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U.N. humanitarian chief urges Security Council action on Syria

by Adriana Brasileiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the measures she proposed to address the current humanitarian challenges in Syria are ambitious and she hopes the Security Council will take an equally bold approach at implementing some of them as soon as possible. “We haven’t been … Continue reading

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

Egyptian rescue workers in the line of fire

CAIRO, 15 August 2013 (IRIN) – The killing and bloodshed was already well under way when Salma Bahgat, a Red Crescent volunteer, arrived at Rabaa Al Adawia, one of two sites of support for ousted president Mohamed Morsi raided by the Egyptian authorities yesterday. “I wormed my way through dead bodies and the screams of … Continue reading

“I’m Mad as Hell…”: Brazilian Protests in Comparative Perspective

By Peter Kingstone Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil has come and gone largely without incident. By most accounts, it was a tremendous success and the new pontiff’s modesty and positive message was well received both in Brazil and abroad. Security officials expressed concern about the Pope’s desire to move openly and worried about the risks … Continue reading

Global Corruption, Global Protests: The Odds of Success Against the System

By Laurence Cockcroft   Corruption has featured heavily in the rounds of street-led protests over the last three years, and in some cases much earlier. Sometimes the protesters have focused directly on the corruption issue (as in Indonesia, Egypt and Russia); in other cases there has been a stronger focus on issues such as profligate … Continue reading

Thai Government, Opposition at Odds Over Amnesty Bill

BANGKOK — Thailand is facing new political tensions as the government is preparing to submit an amnesty bill to parliament, along with key finance and infrastructure spending measures. Both anti-government and pro-government groups are preparing for political battle, but some analysts say there could be compromise on the amnesty measure. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra … 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

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

By Iain Atack, Nonviolent political action has played a significant role in achieving social and political change in the last century, and continues to be a vital feature of many campaigns for democracy, human rights and social justice. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were prominent proponents of nonviolence in the twentieth century, but nonviolent … Continue reading

An Examination of Decisions to Intervene in Libya and Syria

Why did the International Community Decide to Intervene in Libya, yet not in Syria? by Paul Stokes “The Middle East is a region where fools rush in, but wise men fear to tread.” – Leon Carl Brown This essay will explain why two countries, Libya and Syria – and two leaders, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Bashar … Continue reading

What women farmers want to know

by Caity Peterson, Lucy can hardly contain her excitement. A farmer from Dazuuri village, in Ghana’s Upper West Region, she is positive on just about everything. But this topic is one of her favourites: composting. It is a new technique she learned from training with local agricultural extension officers, and it has revolutionised the way … Continue reading