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2010-09-01: Requests for Information: 16 – 29 August 2010;
2010-09-02: Institutional radicalisation of public schools;
2010-09-03: NGO Working Group on UN Access, first meeting in Geneva;
2010-09-04: Research in Human Rights Education Papers;
2010-09-05: La situation socio-économique et politique en Guinée;
2010-09-06: Women Step Up to Bring Security to Teetering Kyrgyzstan;
2010-09-07: Pirates of Puntland: A tale of Somali Pirates, Ethiopia and the USA;
2010-09-08: Just for the beauty;
2010-09-09: Costa Rica: The lowest form of military aggression;
2010-09-10: Playing with Fire – On Christian Book Burning;
2010-09-11: India forms new tribal council in wake of Vedanta victory;
2010-09-12: Credo Mutwa – Before my Eyes Close in Death;
2010-09-13: Oil-dependency and food: Livelihoods at risk;
2010-09-14: Laureates 2010 – WWSF Prize for rural women;
2010-09-15: James Ferguson on Modernity, Development, and Reading Foucault in Lesotho, an Interview;
2010-09-16: REFUGEE ACTION RESPONSE TO TODAY’S CONTROL OF IMMIGRATION STATISTICS;
2010-09-17: White British pupils make less progress than ethnic minorities;
2010-09-18: MDGs and the right to education, policy briefs from the RTE Project;
2010-09-18: Amnesty International: Human Rights Educational Resource Consultant;
2010-09-19: African civil society organisations: Chinese perceptions;
2010-09-20: Income Poverty: One in Three Americans Lacks the Income Needed to Make Ends Meet;
2010-09-21: Latest update of the Torture Archive;
2019-09-22: Racism, Islamophobia and capitalist depression;
2010-09-23: European youth hit hard by crisis;
2010-09-24: Ban of Killer Games;
2010-09-25: Social Watch presents its new report to Heads of State;
2019-09-26: CSR in a season of economic downturn;
2010-09-27: Labour result ‘too close to call’ as last-minute rifts emerge;
2010-09-27: Pambazuka News 500th issue and 10th anniversary approaching;
2010-09-28: WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals;
2010-09-29: Africans must not rely on the so-called millennium goals;
2010-09-30: African Women Writing Resistance.

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African Women Writing Resistance

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Published on Pambazuka, by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne Serafin, Sept. 23, 2010.

The following article is an extract from ‘African Women Writing Resistance’, which Pambazuka Press will be publishing in January 2011. For customers in Africa and Europe, the book is available at a special pre-publication price of £13.00 when ordering from our website, with orders to be fulfilled in January (customers in North America and India should please order from the University of Wisconsin Press website).

African women are too often presented in scholarly and media accounts as passive, pathetic victims of harsh circumstances, rather than as autonomous creative agents making positive changes in their lives. Confronting entrenched social inequality and inadequate access to resources, women across the continent are working with grit, determination, and imagination to improve their own material conditions and to blaze a strong, clear path for their daughters and granddaughters.  Continue Reading…

Africans must not rely on the so-called millennium goals

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Published on Pambazuka, by Cameron Duodu, Sept. 23, 2010.

Instead of falling for the rhetoric around the UN development goals, Cameron Duodu argues that Africa should gauge the true commitment of rich countries to ending poverty on the continent by looking to the past. In this area, the G8 has been sorely lacking, he says.

In the next few days, many sweet words will once again be issued from the UN about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa, given the special summit being held in New York … //  Continue Reading…

WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

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Linked on our blogs with Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomWILPF. – Published on Peace Earth and Justice News, by Joan Russow, September 21, 2010.

… The continued investment in militarism does not make the world safer. Weapons cannot address the main threats people all over the world are facing today, such as natural disasters, increased food prices, and lack of adequate health care, education, and a clean environment. Yet these threats are aggravating arms races and weapons development. SIPRI has warned that growing competition for natural resources “may lead to increased military spending as a means of protecting resources from internal or external threats, while resource revenues are often a source of funding for arms purchases.” Therefore, in the context of the 2010 UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, WILPF urges UN member states and civil society to consider, what would you rather pay for:  Continue Reading…

Pambazuka News 500th issue and 10th anniversary approaching

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Help us to celebrate - Published on Pambazuka, Sept. 21, 2010.

In October 2010 we will publish the 500th issue of Pambazuka News as we reach our 10th birthday. Over that time, we have built up a database of some 60,000 articles and news items on the website – all available for free. Some 2,500 authors have contributed articles, poems, audiovisual materials and commentary. Pambazuka News has become the oldest and largest (and of course most dynamic) citizen journalism site for social justice in Africa … // Continue Reading…

Labour result ‘too close to call’ as last-minute rifts emerge

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Published on The Guardian.co.uk, by Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt , Sept. 24, 2010.

The potential rifts facing the new Labour leader are laid bare tomorrow when one of the party’s most senior figures, Alan Johnson, warns against a lurch from the party’s current stance on the deficit, and says “a return of the union finger jabbers” would weaken public opposition to the spending cuts.

Ed Miliband, the self-styled change candidate, became the last-minute favourite to be declared Labour’s 18th elected leader tomorrow – in what would be a dramatic overtaking of his elder brother David, following strong union support and a late shift among MPs … //  Continue Reading…

CSR in a season of economic downturn

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corporate social responsibility CSR on wikipedia

Linked with Emergence Collective, with Assata Shakur Forums, with New Economy Movement,with New Economics Foundation NEF, and with What Story would you tell?

an Analysis published on Business Day, by Bimbola Ashiru, Sept. 17, 2010.

Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, may become one of the biggest victims of the raging economic downturn especially in our part of the world. In a clime like ours where CSR as an integral aspect of the corporate philosophy is yet to be fully understood, much less entrenched, CSR is likely to be badly affected by the hurricane of the economic recession in which we are still embroiled.  Continue Reading…

Social Watch presents its new report to Heads of State

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Published on Social Watch, Sept. 10, 2010.

President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Helen Clark, Head of the UNDP, René Ramírez, minister of planning of Ecuador, German parlamentarian Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul along with UN officials and over 50 diplomats were present in New York for the launch of the SOCIAL WATCH REPORT 2010. The findings of Social Watch are part of discussions on the new development paradigm hosted by the German mission to the UN on the eve of the MDGs Summit. The event is co-organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Social Watch and Global Policy Forum and takes place on 17 September 2010.  Continue Reading…

Ban of Killer Games

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Published on Current Concerns, September 23, 2010.

What are the arguments for a general ban?

  • In Switzerland, the Council of States (Ständerat) ruled by 19 to 12 votes to prohibit killer-games containing violence. The opponents argue that such a ban can only be performed partly and gradually.

What are the arguments for a general ban of killer-games?   Continue Reading…

European youth hit hard by crisis

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Published on WSWS, by Elisabeth Zimmermann, Sept. 22, 2010.

In August the International Labor Organization (ILO) published a paper detailing the initial impact of the international economic crisis on the younger generation. The paper concludes that youth unemployment has reached record heights. Worldwide a total of 81 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are now officially unemployed. This represents an increase of nearly ten percent, or 7.8 million youth, since the end of 2007.

The ILO report indicates that global unemployment of young people rose from 11.9 percent of total unemployment at the end of 2007 to 13 percent at the end of 2009. This is the steepest rise over a short period ever recorded.  Continue Reading…

Racism, Islamophobia and capitalist depression

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, Sept. 16, 2010.

Following inflammatory remarks made by Florida pastor Terry Jones around burning the Qu’ran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Horace Campbell considers the resurgence of Islamophobia and attempts by powerful sections of the US conservative ruling class to stoke up the flames of conflict. At a time of acute economic downturn, Campbell contends, the forces of peace and understanding must complement one another in a bid to prevent discrimation, prejudice and conflict from gaining traction and cementing the position of the US neo-conservative establishment … //

… DECENT PEOPLE MUST STAND FIRM FOR PEACE:  Continue Reading…

Latest update of the Torture Archive

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Linked with Torture Archive. – Published on National Security Archive, Sept. 16, 2010.

Over 30,000 additional pages of documents comprise the latest update of the Torture Archive, an online repository for primary source material related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States in the “global war on terror” since September 2001.

Compiled by The National Security Archive at George Washington University, the Torture Archive now contains 116,418 fully searchable and indexed pages providing the public with access to thousands of documents highlighting the abuse and torture of detainees in facilities such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison. The Torture Archive provides a detailed account of the authorization of torture as a component of U.S. policy during the administration of President George W. Bush.  Continue Reading…

Income Poverty: One in Three Americans Lacks the Income Needed to Make Ends Meet

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… Young Adults Among Hardest Hit – Published on Global Research.ca, by Shawn Fremstad, Sept. 18, 2010.

… There is broad recognition that the current poverty line ($21,756 for a family of four in 2009) falls far below the amount of income needed to “make ends meet” at a basic level.1 When established in the early 1960s, the poverty line was equal to nearly 50 percent of median income. Because it has only been adjusted for inflation since then, and not for increases in mainstream living standards, the poverty line has fallen to just under 30 percent of median income. As a result, to be counted as officially “poor,” you have to be much poorer today, compared to a typical family, than you would have in the 1960s … //

… Health Insurance:  Continue Reading…

African civil society organisations: Chinese perceptions

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How should African CSOs engage China? – Published on Pambazuka News, by Xiao Yuhua, Sept. 16, 2010.

The following is an extract from Pambazuka Press’s new book, ‘Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa’, now available at www.pambazukapress.org. ‘Chinese and African Perspectives’ brings together the views and analysis of a range of Chinese and African commentators, who discuss the impact, cooperation and challenges of the growing relations between the Asian giant and African continent.

The strengthening of Sino-African relations has attracted interest across the world. As a matter of fact, the red-hot relationship between the Middle Kingdom and African countries is so significant that it might be a prelude to the formation of a new world economic and political order which favours not only the developed North, but also the underdeveloped South.  Continue Reading…

Amnesty International: Human Rights Educational Resource Consultant

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CALL FOR CONSULTANT Amnesty International: the International Secretariat is looking for an Educational Resource Consultant, closing date is Friday 1 October 2010. – Received by e-mail, From: Melody Ross, Date: 16/09/2010

  • Bids should be dent by e-mail to Melody Ross by Friday 1 October.
  • Interviews will be held by phone or in person on 14 – 15 October.
  • The Consultant will need to be available to begin work immediately on 18 October with the AI HRE Team to prepare for the First Project Workshop to be held on 5-7 November 2011 in London.

The Consultant will guarantee the development and editing of innovative educational resources and tools for teachers, youth workers and multipliers who work with young people from the age of 11 to 25yrs. Materials will be developed in a participatory manner ensuring that potential users can actively contribute throughout the complete design phase. Continue Reading…

MDGs and the right to education, policy briefs from the RTE Project

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(see: United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals – …/ eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015 … )

Linked with Linked with Right to Education project.

Received by e-mail, Fom: Peter Hyll-Larsen, Date: 16/09/2010

What happened to education as a human right? Still not too late for the MDGs! World leaders take on the MDGs this week in New York. The Right to Education Project has prepared strong and clear policy briefs with recommendations to inspire on education rights. Read them here:  Continue Reading…

White British pupils make less progress than ethnic minorities

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Published on Telegraph.co.uk, by Graeme Paton, Education Editor, Sept. 15, 2010.

White British children are falling behind pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds as they receive less attention from teachers in some schools, research suggests.

They start compulsory education way ahead of children from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black African families but fail to make the same progress, it was claimed … //

… Last year, some 50.9 per cent of white British pupils gained five good GCSEs, including the key subjects of English and mathematics.  Continue Reading…

REFUGEE ACTION RESPONSE TO TODAY’S CONTROL OF IMMIGRATION STATISTICS

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Linked with Refugee Action. – Published on Refugee Action, August 26, 2010.

In response to the Control of Immigration Statistics 2009 and Quarter 2 2010, released by the Home Office today, Dave Garratt, acting Chief Executive of Refugee Action, said:

“We are concerned that the latest figures show that one in four initial asylum refusals is later found to be wrong at appeal. For certain nationalities, such as for people from Somalia, this figure rises to 1 in 2. We are particularly concerned that this comes at a time when the government is planning to make cuts to legal aid for asylum appeals … //

… If you have any media enquires please contact Julia Ravenscroft, Press Officer at Refugee Action, on 0161 831 5454 or 07771 748 159. (full text).

James Ferguson on Modernity, Development, and Reading Foucault in Lesotho, an Interview

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an Interview – Published on Theory Talks, November 22, 2009.

How did you arrive at where you currently are in your scholarship?

Well, I guess I first was captured by anthropology as a field. I became interested in the anthropology of Africa, in particular, because of my teachers. The people who taught me anthropology – people like David Brokensha and Paul Bohannan – were Africanists, so the anthropology I learned was, first of all, the anthropology of Africa.

Then, as time wore on – this was the late 1970s – I was increasingly interested in the politics of Southern Africa in particular and the liberation struggles that were going on there. And I became troubled by the gap between the two – one the one hand this sort of academic literature on African societies in anthropology and on the other hand all these interesting events surrounding the struggles against the last vestiges of colonialism in Southern Africa. It seemed to me that there is a space in between those two, where you might be able to connect them, and that became a direction that I was drawn toward.  Continue Reading…

Laureates 2010 – WWSF Prize for rural women

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PRESS RELEASE – Received by e-mail, From: WWFS, Date: 11/09/2010

1): WWSF takes great pleasure in announcing to the media and to the international community the 11 winners of its annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life 2010. The award ($ 1000 per laureate) honors creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world for their contribution in improving the quality of life in rural communities, for protecting the environment, transmitting knowledge and standing up for human rights, development and peace. Established in 1994, WWSF awarded to-date 365 prizes in more than 100 countries. The work of the 11 Laureates 2010 is published on Internet and in our Global Newsletter Women – Edition 18A-2010:

http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=laureates-2010&hl=en_US
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http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=annual-women-s-section-newsletter&hl=en_US Continue Reading…

Oil-dependency and food: Livelihoods at risk

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Published on Pambazuka, by Tanya Kerssen, Sept. 9, 2010.

Tanya Kerssen explores how the ‘global pursuit of fossil fuels’ is impacting on communities across oil-rich regions in Africa, and the prospects for food and fuel sovereignty in a world without cheap oil. ‘Ironically, those with the smallest ecological footprint on earth have born the highest cost,’ writes Kerssen, but these ‘beleaguered people – the small farmers, herders, fishers and artisans of the world – could hold the key to a more energy-efficient future.’

The high cost of cheap oil was brought abruptly to light last April when Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig (contracted by BP) exploded 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. Lost amidst the speechifying and PR, however, have been the voices of those directly affected: The thousands of families who inhabit some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Louisiana is the largest supplier of domestic seafood in the continental United States, providing shrimp, blue crab, oysters, crawfish and a variety of marine finfish[1].   Continue Reading…

Credo Mutwa – Before my Eyes Close in Death

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Watch this video, published on davidicke.com, 8.30 min.

Please circulate far and wide … this is the link to send:

http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/38298-credo-mutwa-before-my-eyes-close-to-death

India forms new tribal council in wake of Vedanta victory

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Linked with Survival International. -Published on Peace, Earth and Justice News, by heathertufts first on Survival International), Sep 10, 2010.

Following the Dongria Kondh tribe’s groundbreaking successful defense of their mountain homeland, the Prime Minister of India has created a new committee for tribal rights.

Led by the Prime Minister, the new ‘National Council for Tribal Welfare’ will review and guide India’s policies affecting the over 80 million tribal people living in the country. The council will bring together Ministers responsible for finance, mines, power generation, the environment, the elected heads of India’s tribal regions and others … (full text).

See the website: Survival, the movement for tribal peoples.

Playing with Fire – On Christian Book Burning

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Gary Leupp, September 9, 2010.

Christians have a long tradition of book burning, dating back to the first decades of what some call the “Jesus movement … //

… What about setting fuel and match to a text handled reverentially as a matter of course by a fifth of the world? Isn’t that even more provocative than challenging any historical record? Whether or not it’s a hate crime according to somebody’s legal definition, it’s a moral crime that Christians and all of us should deplore. Book burning’s part of an historical pattern, but Christians can question and renounce that heritage.  Continue Reading…

Costa Rica: The lowest form of military aggression

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Published on Voltairenet.org, by Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños, July 1, 2010.

On 1 July 2010, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly authorized the U.S. military to undertake policing duties in Costa Rica, based on an expired “Cooperation Agreement.” There is only one small problem: Costa Rica abolished its armed forces in 1949 and since then has had no standing army, national or foreign. Lawyer and Right to Peace advocate, Zamora Bolaños, analyses the repercussions of this overturn – officially to fight drug trafficking – for his country and its ramifications for the region … (full long text and 2 videos).

Just for the beauty

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Just admire these pictures published on the english XINHUAnet.com:

Updated some hours later: see also Little kitty and its big friend (7 photos).

Pirates of Puntland: A tale of Somali Pirates, Ethiopia and the USA

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Published on Online Journal, by Thomas C. Mountain, Sept. 1, 2010.

Pirates, warlords, Marxist guerilla turned G-20 statesman and the USA  … the real story of the Somali pirates in the Horn of Africa is a tale that needs telling. This story starts in a place calling itself Puntland, after The Land of Punt, a once great and glorious civilization in Africa’s Horn, today a forgotten legend found only in the most ancient texts. Formerly part of Somalia, Puntland can be found at the very tip of the Horn of Africa. From its shores desperadoes in small, open boats motor hundreds of miles into the Indian Ocean in search of unwary ships to hijack and hold for ransom.

Many reasons are given for what drives these pirates but the question not being asked is how they have managed to get away with extorting over a quarter of a billion dollars from the international community. Continue Reading…

Women Step Up to Bring Security to Teetering Kyrgyzstan

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Published on World Pulse, by Nurgul Djanaeva, August 30, 2010.

In the aftermath of violence in Kyrgyzstan, women are jump starting peace talks across ethnic lines—and taking the security of their country in their own hands.

Often called the Switzerland of Central Asia, mountainous and ethnically diverse Kyrgyzstan was once touted as a success case for peaceful coexistence. Now, following violent clashes in June between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, ethnic tension is threatening to topple the stability of the entire region. But, a well-organized and thriving women’s movement could pull Kyrgyzstan back from the brink. Nurgul Djanaeva reports.  Continue Reading…

La situation socio-économique et politique en Guinée

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Rencontre d’information sur la transition en Guinée, mardi le 7 septembre 2010, 15.00-17.00 heures, salle V, R3 -Sud, BIT, 4 route des Morillons, Genève / Switzerland. Bus no. 8, 28, F, Arrêt Morillons.

Nous avons le plaisir de vous convier à la réunion d’information que nous organisons sur le processus électoral en Guinée. Suite au passage de la Guinée à l’examen Périodique Universel du 4 Mai 2010, l’ensemble des Etats membres du Conseil ont encouragé l’organisation des élections libres et transparentes pour le rétablissement de l’ordre constitutionnel conformément aux accords de Ouagadougou. Malgré quelques irrégularités, le premier tour des élections du 27 juin s’est déroulé sans incident.  Continue Reading…

Research in Human Rights Education Papers

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Published on HREA.org/Publications.

…Through the Research in Human Rights Education Papers HREA hopes to encourage more research on the impact of human rights education and make the results available to practitioners, to academics and to funders … (full text):

NGO Working Group on UN Access, first meeting in Geneva

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Update 4 sept. 2010: … Please be informed that we are in the process of considering a change of date since many NGO representatives may be away for the long Jeûne Genevoise week end. Best regards, Beatriz Schulthess.

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Received by e-mail, From: Beatriz Schulthess, Date: 09/01/2010. – The meeting will be held on 9 September 2010 from 13:30 to 15:00 hours at the CoNGO conference room at Avenue de la Paix 11, Geneva. All interested NGOs are invited to participate. Please confirm your participation by e-mail to Edith Ballantyne or Beatriz Schulthess.

Convened by CoNGO, the NGO Working Group on UN Access is calling for its first meeting in Geneva. This working group was created to address ongoing concerns about increasing restrictions on NGO access – physical and political – to the UN.  Continue Reading…

Institutional radicalisation of public schools

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Published on CHOWK, by Ali Chishti, September 1, 2010.

I was on a television programme discussing radicalisation when one of the panellists boasted how one mard-e-mujahid is equal to 10 infidels. This compelled me to ponder how and when did the radicalisation of Pakistanis really start. The popular myth is that Ziaul Haq sowed the seeds of radicalisation but, in reality, institutionalised radicalisation of Pakistanis started in the late 1950s when the Iqbalian concepts of mard-e-momin and shaheen were promoted, much like the Nazis originally promoted the concept of the superman of Nietzsche.  Interestingly, the security establishment promoted Iqbal’s idea post the 1958 coup to undermine civilian rule and tried to revise the status of Allama Iqbal as one of the original founders (note that Iqbal was not the national poet until 1958) because the army had traditionally been uneasy with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a staunch secularist, as head of the state. Ayub obviously had a bone or two to pick with Jinnah due to Jinnah’s tough stance on the role of the armed forces.  Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 16 – 29 August 2010

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 30/08/2010.

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 INFORMATION ON NECESSITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
Dear Members, I need information on the necessity of human rights education. You will find my email address at the bottom so you can easily respond to the request.
Thanks, Mostafa Sohel, Director (Democracy, Human rights and Election), Democracywatch, Bangladesh, phone: 88-01711 642346, E-mail.

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