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With Annual $36 Billion, Human Trafficking Ranks as World’s Third Most Profitable Crime

“Not only is human trafficking one of the most grotesque violations of human rights, it is a lucrative crime for perpetrators… With annual profits as high as $36 billion per year, it ranks as the world’s third most profitable crime after illicit drug and arms trafficking’” according to the president of UN General Assembly John Ashe. Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, Ashe on 14 July 2014 de ...

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APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and the internet

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. Adopted by consensus by 82 member states, the resolution affirms that the same rights people enjoy offline apply online. The resolution is significant in that it recognises the impact of the internet on a broad range of human ...

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Detroit Residents Stage Civil Disobedience over Water Shutoffs; Activist Charity Hicks Dies

In Detroit, Michigan, at least eight people were arrested Thursday in an act of civil disobedience to stop the city’s shutoff of water to thousands of households. The group of clergy members and other residents blocked the entrance of a private corporation hired by Detroit to cut off the taps of residents who have fallen behind on their water bills by as little as two months. A U.N. panel has called the shu ...

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Congratulations on 15th anniversary of Roma Virtual Network

Established in 1999, Roma Virtual Network will celebrate 15 years of highly-qualified services in the fields of communication, information and education on 19th July, 2014. Els de Groen, author, poet; former MEP and initiator World Artists Initiative “Khetanes” This is an excellent moment for personal reflection. In 20 years, I learned to know many Roma: painters, writers, scholars, filmmakers and many, ver ...

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Algerian Food Bank – #DirElkhir

By Elhachemi Sabi, an algerian blogger In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims, do a great deal of worship and charitable activities. In Algeria, a group of enthusiastic young people launched an initiative called ‘Algerian Food Bank’ to help poorer families and to contribute to the eradication of hunger in parts of the country. Their slogan is “Do Good”. An interesting additional thing is that these young vol ...

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Exclusive: Democracy Now! Goes Inside Embassy Refuge, Talks with Julian Assange About WikiLeaks, Snowden

In a Democracy Now! special, we go inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He has been holed up there for more than two years, having received political asylum. He faces investigations in both Sweden and the United States. In the U.S., a secret grand jury is investigating WikiLeaks for its role in publishing a trove of leaked documents about the Iraq and Afghan ...

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Lack of Toilets Keeps Women Out of Politics

By Stella Paul MALLAMPETA, India, Jul 4 2014 (IPS) - Nine months after she was elected head of her village council, 36-year-old Krupa Shanti has overseen some significant changes in this rural outpost of Mallampeta, 570 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “Since I took over, 300 people have got their Below the Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards and are receiving ...

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TED: Need to know: About Facebook’s emotional contagion study

By Laura McClure for TED Ethicists are concerned about the recently published details of a mood alteration experiment conducted on Facebook users. Ready to go beyond the headlines? 5 primary sources worth reading next. Source: “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” Adam Kramer et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 17, 2014. Why you should ...

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After Losing Vote, U.S.-EU Threaten to Undermine Treaty

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 2014 (IPS) - The United States and the 28-member European Union (EU) have assiduously promoted – and vigourously preached – one of the basic tenets of Western multi-party democracy: majority rules. But at the United Nations, the 29 member states have frequently abandoned that principle when it insists on “consensus” on crucial decisions relating to the U.N. budget – or ...

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STATEMENT – #OCUPEESTELITA (OCCUPY ESTELITA) MOVEMENT

  June 17, 2014 In the early hours of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the members of the #OcupeEstelita movement that occupied the Cais José Estelita (Jose Estelita Quay) were surprised by the Military Police of Pernambuco. In utter disregard of all agreements that had been established over the past few days, State representatives came to fulfill a writ of ejectment in favor of the Consórcio Novo Recife (New R ...

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