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2010-11-01: Sudan: Race Against Time;
2010-11-02: Haiti: ‘We’ve been forgotten’;
2010-11-03: International Muslim-Christian Consultation Transforming Communities;
2010-11-04: Yemen, the real conflict, Pt.2;
2010-11-05: EPAs: New trade deals, old agendas;
2010-11-06: FINAL STATEMENT – Transforming Communities;
2010-11-07: Pan-Africanism and the challenge of East African Community integration;
2010-11-08: Africa’s great land grab;
2010-11-09: US revolution and counterrevolution: Turns, twists and zigzags;
2010-11-10: $75 million for Micronutrient Initiative;
2010-11-11: United Nations Webcast – 9th Session of HRC;
2010-11-12: Which Way Home;
2010-11-13: Education officials stress need to combat anti-Semitism in schools;
2010-11-14: Conference on Disarmament CD – 3 and 13 December 2010;
2010-11-15: Economics and ethics?
2010-11-16: Analysis of the In-Depth Interviews in Kenya;
2010-11-16: WSIS Forum 2011;
2010-11-17: la librairie arabe “L’OLIVIER” pésente ce fin novembre 2010;
2010-11-17: Association Of War-Disabled Veterans Extends Support To Members;
2010-11-18: South America tops farmland investors’ wish-list;
2010-11-19: The UN General Assembly is the Pre-Eminent Forum for Global Debate;
2010-11-20: Kenya’s complicated transition and the lessons for Zimbabwe;
2010-11-21: The World we want in 2015;
2010-11-22: Patent grab threatens biodiversity and food sovereignty in Africa;
2010-11-23: Ghana’s Oil Find, Diamonds and Gold, Nigeria’s Oil Conflicts;
2010-11-24: CONGO: Polio kills at least 97;
2010-11-25: When the poor become powerful outside of state control;
2010-11-26: HRW calls for protection of migrant workers in Middle East;
2010-11-27: African Executive;
2010-11-28: Are you saying we are not human?
2010-11-29: UNDIR Issues;
2010-11-30: Peace more in Kenyan hands than the ICC’s.

Peace more in Kenyan hands than the ICC’s

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Leigh Brownhill and Kiama Kaara, Nov. 10, 2010.

While the ICC (International Criminal Court) may do its part in ending an entrenched culture of impunity in Kenya, write Leigh Brownhill and Kiama Kaara, it is the Kenyan people, not the ICC, that will play the bigger part in achieving the noble but elusive goal of peace.

It is no coincidence, in our minds, that the promulgation of the new constitution in Kenya on 27 August 2010 was soon followed by the signing of 16 articles of understanding by the Kenyan government and the International Criminal Court (ICC). For it was against social movements’ 20-year pursuit of the new law that the state had begun to retaliate with election violence … //  Continue Reading…

UNDIR Issues

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Dear friends, you may be interested by

Recent Disarmament Forum issues:

Recent publications and papers:  Continue Reading…

Are you saying we are not human?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, Nov. 11, 2010.

The African Commission for People and Human Rights (ACPHR) has declined to give observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). Outraged LGBTI activists have described the decision as a huge setback by the highest body supposed to promote and protect human rights on the continent. This week’s blog roundup focuses on LGBTI news and issues.

Behind the Mask publishes a statement by the CAL in which they demand an explanation from the ACPHR:  Continue Reading…

African Executive

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Dear friends,

You may find here the newest Issue of 17 – 24 November 2010 with interesting articles.

HRW calls for protection of migrant workers in Middle East

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When the poor become powerful outside of state control

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Published on Pambazuka News, by S’bu Zikode, Nov. 11, 2010.

The power of the poor becomes evident when the poor are able to organise – a moment of great promise, but also danger, S’bu Zikode told an audience in the United States recently … //

… The power of the poor starts when we as the poor recognise our own humanity – when we recognise that in fact we are created in the image of God and are therefore equal to all other human beings. But the recognition of our humanity without action to defend our humanity is meaningless. It is very important that we as the poor begin to define ourselves before someone else from somewhere else begins to define us. It is very important for the poor to say, this is who we are, this is where we are and this is what we want. In our movement, as in many movements around the world, we say that we are the poor, those who do not count. We say that we are the excluded and the disrespected. We say that we want our full humanity, that we want justice, that we want dignity and full participation in the planning of our communities … //  Continue Reading…

CONGO: Polio kills at least 97

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Published on IPS Africa, by Arsène Séverin, Nov. 12, 2010.

BRAZZAVILLE, Nov 12 (IPS) – An emergency vaccination campaign against polio begins Nov. 12 in the Republic of Congo, where an epidemic centred on the southern city of Pointe-Noire has killed at least 100 people since the beginning of October.

According to Congolese health authorities, the epidemic has killed 97 people in Pointe-Noire, the economic capital of the country, two people in Dolisie and one in Nkayi, in the southwest. Continue Reading…

Ghana’s Oil Find, Diamonds and Gold, Nigeria’s Oil Conflicts

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Patent grab threatens biodiversity and food sovereignty in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hope Shand, Nov. 11, 2010.

‘Under the guise of developing “climate-ready” crops, the world’s largest seed and agrochemical corporations are pressuring governments to allow what could become the broadest and most dangerous patent claims in intellectual property history.’ Hope Shand unpacks the findings of ETC Group’s new report into patent claims on ‘genes, plants and technologies that will supposedly allow biotech crops to tolerate drought and other environmental stresses’


The World we want in 2015

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Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, 4th AIODM International Forum, 20 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

Also in french – Compte rendu Plateforme ONG:

Lettre Ouverte au Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies Ban Ki-moon en réponse à son rapport intitulé “Tenir les engagements pris”, Mai 2010, 7 pages en pdf.

Kenya’s complicated transition and the lessons for Zimbabwe

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Cyprian Nyamwamu, Nov. 10, 2010.

When it comes to Zimbabwe’s transition, the experience in Kenya shows that reforms must be on paper and in the real world. And the logic of reform must be for the people and not to maintain power for the ‘big boys’, Cyprian Nyamwamu says.

Zimbabwe and Kenya have for a long time been compared and contrasted in terms of their political history and post independence developments, even before the 2007/08 political crises in the two countries. Apart from Kenya and Zimbabwe sharing the destiny of being settler colonies which won their independence through armed struggle, the two countries seem to have inherited social and economic structures that have influenced their politics and transformations ever since.  Continue Reading…

The UN General Assembly is the Pre-Eminent Forum for Global Debate

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(Joseph Deiss) – Published on Current Concerns, by ef, Issue No 19, november 2010.

The General Assembly was opened by this year’s president, the Swiss Joseph Deiss. Since the UN admission of Switzerland eight years ago, this is the first time that a Swiss politician is head of the formally highest office within the UN. Thus he has the possibility of lending importance to the UN on the basis of the Swiss understanding of the state. Switzerland – being a highly estimated country within the UN, a neutral state, which does not belong to any military alliance, a bridge builder and honest partner in negotiations, without any hidden agenda – is predestined to promote dialogue on an equal basis among the member states. Swiss direct democracy and its possibilities to solve social problems should be put on the agenda since it is as significant as the Swiss neutrality.  Continue Reading…

South America tops farmland investors’ wish-list

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Published on Farmlandgrab, by Laura MacInnis, November 10, 2010.

GENEVA, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Farmers’ fields in Brazil and Argentina are among the most prized assets in a new global market for agricultural land that has sprung up alongside soaring commodity prices.

Private equity and fund managers at a farm investing conference in Geneva named South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit … //

… EXPORT TAXES: Continue Reading…

Association Of War-Disabled Veterans Extends Support To Members

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Asmara, 14 November 2010 – In line with the effort to enhance the capacity of its members, the Eritrean National Association of War-disable Veterans distributed 70 electric water pumps and 13 mills among members.

la librairie arabe L’OLIVIER présente ce fin novembre 2010

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  • Mohamed Nejib el Mili présentera et dédicacera son livre L’amour en bandoulière, Vendredi 26 novembre à 18h30. La présentation sera suivie d’une verrée.
  • Quatuor Charbel Rouhana Concert (Charbel Rouhana, Aboud El Saadi, Ali El Khatib, Antoine Khalifé), Samedi 4 décembre 2010, Bar et spécialités orientales dès 19h00

Billets en vente à la librairie arabe L’Olivier, 5 rue de Fribourg, 1201 Genève, +41 22 731 84 40, e-mail.

Check out “350 EARTH”, the first-ever global art exhibit large enough to be seen from space

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Published on, November 12, 2010.

On the 20th of November Spanish based artist Jorge Rodríguez Gerada will create a labyrinth the size of twelve football fields that when viewed from space will appear as the face of a young girl. Visitors will come visit the labyrinth wearing all black and at exactly 12:14pm a satellite will take a photograph from space. Rodríguez Gerada is creating this image as part of the 350 EARTH project and as an answer to the question: Who will deal with the outcome of our actions?   Continue Reading…

WSIS Forum 2011

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The WSIS Forum 2011 is scheduled to be held from the 16th to 20th of May 2011 at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. You may find all informations about in the WSIS Flash of October 2010.

See also the WSIS FORUM 2011 PREPARATORY MEETING, Venue Room 4,  International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), 23 November from 14:30 to 18:00. REGISTRATION.

Analysis of the In-Depth Interviews in Kenya

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Linked on our blogs with Knowledge Brokers’ Forum KBF.

Chapter 2, 25 pdf-pages, by InterMedia Survey Institute, 2010 (Copyright ©).

Economics and ethics?

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by David Ruccio, Nov. 9, 2010.

Economics and ethics. OK, so they’re not two words that are often mentioned in the same breath. Not after the Chicago Boys in Chile. Or Jeffrey Sachs’s “shock therapy” in Bolivia and Andrei Shleifer’s financial shenanigans in Russia. Or, most recently, the role of economists leading up to the financial crisis, as exposed in Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job … //

… There is no Hippocratic Oath in economics, not even a minimal “do no harm.” Fortunately, George DeMartino has a forthcoming book on the topic. In The Economist’s Oath, DeMartino both demonstrates the errors committed by economists in the absence of an ethical code and shows how economics education will have to changed in order to develop an ethical awareness among practicing economists.  Continue Reading…

Conference on Disarmament CD – 3 and 13 December 2010

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If you wish to attend and require UN accreditation, please contact Ms Tae Takahashi, by email or by telephone at +41 22 917 1583 by 26 November 2010.

Linked on these blogs with Geneva Forum. See also: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research UNDIR on wikipedia.

The Geneva Forum and UNIDIR are organizing two events that will be held on 3 and 13 December 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • On Friday, 3 December 2010 (13:00-15:00, Conference Room XI) we will address The role of the CD in history and practice;
  • on Monday, 13 December 2010 (13:00-15:00, Conference Room IX) we will discuss the issue of Nuclear disarmament and the role of the CD.

More details will be sent shortly – including an agenda for both events. In the meantime, we kindly ask that you mark the date in your diaryContinue Reading…

Education officials stress need to combat anti-Semitism in schools

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an OSCE Press release – Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 08/11/2010

VIENNA, 8 November 2010 – Schools across the OSCE region must step up efforts to combat anti-Semitism through education, said participants in an OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) meeting for education ministry officials and experts held today in Vienna.

The meeting, which takes place ahead of the anniversary of the November pogrom in Nazi Germany in 1938, aims to identify successful approaches, share good practices, and discuss challenges in the field of combating anti-Semitism through education.   Continue Reading…

Which Way Home

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If you live in a region receiving Channel 4, then watch this video doc, 84 min,  (First Broadcast: 10PM Tuesday 17 Nov 2009).

If not, Channel 4 may help. Click there on FAQ.

The Oscar-nominated Which Way Home follows unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico on a freight train they call The Beast, hoping to reach the USA.

United Nations Webcast – 9th Session of HRC

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1 – 12 November 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland:

Human Rights Council:

$75 million for Micronutrient Initiative

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The Government of Canada announces $75 million for Micronutrient Initiative to improve maternal and child health through nutrition programming

Published on Micronutrient Initiative, November 1, 2010.

Minister of International Cooperation, Beverley Oda, has announced $75 million in new funding for the work of the Micronutrient Initiative to expand innovative nutrition programming and strengthen African health systems. The investment will be spread over five years and is expected to benefit 4 million pregnant women and 14 million children under the age of five – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Continue Reading…

US revolution and counterrevolution: Turns, twists and zigzags

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, Nov. 4, 2010.

As the US rounds up its mid-term elections, Horace Campbell stresses that there must be renewed efforts to organise in response to the country’s right-wing oligarchy and educate people that ‘fighting wars overseas cannot be the basis for economic reconstruction’.

Revolution is not an overnight event. In revolutionary moments, political institutions and the law are all caught in the tumult. This tumult comes from the fact that there are earthquakes and seismic shifts in economic relations, gender relations, military relations and class or power shifts. Institutions such as the legislature or the banking institutions may be thrown into topsy-turvy … //


Africa’s great land grab

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Published on Food crisis and the global land grab, by BBC, 27 October 2010.

Recent years have seen an increasing number of foreign governments leasing or buying vast tracts of land in Africa for their own use – some say with little or no benefit to Africa.

This practice is known as land grabbing.

A continent wide policy framework for land grabbing is expected to be discussed ahead of a meeting this week of African Union (AU) agriculture ministers in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe … (full text).

Link: Land grabbing – a killing blow to the fight against poverty in Africa, Oct. 27, 2010.

Pan-Africanism and the challenge of East African Community integration

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Issa G. Shivji, Nov. 3, 2010.

As the East African Community seeks further integration, Issa G. Shivji explores the historical beginnings and vision behind such regional changes from a pan-Africanist perspective. Rather than debate specific forms of ‘economic integration’ or ‘political association’, Shivji seeks to discuss ‘whether we are asking the right questions’ … //

… IV. Resurrecting Pan-Africanism:

The defeat of the (territorial) national project at the hands of neo-liberalism on the one hand, and the collapse of neo-liberalism, which was predicated on extreme financialization, on the other, has squarely placed Pan-Africanism on the historical agenda. In broad terms, Pan-Africanist agenda entails continental political unity and economic integration.  Continue Reading…

FINAL STATEMENT – Transforming Communities

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Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future, 1-4 November 2010.

Linked on our blogs with International Muslim-Christian Consultation Transforming Communities.

Go to Documents, scroll down and click on the link Final statement to get the 7 pdf pages text of November 04, 2010.

EPAs: New trade deals, old agendas

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Published on Pambazuka, by Yash Tandon, Oct. 27, 2010.

In November the European Union expects East African countries to sign a ‘comprehensive’ trade agreement. But Yash Tandon warns that the deal is not in Africa’s favour.

Few people in East Africa know about the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) being negotiated between the European Union (EU) on the one hand and the countries of Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). It is primarily a trade agreement, but underlying it are a number of sensitive political and developmental issues. Fifty years after Africa gained its independence from colonial rule, the relationship between it and the former empire is still a hot issue.  Continue Reading…

Yemen, the real conflict, Pt.2

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Watch this Video, published on Real News Network, by Paul Jay, 10.14 min.

International Muslim-Christian Consultation Transforming Communities

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Linked with World Council of Churches WCC. – Received by e-mail, by a friend:

The consultation is happening in these days in Geneva, Switzerland. Muslim and Christian leaders as well as scholars and interfaith practitioners are gathering for the international consultation “Transforming Communities: Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future”.

The consultation is being jointly planned, funded and convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and several Muslim organizations.

The participants will address three key issues in the present context of Muslim-Christian relations:  Continue Reading…

Haiti: ‘We’ve been forgotten’

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Published on  Pambazuka, by Sokari Ekine, Oct. 28, 2010.

Nearly 11 months since Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, the country is still in ruins, with 1.5 million internally displaced people forced to live in crowded unsanitary conditions. Sokari Ekine reports from the Haitian blogosphere on the progress that hasn’t been made.

Haiti is now approaching 11 months into the post-earthquake period, yet the country is still in ruins with some 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) being forced to live in crowded unsanitary conditions.   Continue Reading…

Sudan: Race Against Time

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The countdown to the referenda in Southern Sudan and Abyei

Here the corrresponding website, and also a 65 pdf pages text by Aly Verjee, October 2010.