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Global Media Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

  Human Wrongs Watch The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 30 October 2014 affirmed during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Speaking at the launch of the Global Media Campaign against female genital mutilation organized by the Guardian Media Group, the Secr ...

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Three books, three authors in Andina Simón Bolivar University, Ecuador

Photo report by Walker Vizcarra A moving experience took place in the presentation of books by three authors: Tony Robinson, Dario Ergas and Pía Figueroa.  The books were presented by three young readers and the presentations were accompanied by music and theatrical readings that created a very intimate, poetic and heart-felt atmosphere. The event ended with a local drink, "canelazo" that allowed time for i ...

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Right to Online Privacy at Risk as Governments Engage in Mass Surveillance – Counter-terrorism Expert

  Human Wrongs Watch States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said on 23 October 2014 as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.   “States need to squarely confront the fact that mass surveillance programmes effectively do away with the right to ...

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The creative force of nonviolence: interview with the directors of “Everyday Rebellion”

Everyday Rebellion is a documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest all over the world. We talk about it with Arman and Arash Rihai, who directed it. How did you get the idea of a film about nonviolent movements? The initial moment when the project started was when we saw young Iranians like Neda Agha Soltan, the iranian student, getting killed by the Iranian regime in the peaceful protests durin ...

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Notes about the ‘look’ of Pressenza

Peace is the absence of war, it is coexistence without conflict, but we can’t just limit nonviolence to the absence of violence.  Even if it is an end that we want to achieve, nonviolence is, above all, a resistance to all forms of violence.  Therefore, translated to the field of journalism, nonviolence positions the journalist as an activist against violence. Something that might sound banal, subtle or a m ...

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Hong Kong – surpassing the divide

Lao Tzu Chapter 18 of The Dao Article by Vonnie Boston. The mighty way declined among the folk And then came kindness and morality When learning and intelligence appeared, They brought with them a great hypocrisy The six relations were no more at peace, So codes were made to regulate our homes The fatherland grew dark, confused by strife: Official loyalty became the style. Paraphrase by translator R. B. Bla ...

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How to cook a peaceful revolution

Booklet review: "How to cook a peaceful revolution", by Spanish rEvolution Available over the Internet, free distribution.* To quote from the booklet’s introduction: “All of us, to a greater or lesser extent, dream about changing the world, but we always end up abandoning that dream when we think that we are unable to do anything alone. In Spanish rEvolution we are pursuing that dream tirelessly and we are ...

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Turkey: Yet another attack on the Freedom of Press

Three photo journalists from Berlin have been arrested reporting about the protests of Kurdish people in Turkey. A support group in Germany around the photographers have published a given a press release:   Yesterday (11th October 2014) in the late evening/early night hours the three German freelance photojournalists Ruben Martin Neugebauer, Björn Kietzmann and Christian Grodotzki got arrested by the Turkis ...

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Assam: JFA decries Burma authorities’ ban on newspaper

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the ban on a local newspaper by the province government of Chin in western Burma (Myanmar) and urged the Union government in NayPieTaw to allow the regular publication of the Hakha Post. Burma News International (BNI), an umbrella body of various progressive Burmese media outlets, said in a recent statement that the authorities had ...

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2nd Active Nonviolence International Film Festival awards

The 2nd Active Nonviolence International Film Festival (FICNOVA) has awarded special prizes to five productions from different countries. FICNOVA is organised by volunteer teams of World without Wars and Violence, an international organisation of the Humanist Movement, together with other humanist organisations, groups and individuals who share the same purpose of advancing in the development of nonviolence ...

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