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Hunger in Africa: the Swazi Study

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How Hunger stunts African Economies – Published on World Food Programme, 26 July 2013 (linked with The Cost of Hunger in Egypt).

The high cost of child malnutrition in Swaziland was showcased at the launch of the latest country-level study in the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) series on 18 July. The Cost of Hunger in Swaziland, produced by the Government of Swaziland with support from WFP, is the first COHA study in southern Africa and among the first to quantify the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition.   Continue Reading…

Arab Peoples are heading toward Defeat, Decline, and even Suicide

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… a Video Clip with Algerian Journalist Khaled Omar Ben Guiga, 2.34 min, on, spoken in arab, subtitled in engish;

Middle East Media Research Institute MEMRI: /Homepage, /, /MEMRI, /Reform in the Muslim world;

FORCED MARIAGE for an 11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl: Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage: I’d Rather Kill Myself, 2.52 min, (spoken in arab, subtitled in english), uploaded on YouTube by MEMRItvVideos, on July 21, 2013 (just now 7 316 362 times clicked).

Growing threat of radical rebels infiltrating ranks of Syrian rebels

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Interview with Middle East expert Edmund Ghareeb, published on Russia Today RT, July 24, 2013.

… The Kurds living in the area have been trying to protect their homes, amid heavy fighting between jihadist forces and Syrian government troops:

RT: The lives of innocent Kurdish civilians are now in danger from Al-Qaeda terrorists. What do you think the hostage takers want and why would they be targeting the Kurds?    Continue Reading…

People of colour like me have been painted out of working-class history

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Published on The Guardian, by Anna Chen, July 16, 2013.

Black people have lived in Britain at least from Roman times, and some historians claim that north Africans were here as much as 3,000 years ago. We know that Indian people were here as far back as Shakespeare’s time. The first Chinese visitor we know of was the Jesuit priest Shen Foutsong, who communicated in Latin when he worked at Oxford’s Bodleian Library in the 17th century. His portrait still hangs in the Queen’s collection. People of colour have been part of the fabric of British society for centuries, but you won’t find many in official histories – either from the right (look at Michael Gove’s draft national curriculum) or, more shockingly, from the left.  Continue Reading…

US Courts Approve Indefinite Detention and Torture

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Published on Steve Lendman’s Blog, by blog owner, July 19, 2013.

America’s a police state. It’s ruthless. Iron fist authority rules. International law’s quaint and out-of-date. US statute protections aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
Constitutional rights don’t matter. They never did for most people. It’s truer now than ever. They’re null and void. Executive diktat power rules. Congress and federal courts go along. They’re complicit.
They support sweeping lawlessness. It’s unprecedented. It affects domestic and geopolitical issues. No one’s safe anywhere … (full long text).

Egypt’s inexorable revolution

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ismail Serageldin, July 17, 2013.

Egypt is once more doing things in its own unique way. After millions of Egyptians went into the streets and in 18 days that shook the world succeeded in toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of rule, they came back again in their millions into the squares of Egypt and toppled Mohamed Morsi after one year of rule.    Continue Reading…

The American Prospect: a Challenge to Teach for America’s Corporate Orientation

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… from those on the Inside: this summer, alumni and current teachers are coordinating to challenge TFA’s centrality in the corporate-backed, market-driven, testing-oriented movement in urban education – Published on AlterNet /Education, by James Cersonsky, July 16, 2013.

Twenty-four years running, the rap on Teach for America (TFA) is a sampled, re-sampled, burned-out record: The organization’s five-week training program is too short to prepare its recruits to teach, especially in chronically under-served urban and rural districts; corps members only have to commit to teach for two years, which destabilizes schools, undermines the teaching profession, and undercuts teachers unions; and TFA, with the help of its 501(c)4 spin-off, Leadership for Educational Equity, is a leading force in the movement to close “failing” schools, expand charter schools, and tie teachers’ job security to their students’ standardized test scores.   Continue Reading…

Zimmerman’s Acquittal and the Call for a New Civil Rights Movement

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Published on Worker’s Action (co-published with, by Mark Vorpahl, July 15, 2013.

… If only it could be said that a more perverse and twisted miscarriage of justice by our legal system was hard to find. Agonizingly, it is not. For millions of people this tragic affair was never simply about a confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin. It was the United States justice system that was on trial under charges of institutional racism — and it has proven itself guilty.

To begin to appreciate the significance of this, some context is necessary. A study by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, entitled “Operation Ghetto Storm” revealed:   Continue Reading…

Anti-Black racism and the expansion of sexual citizenship

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… OR-We need to do so much better at loving eachother, a dispatch from the ‘Very House of Difference’ – Published on Political Affairs pa, by  KAI M. GREEN & TREVA ELLISON, July 15, 2013.

scholars, activists, and artists based in Los Angeles, where we dream about and plan for the abolition of racial capitalism and the growth of life-affirming relations and structures. We wrote this piece out of a desire to cultivate and build on conversations about how we can grow trust and solidarity across differences, build resilient and sustainable movements, while showing up as ourselves in the various communities that we inhabit.    Continue Reading…

The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa

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The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg – Published on Mammon Messiah, by Adam Parsons and Rajesh Makwana, July 22, 2011. (also on CommonDreams and Dissident Voice and Share The World’s Resource STWR).

The unfolding crisis in the Horn of Africa is yet another tragedy that reflects the dysfunction and injustice inherent in the structures of the world economy. Although the factors that are currently causing widespread hunger and deprivation across a large part of the region include the worst drought for 60 years, escalating food prices and continued regional conflict, the problem is largely man-made and entirely preventable if sufficient resources are redistributed to all people in need.   Continue Reading…

Tearing Down the Ivory Tower: a Defense of Vocational Education

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Published on Worker’s Action/Education, by Arthur Posey, July 8, 2013.

In 2012, Diane Ravitch wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal that highlighted the many ways in which the over-emphasis on standardized testing has created a crisis in the education system. According to Ravitch, one of the many problems with the No Child Left Behind Act is that since “the law demanded progress only in reading and math, schools were incentivized to show gains only on those subjects. Hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in test-preparation materials.” This, in turn, created a “nightmare for American schools, producing graduates who were drilled regularly on the basic skills but were often ignorant about almost everything else.”   Continue Reading…

Malala Yousafzai’s diary inspires other Pashtun girls yearning for education

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The words of a young girl whose determination to go to school made her a target for the Taliban has made others eager to learn – Publicated on The Guardian, by Saba Imtiaz in Karachi, July 12, 2013.

For many in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, is a symbol of resilience and courage in her fight for the right of young girls to receive an education. For hardline right-wing groups and conspiracy theorists, she is a controversial figure accused of being a “CIA agent” and having staged the attack on herself.   Continue Reading…

Learning the Right Lessons in Egypt

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Maryam Sakeenah, July 11, 2013.

The obvious conclusion from Egypt is that political Islam’s ‘concordat’ with democracy has proven a failed experiment. As predicted by Essam Haddad, ‘the message will resonate throughout the Muslim world that democracy is not for Muslims.’ The message has in fact been enthusiastically taken up, with Islamists saying ‘we told you so.’ An article on one such website states, ‘recent experience in Egypt has once again exposed the reality of ‘democracy’ and the true face of democracy-worshippers, democracy isn’t meant for us Muslims.’   Continue Reading…

Interview with Carol Strickman

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… from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition – Published on ZNet, by Larry Everest, July 10, 2013.

Carol Strickman is a staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, a San Francisco-based organization which advocates for the human rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members, and people at risk of incarceration. She is a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, a member of the team mediating between the prison hunger strikers and prison authorities (the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—CDCR), Continue Reading…

Report: Chavismo After Chávez: What Was Created? What Remains?

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The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy – Published on, by Dario Azzellini, Summer 2013.

The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents. The process thus differs from traditional Leninist or social democratic approaches, both of which see the state as the central agent of change; it differs as well from movement-based approaches that conceive of no role whatsoever for the state in a process of revolutionary change.   Continue Reading…

Everybody in Guantanamo has been tortured or abused, former detainee

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Published on Russia Today RT, interview with Moazzam Begg, a former inmate, July 6, 2013.

“I was subjected to the sounds of a woman screaming, I was led to believe that my wife was being tortured,” Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee has shared with RT.

The former inmate has shed light on some of the torturous detention techniques at Guantanamo.  They include, being cavity searched and given directions on how to commit suicide.    Continue Reading…

Embarrassing holes as US govt rests case against Bradley Manning

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Defense team now expected to motion for dismissal of charges for lack of evidence – Published on Intrepid Report (first on Common, by Lauren McCauley, July 5, 2013.

After 14 days and 80 witnesses, the United States government prosecuting Pfc. Bradley Manning in the long-awaited trial against the military whistleblower has rested their case.  Continue Reading…

Egypt’s Revolution: Between The Streets And The Army

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Egypt’s revolution will never be complete until the authoritarian neoliberal state is finally dismantled. Only the power of the streets can do this – Published on, by Jerome Roos, July 2, 2013.

… The Clash of Coalitions:

The main lesson we can draw from this historic episode is that revolutions are never clean-cut events undertaken by an easily-identifiable revolutionary subject, but always complex processes of inherently chaotic social struggle in which different elite factions vie for power and legitimacy, with the revolutionary multitude itself often caught in between them, at times allying itself with one side or another.  Continue Reading…

The structural problem of misogyny

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New feminism should stand together with the new proletariats against female exploitation and violence – Published on AlJazeera, by Zillah Eisenstein, July 2, 2013.

… New proletariat(s):

This proletariat of women is named by and for the structural location that one inhabits in the system of labour exchange and enforced abuse and punishment. The “epidemic” that the World Health Organisation names as a global health problem is also more deeply a structural problem of misogyny.    Continue Reading…

Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out

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Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out, 54.25 min, (begins at 3.20 min), uploaded by WeAreManyMedia, June 28, 2013: Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to Socialism 2013;
Linked with Boundless Informant: The Global Hunt for Edward Snowden, on Economy and Society, by Spiegel Online International, July 3, 2013.


To the streets, anyway

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Close to the eve of expected nationwide demonstrations, Morsi failed to reassure an angry nation – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, June 27, 2013.

… Morsi addressed his speech from the Cairo Conference Centre to a limited group of supporters in the presence of top state officials, including Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who is widely perceived the man who could checkmate Morsi with support of what is promised to be millions of anti-Morsi demonstrators.

Al-Sisi, whose presence was interpreted by sceptics as evidence of an end of the all but announced disagreement between presidency and army over the handling of growing public frustration, offered little reaction to the over two-hour epilogue of a president who seemed willing to make some acknowledgment of error-doing but who otherwise blamed the vast majority of the problems faced by the nation today to the ousted regime and its “remnants”.   Continue Reading…

World’s Most Evil And Lawless Institution? The Executive Branch Of The U.S. Government

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Published on ZNet, by Fred Branfman, June 28, 2013.

Introduction: America’s Secret Shame: America has a secret. It is not discussed in polite company or at the dinner tables of the powerful, rich and famous … //

… Americans keep this secret because facing it openly would upend our most basic understandings about our nation and its leaders. A serious public discussion of it would reveal, for example, that we cannot trust Executive Branch leaders’ human decency, words, or judgment no matter who is President. And more troubling, acknowledging it would mean admitting to ourselves that we have been misleading our own children, that our silence has robbed them of the truth of their history and made it more likely that future leaders will continue to commit acts that stain the very soul of America.  Continue Reading…

World order unjust and immoral! Ecuador’s Correa rips into Snowden coverage

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 27, 2013.

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa came up with scalding online remarks over criticism his country faced from the US press for potentially granting asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

–They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” Correa said Wednesday in response to a Tuesday Washington Post editorial.
“The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral,” Correa added … // Continue Reading…

The land of the blind: The illusion of freedom in America

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Published on Intrepid Report, by John W. Whitehead, June 26, 2013.

In the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, the protagonist Neo is wakened from a lifelong slumber by Morpheus, a freedom fighter seeking to liberate humans from virtual slavery—a lifelong hibernation state—imposed by hyper-advanced artificial intelligence machines. With their minds plugged into a perfectly crafted virtual reality, few humans ever realize they are living in a dream world to such an extent that most are willing to give their lives in order to preserve the system that enslaves them.   Continue Reading…

NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation FGM

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Research reveals more than 70 women and girls seek treatment every month after undergoing illegal procedure, likely to be a fraction of the true figure – Published on The Guardian, by Alexandra Topping, June 24, 2013 (Photo: Efua Dorkenoo of Equality Now said of female genital mutilation: This is not a small problem, it is hidden).

The NSPCC is launching a helpline on Monday to protect children from FGM after research found that more than 1,700 victims were referred to specialist clinics in the past two years, likely to be a fraction of the true figure for women affected.  The youngest victim was seven. Continue Reading…

Prisons Full of Innocents

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Published on War Is A, by David Swanson, June 20, 2013.

There are probably more innocent men and women in prison in the United States now than there were people in prison here total — innocent and guilty — 30 years ago, or than there are total people in prison (proportionately or as an absolute number) in most nations on earth.   Continue Reading…

Loud and Clear: Women’s Rights In Action

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Published on Amnesty International, by Lisa Schechtman, June 23, 2013.

As we reflected on 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls and its themes, including early marriage, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health, we got to wondering: What does all this integrated human rights talk look like in practice?   Continue Reading…

Trapped in Apulia: Europe’s Deepening Refugee Crisis, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Maximilian Popp, June 21, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

A young Liberian refugee arrives in Italy, where he is left to fend for himself and winds up homeless in a filthy slum. When he flees to Germany, the government there invokes EU asylum law and sends him back. It is a cycle of degradation faced by thousands of African refugees living in Europe today.  Continue Reading…

UK Spying Scandal Even Bigger Than In U.S.

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according to GCHQ documents obtained by The Guardian – Published on The Guardian, by Raphael Satter, June 21, 2013.

British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast that internal documents say it even outstrips the United States’ international Internet surveillance effort, the Guardian newspaper reported Friday.   Continue Reading…

Christian Saviors and the Adoptions Industry in Congo

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Exploiting Africa’s Most Precious Resource: Children – Published on Dissident Voice (first on counscious being), by Jennifer Fierberg and Keith Harmon Snow, June 20, 2013.

La Procure Saint Anne is a Catholic Monastery built in 1920 in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo. Abutting Kinshasa’s first cathedral church, La Centre d’aceuil Saint Anne (in the local French) sits just off Kinshasa’s main thoroughfare, the Boulevard 30 Juin, named for the date of the Congo’s supposed independence from Belgium on June 30,1960.   Continue Reading…

GMO and Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller in our Food and Water?

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Published on Global, by Colin Todhunter, June 16, 2013.

“Historians may look back and write about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with a massive experiment that is based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise.” So said Don Huber in referring to the use of glyphosate and genetically modified crops. Huber was speaking at Organic Connections conference in Regina, Canada, late 2012 … // Continue Reading…

We need to overturn the system

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In conversation with alt-Nobel winner Nnimmo Bassey – Published on, by ETHAN COX, June 15, 2013.

… Bassey is a Nigerian activist, author and poet, who has devoted his life to fighting for a healthy environment. He is the Director of the newly formed Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF, the coordinator of Oil Watch International (no website found) and was, until last year, the Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action ERA, a grassroots NGO he founded, and the Chairperson of Friends of the Earth – International (FOI-I).    Continue Reading…

Chemical, used by Monsanto, found in urine of Europeans – study

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 14, 2013.

Residents of 18 European states have been tested positively to traces of glyphosate, a globally used weed killer, the study says. It remains unclear how the chemical used on Monsanto GMO corps got in people’s bodies.

It turns out that 44 per cent of volunteers had it in their urine, but it is yet unclear how the herbicide got into their systems.    Continue Reading…

Soher Ebrahim, Egyptian Girl, 13, Dies After Illegal Female Genital Mutilation FGM

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Published on The Huffington Post UK, by Sara C Nelson, June 10, 2013.

A teenage girl has died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure in a private clinic north east of Cairo. The 13-year-old, identified as Soher Ebrahim, died on Thursday evening in a village in the Daqahliya governorate, Gulf News reports. It adds her family have filed an official complaint, accusing the doctor who performed the operation of causing her death … // Continue Reading…

Court Order Reveals Unprecedented Government Surveillance of Verizon Cell Phone Customers

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Video with Michael Ratner, 21.14 min, published on The Real News Nettwork TRNN, June 7, 2013. (Transcript – linked with Edward Snowden on The Real News Network and on YouTube).

More NSA- /Edward Snowden-LinksContinue Reading…

ECB Case at High Court: The Bundesbank Is Playing a Dangerous Game

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Published on Spiegel Online International, a Guest Commentary by Peter Bofinger, June 10, 2013.

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, will have a central role in this week’s Federal Constitutional Court hearing on complaints filed against the permanent European bailout fund known as the European Stability Mechanism ESM and the bond purchase program of the European Central Bank ECB. It makes clear in its written statement that the bond purchases announced by the ECB are “to be judged critically.”    Continue Reading…


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Bradley Manning: Prisoner of Conscience

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Published on ZNet, by Francis Boyle, June 8, 2013.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the peoples of the world have witnessed successive governments in the United States that have demonstrated little if any respect for fundamental considerations of international law, human rights, and the United States Constitution itself.    Continue Reading…

Notes from an NYC Occupier in Taksim Square

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Interview with Justin Wedes published on Waging NonViolence, by Nathan Schneider, June 3, 2013.

Almost two years ago, Justin Wedes was one of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, as well as one of the first to be arrested in Zuccotti Park. Now, he is witnessing the birth of another occupation of public space at Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. He took some time out of the world-in-creation there to answer a few questions for Waging Nonviolence.

How did you end up in Taksim Square this week?   Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning

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  • Outside Ft. Meade where Bradley Manning’s trial will take place, hundreds rallied to say that Obama Admin. attacks on whistle-blowers is an attack on democracy – Watch this video: Bradley Manning supporters say, exposing criminals is not a crime, 5.30 min, published on The Real News Network TRNN, June 2, 2013.
    Same video on YouTube, 5.30 min, uploaded by TRNN, June 2, 2013: Outside Ft. Meade where Bradley Manning’s trial will take place, hundreds rallied to say that Obama Admin. attacks on whistle-blowers is an attack on democracy (Note: estimates of crowd size varied from 500 to over one thousand) Correction: Mr. Meola is identified on screen, this should read: ‘Ward Reilly’ of Veterans For Peace;    Continue Reading…

Upcoming human rights e-learning courses, June-July 2013

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Received by e-mail, From: Frank Elbers, Date: 22/05/2013

Dear Colleagues, HREA is pleased to issue a call for registrations for our human rights e-learning courses offered in June and July 2013. These e-learning courses are generally six weeks in duration and involve approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with participants and instructor(s) on discussion boards, webinars, quizzes and other assignments. The following courses will be offered in the third term (June-July) of 2013:   Continue Reading…

Ethiopia’s Bogaletch Gebre wins King Baudouin Prize

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Published on BBCnews, May 21, 2013 (see also Bogaletch Gebre, Ethiopia on World People’s Blog).

Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation FGM. She was awarded the King Baudouin Prize in Belgium for confronting “culturally entrenched taboo subjects”, the selection committee said. Ms Bogaletch helped reduce cases of FGM from 100% of newborn girls to less than 3% in parts of Ethiopia, it said. FGM is practised mainly in communities in Africa and the Middle East. Continue Reading…

Signs of the Coming Revolution in America’s Education System

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The recent revolt against standardized tests as well as legislative concern over testing corruption are just some of the of the signs of an approaching education revolution – Published on AlterNet/EDUCATION, by Jeff Bryant, May 21, 2013.

It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts,” wrote John Tierny in The Atlantic recently. I’m not an expert on revolutions, he continued, but even I can see that a new one is taking shape in American K-12 public education.

Tierney pointed to a number of signs of the coming revolution:   Continue Reading…

The NHS clinics helping victims of genital mutilation

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Female genital mutilation, the cutting of sexual organs, is thought to affect 66,000 women in the UK – Published on BBCnews, by Jane Dreaper, May 21, 2013.

Sometimes it happens when young girls are sent back to relatives in north or east Africa, but it is also thought that cutting occurs here in the UK too. There have been no prosecutions so far – though the government says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Several hospital and community-based clinics in London help women who have suffered FGM, as well as one in Birmingham and another about to open in Bristol.  Continue Reading…

Cereal Banks Protect Against Famine and Empower Women Across the Sahel

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… innovation of the Month – Published on nourishing the planet, by Caitlin Aylward, May 22, 2013.

… In 2009, WFP and Care established exclusively women-operated cereal banks to help ensure the availability of grain supplies year round. These community cereal banks loan grain below market price, helping protect against market speculation, and enabling even the poorest women to purchase food for their families during times of scarcity. The women are expected to repay the loans, but at very low interest rates and only after they have harvested their own crops.   Continue Reading…

UK must hold separate inquiries into Iraqi civilian deaths, High Court rules

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Published on Russia Today RT, May 26, 2013.

The British high court (of Justice) has ruled that 161 killings by the British military should be subject to hearings modeled on a coroner’s inquest. The ground breaking judgment may decide how the British military is able to carry out operations in the future.

In practice a series of hearings, possibly amounting to more than 100, are likely to be held as a result of the judgment; the consequence of a three year legal battle by the families of dead Iraqis.  Continue Reading…

Tales in a Kabul restaurant

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Kathy Kelly, May 24, 2013.

KABUL, May 21, 2013—Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces. Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but merge into one large statistic, something about terrible pain that’s worth caring about but that is happening very far away.  Continue Reading…

Reinventing Guatemalan History

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Wall Street Journal Upholds Rios Montt, Denies Crimes against Humanity (see Guatemala annuls Rios Montt’s genocide conviction, on BBCnews, May 21, 2013) – Published on Global, by Stephen Lendman, May 21, 2013.

History reinventors support despots. Social democrats are vilified. Crimes of war, against humanity and genocide are sanitized. They’re whitewashed. They disappear in plain sight. Washington tolerates no independent governments. Left of center democratic ones are most vulnerable.

In 1953, the CIA’s first coup deposed Iran’s Mohammad Mosaddegh. At the time, The New York Times called him “the most popular politician in the country.” Reza Shah Pahlavi replaced him. A generation-long reign of terror followed.    Continue Reading…

Miracle in the Sahara: Oasis Sediments Archive Dramatic History, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Johann Grolle, May 21, 2013 (Photo-Gallery).

A marvel of nature, the lakes of Ounianga in the Sahara Desert have lasted thousands of years and withstood dramatic climate change. Now, a German geologist has analyzed lakebed sediments to shed light on a spectacular chapter in human history.

“Water,” says Stefan Kröpelin, “water as far as the eye can see.” He is pointing to the south, where there is only one thing stretching to the horizon: sand, sand and more sand … //

… The Earth’s Archive: Continue Reading…