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2012-01-01: India: the plight of the rural and urban poor in a land of facades, mark the first signs of an Indian Spring;
2012-01-02: IRAN WILL RESPOND TO ANY SANCTIONS;
2012-01-03: Egypt’s longest year;
2012-01-04: A New Year e-message;
2012-01-05: Empowering Impoverished Communities with Compatible Technologies;
2012-01-06: Six days to get rid of the 12 month time limit to ESA (in UK);
2012-01-07: One Day Children Will Ask… “What is War” … A Message of Hope for 2012;
2012-01-07: Mutilations genitales MGF: Le Sénégal veut accélérer l’abandon de l’excision;
2012-01-08: Egypt’s Economist Samir Radwan about Finance 101;
2012-01-08: Le Comité inter-africain de lutte contre les MGF est préoccupé par le cas de la Guinée;
2012-01-09: 2012: The year ahead for young people;
2012-01-10: Le Revenu de Base – LE FILM version Française;
2012-01-10: Mieux naître en Afrique, en Ethiopie;
2012-01-11: Land stolen from the poor;
2012-01-12: Iraq: A Country in Shambles;
2012-01-13: China, oil and ethnic cleansing in the Horn of Africa;
2012-01-13: Des leaders du Ganzourgou plaident pour l’abandon des MGF;
2012-01-14: Haitian Women and Girls Trading Sex to Survive;
2012-01-14: Burkina Faso: Gbantara dit non à l’excision dans la province du Poni;
2012-01-15: See, the Nigerian revolution has begun;
2012-01-16: ANC: On the return of the political;
2012-01-16: Revue de la presse malienne;
2012-01-17: Some truth and justice for Rwanda at last;
2012-01-17: Les mutilations génitales féminine MGF: détecter, comprendre et agir;
2012-01-17: Conférence de Vicken Cheterian;
2012-01-18: UN Food and Agricultural Chief da Silva: Speculation Is an Important Cause of High Prices;
2012-01-19: Child poverty figures: Shock report reveals Islington kids who live below breadline;
2012-01-19: NIGER: Baisse de la prévalence des mutilations génitales féminines/excisions;
2012-0120: Japanese clothing retail giant helps refugees in unique ways;
2012-01-21: Links with and around the NASA;
2012-01-21: Un plaidoyer pour bouter la pratique des MGF;
2012-01-22: Sinking the Petrodollar in the Persian Gulf;
2012-01-23: Another postcard from the edge: life on the Kuril Islands;
2012-01-23: L’Initiatrice;
2012-01-24: Running dry;
2012-01-24: Quelle justice pour les victimes de crimes de masse?
2012-01-25: Brothers seek parliamentary alliance;
2012-01-25: Burkina Faso: MGF, Les nouveaux relais communautaires de Gascode formés;
2012-01-26: U.S. v. Jones: The battle for the Fourth Amendment continues;
2012-01-26: Droits des enfants: L’UNICEF déplore les entraves au Bénin;
2012-01-27: Egypt since the revolution;
2012-01-27: MGF dans 30 villages de la Sous-préfecture de Bondoukou;
2012-01-28: Nigeria: We’ll Dialogue With Boko Haram If The Members Identify Themselves – Jonathan;
2012-01-29: For humane and responsible finances;
2012-01-30: Taking on social responsibility as well in the financial sector;
2012-01-30: les actes des Rassemblements pour les droits humains sont mis en ligne;
2012-01-31: The Precariat: why it needs deliberative democracy.

The Precariat: why it needs deliberative democracy

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Published on openDemocracy, by Guy Standing, January 27, 2012.

To arrest the drift to social engineering, the voice of those subject to the steering should be inside the institutions responsible for social policy. This means more than putting token ‘community leaders’ on boards. It must be a collective democratic voice. At present, we see the opposite … //     Continue Reading…

les actes des Rassemblements pour les droits humains sont mis en ligne

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Reçu par e-mail – De: CHA, Date: 27 janvier 2012:

Taking on social responsibility as well in the financial sector

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Published on Current Concerns, Interview with Professor Marc Chesney, Professor of Finance and Vice Director of the Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, January 22, 2012.

… The appeal has been published in various countries. What has been the response to your appeal so far?

  • So far about 400 people have signed the appeal, mainly from Switzerland, but also from Germany, France, Austria, Spain, and Italy. Most of them are from the academic world, but not exclusively. Unfortunately, in the financial sector there are not many interested colleagues.    Continue Reading…

For humane and responsible finances

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Renewing research and teaching in finance, economics and management to better serve the common good – Published on Current Concerns, an Appeal of teachers and researchers, January 22, 2012.

1):

  • The authors of this appeal are deeply concerned that more than three years after the outbreak of the financial and macroeconomic crisis that highlighted the pitfalls, limitations, dangers and responsibilities of main-stream thought in economics, finance and management, the quasi-monopolistic position of such thought within the academic world nevertheless remains largely unchallenged.    Continue Reading…

Nigeria: We’ll Dialogue With Boko Haram If The Members Identify Themselves – Jonathan

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Published on allAfrica, by Uduma Kalu, January 27, 2012.

Lagos — President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the federal government will dialogue with the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram if the members would identify themselves and state clearly their demands as a basis for talks, while acknowledging that military confrontation alone will not end their insurgency.   Continue Reading…

MGF dans 30 villages de la Sous-préfecture de Bondoukou

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Renforcement des capacités communautaires pour la prévention des Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF /  excision dans 24 quartiers de la commune et dans 30 villages de la Sous- préfectures Bondoukou – Publié dans ONEF*, sans auteur ni date.

… RESULTATS OBTENUS       Continue Reading…

Egypt since the revolution

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Published on Al Jazeera, by Gregg Carlstrom and Evan Hill, January 4, 2012.

… Suspend the constitution and prepare a new one:

The drafting of a new constitution has been one of the most divisive issues for the activists who sparked Egypt’s revolution. On paper, things seem to be moving in the right direction. The old constitution was suspended on February 13, the same day SCAF dissolved parliament, and the generals quickly moved to prepare a package of constitutional amendments, which was overwhelmingly approved by a public referendum on March 19.   Continue Reading…

Droits des enfants: L’UNICEF déplore les entraves au Bénin

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Publié dans Afrique en ligne, par Pana, le 21 janvier 2012.

… Dans ce pays qui a aussi mis en place diverses stratégies pour contrer le travail des mineurs, 664.537 enfants de 5 à 17 ans travaillent, parmi lesquels 67.437 sont victimes de la traite.   Continue Reading…

U.S. v. Jones: The battle for the Fourth Amendment continues

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Published on Intrepid Report, by John W. Whitehead, January 25, 2012.

In a unanimous 9–0 ruling in United States v. Jones, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects. But what does this ruling, hailed as a victory by privacy advocates, really mean for the future of privacy and the Fourth Amendment?   Continue Reading…

Burkina Faso: MGF, Les nouveaux relais communautaires de Gascode formés

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Publié dans allAfrica, by Abdias Cyprien Sawadogo, le 18 Janvier 2012.

Le Groupe d’appui en santé, communication et développement GASCODE a organisé, du 10 au 14 janvier 2012 à Ziniaré, une session de formation au profit de ses nouveaux relais communautaires. Cette session avait pour objectif de renforcer les connaissances des participants sur les MGF … //  Continue Reading…

Brothers seek parliamentary alliance

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In the absence of an overall majority the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing is seeking parliamentary allies – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 19 – 25 January 2012.

… Meanwhile, Cairo has continued to see an influx of delegations visiting from the US. They have US assistant secretary for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and former US president Jimmy Carter (1976- 1980). All have made the pilgrimage to the FJP’s headquarters, keen to explore the position of Egypt’s largest parliamentary party on a number of strategic issues, not least the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, and to assess its commitment to democracy, human rights and religious tolerance.   Continue Reading…

Quelle justice pour les victimes de crimes de masse?

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Invitation: Soirée-débat pour Jeudi 26 janvier 2012, Salle R 380 de UNI-Mail Genève – Reçu par e.mail, De: Bernard Boëton, Date: janvier 22, 2012.

L’association suisse VIVERE et le Département de Science politique et Relations internationales de l’UNIVERSITE de GENEVE ont l’honneur de vous inviter à participer à une SOIREE – DEBAT

Intervenants :  Continue Reading…

Running dry

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The gasoline shortage that gripped Egypt this week may be the tip of an iceberg-sized package of economic woes …  – Published on Al-Ahrem weekly online, by Nesma Nowar, 9 – 25 January 2012.

Long queues of cars formed in front of gas stations in Cairo this week, causing heavier traffic congestion than usual on major roads. Brawls triggered by the long lines also claimed one life from gunshot on Tuesday in one of the cities, 15 May, on the periphery of Cairo … //    Continue Reading…

L’Initiatrice

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le lundi 6 février à 19h30 – Théâtre Le Moderne A.S.B.L., rue Sainte-Walburge, 1, B-4000 Liège, Tél. +32 (0)4 225 16 06 – Publié dans Le Moderne.be/Spectacles.

… Une rencontre entre une femme blanche et une femme noire qui semble squatter un appartement vide. Adama est la fille de Nura, jadis femme de ménage, qui fut condamnée en Belgique pour avoir pratiqué l’excision. L’excision : une problématique complexe et délicate. Continue Reading…

Another postcard from the edge: life on the Kuril Islands

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Published on openDemocracy /oD Russia, by Ksenya Semenova, 19 January 2012.

For many Western readers the Kuril Islands are famous chiefly for being the subject of an post-WWII territorial dispute between USSR/Russia and Japan. Amidst the political wrangling, the Kuril islanders continue to go about their daily lives, reports Ksenya Semyonova, a native of nearby Sakhalin … //   Continue Reading…

Sinking the Petrodollar in the Persian Gulf

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Published on Tom Dispatch, by Pepe Escobar, January 17, 2012.

These days, with a crisis atmosphere growing in the Persian Gulf, a little history lesson about the U.S. and Iran might be just what the doctor ordered.  Here, then, are a few high- (or low-) lights from their relationship over the last half-century-plus:   Continue Reading…

Un plaidoyer pour bouter la pratique des MGF

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Publié dans Sidwaya, par Moussa CONGO, le 12 janvier 2012.

Boussé, (AIB)- Le haut-commissaire de la province du Kourwéogo, Mocktar Maurice Zongo, a présidé la rencontre de plaidoyer sur l’abandon des mutilations génitales féminines à l’endroit des leaders communautaires, administratifs et politiques, le lundi 19 décembre 2011, dans la salle de réunion du haut-commissariat.    Continue Reading…

Links with and around the NASA

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Watch the following videos on YouTube, relaxe and take a moment of pleasure:

  • What does it feel like to fly over Planet Earth? WITH SOUND, 3.11 min: Sept. 19, 2011: Yesterday2221’s phenomenal video set to music – Pilgrim | Enya. His description as follows: “A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Continue Reading…

Japanese clothing retail giant helps refugees in unique ways

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Published on AlertNet, Source UNHCR, January 18, 2012.

UNHCR values its relationship with corporate partners, who have become an increasingly important part of its private sector fund-raising base. The refugee agency’s partnership with UNIQLO, Japan’s leading clothing retail chain, has been developing in exciting ways over the past few years.    Continue Reading…

NIGER: Baisse de la prévalence des mutilations génitales féminines/excisions

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Publié dans IRIN/global, le 18 janvier 2012.

NIAMEY, 18 février 2008 (IRIN) – La prévalence des mutilations génitales féminines/excisions (MGF/E) au Niger a considérablement baissé entre 1998 et 2006, selon un récent rapport du gouvernement.   Continue Reading…

Child poverty figures. Shock report reveals Islington kids who live below breadline

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Published on Islington Tribune, by ANDREW JOHNSON, January 13, 2012.

ALMOST half of all children in Islington are living in poverty, shocking new statistics reveal. Despite its reputation as the home of Britain’s upper-middle-class elite, the borough has the second highest level of childhood poverty in the country, with 43 per cent of its 37,000 children living below the breadline.   Continue Reading…

UN Food and Agricultural Chief da Silva: Speculation Is an Important Cause of High Prices

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Published on Spiegel Online International, Interview conducted by Susanne Amman and Michaela Schiessl, January 16, 2012.
In a SPIEGEL interview, José Graziano da Silva, 62, the new head of the United Nations aid organization FAO, discusses his plans to combat hunger as well as his efforts to limit speculation and the impact it has on dramatically fluctuating food prices … //     Continue Reading…

Conférence de Vicken Cheterian

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Jeudi 19 janvier 2012 à 19h30, à la Librairie arabe L’Olivier, 5 rue de Fribourg, 1201 Genève, 022 731 84 40, e-mail.

Un an après la Révolte Arabe: Problèmes et Perspectives:  Continue Reading…

Les mutilations génitales féminine MGF: détecter, comprendre et agir

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une journée vendredi 1 mai 2012 de 09.30 – 16.30 à Bruxelles, Contact Belgique 02/534 36 16, e.mail. (gratuit pour les AJ, 5 Euros hors AJ) – Publié dans Synergie, service intervention recherche jeunes asbl, Janvier 2012.

Les MGF sont une réalité en Belgique. Une étude récente du SPF santé a considéré que près de 8.500 femmes et fillettes résidant sur le territoire belge sont excisées ou à risque de l’être. Continue Reading…

Some truth and justice for Rwanda at last

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Gerald Caplan, January 12, 2012.

Who shot down President Habyarimana’s plane, triggering the 1994 genocide? A report by two French judges has definitively resolved one of the controversial mysteries of the late 20th century. Gerry Caplan considers the implications in the light also of the extradition of alleged genocidaire Leon Mugesera.   Continue Reading…

Revue de la presse malienne

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BAMAKO (Xinhua) – Voici les principales informations – Publié dans Afriquinfos, le 13 janvier 2012.

… L’indépendant: C’est la première responsable de l’APDF, Mme Fatoumata Siré Diakité, qui a procédé au lancement de cette campagne d’échange et de dialogue entre le personnel médical et paramédical sur les violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. C’ est au centre de santé de référence de la commune II à Missira que cette cérémonie a eu lieu.   Continue Reading…

ANC: On the return of the political

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Richard Pithouse, January 12, 2012.

The ANC has had its shameful moments but it has also had its glorious moments; and it has often been far closer to the best of the spirit of the age than any of the forces it opposed.

When the African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein in 1912 Sol Plaatje, then a newspaper editor, was elected as its first Secretary General. Plaatje, along with some other mission educated African intellectuals, had been optimistic about the new country that had come into being with the Union of South Africa in 1910. Continue Reading…

See, the Nigerian revolution has begun

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, January 12, 20112.

Most of the country supports not just the strikes but also the Occupy Nigeria movement which seeks to seriously challenge the status quo and once and for all end the rule by kleptocracy … //  Continue Reading…

Burkina Faso: Gbantara dit non à l’excision dans la province du Poni

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Clôture de campagne PROMACO 2011 – Published on allAfrica, par Karim BIKIENGA, le 9 janvier 2012.

La campagne de déclarations publiques d’abandon de la pratique de l’excision initiée par PROMACO a refermé ses portes le 15 décembre 2011 à Gbantara, un village situé à quatre kilomètres de la frontière Burkina-Côte d’Ivoire dans le Sud-Ouest. C’est le haut-commissaire de la province du Poni, Bernard Yalguado Sawadogo, qui a officié la cérémonie.  Continue Reading…

Haitian Women and Girls Trading Sex to Survive

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Received by e-mail, From: MADRE, Date: Jan. 12, 2012.

Groups Release Report Analyzing Sexual Exploitation. Virtual Briefing: Join the authors of this report on Tuesday January 17 at 1 pm EST, for a conference call. RSVP at Media Madre.org for call-in information.   Continue Reading…

Des leaders du Ganzourgou plaident pour l’abandon des MGF

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Ganzourgou Province, Location in Burkina Faso – Publié dans Sidwaya, par Moïse SAMANDOULGOU, le 8 janvier 2012.

Le Groupe d’appui en santé communautaire et développement (GASCODE), a tenu vendredi 30 décembre 2011 dans la salle de réunion de la Maison de la femme de Zorgho, un atelier de plaidoyer sur les Mutilations génitales féminines (MGF).   Continue Reading…

China, oil and ethnic cleansing in the Horn of Africa

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Thomas C. Mountain, January 12, 2012. (Same article in PDF).

Chinese oil workers once again seem to be at the center of a nasty counterinsurgency in the Horn of Africa, in the Ogaden, located in south east Ethiopia. The Ogaden is home to what is reported to be major deposits of gas and oil, though as in South Sudan, just how much is actually there is still just guess work.  Continue Reading…

Iraq: A Country in Shambles

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Despite promises made for improvements, Iraq’s economy and infrastructure are still a disaster – Published on Al Jazeera, by Dahr Jamail, January 9, 2012.

Baghdad, Iraq – As a daily drumbeat of violence continues to reverberate across Iraq, people here continue to struggle to find some sense of normality, a task made increasingly difficult due to ongoing violence and the lack of both water and electricity.

During the build-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration promised the war would bring Iraqis a better life, and vast improvements in their infrastructure, which had been severely debilitated by nearly 13 years of strangling economic sanctions.  Continue Reading…

Land stolen from the poor

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first on Mennonite Weekly Review), by Patricia Kisare, Jan. 4, 2012.

Multinational corporations and foreign governments are acquiring large amounts of agricultural land, prompting conflicts and controversies globally. Dubbed “land grabbing,” this trend is a stark reminder of colonial-era practices when poor countries’ natural resources were controlled by foreigners and a few local elites. Not surprisingly, conditions under which most of these land deals are being pursued are extremely poor and lack transparency.   Continue Reading…

Mieux naître en Afrique, en Ethiopie

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Publié dans L’indépendant, le 7 janvier 2012.

Le docteur Claude-Emile Tourné, président du collectif, s’est rendu en pays Afar, en Ethiopie, pour un bilan du fonctionnement de la maternité et du réseau de soins mis en place par le collectif Mieux naître en Afrique.  Continue Reading…

Le Revenu de Base – Film version Française

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(the topic in english / das Thema auf deutsch)

Publié sur YouTube, 96.45 min, par darkapitude, le 21 avril 2011: Un revenu, c’est comme l’air sous les ailes de l’oiseau. C’est ainsi que commence le film. Est-ce que ce revenu devrait être inconditionnel pour chacun? Est-ce possible, un droit civique économique? Le film est captivant, il fait réfléchir, il touche et met le doigt sur ce qui est raisonnable. Il permet de voir la situation de la société et le devoir de l’argent sous un jour nouveau. Un thème d’une actualité brûlante …  Continue Reading…

2012: The year ahead for young people

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Published on leftfoot forward.org, by Alex Hern, January 76, 2012.

In better times, a look at the year ahead for young people in Britain may have covered a broad spectrum of topics. Currently, however, there is only one topic on the minds of most under-25 year olds: work.

Youth unemployment, and the various ways of dealing with it, dominate the agenda for young people in Britain today. Continue Reading…

Egypt’s Economist Samir Radwan about Finance 101

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly, Interview by Niveen Wahish, Dec. 29, 2011- Jan. 4, 2012.

… What reforms were you planning to embark on as minister of finance?

  • I had three files on my desk. Once the 2011/12 budget was finished, I was going to deal with wages, taxes and untangle the budget. We had originally budgeted for a 12 per cent deficit and I had earmarked LE15 billion to begin to settle accounts with the Petroleum Authority and Pensions Fund.   Continue Reading…

Le Comité inter-africain de lutte contre les MGF est préoccupé par le cas de la Guinée

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Publié dans Afriquinfos (en premier sur Xinhuanet.com en anglais), le  le 4 janvier 2012.

Le Directeur exécutif du Comité inter-africain de lutte contre les pratiques néfastes pour la santé des femmes et des enfants, Dr Mory Sanda Kouyaté, est en séjour de travail à Conakry, capitale guinéenne où l’excision est encore une pratique courante, a rapporté la radio nationale mardi.   Continue Reading…

Mutilations genitales MGF: Le Sénégal veut accélérer l’abandon de l’excision

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Publié dans Le Soleil online, par Serigne M. S. CISSE, le 4 janvier 2012.

Un Plan d’action national 2010-2015 pour l’accélération de l’abandon total de l’excision est en cours d’exécution, selon un document du ministère de la Petite enfance parvenu à notre rédaction. L’Etat du Sénégal veut encourager les populations à tourner le dos à cette pratique.   Continue Reading…

One Day Children Will Ask… “What is War” … A Message of Hope for 2012

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Martin Luther King’s poem uploaded on Global Research.ca on December 31, 2011.

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Six days to get rid of the 12 month time limit to ESA (in UK)

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(ESA = Employment and Support Allowance) . – Published on Caron’s Musings, by blog owner Caron, January 5, 2012.

Next Wednesday, 11th January, the House of Lords will be debating the Welfare Reform Bill. It’s expected that the controversial clause time limiting contributory Employment and Support Allowance to one year for those in the Work Related Activity Group, those people who are judged to have a limited capacity to work. This change does not affect the sickest and most disabled people in the Support Group … //  Continue Reading…

Empowering Impoverished Communities with Compatible Technologies

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Nourishing the Planet TV  -  Watch this video, 2.32 minutes: published on Nourishing the Planet, by , January 4, 2012: this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet discusses how Compatible Technology International CTI is providing rural farmers with technologies—such as cool storage sheds and food processing grinders—to better help them harvest, store, and sell their crops …

To read about CTI’s work, see: Innovation of the Week, Empowering Impoverished Communities with Compatible Technologies, by Matt Styslinger, June 30, 2011.

A New Year e-message

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Published on Rupert’s Read Blog, by blog owner, December 31, 2011.

What a stunning year 2011 has been. Full of hope – and horror. 2012 will see the continuation of the year of revolutions in the Arab world, including probably the fall (most probably, I would guess, the death) of Assad – and I hope that real change will come to our continent, too. For, while we complacently think that we at least live in democracies, the truth is otherwise.  Continue Reading…

Egypt’s longest year

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly no. 1078, by Assem El-Kersh, 29 December 2011 – 4 January 2012.

… During the longest year in Egyptian history, we had lost opportunities galore: stubbornness and myopia were the principal obstacles in disputes over priorities and roadmaps; with insufficient or cloudy vision, people moved in the wrong direction; hence the sharp and indigestible parts of the newly reconstituted political soup: every political party is to blame.   Continue Reading…

IRAN WILL RESPOND TO ANY SANCTIONS

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Published on Socialist Unity (first on Xinhuanet), by Andy Newman, December 28, 2011.

… In response to Sorouri’s remarks, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that “As Iran has announced it several times, the issue of closing the Strait of Hormuz is not on Iran’s agenda since Iran believes in upholding the stability and peace of the region.”   Continue Reading…

India: the plight of the rural and urban poor in a land of facades, mark the first signs of an Indian Spring

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Linked on our blogs with John Pilger, Australia & England. – Published on Global Research.ca, by John Pilger, December 31, 2011.

… India’s ascent to “new world power” is both true and what Edward Bernays, the founder of public relations, called “false reality”. Despite a growth rate of 6.9 per cent and prosperity for some, more Indians than ever are living in poverty than anywhere on earth, including a third of all malnourished children. Save the Children says that every year two million infants under the age of five die.   Continue Reading…