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Getting the sense of perfect justice

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Published on OneWorld Asia, Interview by Rashme Sehgal (RS), Aug 27, 2009.

Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen (AS) maintains that the theory of justice must be more concerned with the elimination of removable injustices rather than engaging itself with a hypothetical ‘perfectly just society’. He finds it appalling that India has not done enough to eliminate hunger, deprivation and gender inequality …

… RS: How exactly do you define justice?

AS: Justice is a complex idea, which has everything to do with everyone being treated fairly. But the theory of justice must be concerned with the systematic assessment of how to reduce injustice in the world, rather than concern ourselves with what a hypothetical “perfectly just society” would look like.  Continue Reading…

I want my bailout money

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watch this slideshow-audio published on Natural, 3.14 min, by Michael Adams, the Health Ranger, from his new album Beyond all Reason.

Hölloch – Les entrailles de la Terre

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Publié sur, visionez la video Hölloch, la plus longue grotte des Alpes, 3.40 min. – Avec 200 kilomètres explorés à ce jour, la grotte de Hölloch, dans la vallée de la Muota (canton de Schwyz) constitue le plus long réseau de galeries d’Europe occidentale, et un des plus longs au monde. Yumi von Reding-Sato, de, a plongé dans les profondeurs en compagnie de Gregor Bättig, vice-président de la Communauté de travail pour la recherche d’Hölloch. (Photos: Trekking Team AG).


Aussi: Le GROTTE DI PERTOSA, Video Turistico tra le meraviglie della Natura in Italia, 3.17 min.

[hr-education] HRE and international courts

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Received by e-mail:
From: Andrew Tarsy
Date: 11/08/2009

Dear colleagues,

International courts have become huge drivers of activity in the human rights field, from Sierra Leone and the former Yugoslavia to Rwanda, Cambodia, Lebanon and even the International Criminal Court (ICC). The courts generate a great deal of interest among constituencies directly affected and sometimes far beyond. Some have embraced a wider role in the human rights conversation, entering partnerships with human rights education projects or related educational initiatives. Others have had leaders who allude publicly to the urgency of education as prevention even though it is outside their mandate and their expertise.  Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 17 – 23 August 2009

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Received by e-mail:
From: Global HRE List Moderator
Date: 27/08/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

Dear all, Cameroon just signed the Maputo Protocol on women’s rights. This document was negatively looked upon by some factions of society and over-reacted on, thereby leading to the spread of mis-leading information across the whole nation, such as that the Protocol has given a total legality to homosexuality and abortion, which is against some of the customary laws of the country. As human rights educators, what advice can you give to counter this resisting segment of the population of Cameroon concerning the Protocol? What education strategies do you think will best suit countering thevulgarization of these fervent laws in my communities?
Thank you, Ofe Valentine, Cameroon, E-mail.    Continue Reading…

Providing a global dimension to Citizenship Education

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… a collaborative approach to student learning within Primary Initial Teacher Education

Linked with citiZED – Published on

… Conclusion – What contributed to the project’s success:

The project sought to explore a way of embedding Global Citizenship and PSHE in our primary 3 year ITE course. The methodology for doing so was designed to reflect the nature of global education in its focus on the democratic process and relationships / decision-making within this.

The fact that the Institute of Education at UCW has now adopted this methodology as a permanent feature of its primary undergraduate course is testament to its success. In addition, the evaluation indicated that the students not only valued the focus on citizenship and PSHE, but that it had a positive impact on their subject knowledge and application in school:   Continue Reading…

Placing Citizenship at the Centre

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Linked with Citizenship Foundation.

Published on Citizenship Foundation, by Ted Huddleston and Rebecca Galbraith, 2008.

… A Citizenship Manifesto is a short, public document that sets out a school’s vision for Citizenship. Rather like the manifesto of a political party, a Citizenship Manifesto outlines the school’s democratic values and its intended programme of Citizenship activities for the coming year or years – in the form of a promise or pledge. Developed through the collective effort of representatives of a range of the school’s ’stakeholders’ – students, staff (teaching and non-teaching), governors, parents and community members – Citizenship Manifestos not only raise the profile of and bring structure and coherence to the school’s Citizenship programme, but they also open up its benefits to the community beyond the school gates.  Continue Reading…

STWR’s upcoming activities in September 2009

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(Share The World Resources)

Linked with STWR.

Received by e-mail:
From: STWR Newsletter
Date: 27/08/2009

STWR will be present at the following events this September:

Put People First Day of Action: Friday 4th September:   Continue Reading…

CLEEN internship on promoting police reform in Africa

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From: CLEEN Foundation
Date: 21/08/2009

Admission is on for CLEEN internship programme – Download Application form.

Introduction: With pressure from civil society, political opposition, donor agencies and multilateral institutions, many countries in Africa have in recent years began the implementation of various forms of police and policing reform programmes, aimed at making the police more effective in their service delivery functions and accountable to the community they serve.  Continue Reading…

AFRICOM: Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa

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Published on, by Rick Rozoff,25 August 2009.

During the second half of the 20th century, the United States allowed the former colonial powers to safeguard their interests in Africa. The tables have turned. President Barack Obama of Kenyan descent has chosen one of AFRICOM’s main architects as his national security adviser: General James Jones. The new command is tasked with planifying the Pentagon’s military interventions throughout the African continent …

… Africa’s 53 nations are 28% of the 192 countries in the world.

The size and location of the continent along with its human and natural resources – oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, chromium, platinum, timber, cotton, food products – make it an increasingly important part of a world that is daily becoming more integrated and interdependent.  Continue Reading…

CIA memo details procedures for breaking detainees

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Published on Reuters, by Nick Macfie, Aug. 26, 2009.

WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Sleep deprivation, “insult slaps”, water dousing and “walling”, or slamming a detainee’s head against a wall, were techniques used by CIA interrogators to break high-value detainees, according to an agency memo.

The memo, sent to the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel on Dec. 30, 2004, was released on Monday under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union …

… Interrogations at CIA prisons occurred in special cells outfitted on one side with a plywood wall to prevent severe head injuries, The Washington Post reported.  Continue Reading…

What is Bodhisattva?

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Published on essortment, by Lisa Maliga, 2002.

Becoming a Bodhisattva is a huge step in helping not only yourself, but also every other sentient being, both seen and unseen. Most people are self-motivated and work primarily to solve their own problems, keeping others a distant second. Should someone do an act of kindness, repayment is generally expected whether in the form of a thank you and/or further praise.

A Bodhisattva is motivated by pure compassion and love. Their goal is to achieve the highest level of being: that of a Buddha. Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi [enlightenment] and sattva [being].   Continue Reading…

The Torture Archive

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83,000 Pages Now Online, Full-text and Indexed

Published on The National Security Archive, August 24, 2009.

Washington D.C., August 24, 2009 – The National Security Archive announces the publication of the Torture Archive – more than 83,000 pages of primary source documents (and thousands more to come) related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States, in connection with the conduct of hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the broader context of the global war on terror.

The goal of the Torture Archive is to become the online institutional memory for essential evidence on torture in U.S. policy … (full text).


23 results on key words Torture Archive.

Requests for Information: 03 – 16 August 2009

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Received by e-mail:
From: Global HR-Education
Date: 21/08/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.


Dear colleagues, I am looking for curriculum or materials to train police in a developing country about human rights and their relevance to their work. Any hints or references would be appreciated.
Regards, Sev Ozdowski, E-mail.

*****   Continue Reading…

2,700 Nigerians in Libyan Deportation Camps

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Published on AfricaLink, by Daily Independent, 18 August 2009.

Lagos — Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Libya, Isa Mohammed, said on Monday in Abuja that 2,700 illegal Nigerian immigrants were currently in various deportation camps in Libya.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Nigerians who entered Libya illegally would be deported as soon as arrangements were concluded.

Mohammed said the arrangement would be based on the Libyan government’s readiness to begin the deportation process.

He said seven out of 14 Nigerians on the death row in Libya were convicted for killing fellow Nigerians.  Continue Reading…

The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform: Private Insurers and Big PhRMA

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Published on SteveLendmanBlog, by Stephen Lendman, August 21, 2009.

… Simply put, the obstacle to real health reform is the insurance and drug lobby’s stranglehold on Democrat and Republican administrations and Congress. Corporate lawyers draft new laws, sign-off on changes, and industry officials staff the FDA, CDC, and other related agencies, then return to high-paying jobs in the sectors they represent. Public welfare is unconsidered under a system favoring profits, so achieving real reform is near-nil. Whatever, if any legislation, passes, will make a dysfunctional system worse by rationing care, leaving growing millions uninsured, many others underinsured, while enriching insurers, drug companies, and large hospital chains …

… Predatory Drug Giants:   Continue Reading…

Open Letter to the President: K.I.S. Sir!

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Published on Other, by  Deena Stryker, 8/17/2009.

Dear President Obama: The often rowdy debates over your plan to reform health care reveal your fundamental mistake in thinking that you could prevail if you were cautious.

Caution inspired an extremely complicated organizational chart, which your opponents show off at Town Hall meetings. Who wouldn’t run from that?  More bureaucracy means more money, and dividing up the responsibilities is never efficient …

… Speaking of Town Hall Meetings, I don’t believe there were any when President Bush went to war in 2001 and 2003, nor when you decided to pretty much continue his war policies.   Continue Reading…

Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child

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Published on TED, August 2009 … Watch this video, filmed July 2009, 18.03 min.

For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he’s become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.

Link: Emmanuel Jal: Hip-hop artist.

Press chokes on bitter pill of Libyan apology

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Published on, by Tim Neville of, 22 August 2009.
President Hans-Rudolf Merz’s apology to Libya for the “unjustified” 2008 arrest of leader Moammar Gaddafi’s son and daughter-in-law has irked the Swiss media.

Geneva police took Hannibal Gaddafi and his pregnant wife into custody on charges of beating their servants. They were later released on bail, but Tripoli limited trade, stopped flights and held two Swiss nationals. Hannibal talked of dropping a nuclear bomb on the country.  Continue Reading…

The Revolution of the Elites, Global Power and Global Government: Part 5

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Global War and Dying Democracy

Published on Global, by Andrew Gavin Marshall, August 19, 2009.

Transnational Totalitarianism:

Global trends in political economy suggest that “democracy” as we know it, is a fading concept, where even Western industrialized nations are retreating from the system. Arguably, through party politics and financial-corporate interests, democracy is something of a façade as it is. However, we are entering into an era in which even the institutions and image of democracy are in retreat, and the slide into totalitarianism seems inevitable …

… Conclusion:   Continue Reading…

Americans: Serfs ruled by oligarchs

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Published on Online Journal, by Paul Craig Roberts, Aug 20, 2009.

Americans think that they have “freedom and democracy” and that politicians are held accountable by elections. The fact of the matter is that the US is ruled by powerful interest groups who control politicians with campaign contributions. Our real rulers are an oligarchy of financial and military/security interests and AIPAC, which influences US foreign policy for the benefit of Israel.

Have a look at economic policy. It is being run for the benefit of large financial concerns, such as Goldman Sachs.   Continue Reading…

Are We Really Cattle?

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Published on, by: Peter Chamberlin, 19 August, 2009.

Have we really become “We the sheeple,” or are we still human beings?  The planet is dying under the thrall of a small minority of men who think of the rest of the human race as “cattle,” livestock for them to buy and sell.

The ruling class behaves much like a spoiled child, if they don’t get to have everything their way all of the time, they throw this massive temper tantrum and threaten to upset the whole game.  They have gotten their way in everything for so long that they have fallen under the spell of their own propaganda.  They believe that we are sub-human animals, who should be herded into the best outcome possible.  But, have the rest of us begun to accept this as well?   Continue Reading…

G.I. Joe: Rise of “Resiliency” Training

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Published on Dissident Voice, by E.R. Bills, August 20, 2009.

In the last few years the number of suicides involving active duty American troops has skyrocketed. In addition to engaging the enemy, a growing number of our soldiers are fighting themselves. And they’re losing.

The Army’s new solution is “resiliency” training. Instead of completely eliminating the back-door draft or reasonably limiting the number of deployments a soldier and/or his (or her) family has to undergo, Uncle Sam is simply trying to make sure our warriors can better stomach the strains and inequities we have required them to endure.   Continue Reading…

Can Labor Get Out of This Mess?

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Published on TruthOut Perspective, by David Bacon, August 11, 2009.

For anyone who loves the labor movement, it’s not unreasonable today to ask whether we’ve lost our way. California’s huge healthcare local is in trusteeship, its leading organizing drive in a shambles. SEIU’s international is at war with its own members, and now with UNITE HERE, whose merger of garment and hotel workers is unraveling …

… The debate over immigration policy now puts critical questions before U.S. unions. Are unions going to defend all workers (including the undocumented), or just some? Should unions support immigration enforcement designed to force millions of workers from their jobs, so that they will leave the country? How can labor achieve the unity and solidarity it needs to successfully confront transnational corporations, both internally within the US, and externally with workers in countries like Mexico?   Continue Reading…