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Doctors Without Borders’ "Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2008"

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) released its “Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2008” this week. The crises include:1. Somalia’s Humanitarian Catastrophe Worsens2. Critical Health Needs in Myanmar Remain Unmet3. Health Crisis Sweeps Zimbabwe as Violence and Economic Collapse Spread4. Civilians Trapped as War Rages in Eastern Congo5. Millions of Malnourished Children Left Untreated Despite Advances in […]

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Bipartisan Concern About McPalin’s Hate-Mongering

“John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as ‘not one of us,’ I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.”–Republican Frank Schaeffer–Read thoughts from those […]

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Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Former Finnish Prez

The prize goes to Martti Ahtisaari.“Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts. The committee cited Ahtisaari’s ‘significant’ part in establishing Namibia’s independence and his ‘central’ role in solving the question of the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2005.”Read […]

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Illegal Voter Roll Purges in Six Swing States

The New York Times is reporting that tens of thousands of voters have been removed from registration talleys in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina.In an effort to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (to remove the names of voters who should no longer be listed) it appears as though […]

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Eco-Equality and the Green Economy

Listen to Val Jones of Green for All discuss the challenges and opportunities of the green economy.

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Guest Post: Chicago-Based Organization Women Employed Celebrates 35 Years

Here at Identity Theory, we’re continually impressed by the work in which community organizers, groups and non-profit organizations engage. They’re the change agents, taking small steps in their own communities and taking their causes nationwide.This is the first, I hope, in a series of guest posts from people at the center of these causes.The first […]

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You Can Stop Violence Against Women

Vermonters were witness to a brutal murder in 2005 – Laura Kate Winterbottom was abducted and killed in Burlington. The next year Michelle Gardner-Quinn, a University of Vermont student, was abducted and killed. This year, eleven-year-old Brooke Bennett was kidnapped and murdered. Violence against women is on the rise in the state.As a Vermonter myself, […]

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Coffee Crisis

“Less well-known are the damaging effects of these unequal power relations embedded in global coffee networks: threatened livelihoods, greater poverty, malnutrition, deforestation, and out-migration. A “bigger, faster, cheaper” mentality has created a dynamic that exploits the most vulnerable at the bottom of the supply chain.”-John Thackara, Worldchanging.com-Read the rest of Thackara’s “Alternative Trade Networks and […]

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Geopolitics of Food

“In the Middle East, water-poor nations are using petrol profits to buy farmland in economically depressed countries like Pakistan and Sudan. China, with its own farmland under pressure from development and pollution, is using some of its vast export income to snap up land in Africa and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Brazil — the globe’s emerging […]

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Building Libraries Around the World

“We do three things: We build schools. We establish multilingual libraries and fill them with thousands of books. And we provide long term scholarships for girls because girls are often left out of the education system. Basically, we’re a group that is committed to reaching 10 million kids across the world with the life-long gift […]

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The Right to Blog

“Many of the bloggers who gathered on 27-28 June 2008 in Budapest, Hungary for a Citizen Media Summit organised by Global Voices Online had at first glance an unlikely appearance. These representatives of a growing worldwide network of citizen journalists and digital activists looked rather studious, a touch morose, even – to many bloggers themselves […]

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Perspectives on World Refugee Day

“Over the past five years, the US has resettled just 5,000 Iraqis. Compare that to Sweden, a country of only nine million people, which resettled 18,000 Iraqis last year alone. And among the most desperate seeking asylum are those Iraqis who have been forced from their homes because they helped the US government in Iraq, […]

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Reporting from Zimbabwe

“The announcement by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that he will not contest the second round of the presidential election scheduled for 27 June 2008 comes amid increasing violence in urban areas of Zimbabwe – and signals of concern among Robert Mugabe’s erstwhile African allies at events in the country.”Jabu Shoko reports from Harare on the […]

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American Radical

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”-George Carlin-Read “George Carlin: American Radical” here.A quote from Carlin:“Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass […]

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