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Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice updates

2010-11-01, Issue 503

The fourth in an ongoing series of updates from the Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice is available. It is intended to track developments in the field and facilitate information sharing among practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. The includes:...

New South Bulletin out

2010-11-03, Issue 503

Issue 51, 29 October 2010 of the South Bulletin, produced by the South Centre focuses on key issues missing from the G20 Agenda. Articles deal with recent emerging issues in the global economy – the currency chaos, volatile capital flows, and a new protectionism in the U.S. The Bulletin also reports on:...

Refugee Consortium of Kenya newsletter

2010-10-28, Issue 502

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) is a non governmental organisation set up in 1998 in response to the increasing complex and deteriorating refugee situation in Kenya. RCK has a regular newsletter which can be read by visiting their website....

New Tactics in Human Rights Project e-newsletter out now

2010-10-28, Issue 502

The latest New Tactics in Human Rights Project e-newsletter contains articles on domesticating international human rights law, applying global agreements to local enforcement of human rights laws and using surplus resources to provide individual assi...

Latest edition of Africa Update available

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

2010-10-11, Issue 500

The latest edition of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court is available. It contains the latest relevant news, interviews and schedule of events....

Announcing the Nyéléni newsletter

2010-10-04, Issue 499

Following the International Forum on Food Sovereignty held in Mali in February 2007, the social movements that brought this initiative to life have decided to create a tool for communication and exchange in order to continue the fight for food sovere...

Lasting Impacts October out now

2010-10-04, Issue 499

The October issue of the International Development Research Centre's (IDRC) Lasting Impacts publication, 'Food Security and Nutrition' has been published. This is the URL for the October issue: [url=http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-158431-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html...

Global: Right to food quarterly

Vol.5 No.1

2010-09-28, Issue 498

From the Contents: * The land is not for sale! * Mission to the World Trade Organisation * The impacts of climate change on human rights * The CFS - platform for global governance of food security * Kenya: Landmark decision on indigenous people'...

Africa: Special report on the ICC review conference

2010-09-30, Issue 498

From May 31 to June 11, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) attended the first-ever review conference of the Rome Statue, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. At the conference, IWPR journalists had the opportunity to...

Global: The global water crisis

2010-09-30, Issue 498

A new issue of the South Bulletin focuses on the growing shortage of water which has emerged as one of the major crises of our times. A third of the world's people face water scarcity and by 2025 two-thirds of people may suffer water stress. This ...

Africa: Thinking beyond acronyms

AfricaFocus Bulletin Sep 16, 2010 (100916)

2010-09-17, Issue 496

"Even if globally the poverty rate is reduced by half by 2015, as the latest United Nations progress report on the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] suggests, about one billion people will still be mired in extreme poverty by 2015. ... The report a...

South Africa: Xenophobia & Civil Society

AfricaFocus Bulletin Aug 6, 2010 (100806)

2010-08-06, Issue 493

"Virtually every author concludes that violence against African migrants will continue and increase unless some profound socio-economic and attitudinal changes occur. This text thus sounds a loud warning bell to South Africa about our future. And it ...

Africa: Migrant rights updates

AfricaFocus Bulletin Aug 6, 2010 (100806)

2010-08-06, Issue 493

"An astounding 100 deportees a month come to ARACEM [in Mali] for shelter, food and clothing. They are expelled from Libya, Morocco and Algeria as they make the way from Central and West Africa in an attempt to find work. These three North African co...

People's food, people's sovereignty

CLP Newsletter, Edition 6

2010-07-30, Issue 492

Edition 6 of the Chruch Land People newsleteer share some aspects of these different places and the struggles of the people there. There are many things in common across the different experiences and places. But it is also very important to understan...

Africa: Multilingual education pays off

AfricaFocus Bulletin Jul 20, 2010 (100720)

2010-07-23, Issue 491

"Africa is the only continent where the majority of children start school using a foreign language. Across Africa the idea persists that the international languages of wider communication (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) are the only...

Africa: Global Fund Results

AfricaFocus Bulletin Jul 15, 2010 (100715)

2010-07-16, Issue 490

According to a new report from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, the Fund's efforts have contributed to saving an estimated 4.9 million lives by December 2009. The coming years will see even more results, as half of the total disburseme...

Western Sahara: Forgotten conflict

AfricaFocus Bulletin June 29, 2010 (100629)

2010-07-04, Issue 488

The Western Sahara conflict, notes analyst Yahia Zoubir, is now in the 35th year, with no sign of resolution. While the United Nations is ostensibly responsible for its resolution, France and the United States provide implicit support for Moroccan oc...

Africa: G8 Goals and promises

AfricaFocus Bulletin June 24, 2010 (100624)

2010-06-25, Issue 487

The ritual is familiar, as leaders of the G8 countries gather for their annual meeting, this year in Canada, and followed immediately by the parallel meeting of the expanded G20 countries. Although they take backseat to major power debate on their ow...

Africa: South-South cooperation

AfricaFocus Bulletin June 24, 2010 (100624)

2010-06-25, Issue 487

A new study warns that trade and investment flows with the South are reinforcing a longstanding trend in which African countries export farm produce, minerals, ores, and crude oil, and import manufactured goods. It says this situation should be rever...

Africa: Just give money to the poor

AfricaFocus Bulletin Jun 11, 2010 (100611)

2010-06-18, Issue 486

Discussing poverty with a Washington Post reporter last month, 5th graders at a Southeast Washington school (the poverty rate for Washington, DC is 32 percent) came up with an obvious solution. "Why not just give them money?" (Washington Post, May 11...

Global: USA/Nigeria: By way of comparison

2010-06-11, Issue 485

The estimates are at best approximate on both sides on the equation, but six weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the cumulative oil spill has now reached a bit more than 3 times that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez. It...

South Africa: Israel/Apartheid Connections

AfricaFocus Bulletin May 31, 2010 (100531)

2010-06-04, Issue 484

"Polakow-Suransky puts Israel's annual military exports to South Africa between 1974 and 1993 at $600 million, which made South Africa Israel's second or third largest trading partner after the United States and Britain. ... He puts the total militar...

Ethiopia: Democracy deferred

AfricaFocus Bulletin May 25, 2010 (100525)

2010-05-28, Issue 483

"Behind an orderly facade, the government pressured, intimidated and threatened Ethiopian voters, ...Whatever the results, the most salient feature of this election was the months of repression preceding it." - Rona Peligal, acting Africa director at...

Africa: Finance ministers vs. development goals

AfricaFocus Bulletin May 4, 2010 (100504)

2010-05-07, Issue 480

"After two heated debates during the recent African ministers of finance meeting in Malawi, national delegations from South Africa, Rwanda and Egypt succeeded in deleting any reference to budgetary targets for education, health, agriculture and water...

Sudan: No easy ways ahead

AfricaFocus Bulletin Apr 25, 2010 (100425)

2010-04-30, Issue 479

"A vote for secession [in the 2011 referendum] is a foregone conclusion - given overwhelming Southern popular sentiment - but the time remaining to ensure that the process is orderly, legitimate, and consensual is desperately short. The potential fla...

Zimbabwe: Sanctions and Solidarity

AfricaFocus Bulletin MApr 18, 2010 (100418)

2010-04-23, Issue 478

"In the case of Zimbabwe today, both supporters and opponents of sanctions exaggerate their importance. The international community, both global and regional, has other tools as well. Key issues are not only when to lift or relax sanctions but also h...

Africa: Profiling cash drains

AfricaFocus Bulletin Apr 12, 2010 (100412)

2010-04-16, Issue 477

"Estimates [for the period 1970-2008] show that over the 39-year period Africa lost an astonishing US$854 billion in cumulative capital flight--enough to not only wipe out the region's total external debt outstanding of around US$250 billion (at end-...

Somalia: Somali-Led peace processes

AfricaFocus Bulletin Mar 30, 2010 (100330)

2010-04-01, Issue 476

"How do Somali communities deal with their need for security and governance in the absence of a state? The reality is that since 1991 numerous Somali-led reconciliation processes have taken place at local and regional levels. Often these have proven ...

South Africa: Coal-fired denialism

AfricaFocus Bulletin Mar 23, 2010 (100323)

2010-03-26, Issue 475

With a request for a $3.75 billion World Bank loan for a new coalfired power plant, South African political leaders seem determined to entrench a policy on climate change that disregards clear evidence of catastrophic consequences, echoing the earlie...

Africa: Staying the Course on AIDS?

AfricaFocus Bulletin Mar 15, 2010 (100315)

2010-03-19, Issue 474

We must end the false dichotomy between prevention and treatment. If we choose one over the other we will fail. We know from our experiences in the 1990s, that if treatment isnt there, people will not come to the health centers and doctors and nurses...

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