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Attacks on Education Should Lead Security Council Debate

To view video feature http://youtu.be/CPNM5nxq80M (New York, March 7, 2014) The United Nations Security Council should emphasize the protection of students, teachers, and schools at its annual debate on children and armed conflict on March 7, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said today. In a report released last week, “Education Under Attack 2014,” the Global Coalition identified 30 cou ...

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When a penis is not a penis but a weapon, or a torture instrument

Another gang rape in India, this time in a tribal area, a young woman is found in the company of a man from another village, moreover a Muslim; the village unofficial council imposes a hefty fine which the woman's family cannot pay, so she gets gang raped by the men of the village, allegedly. The family is warned not to go to the authorities but she's bleeding heavily so she's smuggled to a hospital two day ...

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Bangladesh: too early marriage a violence against children

The shock of child marriage on the lives of girls and boys can be ruinous. It may start a series of children's health complications, with child mortality, domestic violence, severe poverty cycles and much more. The Bangladesh practice of child marriage continues in a silent attack on health and human rights. It is a form of violence. It closes the eyes of people to abuses in child protection. According to t ...

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Sweden’s Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn’t Anyone Tried This Before?

By the Women's Justice Centre In a centuries deep sea of clichés despairing that 'prostitution will always be with us', one country's success stands out as a solitary beacon lighting the way. In just five years Sweden has dramatically reduced the number of its women in prostitution. In the capital city of Stockholm the number of women in street prostitution has been reduced by two thirds, and the number of ...

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West Bank Silent Strike

Nablus, 2014/01/03 - To strike is a cry of desperation to re-establish ones rights. To strike is to show the society the valuable work the striking workforce performs. For 31 days the strike in all 19 UNRWA refugee camps on the West Bank has been carried out. For 31 days pupils have not received any education, sick and injured people have not been able to get any healthcare or medicine and the waste mountai ...

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Symposium “From Einstein to Magritte: beyond our truths”

On December 7 and 8 2013 the Centers for Humanist Studies of Paris and Brussels were very pleased to organise their first Symposium in the beautiful settings of the Park of Study and Reflection La Belle Idée, France. It was a well attended occasion with panelists and participants from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Mexico and the Netherlands. During the two days, pr ...

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States Have a Responsibility to Protect Higher Education from Attack

States must protect universities as spaces where professors and students are safe to teach, learn, and research free from threats to their physical and psychological well being, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said in a new report released today. The 25-page study, Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack, highlights the prevalence of attacks on ...

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Noam Chomsky on Education & How “Manufacturing Consent” Brought Attention to East Timor Massacres

Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! At the premier of the new animated film, "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" in New York City, Noam Chomsky joined filmmaker Michel Gondry in conversation. We play excerpts of Chomsky’s remarks on his educational background and his reflects on "Manufacturing Consent," another feature-length film about him from 1992. One of the filmmakers behind the movie, Peter Wintonick, died las ...

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International Day for Tolerance 16 November

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public. This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Pr ...

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TED: two different aspects of Active Nonviolence

Active Nonviolence is a methodology for change which is coherent with its objectives. Here we report of two TED lectures that show its power in theory and practice. Non-violence resistance with Erica Chenowets Published on Nov 4, 2013 Between 1900-2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. Erica will talk about her research on the impressive historical reco ...

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