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Nutrition Investment Will Save and Improve Lives

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Micronutrient Initiative welcomes Canada’s G8 announcement on increased funding for nutrition and micronutrients

Linked with Micronutrient Initiative MI. – Published on Micronutrient Initiqtive MI, by  Evelyne Guindon and Karen Snider, June 25, 2010.

Toronto … The Micronutrient Initiative welcomed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the Government of Canada will increase investments for a maternal and child health strategy and place “a particular emphasis on meeting the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers, newborns and young children.”  Continue Reading…

Afghanistan: Funding both sides

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Linked with Eric Walberg – Canada. – Published on Eric Walberg.com, by Eric Walberg, June 8, 2010.

Delegates in Shangra-La pledge eternal war in Afghanistan, as the US creates new and very dangerous allies there, reports Eric Walberg

War junkies popped their champagne corks on 7 June to celebrate the 104th month of US military engagement in Afghanistan, America’s longest war in history (Vietnam lasted 103 months). Presumably they toasted the five NATO soldiers killed on 6 June and the ten on 7 June, a new record. Troop deaths have skyrocketed this year and NATO forces are continuing to “mow the grass”, killing dozens of “Taliban” every day, and lots of civilians, though no one seems to know just how many of each or how to tell the difference. In any case, what’s the point of questioning numbers provided by those doing the killing? Continue Reading…

Toward a new Alexandria

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Published on openDemocracy, by Lisbet Rausing, June 26, 2010.

The guardians of learning can no longer allow the Library to be surrounded with barbed-wire fences. It is time for the academe to liberate scholarship

Imagine a new Library of Alexandria. Imagine an archive that contains all the natural and social sciences of the West—our source-critical, referenced, peer-reviewed data—as well as the cultural and literary heritage of the world’s civilizations, and many of the world’s most significant archives and specialist collections. Imagine that this library is electronic and in the public domain: sustainable, stable, linked, and searchable through universal semantic catalogue standards. Imagine that it has open source-ware, allowing legacy digital resources and new digital knowledge to be integrated in real time. Imagine that its Second Web capabilities allowed universal researches of the bibliome … //  Continue Reading…

Nigeria: Civil Society Groups Call on State Governments Not to Resume the Execution of Prisoners

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Published on Human Rights Watch, June 25, 2010.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Nigerian Bar Association Human Rights Institute and other Nigerian human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are deeply concerned by reports of a decision by the Nigerian government to resume the execution of prison inmates. The reason given by the authorities for the resumption is to ease prison congestion.

Instead of executing prisoners, the Nigerian authorities should address underlying problems in the criminal justice system. The overcrowding is in part due to delays in trials and failure to provide enough lawyers. Many death row prisoners may be innocent, as Nigeria’s justice system is riddled with flaws and is unable to guarantee fair trials.

The decision to execute death row inmates to ease prison congestion was taken at a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Tuesday 15 June 2010. The meeting was chaired by the Vice President of Nigeria and attended by Nigeria’s 36 state governors. Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 07 – 20 June 2010

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 24/06/2010

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. SEEKING LITERATURE ON EMPOWERING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS IN HRE
Dear Colleagues, I am Indrani devi from Manipur state, India. I am doing Ph.D at Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India under the supervision of Prof. B.B. Mishra Professor, Dept of Education, Mizoram University. My topic is “EMPOWERMENT OF PROSPECTIVE  PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS ON HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN MANIPUR: STATUS AND CHALLENGES”. If you have some material or literature which related to my  topic or study, please suggest me via e-mail. I will never forgot your kind cooperation.
Thanks. Yours sincerely, Kshetrimayum Indrani Devi, Ph.D Scholar, Dept. of Education, Mizoram University, Aizawl Mizoram, INDIA, E-mail.

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U.S. strategy in Eurasia and drug production in Afghanistan

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Published on Voltairenet.org, by Tiberio Graziani, June 17, 2010.

The following analysis offers a geopolitical perspective as a key for understanding the relationship between U.S. global strategy and the presence of North American forces in Afghanistan … //

… 1979, the year of destabilization and its legacy for today’s Afghanistan:

Among the many events affecting international relations whick took place in 1979, two are of pivotal importance for their role in upsetting the geopolitical equation, based at the time on the equilibrium between the United States and the URSS.  Continue Reading…

Is Human Trafficking a Problem in Namibia?

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Linked with Namibia’s National Society for Human Rights. – Published on SANGOnet, by Steven Mvula , June 23, 2010.

It is of utmost importance to, first, look at the definition of the term ‘human trafficking’. Trafficking in person or human trafficking (HT) refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of person, by means of the threat or use of force or other form of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payment or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.  Continue Reading…

AFRICA: Not spending enough on food

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Published on IRINnews, by , June 22, 2010.

“Africa is now facing the same type of long-term food deficit problem that India faced in the early 1960s”, says a paper by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based think-tank.

In the early 1960s India faced a major food crisis.

African countries are not spending enough on agriculture and the overall productivity of the continent has dropped since the mid-1980s, said the paper which looked at trends in public spending on agriculture in Africa.  Continue Reading…

AFRICA: Fighting the double whammy of obesity and hunger

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Published on IRIN, by ts/ey/mw, June 21, 2010.

… Africa faces a double burden of obesity and hunger as millions take up increasingly sedentary lives in cities and the global financial crisis hits rural populations’ food security, nutritionists warn.

Under-nutrition continues to plague sub-Saharan Africa, where 32 percent of the world’s hungry people live. However, those migrating from the countryside to cities are eating too much fatty food, leading to rising rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure, delegates at the International Congress of Nutrition ICN in Bangkok were told. Continue Reading…

Towards a global development strategy

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a special report – Linked with The Broker.

Published on The Broker, April 14, 2010 (Join the online follow-up discussion!).

After an initial round of general opinion (Dutch | International) on the report Less Pretension, More Ambition by the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Broker is now launching an online follow-up discussion on the future of aid and foreign policy under the aegis of a global development strategy.

This follow-up discussion will concentrate on the following questions:    Continue Reading…

What do BP and the Banks Have In Common? The Era of Corporate Anarchy

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Published on Gonzalo Lira’s Blog, by Gonzalo Lira, June 16, 2010.

President Obama missed what the BP oil spill disaster is really about. Though unquestionably an environmental disaster, the BP oil spill is much much more.

The BP oil spill is part of the same problem as the financial crisis: They are two examples of the era we are living in, the era of corporate anarchy.

In a nutshell, in this era of corporate anarchy, corporations do not have to abide by any rules—none at all. Legal, moral, ethical, even financial rules are irrelevant. They have all been rescinded in the pursuit of profit—literally nothing else matters.  Continue Reading…

Feeling Locked Out of the American Dream?

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Published on political affairs pa, by Combined Sources, June 2, 2010.

Editor’s note: The following is the text of a pamphlet published as a pubic service by the Chelsea Fund for Education: Twenty-first century science and technology make it possible for all the world’s people to have good food, good health, good education, a good job and a fulfilling life. What stands in the way? Capitalism – an economic and political system that puts profits before people.

Q: What’s wrong with capitalism?
A: It puts profits before people.

The heart of capitalism is the drive for greater and greater profits for banks and corporations no matter what happens to our nation’s people and environment. The results of this built-in greed are horrible:   Continue Reading…

The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration

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Published on Center for Economic and Policy Research CEPR, by John Schmitt, Kris Warner, and Sarika Gupta, June 2010.

The United States currently incarcerates a higher share of its population than any other country in the world. We calculate that a reduction in incarceration rates just to the level we had in 1993 (which was already high by historical standards) would lower correctional expenditures by $16.9 billion per year, with the large majority of these savings accruing to financially squeezed state and local governments. As a group, state governments could save $7.6 billion, while local governments could save $7.2 billion.

These cost savings could be realized through a reduction by one-half in the incarceration rate of exclusively non-violent offenders, who now make up over 60 percent of the prison and jail population.

A review of the extensive research on incarceration and crime suggests that these savings could be achieved without any appreciable deterioration in public safety … (full text).

China on verge of signing nuke deal with Pakistan: Expert

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Published on Times of India, by IANS, June 14, 2010.

NEW DELHI: China is on the verge of unveiling a nuclear deal with Pakistan that will, in effect, be “cocking a snook” at the world as it will be outside the purview of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a noted security expert said on Monday.

After the exception the NSG accorded to India in 2008 to enable the implementation of its civilian nuclear pact with the US, Pakistan had sought a similar deal from Washington and after having been turned down, “it now appears that China will soon announce its deal with Pakistan to export two nuclear reactors”, Commodore (retd) C. Uday Bhaskar, director of think tank National Maritime Foundation (NMF), said … //  Continue Reading…

Violence in Kyrgyzstan

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Stalin’s harvest – What lies behind the violence in Kyrgyzstan - Published on The Economist, June 14, 2010.

… Although Uzbeks make up only 15% of Kyrgyzstan’s population of 5.4m, most of them live in the southern part of the country, where they make up the majority. The Fergana Valley, where most of the killing happened, was divided arbitrarily by Stalin in the 1920s among Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. As a result, the Kyrgyz Soviet republic was left with a sizeable Uzbek population, the Uzbek Soviet republic with a Tajik population, and so on. While the Soviet Union existed and the republics were part of the same country, this made little practical difference. But when the Soviet Union fell apart, these artificially created borders became final, separating newly independent states and fomenting ethnic tensions … //  Continue Reading…

Ford Foundation Initiative to Tackle HIV Crisis in United States

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Linked with Ford Foundation. – Published on Ford Foundation, June 2, 2010.

NEW YORK, 2 June 2010 — The Ford Foundation today announced a $25 million effort to fight the disproportionate yet largely hidden impact of HIV/AIDS on marginalized communities in the United States.

The initiative will target the District of Columbia and nine states in the South that rank among the highest in new AIDS cases. It will also support efforts to address the spread of HIV among African Americans, women and Latinos. The effort will build upon investments made by Ford over the past several years to address the impact of HIV in these communities and to fight the discrimination that allows the epidemic to spread. It is informed by decades of Ford work tackling difficult human rights issues facing highly marginalized communities.  Continue Reading…

World Day Against Child Labour 2010

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Published on UNHCHR: Joint UNIACC Statements (in pdf) in English, in French, and in Spanish.

See also texts: on ILO; on UNHCHR.

Our Black World

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Linked with Youth Action Net®. – Published on Youth Action Net’s Blog, by João Victor Pellegrini do Nascimento, June 07, 2010.

I can say that, in general, the Brazilian people strongly feel the influence of our African heritage, which has largely made us who we are and who we will be. Africa, long thought of as the cradle of humanity, has contributed significantly to the formation of Brazilian culture as evidenced through the various ethnic groups – the Bantus, Jêjes, Nagôs, Ketos, and others – who came here from the African continent.

Today, the convergence of many phenomena, including the return of the black Diaspora, a global reflection on the origins of our civilization, and the ongoing cultural feedback process between Brazil and Africa, have contributed to forming a bridge between our great cultures.  This organic and fluid feedback loop influences our perceptions, gestures, sounds, images, and feelings and is expressed as a living and dynamic Africa manifested within each one of us Brazilians.  Continue Reading…

… Niger’s Fight against Hunger

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Published on Mobile Active.org, by Kagtrin Verclas, June 6, 2010.

… The official Food Security survey of April 2010 states that there are 7.1 million people facing hunger: 3.3 million of those are considered to be facing extremely food shortages and unable to feed their families’ without help.  Concern’s program is in Tahoua, the second worst affected part of the country.

Every day, we are working at maximum capacity on initiatives to prevent rates of malnutrition from reaching emergency thresholds.  We are distributing seed packs and fertilizer to help families plant crops in time for the next harvest; providing nutrition support to children under five, pregnant women and mothers; and are launching an innovative use of mobile phone technology (and manual transfers) to distribute emergency cash to the most vulnerable women.  Continue Reading…

Beware bigotry: Free speech and the Zapiro cartoons

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Published on Pambazuka, by Mahmood Mamdani, June 3, 2010.

Zapiro’s controversial cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohamed, published in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, prompts Mahmood Mamdani to ‘reflect on times and places when humour turned deadly’. Speaking at the University of Johannesburg, Mamdani explores the relationship between ‘two great liberal objectives, freedom of speech and civil peace’. Zapiro’s cartoon, Mamdani argues, has misread the real challenges we face today: The intellectual challenge of distinguishing between ‘two strands in the history of free speech – blasphemy and bigotry’, and the political challenge of building ‘a local and global coalition against all forms of bigotry’. We need to learn ‘how not to respond to a changing world with fear and anxiety, masked with arrogance, but rather to try a little humility so as to understand,’ Mamdani writes … //  Continue Reading…

BURKINA FASO: Young girls at risk as they join exodus to cities

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Published on IRINnews, by np/mw, 4 June 2010.

LOUTA, 4 June 2010 (IRIN) – Migration in search of work has long been common in Sourou Province, northern Burkina Faso, but the trend is increasingly for younger girls to join the exodus, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Terre des hommes (Tdh).

“Migration is after all a method of survival,” Herman Zoungrana, head of Tdh’s protection programme in Burkina Faso, told IRIN. He said traditionally after the harvest people would fill up their granaries then set out to find work until the next planting season.  Continue Reading…

Unarmed and Courageous

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Published on Voices for Creative Non-Violence, by Kathy Kelly and Josh Brollier, June 1, 2010.

… The majority of Afghanistan’s agricultural laborers, both children and adults, face harsh realities. Many villagers have little access to health care or education. Diseases such as pneumonia, gastroenteritis, malaria, and malnourishment contribute toward the deaths of 850 Afghan children every day.

In rural areas, a family typically has 10 – 15 children. Not all are expected to survive. When a child is born, a ceremony to name the infant takes place several months later because the child’s survival of the first months of life is a cause for great relief and celebration.  Continue Reading…

America’s Spiritual Suicide

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Linked with REPT network. – Published on Countercurrent, by Mary Hamer, MD, June 5, 2010.

… RECOMMENDATIONS: The “TRIPLE TEST” FOR WORLD LEADERS:

*TRIPLE TEST: Overall, I recommend world leaders & CEO’s undergo a “Triple Test” when deciding any major policy that affects significant numbers of people, animals or the Earth.. The Triple Test is a set of three tests including: the Legality, the Morality & the Psychology of any public decision. I recommend an International panel oversee world leaders such as in America & that this panel monitor the impact these leaders have on economic, political, social & environmental systems.

*Psychological Testing: An example of a Psychological Tests for Leaders is: Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) -
see on wikipedia – method of “ABC” questions to determine: The rationality of thinking, the degree of emotional disturbance & behavioral issues. (55) Other psychology tests that could be used to evaluate leaders include: Psychometric testing (56), Personality Disorder testing (57), the Myers-Briggs testing (58) & Rorschach testing (59)  Continue Reading…

Request for young learners’ work in Human Rights Education HRE

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Received by e-mail, From: Veronica Mansilla, Date: 03/06/2010

Dear Colleagues, I am working with the Asia Society and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers in the United States to advance a new framework to educate students for global competence in the US and abroad. This framework has been consensuated with 26 states in the US. I am now preparing the publication that introduces these ideas to educators. This publication will include examples of exemplary student work in various areas, disciplines and educational levels. We will feature examples from the International Baccalaureate, Facing History and Ourselves, the Asia Society’s school network. I would be delighted to feature exemplary student work in human rights.  Continue Reading…

Ghana: CHRAJ rolls out human rights programme for basic schools

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Published on All’Africa, by Gifty Mensah, 31 May 2010.

Accra — As part of plans to bring human rights education to the doorstep of basic schools, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), last Thursday began a human rights education programme at the New Gbawe Junior High School in Accra.

The programme, which is intended to run throughout the year, will be extended to sixteen Junior High Schools within the Ga South Municipality. The objective of the programme is to communicate basic human rights to young people in order to lay a strong foundation for the future of human rights promotion in the country, according to the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ in charge of Public Education and Anti-Corruption, Mr. Richard Quayson. Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 24 – 30 May 2010

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Received by e-mail: From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 03/06/2010

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. SEEKING PHD PROGRAMME IN HRE:
Dear colleagues, I have read some of your work on HRE and also kept abreast with some documents. I would like to pursue a PhD in HRE. I have been to the net and as you may know one cant get everything in the net. Would you be so kind as to recommend me any universities contacts etc. I appreciate your assistance. Yours sincerely, Augustine Omare-Okurut, Secretary General, Uganda National Commission for Unesco, Embassy House, King George VI Way, P.O Box 4962,Kampala, UGANDA, Tel: 256(41)4259713, Fax: 256(41)4258405, E-mail.

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2011 application for the Human Rights Advocates Program

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… at the Columbia University – Received by e-mail, From: Institute for the Study of Human Rights ISHR, Date: 02/06/2010.

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The application for the 2011 session of the annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University is now available. We would like to ask you to disseminate this announcement to eligible human rights activists and organizations. The application is available online here. This web-based format is the only version of the 2011 application.

The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, and corporate social accountability.  Continue Reading…

UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs

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29 JUNE to 1 JULY 2010 – See the practical information: .UNHCR – 10InformationNote.

Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the Geopolitics of Central Asia – Part II

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and Kyrgyzstan’s Rose Revolution – Linked on our blogs with China’s Pan-Asian Railway Plan.

Published on Global Research.ca, by F. William Engdahl, May 28, 2010. (See also: Kyrgyzstan as a Geopolitical Pivot in Great Power Rivalries, May 25, 2010).

… China’s Ministry of Railways has unveiled one of the world’s most ambitious infrastructure projects. The rail link will connect Xinjiang via Kyrgyzstan, ultimately to Germany and even on to London by 2025.

China’s plans include linking the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway into the Eurasian high-speed rail corridor.  Continue Reading…

NTP Review Conference 2010

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Enhanced Prospects for 2010: An Analysis of the Third PrepCom and the Outlook for the 2010 NPT Review Conference

Published on Arms Control Association, by Rebecca Johnson, 24 May 2010.

The just-concluded third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting for the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference has been heralded as a much-needed success story, with much of the credit given to the Obama administration’s more positive approach to multilateral diplomacy and arms control. In the most constructive and collegial atmosphere seen in an NPT meeting since 2002, the agenda and all significant procedural decisions for 2010 were adopted expeditiously in the first week of the May 4-15 meeting in New York. Barring any unforeseen and dramatic deterioration in relations, there is an excellent chance that next year’s review conference will be able to open smoothly and get down to work without the kind of frustrating procedural delays that marred the 2005 NPT Review Conference.[1] … //  Continue Reading…