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2011-08-01: $20m LOAN FOR KING’S VANITY PROJECT;
2011-08-02: Animated Video for Human Rights Education;
2011-08-03: An African response to There is no alternative;
2011-08-04: International recommendations to Mexico in the field of human rights;
2011-08-05: World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of mercy or angel of death?
2011-08-06: Tunisian Women Fear the Algerian Way;
2011-08-07: Human rights education confronting the ideology of hate;
2011-08-07: Les migrantes, ces femmes de l’ombre;
2011-08-08: Spain’s Indignados: Vanguard of a Global Nonviolent Revolt against Neoliberalism;
2011-08-08: Le rôle de la révolution numérique dans la lutte contre l’excision;
2011-08-09: An island of food in Africa’s Horn of Hunger;
2011-08-09: Les Maliennes veulent occuper l’espace politique;
2011-08-10: WWSF 19 Days of activism for prevention of abuse & violence against children;
2011-08-11: Struggling for an alternative media;
2011-08-12: To Make Use of Our Potential as Citizens Towards a Fairer Economy;
2011-08-13: A land-grabber’s loophole;
2011-08-14: In response to the Oslo attacks: My Fellow American;
2011-08-15: Where are all the African women artists?
2011-08-16: When China and Africa Dance, the Elephants Get Trampled;
2011-08-16: Côte d’Ivoire: ONUCI TOUR, campagne de sensibilisation de proximité;
2011-08-17: All bets are off;
2011-08-17: SAINT-LOUIS: 49 jeunes filles défavorisées en formation;
2011-08-18: Globalizing the Intifada;
2011-08-19: UPEACE offers new online MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World;
2011-08-20: Teaching for Hope and Activism;
2011-08-21: Atelier de formation de l’OMCT sur les mécanismes des droits de l’Homme;
2011-08-21: Exactions: L’ONU s’inquiète;
2011-08-22: Features: Is the IMF obstructing Kenya’s devolution process?
2011-08-22: Protection contre les abus – Zoom sur les mariages précoces et l’excision;
2011-08-23: Irish Human Rights Commission publishes report on HRE in Ireland;
2011-08-23: Tostan en conclave à Boghé;
2011-08-24: Features: Fighting illicit capital flight, Part 4;
2011-08-25: Tunisia: Women’s rights hang in the balance;
2011-08-26: South-south cooperation revs up;
2011-08-27: High Level Forum on Foreign Direct Investment in Land in Africa;
2011-08-28: HORN OF AFRICA: U.N. Shares Responsibility in Famine, Experts Say;
2011-08-29: Register now to participate in an iEARN Learning Circle;
2011-08-30: Innovative Collaboration for Development;
2011-08-30: L’équipe de l’USAID en Guinée rencontre des bénéficiaires au Fouta Djallon;
2011-08-30: article supprimé depuis que Google Alerte l’aie signalé;
2011-08-31: The Women are bringing Solar Power to the Country;
2011-08-31: Burkina Faso: Politique nationale genre dans le sud-ouest;
2011-08-31: Les populations de Boundiali sensibilisées à la lutte contre les MGF.

Les populations de Boundiali sensibilisées à la lutte contre les MGF

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Publié dans Agence Ivoirienne de Presse AIP, le 24 août 2011.

  • Boundiali,  24 août (AIP)-  Les populations de Boundiali ont été sensibilisées à la lutte contre les mutilations génitales, dans le cadre d’une séance organisée, le 12 août, par l’ONG Wobeh, une structure basée à Korhogo, en partenariat avec le bureau de défense des droits de l’homme de l’Opération des Nations unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).
  • Cette séance qui s’est tenue au centre culturel, a permis aux habitants de Boundiali de s’imprégner des méfaits de ce fléau qui, malgré les nombreuses campagnes de sensibilisation, continue d’être pratiqué dans certaines régions de la Côte d’Ivoire.  Continue Reading…

Burkina Faso: Politique nationale genre dans le sud-ouest

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Des leaders d’opinion s’approprient les mécanismes d’application – Publié dans allAfrica.com, le 1 août 2011.

La Maison de la femme de Gaoua a abrité le 11 août 2011 un atelier d’information et de sensibilisation des leaders d’opinion sur les mécanismes de mise en oeuvre de la politique nationale genre (PNG). Cette rencontre, placée sous la présidence de Mme Karidjatou Zampaligré/ Sanogo, gouverneur de la région du Sud-Ouest, a été une occasion pour les acteurs de faire le bilan de leurs activités … (lire la suite).

The Women are bringing Solar Power to the Country

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Published on allAfrica.com, August 24, 2011.

A group of 12 women from villages in Sierra Leone is in the frontline of a battle to bring solar-powered electricity to rural communities. No small feat, given that rural Sierra Leone is not connected to power.

The women were all trained at Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, in western India. They are now back in Sierra Leone assembling 1,500 household solar units at a new Barefoot College in Konta Line village, Port Loko district, which is to be formally opened next month. They sit at long wooden tables fitting tiny coloured resisters to circuit boards – heads tilted, deep in concentration, as smoke puffs up from their soldering irons.  Continue Reading…

article supprimé depuis que Google Alerte l’aie signalé

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Sujet:    Alerte Google – MGF, Date:    Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:44:59 +0000, De:    Google Alertes <googlealerts-noreply@google.com>
Actualités    1 nouveau résultat pour MGF:

  • ENQUETE : 96% de filles sont excisées en Guinée, selon le projet …
  • http://www.guineeconakry.info/index.php?id=118&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=10111&cHash=20ba17693aa05d3ae78a859c4bfca93e (this link leads to an empty page)
  • GuineeConakry.info GCI
  • En témoigne les résultats de ‘ ‘l’étude TRaC2 sur les pratiques des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF/Excision) en Guinée ” initiée par le projet ESPOIR …

L’équipe de l’USAID/ Guinée rencontre des bénéficiaires au Fouta Djallon

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Publié dans US Ambassy Conakry Guinea, /EVÉNEMENTS & PROGRAMMES 2011.

Une équipe de l’USAID a visité la région montagneuse du Fouta Djallon cette semaine pour rencontrer les bénéficiaires et les partenaires afin d’évaluer l’impact de deux projets antérieurs. L’équipe était ravie de constater que les communautés dans la région de Mamou sont allées d’effort en effort avec les associations locales de crédit créées par l’USAID. Maintenant, les communautés gèrent leur association de crédit de façon indépendante et sont capables d’augmenter leur capital en fournissant de petits prêts aux membres. Cela leur permet d’améliorer la productivité agricole et commerciale tout en générant des revenus pour des projets locaux tels que des écoles et des puits.  Continue Reading…

Innovative Collaboration for Development

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e-learning course on Social Media tools – Published on African Community of Practice, by Innovative Collaboration, August 4, 2011. – Applications can be submitted online: The deadline is 5 September 2011

In the framework of their collaboration aiming to jointly develop a series of learning programmes in the field of knowledge management, UNITAR and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO have developed the course Innovative Collaboration for Development ICfD, an e-learning course on social media tools.

The overall goal of the course is … //  Continue Reading…

Register now to participate in an iEARN Learning Circle

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Register by September 15, 2011 for the September 2011 to January 2012 session of Learning Circles. – Published on iERAN /Events (Learning with the world, not just about it):

In order to participate in Learning Circles each teacher needs to be a member of iEARN and needs to fill out an online placement form. Register now. After you have registered, you will be contacted on or around September 15, 2011 by email to reconfirm your registration information and finalize your project choice.

HORN OF AFRICA: U.N. Shares Responsibility in Famine, Experts Say

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Published on IPS, by Gustavo Capdevila, August 10, 2011.

GENEVA /IPS – The United Nations Human Rights Council should accept responsibility, on behalf of the world forum, for the famine spreading through eastern Africa, and should call for member countries’ cooperation to overcome the desperate food crisis there, experts said.

One of the 18 independent experts on the advisory committee to the Council, Chilean academic José Antonio Bengoa, set forth the idea of asking for an urgent special session, in an attempt to draw the attention of the international community to the gravity of the crisis in the Horn of Africa.   Continue Reading…

High Level Forum on Foreign Direct Investment in Land in Africa

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Received by e-mail*, From: farmlandgrab.org, Date: 25/08/2011. – Published on Food crisis and the global land grab, (Contact, or fax: +251-115-51 03 65). Also published on Global Donor Platform, (Contact, or fax: +251-115-51 03 65, Location: Lusaka, Zambia).

This event has been postponed due to presidential elections in Zambia. The event will now take place in early 2012. Exact dates TBC: From Tuesday, 04 October 2011, To Wednesday, 05 October 2011 Organised by the LPI (Land Policy Initiative) Consortium, the High Level Policy Forum on Land Based Foreign Direct Investments in Africa aims to reach an appropriate perspectives and concrete actions on how to address the issue of land-based investments in the African continent in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The forum will gather:  Continue Reading…

South-south cooperation revs up

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Brazil has been using its growing strength to forge ties with other countries in the global south – Published on Al Jazeera, by Thalif Deen, August 22, 2011.

As one of the world’s emerging economic powerhouses, Brazil is vigourously pursuing one of the key economic objectives on the UN’s development agenda: South-South Cooperation.

The Brazilian Cooperation Agency is currently participating in scores of economic projects, mostly in the agricultural sector, in more than 80 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Continue Reading…

Tunisia: Women’s rights hang in the balance

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While Tunisia’s revolution successfully ousted Ben Ali, women’s rights could now be in jeopardy – Published on Al Jazeera /english, by Yasmine Ryan, August 20, 2011.

For 55 years, Tunisia celebrated Women’s Day every August 13, representing the push for gender equality that has been one of the hallmarks of the North African nation’s post-colonial era. Women were active players in the uprising that ended the rule of Zine Abidine Ben Ali, and many hope that event will translate into a more visible role in the country’s soon-to-be democratic political life.  Continue Reading…

Features: Fighting illicit capital flight, Part 4

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Charles Abugre, August 18, 2011.

The illicit extraction, concealment and channelling of capital from poor countries abroad destroys societies and must be curtailed. So how do we do this, asks Charles Abugre in the final article in a four-part series on the flow of ‘dirty money’.

This the fourth and final part in this series, not because I have exhausted the issues but because I must stop somewhere! I hope that your interest on the subject of dirty money flows is kindled sufficiently for you to do further reading and ask questions yourself. You’ll find sources for further reading at the end of this piece … //  Continue Reading…

Tostan en conclave à Boghé

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Publié dans Center Blog, par elfoutiyou, le 30 juillet 2011.

C’est la tribune de la place de l’indépendance, dans le quartier de Boghé Escale qui a abrité cette cérémonie de routine organisée chaque trimestre par l’Ong Internationale Tostan qui mène depuis trois années consécutives dans la région du Brakna un combat contre les Mutilations Génitales Féminines.   Continue Reading…

Irish Human Rights Commission publishes report on HRE in Ireland

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Received by e-mail, From: Fidelma Joyce, Date: 20/08/2011

Dear All, I am writing to announce the publication of Human Rights Education in Ireland – An Overview by the Irish Human Rights Commission IHRC, Ireland’s national human rights institution. This publication is a baseline mapping of the extent and range of human rights education taking place in Ireland. The IHRC study was guided and informed by the UN World Programme on Human Rights Education’s WPHRE definition of Human Rights Education and the WPHRE Action Plans. In the report, the Commission attempts to chart the extent of human rights education and training across a range of sectors including formal primary and secondary education, higher education, the community and voluntary sector, the civil and public sector and the legal profession in Ireland. We believe that the study is timely as the 2nd Phase of the WPHRE unfolds.   Continue Reading…

Protection contre les abus – Zoom sur les mariages précoces et l’excision

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Publié dans Vision du Monde.

De nombreuses pratiques néfastes quotidiennement utilisées ont des répercussions négatives sur les enfants. Bien que la définition des pratiques néfastes ait fait l’objet de débats depuis des années, la mutilation génitale féminine (MGF) et le mariage précoce sont tous deux couramment classés dans cette catégorie.

Les Mariages précoces:   Continue Reading…

Features: Is the IMF obstructing Kenya’s devolution process?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Charles Abugre, August 18, 2011.

If a government based on devolution and the dispersal of power is to be given a chance, the IMF’s role in political horse-trading in Kenya should be curtailed, argues Charles Abugre … //

… HOW THE IMF INTERVENED:

In early September 2010, barely a month after Kenyans brought their new Constitution into law following a successful referendum, an IMF mission came to town to begin preliminary discussions towards extending a credit facility to Kenya. Among others, the mission broached the idea of a single PFM Act. A follow-up mission took place in November to prepare the Government of Kenya (GoK) to present a loan request to the IMF Board.  Continue Reading…

Exactions: L’ONU s’inquiète …

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… de la violence et de l’impunité des hommes du nouveau président – publié dans BDP Gabon.org, par ARNAUD VAULERIN, le 13 août 2011.

Ce sont des faits qui entachent gravement la réconciliation tant vantée par le président Alassane Ouattara. Les Nations unies en Côte-d’Ivoire (Onuci) ont fait état jeudi de «nombreuses violations des droits de l’homme» et d’une «certaine précarité de la situation sécuritaire», quatre mois après l’arrestation de Laurent Gbagbo.  Continue Reading…

Atelier de formation de l’OMCT sur les mécanismes des droits de l’Homme

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en français … du 17 au 20 octobre 2011 à Bujumbura (Burundi) – Date limite de dépôt des candidatures: 3 septembre 2011 – Publié dans HURIDOCS, le 19 aoùt 2011.

L’organisation mondiale contre la Torture OMCT organise un atelier de formation sur les mécanismes régionaux et internationaux, conventionnels et non conventionnels des droits de l’Homme.

L’objectif principal de cet atelier de formation est de soutenir les organisations nationales de droits de l’Homme dans l’utilisation des mécanismes régionaux et internationaux de protection des droits de l’Homme afin de répondre le plus efficacement possible aux violations des droits de l’Homme, incluant la torture et les autres formes de traitements inhumains.  Continue Reading…

Teaching for Hope and Activism

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Published on Rethinking School /Volume 24 /Issue 4 /The Three Cover Stories, by Editor, Summer 2011.

How do we bring the fight to protect and transform public schools into our classrooms? How do we connect our classrooms to the struggles in the streets? As the crisis over public education escalates, activist teachers are experimenting with new approaches.

Two of the articles in our cover section are by Wisconsin elementary teachers who helped their students grasp key aspects of the political storms in their state—often teaching with little sleep after nights of camping out in the state Capitol building.  Continue Reading…

UPEACE offers new online MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

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University of Peace: New ONLINE MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World – Received by e-mail, From: Dina Rodríguez, Date: 17/08/2011

The online MA programme on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World is intended to prepare competent professionals and researchers to be able to resolve pressing and complex global problems that are the concern of humanity, as well as to bring new approaches to old problems through various levels of analysis and action. Every course in this programme shares a commitment to ethics, fundamental human values, gender sensitivity, and multiculturalism.  Continue Reading…

Globalizing the Intifada

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Received by e-mail, From: W. Hathaway & D. Rommel, Date: 16/08/2011

Globalizing the Intifada, By William T. Hathaway, The invaders have surrounded and attacked us, conquered here and there, and built their bases in our lands. So we attack the invaders where we can, determined to retake our lands and drive them out. We would prefer not to be warriors. We would rather raise our children in the ways of kindness. But for our children to have a future, we must now be warriors.  So be it.

In Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan this war is most intense, but it is a international war, and people of every religion and race are under attack. The capitalist class is assaulting us worldwide, throttling our hopes of decent lives. We’re now all in the same boat, a global Mavi Marmara, so our resistance must be global. Continue Reading…

SAINT-LOUIS: 49 jeunes filles défavorisées en formation

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re: violences basées sur le genre et mutilations génitales féminines MFG – Publié dans NDAR ACTU, par Mbagnick Kharachi Diagne, le 8 août 2011.

En partenariat avec la coopération luxembourgeoise, le service régional de la jeunesse et le centre Espace Jeunes de Saint-Louis, l’UNFPA (Fonds des Nations Unies pour la Population) a démarré deux sessions de formation de trois jours qui permettront à 49 filles du centre régional d’enseignement technique féminin (CRETEF) de plancher sur des modules portant  essentiellement sur l’accès aux mécanismes de décision au niveau communautaire, les violences basées sur le genre et la protection, l’éducation formelle, l’eau, l’assainissement et l’habitat, la santé et les services sociaux.   Continue Reading…

All bets are off

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Published on Aid Thoughts (Digesting the difficult decisions of development), by Matt, August 15th, 2011.

While I try to keep an open mind, you could probably consider me a healthy skeptic of the neo-Malthusians, so I did enjoy this passage in Charles Kenny’s Getting Better about a bet on future commodity prices:

“Technological change and market forces may reduce the demand for, or reduce the disruption caused by, resource depletion. The operation of such processes in the past is what has given the lie to earlier predictions of imminent global environmental and economic collapse. For example, in 1980  economist Julian Simon challenged Paul Ehrlich to a bet. Ehrlich – author of The Population Bomb and an environmental millenarian – argued that increasing populations in a world of finite resources would lead inevitably to scarcity and so to price increases.   Continue Reading…

Côte d’Ivoire: ONUCI TOUR, campagne de sensibilisation de proximité

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Publié dans Organisation de la Presse Africaine /African Press Organization APO-OPA.org,Source: Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire, le 11 août 2011.

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 11 août 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Compte-rendu du point de presse hebdomadaire de l’ONUCI:

Aucun des dignitaires de l’ancien régime visités par l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), actuellement détenu ou assigné en résidence ne s’est plaint des actes de tortures, a déclaré jeudi à Abidjan, le Chef par intérim de la Division des droits de l’Homme (DDH), de la mission, Guillaume Ngefa …//  Continue Reading…

When China and Africa Dance, the Elephants Get Trampled

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Published on China in Africa, the real story, (Digging into the myths and realities of Chinese aid, investment and economic engagement), by blog owner, August 4, 2011.

A beautifully written and moving investigative article by Alex Shoumatoff in the August 2011 Vanity Fair, Agony and Ivory,

fingers the Chinese demand for ivory and the rising presence of Chinese businesses in elephant-rich areas of rural Africa as an insidious pull-push factor in the rise in elephant poaching. I’m sure they are right about this.

The whole article is well worth reading, particularly for those who have been swept up in the honor and wonder of seeing these magnificent, intelligent animals in the wild. Here are a few excerpts that shed light on the Chinese role:  Continue Reading…

Where are all the African women artists?

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Published on African Women’s evelopment Fund/Blog AWDF, August 9, 2011.

On the 4th of August 2001, I attended the Adventurers in the Diaspora Series at Accra’s Golden Tulip. The topic for discussion was “Revitalising Ghana’s National Museum of Arts”, and judging by the huge turnout the subject was clearly of interest to a large number of people. There were several ‘distinguished’[1] persons on the panel. This is how members of the panel were described in the event posted on Facebook:

Mrs. Frances Ademola -artist and owner of Ghana’s first private art gallery, the LOOM: … //  Continue Reading…

In response to the Oslo attacks: My Fellow American

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Received by e-mail, From: Elizabeth Potter, Date: 11/08/2011

  • Hello, My Fellow American.us is a film project in the United States devoted to recognizing that Muslims are our neighbors. I am reaching out to you because you addressed the recent events in Oslo, Norway, on Humanitarian Texts and I am hoping you will share this message of tolerance with your readers. We’ve put together a 2 minute film that I believe you will be interested in sharing, watching, and discussing.
  • Please help also with this pledge: http://myfellowamerican.us/pledge
  • If you can, please let me know. I am here if you have any questions. Thank you so much.Elizabeth Potter, Unity Productions Foundation.

A land-grabber’s loophole

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, this analysis was prepared by COHA Research Associates Paula Lopez-Gamundi & Winston Hanks, August 8, 2011.

  • Due to the global food crisis, a trend has developed in food-insecure countries to outsource food production to lesser developed countries.
  • Current stipulations regulating the purchase of farmland by foreigners can be undermined by renting land.
  • Exemplifying this trend, the Río Negro-Beidahuang agreement was signed without the consent of the indigenous residents of the region and may threaten the environment.
  • Latin American governments should focus on developing sustainable food programs for their own populations; this will include protecting the inherent territorial rights of their indigenous groups and safeguarding their environment.

The acuteness of the global food crisis has forced overpopulated and arid countries, such as China, India, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to desperately scour the globe, looking for land on which to cultivate their staple crops. Continue Reading…

To Make Use of Our Potential as Citizens Towards a Fairer Economy

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The three kinds of time – exit from the hamster wheel – Ivo Muri’s insights after seven years of time research

Published on Current Concerns no. 12, by Madeleine Dommen, Switzerland, August 2011.

… What is our economy like? Why are there a lot of unemployed, even though there is enough work and also a lot of money? Why is time money? What really is time or money? Why is long-term unemployment increasing, but also the rate of burnout? Shouldn’t democracy imply the small scale where we can vouch for the community?

He is starting a research of years, being able to build contacts with many people who have already thought deeply about these ideas. He is developing a fundamental analysis providing surprising insights. He is using excursions into history, examples from the present and everyday experiences to explain his results in a vivid and factual way.

It is Muri’s main concern to provide this analysis for everybody comprehensibly so that we all can make use of our potential as citizens, driving the change towards a fairer economic system.  Continue Reading…

Struggling for an alternative media

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Tidiane Kassé, August 4, 2011.

With Pambazuka News publishing its 200th French-language edition this week, Tidiane Kassé – Pambazuka’s French-language editor – discusses the importance of alternative, Africa-led media and the challenges for the future.

When in the 1980s UNESCO was calling for a new world communications order in the name of allowing Southern voices to be heard within a fairer global system, the concern was to exist. The media landscape was at a mere embryonic stage in Africa, with poor content. The exchange had never been equal, and the terms of exchange were not even laid down in full, because beyond a new information order there was also the question of calling for a new world order of thought. What was a right also had to be linked to a cause.  Continue Reading…

WWSF 19 Days of activism for prevention of abuse & violence against children

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1-19 November 2011 – Received by e-mail, From: WWSF, Date: 08/08/2011.

Dear Coalition Members, Partners and Friends,
The WWSF Children-Youth Section is pleased to announce and share with you its new global campaign -  “19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November”, in the form of a Prevention Kit – Call to Action – which presents 19 abuse situations from which to chose your annual activities.

Les Maliennes veulent occuper l’espace politique

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Publié dans Slate Afrique /les blogs, le 4 août 2011.

A quelques mois des élections, il est important et même capital de mobiliser les femmes, les partis politiques et les acteurs autour de la question afin de permettre l’accès massif des femmes à des postes électifs », souligne le Journal du Mali en ligne.

C’est dans la perspective de ces élections présidentielle et législatives prévues en avril et mai 2012 que la Journée panafricaine des femmes a été célébrée ce 31 juillet. A Bamako, la journée a été marquée par une cérémonie qui a rassemblé plus d’un millier de femmes. Etaient présentes, entre autres personnalités, la Première ministre Madame Cissé Mariam Kaïdoma Sidibé et l’épouse du chef de l’Etat Madame Touré Lobbo Traoré … //   Continue Reading…

An island of food in Africa’s Horn of Hunger

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Thomas C. Mountain, August 8, 2011.

ASMARA, Eritrea—Most people in Africa spend most of their income on food. With food prices rising by over 50 percent, drought is not the only cause of hunger in the Horn of Africa. While southern Ethiopia, home to half of Ethiopia’s 80 million people, is suffering under its worst drought and famine in 60 years, residents in the northern capital of Addis Ababa are feeling the pinch of hunger due to near record high food prices.

Yet next door to Ethiopia in Eritrea, where we have been living since 2006, there exists an island of food security where grain prices have fallen by half and hunger has become a thing of the past.  Continue Reading…

Le rôle de la révolution numérique dans la lutte contre l’excision

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Publié dans Slate Afrique /les blogs, par Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla et Joelle Palmieri, août 2011.

Dix ans de révolution numérique ont fait plus que 25 ans de mobilisation contre l’excision. Voilà 25 ans en effet que les militants en Afrique et en dehors du continent se battent pour éradiquer les mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) et dix ans que les nouvelles technologies de communication se répandant en Afrique. Deux chercheuses, Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla et Joëlle Palmieri se sont penchées sur ce parallèle. Elles ont publié en septembre 2010 par le Centre de recherche pour le développement international CRDI d’Ottawa, une étude réalisée par l’association Enda-Tiers monde de Dakar, intitulée : « Excision, les jeunes changent l’Afrique par les TIC », qui vient d’être traduite en anglais. Le document qui vise un lectorat scientifique ou universitaire explique l’impact des Technologies de l’information et communication (TIC) sur la politique et l’évolution de la société.  Continue Reading…

Spain’s ‘Indignados’: Vanguard of a Global Nonviolent Revolt against Neoliberalism

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Linked on our blogs with Pablo Ouziel, Spain. – Published on Global Research.ca, by Pablo Ouziel, August 6, 2011.

… The indignation on Spanish streets has not risen out of ignorance, when newspapers announced last week that the airport of Ciudad Real had joined the growing list of airports in Spain closing because of lack of flights, the ‘indignados’ understood that it had only been constructed during the building boom so that speculators could receive huge sums of public subsidies which will never be returned to the Spanish people. That is why they were not surprised a few days ago when the IMF recommended that the country cut salaries of public servants and raise VAT, or when Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado suggested that the nation might need to endure even deeper spending cuts than those approved by Parliament. Nor was there a sense of surprise when the Catalan Government announced yesterday that it would sell-off 37 of its government buildings at a loss of 42,4 million Euros. Nothing shocks the ‘indignados,’ they just hope that one day they will have enough critical mass to stop these incessant attacks from the financial and political elite, on the country’s citizenry.  Continue Reading…

Les migrantes, ces femmes de l’ombre

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Publié dans Youphil, par Adeline Farge, le 2 août 2011.

Elles sont de plus en plus nombreuses à quitter leurs pays seules. Pourtant, la société continue de les ignorer. Nounous, aides à domicile, femmes de ménages… Les femmes migrantes sont parties prenantes du quotidien des Français. Or, dans les banlieues, celles qui triment dans l’ombre passent facilement inaperçues.

Dans l’imaginaire collectif, le migrant est un homme, généralement travailleur et le plus souvent sans-papiers. Pourtant, d’après l’étude Trajectoires et origines, la France comptait officiellement 5 millions d’immigrés en 2010, dont 53% de femmes. “On a toujours cherché à rendre invisible les femmes et la misogynie survit dans les esprits. Cette représentation est également liée aux premières vagues d’immigration, dans les années 60″, commente Nadia Chabaane, féministe et militante à l’Association des Tunisiens de France ATF  … //  Continue Reading…

Human rights education confronting the ideology of hate

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Received by e-mail, From: Abraham Magendzo K., Date: 03/08/2011.

Dear Colleagues, What happened in Norway calls us to continue and deepen our work and commitment to human rights education.

What has happened is in large part the result of the installation of a doctrine of hatred that has a long history, which is present in many continents and countries and is fed by intolerance, discrimination, prejudices and stereotypes, the inability to recognize and live with diversity in all its manifestations and do not wish to accept and be responsible for the Other /Other as a legitimate Other/Other, different but equal.   Continue Reading…

Tunisian Women Fear the Algerian Way

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Published on IPS, by Giuliana Sgrena, August 5, 2011.

A women’s group begins campaigning near La Marsa beach in Tunis to convince more women to come up and register in the electoral lists, in time for the deadline now pushed back to Aug. 14. Most of the women watching the proceedings are veiled.

The veils present more a question than a suggestion at present. One survey among veiled women conduced by journalists here claims that four in five of these women will not vote for Ennahda, the Islamist party surging ahead in popularity ahead of elections for a constituent assembly due in October.

Veils in such numbers are an unusual sight in Tunisia where women visit the beach just as comfortably in a bikini as wearing a headscarf, and just as comfortable sipping wine as a soft drink, listening to rap or traditional music.   Continue Reading…

World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of mercy or angel of death?

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Thomas C. Mountain, August 4, 2011.

ASMARA, Eritrea—The World Food Program WFP, one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006 just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market, the WFP began the distribution of its entire year’s grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available, Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster.

Thousands of angry Somali farmers gathered at WFP distribution centers across Somalia to protest, sometimes violently. In an attempt to calm matters the WFP promised an investigation which, in due course, announced that yes the WFP had done the Somali farmers wrong and promised they wouldn’t do it again.  Continue Reading…

International recommendations to Mexico in the field of human rights

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Published on HURIDOCS, August 3, 2011.

GENEVA (27 July 2011) – “It is not easy being a human rights defender; in too many countries it is dangerous, plain dangerous,” said United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya launching her essential guide to the right to defend human rights, a key document aimed at supporting those who stand for our rights by increasing understanding of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and awareness on the dangers they face.

“Despite the efforts to implement the Declaration, human rights defenders continue to face numerous violations,” Ms. Sekaggya said. “I hope that this essential guide, the new ‘Commentary to the Declaration on human rights defenders’, will contribute to the development of a safer and more conducive environment for defenders to be able to carry out their work.”  Continue Reading…

An African response to There is no alternative

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Revolutions from Tunis to Ouagadougou – Published on Pambazuka News, by Guy Marius Sagna, July 27, 2011.

For the past three decades, neoliberalism has insisted that there is no alternative to semi-colonialism and the diktats of the IMF and World Bank. But, writes Senegal’s Guy Marius Sagna, our people have enough common sense to understand that things have to change … //

… Our political credo, to liberate our people from semi-colonialism and collaborationism, will be compromised if we fall prey to these schemes. Many of our compatriots sympathetic to Wade’s departure wonder who will replace him as our leader. The only options on the table seem to be the ruling neoliberals and neoliberals from the opposition on the one hand, and on the other, a united or fragmented social democratic movement whose candidates present themselves as a messiah come to deliver their people.  Continue Reading…

Animated Video for Human Rights Education

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Watch this video on YouTube: Human Rights, 8.40 min: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This is what it says in the very first Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The idea of Human Rights is one of the most important fundaments of human co-existence. At the same time human rights are subject to fierce debates and Human Rights violations are common all over the world.

But what exactly are Human Rights? Who is responsible for protecting them? And do they really apply to all people? These are the question the newest animated Video clip in the WissensWerte series deals with.

WissensWerte is a project of the german non-profit organisation /e-politik.de/ e.V.. It is realized by Jörn Barkemeyer and Jan Künzl, edeos- digital educationContinue Reading…

$20m LOAN FOR KING’S VANITY PROJECT

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Published on Swazi Media Commentary, by blog owner, July 31, 2011.

… The loan, in the form of a line of credit, comes from the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank).

But, there will be little opportunities for Swazi businesses to profit because 75 percent of the goods and services paid for by the money will have to be sourced from India.

The money is to help set up the Royal Science and Technology Park. When the scheme was announced in November 2010, the total cost of the project was put at E850 million (US$120 million). It was said building would start in April 2012 … //   Continue Reading…