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2012-07-01: HAITI: Humanitarian Aid for Earthquake Victims Used to Build Five Star Hotels;
2012-07-01: ATTAC Info-Bulletin vom 25. Juni 2012;
2012-07-02: Vanderbilts prescription for health care equality;
2012-07-02: En Suisse, elle donne une voix à sa douleur;
2012-07-02: halte aux MGF – more links;
2012-07-03: Raising children at a critical time;
2012-07-04: Power to the People, but not all of them;
2012-07-05: In Health Ruling, Relief for Obama but a Blow to Conventional Wisdom;
2012-07-06: BABSEA CLE seeking volunteer law school clinicians;
2012-07-07: Rwanda: No justice without reparation;
2012-07-08: Up and Coming in Kampala: Africa’s Growing Middle Class Drives Development;
2012-07-09: glaciers / gletscher = beauty and power of the nature;
2012-07-09: New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded land grabs;
2012-07-10: Growing Africa’s land;
2012-07-11: Thoughts for independent Algeria’s 50th birthday;
2012-07-11: Fribourg: Condamnation d’une Somalienne pour avoir exposé sa demi-sœur à l’excision;
2012-07-12: Pregnancy and childbirth: It’s a woman’s right to choose;
2012-07-13: Groundbreaking Report on Zoonotic Diseases and Poverty;
2012-07-14: Sustainable Land Management Specialist Chris Reij Discusses Re-Greening In Africa;
2012-07-15: Governments Exist to Further the Interests of Favored Groups;
2012-07-16: Asset holes: US ‘leadership’ in money, credit, CAFR surplus trillions;
2012-07-17: Academia as a site of class struggle;
2012-07-18: Flamenco out of India with Anoushka and Ravi Shankar;
2012-07-18: Les femmes les plus puissantes d’Afrique: Classement des cinq femmes africaines;
2012-07-19: Dances;
2012-07-19: Training on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
2012-07-20: 10 things about African women’s leadership;
2012-07-20: Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF;
2012-07-21: Blood antiquities in respectable havens;
2012-07-22: NGOs to set up task force for RTE complaints;
2012-07-23: FGM – MGF in the media;
2012-07-24: Internal security officer named in Uganda land dispute;
2012-07-25: Vinay Venkatraman: Technology crafts for the digitally underserved;
2012-07-26: A Possible Strategy for Organized Labor;
2012-07-27: a website fulll of splendid pictures;
2012-07-28: Freedom is slavery, popular support is authoritarianism;
2012-07-29: Learning opportunities on children’s rights;
2012-07-30: Initiative Integritas;
2012-07-31: Yanni in music.

Yanni in music

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Initiative Integritas

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Received by e-mail, From: via a privat friend, Date: 28/07/2012.

We just created a group to launch an initiative in Switzerland against male and female circumcision. We invite you to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221794711276730/.
Our goal is to extend the ban on female circumcision (article 124 of the Criminal Code) to male circumcision in accordance with article 8 para. 2 of the Swiss constitution which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and article 10 para. 2 which garantees physical integrity.
Dr. Sami Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Professeur des Universités, Centre de droit arabe et musulman, Ochettaz 17, CH-1025 Saint-Sulpice, Email, Messenger, website, Blog, Skype: sami.aldeeb, wikipedia.   Continue Reading…

Learning opportunities on children’s rights

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Received by e-mail, From: Sandra Quintin, Date: 26/07/2012.

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…

Freedom is slavery, popular support is authoritarianism

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The Mainstream Media’s double-speak – Published on Global Research.ca, by Lizzie Phelan, July 26, 2012.

A recent article by The Washington Post by Juan Forero entitled Latin America’s new authoritarians is just the latest example of how the imperialist’s media machine is relentlessly engaged in media warfare against sovereign nations in the South, in order to fertilise the ground for new or increased economic and military aggression against them.   Continue Reading…

a website fulll of splendid pictures

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discover Love These Pics.com – watch and enjoy!  3 exemples:

A Possible Strategy for Organized Labor

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Published on Dissident Voice, by David Macaray, July 24, 2012.

Which of the following scenarios would be “most beneficial” to a society?  Scenario A, where $100 million is spent by randomly mailing 100 million people a check for $1.00, or Scenario B, where that $100 million is spent to build a brand new modern library in a city that desperately needs one?  Most of us would agree that concentrating those resources would have the more salutary effect … //   Continue Reading…

Vinay Venkatraman: Technology crafts for the digitally underserved

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Watch this video, 14.09 min, published on TED-talks, filmed April 2012 and posted July 2012: Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in “technology crafts,” through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage. Vinay Venkatraman aims to design technological devices for the bottom of the pyramid rather than simply for the affluent.   Continue Reading…

Internal security officer named in Uganda land dispute

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Oil in Uganda – Published on Pambazuka News, by Chris Musiime, Frederick Womakuyu and Nick Young, July 18, 2012.

A senior official in Uganda’s Internal Security Organization (ISO), Major Herbert Asiimwe Muramagi, has been named in a complex land dispute in oil-rich Hoima District where, some locals allege, last year he bought 1,200 hectares from an entity that had no right to sell it. Members of the community in Kisukuma Parish, Kigorobya sub-county, further allege that when they resisted demands to vacate the land for the new owner they were beaten and arrested by armed police and soldiers.  Continue Reading…

FGM – MGF in the media

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Article in arabic language against FGM; du Dr. Sami Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Professeur des Universités, Centre de droit arabe et musulman, Ochettaz 17, CH-1025 Saint-Sulpice;

Premier jugement en Côte d’Ivoire condamnant des crimes de mutilations sexuelles, dans Star Africa.com, par France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, le 20 juillet 2012;
idem dans Afreek News.co: Paris salue le premier jugement condamnant l’excision, par AFP, le 20 juillet 2012;
idem dans Afriqueenelles: MGF, neuf femmes condamnées pour excision, par AFP, le 20 juillet 2012;
davantage dans Savoir ou se faire avoir;   Continue Reading…

NGOs to set up task force for RTE complaints

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(RTE Right to Education) – Published on The Hindu, July 21, 2012.

Form School Development and Monitoring Committees: The alleged discrimination against children admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota has spurred a group of 15 NGOs to form a joint task force to address such cases, and this will begin as a pilot project in Bangalore. The NGOs will form the task force in consultation with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Education Ministry, Department of Women and Child Development and the Child Welfare Committee. Children will also be part of it.  Continue Reading…

Blood antiquities in respectable havens

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Kwame Opoku, July 18, 2012.

The people of Benin have tried for years to have their precious works of art returned to no avail. Now the artifacts have a new ‘owner’ in America. “The year 1897 means much to me and my people; it was the year the British invaded our land and forcefully removed thousands of our bronze and ivory works from my great grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen’s Palace.” His Royal Highness Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin.   Continue Reading…

Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF

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en arabe / in arabic:

en français / in french:

10 things about African women’s leadership

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Betty Mould Iddrisu, July 11, 2012.

Accomplished female leader Betty Mould Iddrisu shares her top 10 lessons about leadership on the continent and the difficulties women have to overcome to reach – and stay – on top.

There is a harsh reality about women’s leadership in Africa. I have dreamt it and lived it. Gradually, women are penetrating historical barriers that have up till very recently been closed to us, barriers that limited women’s attainment of the highest levels of power and leadership in important sectors of society.   Continue Reading…

Training on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Call for applications – Received by e-mail, From: HURIDOCS, Date: 16/07/2012.

Dear Friends, With this message, we wish to let you know that a training on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 19-23 November 2012.

The training is organized by Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva Academy). The Academy is an educational institution based in Geneva which focuses on research and advanced trainings on international human rights and humanitarian law. Continue Reading…

Dances

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Break Dance:

Les femmes les plus puissantes d’Afrique: Classement des cinq femmes africaines

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Publié dans Afrik.com, par SÉBASTIEN BADIBANGA, le 17 juillet 2012.

A la suite du second sommet économique des femmes africaines 2012, tenu à Lagos au Nigeria du 12 au 14 juillet, Afrik.com vous propose le classement des cinq femmes africaines les plus puissantes de l’Afrique.

Si l’Occident et les pays émergents peuvent se targuer de présenter une longue liste de femmes qui détiennent le pouvoir, l’Afrique a longtemps accusé un train de retard.   Continue Reading…

Flamenco out of India with Anoushka and Ravi Shankar

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India meets spanish Flamenco:

Academia as a site of class struggle

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Published on radical notes, by Raju J Das, July 15, 2012.

The recent student demonstrations in Britain, Quebec (and elsewhere) against neo-liberal education cuts (and fee increase) is an encouraging sign of sentiments of legitimate class anger brewing among students. This prompts one to think critically about academia as such. The academia must be a site of class struggle. And funding cut is only one issue. There are major problems with the academia itself.   Continue Reading…

Asset holes: US ‘leadership’ in money, credit, CAFR surplus trillions

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Published on Washington’s Blog, by Carl Herman, July 15, 2012.

US systems of money, credit, and CAFR so-called “accounting” are designed by a 1% psychopath class to parasitize wealth from the 99%. The 1% are literal asset holes to the 99% … //

… The good news is that the 99% are just “emperor has no clothes” recognition and declaration away from freedom. The great news is that economic solutions are obvious:  Continue Reading…

Governments Exist to Further the Interests of Favored Groups

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We the People are Never the Favored Group – Published on Global Research.ca (first on jkozy.com), by Prof. John Kozy, July 13, 2012.

Governments have never existed to solve problems domestic or international. Governments and their institutions exist merely to further and secure the interests of favored groups, but We the People are never the favored group.

Paul Krugman recently wrote that   Continue Reading…

Sustainable Land Management Specialist Chris Reij Discusses Re-Greening In Africa

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Published on World Resources Institute/Insights, Interview with Chris Reij, by Sarah Parsons, July 12, 2012.

African farmers currently face a crisis. Droughts and unpredictable weather, in combination with decreasing soil fertility and pests, have caused crop failure on many of the continent’s drylands.

But there are solutions—namely, low-cost farmer innovations. Chris Reij, a Sustainable Land Management Specialist with Free University Amsterdam and a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, is leading the charge in this area.  Continue Reading…

Groundbreaking Report on Zoonotic Diseases and Poverty

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Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Caitlin Aylward , July 11, 2012.

Some 60 percent of all human diseases, and 75 percent of all emerging infectious diseases, are zoonotic (human-animal transmitted infectious diseases). In light of these staggering figures, the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), recently released a report mapping the top 20 geographical hotspots of emerging zoonotic diseases and emerging disease outbreaks.  Among the study’s findings, the report reveals the heavy disease burden of zoonoses for one billion of the world’s poor livestock holders, in addition to surprising new data on emerging diseases in industrialized countries, many of which have never been mapped.   Continue Reading…

Pregnancy and childbirth: It’s a woman’s right to choose

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Published on OXFAM blogs, by Sara Cowan, July 5, 2012.

It’s good to have a choice. Whether it’s between tea or coffee, chocolate or fruit and condoms or the Pill. In fact when it comes to planning a family it’s not just good that we have a choice; here in the UK it’s something we now take for granted.  We can sit down and talk to our local GP or nurse about what works for us, our lifestyle and our relationships.  The choice to decide what’s right for our body should be ours.   Continue Reading…

Fribourg: Condamnation d’une Somalienne pour avoir exposé sa demi-sœur à l’excision

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Première jurisprudence en Suisse contre les mutilations génitales féminines – Publié dans apic-kipa, le 4 juillet 2012.

Fribourg, 4 juillet 2012 (Apic) Le Tribunal cantonal de Fribourg a condamné, le 3 juillet 2012, une Somalienne de 54 ans pour avoir indirectement provoqué l’excision de sa demi-sœur, rapporte le 4 juillet le quotidien La Liberté. La femme avait ramené sa demi-sœur, jugée “impure”, de Suisse en Somalie, pour lui inculquer les traditions strictes de sa communauté. Son excision s’était déroulée quelques mois après son arrivée, dans des conditions d’hygiène déplorables …   Continue Reading…

Thoughts for independent Algeria’s 50th birthday

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Published on Pambazuka News, by David Porter, July 5, 2012.

Algerians are by nature anarchists. Whether at the level of local daily life or in periodic broader social movements, large numbers of grassroots Algerians over the past five decades have refused to accept the authoritarian and corrupt regime imposed since independence. That struggle continues.   Continue Reading…

Growing Africa’s land

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Published on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab, by Adam Robert Green, July 2, 2012. (Source: This is Africa).

A global land rush is afoot and Africa is top of investors’ lists. Optimists predict agricultural transformation. Critics fear food insecurity, degradation and displacement.

Africa’s land is attracting unprecedented commercial interest from governments, sovereign funds, private companies and asset managers, from neighbouring Qatar all the way to South Korea. Around 53m ha – roughly the size of France – has been sold, leased or licensed globally since 2001, and that only covers deals with reliable sources.   Continue Reading…

New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded land grabs

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Published on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab (Source: Bretton Woods Project), July 3, 2012.

… As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising ‘land grabs’ that harm local communities.

The Bank’s conference was held in late April in Washington DC to “provide a forum to discuss innovative approaches to dealing with different aspects of land governance in the context of structural change and economic transformation, climate change, increased demand for key natural resources, urban expansion and (post) conflict in a pro-poor and gender-sensitive perspective.”    Continue Reading…

glaciers / gletscher = beauty and power of the nature

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Up and Coming in Kampala: Africa’s Growing Middle Class Drives Development

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Horand Knaup and Jan Puhl, July 6, 2012. (Photo Gallery). (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Africa’s growing middle class is fueling development across the continent. Ambitious entrepreneurs are creating growth with companies focusing on everything from fashion to pharmaceuticals. But poor infrastructure, corruption and political conflict are hampering their efforts … //

… Growing Domestic Demand:

  • She is the epitome of a success story. And success stories are no longer a rarity in Africa, despite its reputation as a continent of poverty and suffering.   Continue Reading…

Rwanda: No justice without reparation

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What will be the legacy of local and international justice for the 1994 genocide survivors? – Published on Pambazuka News, by REDRESS, July 5, 2012.

With the closure of gacaca and the winding down of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), many survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda fear that the injustices they suffered will never be repaired.

On 18 June, President Kagame officially closed gacaca, the traditional community courts that according to the Government handled almost 2 million cases in over a ten year period. Similarly, on 1 July, the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania handed over most of its remaining tasks to the UN International Residual Mechanism after prosecuting 72 cases.  Continue Reading…

BABSEA CLE seeking volunteer law school clinicians

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… for mentoring placement in Viet Nam – Received by e-mail, From: Bruce Lasky, Date: 28/06/201 – Deadline for Applying: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but placement options are limited so early applications may be given preference. Dates: Flexible start dates: Beginning July 2012-June 2013

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative Seeking Volunteer Law School Clinicians for Two (2) Month Mentoring Placement in Viet Nam:
Dear Colleagues, Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative BABSEA CLE, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme Viet Nam, seeks experienced law school clinicians to help strengthen clinical legal education programmes in Viet Nam.   Continue Reading…

In Health Ruling, Relief for Obama but a Blow to Conventional Wisdom

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Published on the New York Times, by NATE SILVER, June 28, 2012;

The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision on Thursday to uphold most of President Obama’s health care law represents a hurdle cleared for Mr. Obama. He had been at risk of seeing his most ambitious policy initiative — and most expensive, in terms of the political capital it required — neutered or overturned by the court … // Continue Reading…

Power to the People! (But Not All of Them)

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Published on Dissident Voice, by David Macaray, July 2, 2012.

Like a bad penny that keeps turning up, we can’t seem to get rid of Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber).  Introduced at a Republican rally in 2008 by candidate John McCain, who saw him as a metaphor for the Common Man, Joe liked to talk about what a great country America was, and how sad it would be if “socialists” like Barack Obama were allowed to ruin it.  The audience loved him.  He was “real.”  He was “honest.”  He was one of us.  As tricky as “populism” is to define, Joe became its new poster boy … // Continue Reading…

Raising children at a critical time

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As Egypt goes through a period of political and social change, what do children need in order to achieve integrated cultural growth – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, 28 June – 4 July 2012.

One of the questions many parents have to address is how to develop their children’s self-reliance and independence. In kindergarten classes, teachers often find it easier to do children’s minor tasks for them, including opening their bags, taking out their books, and so on, with the result that instead of the children being responsible for their things from an early age, they become dependent on adults to do things for them.   Continue Reading…

halte aux MGF – more links

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Halte aux MGF, 1.50 min, voir la video sur YouTube;
Les MGF, de quoi s’agit-il?
Une loi plus dure contre les mutilations génitales MGF;
Les mutilations génitales féminines: Manuel didactique à l’usage des professionnels en Suisse, IDE, 2009;   Continue Reading…

En Suisse, elle donne une voix à sa douleur

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Publié dans swissinfo.ch, par Susan Vogel-Misicka, le 1er juillet 2012. (Traduction de l’anglais: Sophie Gaitzsch).

Vêtue d’un voile rose pâle et d’une longue jupe à fleurs, elle nous rencontre à la gare de Bâle avant de nous emmener en tram jusque chez elle. Elle est chaleureuse et ouverte, et sort bientôt son iPhone pour nous montrer des photos de ses trois enfants.  Continue Reading…

Vanderbilts prescription for health care equality

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Published on Out&About newspaper.com, by Ben Rock, July 1, 2012.

After five years of participation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has achieved the status of “Leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Care” in the Human Rights Campaign’s Health Care Equality Index. By meeting the “Core Four” criteria of the HEI survey, Vanderbilt is one of 234 hospitals and clinics in the nation and the only one in Tennessee to receive this designation.   Continue Reading…

ATTAC Info-Bulletin vom 25. Juni 2012

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Per E-mail erhalten, Von: ATTAC-Schweiz, Datum: 25. Juni 2012.

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde, Die Nummer 12 von attactuell, der deutschsprachige Zeitung von attac schweiz, ist erschienen – attactuell hier zum Download:

Wir wünschen eine gute Lektüre, attac schweiz: auf deutsch, en français, in italiano; en espanol/international; in english.

HAITI: Humanitarian Aid for Earthquake Victims Used to Build Five Star Hotels

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As some 500 000 Haitians still live in displaced camps, five star hotels are being built amid shanty towns – Published on Global Research.ca, by Julie Lévesque, June 28, 2012.

As part of the country’s “Reconstruction”, The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund recently invested $2 million in the Royal Oasis Hotel, a deluxe structure to be built in a poverty-stricken metropolitan area “filled with displaced-persons camps housing hundreds of thousands”. Royal Oasis belongs to a Haitian investment group (SCIOP SA) and will be managed by the Spanish chain Occidental Hotels & Resorts.   Continue Reading…