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Call the White House Today for Darfur

Call the White House Today for Darfur

Today as Global Days for Darfur wind down, the situation in the country rages one, and that's why we need your help. “Take Action Today!” Join others and call the White House comment line at 202-456-1414, and “tell the president that time has run out for the people of Darfur and that you urge the […]

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Don't Forget the Children of Sudan!

Don't Forget the Children of Sudan!

April 23rd – April 30, 2007

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Millions of Children Needlessly Dying from Preventable Disease

Millions of Children Needlessly Dying from Preventable Disease

Would you sit there and not take your child to the doctor for a vaccine that you knew would save them from disease? Could you sit by and watch your child suffer from illness when all you had to do was get them some $5 worth of medicine? We all know the answer is no! […]

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Carbon Expo

Carbon Expo

I talked about the carbon market, and others, in the post from April 19 aptly named Markets.  There's a pretty big event coming up next week in Cologne:  Carbon Expo. This is billed as a "Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference."  It runs from May 2 to 4.  One of the keynote speakers is the […]

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Guernica; The Civilian Toll of Modern Warfare

Guernica; The Civilian Toll of Modern Warfare

At 4:40 pm on April 26th, 1937, the most advanced aircraft from Adolf Hitler's "Condor Legion" approached the Basque town of Guernica. It was a Monday afternoon and the markets were packed with shoppers and peasants. The church bell suddenly rang out, signifying the approach of enemy aircraft. For the next three hours, Guernica was […]

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The Use of Children to Commit Crimes and Acts of War

The Use of Children to Commit Crimes and Acts of War

I have been painfully aware of the horrid use of children in war and to commit horrendous acts during a time of war. Children are used as soldiers in a time when genocide, rape, and so many other unspeakable acts are committed. For a child to witness such acts is a crime in its self, […]

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Dutch Businessman Appeals War Crimes Charge of Supplying Iraq with WMD

Dutch Businessman Appeals War Crimes Charge of Supplying Iraq with WMD

Prosecutors at The Hague Appeals Court today presented official documents by Sadam Hussein's regime praising the Dutch businessman, Frans van Anraat, for supplying "rare, banned chemical substances" to Iraq "at a reasonable price", and for "expos[ing] himself to extremely dangerous consequences."  Van Anraat's case is before the appeals court on genocide charges.  He was found […]

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Human Slavery Today Versus Yesterday Continued…

Human Slavery Today Versus Yesterday Continued…

People are often driven into slavery by sever poverty, sometimes this is based on a general belief that the child sold will bring money back into the family, or that they will have an honest attempt to escape the poverty of the family and community. Other times people are driven into slavery by economic or […]

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Canadian, Omar Khadr, charged with war crimes at Gitmo

Canadian, Omar Khadr, charged with war crimes at Gitmo

Omar Ahmed Khadr, a 20 year old Canadian, was formally charged with war crimes by the US at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Khadr faces a murder charge for the death of Sgt. 1st Class, Christopher Speer, with a hand grenade in 2002.  Khadr also faces charges of attempted murder, conspiring with al […]

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"Hot Politics" tonight on Frontline

Not having seen this program, I am making no judgements.  However, I have found Frontline to be consistently informative and to the highest journalistic standards. ************  “FRONTLINE and the Center for Investigative Reporting go behind the scenes to explore how bi-partisan political and economic forces prevented the U.S. government from confronting what may be one […]

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Mike Bloomberg's Earth Day

Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire (see Forbes) and the mayor of the biggest city in the United States. He's in his second term of office , NYC has a term limit of two for municipal office , and he's come out with a very bold, far-reaching plan, PLANYC, for "A Greener, Greater New York." He […]

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The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide

Memorials will be held today in California, Massachusetts, and Michigan marking the anniversary of the Armenian genocides that began in the Turkish Ottoman empire on this day in 1915. During World War I, hundreds of thousands, to millions of the Armenian community were forced on a death-march to Syria and Iraq. The Armenian diaspora in […]

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Hundreds of Civilian Casualties in Somalia Fighting

Hundreds of Civilian Casualties in Somalia Fighting

Recent clashes between insurgents from the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and Ethiopian troops backing Somali government forces have resulted in at least 291 civilian casualties in the Somali city of Mogadishu. Spokesmen from the Elman Human Rights Organization, a Somali based group, have said many of the victims were caught in crossfire. Six insurgents […]

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Human Slavery Today Versus Yesterday

Human Slavery Today Versus Yesterday

What is slavery? A horrid word from our past, something we have struggled to forget for almost two hundred years? Its all, and none of those things, it is a plague currently among us! Would you believe me if I told you we have more slaves today, than that of our legal slave trading past? […]

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That Was The Week That Was*

There were a number of developments this past week worth noting. Here’s a rundown: U.N. Security Council – On Tuesday, Britain, holding the rotating presidency of the Security Council, brought the issue of climate change forward. (See this from “The International Herald Tribune” and this from the BBC.) The U.K.’s Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, for five […]

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