the courts, as Eugene Volokh explains:...Read Full Post
  • The Fragile Religion of Masculinity

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:13 am
    To me, the most interesting thing about the Hobby Lobby case and the right-to-discriminate controversy is that both are framed as religious liberty issues when neither have very much to do with religion as we have traditionally understood it. Neither deal with God or even with issues of personal morality; they reflect only a lurid obsession with controlling the sex lives of female employees and excluding same-sex couples from making ordinary business transactions....Read Full Post
  • But What If the Klansman Objects?

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    The trouble with religious exemptions to nondiscrimination statutes is that virtually any behavior, no matter how repulsive it is, can be effectively branded as religious. No organization in American history has illustrated this more clearly than the Ku Klux Klan. Under its original Organization and Principles (1868), the Klan wasn't a religious group--outside of a passing reference to the Klan "reverentially acknowledg[ing] the majesty and supremacy of the Divine Being and recogniz[ing] the goodness and providence of the same," there's no reference to God at all, and much less to Jesus, in…
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    Inter Press Service » Headlines

  • Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India

    Stella Paul
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Sumari, a child trafficked from Maoist-affected district Narayanpur cleans the floor instead of going to school. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS.By Stella PaulKANKER, India, Apr 15 2014 (IPS) Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform, but heads for the village pond to fetch water. “I miss school. I wish I could go back,” she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer. Sumari is from Dhurbeda village, but now lives in another, Bhainsasur, both located in central India’s Chhattisgarh state. She puts on the school uniform to fetch water because that’s…
  • Russians Blend Loyalty to Nazarbayev with Pro-Kremlin Sentiments

    Joanna Lillis
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    On a hill overlooking the northeastern Kazakh city of Oskemen, bright white letters spell out ‘Kazakhstan’ under a large Kazakh flag in early April 2014. Oskemen - known in Russian as Ust-Kamenogorsk - is a Russian-majority city, where 67 percent of inhabitants are ethnic Russian, triple the national ratio in Kazakhstan. Credit: Joanna Lillis/EurasiaNetBy Joanna LillisASTANA, Apr 15 2014 (EurasiaNet) On a hillside in northeastern Kazakhstan, south of the Russian border, a simple and stark slogan looms over the city of Oskemen: “Kazakhstan,” reads the message in giant white letters…
  • Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty

    Marianela Jarroud
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The bleak landscape left behind on La Cruz hill, one of the hardest-hit by the blaze that started on Saturday Apr. 12 in the Chilean city of Valparaíso. Credit: Pablo Unzueta/IPS By Marianela JarroudVALPARAÍSO, Chile , Apr 15 2014 (IPS) The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality. The fire that broke out Saturday Apr. 12 and was still smouldering two days later claimed at least 12 lives, completely…
  • IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

    Carey L. Biron
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Mitigation goes most directly to the heart of what can make the UNFCCC negotiations contentious: how to pay for the expensive changes required to move into a new, low-carbon paradigm. Credit: BigstockBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Apr 14 2014 (IPS) Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world’s top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions. The conclusions come in the third and final instalment in a series of updates by the…
  • Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

    Michelle Tolson
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    At the perimetre of Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Credit: Jason E. Kaplan/IPSBy Michelle TolsonYAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S. , Apr 14 2014 (IPS) The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: “We’ll tell them.” He tells IPS “they looked around and saw me. I said, ‘We’ve been here since the…
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    EarthRights International

  • Amicus brief filed in Arab Bank cases concerning terrorism in Israel

    EarthRights International
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    In September 2010, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that corporations are immune from suit for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Not long after, relying only on the Kiobel decision, a district court dismissed lawsuits against a bank that allegedly assisted in financing suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism in Israel. When the Supreme Court decided the Kiobel case, it did not address the corporate immunity issue, but its decision assumed that corporations could be sued for human rights violations. Now the appeal in…
  • The unnecessary truth: reflections on what wasn’t told in the Chevron Ecuador RICO case

    Marissa Vahlsing
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last November, Marissa took a leave of absence from ERI to volunteer on the Chevron v. Donziger trial in support of the Ecuadorian defendants.  These are her thoughts from the case. Lago Agrio, Ecuador: It is a Sunday afternoon in the Sucumbíos province in Northeastern Ecuador. Donald Moncayo navigates his way across a series of floating logs at the Aguarico 4 pit. He stops and dips his hand into a thick black pool and holds it up for us to see: black crude left by Texaco’s operations.  Each year, several dozen delegations of people come down to the Oriente region of Ecuador to…
  • Courage and solidarity at the EarthRights School Myanmar

    Jessie Adler
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A woman pulled the sliding door open, and I drove inside. I parked my motorbike, left my shoes at the door and stepped into the classroom, where everyone was seated in a large circle. This would be my first time meeting the students, a young group who had arrived in Thailand two weeks prior and had just completed their seven day orientation. They came from six different Myanmar states to join the EarthRights School Myanmar, an intensive training in campaigning and advocacy for human rights and the environment, focused on the most urgent issues in their own communities. I’d been hearing…
  • Austrian Firm Violates Ethics Guidelines in Destructive Mekong Dam Project, Reported to Home Government

    EarthRights International
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Contact: Ame Trandem +66 868 82 24 26; International Rivers, ThailandYouk Senglong +85 523 99 20 44; Fisheries Action Coalition Team, CambodiaLam Thi Thu Suu +84 543 83 77 14; Center for Social Research and Development, Vietnam (See below for additional international contacts at all participating organizations) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2014, Vienna — In a formal complaint filed today, communities and civil society groups reported that Austrian engineering giant Andritz AG’s involvement in a controversial dam on the Mekong River violates international standards on ethical…
  • Yes, the systematic killing of civilians is a crime against humanity, even if the killers had a military motive

    EarthRights International
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Last year, a federal district court held that widespread and systematic killing of civilians are not crimes against humanity if the killers suspected them of supporting anti-government forces.  A recent EarthRights brief demonstrates why the court was mistaken. Last week, ERI filed an amici curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of 12 leading crimes against humanity scholars. The brief demonstrates that under international law, a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against…
 
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  • Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion

    Molly Rusk
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The Colbert Report Last month, a second grader's math quiz went viral. On the quiz was a question that took one student's father two hours to solve. The frustrated fatherwho holds a bachelor's degree in engineeringposted the quiz on Facebook with a note to the teacher calling the question ridiculous. The question was written to fit within the new Common Core standards, the Obama administration's answer to education reform. Opponents of Common Core say the standards create unnecessary complications and confusion. In the video segment above, comedian Stephen Colbert says he's coming to see the…
  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

    Rachael Stoeve
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Supporters of detainees on hunger strike the Northwest Detention Center gather during a demonstration on April 5. Photo by Alex Garland Photography. At 6:30 in the morning on February 24, Maru Mora Villalpando and eight other people locked their arms together and formed a human chain across the driveway of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. A cold rain drizzled down as they stood in the path of a bus departing the facility, which held immigrants being considered for deportation, asylum, or residency. Through the tinted windows of the bus, Maru could just make out the silhouettes…
  • After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

    Laura Flanders
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Jackson residents Kali Akuno, Nia Umoja, and Brandon King (left to right) discuss economic development plans in the city. Photo by Laura Flanders. On his way into work every morning, Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to pass a historical marker:  “Jackson City Hall: built 1846-7 by slave labor.” The building, like the city around it, came into being when African American lives didn’t count for much. Unpaid black workers created Mississippi’s plantation fortunes; as recently as the 1960s, their descendants were still earning $3 to $6 a day as sharecropper farmers.
  • Esperanza Spalding’s “We Are America” Is the Catchiest Call Yet for Justice at Guantanamo Bay

    Molly Rusk
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Esperanza Spalding - We Are America from ESP Media on Vimeo. Esperanza Spalding is singing for freedom—not for herself, but for the 154 men who are still held indefinitely, without trial, at Guantanamo Bay. As efforts to close the detention facility gain momentum, President Obama and Congress are giving the issue renewed attention. Read More An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area" This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
  • Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars

    Wendy Call
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Javier Sicilia stopped writing poetry after his son was murdered by drug traffickers. He has turned his attention full time to protesting the drug wars. Seattle's South Park neighborhood has seen its share of drug-related crime and violence. Many of its residents are recent immigrants from Mexico; some came north fleeing the drug cartel violence that has ravaged their home communities. So the South Park Community Center was a poignant venue for Mexican poet, writer, and activist Javier Sicilia to speak about his campaign to end the drug war in his home country. He began the evening with a…
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  • Helping rape survivors feel stronger through video, film & news media

    Women News Network
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Film director, award winning producer and activist Nancy Schwartzman, who’s work has been featured on PBS television show POV – Point of View in 2013, as well as the BBC news and numerous other media networks, wasn’t sure that what happened to her […]
  • Am I a feminist? Four women reply (and they’re not from the left)

    Women News Network
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Elle Hardy, Claire Lehmann, Trisha Jha, Paula Matthewson – Guardian – Friday, 18 April 2014 (originally published 13 Apr) Popular feminism is an orthodoxy that despises challenge. “You’re not a feminist?”, I’m asked, as though it means I’m threatening my own independence or advocating domestic violence. It may sound trite, but I choose to identify […]
  • Dangers for girl’s in school increase in Nigeria following abductions

    Women News Network
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Chibok, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday and called for their immediate release. Describing the abduction that occurred in Chibok in Borno state as “shocking,” Mr. Ban called for […]
  • Russia’s First Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill Under Consideration by Duma

    Women News Network
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Katie Davies – Moscow Times – 17 April 2014 (originally published 14 Apr) Russia’s first anti-sexual harassment law has been submitted to the State Duma, despite concerns among critics that its terms will be used to deport foreign workers unfairly. The changes will protect the honor and dignity of “the more beautiful, but weaker sex,” said Oleg Nilov, the bill’s author and a […]
  • Irish mother of two develops clothing range against skin cancer

    Women News Network
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Bairbre Power – Irish Independent – Wednesday, 16 April 2014 (originally published 14 Apr) The recession may have cost Sandra Walsh her two fashion boutiques but it inspired her to create an international hit. The downturn saw the Dublin mother of two switch her attention to inventing Canopi, a €40 fashion product for women who […]
 
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    Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

  • New Training Room in Amsterdam

    Sarah Potts
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands We aren’t done yet, but we’re getting close. Last year two intrepid Juniper Networks employees took their company ethos into their own hands, and used their technical skills to help build better lives on their own time. David and Leila wanted to share their skills, and they came to Not For Sale to find the best way to use them to combat human trafficking. At a local shelter for victims of human trafficking there was a need for basic computer skill training. Not For Sale works with this shelter in conjunction with our soup training program and we knew these…
  • Knowledge For Action – David Batstone Speaks On Wharton Radio Program

    Sarah Potts
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
      We look for partners who can accelerate our impact, push the boundaries of our vision, and support our mission to create a world where no one is for sale. The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania is just that type of relationship. Wharton prides itself on creating knowledge for action, “Wharton knowledge, certainly unmatched in scope, combined with a passionate, entrepreneurial community, creates a very special dynamic: a place where knowledge fuels action—and where its reach and impact are ever-expanding.” This focus on action and impact matches…
  • Not For Sale & The Most Ethical Company In The World

    Sarah Potts
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Juniper Networks has been named one of the top ethical technology companies in the world. We are impressed, but not surprised. Since 2010 we have been partnering with Juniper Networks to create a world where no one is for sale, and every year of our partnership they have received this acclaim. Together, we are building better lives around the world. They are industry leaders, and enthusiastic partners, utilizing technology to combat human trafficking through community engagement. We have worked with Juniper Networks on their own supply chain, and the commitment they demonstrated has paved the…
  • Romania: Empowering Through Employment

    Not For Sale
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Since joining efforts with our partner Mariana 2 years ago in Romania, the work that Not For Sale has been doing to protect and rehabilitate survivors of trafficking has increased drastically. Last year, all of our Romanian beneficiaries went from making less than 100 dollars per month to being employed. This tremendous increase in employment portrays our exact ambition for change  in empowering the Roma population through economic opportunities. Considering the personal growth and success of our beneficiaries in 2013, our objective this year is not only to replicate the success we saw last…
  • Gold Mining in Peru: The Rise of Vulnerability

    Not For Sale
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Peru has become one of the largest gold exporters in Latin America, relying on illegal mining to sustain the country.  The high volume ports leading into the gold mines are filled with bars, brothels, and night activity, increasing rates of forced prostitution. Men are being recruited and forced into one of Peru’s most dangerous lines of work, exposing women and children to trafficking and sex work within mining camps. Illegal mining is devastating thousands of miles of Amazonian vegetation, and whole communities are being forced out of generational land.This causes communities to be…
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  • Sick Belfast Men Behind Aisgusting Animal Cruelty Walk FREE From Court *video*

    Cicci
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Christopher Kirkwood and Jamie Morrow leave with supporters at Laganside Court in Belfast  Four Belfast men who admitted inflicting “one of the vilest examples of premeditated abuse” on animals ever seen in Northern Ireland  walked free from court after being handed suspended sentences. An east Belfast father and his two sons admitted allowing a cat to be torn to shreds by dogs trained to fight. The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) said the savagery inflicted on innocent animals was “wickedness at its worst”. Jeremiah Kirkwood, 43, and…
  • Woman gets just 14 weeks jail for microwaving kitten to death

    Cicci
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:34 am
    Cicci:What kind of human being does this? What kind of judge does not think it should be punished properly? Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: Woman who microwaved pet kitten to death is jailed for 14 weeks for what judge describes as ‘act of utterly horrendous cruelty’ WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Laura Cunliffe, 23, put kitten in microwave after it attacked goldfish Cunliffe said she turned oven on for five minutes, but took cat out after one She said the animal was ‘proper screeching’ before it died Vets said that the animal would have suffered severe damage to its organs Barnsley…
  • Leona Aglukkaq Wants To Continue Killing Baby Seals.

    Cicci
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    Canada’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she will argue at the three-day World Trade Organization hearing in Geneva what the Tories have steadfastly defended — that the seal harvest is humane, sustainable and well-regulated. Maybe she needs a dictionary because the word humane means: Having or showing compassion or benevolence. In what way is clubbing a seal to death humane? Slamming a seal in the head with a hakapik does not in most cases immediately kill it, but causes intensive pain and fear. And not to forget the fact that these seal babies get skinned alive as a result…
  • Update on sad, senior retriever named ‘Manny’

    Cicci
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Cicci:Wonderful news Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: A purposeful Rescue On Thursday morning, a plea was issued for a senior Labrador retriever named “Manny,” who was surrendered to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Lancaster, Calif., on March 10. The image of his bewildered face, coupled with a video of him quaking on his bed, spurred thousands to network on his behalf. View original 120 more words
  • New dog surrendered for younger one

    Cicci
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Cicci:Oh wow… How can you do that? Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: Senior dog devastated after owner surrenders him to get a new ‘younger’ dog Adopt-A-Pet An elderly, golden Labrador retriever was surrendered to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Lancaster, Calif., on March 10, and today, he spends his days crouched on his bed, shaking in terror. Apparently, the nine-year-old dog was left at the animal control facility because his prior owner was getting “new, younger dogs.” View original 90 more words
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  • Control over Earnings

    Burt Phoenix
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    One of the measures for empowerment is taken to be control over one’s own earnings. A person having control over their own earning is considered to be empowered enough to make decisions. In the National Family Health Survey – 3 (2005-06) the similar question was asked to respondents. The summary of the findings is given below:   Control over own earnings Husband Wife Urban Areas 21.5% 33.3% Rural Areas 25.9% 21.0%   As we can see above a substantial percentage of women have control over their own earnings in the urban areas showing high empowerment as opposed to men. The numbers…
  • Why should Women Study?

    Burt Phoenix
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Education is the pillar for economic growth and development. As a nation develops, the share of Industrial and Services sector increases in the GDP. Employment opportunities are generated and the country requires educated workforce. Economic growth is related to improvement in technology, which in turn is dependent on the availability of researchers in the country. Therefore, education can said to be one of the most important pillars for growth of a country. No wonder every year the Indian government spends crores of rupees on the education sector. For the XI plan a total of Rs. 177,566.86…
  • Higher Education: Gender Biasness Myth

    Burt Phoenix
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    In the past, there have been many debates that women are not allowed to study due to the patriarchal mindset. Let us try to break this myth of women’s higher studies. The measure that is used to calculate parity in education is the Gender Parity Index (GPI), which is the ratio of Female Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to Male GER. A GPI of 1 indicates parity between the sexes. Select states of India having the highest GPIs are given below: State GPI Kerala 1.39 Meghalaya 1.28 Goa 1.16 Uttar Pradesh 1.16 Jammu and Kashmir 1.10 Manipur 1.07 Uttrakhand 1.05 Chandigarh 1.03 Assam 0.98 Haryana…
  • IrBM Arguments in the Media (SIF Magazine Article)

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    Recently on the 10th SIF Anniversary the inaugural edition of the magazine was released. The pdf link to the magazine is here. My IrBm Arguments in the media article series were published in the magazine in a consolidated way. The published article with detailed sources is given below: Recently there has been a spate of discussions in the media on the upcoming Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage Law (IrBM). Some important highlights of the proposed bill are – Divorce can now be filed as a ‘No-fault Divorce’ stating that marriage has broken down irretrievably. Husbands do not have the…
  • Female Literacy rate rising more than Male Literacy rate

    Burt Phoenix
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    I was recently reading a newspaper article where it stated that ‘India will take around 56 years to achieve female youth literacy‘. On reading the headline, I was quite intrigued and found out data of literacy rates in India. The census comes out with the literacy rates, and as per its data the literacy rates are given below: 10-14 Years 15-19 Years Year Female Male Female Male 2001 77.0% 86.0% 72.7% 85.0% 2011 90.0% 92.2% 86.2% 91.2% Growth in % Pts. 13.0% 6.2% 13.5% 6.2% As seen above in the age group of 10-14 years, the literacy rates for females and males is 90% and 92.2%…
 
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