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World Coffee Conference in Guatemala – Barbara Schieber, Guatemala Times, Feb 15, 2010
This year’s conference theme is “Coffee for the future: Towards a sustainable coffee sector.” Topics will include environmental and social sustainability.
What an Eggplant Uproar Says About India’s Economy – Madhur Singh, Time.com, Feb 15, 2010
The GMO debate continues. There are arguments over safety, cost, regulations and the government’s motive.
Celebrating Indigenous Culture, Zapotec Autonomy and Uncontaminated Corn – Ramor Ryan, Upside Down World – Feb 15, 2010
A small village celebrates their heritage and defends their right to live with uncontaminated crops. Communities recall and celebrate prior victories at this fourth annual international gathering.
UN human rights office condemns threats to journalists after killing – UN, Feb 15, 2010
United Nations officials are concerned over threats being made to journalists who are following the story of Jamim Shah’s murder. Mr. Shah is a media entrepreneur who was shot on February 7th.
Joy as siblings go to school for first time – IOL, Feb 16, 2010
An educational organization is on the lookout for children who are not enrolled in school. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children even if they lack the necessary documents.
EU imposes another year of sanctions – IRIN News, Feb 16, 2010
The European Union first imposed sanctions, such as freezing bank accounts and banning travel, in 2002. The EU will continue to extend their sanctions in Zimbabwe as long as they feel there is no progress in areas such as human rights and democratic elections.
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Action Alert: Community Leader Murdered by Private Security Guards – October 7, 2009, Upside Down World.org
Revisiting last week’s story on the indigenous community members shot and killed by private security guards from the Guatemalan Nickel Company (a subsidiary of the Canadian company HudBay). Continued violence marks a breakdown in negotiations as the private mining company continues to violently and illegally evict community members from the property. “The attack resulted in the death of community leader Adolfo Ich Xaman and a number of gun-related injuries suffered by other community members.” The historical context of this dispute goes back to the 1970s and 1980s where the then military regimes granted access to the private nickel-mining companies. Conflicts between the companies and the communities have recently become more aggressive and upside down world is asking its readers to take action and sign a letter directed to the Guatemalan government officials.
240 Die in India as Monsoons Follow Drought – October 5, 2009, New York Times
In addition to 240 deaths, hundreds of thousands have been left homeless due to heavy rainfall lasting 4 days. Drought, which occurred prior the heavy rains, has combined with the floods leaving Indian villages in turmoil. In addition to the 240 deaths, crops have been ruined, cattle have died and hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed. There have been a total of 1,184 total deaths across India’s 127 districts year-to-date.
Nepal’s Tibetans Squeezed as China Flexes Muscles – October 7, 2009, Associated Press
As Beijing’s 60th anniversary took place, dozens of Tibetan exiles, “who were suspected of planning anti-China protests,” in Nepal were gathered and arrested. The preemptive arrests are part of the government’s response to pressure from Beijing. Regular patrols and interrogations are making life difficult for Tibetan exiles living in Nepal. As Maoist influence has grown in Nepal, the ties with China have strengthened. “Nepal only survives on the goodwill of China and India, and China’s condition is that the government should impose restrictions on Tibetans living here,” said an anonymous Tibetan community leader.
We Have Land Rights but no Water Rights-Farmers – October 5, 2009, Inter Press News Agency
The lack of available water comes as no surprise to black farmers in Limpopo as distribution of water remains a contentious issue in South Africa. Smallholder black farmers (many of whom were involved in land reform) acknowledge that “water rights are not linked to land rights.” Despite the launch of the government-project, “Water for Growth and Development Framework”(which will attempt to attain water security by 2030), little has changed and there are no available legal mechanisms that can protect the small farmer. The diminishing quantity and quality of water poses additional challenges to farmers as the sustainability of their farms is questioned.
Abahlali baseMjondolo Supported all Over the World – October 7, 2009, Pambazuka.org,
In response to the armed takeover of Kennedy Road by the African National Congress, Abahlali baseMjondolo is now receiving support from around the world. This link allows you to follow the movement, check out the most recent articles, blogs, press statements, photos and videos and join the movement in solidarity.
Zimbabwe Media “still not free” – October 8, 2009, BBC News
As the supposed ban on foreign reporters has been lifted, reporters are still weary about government-placed restrictions. Private newspapers in Zimbabwe remain unable to publish the news without approval from the government’s media watchdog organization-the Zimbabwe Media Commission. However, this organization does not yet exist. Zimbabwe’s two current newspapers are controlled by the state and it appears as if there is no intention to allow alternative views into publication as everyone waits for the Media Commission to materialize.
Strategies for Policy Makers: Bringing Women into Governments, 2009, eldis.org
Authors Whitman and Gomez from the Institute for Inclusive Security have created a report focusing on strategies for bringing women into government positions. The authors argue that the “involvement of women in post-conflict governments have tended to build governance systems which are stable and transparent.” Whitman and Gomez offer a number of possible suggestions that would help to foster the increased integration of women’s roles in government as well as “success stories” from Rwanda, Cambodia and Afghanistan.
Local Voices, global choices: for successful disaster risk reduction (DRR). A Collection of case studies about community-centre partnerships for DRR – 2009, eldis.org
This report is an interesting look at community-based participation and the effects of climate change. The report focuses on the ways that local communities can make a lasting difference when their “local voices are respected and different actors come together to form strategic partnerships to work collaboratively to reduce disaster risks.” The case studies range from formulation of community action plans in Malawi to building community resilience in Nepal. This report looks at how partnerships with local communities help mitigate the negative effects of climate change on rural communities.
UN Climate Talks Split on Treaty – October 9, 2009, BBC News
The UN climate talks in Bangkok’s latest round have come to a three way split. Developing countries are seeking an extension of the Kyoto Protocol while developed countries are seeking a totally new agreement. The third possibility would include a series of decisions to be made at the Copenhagen Talks. Developing countries and environmental groups are charging that developed countries are “dragging their feet” on the issue. Moreover, developing countries want the Kyoto Protocol extended because of existing obligations held by developed nations.
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Mines Bring no Benefit to Local People – July 24, 2009, Upside Down World
A new draft law concerning mining in Guatemala continues to favor foreign mining companies despite the nation’s adoption of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 169 in Indigenous and Tribal Peoples. The draft law provides tax breaks to mining companies and does not outline regulatory protections on the use of water or against adverse effects on the environment. Local outrage and demonstrations have risen against the draft law and local organizations call for stricter regulations although Congress lacks political interest in discussing the mining issue.
Forced Displacement of Local Populations – July 8, 2009, Grassroots International
The National Peasant and Indigenous Coordination (CONIC) created this video to illustrate the increases in forced displacement due to the expansion of agr0-fuel plantations in Guatemala. The numbers of evictions in Guatemala has grown at alarming rates.
Teachers Against 377, July 19, 2009, Posted by: *Nivedita Menon
University teachers, researches and academics are showing their support of a Delhi High Court judgment which aims to “decriminalize consensual sex among adults” as well as “challenge the legitimacy of ‘religious leaders’ to speak for the whole of society.” More than 180 signatories issued a statement that the criminalization of sexual preference is a violation of their right to freedom of discrimination.
Nepal to Save Royal Massacre Home – July 23, 2009, BBC News
The Nepalese Government is planning to restore the house where King Birendra and his family were shot and killed by Prince Dipendra in 2005. It is believed that massacre was a significant event in Nepalese history that lead to Gyanendra giving himself absolute power.
Zuma vows help for South African Townships – July 24, 2009, BBC News
Amidst the worst recession in 17 years, President Zuma promises to provide better basic services, such as water and electricity, in an attempt to end township protests. More than 200 people have been arrested in the recent protests. Zuma, who maintains that he values the peoples constitutional right to freedom of assembly argues that there is no justification for violence. However, increasing job losses (in the middle of winter) finds many unable to pay their bills and nowhere to turn.
South Africa Council Workers Strike Threatens Basic Services, July 24, 2009, Reuters
South Africa’s Economy Faces Wave of Wage Strikes
A series of potential and actual strikes throughout South Africa’s major industrial sectors are expected to “threaten” public services. The sectors affected by the strikes are the nation’s most prominent industries and many are necessary for providing basic services including: gold, platinum, coal, municipal workers, chemical, pharmaceutical, rail, communications, doctors, petroleum and more. The Johannesburg council will attempt to minimize the disruption of services but strikes and protests may become more widespread.
Zimbabwe Children Turn to Sex Trade – July 24, 2009, BBC News
A video produced by the BBC provides a shocking look into the lives of children in Zimbabwe who turn to prostitution in order to survive. As the number of orphaned children increases they must learn to look after themselves in addition to the surviving members of the family.
DAC guiding Principles for Aid Effectiveness, July 2009, Eldis.org
The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness cites that development goals “will not be possible without progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment”. Good practice principles and frameworks are provided to promote gender equality as a “priority development issue”.
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Some 1,000 Rohingyas evicted from makeshift huts 6/29, IRIN
Over the past two months the local authorities in Cox’s Bazaar District, southeastern Bangladesh, have torn down scores of makeshift huts belonging to an estimated 1,000 Rohingya refugees.
Acid Violence in Bangladesh 6/30, The New Nation
Acid throwing on women and girls are on the rise in Bangladesh. Acids are used to disfigure and sometimes kill women and girls. Recently a housewife sustained severe burns as her husband and mother-in-law allegedly hurled acid at her following a dowry dispute at Narayanpur in Trishal upazila.
Guatemalan fears a tweet will make him a jailbird 6/26, AP
Jean Anleu was so fed up with corruption in his country that he decided to vent on the Internet, sending a 96-character message on the social-networking site Twitter. That message has now earned him a potential five-year prison sentence.
Guatemala reports first death from A/H1N1 virus 6/26, Xinhua
The Guatemalan Health Ministry reported on Thursday the first death from A/H1N1 flu in the country. Currently, Guatemala is on an orange alert level and all elementary schools in the country are temporarily closed.
Ancient India didn’t think homosexuality was against nature 6/27, The Times of India
On a petition seeking to decriminalize homosexuality, the government said that there were “no convincing reports to indicate that homosexuality or other offences against the order of nature mentioned in Section 377 IPC were acceptable in the Indian society prior to colonial rule.” But India distanced itself from that provision when Sweden questioned its record in ensuring equality irrespective of a person’s sexual orientation.
Indian Women Protest Sex-Selective Abortions 6/26, NTDTV.com
Thousands of women hold a massive rally in India protesting against an increasing number of abortions. In some areas of India an estimated 2,000 unborn girls are illegally aborted every day, according to the United Nations.
Mexico sends additional troops to Juarez 6/22, Press TV
Mexico sends 1,500 additional soldiers to its northern borders to contain rising drug violence after initial troop deployment failed to effectively address the problem.
Swine Flu Cases Spike in Two Mexican States 6/26, AP
Mexican health officials say swine flu cases have spiked in the southern states of Yucatan and Chiapas prompting authorities to start the summer break weeks early.
Nepal Coalition Looks Shaky 6/29, Financial Times
Nepal’s ruling coalition was struggling for stability at the weekend. Disputes over the allocation of cabinet portfolios underscored the uneasy balance Madhav Kumar Nepal, prime minister, must strike in guiding the 22-party alliance.
Record 68 per cent students pass matric exams in Nepal 6/29, indopia.in
A record 68.47 percent of regular students passed this year’s School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations conducted by the Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), according to officials. This is the highest percentage of students passing the SLC exams in the history of Nepal.
Time to Rethink Testing 6/26, Plus News
It has become a given – test more people for HIV and you’ll get more people on treatment earlier, plus cut down on risky sex. But recent research on the behavior of people who test HIV negative, has led some doctors to question the testing gospel.
Research puts rural gays under spotlight 6/24, Behind the Mask
The University of South Africa (UNISA) together with Gay Umbrella, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organization in the North West Province, have joined forces in a two year systematic research project that will provide important insights into the rural perspective of gays and lesbians.
Zimbabwe Denies Diamond Killings 6/24, Association of Zimbabwe Journalists
A Zimbabwean minister on Wednesday denied any killings in the eastern Marange diamond fields, where rights groups have sounded the alarm over the forcible evictions of small-scale miners.
State concedes Mukoko’s abduction was illegal 6/25 SW Radio Africa News
A state prosecutor on Thursday conceded that the way human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko was abducted by state security agents, was illegal. The 53 year-old former news reader has taken her case to the Supreme Court, seeking a permanent stay of her prosecution.
Bumper crop, but Zimbabwe hungry 6/25, BBC
Some three million people face hunger in Zimbabwe, despite a significant rise in food production, the UN says. Good rainfall over the past year has boosted production of the staple crop, maize, by 130% to 1.1m tonnes, but about 2.8m people will still face food shortages this year
The World Financial Meltdown: What now for African women? 6/25, Pambazuka News
It is feared that the current crisis will result in reversal in achievements made under the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) and human rights in Africa. This is particularly true for African women who for a long time have been the face of poverty in Africa.
Global Finance Ignores World’s Poor 6/24, Al Jazeera English
As government officials from around the world descend on New York this week for a UN conference on the economic crisis and its impact on development, the main issue up for debate is how the poorest countries can influence the way the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank operate.
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