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Is cyber the new gunpowder and corruption the spark?

by James Black, Transparency International A 2013 report by Kroll Advisory Solutions suggests that more than two-thirds of all cyber cases involving theft of data stem from corrupt corporate insiders – but that companies’ desire to deal with incidents quietly and internally means they rarely reach the public eye. Cyber threats can take a range of … Continue reading

Among Syria’s children, anger, lost hope and sometimes newfound happiness

SHATILA CAMP, LEBANON, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – The conflict in Syria has killed more than 6,500 children, turned nearly one million into refugees, and left three million inside Syria in need of aid. Some have been disabled, mutilated, sexually abused, tortured in government detention and recruited by armed groups, at as young as age … Continue reading

Half a million children face malnutrition in forgotten crisis in northern Nigeria

by Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than half a million children in northern Nigeria face severe malnutrition this year in a humanitarian crisis that has largely gone unnoticed because of ongoing conflict in the region, aid agencies say. Violent clashes between insurgents and Nigeria’s security forces in 11 northern states have forced thousands … Continue reading

Q+A: New Iranian leader is no rights champion, says Nobel laureate

by Maria Caspani and Timothy Large LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Iran’s human rights record is unlikely to improve under newly elected President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian rights activist and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi said, adding that inviting a suspected war criminal to his inauguration suggests the kind of guests the new president will have. Rouhani takes … Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s elections may be peaceful – but fair?

HARARE, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – Though civil society has reported isolated cases of intimidation and violence, particularly in rural areas, the general consensus is that Zimbabwe’s general elections, to be held tomorrow, on 31 July, will take place in relative peace.   “These will probably be the most peaceful elections in Zimbabwe in decades… … Continue reading

Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

African governments still underfunding health

NAIROBI, 23 July 2013 (IRIN) – Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at … Continue reading

Counter-terrorism laws can hurt humanitarian action

GENEVA, 22 July 2013 (IRIN) – The growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers, according to a new, independent study. Commissioned by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and … Continue reading

The night the rain fell: Living in fear in India’s Himalayas

by Nita Bhalla       I didn’t sleep a wink that night. It poured and poured and didn’t seem to let up. I could hear it crashing down relentlessly. It was so loud that I had to get out of bed to check whether the window of my hotel room was open. It wasn’t. The … Continue reading

No ID, no security – the dilemma of Sri Lanka’s returnees

COLOMBO, 17 July 2013 (IRIN) – Close to 100,000 returnees in Sri Lanka’s north lack national identity cards (NICs), more than four years after the end of the country’s decades-long civil war. “Many people cannot resume their lives as NICs are the passport to accessing multiple services and were made mandatory for voting in 2006,” … Continue reading