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2011-02-01: Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration IOM;
2011-02-02: Surgical operation in Cote d’Ivoire: The worst-case scenario?
2011-02-03: ETHIOPIE: Les pastoralistes luttent contre les MGF/E;
2011-02-03: The Practice Of Female Genital Mutilation – Challenges For Health Communicators;
2011-02-04: African anti-gay attacks will fuel HIV;
2011-02-04: A propos de l’excision;
2011-02-05: Welcome to the world of Bruno Manser’s photographs;
2011-02-06: Echoes from Tunisia and Egypt: Revolutions without self-proclaimed revolutionaries;
2011-02-06: Clitoraid propose de transformer la ‘Journée Tolérance Zéro’ en une journée pour la réparation des victimes;
2011-02-07: Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education resource pack;
2011-02-07: Hausse des mutilations génitales en Occident;
2011-02-08: Employers Support Public Health Insurance Plan In San Francisco;
2011-02-09: Ideology in a time of crisis: Egypt, Washington and the TV networks;
2011-02-10: Abandon de l’excision: Communiquer pour y arriver;
2011-02-11: LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION: Pour une chaîne de protection des filles;
2011-02-11: Egypt: liberal democracy or an African democracy?
2011-02-12: Tolérance zéro pour les mutilations génitales féminines;
2011-02-13: LIHALA;
2011-02-13: Bipartisan abandonment of the poor;
2011-02-14: MENA Government Responses to Civil Unrest;
2011-02-14: Cinq cent mille femmes excisées en Europe: Le ministre de la Sécurité présente la contre offensive de la République suisse;
2011-02-15: Dignity, Bread and Liberty; the start of peak food revolutions;
2011-02-16: Wyse Supports eLearning Africa with Platinum Sponsorship;
2011-02-17: Resurrecting insurrection;
2011-02-17: Ensemble contre l’excision: maintenant;
2011-02-18: PILnet’s 2011-2012 Call for Applications;
2011-02-18: Education pour tous en 2015: Huit ONG harmonisent leurs actions;
2011-02-19: Development aid: Enemy of emancipation?
2011-02-19: Afrique: L’enseignement à distance une solution aux problèmes de formation des enseignants;
2011-02-20: My life as a gay Ugandan;
2011-02-21: Revolution and reconstruction in Egypt;
2011-02-21: Libya Protests;
2011-02-21: Peace;
2011-02-22: Tunisia seeks Ben Ali’s extradition;
2011-02-22: Somalie: pirates ou pêcheurs en lutte?
2011-02-23: Joint statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton;
2011-02-24: Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire;
2011-02-24: Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration;
2011-02-25: Features: Africa’s youths united can never be defeated;
2011-02-26: Way Up North in Louisville;
2011-02-26: MGF au Congo-Brazzaville: le ministère de la Promotion de la femme lance un avertissement;
2011-02-27: Prevention Programme for broad protect ion from Female Genital Mutilation on girls in Germany;
2011-02-27: Transitions attendues ou inattendues dans le monde arabe;
2011-02-28: Land Grab in Africa;
2011-02-28: LA QUESTION DE LA VIOLENCE ET DE LA DISCRIMINATION.

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Promotion des Soins de Santé de Proximité

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Publié sur WHO /Africa.

Le Chef de l’Etat, Faure GNASSINGBE, a Inauguré le Bloc Chirurgical de l’Hôpital de Vogan.

Les autorités sanitaires et les partenaires au développement se sont retrouvés autour du Président de la République, ce 14 septembre 2009 à Vogan, chef-lieu du District sanitaire de Vo, pour marquer avec le personnel de santé et la population de la localité la cérémonie officielle de l’inauguration d’un bloc chirurgical implanté au sein de cette structure sanitaire.
L’ouvrage faisant l’objet de la manifestation est une réalisation de l’initiative « Approche Harmonisée de Santé en Afrique » dont l’UNFPA, l’UNICEF la Banque Africaine de Développement et l’OMS sont cosignataires … (sur le site, cliquez sur le lien: en savoir plus).

Land Grab in Africa

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For example in Ethiopia – Linked on our blogs with Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab – farmlandgrab.org, with World Bank land grab report: Beyond smoke and mirrors, and with Jean Ziegler – Switzerland and its links.

Published on Current Concerns, no 3, Source: Swiss radio (DRS International of 7 November 2010), February 2011.

Antje Diekhans, radio correspondent for Eastern and Central Africa at the ARD, a German broadcasting corporation, said in a contribution for Swiss radio DRS International that “In Ethiopia a proper sellout of the areas of farmland has begun. Investors come from everywhere, in order to secure for themselves a part of the farmland areas, because despite Ethiopia’s reputation as a country suffering from hunger, the ground is very fertile there. Nearly everything grows: Grain, rice, various kinds of fruit and vegetables.”

A young Indian is to build up a large-scale enterprise with 2,000 to 3,000 hectares of land, of which he has already obtained 1,000, so far. He wants to grow sunflowers there and produce palm oil at first, not for the Ethiopian market, however: “We will export to India and also to some European and Arab countries”, he explains to the radio correspondent. The rent for the land: 10 Euros per hectare – per year.  Continue Reading…

Transitions attendues ou inattendues dans le monde arabe

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rencontre-débat jeudi le 3 mars 2011 à 19h30

avec Riccardo Bocco, Malek El-Khoury et Gerard Russell, en français et en anglais (sans traductions) à la Librairie arabe L’Olivier, 5 rue de Fribourg, 1201 Genève/Suisse, tel: 022 731 84 40, e-mail.

La rencontre sera suivie d’un verre de l’amitié.

(Avec le soutient de l’Association Rencontres et Cultures du monde arabe et de la Ville de Genève).

Prevention Programme for broad protect ion from Female Genital Mutilation on girls in Germany

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Linked on our blogs with TaskForce. – Published on TaskForce.de, 16 pdfd pages.

(page 4/16): … 1. Information from experts:

  • In 2005, UNICEF and Terre des Femmes published the result of a survey which was distributed to gynaecologist working in Germany. 83 out of 493 doctors stated that they have obtained information about the mutilation of girls who are living here. Information were given that the practice of mutilation is evenly divided: in Africa (e.g. on vacation) as well as in Germany. Human rights organizations (e.g. Terre des Femmes and INTACT) get concrete information from the population on planned or already practised mutilations on girls living in Germany6.

2. Statements from affected women:

  • Women living in Germany who themselves were victims of FGM when they were children, report about huge familiar and social pressure, in which the mothers are forced to continue the mutilation practice on their daughters in Germany as well7. Furthermore, first hand information were obtained from women who have direct access to the African communities living in Germany because of their ethnic background. They report that FGM is predominantly planned and practised during vacation.

3. Experiences from neighbouring European countries:

  • In seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Norway), the act of female genital mutilation has expressively been declared as a crime. This fact shows the acknowledgement of the relevance of FGM in these countries. The conviction of mutilators and parents by the dozens in France (following the laws being in force there) speaks for itself.
  • An extensive study on FGM in Austria8 concretely confirms the practice of female genital mutilation in Austria. Two results should be mentioned here: More than a third of the daughters of the participants already were mutilated. More are to come because people partly said that their daughters were „too young“ for it at the time of the study. Almost 10 percent of the mutilations among the girls that live in Austria identified in this study were conducted in Germany or Holland … //

… V. Final remarks (page 15/16):

  • Not only the legal justification but also the ethical duty to this protection programme can be found in the German Basic Law, in the ECHR, in the Convention for the Rights of Children of the UN, and in the Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The implementation of this programme will instantly guarantee sustained, extensive, and real protection for all girls at risk.
  • It is transparent for all persons involved.
  • It provides the possibility to publicize material and to educate and inform people during the medical checkups. This will support the essential process of changing attitudes, imaginations, and actions.
  • This programme provides – for the first time – a suitable frame in which all practitioners can be convinced of the necessity to stop these practices.
  • Furthermore, increased attention needs to be paid to the victims of genital mutilations, so that they can be provided with treatment and rehabilitation – including operations to reconstruct their genitals and psychological care to deal with their traumas – in the best way possible.

(full long 16 pages text).

MGF au Congo-Brazzaville: le ministère de la Promotion de la femme lance un avertissement

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Publié dans Les Dépeches de Brazzaville, par Yvette Reine Nzaba, le 17 Février 2011.

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de lutte contre les mutilations sexuelles féminines (MSF), la ministre JeanneFrançoise Leckomba Loumeto-Pombo a mis en garde les personnes qui oseraient pratiquer ce genre d’acte odieux en terre congolaise.

Le ministère en charge des questions de genre et de la promotion de la femme a manifesté, comme tous les ans, sa solidarité envers toutes celles qui subissent ces pratiques lors de la campagne organisée en différé le 16 février à Brazzaville. Cette année, le thème retenu était: Engagement des gouvernements, indispensable pour atteindre la Tolérance zéro aux  mutilations génitales féminines … //  Continue Reading…

Way Up North in Louisville

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African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970 – Published on UNC PRESS – the university of North Carolina, by Luther Adams,  not dated.

(First this Link: Podcast: African Americans and Migration in the South, an Interview with Luther Adams, 23.02 min … click on the internal link to download as an mp3).

Book review of WAY UP North in Louisville:

Luther Adams demonstrates that in the wake of World War II, when roughly half the black population left the South seeking greater opportunity and freedom in the North and West, the same desire often anchored African Americans to the South. Way Up North in Louisville explores the forces that led blacks to move to urban centers in the South to make their homes.   Continue Reading…

Features: Africa’s youths united can never be defeated

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Alemayehu G. Mariam, Feb 17, 2011.

Fed up with dictatorships, self-serving elites and totalitarianism, Africa’s youths are on the march, says Alemayehu G. Mariam, inspired by events in Egypt.

… THE BEAUTIFUL EGYPTIAN YOUTH REVOLUTION

What makes the Egyptian youth revolution so beautiful, wonderful, absorbing, hypnotizing and inspiring is that they did it with moral courage, steadfast determination and without resorting to violence even when violence was visited upon them by Mubarak’s thugs. They did not fire a single shot, as Mubarak’s thugs massacred 300 of their own and jailed several thousands more. Egypt’s youths fought their battles in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere, but they won their war against dictatorship and for freedom, democracy and human rights in the hearts and minds of their people.  Continue Reading…

Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration

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Linked with Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire. – Published on International Organization for Migration IOM, by IOM, not dated.

  • … What Makes FGM in Migrant Communities So Specific?
  • Because FGM is strongly linked to culture, it becomes an integration issue in addition to being a health and human rights issue. In situations where integration is difficult, it often results in a withdrawal into the community and sometimes stricter application or toughening of cultural practices to preserve the ethnic identity and to mark a distinction from the host society, especially when migrants are resettling in a receiving culture where women have more freedom of choice and expression. In this context, awareness-raising activities can easily be perceived as judgmental or morally offensive and result in negative reactions in migrant communities.  Continue Reading…

Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire

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Lié avec Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration. – Publié sur Organisation internationale pour les migrations OIM, par OIM, n’est pas daté.

  • … Quelles sont les spécificités des MGF au sein des communautés migrantes?
  • Parce que les MGF sont étroitement liées à la culture, elles constituent un problème d’intégration, en plus d’être une problématique de santé publique et de respect des droits humains. Dans les situations où l’intégration est difficile, on observe souvent un repli sur la communauté, avec parfois une application plus stricte ou un durcissement des pratiques culturelles. Dans ces cas, la préservation de l’identité ethnique est utilisée pour marquer une distinction de la société d’accueil, en particulier lorsque les migrants s’établissent dans une société d’accueil où les femmes ont plus de liberté de choix et d’expression, y compris dans leur sexualité, par rapport à leur communauté d’origine. Promouvoir l’abandon des MGF dans les pays industrialisés est également un défi du fait que les activités de sensibilisation peuvent être facilement perçues comme un jugement ou moralement stigmatisantes et provoquer des réactions de résistance dans les communautés migrantes.  Continue Reading…

Joint statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton

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and European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

Published on Consilium.eu, A 047/11, statement written on February 6, 2011 – (See also Consilium’s Homepage with links to 23 countries).

  • … Today, we reaffirm our commitment to work toward the eradication of this exceptionally brutal crime.
  • Female genital mutilation violates women’s and girls’ rights to equal opportunities, health, freedom from violence, injury, abuse, torture and cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment. We believe that it is our duty to protect girls and women from the risk of mutilation and to alleviate the pain of women who live with the horrific physical and mental scars from female genital mutilation.
  • We need to promote measures that will lead to the eradication of FGM. We have to focus on protecting and caring for the young girls and women who are victims of FGM. We will continue fighting gender-based violence in the EU and in our external relations. (full text).

Somalie: pirates ou pêcheurs en lutte?

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Publié dans Voltairenet.org, par Jeffrey St. Clair, le 16 février 2011.

Moins souvent évoquées par la presse des pays du Nord que les mésaventures des otages, les conditions de vie des « pirates » somaliens et de leurs concitoyens rèvèlent qu’ils sont avant tout des pêcheurs en lutte contre le pillage occidental de la pêche et la décharge de déchets toxiques. Dans cet article retenu par le Projet Censuré 2010, la réalité des conséquences du chaos politique persistant en Somalie n’apparaît pas seulement sous l’aspect de la piraterie : en effet même l’ONU y fait depuis longtemps preuve de négligence quant aux traités en vigueur sur les déchets toxiques … //

… Voir reste du text et écoutez les 2 vidéos de 8.30 min. et de 11.47 min. … //

Mise à jour de Mohamed Abshir Waldo (de WardheerNews):  Continue Reading…

Tunisia seeks Ben Ali’s extradition

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Officials have formally requested the extradition of former president from Saudi Arabia, where he fled last month – Published on AlJazeera, Source: Agencies, February 20, 2011.

  • … Tunisia now has an interim government which is preparing the country for national elections [AFP].
  • Tunisia is seeking the extradition of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Saudi Arabia to face charges stemming from the violent crackdown on protesters last month, Tunisia’s foreign ministry has said.
  • Tunisia wants to try Ben Ali over his role in the deaths of protesters killed by security forces during the uprising, which brought an end to his decades-long rule, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state media on Sunday.

Ben Ali fled Tunisia to Jeddah on January 14, after weeks of protests ended his 23-year-old rule. The interim government, which is preparing the country for national elections, has asked Saudi Arabia to provide “as soon as possible” information on Ben Ali’s health, the state news agency TAP reported. The 74-year-old former leader is reportedly very ill in hospital after suffering a stroke. Rumours are rife that the former leader might be dead.  Continue Reading…

Peace

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Received by e-mail, From: William H., Date: 20/02/2011

Dear Berhane Tewolde, Thank you for publishing excerpts from “Resurrecting Insurrection.” Attached and enclosed is a chapter from my just-published book,   RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War. It’s an interview with an Iraqi student whose family was brutalized by American soldiers. She tells how this turned her into a pacifist and her brother into a resistance fighter, and she connects this to the atrocities in Palestine. The attachment has the advantage of some italic type. My bio and information on the book are included at the end of the piece. In solidarity, William T. Hathaway (SAMs for Uncle Sam).

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From the book RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, By William T. Hathaway, Published by Trine Day 2010, (and also on amazon).  Continue Reading…

Libya Protests

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Watch this video on YouTube: Libya Protest vlog – Appeal to the UN and Amnesty, listen to a voice record from Tripoli, 4.21 min.

Revolution and reconstruction in Egypt

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, Febr. 17, 2011.

The task ahead for the Egyptian people may be enormous. But the same will, determination and sense of collectivism and focus with which they triumphed over Mubarak should be drawn upon for the reconstruction phase of the revolution, writes Horace Campbell … //

… RECONSTRUCTION AND CAPITAL CONTROLS VS DEREGULATION

The deregulation and privatisation of Egypt’s economy under Mubarak, as it was in many other societies, meant that government corporations were sold to private capitalists, and that the government drastically cut back its regulation of capitalist activities to accumulate wealth on the back of the working class and at the expense of the environment. In Egypt, this privatisation ensured that Egyptians owned up to 51 per cent of stakes in private corporations. But ‘Egyptians’ in this case became Mubarak, his family and their elite cronies, who control bank accounts and assets worth billions of dollars of Egyptian people’s money in various countries, including Switzerland.  Continue Reading…

My life as a gay Ugandan

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Kasha Jacqueline, February 17, 2011.

In January, a judge ruled in favour of a group of gay individuals stating that all Ugandans, regardless of their sexual orientation, have a right to privacy and dignity. One of the plaintiffs recounted her story to the Kampala Dispatch … //

… Let me be clear: I have never at any one time in my affidavit denied my sexual orientation. Our issue concerned the rights that Ugandans should have to be protected from the incitement of violence and violation of our privacy. No one should ever wake up and see a call for violence and his home address published in a newspaper.

  Continue Reading…

Afrique: L’enseignement à distance une solution aux problèmes de formation des enseignants

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Publié dans Afrique en ligne, par Pana, Feb. 3, 2001.

Enseignement à distance – Le Recteur de l’Université virtuelle africaine (UVA), Bakary Diallo, a soutenu mercredi soir à Dakar que l’enseignement à distance, ou e-learning, pouvait être une alternative à la réponse aux défis auxquels fait face, la profession enseignante dans le continent. M; Diallo a indiqué à l’occasion de la remise de diplômes à une promotion de 26 enseignants sénégalais titulaires du Certificat d’aptitude en enseignement – Collège et Enseignement Moyen (CAE-CEM), que l’UVA depuis sa création en 1997, avait formé au moins 40.000 étudiants en Afrique francophone, anglophone et lusophone.

Elle a acquis le plus grand réseau d’institutions d’apprentissage libre et à distance en Afrique, a-t-il ajouté … //  Continue Reading…

Development aid: Enemy of emancipation?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Firoze Manji, February 17, 2011.

Painting the country as both a contributor to and potential victim of global climate change, South Africa’s green paper ‘seems to fit within an all too predictable Pretoria formula’, writes Patrick Bond. It’s up to civil society to demand genuine solutions … //

… South Africa’s Green Paper authors obviously weren’t paying attention to the markets, in arguing, ‘Limited availability of international finance for large scale fossil fuel infrastructure in developing countries is emerging as a potential risk for South Africa’s future plans for development of new coal fired power stations.’ If so then why did Pretoria just borrow US$3.75 billion from the World Bank, with around US$1 billion more expected from the US Ex-Im Bank and $1.75 billion just raised from the international bond markets? The North’s financiers are as short-sighted about coal investments as they were about credit derivatives, real estate, dot.coms, emerging markets and the carbon markets.  Continue Reading…

Education pour tous en 2015: Huit ONG harmonisent leurs actions

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Publié dans Afrique en ligne, par Pana, Feb. 6, 2011.

Dakar, Sénégal – Les agences régionales de huit organisations non- gouvernementales (ONG) réunies dans une plate-forme dénommée Inter agence de l’éducation, ont décidé vendredi à Dakar, de profiter du Forum social mondial (FSM) prévu au Sénégal du 06 au 11 février 2011, d’unir leurs forces pour l’atteinte des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD) d’ici à 2015 dans le domaine de l’éducation.

Composée de ActionAid, Ancefa, Fawe, Oneworld UK, Oxfam, Plan, Unicef et Word Vision, l’Inter agence de l’éducation est un cadre de synergie, de partage de connaissances visant à renforcer la voix de la société civile pour une éducation publique de qualité et gratuite.  Continue Reading…

PILnet’s 2011-2012 Call for Applications

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for the International Public Interest Law Fellows Program – The deadline for applications is Friday, March 18, 2011

Received by e-mail, From: Erin Carll, Date: 14/02/2011

Greetings, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, formerly the Public Interest Law Institute (PILI), is pleased to invite applications for its 2011-2012 International Public Interest Law Fellows Programs:

1): First, PILnet will select lawyers from Southeast Asia (special consideration will be given to applicants from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia), Nepal, China, Russia, and Nigeria for ten months of study and practical experience in New York and Budapest, Hungary.  The program targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy.  Continue Reading…

Ensemble contre l’excision: maintenant

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Publié sur Le Post, par gerardw (Gerard Warenghem), February 14, 2011.

ENSEMBLE, nous allons tenter de faire sortir de sa cachette cette FATWA si importante pour l’éradication des mutilations génitales féminines. (pous pourrez en lire ou relire le texte dans les messages précédents).

J’ai rédigé aujourd’hui une pétition adressée à Mr BAN KI-MOON, Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies. (cliquer sur le lien pour en connaître l’intégralité.)

Pétition publique: ENSEMBLE CONTRE LES MUTILATIONS GENITALES FEMININES /EXCISION: MAINTENANT!
Pour: Monsieur Ban Ki-Moon, Secrétaire Général Nations Unies …

MAINTENANT, j’ai besoin de vous, pour signer cette pétition, pour la faire connaître à vos amis, aux amis de vos amis, et même à d’autres qui ne sont pas vos amis… afin que nous puissions recueillir un maximum de signatures: cette démarche est essentielle et peut faire avancer considérablement les choses dans ce combat! … //  Continue Reading…

Resurrecting insurrection

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Published on Intrepid Report, by William T. Hathaway, February 16, 2011.

Fortress America continues to expand globally as prison, sweatshop, and firebase. After all our years as activists trying to change this country, how could it have sunk to this?

To answer this question and avoid self-destructive rage, it might help to review the history of the age we live in. More than revolution or reform, what has shaped our times most strongly is revanchism. Rolling back change and reinstating the old order has been the dominant current.

This began immediately after the Russian Revolution, when the USA, Britain, France, and Japan sent in soldiers to try to reverse it. Although they failed, this marked the beginning of 70 years of military and economic warfare. Continue Reading…

Wyse Supports eLearning Africa with Platinum Sponsorship

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Published on Business Ghana, (Source: eLearning Africa), February 15, 2011.

Wyse is committed to helping educational institutions in Africa use its advanced desktop virtualisation solutions better to enable schools and colleges to deliver teaching and learning based on reliable, affordable and greener classroom ICT. African clients and partners draw on the company’s considerable expertise and success in working with educational organisations globally.

In South Africa, 2.5 million students in schools will be provided with access to a cloud computing laboratory by 2013. Over 70,000 PCs with access to the latest software and Internet content using Wyse cloud software and cloud PCs have already been installed. The Gauteng Online initiative is one of Wyse’s major African eLearning initiatives. In Nigeria, a new network of examination centres relies on a Wyse cloud client computing infrastructure to enable examinations to be delivered, taken and scored entirely electronically, saving time and money while also improving reliability and service with accurate results delivered in hours rather than months … (full text).

Link: Focus on Education: Watch this video, 2.13 min, published on Red Nose Day.

Dignity, Bread and Liberty; the start of peak food revolutions

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Published on openEconomy, by Mike Small, 4 February 2011.

What has changed the placid Egyptian population into a boiling mass of revolt? … //

Nouriel Roubini

  • who was among the first to predict the financial crisis and was dubbed a Cassandra for his troubles in 2005 – urges us not just to look at the crowds in Cairo, but what is motivating them now, after years of silence and repression?
  • He agrees that the dramatic rise in energy and food prices has become a major global threat and a leading factor that has gone largely unreported in the coverage of events in Egypt.
  • If we take Roubini’s advice and look at underlying motives or para-economics we can see deeper issues. Is it too speculative to see the 25 January revolt as the first food revolution as fuelled by peak oil? Oil prices affect food prices when you have a petro-chemical food economy.
  • Egypt’s not unique in all this. World food prices hit a new record high in January after rising for a seventh consecutive month, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said today (Feb 3 2011), warning the poor would be hit hardest.
  • The FAO Food Price Index, which monitors monthly price changes for a basket of commodities, averaged 231 points in January – up 3.4 percent from December and its highest level since FAO started measuring food prices in 1990.  Continue Reading…

Cinq cent mille femmes excisées en Europe : Le ministre de la Sécurité présente la contre offensive de la République suisse

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Publié sur Wal fadjri /Société, par El Hadji Gorgui Wade NDOYE, Continent Premier.Com), 12 Feb 2011.

La Suisse ne s’apprête pas (seulement) à adopter une loi permettant de réprimer les mutilations génitales féminines commises dans le pays, mais aussi celles commises à l’étranger par des résidents suisses. En attendant son adoption, Mme Isabel Rochat, Conseillère d’Etat (ministre) genevoise en charge du département de la Sécurité, de la Police et de l’Environnement, a déclaré aux Nations-Unies qu’’aider ces femmes (exciser) à retrouver leur dignité est une condition pour conserver la nôtre’.  Continue Reading…

MENA Government Responses to Civil Unrest

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Published on Roubini’s global economics, by Rachel Ziemba and Maya Rusinowicz, Feb 11, 2011.

Ripples from the crises in Tunisia and Egypt have been making their way across the MENA region, and governments have used various tactics to placate their populace. Some have lowered prices and increased subsidies, others made pledges for political reform or responded with a security crackdown. In many cases, especially for fuel importers, any costly giveaways via subsidies or social transfers may further strain already weak fiscal accounts.

The following table shows selected government’s responses to the continuing unrest in the region: … (full text).

Bipartisan abandonment of the poor

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Jayne Lyn Stahl, February 11, 2011.

… What’s more important to the “family values” right-to-lifers? More federal raids, or more federal lunches? Looks like Boehner and his gang already answered that question.

Time to take a deep breath, and demand bigger cuts to defense, and so-called “intelligence” agencies that frustrate the White House claims anyway. Time to put Homeland Security on the table. Anyone who thinks of “homeland security” as anything other than a sugar pill seriously needs to be evaluated.

The president must understand, and agree that moving forward is a good thing, yes, but not on the backs of working men, and women, and not on the backs of the poor.

Any plan to cut federal heating assistance to low income families in half must never see the light of day, or those who support it, regardless of their party affiliations, must only meet with political defeat … //   Continue Reading…

LIHALA

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Accueil;
News; Science; Réligion; Publications; Evènements; Enfants;
Contact.

Tolérance zéro pour les mutilations génitales féminines

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Liés sur nos blogs avec ClitorAid, avec E-Mail exchange about ClitorAid having been created by a “sect”, avec LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION, et avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation. – Publié sur Université de Liège /culture.

(sur la page 4/5): … Il y a une quatrième catégorie de MGF; elles sont peu répandues, restent très localisées et ne partagent pas les mêmes causes et motifs que celles de l’excision:  Continue Reading…

Egypt: liberal democracy or an African democracy?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patricia Daley, February 9, 2011.

In the context of the popular uprisings in North Africa, Patricia Daley draws on the work of Nigerian scholar Claude Ake and asks how social justice scholars can operationalise the democratic principles he articulated.

As I watched the scenes of revolutionary protest in Egypt and the reluctance of democratic western nations, self-claimed champions of democracy, to support the will of the Egyptian people, I started to ponder why the use of the term ‘liberal democracy’ has always made me feel uncomfortable, even though I am opposed to dictatorships, one-party rule, and other systems of governance that deny the participation of citizens. In contemporary political rhetoric, democracy is often seen as the gold standard. Yet, those who uphold it at home and cite it as a reason to pursue warfare, when confronted with people power, are left bumbling. The humanity and dignity of the Egyptian people are at odds with geo-political interests – even when exposed to the full glare of international attention. It seems as if the empire has no clothes.

These events force us to consider the relationship between liberal democracy, empire, global economic dominance, and social Darwinism. The Nigerian scholar Claude Ake, in his book ‘Democracy and Development in Africa’, considers democracy within the history of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Writing of the North’s attitude to democracy in Africa, Ake notes that:  Continue Reading…

LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION : Pour une chaîne de protection des filles

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Liés sur nos blogs avec ClitorAid, avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation, avec Chirurgie Esthétique Paris – Dr Jacques Derhy, et avec E-Mail exchange about ClitorAid having been created by a “sect”.- Publié sur faso.net, par Hamadi BARO, 8 février 2011.

En prélude à la commémoration de la Journée internationale tolérance zéro aux mutilations génitales féminines le 6 février, le Secrétariat permanent du Conseil national de lutte contre la pratique de l’excision (SP/CNLPE) a organisé une rencontre d’échange avec la presse nationale autour des vingts ans de lutte. C’était le 5 février 2011 à l’hôtel Splendid.

Pour arriver à la fin de cette pratique de l’excision, il faut qu’à tous les niveaux, nous puissions oeuvrer main dans la main. Et nous fondons beaucoup d’espoir sur la presse, parce que c’est vous qui allez nous aider à faire évoluer les mentalités et à faire changer les comportements. Aussi faut-il que cette presse comprenne quel est l’enjeu de ce problème et quels sont les problèmes que la pratique de l’excision peut créer aux petites filles, aux jeunes filles et aux femmes”.  Continue Reading…

Abandon de l’excision: Communiquer pour y arriver

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Publié dans le Journal du Mali, par Modibo FOFANA, 07 février 2011.

Ce 6 dimanche février, le monde entier a célébré la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro pour les mutilations génitales féminines. L’excision reste encore chez nous un phénomène récurrent. Chaque année, trois millions de filles sont excisées en Afrique. C’est la raison pour laquelle le Comité interafricain sur les pratiques traditionnelles affectant la santé des femmes et des enfants a lancé en 2003 la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro pour les MGF. Dans sa résolution 2003/28, la sous-commission des Nations unies de la promotion et de la protection des droits de l’homme a engagé l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies à «proclamer le 6 février Journée internationale pour l’élimination des MGF et de toutes autres pratiques traditionnelles nocives pour la santé des femmes et des fillettes». Cette journée est célébrée désormais chaque année à la fois en Afrique et en Europe. Il y est précisé que: «Parmi ces mutilations, l’excision est non seulement une mutilation, mais une atteinte à la dignité et à la sexualité des femmes».  Continue Reading…

Ideology in a time of crisis: Egypt, Washington and the TV networks

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Adrian Crewe, Febr. 3, 2011.

The dubious coverage of events in Egypt reveal the extent to which Western media outlets remain mere neoliberal cheerleaders, incapable of conceiving that the Egyptian people have both the right and capacity to determine their own direction, writes Adrian Crewe … //

… Washington – and its European acolytes – talk human rights and freedom but think market freedom, mineral resources and geopolitical order. The spectre of the demos is as powerful a bogeyman to them as it was to their 19th century imperialist predecessors, as encapsulated (in an interview with Sky TV) by the fading satrap of the Washington consensus, Tony Blair: ‘What is inevitable is that there’s going to be change and the question is; what change and how do you [sic] manage it? … So the change that people want to get to [sic] is a situation where the Egyptian government evolves and you have full, fair and free elections at a certain point in time… It must be managed in a way that means that they will have a proper democracy, but also means that the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is not adversely affected, but rather improved by what happens.’  Continue Reading…

Employers Support Public Health Insurance Plan In San Francisco

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Watch this video, 12.39 min, published on The Real News Network, by Paul Jay, Febr. 7, 2011. Arin Dube: Study shows majority of employers support mandate in city health insurance plan

Transcript: PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. The health-care debate is back on in Washington as the House passes a bill to repeal the Obama health care act.

President Obama will in all likelihood veto it, so this is not going to go very far. But there will be a coming fight about amendments to the legislation, whether to strengthen it or weaken it, depending what side you are on [in] all of this. But one of the big issues in the legislation is the issue of employer mandate: does the government have the right to tell employers and individuals that they must buy into insurance? Continue Reading…

Hausse des mutilations génitales en Occident

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Publié dans Cyberpress.ca, par AFP, le 04 février 2011.

La pratique des mutilations génitales féminines s’est étendue ces dernières années aux pays occidentaux en raison de l’accroissement des flux migratoires, a déploré vendredi le directeur général de l’Organisation internationale des migrations OIM.

Avec l’augmentation des migrations ces dernières années, le phénomène est malheureusement arrivé en Europe, aux États-Unis, ainsi qu’en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, a déclaré aux journalistes William Lacy Swing, à l’occasion de la 8e Journée internationale de tolérance zéro envers les mutilations génitales féminines (6 février).

Quelque 500 000 femmes excisées vivent en Europe, a indiqué M. Swing, citant des chiffres du Parlement européen … //  Continue Reading…

Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education resource pack

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Received by e-mail, From: Peter Hyll-Larsen, Date: Jan. 31, 2011.

Monitoring public education using rights-based indicators:

The Right to Education Project and ActionAid has launched the Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education (PRS) resource pack. Aimed at actively engaging parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education, PRS offers a set of practical tools that can be used as a basis for mobilisation, advocacy and campaigning. Continue Reading…

Clitoraid propose de transformer la ‘Journée Tolérance Zéro’ en une journée pour la réparation des victimes!

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Publié dans CNW, 4 février 2011.  – (Renseignements ou entrevues, contactez Sara Leha au 514-793-3126 ou 877-793-3126).

L’organisation à but non lucratif Clitoraid, basée aux Etats-Unis et initiée par le leader spirituel Raël, a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’en plus de parrainer un certain nombre d’événements dans le monde entier à l’occasion de la “Journée Internationale de la tolérance zéro envers les Mutilations Génitales Féminines” de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, Clitoraid fera également la promotion du concept du ‘healing day’, une journée dédiée aux victimes et à leur réparation … //

… Les responsables de Clitoraid maintiennent depuis longtemps que la meilleure façon d’éradiquer la pratique des mutilations génitales féminines est de montrer aux femmes qui pratiquent encore dans l’ombre, que c’est une perte de temps puisque les victimes seront réparées de toute façon. Continue Reading…

Echoes from Tunisia and Egypt: Revolutions without self-proclaimed revolutionaries

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, February 3, 2011.

With decentralised organising structures and the absence of a leadership vanguard, events in Egypt and Tunisia point to an emergent mode of revolutionary organisation, argues Horace Campbell, one which provides new lessons for mobilisation around progressive change and non-violence.

‘It was a victory parade – without the victory. They came in their hundreds of thousands, joyful, singing, praying, a great packed mass of Egypt, suburb by suburb, village by village, waiting patiently to pass through the “people’s security” checkpoints, draped in the Egyptian flag of red, white and black, its governess eagle a bright gold in the sunlight. Continue Reading…

A propos de l’excision

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Publié dans LePost.fr, par Gérard W., Fevrier 01, 2011. – Lié sur nos blogs avec Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, et avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation.

… En France, je suis actuellement président d’une association: Partenia 2000. Dans le sillage de Jacques Gaillot, évêque de Partenia, nous luttons contre toutes les exclusions, contre la pauvreté, pour la paix. C’est dans le cadre de cette association que j’ai créé un blog : Mouvance Partenia. Blog qui nous permet de nous dire les uns aux autres ce qui se fait, ce que nous faisons  contre l’exclusion. L’excision est un de ces fléaux qui doit être combattu. Comme elle fait partie de ces pratiques traditionnelles qui ont la vie dure, il faut un travail de longue haleine, travail d’information et d’éducation à tous les niveaux. Facebook est un outil à ne pas négliger. Quand l’occasion se présente, je réalise aussi des vidéos qui permettent de faire passer le message:

  • L’excision dans la Corne de l’Afrique
  • Abandon de l’excision au Sénégal  Continue Reading…

African anti-gay attacks will fuel HIV

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Published on OneWorld.net (first on Christian Aid), Febr. 02, 2011.

The increasingly targeted attacks on gay people in a number of African countries, which are thought to have to led the murder this week of outspoken Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, will contribute to an increase in HIV infections, says Christian Aid.

Kato, whose name and photograph recently appeared on the front page of anti-gay Kampala-based newspaper Rolling Stone, under the headline ‘Hang Them’, was beaten to death in his home, Ugandan police confirmed yesterday.

Nina O’Farrell, Head of HIV at Christian Aid, said today: ‘It is vital to defend the rights of specific groups who are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection, including gay people, who also suffer from heightened stigma and discrimination, which in many cases makes them less likely to access to HIV treatment, care and support … (full text and Notes 1 to 6).

The Practice Of Female Genital Mutilation – Challenges For Health Communicators

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Linked on our blogs with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation – Published on DIALOGUES /the USA Africa Dialogue Series, Dec. 12, 2010.

Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts- Mary Robinson (former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

In Africa a businessman buys a child for a paltry sum, in Asia a baby is sexually abused, in an Oriental country, a toddler dies of neglect and starvation in an orphanage. A comon thread runs through all the scenarios painted above. All the victims are girls and by virtue of their gender, they were considered dispensable.

In many societies, a greater value is placed on boys and girls are not to be taken seriously because they will be married off and will not take care of aged parents or continue the family name. Indeed as an old Asian saying puts it: “raising a girl is like watering a plant in your neighbour’s garden”.  Continue Reading…

ETHIOPIE: Les pastoralistes luttent contre les MGF/E

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Lié sur nos blogs avec Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, et avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation – Publié sur IRINnews, le 27 janvier 2011 … (voir le meme thème sur END FGM, on this page, and on this page).

… Dans deux districts du nord-est de l’Ethiopie, les communautés pastorales ont banni les mutilations génitales féminines et l’excision (MGF/E), disant qu’elles étaient à l’origine de graves problèmes de santé pour les femmes et qu’elles étaient contraires à leur culture, selon un responsable local.

Les deux districts sont Amibara et Awash-Fentale dans la région d’Afar. « Nous sommes très heureuses de déclarer l’abandon de cet acte horrible sur les femmes », a dit Fatuma Ali, responsable des affaires féminines dans le district d’Amibara. « Nous voudrions remercier les anciens, notre communauté et tous nos partenaires. C’est comme une renaissance des femmes dans les communautés pastorales d’Afar … //  Continue Reading…

Welcome to the world of Bruno Manser’s photographs!

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Linked on our blogs with Bruno Manser – Switzerland (1954 – 2000?), with Bruno Manser Fonds BMF, with The Borneo Project, and with Bruno Manser, Land Rights. – Published on Bruno Manser Fonds (in de, fr, en),

Whenever Bruno Manser travelled through the rainforest, he always had his camera with him. During his stays with the Penan on Borneo and the pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1986 and 2000, he took more than 10 000 photographs. They relate the story of the traditional life of the nomadic Penan and the pygmies as well as their habitat, the rainforest. They show up the ruthless destruction of the primary forests and document the resistance of the indigenous peoples. By no means least, they constitute a historical record of Bruno Manser’s actions – some of them spectacular – in the struggle against the clearance of the Paradise he had found on Borneo. A selection from this treasure house of photographs has now been made freely accessible to you at the end of a project that took two years’ work.

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Surgical operation in Cote d’Ivoire: The worst-case scenario?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Pierre Sane, Jan. 27, 2011.

Can democracy be imposed from abroad, and moreover through foreign armed forces? And what would be the cost for the populations, the country, and our region? That is the challenge for African leaders and intellectuals alike, writes Pierre Sane.

Mr President, On the 7th of August 2010 in Abidjan, the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire commemorated the 50th anniversary of its independence with the reserve appropriate to a nation destabilised by the crisis born out of the failed coup and armed rebellion of 2002. President Laurent Gbagbo did reach out to the rebels to initiate a process of reconciliation and engage the country on the road to peace and development. A presidential election organised by the political parties under the supervision of the United Nations was expected to seal this reconciliation, reunite the country and put it back to work. Continue Reading…

Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration IOM

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Linked on our blogs with Desert Flower Foundation, with International Organization for Migration IOM / OIM, with Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire, with Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration IOM, with C’est l’ignorance qui tue – Waris Dirie revient sur son combat contre les mutilations génitales féminines MGF (same in english), with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation.

Published on IOM, not dated.

Today, women account for almost half of the migrant population globally. They migrate for family reunification purposes but also and increasingly in search of labour opportunities. The migration of women and families raises new issues in countries of destination, in particular health issues as migrants bring their personal health history and cultural, social, economic and environmental health beliefs with them when moving. Migration can thus create situations where cultural health practices differ from and sometimes conflict with those of the host community. Continue Reading…