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Conference on Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue

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Sydney, 4-6 November 2010 – Received by e-mail, From: Sev Ozdowski, Date: 25/05/2010

Dear all, I am delighted to write to you today to let you know that the ‘Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue’ new website is live, please take the time to visit Human Rights Education Conference 2010. It is also my pleasure to invite you to attend the conference to be held on the Parramatta Campus of the University of Western Sydney from 4-6 November 2010. At this conference we will examine the contribution of human rights culture to the good functioning of the civil society; highlight key trends and achievements in human rights education in particular, and aim to secure greater commitment for future human rights education. The conference will have a strong development and Indigenous component. We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute this invitation through your networks.

I look forward to seeing you in November. Regards, Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM FAICD, Director, Equity and Diversity, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia, Website, about, e-mail, Phone: +61 2 9678 7378, Fax: +61 2 9678 7373, Mobile: +61 413 474744.

Iran Was Not What We Had Thought

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Mainstream Media Depictions Clash with Reality

Published on Global, by Kourosh Ziabari, May 26, 2010.

Although the relentless and incessant spates of mainstream media’s psychological warfare have turned Iran into a hazardous and insecure region in the eyes of global public opinions, thousands of Western tourists “take the risk” of traveling to Iran each year to behold in person the concealed and withheld realities of the peaceful and magnificent Iran which a hawkish leader had idiotically categorized as a part of the so-called “Axis of Evil”.  Continue Reading…

Practical information for the UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

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29 JUNE to 1 JULY 2010 – Published on

1. VENUE: The Annual Consultations with NGOs will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2010. The meeting will take place at the International Conference Center Geneva (ICCG) on 29 and 30 June and at the United Nations Office in Geneva on 1 July. On 1 July, the plenary session will take place in Room XIX at the Palais des Nations. The Conference Room XIX is located in the E. Building, on 3rd floor. Access is through Door 40 (opposite to the ICRC building) at the UN Pregny Gate.

All documentation for the meeting will be posted on the UNHCR website at, ngo-consultations, (Deadline to register is 5 June 2010), including useful maps to access the ICCG and the Palais des Nations. The link will be available as of 1 April 2010 and will be regularly updated with additional documentation related to the consultations. You can also get more information on the ICCG, and on the Palais des Nations, … (full long text 1. to 16.).

Week-end international des 5 et 6 juin 2010 à Genève

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Reçu par e-mail, De: Jeandupeux Valeska CHA*, Date: 26/05/2010.

Ne manquez pas le week-end international des 5 et 6 juin 2010 à Genève:

  • Le 5 juin, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de l’environnement, l’ONU, l’UNEP et l’OMPI s’associent pour une grande fête populaire, place des Nations, avec ouverture et visites exceptionnelles du parc de l’ONU et du bâtiment de l’OMPI. (Voir les Nations Unies à Genève);
  • Le 6 juin, à l’occasion du centière anniversaire de sa réception du Prix Nobel de la Paix,le Bureau international de la Paix propose “Making Peace”, ensemble de rencontres, exposition et animations, quai Wilson. (Voir Making – in french and english, see internal link).

* (Chancellerie d’Etat – Protocole, Bureau des ONG internationales).

South Africa: An unfinished revolution?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Neville Alexander, May 20, 2010.

There are few thinking South Africans today who would be prepared to say that they are happy with how things have turned out’ since the fall of apartheid, writes Neville Alexander.
Most South Africans, certainly most oppressed and exploited South Africans, feel that they have been, if not betrayed, then certainly misled.
In a speech given at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 13 May 2010, Alexander looks at what ordinary citizens can do to find their way back, through discussion and practical action, to a vision of a different South Africa that will enable them to put behind them the barbaric and vulgar universe in which they are forced to try to survive with dignity … //   Continue Reading…

Brazil launches international TV station for Africa

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Published on BBCnews, 25 May 2010.

Brazil has launched an international television station that will broadcast to African nations. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the aim of the Portuguese-language channel was to represent Brazil to to the world. The channel shows Brazil’s growing interest in Africa, correspondents say. It will also soon also be available in Latin America, Canada, Europe and the US, according to officials.

Speaking at the launch of TV Brasil Internacional at a ceremony in Brasilia, President Lula described it as the realisation of a dream. “I don’t want a TV channel to speak well of Lula,” he said. “I want a channel that speaks well of the country, that can show Brazil as it really is.” TV Brasil Internacional, based in Brasilia, will be re-broadcast via Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, to 49 African nations.  Continue Reading…

Salva Kiir sworn in as Southern Sudan president

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Published on BBCnews, 21 May 2010.

Salva Kiir, the leader of south Sudan’s former rebel group the SPLM, has been sworn in as the first elected president of the semi-autonomous southern region. Watch the video, 1.02 min.

It follows his landslide victory in April’s elections, part of the peace deal that ended a 21-year civil war between north and south. Next year, the people of Southern Sudan will vote on possible independence. A BBC correspondent in Juba says it is widely believed that, given a free poll, they will vote in favour. Most of Sudan’s lucrative oil is in the south, and the exact boundary with the north still has to be defined. Continue Reading…

A Virulent Outbreak of Rational Thought

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Linked with International Drug Policy Consortium IDPC, and with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP.

Published on openDemocracy, by Charles Shaw, 20 May 2010.

Two UK based organizations are charting a course through the miasma of international drug policy by publishing detailed road maps for legalization. It invites the question: Where are the Americans?

Perhaps because the scale of the UK crisis is measurably lower than in the States, and thus more manageable, two UK-based drug policy organizations have been able to craft individual frameworks for reform and regulation that are garnering a lot of attention, and inspiring activists and reformers across the pond. Continue Reading…

Syria: Martin Ennals Award announces Muhannad Al-Hassani as Laureate for 2010

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Published on en.Al, 07 May 2010.

Muhannad Al-Hassani, a longstanding Syrian human rights defender and lawyer has been awarded the Martin Ennals Award (MEA) laureate for 2010 – the prize to be presented on 15 October 2010 in Geneva. Hans Thoolen, president of the Martin Ennals Foundation, made the announcement at the Geneva Press Club in the presence of Reid Brody, European Press Director at Human Rights Watch and a Jury member of the Martin Ennals Award alongside the City of Geneva’s Mayor Rémy Pagani.  Continue Reading…

Human Rights Council OHCHR – 14th session Geneva, 31 May – 18 June 2010

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in the 6 UN languages

Session’s Outlook:

About OHCHR.

Russia-America Relations: Rediscovering Realpolitik2

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Linked with Eric Walberg – Canada. – Published on Global,by Eric Walberg, May 20, 2010.

As Russia returns to its logical, regional, strategic roots, the US under Obama is slowly waking up after its neocon nightmare.

The irony in current relations between Russia and America is that the US has been far more ideological, perversely so, in the past two decades than Soviet foreign policy ever was. Russia is now expanding its economic and political relations with its former comrades both in the “near abroad” and in the Middle East without any of the scheming subtexts of Washington’s manoeuvring in the recent past. Continue Reading…

Community Radio Takes On Gender and World Cup

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Published on, by Deborah Walter, May 19, 2010.

The world’s media eyes will soon squarely focus on South Africa, with millions from across the globe tuning in via multimillion-dollar broadcasts. Yet, even as the international media and big broadcasters move in, and journalists descend from all over the world, in South Africa, like much of Africa, community radio is still a key source of information and news for many communities, linking local activities and issues with international perspectives.

While other news media, especially print, struggle to keep audiences, community radio listenership in South Africa is continuously rising. According to the South African Advertising Research Foundation, community radio is improving its weekly reach, rising from 7.340 million listeners to 7.713 million between February and May this year alone. Continue Reading…

Conspiracy Against Non-Violent Resistance Movements In Orissa

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Published on, by Nachiketa Desai, 19 May 2010.

A macabre drama is unfolding in the poverty-stricken Indian state of Orissa where a democratically-elected government has begun to crush over a dozen people’s peaceful resistance movements against their forceful eviction from their forest, farm, water bodies and source oflivelihood to help giant multi-national corporations usurp mineral-rich forest and fertile agricultural land.

The recent police atrocities on the people of Kalinganagar and Jagatsinghpur may turn out to be a turning point in the state’s people’s non-violent agitations which have a long and distinguished history of successfully thwarting two nationally important mega projects – the national missile testing range of the defense ministry at Baliapal and the bauxite mining from the Gandhamardan hill by the public sector National Aluminum Corporation (NALCO).

People of Kalinganagar, touted as the steel hub of India, and Jagatsinghpur have been carrying out a non-violent agitation against their displacement to make way for Tata’s six-million-ton integrated steel plant and Korean giant Posco’s 12-million-ton steel plant respectively. In both the places, the Orissa government, with active collusion of armed goons hired by companies, has launched massive attacks indulging in firing, baton-charge and arson. The government had tried to forcibly evict the people from their villages in 2006 and 2007 too resulting in the death of 14 tribals in Kalinganagar and injuries to many in Jagatsinghpur … (full text).


D Raja’s Letter To Prime Minister Of India;

Orissa: Miners’ Paradise, by Nachiketa Desai, 16 May, 2010;

Can ‘Civilised’ People Show Such Disrespect For The Land And Those Who Cultivate It, by Felix Padel, 16 May, 2010.

Sudan: The elections and beyond

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Published on Pambazuka, an interview with Asha Elkarib, May 13, 2010.

Asha Elkarib is a Sudanese social justice activist and member of Tamam – a network for Sudanese civil society groups and NGOs working for equality, justice and democracy in Sudan. Through her involvement in Tamam, she acted as an election monitor in the recent Sudanese general elections – a colossal political event, as they were the first in 24 years. She shares her thoughts and experience on the electoral process, the role of civil society and the future of Sudan with Pambazuka News.

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: What do you think happened in these elections? Was it a genuine outcome? Are the accusations of fraud and irregularities accurate? Are these legitimate concerns? What kind of irregularities took place? How have these affected the outcome?  Continue Reading…

Haiti PM calls on int’l community to deliver aid soon

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Published on the english Xinhuanet, by Xiong Tong, May 15, 2010.

SANTO DOMINGO, May 14 (Xinhua) — Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive here on Friday urged the international community to deliver promised aid to his earthquake-hit country as soon as possible so as to facilitate its reconstruction projects.

“We are doing the follow-up work of the international donors conference held in New York, and we prepare to attend a summit (on Haitian reconstruction) in June,” Bellerive told reporters.  Continue Reading…

WWSF World Campaign 2010 – prevention of abuse & violence against children

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Received by e-mail: From: Women’s World Summit Foundation WWSF. Date: 13/05/2010.

Join the WWSF World Campaign 2010 for making prevention of abuse and violence against children a global priority.

Dear Friends and Partners, WWSF is happy to celebrate with you this year the 10th Anniversary of the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse – 19 November. Last year, 785 organizations from 127 countries joined the international coalition marking not only the World Day but also the Prevention Education Week 13-19 November, or supporting the Day in general. Continue Reading…

Request for information from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education

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/ Solicitud del Relator sobre el DD a la Educacion, Informe sobre DD a la ed xexual – (In order for the information received to be used for the report of the Special Rapporteur, submission of responses is encouraged as soon as possible and no later than 21 May 2010).

Received by e-mail: From: Vernor Muñoz, Date: 14/05/2010.

Dear List Members, The annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education to Be presented before the UN General Assembly in 2010 will focus on the Human Right to a Sexual Education. The Special Rapporteur has identified several axes to be developed in his report and for this reason is requesting the cooperation of all stakeholders by providing information, documentation and relevant comments.  Continue Reading…

Exploring Humanitarian Law Summer Institute

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Washington DC, 2-5 August 2010 – Register Now. – Received by e-mail: From: Phebean Cole, Date: 14/05/2010.

Registration Now Open! The American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law EHL Summer Institute for Educators will be held at the National Headquarters, Washington, DC, August 2-5. The cost to attend is $75.00 with participants responsible for their transportation, accommodations and some meals. A limited number of scholarships of up to $450 are available to help participants cover the cost of attending the EHL training. Continuing Education Units will also be offered to interested attendees. Continue Reading…

Graines de Paix recrute sa/son chef-fe de Programme Education à la Paix

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Publié sur Graines de Paix /nouvelles. – Afin de compléter son équipe, Graines de Paix recherche son/sa Chef-fe de Programme Education à la Paix. Veuillez déposer vos candidatures avant vendredi 21 mai 2010 chez Graines de Paix.

Ce poste implique notamment:

  • Assurer la promotion, la planification et l’animation de l’exposition “Ni hérisson, ni paillasson” auprès des élèves des écoles;
  • Animer avec brio les ateliers d’accompagnement de l’exposition proposés aux élèves des écoles;
  • Proposer, définir, gérer et animer des ateliers thématiques pour les adultes et les enfants;
  • Participer à la définition de la stratégie de développement du programme Education;
  • Assurer la formation des animateur-trices;
  • Participer de manière plus large aux activités de Graines de Paix.

Nous recherchons une personne ayant:  Continue Reading…

Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

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Speech to the G77 at the United Nations – Published on Global, by President Evo Morales, May 12, 2010.

I have come here to share the conclusions of the First World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held last April 20th to 22nd in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I convened this Conference because in Copenhagen the voice of the peoples of the world was not listened to or attended to, nor were established procedures respected by all States … //

… The Cochabamba Conference challenges us to begin to imagine and to promote a kind of global democracy in which the major issues facing humanity can be decided by all peoples.

To bring about all of these proposals, the Conference resolves to initiate the construction of a World People’s Movement of the for Mother Earth.  The Cochabamba Conference places special emphasis on analyzing the topic of development and what kind of development it is that we want. Some of the principles agreed upon were:  Continue Reading…

Guinea waits for change

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Africa’s need for new leaders – Published on Le Monde Diplo, by Tom Rowe, April 2010.

Elections are promised in Guinea this June, causing excitement among its people, tired of military rule and having to live on less than a dollar a day. But is the country ready for elections, let alone democratic rule … //

… The president of peace:

An agreement was reached, guided by President Campaore of Burkina Faso and ECOWAS, the West African version of the EU. Signed in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in January by Dadis and Konaté, it stated that Guinea would return to civilian rule within six months, the military would not contest the election and Dadis would recover outside the country.  Continue Reading…

Africa: escaping the slums

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exploding cities, new suburbs

Published on Le Monde Diplo, by Jean-Christophe Servant, April 2010.
(See also: Guinea, down but not out, April 2010, with Tom Rowe’s photographs of daily life in Guinea).

Africa, the least urbanised continent, still has the highest urban growth rate, nearly 7% per year; 40% of Africans now live in towns, compared with 3% in 1900. By 2030 there will be 760 million Africans, and if current trends continue, more than 70% will live in slums or shanty housing on the outskirts of old colonial foundations (Kinshasa or Nairobi) or ancestral cities (Ibadan or Kano in Nigeria). Half of today’s urban population – most of them under 25 – lives on less than $2 a day.  Continue Reading…

The international significance of the Greek general strike

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Published on WSWS, by Alex Lantier, May 10, 2010.

… The international significance of the Greek strikes is now widely acknowledged. Citing the Greek protests, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman warned: “Nothing to do with us, right? Well, I’d pay attention to the drama playing out here. It may be coming to a theater near you.” He added that, as in Greece, US workers “will have to accept deep cuts to their benefits and pensions.”

As in the US and other European countries, much of Greece’s state debt comes from the €28 billion bailout Athens voted for its banks. Now, while the Greek ruling class aims to extract €30 billion in yearly cuts from workers, governments throughout Europe and in the US are preparing to cut tens or hundreds of billions from their budgets.  Continue Reading…

New Colonialism: Pentagon Carves Africa Into Military Zones

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Published on Global (first on Stop NATO), by Rick Rozoff, May 05, 2010.

Pentagon Builds Surrogate Armies To Control Africa Region By Region:

On the mainland, the Pentagon has transformed the armed forces of Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia into military surrogates on both ends of the continent. Since 2006 “a U.S. State Department-led initiative…has completely rebuilt the military in Liberia,” according to AFRICOM. [31]

Last October the commander of U.S. Army Africa, Major General William B. Garrett III, visited Rwanda (whose military is a U.S. and British proxy) and “stressed that the US army is interested in strengthening its cooperation with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF).” Garrett confirmed that the U.S. was ready to send more advisers and trainers for the Rwandan army and added, “Likewise, we hope that the Rwandan Defence Forces can also participate in our exercises. So we are hoping to increase the level of cooperation between the US and the Rwandan Defense forces.” [32]  Continue Reading…

Protecting investors, but what about the people?

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Published on Pambazuka News, Issue 480, by Joan Baxter, 2010-05-06.

The large-scale acquisition for industrial agriculture in African and other developing countries has been described as a global land grab, ‘threatening food, seed and land sovereignty of family farmers, social stability, environmental health and biodiversity around the world’, writes Joan Baxter. While it is understandable that investors deny that this kind of agricultural investment is a ‘land grab’, says Baxter, what is perplexing is that ‘the same kind of rhetoric is coming from some whose job it is to protect Africa’s farmers’ rights and their farmland from exploitative foreign takeover’.  Continue Reading…


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l’impact des nouvelles technologies médiatiques et de communication (facebook – twitter) sur les sociétés, 12 MAI 2010 à 19h30, à la LIBRAIRIE ARABE “L’OLIVIER”, 5 rue de Fribourg, 1201 GENEVE,

5 Blogueurs, chercheurs, illustrateurs et journalistes se pencheront sur la question de l’impact des nouvelles technologies médiatiques et de communications sur les sociétés moyen-orientales et européennes. Intervenants:

  • Maya Zankoul, Illustratrice et designer graphique, auteure du blog et du livre Amalgam, viendra de Beyrouth
  • Paola Salwan, Co-fondatrice du blog Café Thawra et co-administratrice du réseau Women and Work
  • Joseph Daher, Blogger et Chercheur
  • Djemaa Chraiti, Blogueuse et Auteure,
  • Jean-François Mabut, Journaliste, Blogueur, Directeur de la Plateforme blog de la Tribune de Genève

Une verrée amicale aura lieu après le débat.

OHCHR and Guinea sign agreement for presence

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Published on OHCHR, 5 May 2010.

The UN Human Rights office and the Government of Guinea on 4 May signed an agreement establishing OHCHR’s presence in the West-African country. The new country office will help promote and protect human rights in Guinea.

The decision to establish an OHCHR country office in Guinea originates from a report by an International Commission of Inquiry mandated by the Secretary-General to investigate the 28 September 2009 violent suppression by Guinea’s security forces of a mass demonstration against the military junta.  Continue Reading…

HREA Courses and Infos

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The Human Rights Education Associates HREA publishes:

Madagascar’s hidden crisis: Women’s rights and human rights abuses

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Zo Randriamaro, 2010-04-29.

With Madagascar’s political crisis still far from resolved, economic and social rights have remained outside of the concerns of the country’s leadership and mainstream media alike, writes Zo Randriamaro. Incidents of human rights abuses have been much less publicised than developments around political competition, Randriamaro notes, a reality reflective of elite concerns for self-protection and personal enrichment at the expense of ordinary livelihoods.  Continue Reading…

REDD: Seeing the forest for the trees

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Khadija Sharife, 2010-04-29.

There’s a difference between carbon emissions in developed and developing countries – that of ‘extravagant’ carbon versus ‘survival carbon’, for the provision of basic services such as electricity. But it is a distinction that market-based responses like carbon trading, driven more by financial interests than a desire for sustainable development, fail to consider. Khadija Sharife takes a closer look at UN carbon trading scheme REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).  Continue Reading…

Wake Up and Smell the System

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Frank Scott, May 1st, 2010.

  • The main cause of the destruction of the planet Earth is capitalism … (Evo Morales);
  • Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing (Arundhati Roy).

The president of Bolivia and the writer from India speak for the majority population of earth which has born the brunt of the worst aspects of western culture. They are sending a wake up call to humanity to solve our existential problems as a race, the only one existing despite the propaganda, ignorance and hatred dividing us into competing national and ethnic entities that confuse learned culture with biological difference and jeopardize our future in the process.  Continue Reading…

ALF C7 on e-business, Interactive Panel Debate on ICT and rural enterprise

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Received by e-mail: From: ICT4D, Date:From: 3 May 2010

Dear Madam/Sir, You are invited to participate the Interactive Panel Debate on “ICT and rural enterprise” jointly organized by the FAO, UNCTAD and ITC. The event will be held on 10 May 2010 from 14.30 h – 16.00 h, CICG, room K.

Information on the event is available on the WSIS Forum 2010 website. We are looking forward to your participation. Best regards, Cécile Barayre-El Shami.

Revisiting Economic Man

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Published on STWR, by Alexia Eastwood, April 16, 2010.

Recent empirical studies suggest that people, far from being self-interested ‘rational maximizers’, have an innate tendency to share and cooperate. Could renewed scientific interest in the essence of human nature provide the building blocks for an alternative economic order?

A wealth of literature has recently emerged emphasising humanity’s biological and social propensity for sharing and cooperation, effectively challenging the model of human nature that has underpinned the dominant political and economic structures of recent decades.[1] Empirical evidence from studies of behavioural psychology has suggested that our inclination to share and cooperate is hardwired into our genetic code and may have acted as an evolutionary advantage in human societies throughout the ages.[2] Continue Reading…

Policy Space to Prevent and Mitigate Financial Crises in Trade and Investment Treaties

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Linked on our blogs with Global Development and Environment Institute GDAE.

Published on Global Development and Environment Institute GDAE, (a G-24 Discussion Paper, United Nations), by Kevin P. Gallagher, April 2010. (Download the full report, 28 pdf-pages, April 2010).

Do nations have the policy space to deploy capital controls to prevent and mitigate financial crises? This report examines the extent to which measures to mitigate the global financial crisis and prevent future crises are permissible under a variety of bi-lateral, regional, and multi-lateral trade and investment agreements. It is found that the United States trade and investment agreements, and to a lesser extent the WTO, leave little room to maneuver when it comes to capital controls. This is the case.   Continue Reading…

Guantanamo: The Omar Khadr Case

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Canadian Government Complicit in War Crimes

Published on Global, by Gail Davidson, April 29, 2010.

Open Letter to Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators on the Omar Khadr Case – Do not let the Harper administration ignore the will of Parliament and disobey the law again

According to Paul Koring of the Globe and Mail (April 28, 2010, A 16), lawyers have been negotiating an arrangement that could lead to Omar Khadr’s release and repatriation. But, adds Koring, “agreement from the Canadian government would be critical to any final deal, Mr. Khadr’s lawyers said.”

In fact the Canadian government—through a majority vote in Parliament on March 23, 2009—has already decided that Omar Khadr should be released and repatriated, so no further ‘agreement’ is necessary.  Continue Reading…