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Education Can Save Lives… Still, Some 125 Million School Children Are Unable to Read a Single Sentence

  Human Wrongs Watch Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals, says the United Nations. Nevertheless, some 125 million school children around the world are unable to read a single sentence, even after four years of attendance. If all women in poor countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by one-sixth saving almost one million lives, the United Nations ...

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Not sure what to bring to the NY Climate Summit? Just ask Denmark!

  Human Wrongs Watch By Kat Skeie* and Tarjei Haaland* – 16 September, 2014, Greenpeace – Climate change is back on the global political agenda. On September 23rd, world leaders from government, finance, business and civil society will convene for the New York Climate Summit hosted by United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. They are there to ‘catalyse global action on climate change’. Greenpeac ...

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The Long Shadows of History

Human Wrongs WatchBy Johan Galtung*, 115 September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – As Carl Gustav Jung said, and the Chinese before him–the shadows are long and dark. Jumping does not help, they follow us. Thus, the USA is wrong in believing that they can get away with the misdeeds of the past, that people will forget; they are not historians.   Moreover, when done by the USA, deeds are not evil, at w ...

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Grassroots campaigning turns Scottish independence vote into a cliffhanger

Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office to do their part for Yes Scotland, the campaign dedicated to making Scotland an independent country. As a middle-aged trio leave with boxes of pamphlets, a young couple walk in with their two children, offering ...

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Do you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons?

From the 6-7 December 2014, ICAN will host a Civil Society Forum in Vienna on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Despite the compelling call of the humanitarian initiative, nuclear weapons states continue to cling to their inhumane weapons. Governments will convene for the Third conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons on 8-9 December, shortly after the Civil Society Forum. Th ...

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Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not d ...

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Drop Your Weapons. When and Why Civil Resistance Works

By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan for  Foreign Affairs via Waging Nonviolence Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a surge of nonviolent resistance movements. Pictures of huge demonstrations in public squares have become a staple of international news broadcasts, and Time named “the protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011. These days, it seems that at any given moment, thousands of ...

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Brand new NHS Reinstatement Bill from Allyson Pollock gives hope to campaigners

OurNHS 1 September 2014 Leading NHS [National Health Service, UK] campaigners have come together to produce an NHS Reinstatement Bill which contains all the vital ingredients to stop and reverse NHS privatisation. And they want your views. Leading public health experts have launched a consultation on a new Bill that aims to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the Na ...

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Japan May Receive Offensive Military Weapons from US amid Rising Tensions with China, N. Korea

  Human Wrongs Watch By RT*, 10 September 2014 – The United States could provide offensively geared weapons to the Japanese military within five years, Tokyo officials say. The discussions between the two countries come as Japan’s rivalry with China intensifies and alliances shift among Pacific powers. The talks with the US cover what Japan regards as a “strike capability,” and are still preliminary. A ...

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Community engagement to be intensified in the fight against Ebola in West Africa

Africa News - 10.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA DAKAR, Sénégal, September 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gathered at a Forum on Ebola communication and prevention convened in Dakar by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, representatives from global, regional and community media, civil socie ...

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