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2012-03-01: Rearrival of the judiciary law;
2012-03-02: China and the world: What a difference a decade makes;
2012-03-03: Uganda: When Pokot Men Said ‘No’ to Female Genital Mutilation;
2012-03-04: Hungary’s struggles for freedom and democracy;
2012-03-05: Work Sharing: A Creative Way to Avoid Unemployment;
2012-03-05: Les Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF bientôt en Tunisie?
2012-03-06: Global poverty: A fall to cheer;
2012-03-06: … et toujours les MGF;
2012-03-07: Parliamentary questions;
2012-03-08: FGM/C clinic: Consultation FGM at HUG (Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting);
2012-03-08: FGM/C clinic: Consultation MSF à l’HUG (Mutilations Sexuelles Féminines);
2012-03-09: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Yemen;
2012-03-10: Why we should celebrate International Women’s Day;
2012-03-11: The challenges of building a caring society;
2012-03-12: again: The Longest Way;
2012-03-12: Méfaits des mutilations génitales féminines MGF;
2012-03-12: Stopping female genital mutilation/cutting in Senegal;
2012-03-13: FGM / MGF – links / liens;
2012-03-14: A Charter for Women’s Rights;
2012-03-15: The Internet Indians;
2012-03-16: The downside of the Kony 2012 video;
2012-03-17: The Arab revolutions: A year after;
2012-03-18: Morocco’s reforms: Power to some other people;
2012-03-19: Celebrating women;
2012-03-19: Des milliers de fillettes échappent à la mutilation génitale grâce à un projet de l’Union Européenne UE et l’UNICEF;
2012-03-20: Lamu Port may slow down sustainable development;
2012-03-20: Je suis une femme indigène, mais je ne pratique pas la MGF;
2012-03-21: The sun never sets – How Facebook connections mirror old empires;
2012-03-22: The genocide in Namibia (1904-08) and its consequences;
2012-03-23: Congolese Vote, but who decides?
2012-03-24: Self-determination of the intersex child;
2012-03-25: Creating violence-free childhoods: what will it take?
2012-03-26: India: Tripura first state to introduce human rights course in schools;
2012-03-27: CPJ wants journalists reporting evils of FGM protected in Liberia;
2012-03-28: NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women’s Rights;
2012-03-29: human rights, poor and the rest of us;
2012-03-30: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The Supreme Court Debates the Health Insurance Mandate;
2012-03-31: Learning opportunities on children’s rights;
2012-03-31: statistics March 2012 for

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Learning opportunities on children’s rights

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Received by e-mail, From: Sandra Quintin, Date: 28/03/2012.

Dear Colleagues, HREA offers several courses for those interested to advance their knowledge and skills to advocate for children’s rights:

  • Rights of the Child – This rapid e-course gives an overview of the institutions and mechanisms that serve to protect, fulfil and promote the rights of children. This self-paced and self-directed course combines text with rich multimedia, including videos and podcasts and takes about three to five hours to complete. Knowledge checks reinforce the information learned. Assignments engage you to solve specific problems and point you to useful resources.    Continue Reading…

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The Supreme Court Debates the Health Insurance Mandate

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Published on Global, by Kevin Zeese, March 28, 2012.

… As the Washington Post reports, the mandate was a Republican idea that originated with conservatives: “The tale begins in the late 1980s, when conservative economists such as Mark Pauly, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business, were searching for ways to counter liberal calls for government-sponsored universal health coverage. Pauly then proposed a mandate requiring everyone to obtain this minimum coverage, thus guarding against free-riders … Continue Reading…

human rights, poor and the rest of us

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NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women’s Rights

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March 13, 2012: – Published on No Peace Without Jusstice NPWJ (articles in french and english).

  • Universal ban on FGM is a goal within close reach: Worldwide, millions of women and girls still live with the threat or consequences of harmful traditional practices that violate their fundamental right to physical integrity. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is among these violations, and it too frequently goes unchallenged under the pretext of respect for cultural norms. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that more than 3 million girls and women are subjected to the practice each year and between 100 and 140 million are estimated to have undergone FGM … (more);   Continue Reading…

CPJ wants journalists reporting evils of FGM protected in Liberia

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Published on panapress, March 10, 2012.

New York, US (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ has called on Liberian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who have been repeatedly threatened for exposing the evil practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the West African country. Mae Azango, a reporter with the daily FrontPage Africa and the news website New Narratives, told the New York-based CPJ she had gone into hiding after receiving several threats for an article she published on Thursday about Liberian tribes practicing female genital mutilation (FGM) on as many as two out of every three girls in the country.   Continue Reading…

India: Tripura first state to introduce human rights course in schools

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Published on The Times of India/Guwahati, by Manosh Pal, March 20, 2012.

AGARTALA: Tripura government has introduced human rights as one of the subjects in school curricula, the first time in the country a state has introduced this as subject in school education. The subject will be incorporated as a part of social education subjects for students between Class VI to Class VIII as part of nationwide campaign for making people aware of the important part of constitutional and legal rights that they entitled to. Titled ‘human rights in social and political life’, the subject will be taught in the schools from the current academic year in three phases. The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has published the textbook for the course … //   Continue Reading…

Creating violence-free childhoods: what will it take?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Dipak Naker, March 22, 2012.

Violence against children is a complex problem that requires a holistic solution. In this article, Uganda-based Raising Voices explains the different elements that are needed to add up to sustainable change.

Imagine this as your reality: virtually all your friends say that the adults who are supposed to protect them humiliate them, shout at them, and do not prioritise their needs. Imagine that a third of your friends experience a beating at least once a week, and two thirds of your friends at school say that they are beaten frequently. One in five of the girls you know tells you that her first experience of sex was coerced, and three-quarters of the girls tell you that they have experienced some form of sexual violence, ranging from assault and harassment to uninvited touching. What’s more, one in eight of the boys you know says that he too has experienced some form of sexual violence.   Continue Reading…

Self-determination of the intersex child

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Implications for homosexual adults living in a homophobic world – Published on Pambazuka News, by Akinyi M. Ocholla, March 22, 2012.

Intersex individuals must be afforded the right to self-determination, dignity, and privacy from childhood through adulthood.

The book Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Justice: A Comparative Law Casebook by the International Commission of Jurists is really a fascinating read (ICJ 2011). And it is such a learning experience. Today I read the section on intersex conditions. As we may or may not know, “intersex” refers to a range of anatomical conditions that do not fall within standard male and female categories. They may be the result of variations in an individual’s chromosomes, hormones, gonads, or genitalia. For example, having one ovary and one testis, or gonads that contain both ovarian and testicular tissue.  Continue Reading…

Congolese Vote, but who decides?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, March 22, 2012.

Given the importance of DRC as a land of considerable natural wealth, the major powers prefer leaders with no national constituency who are easy to manipulate like Joseph Kabila to those like Etienne Tshisekedi who are unapologetically nationalist … //

… The DRC is a country in which approximately six million people have been killed as a result of the Congo wars of 1996-97 and 1998-2003, together with their economic and social consequences in the affected areas. Other parts of the country have also known episodes of state-sponsored terrorism, notably the brutal repression of the politico-religious group Bundu-dia-Kongo (BDK) in Lower Congo, ethnic cleansing of peoples from Kasaï in the Katanga province, and retaliatory killings for anti-state and communal violence in Equateur.  Continue Reading…

The genocide in Namibia (1904-08) and its consequences

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Reinhart Kössler and Henning Melber, March 20, 2012.

The repatriation of human remains more than a century after they were taken to Germany from Namibia has evoked painful memories of colonial wars in which primary African resistance was crushed, and genocide perpetrated (1904–08) in what was then the colony of German South West Africa. This contribution situates the current issues and practices of memory politics between Namibia and Germany within their historical context … //


The sun never sets – How Facebook connections mirror old empires

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Published on The Economist, March 19, 2012.

EIGHT years ago Facebook launched as an online social network connecting a small college community from a dorm room at Harvard University. Today the company has 845m active users across the globe and a wealth of data. One aspect of these data, which Facebook has shared with The Economist, shows a rough correlation between current global Facebook friendships and the old boundaries of once-mighty European empires.  Continue Reading…

Je suis une femme indigène, mais je ne pratique pas la MGF

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Publié dans MDGIF, par Google-Alerte du 8 mars 2012.

La première alerte a été sonnée en 2007, lorsqu’une nouveau-née indienne est morte au cours d’une procédure traditionnelle d’excision du clitoris. Un agent des autorités locales a alerté les médias nationaux, et la Colombie a rejoint les rangs des pays connus pour pratiquer la mutilation génitale féminine (MGF).   Continue Reading…

Lamu Port may slow down sustainable development

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Erick Komolo, March 15, 2012.

The notion that modern day development is achievable purely through mega projects is perhaps misplaced as it ignores the place of technology and, for Africa, the contribution of ‘small’ industries at this stage in achieving sustainable industrialisation … //

… The economic benefits of Lamu as a world heritage site and the natural habitats that this project will inevitably disrupt, if properly harnessed, far outweigh its projected revenue arising primarily from oil and unsustainable agricultural exports from Southern Sudan and Ethiopia respectively. In addition, we are yet to fully explore alternatives.    Continue Reading…

Des milliers de fillettes échappent à la mutilation génitale grâce à un projet de l’Union Européenne UE et l’UNICEF

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Publié dans ENPI info centre, le 7 mars 2012.

Suite à des activités éducatives et de sensibilisation, des fillettes de milliers de communautés en Égypte, en Érythrée, en Éthiopie, au Sénégal et au Soudan ont pu éviter cette pratique.

En Égypte, où 91% des fillettes et des femmes sont mutilées/excisées, le projet a pu améliorer la situation. Ces pratiques commencent en effet à être moins répandues parmi les plus jeunes. Le nombre de familles s’étant engagées à abandonner ces pratiques est également en hausse, passant de 3 000 en 2007 à 17 772 en 2011.   Continue Reading…

Celebrating women

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Amany Abdel-Moneim, 15 – 21 March 2012.

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout the month of March in order to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year the celebration in Egypt has taken on a special meaning, due to the active participation of Egypt’s women in the Egyptian revolution … //   Continue Reading…

Morocco’s reforms: Power to some other people

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Morocco’s king lets an Islamist government make real changes – Published on The Economist, March 17, 2012.

ON HIS drive home from work Morocco’s prime minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, stopped by a mob of angry graduates demanding jobs. “We voted for you, and you send the police to beat and arrest us,” they cried. Mr Benkirane apologised and promised that any police officers who broke the law would be punished. Some of the graduates clapped.   Continue Reading…

The Arab revolutions: A year after

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Samir Amin, March 14, 2012.

Arab regimes achieved success within a short period but then ran out of steam as a result of their internal limits and contradictions. The ruling circles have given in to neo-liberal globalization, leading to rapid decline in social conditions. That is what caused the revolts.


The downside of the Kony 2012 video

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What Jason did not tell Gavin and his army of invisible children – Published on Pambazuka News, by Mahmood Mamdani, March 13, 2012.

A 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been watched by tens of millions online. But will this mobilization of millions be subverted into yet another weapon in the hands of those who want to militarize the region further?

Only two weeks ago, Ugandan papers carried front-page reports from the highly respected Social Science Research Council of New York, accusing the Uganda army of atrocities against civilians in Central African Republic while on a mission to fight Joseph Kony and the LRA. The Army denied the allegations. Many in the civilian population, especially in the north, were skeptical of the denial. Like all victims, they have long and enduring memories.   Continue Reading…

The Internet Indians

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Meet the tribe using the internet to tackle the logging mafias targeting their villages: The Fight for Amazonia - Published on Al Jazeera, March 12, 2012.

In the Brazilian Amazon, environmentalists, scientists and politicians are facing one of the most difficult challenges of our time. If the earth’s lungs collapse, the planet itself will collapse. This three-part series, The Fight for Amazonia, looks at the efforts being made to save the rainforest – not simply revealing how bleak the prospects are, but documenting the avenues that raise hope.   Continue Reading…

A Charter for Women’s Rights

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Published on Socialist Alliance, updated March 8, 2012.

… As essential steps towards complete gender equality, the Socialist Alliance campaigns for:

Equality and justice in the workplace:

  • Real equal pay for work of equal or comparable value.
  • Automatic wage indexation that corresponds to real cost-of-living increases.
  • Increase the minimum wage to enough to support a family.     Continue Reading…

FGM / MGF – links / liens

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Stopping female genital mutilation/cutting in Senegal

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Video in english: leading the way, March 3, 2012 - la meme vidéo en français sur EUintheWorld.

Méfaits des mutilations génitales féminines MGF

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Publié dans Afrique en ligne, par Pana, le 11 mars 2012.

Le CPJ pour la protection des journalistes qui rapportent les méfaits des mutilations génétiques féminines au Liberia – Le Comité pour la protection des journalistes (CPJ) a invité les autorités libériennes à assurer la sécurité des journalistes menacés à plusieurs reprises pour avoir dénoncé les méfaits des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’ouest.   Continue Reading…

again: The Longest Way

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… again just for the pleasure Christophe Rehage’s The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse, 5.19 min, uploaded by bigfatspringroll 20 mars 2009;

More on Christoph Rehage’s big China walk;

The Longest – a long walk through China.

The challenges of building a caring society

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Douglas Mthukwane, March 8, 2012.

Is the liberation struggle over? If not, what are we fighting? And how can we build a caring society?

The question of building a caring society within a framework of an economy dominated by private ownership is a key question at the heart of what is confronting revolutionary forces. It is certainly not a simple question with simple answers. Whatever answers are provided will go a long way in shedding light on whether we are still involved in the national democratic revolution and liberation struggle.   Continue Reading…

Why we should celebrate International Women’s Day

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Published on the AWDF Blog, by Nana Sekyiamah, AWDF, March 8, 2012.

… in my opinion marking such occasions (as well as the other occasions in the women’s rights calendar – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and World Aids Day for e.g.) are significant because:

  • It is a day when women’s rights organisations can collectively organise to celebrate women’s achievements whilst assessing what remains to be done in the struggle for gender equality and social justice.    Continue Reading…

UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Yemen

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Half a million children at risk from malnutrition, while al-Qaeda poses major challenge, envoy tells Security Council – Published on Al Jazeera, March 8, 2012.

The UN envoy to Yemen has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country and also condemned recent al-Qaeda attacks in the country.

Jamal Benomar said on Wednesday that about three million people were in need of immediate assistance and urged international donors to help the Arab world’s poorest country.  Continue Reading…

FGM/C clinic: Consultation MSF (Mutilations Sexuelles Féminines

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Publié dans Hopital Universitaire de Genève HUG, Département de Gynécologie et d’obstétrique, Mars 2012.

  • … Genève étant une ville multiethnique, les professionnels de la santé sont de plus en plus confrontés à des patientes provenant de régions où se pratiquent ces rituels. Ces patientes ne présentent pas toutes des problèmes de santé, mais il arrive souvent qu’elles se posent des questions, surtout parmi les jeunes générations, et qu’elles ne savent pas toujours ce qu’il en est pour elles-mêmes : sont-elles excisées ? Sontelles normales? Vont-elles avoir des problèmes gynécologiques ou sexuels ?   Continue Reading…

FGM/C clinic: (Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting)

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(For the english text, scroll down): published on Hopital Universitaire de Genève HUG, Département de Gynécologie et d’obstétrique, Mars 2012.

  • … Geneva is a multiethnic city and medical professionals are often confronted with women coming from countries where these rituals exist.  Not all these patients  present  health problems. Sometimes, they have questions, especially if they are young and did not have the chance to talk about it to anyone: Are we circumcised? Are we “normal”? Will we experience some gynecological or sexual problems?   Continue Reading…

Parliamentary questions

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Published on Al-Ahfram weekly online, by Mona El-Nahhas, 1 – 7 March 2012.

On 21 February the Higher Administrative Court decided to refer three articles regulating People’s Assembly elections to the Supreme Constitutional Court to judge whether or not they conform with the constitution.

Magdi El-Agati, chief justice of the Higher Administrative Court, said the articles had been referred because they could violate principles of equality enshrined in the constitution.   Continue Reading…

Global poverty: A fall to cheer

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For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere* – Published on The Economist, March 3, 2012.

THE past four years have seen the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and the biggest food-price increases since the 1970s*. That must surely have swollen the ranks of the poor.

Wrong. The best estimates for global poverty come from the World Bank’s Development Research Group, which has just updated from 2005 its figures for those living in absolute poverty (not be confused with the relative measure commonly used in rich countries).     Continue Reading…

… et toujours les MGF

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ONU: Angélique Kidjo à New York pour la lutte contre la mutilation génitale féminine, dans;
idem dans OneVision;

ONU: Pour une résolution sur l’interdiction mondiale des mutilations génitales féminines, dans NEWS80, le 1er mars 2012;
idem dans Turess;
idem dans;


Amnesty International /La lettre femme, Février 2012, édité par Amnesty International Belgique francophone, 9, rue Berckmans, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgique: … Infos sur les MGF;

Voir le documentaire, 61.37 minutes:

Sensibilisation sur les mutilations génitales féminines: La Traversée du Fleuve en débat à l’UT de Charleroi, dans KANKAN Radio;
idem dans F. Desouche.

Les Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF bientôt en Tunisie?

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Publié dans La Pomme Empoisonnée, Février 2012. (Voir aussi: Forum Liégeois contre les MGF ).

Le 6 février dernier était marqué par la journée mondiale de lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines MGF. J’avais pensé écrire un petit texte à cette occasion mais étant trop occupée à la rédaction d’autres notes qui concernent la Tunisie j’avais finalement abandonné l’idée. Parce que oui malgré tous les reproches que l’on pourrait faire à notre démocratie balbutiante, mais déjà mourante, nous avons au moins ce mérite en Tunisie, l’excision n’existe pas chez nous. Autant, dans ce cas-là, se focaliser sur les problèmes bien réels que les femmes tunisiennes rencontrent au quotidien. Mais c’était sans compter la visite de sa Sainteté,  Wagdi Ghoneim, éminent savant islamique égyptien, et, accessoirement, farouche défenseur des mutilations génitales féminines, pour une série de conférences dans plusieurs villes de Tunisie.  Continue Reading…

Work Sharing: A Creative Way to Avoid Unemployment

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog (first on The Guardian), by Dean Baker, March 1, 2012.

One of the little-noticed items attached to the extension of the payroll tax cut was a provision that would promote work sharing as part of state unemployment insurance systems. The provision, which is based on a bill introduced in the Senate by Jack Reed and in the House by Rosa DeLauro, would reimburse states for money spent on work-sharing programs that are part of their unemployment insurance system. It would also provide funds for the states that do not currently have work-sharing systems to establish them.   Continue Reading…

Hungary’s struggles for freedom and democracy

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Published on openDemocracy, by László Bitó, March 1, 2012.

The greatest concern with regard to EU criticism aimed at influencing the political course of Hungary is that without a good understanding of the political realities, even the best intentions may unintentionally play into the hands of Jobbik. Meanwhile Government statements are meant to convince those who are disturbed by the usurpation of power to give up all hope for the next forty years. Now the situation is more complex and in a way more precarious than in 1956.   Continue Reading…

Uganda: When Pokot Men Said ‘No’ to Female Genital Mutilation

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Published on allAfrica, by Joseph Miti, February 27, 2012.

… When men shun circumcised women:

Lotolim, a husband of two wives, says he chose to advocate against the practice after getting problems with his first circumcised wife. “Just like any other man in the community, I was in support of FGM until I married a circumcised woman. We always had problems whenever we had a child because she could not deliver normally. Each time she would give birth, she would be cut and the wound could take ages to cure,” Mr Lotolim, a resident of Jumbe village in Amudat District, explains.   Continue Reading…

China and the world: What a difference a decade makes

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Published on The Economist, February 28, 2012.

… China had just joined the World Trade Organisation two months earlier, and was already on its way to a new and increasingly prominent role in the international community. It also imported 69m tonnes of oil that year. Mr Jiang delivered his reply to that reporter with a straight face in February 2002, but it was already stretching credulity to suggest that because of Beijing’s distance from Baghdad, he need not think too much about the looming crisis.    Continue Reading…

Rearrival of the judiciary law

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mona El-Nahhas, 23 – 29 February 2012.

… The draft law aims to guarantee the independence of the judiciary from the other branches of government, with the authority that the justice minister used to have over the appointment of judges being given to the SJC under the new draft law.

Ahmed El-Zend, chair of the Cairo Judges Club, hurried to associate himself with the new law, asking for a meeting with the head of the SJC, Hossam El-Gheriani, and with Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid to present the views of the country’s various judges clubs on the new legislation.   Continue Reading…