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2012-12-01: Project EDEOS.org, digital education;
2012-12-02: Retail in developing countries: Selling sisters;
2012-12-03: UK: Legal Services for Children;
2012-12-03: Père Maroun Attalah: Au-delà des identités meurtrières;
2012-12-03: Annemasse, ville en train de devenir partenaire de la Genève Internationale;
2012-12-04: Free Transit and Beyond;
2012-12-05: Palestine 2012: Gaza and the UN Resolution;
2012-12-06: In Tahrir, the beginning and End of a Pharaoh;
2012-12-07: Islamist Intimidation: The Battle for the Future of Tunisia, Part 1;
2012-12-08: Mali: the fight for the north;
2012-12-09: We Plant a Seed, We Grow Our Future;
2012-12-09: Filles et garçons, l’enjeu des différences;
2012-12-10: The Left in Government, a strategic project;
2012-12-11: Cautious Hope: A Moment of Dialogue in the Chaos of Congo;
2012-12-12: Ban FGM worldwide;
2012-12-13: Military Mission: Paris Pushing for Risky Intervention in Mali;
2012-12-14: more about Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab;
2012-12-15: Poverty and Social Exclusion Rising in Greece;
2012-12-16: 97% Owned;
2012-12-17: The story of Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds: Pollution, Politics, Power;
2012-12-18: Workers in 10 countries call for an end to the silencing of workers at walmart;
2012-12-18: Verschuldung, Arbeit, Eurobetrug, Medienmanipulation;
2012-12-19: The five pillars of the growing inequality in the U.S.;
2012-12-20: Could you survive on $2 a day?
2012-12-20: La France signataire du Protocole facultatif au Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels PIDESC;
2012-12-21: Message from the WSIS Team;
2012-12-21: Introduction d’une école communautaire au Bade-Wurtemberg (Germany);
2012-12-21: Upcoming courses on children’s rights;
2012-12-22: A Global Perspective on American Child Deaths;
2012-12-22: Youth Consultation: Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015;
2012-12-23: Conference: Human Rights and Democracy in Action;
2012-12-23: Mutilations Génitales Féminines – au Nigéria et ailleurs;
2012-12-24: christmas songs;
2012-12-25: Religious freedom at a crossroads;
2012-12-26: Post-revolution policing;
2012-12-27: Wild Carpathia 2011 Land of Dracula;
2012-12-28: Esclave à cinq ans;
2012-12-28: Senate set to approve FISA spying bill;
2012-12-29: Workers in the Global North: A Labour Aristocracy?
2012-12-30: La Belle Verte;
2012-12-31: The Miracle of Wenchi: Ethiopian Kids Using Tablets to Teach Themselves.

    The Miracle of Wenchi: Ethiopian Kids Using Tablets to Teach Themselves

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    Published on Spiegel Online International, by Fiona Ehlers, Dec. 28, 2012 (Photo-GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

    A US aid organization has handed children in the remote Ethiopian village of Wenchi tablet computers in an experiment aimed at enabling them to teach themselves. They are now speaking their first words of English – without ever having encountered a teacher … //

    … Self-Teaching Experiment:  Continue Reading…

    La Belle Verte

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    • Full Film: The Green Beautiful, 89.44 min, (french spoken / english subtitled), uploaded by StarveTheSystem, March 16, 2012 (see also the ORIGINAL UPLOAD CHANNEL): Synopsis: … A woman from a utopian planet travels to Earth, where she intends on helping through her superior knowledge, so it can become a better planet. She has trouble adjusting, and soon reveals that her goal is that the rest of the galaxy can see Earth as a future friend and not as a potential threat to the galactic community … (full text on en.wikipedia); Continue Reading…

    Workers in the Global North: A Labour Aristocracy?

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    Published on New Socialist, by Charlie Post, 24 December 2012.

    A specter has haunted anti-capitalist radicals and revolutionaries for more than 150 years—the specter of working class reformism and conservatism in the global North of the capitalist world economy. Why have those who Marx called the “grave-diggers of capitalism,” the wage-earning majority of the industrialized societies, embraced politics that either seek to “balance” the interests of capital and labour (reformism) or blame other workers for falling living standards and working conditions (conservatism)?   Continue Reading…

    Senate set to approve FISA spying bill

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    Published on Russia Today RT, Dec. 27, 2012.

    With less than a week until a powerful legislation expires that lets the government eavesdrop on the phone and email conversations of Americans, the Senate has convened in DC to discuss whether or not to renew the FISA Amendment Act.   Continue Reading…

    Esclave à cinq ans

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    Reçu par e-mail, De: Jamie Choi, Avaaz.org, Date: Dec. 27, 2012

    Chères amies, chers amis, Le Parlement indien est en train de clore sa session sans avoir voté la loi contre le travail des enfants la plus forte de son histoire. Le pire dans cette histoire c’est que cette loi, quoique soutenue par la majorité des parlementaires, est bloquée depuis des semaines car elle n’est pas considérée comme “prioritaire”!   Continue Reading…

    Wild Carpathia 2011 Land of Dracula

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    Post-revolution policing

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    Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Jailan Halawi, December 19, 2012.

    It is no coincidence that the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak began on 25 January, Egypt’s Police Day. One of the targets — perhaps the target — of protesters’ ire was a security apparatus that had spun out of control. Police and security forces had long operated without any checks. Brutality was their modus operandi, torture in police stations across the country a daily occurrence. Egypt was a vicious police state: it was the secret everyone knew but few mentioned.   Continue Reading…

    Religious freedom at a crossroads

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    Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Sameh Fawzi, December 19, 2012.

    Amid the polarisation between “loyalists” and “opponents” of the government during the last three weeks, the Copts have found themselves in a catch-22 situation. While the Islamists criticise and warn them for allying themselves with the secularist camp, the country’s civil opposition considers the Copts to be a force supporting basic values in society such as freedom, equity and justice and therefore as a de facto partner in the battle against the “religious state”.   Continue Reading…

    christmas songs

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    Mutilations Génitales Féminines – au Nigéria et ailleurs

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    Nigéria: Information indiquant si des parents peuvent refuser que leur fille subisse une mutilation des organes génitaux; protection offerte à l’enfant – Publié dans UNHCR.org, par la Commission de l’immigration  et du statut de réfugié du Canada, le 21 novembre 2012.

    • … 2. Information indiquant si des parents peuvent refuser que leur fille subisse une mutilation des organes génitaux:
      Plusieurs sources ont souligné que les parents peuvent refuser que leur fille subisse une mutilation des organes génitaux (CWSI 5 nov. 2012; Okeke 7 nov. 2012; Women’s Rights Watch Nigeria 5 nov. 2012). La coordonnatrice de projet de Women’s Rights Watch Nigeria a affirmé que les parents, puisqu’ils jouent un rôle prépondérant dans la prise de telles décisions, sont libres de refuser que leur fille subisse cette mutilation (ibid.). Continue Reading…

    Conference: Human Rights and Democracy in Action

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    … Looking Ahead – Received by e-mail, From: PERERVA Yulia, Date: 20/12/2012.

    Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to inform you that the proceedings of the conference “Human Rights and Democracy in Action – Looking Ahead: The impact of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” (Strasbourg, 29-30 November 2012) are now available on-line.   Continue Reading…

    Youth Consultation: Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015

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    (19 December 2012 to 18 January 2013) – Received by e-mail, From: Richard Morgan, Nik Hartley & Charles Badenoch, Date: 19/12/20.

    Dear friends and colleagues, Inequalities need to be addressed in the post-2015 agenda. You have an opportunity to inform the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities (co-led by UNICEF and UN Women) through a series of online, moderated discussions. These forums aim to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on what the post-2015 development agenda should look like.   Continue Reading…

    A Global Perspective on American Child Deaths

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    Published on Global Research.ca, by Donna Mulhearn, December 18, 2012.

    … This Iraqi woman knew there would be no collective outrage at the killing of Fallujah’s children. No front-page headlines. We would not know their names, see their faces or hear their stories. Their killers would not be pursued, labelled ‘mad’ or ‘evil’, or made to face a court. There would be no calls for ‘change.’

    Some commentators have compared the response to deaths of the children in the small American community of Newtown with the young victims of US wars. The point is valid. A life is a life, and all life is precious; a fact that has enough weight of its own without the need to draw comparisons.   Continue Reading…

    Upcoming courses on children’s rights

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    Received by e-mail, From: Steve Courchesne, Date: 16/12/2012

    For a listing of all upcoming HREA e-learning courses, please visit HREA Distance Learning ProgrammeContinue Reading…

    Introduction d’une école communautaire au Bade-Wurtemberg (Germany)

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    … premier référendum – Publié dans Horizons et débats, 17 décembre 2012.

    Avec la modification de la loi scolaire, la majorité vert-rouge du parlement du Land de Bade-Wurtemberg a imposé, en avril 2012, qu’au début de l’année scolaire 2012/2013 une nouvelle catégorie d’école soit introduite: la soi-disant école communautaire. Horizons et débats a déjà informé maintes fois sur ce nouveau type d’école et a démontré pourquoi cette nouvelle catégorie d’école est très problématique à bien des points de vue.   Continue Reading…

    Message from the WSIS Team

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    Received by e-mail, From: WSIS Team, Date: Dec 6, 2012

    Dear WSIS Stakeholders, It’s time to bid farewell to 2012 and to welcome 2013! 2012 has been an extraordinary year for the WSIS Process. The WSIS Forum 2012 was one of the most successful events that brought together more than 1300 WSIS Stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and plan WSIS related activities. The WSIS Forum 2012 resulted in an Outcome Document and in identification of Emerging Trends in each Action Line.  Continue Reading…

    La France signataire du Protocole facultatif au Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (Pidesc)

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    … une avancée majeure pour le respect des droits sociaux en France – Publié dans Ligue des droits de l’Homme LDH-France, le 11 décembre 2012 – Communiqué de presse de la Plateforme Desc, dont la LDH est membre.

    Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, ministre des droits des femmes et porte-parole du gouvernement, a signé à New York le Protocole facultatif au Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels PIDESC: … // Continue Reading…

    Could you survive on $2 a day?

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    Published on People’s World, by GABRIEL THOMPSON, December 18, 2012.

    Two years ago, Harvard professor Kathryn Edin was in Baltimore interviewing public housing residents about how they got by. As a sociologist who had spent a quarter century studying poverty, she was no stranger to the trappings of life on the edge: families doubling or tripling up in apartments, relying on handouts from friends and relatives, selling blood plasma for cash.   Continue Reading…

    The five pillars of the growing inequality in the U.S.

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    Published on Intrepid Report, by Rodrigue Tremblay, December 18, 2012.

    On November 6, 2012, American voters chose not to entrust their central government to ultra-conservative billionaires and their candidates, and they rejected their anti-government, low taxation and no regulation ideology.  Continue Reading…

    Verschuldung, Arbeit, Eurobetrug, Medienmanipulation

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    Workers in 10 countries call for an end to the silencing of workers at walmart

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    Published on ZNet, by (and first published on: Making Change At Walmart), December 16, 2012.

    US Walmart workers were joined by Walmart workers in nine countries on Friday to call for an end to Walmart’s attempts to silence workers for speaking out for changes at the world’s largest employer. As Walmart workers and community supporters marched in front of a Walmart store in Miami, workers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zambia and India held their own rallies, marches, and other actions at Walmart and Walmart subsidiary stores. During the protests, workers cited the negative impacts that the silencing is having on their families, the economy and the company’s bottom-line.   Continue Reading…

    The story of Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds: Pollution, Politics, Power

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    Published on The Africa Report, Dec. 12, 2012 (This article was produced with the support of the Environmental Justice Trade and Liabilities project (EJOLT) research project).

    Apart from water and noise pollution, Marange is also experiencing serious air pollution. The inhabitants of Marange believe their village would be a better place to live in had it not been for the discovery of enormous deposits of alluvial diamonds in 2006, believed to constitute approximately 25% of the world’s known deposits …   Continue Reading…

    97% Owned

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    Watch this video, a Monetary Reform documentary – Queuepolitely cut, 130.23 min, uploaded by QueuePolitely, 1 May 2012.

    About Queuepolitely: … are a collective of filmmakers and artists and acts as an independent, non-partisan platform for the creation, distribution and documentation of alternative political and socio-economic entertainment in a graphic novel influenced style.   Continue Reading…

    Poverty and Social Exclusion Rising in Greece

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    Published on Global Research.ca (first on ROARMAG.org), by Leonidas Oikonomakis, December 13, 2012.

    Poverty and exclusion have exploded in Greece, while the government continues to assault workers. The question that arises is very simple: who benefits? … //

    … At the same time, Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras insists in his interviews that Greece has “the most costly welfare state in the Eurozone” and we need to cut down on around 11-13 billion euros from social services if we want to satisfy the Troika and stay in the Eurozone. A few points:   Continue Reading…

    more about Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab

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    Military Mission: Paris Pushing for Risky Intervention in Mali

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    Published on Spiegel Online International, by Raniah Salloum and Stefan Simons, Dec. 11, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

    Northern Mali is at risk of becoming a breeding ground for terrorists. But with a poorly trained Malian military and political chaos in the capital, few can agree on what should be done to bring peace and the rule of law to the region. France is in favor of quick action, but most of its allies are skeptical.  Continue Reading…

    Ban FGM worldwide

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    Khady Koita granted Defender of Democracy Award for her commitment to women’s rights and advocacy for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation – Published on No Peace Without Justice NPWJ, Dec. 11, 2012.

    On 10 December 2012, during a ceremony held at the Italian Senate in Rome in parallel with the Annual Forum of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Ms. Khady Koita, a Senegalese activist and President of the NGO La PALABRE, was granted the Defender of Democracy Award (DDA) for her commitment to women’s rights and advocacy for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation as a human rights violation.   Continue Reading…

    Cautious Hope: A Moment of Dialogue in the Chaos of Congo

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    Published on Spiegel Online International, by Thilo Thielke, Dec. 7, 2012 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein).

    After withdrawing from the provincial capital of Goma on Monday, the rebel group M23 was scheduled to meet for talks with Congolese officials in Uganda on Friday. Although they have enjoyed a rare week of peace, residents of eastern Congo are fearful of what failed negotiations might bring.   Continue Reading…

    The Left in Government, a strategic project

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    Latin America and Europe Compared – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s e-bulletin no. 740 (first in Birgit Daiber (ed. 2009), The Left in Government: Latin America and Europe compared, Brussels: Rosa Luxemburg foundation), by Asbjørn Wahl, Director of Campaign for the Welfare State, Oslo, December 7, 2012.

    To Be in Office, But Not in Power:

    • The experiences from having had left political parties in government in Europe in the era of neoliberalism have not been very exciting, to put it mildly. The most recent experiences from such governments in France, Italy and – to a certain degree – also Norway have proved anything from negative to disastrous. In all these three countries right wing populist parties have been the biggest winners – with growing support, including in the working-class, and increasing influence on areas like immigration policies.    Continue Reading…

    Filles et garçons, l’enjeu des différences

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    Le point de vue de Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Emma de Caunes, Anne Valérie Hash, Victoire de Taillac – Publié dans le Figaro, par Dalila Kerchouche, le 27 novembre 2012.

    Rose et bleu, Barbie girls et preux chevaliers… Si les stéréotypes ont la vie dure côté pub et industrie du jouet, les parents doivent, eux aussi, évoluer. Transmettons-nous des clichés sexistes à nos enfants ? Faut-il éduquer filles et garçons à l’identique? Six mères répondent.

    La mère? Elle repasse. Le père ? C’est le chef de famille.     Continue Reading…

    We Plant a Seed, We Grow Our Future

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    Larry Laverentz on Refugee Farmers in the United States – Published on nourishing the planet, by Victoria Russo, December 6, 2012.

    In November 2012, Nourishing the Planet’s Victoria Russo spoke with Larry Laverentz, a program manager with the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program RAPP, about his efforts to educate and support refugee farmers in the United States … //

    … How was the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program created?   Continue Reading…

    Mali: the fight for the north

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    Published on The Africa Report, by Patrick Smith and Pietro Musili in Mopti, December 5, 2012.

    An exclusive report from the city of Mopti ahead of the international military intervention that hopes to push out Islamist rebels from northern Mali in 2013. A military victory would only be a first step, as the country must elect a new government and rebuild the trust destroyed by the north-south divide … // Continue Reading…

    Islamist Intimidation: The Battle for the Future of Tunisia, Part 1

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    Published on Spiegel Online International, by Alexander Smoltczyk, Dec 5, 2012 (Photo-Gallery: Safeguarding Tunisia’s Secular Tradition).

    Almost two years after the Arab Spring got its start in Tunisia, Salafists are intimidating women, artists and intellectuals. Many fear that the government is tacitly supporting the radical Islamists in their efforts to turn the young democracy into a theocracy.  Continue Reading…

    In Tahrir, the beginning and End of a Pharaoh

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    Published on Roarmag.org, by Nadim Fetaih, December 3, 2012.

    Egypt’s revolutionaries are back in Tahrir, and this time they are there to finish what they started: to topple the Pharaoh and institute real democracy … // Continue Reading…

    Rencontre musicale avec MOHAMED ABOZEKRI

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    Vendredi 14 décembre 2012 à 20h à la Librairie arabe L’Olivier, 5, rue de Fribourg, 1201 Genève, Tel. 022 731 84 40 – entrée 25 francs. Voir aussi l’agenda culturel arabe).

    Mohamed Abozekry, né au Caire en 1991, est déjà connu au Moyen-Orient comme un prodige du Oud (Luth arabe).A tout juste 21 ans, Mohamed Abozekry a déjà une longue carrière derrière lui. Il a parcouru le Maghreb et le Moyen-Orient avec l’Orchestre d’Orient et l’Orchestre de la Maison du luth arabe, en compagnie de son professeur, l’Irakien Naseer Shamma. Il a donné ses premiers récitals en solo, il y a quelques années déjà… Il a aussi monté les marches du Festival de Cannes, pour le film 18 Jours, recueil de dix courts-métrages sur la révolution égyptienne qui reprend sa musique.   Continue Reading…

    Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN Resolution

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    Published on ZNet, by Noam Chomsky, Dec. 3, 2012.

    An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back”1 … // Continue Reading…

    Free Transit and Beyond

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    Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 738, by Stefan Kipfer, December 3, 2012.

    Epochal crises allow us to see clearly the irrationalities of capitalism, notably its systematic inability to develop to the fullest human capacities and provide the basis for sustainable and respectful relationships to the rest of nature. The current world economic crisis has thrown to the dustbin of history the aspirations and capacities of millions of human beings – those laid off, driven off the land or relegated to permanent precariousness.  Continue Reading…

    Annemasse, ville en train de devenir partenaire de la Genève Internationale

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    Voir le 3ème Salon des Métiers de l’Humanitaire le 1er et 2 décembre 2012 au Complexe Martin Luther King: entre NGOs/la Société Civile ce partenariat est en train de se réaliser (la Genève Internationale en fait des démarches).

    A trouver par le site officiel Annemasse, à vivre ensemble: /Accueil, /Plan du site, /Vie associative dans La Maison des Associations,qui est domicilié dans le Complexe Martin Luther King, Rue du Dr Baud, Boîte n° 2, F-74100 Annemasse:

    dont vous y trouverez l’Associations santé solidarité, qui est un sous-groupe cette structure avec un réseau de 64 associations-membres, et dont:

    A.R.L.E.M. – Association Région Léman pour les Enfants du Monde organise Destination MADAGASCAR du 3 au 14 décembre 2012, avec:   Continue Reading…

    Père Maroun Attalah: Au-delà des identités meurtrières

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    Conférence le mercredi 5 décembre à 18h: le patrimoine oriental, ciment des cultures multiples du Moyen-Orient – Adresse: La Librairie Arabe l’Olivier, Rue de Fribourg 5, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland, Phone: 022 731 84 40, website and Google-map.

    (Reçu par e-mail, De: Librairie arabe L’Olivier, Date: Nov. 30, 2012):  Continue Reading…

    UK: Legal Services for Children

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    Watch the video: Providing services focused on the overall well being of youth clients, 2.07 min, uploaded by MicroDocumentaries’s channel, Sept. 10, 2012: Shannan Wilber, Executive Director of Legal Services for Children, discusses how free legal and social services for children and youth can help them stabilize their lives and help them realize their full potential. We will see how their program focuses on much more than winning a case, but instead on the overall well being of their clients.
    Find UK: Legal Services for Children on Mister What/Human Capital Management, in Ystrad Mynach, /Wales (UK).   Continue Reading…

    Retail in developing countries: Selling sisters

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    Published on The Economist, Nov. 29, 2012.

    IN THE late 19th century “Avon ladies” started to knock on America’s doors to sell beauty products. In the early 21st century “phone ladies” began offering phone service to rural Bangladesh by renting out their mobile phone. Now a growing number of women entrepreneurs in poor countries are combining both distribution models to sell everything from soap and nutrition to medicine and solar lamps.   Continue Reading…

    Project EDEOS.org, digital education

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    Human Rights explained with an animated Video, uploaded by weareedeos. More information: project edeos.org, digital education – Published on YouTube, Sept. to Nov. 2012.

    Focus Human Rights: Violations, History, First Dimension, 8.19 min: Oct. 24, 2012: First part of the series “Focus Human Rights”. It deals with Civil and Political Rights, with Human Rights violations and the history of Human Rights …;

    Economic, Social and Cultural Rights + Women’s Rights, NGOs, Second Dimension, 6.48 min: This is the second part of the series “Focus Human Rights”. It deals with the second dimension of the Human Rights System: The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Additionally, it explains women’s rights and shows how NGOs in the Human Rights sector work …;  Continue Reading…