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Haiti: The Hate and the Quake

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A Long History of Stolen Wealth – Published on Global Research.ca, by Sir Hilary Beckles, January 25, 2010.

The University of the West Indies is in the process of conceiving how best to deliver a major conference on the theme Rethinking And Rebuilding Haiti.

I am very keen to provide an input into this exercise because for too long there has been a popular perception that somehow the Haitian nation-building project, launched on January 1, 1804, has failed on account of mismanagement, ineptitude, corruption.

Buried beneath the rubble of imperial propaganda, out of both Western Europe and the United States, is the evidence which shows that Haiti’s independence was defeated by an aggressive North-Atlantic alliance that could not imagine their world inhabited by a free regime of Africans as representatives of the newly emerging democracy.

The evidence is striking, especially in the context of France.   Continue Reading…

Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide and the 2010 Elections

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Ann Garrison, January 25, 2010.

The memory, consequence, and disputed histories of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, loom large in Rwanda’s memory. Whether openly discussed or not, they will hugely influence the nation’s 2010 national election.

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of the United Democratic Forces of Rwanda arrived at the Kigali, Rwanda Airport on 01.17.2009, returning from 16 years in exile to register her party, in preparation for Rwanda’s August 2010 elections. Frank Habineza, leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and Bernard Ntaganda, leader of the Parti Social Imberakuri, met her at the airport. All three parties are trying to register and field candidates, including presidential candidates, in Rwanda’s August 2010 nation elections …

… Rwanda Elections, August 2010:   Continue Reading…

Health Care in War Zones and Countries Affected by Conflict

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Review of Lancet Report (a short interview about to be downloaded as audio, 3.54 min)

Published on Global Research.ca, by The UN Refugee Agency, 2010-01-23.

GENEVA, (UNHCR) – An article in The Lancet medical journal, co-authored by a UNHCR expert, says health care for people in conflict settings needs to be updated. It calls for changes in four key areas: delivery of health services; treatment of chronic diseases; development of health services in urban areas; and surveillance, measurement and monitoring.

The report authors, led by Paul Spiegel, chief of UNHCR’s Public Health and HIV Section, argue that governments, UN agencies and international organizations have been slow to adapt to changes in the operating environments in which they help the conflict-affected, including refugees and internally displaced people.   Continue Reading…

Statement to the COMESA Summit

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Statement to the COMESA Summit on the ESA-EC Economic Partnership Agreements Negotiations

Published on Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute SEATINI, June 01, 2009.

Monday 1 June 2009:

  • 1. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is holding its Policy Organs meetings and the 13th Summit of Heads of State and Government in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from the 28th May to 8th June 2009 under the theme Consolidating Regional Economic Integration through Value Addition, Trade and Food Security.2.
  • 2. From the 2nd – 4th June 2009 the Council of Ministers will be meeting to deliberate on a number of issues affecting the COMESA region, including the current negotiations with the European Union (officially known as the European Community) on concluding Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

We recall that:   Continue Reading…

Somalia: Tougher controls on military assistance needed

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An Amnesty International Press release of 21 January 2010. – Published on HREA.org, 22 janary, 2010.

Amnesty International has called for arms transfers to the Somali government to be suspended until there are adequate safeguards to prevent weapons from being used to commit war crimes and human rights abuses.

In its latest briefing paper on the country, Amnesty International details US shipments of arms, including mortars, ammunition and cash for the purchase of weapons to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

These transfers were made despite substantial risks that such types of weapons could be used in indiscriminate attacks by TFG forces, or diverted to armed groups opposed to the TFG, who also commit gross and widespread abuses.  Continue Reading…

La lettre d’information de la LDH n°30

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Received by e-mail: De: Ligue des droits de l’Homme, Date: 18/01/2010. – (Lettre d’information).

… un extrait: Droits des femmes – Rayhana: agression d’une comédienne

Communiqué LDH: « A mon âge, je me cache encore pour fumer » : tel est le titre d’une pièce jouée à la Maison des Métallos, à Paris, par la compagnie Orten. Dans le décor d’un hammam d’Alger, elle met en scène les femmes, leurs corps, les violences qu’elles subissent de la part des hommes et leur refus de traditions infériorisantes.

Alors qu’elle partait pour une représentation, la comédienne Rayhana a été menacée et aspergée d’essence qu’heureusement ses agresseurs n’ont pas réussi à enflammer. Cette tentative d’homicide la visait explicitement en tant qu’auteur de la pièce. Continue Reading…

Call for applications for International Leadership forum (Storrs, 6-14 August 2010)

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Applications must be received by February 26, 2010. – Received by e-mail: From: Nana Amos, Date: 22/01/2010.

The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the sixth annual International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 6 – 14, 2010 in Storrs, Connecticut.

The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will: Continue Reading…

Report on linking Holocaust education and HRE to be presented to European education ministers

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Received by e-mail: From: EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Date: 20/01/2010

From 26-28 January 2010, Ministers of Education from across Europe and further afield will come together in Auschwitz to commemorate 65 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp. The Ministers will be presented with the findings of a new report by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. Ministries in all 27 EU Member States were asked about Holocaust and human rights education in their respective countries as part of the study and on-site visits and/or teacher and student focus groups took place in 10 Member States. The report reveals that, despite the strong commitment to human rights education expressed in Ministries throughout the EU, teaching about the Holocaust rarely includes discussion of related human rights issues, whether in schools or at memorial sites.

For more information about the report and/or an interview with the one of the researchers please contact: The FRA Media Team,
E-mail, Tel.: +43 1 58 030 – 642 -

For more information about the conference and commemoration event please contact: Joanna Iwaszkiewicz, E-mail, Tel.: +22 34 74 312

Link: HREA.

Policy Report: Africa Policy Outlook 2010

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Published on Africa Action.org, by Gerald LeMelle, January 21, 2010.

The Africa Policy Outlook is an annual publication released jointly by Africa Action and Foreign Policy In Focus, that highlights key themes and trends in U.S. Africa policy. See the final page for a general schedule of African elections planned for 2010.

In 2009, Washington flat-lined funding for HIV/AIDS, resuscitated and empowered the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and tripled the budget for the Military Command for Africa established under President George W. Bush. These policies all contributed to further entrenching poverty, the leading threat to human security, as well as U.S. national security in the region.

The United States has pushed for deregulation, free trade, and structural adjustment programs to poor countries. It has also increasingly militarized foreign policy. As such, the United States is missing a historic opportunity to leverage its enormous economic and political power to lead the international community in a global fight to eliminate poverty, disease, and conflict.

In this new decade, U.S. policy toward Africa must support the full spectrum of human rights on the continent, and it must be inseparably integrated as a pillar of U.S. foreign policy. Human rights are the foundation for political and social stability and economic progress … (full long 12 pages pdf).

2010-2011 Public Interest Law Fellowship Program – by PILI

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The DEADLINE for receiving applications at PILI is March 31, 2010.

Received by e-mail: From: Public Interest Law Institute PILI; Date: 20/01/2010.

  • 1.) Public Interest Law Fellows Program Seeks Candidates from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, Serbia;
  • 2.) Public Interest Law Fellows Program seeks Candidates from West Africa.

1.) Candidates from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, and Serbia:   Continue Reading…

Kenya: Clause on Spouses’ Equality Struck Out

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Published on allAfrica, by Oliver Mathenge and Alphonce Shiundu, January 19, 2010.

Nairobi — MPs meeting in Naivasha on Tuesday voted to deny women equal rights to men in marriage.

Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the review process also refused to cushion the civil society and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in the new constitution.

Clauses referring to religious groups under this chapter, which they described as bulky, were also struck out.

The MPs, on the second day of their meeting, were debating the chapter on the Bill of Rights which they were unable to conclude on Monday. They agreed to eliminate from the draft constitution a clause that was likely to pave the way for gay marriages.  Continue Reading…

Joint WIPO-ITU Accessibility Workshop

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WIPO Headquarters, Geneva/Switzerland, February 2 to 5, 2010:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are jointly organizing an Accessibility Workshop for staff of the United Nations system and other International Organizations. This Workshop is open to all staff of the United Nations system of Organizations, and other international organizations, and is free of charge.

Violence against women

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Published on OneWorld.net/Guides, updated December 2009.

In launching his new 2008 campaign, UNite to End Violence Against Women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed that “at least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime” … //

… Whilst rich countries are by no means free of violence against women, the problems – which range from domestic violence to honour killings – are perceived to be more serious in developing countries. The task of its elimination must involve a combination of legislation and cultural evolution,
encouraging women to disclose their experiences. Continue Reading…

L’agenda culturel arabe

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Galerie de la Librairie arabe l’Olivier, 5 rue de Fribourg, Genève, 022 731 84 40:

1). Exposition exceptionnelle du peintre palestinien AL WAHIBI
vernissage le 21 janvier dès 17h30 – l’exposition se poursuivra jusqu’au 27 février, en collaboration avec Tqaseem Média.

2). PRINCESSES D’EGYPTE
28 janvier 2010 à 18h30 – Conférence – signature de Caroline Gaultier-Kurhan

3). TRACES – Mémoires musulmanes en cœur de France
29 janvier 2010 à 20.00 h, présentation et signature par Georges A. Bertrand, auteur et photographe. Il nous invite au voyage et assume le rôle de passeur pour nous faire découvrir les relations séculaires qui relient Orient et Occident (aux éditions CHAMAN).

4). A’ alakat ou L’essence des liens
Spectacle de danse de Nadia Makhlouf, 6 février 2010, 20h30 à l’Alhambra:   Continue Reading…

Reframing the Aid Debate

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Published on STWR’s Newsletter of January 2010 (More articles, reports and videos by Share the World’s Resources STWR’s Newsletters).

Dichotomies and over-simplification characterise the current debate over international development aid. The discussion must be radically reframed to focus on how aid is given rather than how much is necessary, says Lindsay Whitfield.

Download: Reframing the Aid Debate, by Lindsay Whitfield, DIIS Working Paper 2009:34, 20 pdf-pages.

Programme de formation en droits de l’homme du Collège universitaire Henry Dunant (Genève)

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Reçu par e.mail: De: Jacques Albohair, Date: 12/01/2010.

[***Moderator's note: A short summary in English: The Collège universitaire Henry Dunant is offering a French and Spanish language course that combines distance learning (April 12th to May 7th 2010) and in-person instruction in Geneva, Switzerland (in French : September 6th to 17th 2010 ; in Spanish : July 26th to August 6th 2010). The program closely follows the development of economic, social and cultural rights in the UN system. See the links above for more information about the programme. See this website.]

Chers collègues, Je vous annonce le Programme de formation en droits de l’homme du Collège universitaire Henry Dunant CUHD, Genève, Suisse. Inscription au plus tard/deadline, le 31 mars 2010 – Formulaire en ligne sur la page web inscription. Cette page contient tous les renseignements pratiques. Continue Reading…

Training program for indigenous advocates

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… from Asia-Pacific – Chiang Mai /Thailand, 22-28 March 2010 – Received by e-mail: From: Sarah Torcasio, Date: 13/01/2010.

Diplomacy Training Program is calling for applications for Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy: A Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region. The program will be held in partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact from 22-28 March 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Applications close 5 February 2010.

This program will have a focus on the issues surrounding Indigenous people, climate change and the impact of global corporations on Indigenous peoples. Download the brochure of information, 3 pdf-pages, about the program, or contact by e-mail for further information. To apply, send your application by e-mail.
Kind regards, Sarah Torcasio, Administrator/ Accounts, Diplomacy Training Program, Faculty of Law, U.N.S.W Sydney NSW 2052,  AUSTRALIA.

Pro-transgender development: Challenges posed by religious extremism

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Audrey Mbugua, Jan. 06, 2010.

Just as we should deplore the role of religious extremism in terrorist acts, we must reject extremist intolerance and antipathy towards sexual minorities, argues Audrey Mbugua. Rather than ’surrender your brain’ to hate-mongering religious leaders and misplaced fear, Mbugua stresses, we must focus on promoting peace and understanding.

On 11 September 2009, America woke up to watch helplessly as 2,900 of its citizens lost their lives as a result of a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda. Nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Continue Reading…

Africa Matters

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news and analysis of African affairs

Africa Matters is a blog that follows the news and offers analysis of African affairs. Our aim is to delve deeper into the issues of African politics and development. We don’t presume to be experts, and we don’t presume to have all the answers—we are just trying to ask the right questions.

Mainpage and latest articles;

What: Welcome to Africa Matters – Last August The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on the recent wave of Western fascination with the world’s poorest continent—Africa has always been hot, but apparently now it’s trendy too. But, for all this newfound interest, Western perspectives on Africa tend to remain one-dimensional. Continue Reading…

2010 International Legal Studies Internship Program

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Received by e-mail: From: Bruce Lasky, Date: 06/01/2010.

Linked on our blogs with Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia BABSEA, and with South East Asia Clinic Talk.

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia 2010 International Legal Studies Internship Program
Date: 17th May-9th August 2010 (Dates can be flexible according to need and circumstance). The deadline for applications is February 14th, 2010. Late applications may still be considered depending on circumstance and available space in program.

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA) is currently accepting applications for its 2010 Legal Studies Internship Program. The BABSEA Legal Studies Internship Program offers an opportunity to make a real contribution to fighting the hardships and legal inequity in Southeast Asia while being involved in a remarkable experience of living and working in the region.

The BABSEA 2010 Legal Studies Internship Program’s proposed activities emphasize four main areas: community legal education research and curriculum development, community service, education & culture, and self reflection.  Continue Reading…

Development tops UN chief’s priorities for 2010

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Published on China View, January 12, 2010.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared this year as the year of development. My message is simple: The MDGs are too big to fail, Ban said. This year must also be a year of action on other fronts, including climate change, Ban said.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) – Heralding 2010 as the year of development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday underscored the urgent need to ensure that action is accelerated to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline … //  Continue Reading…

Call for Action on the Elections of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Published on ESCR-net.org.

The NGO Coalition calls on civil society to get involved in the upcoming elections of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Committee) to ensure the election of independent members with strong ESCR expertise. The terms of 9 of the 18 members of the Committee will expire on 31 December 2010. In October 2009, States parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were asked to nominate new candidates for the Committee, and the deadline for nominations is January 26, 2010. The elections will take place in April 2010, during the resumed organizational meeting of ESCOSOC in New York. The elected individual members will have an impact on the overall quality and effectiveness of this body. With the Optional Protocol now in place, the strength and capacity of the Committee becomes even more critical.

Why NGO involvement matters: … //   Continue Reading…

Future Foods

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Published on Practical Action Blogs, by David J. Grimshaw, January 8, 2010.

Two days ago the Government’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Beddington, “Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC),  said the world will have to produce 50 per cent more food by 2030 in order to feed the growing population.   He said the only way to do this is to grow more crops on less land by using the latest scientific innovation, including GM and nanotechnology.”  (Daily Telegraph, 6 Jan 2010).

Today the House of Lords published a report entitled: “Nanotechnologies and Food” which acknowledged that, “Our current understanding of how they behave in the human body is not yet advanced enough to predict with any certainty what kind of impact specific nanomaterials may have on human health”. It also recognised that there is currently insufficient research into the toxicology of nanomaterials and called on the Research Councils to take a more active role in stimulating such research.  Continue Reading…

Africa: SMS Uprising – Mobile Activism in Continent

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Published on allAfrica, by Sokari Ekine, 7 January 2010.

… ‘Social change is actually driven not by technologies but by ordinary people being able to exert an authority over their own experience and, through common actions, developing the courage to determine their own destiny.’[5]

It is important in the context of this book to point out that the projects and innovations discussed within it do not follow a traditional development model, where technology tends to be shaped by the economic forces that created it. Instead, the social change model is driven by the forces of people’s local needs and is therefore more able to respond quickly and appropriately to specific events and political changes. This means that people at a grassroots level can think about what works for them and how can they use technology to foster social change and collective action.  Continue Reading…

Direct participation in creativity

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Published on ZNet, by Noam Chomsky, January 10, 2010.

In the middle of September, Noam Chomsky was one of the guests of honor for La Jornada’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Eric French of Amauta produced this interview … //

… Amauta: You work in the university.

  • Chomsky: Our health care is rationed by wealth. And the people Anthony Lewis meets for dinner in a restaurant, and his friends and so on, yeah, for them is fine. But not for the people who are listening to the talk shows, and that’s a large part of the population. In fact, for the majority of the population, wages and incomes have stagnated and conditions have gotten worse. So they are asking, “what did I do wrong?” And the answer that the talk show host is giving them is convincing, in its internal logic. It’s saying, “what’s wrong is the rich liberals own everything, run everything, they don’t care about you; therefore, distrust them” and so on. What did Hitler say? He said the same thing. He said “it’s the Jews, it’s the Bolsheviks, that’s a …  Continue Reading…

Vernissage du peintre Al Wahibi

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le 21 janvier à 18h,  à la Galerie de la Librairie L’OLIVIER, 5 rue de Fribourg 1201 Genève, Tel: 022 7318440.

Reçu par e-mail, De: Galerie de la librairie mailto:liba@arabooks.ch, Date: 08/01/2010

La Galerie de “l’Olivier ” & Tqaseem Média ont le plaisir de vous convier au vernissage de l’exposition le jeudi 21 janvier 2010 à 18h. L’exposition se poursuivra du 22 janvier au 27 février 2010, lundi au vendredi 10h-18h45 / Samedi 10h – 18h.

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Rescuing the Peace in Southern Sudan

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Published on OXFAM, 7 January 2010.

Summary: 2010 will be critical for the future of Sudan: As the country marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended a devastating civil war, southern Sudan has seen a major upsurge in violence. In 2009, some 2,500 people were killed and 350,000 fled their homes.

This is even more than has been reported in Darfur, where the humanitarian situation remains extremely concerning. With landmark elections and a referendum on the horizon, the peace deal in southern Sudan is fragile and the violence is likely to escalate even further unless there is urgent international engagement … (full text).

Locally made movie raises awareness of human trafficking

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Published on Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, January 09, 2010. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100109/NEWS10/100109704/-1/NEWS10

A young girl, starved for affection, meets a guy who buys her expensive gifts and treats her like a queen.

But after a few months, the relationship takes a frightening turn. He becomes threatening and abusive, telling the young girl that “I took care of you, now you’ve got to take care of me.”

The “boyfriend” then forces the teenager into prostitution.  Continue Reading…

Dennis Brutus: An ironclad sense of solidarity

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patrick Bond, 2010-01-07.

Patrick Bond collates excerpts of testimonials about the late Dennis Brutus (28 November 1924 – 26 December 2009), ‘a poet whose work will be celebrated forever, and whose wisdom in so many campaigns for social justice will be sorely missed’, from institutions, individuals and the media.

testimonials from Institutions: … //  Continue Reading…

Multi-Asset exchange for Africa?

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Published on African Capital Market, January 2010.

An exchange that will be able to trade a basket of commodity and currencies derivatives for trading on its platform and could later add trading in debt and equity products is to start trading in Mauritius in March, according to an interview on Reuters.

The Global Board Of Trade Ltd. exchange (www.gbot.mu) was due to open this month, but is still waiting to build critical mass of brokers, aiming for 25-30.  Continue Reading…

AFRICA: Drying, Drying, Disappearing …

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Published on IPS, by Paul Virgo, December 26, 2009.

ROME, Dec 26 (IPS) – Lake Chad was bigger than Israel less than 50 years ago. Today its surface area is less than a tenth of its earlier size, amid forecasts the lake could disappear altogether within 20 years … //

… It is a grim situation, but not a hopeless one. The other half of the problem, over-extraction, can be tackled locally.

“We are optimistic,” says Ganduje. “We are regulating the use of Lake Chad water. We are drawing up a charter so everyone has common rules and regulations in the use of water.   Continue Reading…

TANZANIA: Addressing Energy Crisis Through Alternatives and Efficiency at Household Level

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Published on IPS, by Jessie Boylan, January 2, 2010.

DAR ES SALAAM, Jan 2 (IPS) – Tanzania’s electricity grid is fed by a mixture of natural gas, diesel and hydropower; however, over the past few years the country has experienced severe blackouts and power rationing in urban areas due to drought and subsequent low-water levels …

… Tanzania burns one million tonnes of charcoal each year; which amounts to clearing more than 300 hectares of forest every day to produce charcoal.

“Unfortunately the rate of cutting trees and replacing them is not proportionate,” said Sawe. “If you do the math, 300 hectares per day x 365 days equals…” 109,500 hectares per year.   Continue Reading…

Do we need to say our prayers?

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Published on BBCnews, as viewpoint from Greig Whitehead, 5 January 2010.

… Kenya is a deeply religious country.

Christians, Muslims and Hindus alike assemble for regular and often lengthy worship; prayers are offered up before and after every public meeting, and even before starting a cross-country “safari”, the god of one’s faith is called on to bless the journey.

So it comes as no surprise to hear a female pastoralist from the arid lands of North-East Kenya decrying the combined wisdom of the world’s scientists, after being told that climate change is man-made.

“How can man change the climate and make it stop raining: it is God’s will that has brought the drought,” she utters.    Continue Reading…

Flaws in key Lockerbie evidence

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Published on BBCnews, 6 January 2010.

An investigation by BBC’s Newsnight has cast doubts on the key piece of evidence which convicted the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

Tests aimed at reproducing the blast appear to undermine the case’s central forensic link, based on a tiny fragment identified as part of a bomb timer.

The tests suggest the fragment, which linked the attack to Megrahi, would not have survived the mid-air explosion.   Continue Reading…

As deadline approaches, Obama speeds up Guantánamo Bay closure

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Published on The Christian Science Monitor, December 21, 2009.

The Obama administration’s announcement Sunday that 12 Guantánamo detainees would be sent to other countries followed news that some detainees would be transferred to an Illinois facility. The president set a Jan. 22, 2010 deadline for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, but seems unlikely to meet it … //

… The president acknowledges he is now unlikely to meet his Jan. 22 deadline, which corresponds with the completion of his first year in office. With just under 200 detainees remaining at Guantánamo, many analysts say a plan that seemed doable a year ago is bumping up against significant national-security considerations.  Continue Reading…

10 years of the WSF, from Porto Alegre to Dakar

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the longest edition of the World Social Forum – Published on Ciranda, by Rita Freire, Monday 21 December 2009. Translated by Hilde Stephansen, from portugues do Brasil: 10 anos de FSM. See this article also in portugues do Brasil on Teoria e Debate.

The Brazilian desire to mark, in Porto Alegre, ten years of the World Social Forum in 2010, when there will have been ten anti-Davos Januarys, helped inspire the format that the process will have this year. Beginning in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, with an event taking political stock of the WSF at the turn of the decade, it will be followed by a trail of Forums, event after event, on the way to Africa.

Another way of looking at it is that the first 10 years of the WSF, which was conceived in 2001, will conclude with a birthday party in January 2011 in the city of Dakar, where the next global edition of the Forum will be held. This event will be the realization in Senegal of the African desire again to organize a WSF on the continent.  Continue Reading…

Egypt: Rooftops Empower the Poor

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Egypt: Rooftops Empower the Poor – Published on allAfrica (first on IPS), by Cam McGrath, 3 January 2010.

Cairo — In one of the poorest and most populous neighborhoods of Cairo, Hussein Soliman and his family live in a small apartment that is a model of clean energy living.

The two solar panels and bio-gas unit on the roof of Soliman’s building in Darb El-Ahmar provide hot water and cooking gas to his two-bedroom apartment, reducing his family’s carbon footprint and energy costs.

The clean energy appliances, made mostly from recycled material, have reduced his household’s waste have meant that “my gas and electricity bills are much less than before,” says Soliman. They shaved nearly 50 percent off the utility bills.  Continue Reading…

The eternal traveller

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Published on The Road to the Horizon, by the blog owner, January 3, 2010.

I would be perfectly OK to sit still, in a room, for days, weeks, probably months in a row. No matter the lack of a TV, radio, Internet. I am perfectly OK to just be by myself, in isolation. And sometimes isolated, I am. At times, in my apartment in Rome, for days I don’t see anyone, don’t speak to anyone, and hardly leave “my cave”.

Then, when I finally come out, it is like the whole world is anew. As if every little thing is just born out of nothing. I can stand still looking at a pine tree, catching details of its branches I have never noticed before. Impressions from the outside world then come rushing in, at an exhilarating pace, and a breathtaking intensity, for me to soak it all in. It is a rush then, after days in my cave, to see get all of the smells and sights coming in, queued up, registered and processed.  Continue Reading…

System change not climate change

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Ama Biney, 2009-12-23.

A capitalist economic system dependent on fossil fuels and the exploitation of natural resources to generate profit has left people and ecosystems across large parts of the planet – including swathes of Africa – vulnerable to climate change, Ama Biney writes in this week’s Pambazuka News. The ‘derisory’ funding developed nations have offered to ‘assist developing countries to adapt to climate change’ is not enough to solve the problem, Biney argues. The real focus, says Biney, should be on ‘transforming the exploitative, unsustainable, profit-driven ethos that underpins the current system of wealth accumulation that simultaneously damages the environment’.

Why is it that trillions could be found to bail out the banks by both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown? Is bailing out the banks to the tune of trillions more important than climate change? Continue Reading…

La lettre d’information de la LDH n°29

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(Ligue des Droits de l’Homme) – Received by e-mail: De: Ligue des droits de l’Homme; Date: 01/01/2010

La Ligue des droits de l’Homme vous souhaite une année 2010 chaleureuse et fraternelle. De l’engagement de tous dépend le coup d’arrêt que nous voulons mettre au développement d’une société de surveillance et d’inégalités. Si le mot urgence a un sens, c’est là qu’il réside.

Depuis deux mois, la LDH a lancé une campagne Urgence pour les libertés, urgence pour les droits qui a pour but de sensibiliser, d’interpeller, de mobiliser et de débattre avec les citoyens et citoyennes sur l’urgence qu’il y a à défendre nos libertés et nos droits.

En 2010, la LDH veut prouver que, face à ces atteintes, rien ne nous condamne à subir. Nous partageons en France comme ailleurs, avec nombre de forces associatives, sociales syndicales ou politiques la conviction que la solidarité, la justice et les droits sont les fondements de la société que nous voulons.  Continue Reading…

African women and the Internet

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Linked on our blogs with ngo net Africa. – Published on ngo net Africa, as a statement, not dated.

The position and tasks of women as described in the above paragraph, influence computer network implementation and use. The main gender problems in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) are lack of access, lack of gender-sensitivity, psychological barriers and the invisibility of women’s information.

World-wide, women constitute about 37% of the Internet users. However, the majority of female Internet users are American. Particularly women from the South have restricted access. This is related to general gender issues like the large amount of poor and illiterate women. The biases in ICT projects for urban areas and for the formal economic sector, aggravate women’s access problems. Continue Reading…

HRE for human rights educators

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This text was first published as a question on HREA.org [hr-education], 20 october 2009. Since then many answers were given, almost daily. You may find all their links on this HREA-web-page, beginning with 20 October 2009. You are invited to give still more answers.

The request on 20 October 2009 had been the following:

Dear colleagues, The UN Human Rights Council decided at its 12th session that the second phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education will focus on human rights education for higher education and on human rights training programmes for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and military personnel at all levels. That is very good.  At this early stage in planning for the coming years, it would be useful to explicitly acknowledge the need for human rights education for human rights educators.   Continue Reading…

MINARETS EN SUISSE – LE CHOC D’UNE VOTATION

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Publié sur CAP Droits de l’Homme, Décembre 2009.

Personne ne s’y attendait, y compris les auteurs de l’initiative! Quoi qu’il en soit, les résultats du vote sur les minarets du 29 novembre 2009 continuent de soulever d’intéressantes interrogations.

La force d’une image mentale: Pourquoi les Suisses, qui depuis les années 70 refusent toutes les initiatives xénophobes, ont-ils cette fois dit oui ? La simple image d’un muezzin perturbant leur tranquillité a suffit pour les mobiliser …

Les faits: … //   Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 7 – 27 December 2009

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Received by e-mail: From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 31/12/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. LOOKING FOR PUBLICATIONS ON RIGHT TO WATER, FOOD, WORK AND HEALTH
Dear Colleagues, We are an NGO in India and we would like to recieve publications pertaining to the following areas: community development, right to water and food, right to work and freedom, right to health and other health issues.
SERVE, Plot.170, HUDA Weaker sections colony, LENIN NAGAR, MEER PET PANCHAYAT, Saroor Nagar, Mandal, HYDERABAD – 500079, INDIA, E-mail.

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Liberia: More TB Sufferers Coming Forward

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Published on allAfrica, 30 December 2009.

Monrovia — More tuberculosis sufferers in Liberia are seeking testing and treatment, which health officials say reflects increased awareness that the disease does not have to be a death sentence.

From January to September 2009, 4,401 tuberculosis (TB) patients were treated in government health centres country-wide, according to just-released government figures. Deddeh Bah Kesselly, head of the government’s TB control programme, said the final tally for 2009 is certain to be higher than the 5,000 cases brought forward in 2008.  Continue Reading…

Africa Action Talking Points on a New U.S.-Sudan Policy

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Linked on our blogs with Africa Action. – Published on Africa Action, December 2009.

Introduction: Since the beginning of his presidency, President Obama has taken two important strides in his commitment to peace and justice in Darfur & all Sudan:

  • The first positive step was the creation of a full time U.S. Presidential envoy, which has long been recommended by the human rights community including Africa Action, through which to pursue diplomatic efforts.
  • Secondly, in October 2009 the administration announced a new policy strategy toward Sudan that aims for a more comprehensive approach.

It appears to be results driven and contain encouraging rhetoric regarding a renewed “focus on ending the suffering in Darfur, and building a lasting peace.” This includes a call of “accountability for genocide and atrocities [as] necessary for reconciliation and lasting peace” … //  Continue Reading…