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Obviously I Need to Work on This

March 31, 2008 by and tagged

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Why Hillary Should Be President – Human Trafficking and Global Criminal Networks

March 31, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

On September, 23, 2003, Senator Hillary Clinton was interviewed for the great PBS program Wide Angle on the topic of human trafficking (2003, folks, that was 5 years ago, ok… and yes, that was the year of the beginning of the war in Iraq but that was not the only thing going on in the [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Globalization, Human Rights, Migration, New Wars, Organized Crime, Poverty, Slavery, social marginality, Sociology, Trafficking | No Comments »

The Tragedy of Congo’s Displaced People

March 31, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

What is currently going on in the Congo is a massive humanitarian tragedy that photographer Susan Schulman, on assignment for the UN Refugee Agency and UN World Food Program, has managed to capture in stunning photos that are the subject of an exhibit. Some of them are reproduced in the Guardian (here and here). The [...]

Posted in Human Rights, New Wars, Poverty, social marginality, United Nations | No Comments »

IMF to Redistribute Votes

March 31, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

It has been in the works for a long time and it is long overdue, via the BBC, “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has backed plans to redistribute voting power in the organisation. It has recommended changes which would base the power of each of the IMF’s 185 member countries on the size of their [...]

Posted in Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Politics | No Comments »

US Private Military Contractors Recruit in Africa

March 30, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Via IRIN, “Namibia’s independence war ended nearly 20 years ago, but the experience gained by many soldiers during the conflict has made the country a fertile hunting ground for private security companies seeking recruits for the world’s 21st century wars.” Like many African countries that have experienced civil wars since their independence, Namibia found itself [...]

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Killing Fields Photographer Dith Pran Is Dead

March 30, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Via the Guardian, “The Cambodian photographer whose life story under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime was recreated in the film The Killing Fields has died in New Jersey. Dith Pran, 65, had been ill with pancreatic cancer. His death was announced yesterday by Sydney Schanberg, a former New York Times correspondent who worked with Pran [...]

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Catholics No Longer Number One

March 30, 2008 by and tagged ,

Via Le Nouvel Observateur, not only that, but the number one are now the Muslims… ouch, that’s a gotta hurt. I mean, they keep electing reactionary popes and they get passed anyway by another reactionary religion. For the specific data, it looks like in 2006 (last data year), Muslims represent roughly 19% of the world [...]

Posted in Globalization, Population, Religious Fundamentalism | No Comments »

Music Break – Renan Luce

March 30, 2008 by and tagged ,

Renan Luce – “Les Voisines”… Jean Reno guest stars. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/cngJbxOIuVs" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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Paying for Services Provided by the Biosphere – Finally

March 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Via the Independent, “A deal has been agreed that will place a financial value on rainforests – paying, for the first time, for their upkeep as “utilities” that provide vital services such as rainfall generation, carbon storage and climate regulation. The agreement, to be announced tomorrow in New York, will secure the future of one [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Globalization, Sustainability | No Comments »

Sick Story of the Day

March 29, 2008 by and tagged

I am not an animal rights activist but this really turns my stomach, via the Guardian, “Chaining up a dog and forcing it to go without food and water in the name of art is a surefire way of making yourself unpopular with animal lovers. (…) The Costa Rican has been called an animal abuser, [...]

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Why Hillary Should Be President – Untold Stories

March 28, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

This is the first in a (hopefully) collaborative series: WHSBP (title and series idea courtesy of Lambert Strether of Corrente, my second blogging residence, and a nice one too!) to counterbalance the Other Series (WWTSBQ). This series outlines issues on which Hillary Clinton was ahead of the curve, starting with microcredit. I have posted consistently [...]

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I Might As Well Come Clean

March 28, 2008 by and tagged ,

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From the Dark Ages – India Edition

March 27, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Via the BBC, “Police in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh say they have arrested 17 villagers over the killing of a woman suspected of being a witch. The 40-year-old woman, Phool Kunwar, was dragged from her home on Monday night, beaten and burned with a hot iron, police say. The accused include three women. [...]

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Idiots and Their Stupid Rationalizations

March 27, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Why I can no longer watch cable news.

Posted in Huh?, Humor, New Wars | No Comments »

Sociologists in the News: Engineers and Terrorists

March 27, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Via Context Crawler, sociologist Diego Gambetta gives an interview to the Independent as to why engineers are overrepresented in terrorist Islamist groups (in addition to being all men between 18-40). There are possible explanations but they are not entirely satisfactory: “Everyone’s first reaction is that they are recruited for their technical proficiency, but there’s no [...]

Posted in Education, Patriarchy, Religious Fundamentalism, Social Selection, Sociology, Terrorism | No Comments »

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