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Index July 2007

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2007-07-01: CLADEM, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights;
2007-07-02: Southern African Regional Poverty Network SARPN;
2007-07-03: The Nippon Foundation;
2007-07-04: The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP;
2007-07-05: RING.com;
2007-07-06: Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE;
2007-07-07: APWLD Women’s Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Sri Lanka;
2007-07-07: The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism IMADR;
2007-07-08: Past Global Changes;
2007-07-09: The Working Committee on Women and Children, China;
2007-07-10: Focus on the Global South FGS;
2007-07-11: Earth Policy Institute;
2007-07-12: JPRI The Japan Policy Research Institute;
2007-07-13: fidh.org – Networking Human Rights Defenders;
2007-07-14: AntiWar.com;
2007-07-15: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre;
2007-07-16: Crisis Center for Women and Family SEZIM;
2007-07-17: The HARIRI FOUNDATION;
2007-07-18: WACC World Association for Christian Communication;
2007-07-19: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC;
2007-07-20: gnn guerilla news network;
2007-07-21: Europe solidaire sans frontières ESSF;
2007-07-21: ESSF (solidarity without borders);
2007-07-22: The Forum for the Future;
2007-07-23: Academy for Educational Development AED;
2007-07-24: IAEWP;
2007-07-25: Why wait? (for sex);
2007-07-26: The Salesian Sisters;
2007-07-27: Liberian Women’s Initiative LWI;
2007-07-28: Women in Peacebuilding Program WIPNET;
2007-07-28: Mano River Women’s Peace Network MARWOPNET;
2007-07-28: The GIFT University;
2007-07-29: The Rosni Homes Trust;
2007-07-30: The BLACK CoMMentator;
2007-07-31: World Movement for Global Democracy WMGL.

World Movement for Global Democracy WMGL

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(a global network of individuals and organizations working for a better world)

About: Our Vision is of a world that works for everybody, where all people have enough to eat, a decent place to live, a good education, clean water and sanitation, access to basic healthcare, right livelihood, and a decent standard of living. This would include a world where we protect and restore our natural environment, live sustainably, treat each other with respect and dignity, protect all people’s basic human rights, can participate equitably in local to global decision making, and resolve our conflicts and differences peaceably.

Conferences, Events;
Breakthrough;
Volunteer;
Articles;
Contact.

Our Mission is to gather and develop a listing of the most promising proposals and initiatives for solving our primary global problems and challenges and developing an active network of people and organizations that will promote and support these initiatives. It is to develop sufficient support to actually achieve and implement these goals.

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The BLACK CoMMentator

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Linked with Another Side to Race and Immigration.

The BLACK CoMMentator is a weekly Internet magazine featuring commentary, analysis and investigations on issues affecting African Americans.

Newsletter;
Cartoons;
past issues;
links;
Contact.

About: http://www.blackcommentator.com/about_us.html
The Black Commentator’s core audience is African Americans and their allies in the struggle for social and economic justice. It is also important to share Black American perspectives with the rest of the world, a mission uniquely suited to the Internet.

Our focus is commentary, analysis and investigation, elements of political dialogue that are absolutely essential to the creation of movements for social change. Without regular forums for advocacy and debate, a people are at the mercy of their adversaries.

With the publication of issue #200 on October 5, 2006 BC announced the creation of a multi-dimensional BC Editorial Board and took a new, more inclusive and broader direction … (full text).

The Rosni Homes Trust

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(a home for orphans, not an orphan house, in Pakistan).

Linked with Muhammad Anwar Dar – Pakistan, see also CRIN.
Overview: Roshni Homes has a covered area of 225,000 square feet, play grounds for cricket, hockey, football & badminton, one administration block, and eight homes.

Vision;
Mission;
President’s Message;
What we do;
News & Events;
FAQs;
Donations;
Contacts.

The Roshni Homes Trust is a volunteer, non-political, non-sectarian and non profitable charity organization established by Founder Trustees. The Roshni Homes Trust provides residency and full modeled family care services for the children without parental care. The main purpose of this trust is better socialization and physical growth of deprived children. The core objective of all these efforts is to make these deprived children highly productive, responsible and integral members of the society through Higher Education and Character Building.

The GIFT University

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Linked with Muhammad Anwar Dar – Pakistan.

… GIFT is a dynamic, modern university with high standards of education, learning, facilities and a growing reputation in the region. GIFT is a safe, friendly and welcoming place, which attracts students from across Pakistan. The University is committed to ensuring that students get the most out of their time spent with us and enjoy enhanced prospects in their future careers … (full text).

Mission;
Goals;
Site Guide;
Study Programs;
Admission;
Student Resources;
Facts;
Location;
Contact.

President’s Message: GIFT University is a place of academic excellence and our mission is to help students fulfill their career dreams. Whether it is to support your career plans or assist you with your current responsibilities, GIFT University education can play a vital role in your success. We provide our students diverse opportunities to be creative and develop a sense of social responsibility with self-discipline. More importantly, they need to be serious towards their education and increase their knowledge and awareness.

See also: The GIFT College.

Mano River Women’s Peace Network MARWOPNET

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(in english, en français).

Linked with Mary Brownell – Liberia.

MARWOPNET’S vision is of a sub-region that is peaceful and prosperous inhabited by citizens who are healthy, educated, live in unity and enjoying all their human rights including equity and equality with women playing an effective role in peace and sustainable development processes within the sub region, Africa and the world.

News;
Documents;
Links;
Contact.

Objectives:

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Women in Peacebuilding Program WIPNET

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(named on WANEP.org).

Linked with Mary Brownell – Liberia.

WIPNET was established four years ago to mobilize women, build their capacity and encourage collaboration among them to build lasting peace and promote human security in West Africa. WIPNET’s challenge remains the integration of women’s concerns and their participation in policy formulation and implementation in peace and security issues in the sub-region. To ensure the mainstreaming of gender in peacebuilding, in 2005 the WIPNET program began the process of forging partnerships with policy makers and technocrats using its wide grassroots network to advocate for the mainstreaming of women’s issues in policy formulation in peace and security.

Objectives:

  • Develop policy recommendations for mainstreaming women’s issues in peace and security;
  • Strengthen the nexus between policy makers, technocrats and women’s groups;
  • Sustain women’s participation in formal peacebuilding in West Africa;
  • Strengthen capacity of rural/grassroots women in peacebuilding at community and national levels;
  • Build strategic partnerships with women’s networks in other regions.

(full text on this WANEP.org-page).

Liberian Women’s Initiative LWI

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Linked with Mary Brownell – Liberia.

This group has not its own website, but is named on others (some with excerpts):

Ghana Center for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana

Mission Statement of LWI: To engage in educational activities promoting nonviolent conflict resolution and civic education.
A brief statement of Activities:

  • Sustained campaign, uniting Liberian women from all sectors of society, to bring an end to the country’s civil war;
  • It has directed its activities at major players in the Liberian conflict, including West African political leaders, officials of the United States, and the UN;
  • Prior to 1997 democratic elections, it played a major role in bringing about disarmament, and engaged in voter education activities.

Contact Information: 11 Broad Street, PO Box 1063, Monrovia-Liberia, Tel – 231 227 095.

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The Salesian Sisters

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Linked with Paola Battagliola – Italy.

Home; “We, Salesian Sisters, commit ourselves to the new evangelization of youth. Impelled by our charism, we evangelize by educating. We open up new ways for the education of the young, deepening within them an attitude of respect for the dignity of the human person and an openness to life in all its forms. We commit ourselves to a community lifestyle which is simple, poor, welcoming, and able to create a new educative presence among poor youth”.

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Us;
Our Spirituality;
Newsletter;
Salesian Sisters International Website: Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice: Global foundation expounds on the vocational services it provides around the planet and relates its background story. In various languages;

Contact.

Why wait? (for sex)

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Linked with Irene Chaluluka – Malawi.

‘Why wait?’ is not a group of the Civil Society, but in Africa (Malawi and others) a program to prevent HIV/AIDS contamination. It is also a new behavior spread by christian communities. However, I have not found a website of their own, but this program, or behavior is named on other sites. Here some of them:

on Probe.org;
on Michael Rota’s believe;
on leadershipU.com;
on anabaptists.org.
and so on …

a book on amazon;
a second book on amazon;

And here a longer excerpt on intervarsity.org:

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IAEWP

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The International Association of Educators of World Peace IAEWP
is an NGO, dedicated to UNs Goals of Peace Education, Environmental Protection, Human Rights and Disarmament.

Mission & Objectives;
Events;
Membership;
Contact.

About:
IAEWP) is a not-for-profit, non-political, and a non-governmental organization geared towards the attainment of international understanding and world peace through education. IAEWP operates as an NGO under the mandate of the United Nations. We have more than 100 chapters established throughout the world.

In 1973, the Association became a non-governmental organization of both the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also became a part of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI).

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Academy for Educational Development AED

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  • Founded in 1961, the Academy for Educational Development is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems and building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to become more self-sufficient. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world.
  • AED is a bridge, a link between the problem and the solution, the need and the resource, people and their potential.

Homepage;
Projects; Tools & Publications; Donate; Stories about peoples and programs; About;
Contact.

Education: For more than 40 years, we at AED have approached our work in education as a means of serving society.

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The Forum for the Future

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(action for a sustainable world)

Linked with Jonathon Espie Porritt – England.

Finding practical ways private and public organisations can deliver a sustainable future (homepage).

latest news;
publications;
partners;
concerning business;
concerning public sector;
events;
contact.

about: The Forum for the Future – the sustainable development charity – works in partnership with over 120 leading organisations in business and the public sector.  Our vision is of business and communities thriving in a future that’s environmentally sustainable and socially just.    We believe that a sustainable future can be achieved, that it is the only way business and communities will prosper, but that we need bold action now to make it happen …

… In an increasingly competitive business environment our close partnership with Forum for the Future has helped inform new priorities for sustainable business growth, and care for the world and society in which we live and operate. (full text).

Solidarity Without Borders ESSF

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ESSF (solidarity without border) is an association for international solidarity. Covering a wide range of topics, our website offers militant information on many struggles and campaigns, as well as in-depth articles, elements of debates, documents of varied types. We would like it to become a useful tool for all those who are fighting for a world of solidarity.

sitemap;
authors; the 100 most read articles; what about us (4 articles); theory; links; newsletter;
Contact.

about: Our website was opened publicly at the end of September 2005, with about 450 articles, though still unevenly distributed by topics or countries. New documents will be regularly added: updates on current events, introduction of new topics, complementary articles, and also early-written texts that restitute the memory and history of movements, struggles and debates. (full text).

Europe solidaire sans frontières ESSF

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Accueil: ESSF est une association de solidarité internationale. Traitant d’un large éventail de questions, notre site présente une information militante sur de nombreuses luttes et campagnes ; ainsi que des articles de fond, des éléments de débats, des documents de nature divers. Nous voulons en faire un outil utile à toutes celles et ceux qui luttent pour un monde solidaire.

les 100 articles les plus lus;
plan du site;
auteurs;
qui sommes nous;
théories;
liens;
lettre des nouveautés;
nous écrire.

Fin septembre 2005, quand nous l’avons rendu public, Notre site contenait environ 450 articles, encore très inégalement répartis suivant les sujets ou les pays. Des documents sont régulièrement ajoutés : mises à jour répondant à l’actualité, introduction de nouvelles questions, compléments de dossiers, et aussi textes plus anciens qui restituent la mémoire et l’histoire des mouvements, des combats et des débats. (full text).

gnn guerilla news network

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You’ll find an URL gnn.com … and an URL gnn.TV (= GNN 2.0 Updates).

Guerrilla News Network is an independent news organization with headquarters in New York City and production facilities in Berkeley, California. Our mission is to expose people to important global issues through cross-platform guerrilla programming.

FAQ;

GNN press;

Contact.

… in any way, just full of links to hundreds and thousands of articles, headlines, videos, links to other webs, users, blogs, forums, and an E-store,

GNN 2.0 is currently in Beta stage. New features are being added weekly. For updates on GNN 2.0 progress, see developer Jessey White-Cinis’ blog, and the site design by STOLEN.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

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(in russian)

Linked with Gulnara Derbisheva – Kyrgyzstan;

Reducing Poverty and Promoting Peace: Switzerland invests about CHF 1.5 billion a year in combating poverty and promoting economic development in countries of the Third World and Eastern Europe. Two federal offices coordinate international development cooperation on behalf of the Swiss Confederation: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco).

All official development cooperation activities aim to improve living conditions for the world’s most disadvantaged people. The SDC focuses primarily on conflict transformation, social development, good governance, promoting economic structures and safeguarding natural resources. The SDC also strives to strengthen the abilities of its partner countries to take their own initiatives. (full text).

Sitemap;
Swiss Regional Strategy in Central Asia 2007-2010;
Activities in Kyrgyzstan;
Activities in Tajikistan;
Activities in Uzbekistan;
Links;
Download the Annual Report 2004, 24 pages.

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WACC World Association for Christian Communication

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Upcomming Congress: Communication is Peace, in Cape Town, South Africa, October 6-10, 2008. Communicators, journalists, and media activists committed to using the media to prevent conflict, advance democracy, and promote a culture of peace are invited to participate in Congress 2008. The five-day event scheduled for Cape Town, South Africa in October 2008 will focus on:

  • Communication rights;
  • Media and gender justice;
  • Power, conflict and peace: Telling the story;
  • New communication and information technologies and peace.

Online Pre-registration for the Congress;
See also the infos on the actual Homepage;
Sitemap;
Regional Associations;
WACC Programmes;
WACC Publications;
Join;
Contact.

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The HARIRI FOUNDATION

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Linked with Bahia Hariri – Lebanon.

The HARIRI FOUNDATION was founded in Lebanon upon a wise decision taken by H.E PM Rafic Hariri. Its mission is to make education a means for the development of the young in Lebanon.

The University Loan Program;
PUBLISH BOOKS AND SPECIAL STUDIES;
Contributions & Development;
CARE FOR THE LEBANESE HERITAGE AND CIVILIZATION;
Organizing & Supporting Education.

It is a non-profit institution which responded to a dire national need that resulted from the events caused by the war in the country.
Hariri Foundation started its mission in Sidon in 1979; it was then called “The Islamic Institute for Culture and Higher Education” but has carried its present name since 1984 and moved to its its central offices in Beirut. It opened offices in Tripoli and Bekaa, in addition to those in in Sidon, in an attempt to facilitate the granting of loans to those who — regardless of their religious or dominational affiliation — had applied to join institutions of higher learning in Lebanon . Likewise, it opened offices in Paris, London, and Washington, D.C, to keep in close contact with its student proteges who had joined around a hundred universities in Western Europ, North Africa, Canada and U.S.A. (Homepage).

Crisis Center for Women and Family SEZIM

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Linked with Byubyusara Ryskulova -Kyrgyzstan, and with Kyrgyzstan, Domestic Violence, Tradition Or Crime?

The Crisis Psychological Center for Women and Families Sezim was founded in January 1998 in Bishkek. The aim of the organization is the assistance and psychological rehabilitation of abused women, protection (judicial, social, economic) rights of women and families, researching and analyzing problems of violence in the Kyrgyz society, and education of rights. The tasks are to prepare guidelines for additional crisis centers throughout Kyrgyzstan, and organize services and programs that will help to solve the problems of violence, prevention of violence and protection of human rights. Volunteers will be trained to operate hot lines in Russian and Kyrgyz languages.

Contact:
Bishkek: Sovetskay str. 105/3 #23, Tel 28 14 55, e-mail.
Sokuluk: St.Pionerskay 103, Tel.(0 31 34) 4 18 79.

Program:

Trust Hot Line: The hot line is available for callers seven days a week, 24 hours a day. All participants of Sezim’s activities called the hot line when they were in a crisis situation.

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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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(en français, en espanol)

Linked with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre of 2008-01-18.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative. The site covers over 3600 companies, over 180 countries. It receives over 1.5 million hits per month. Topics include discrimination, environment, poverty & development, labour, access to medicines, health & safety, security, trade. “An essential guide to the world’s companies and their records on human rights.”
Guardian newspaper. “No debate can move forward, no positive change can be made, without facts. The Resource Centre is the only website to provide such a broad range of balanced information on business and human rights – company by company, country by country, issue by issue.” Mary Robinson (Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland). (full text).

The english Homepage;
getting started;
sitemap;
links;
Contact.

About:
Purpose:

  • To encourage companies to respect human rights, avoid harm to people, & maximise their positive contribution;
  • To provide easy, one-stop access to information for companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, whether they are experienced or new to the subject;
  • To facilitate constructive, informed decision-making and public discussion.

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AntiWar.com

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Your best source for antiwar news, viewpoints and activities.

Linked with Chalmers Johnson – USA, with JPRI The Japan Policy Research Institute, with about Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis”-book, and with Iraqi Wars – (or how to end it?). And also with Antiwar.com of November 21, 2007.

Antiwar.com is one project of our parent foundation the “Randolph Bourne Institute.” It is a program that provides a sounding board of interest to all who are concerned about US foreign policy and its implications.

Antiwar Radio: audios of interviews with around 60 activists;
Letters;
Blog;
Regional News;
Newsletter;
Contact.

About: This site is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, “greens,” and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism. Our initial project was to fight for the case of non-intervention in the Balkans under the Clinton presidency and continued with the case against the campaigns in Haiti, Kosovo and the bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. Our politics are libertarian: our opposition to war is rooted in Randolph Bourne’s concept that “War is the health of the State.” With every war, America has made a “great leap” into statism, and as Bourne emphasizes: ” . . . it is during war that one best understands the nature of that institution [the State].” At its core, that “nature” includes the ever-increasing threat to individual liberty and the centralization of political power. (full text).

fidh.org – Networking Human Rights Defenders

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en français: Fédération Internationale des ligues des Droits de l’Homme; in english: International Federation for Human Rights; en espanol: Federacion Internacional de los Derechos Humanos; in arabic: fidh-arab.

Human Rights are not a Utopia, but a reality. A reality embodied by the universal demand expressed by all these men and women activists, by the 155 FIDH member organisations, by defenders all over the world. A reality that is also at the heart of the action of FIDH, to which my commitment, by your side, is entire and unrelenting. FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen. (full text).

News (Press Releases, Reports, Urgent Appeals, Regions, Global Issues, Intergovernmental Organizations);
Make a donation;
Contact sur le web.

About – All Human Rights … for All:

Facts for taking action: The aim of the FIDH is to obtain effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of Human Rights abuse and the prosecution of those responsible.

A broad mandate: FIDH’ s mandate is to contribute to the respect of all the rights defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH aims at obtaining effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of Human Rights violations and the sanction of their perpetrators. Its priorities are set by the triennial World Congress and the International Board (22 members), with the support of the International Secretariat (30 staff members).

4 STATUTORY PRIORITIES:

  • Protecting Human Rights, assisting victims;
  • Mobilising the community of States;
  • Supporting local NGO’s capacity for action;
  • Raising awareness.

(full text).

JPRI The Japan Policy Research Institute

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Linked with Chalmers Johnson – USA, with AntiWar.com, with about Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis”-book, and with Iraqi Wars – (or how to end it?).

The Japan Policy Research Institute JPRI is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion of understanding of Japan’s political and economic behavior and growing significance in world affairs.

Publications;
Members, friends in the medias;
Recommended reading;
Links;
Contact: JPRI, P.O. Box 235882 | Encinitas, CA 92023-5882, e-mail.

About: JPRI was founded in 1994 by Chalmers Johnson and Steven C. Clemons to promote public education about Japan, its then growing significance in world affairs, and trans-Pacific international relations. Despite our name, it was never our intent to focus exclusively on Japan, and over the years JPRI has published many articles about China, Korea, southeast Asia, and inner Asia. JPRI is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations to it are fully tax deductible in the U.S. Our board and officers all serve without pay, and our web site is maintained with the generous assistance of the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim …

… Starting in late 2003, JPRI ceased to mail monthly articles to its members and switched exclusively to internet publication. Since its web site is open to all, JPRI no longer requires memberships; however, donations are gratefully accepted and are fully tax deductible … (full text).

Earth Policy Institute

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Building an Economy for the Earth

Linked with Lester Brown – USA, with Plan B 2.0, and with Search for an Eco-Economy.

Welcome to the Earth Policy Institute, … a Washington, D.C.-based independent environmental research organization … dedicated to planning a sustainable future as well as providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there. — Lester Brown, President.

Notice on the homepage: Look on EPI IN THE NEWS – HIGHLIGHTS, with many audio-, video- and text-links.

The Earth Policy Institute is a Partner in the Green Power Partnership, an EPA voluntary program working to reduce the emissions associated with conventional electricity generation by encouraging organizations to switch a specific percentage of their electricity to green power. Additional information is available at The Green Power Partnership.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING … ;
Who is using Plan B 2.0 … and how;
Upcoming lectures;
newsletter;
Contact: Earth Policy Institute, 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036, Ph: 202.496.9290, Fax: 202.496.9325, Email.

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Focus on the Global South FGS

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Linked with Business as Usual or is WTO in Denial?

The deglobalisation paradigm forms the basis of Focus’s work which spans five thematic areas:Defending and Reclaiming the Commons; Trade; Peace and Peoples Security; Alternatives and China .

  • Homepage;
  • Focus on Trade is a regular electronic bulletin providing updates and analysis of trends in regional and world trade and finance, the political economy of globalisation and peoples resistance, and alternatives to global capitalism. Focus on Trade is translated into Spanish (Enfoque sobre comercio) and Bahasa Indonesian. Some articles are translated into French;
  • More ‘Focus on’-sites;
  • Alternatives (Crossroads do not always close roads);
  • Trends and Analysis;
  • Downloads;
  • links;
  • Contact.

About: Focus on the Global South (Focus) is a non-governmental organisation with twenty staff working in Thailand, the Philippines and India. Focus was established in Bangkok in 1995 and is affiliated with the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute.

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The Working Committee on Children and Women, China

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(in chinese, in english)

Linked with Xiaoxia Zhu – China.

Full name: The National Working Committee on Children and Women Under the State Council.

Documents;
Laws and Regulations;
Newsletter;
Contact: no indications on their website.

The National Working Committee on Children and Women (NWCCW) under the State Council was founded on February 22, 1990. It is a State Council organization in charge of women and children’s work. It is responsible for coordinating and promoting relevant government departments to implement laws and regulations and policy-related measures concerning women and children and to develop women and children’s cause.

Fundamental Functions:

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Past Global Changes

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Linked with Thomas Stocker – Switzerland.

about;
science activities;
services/products;
calendar;
people;
Contact: Physikalisches Institut – Klima- und Umweltphysik, Universität Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland, Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 44 64, Fax: +41 (0) 31 631 87 42, E-mail, URL.

The laboratory for Climate and Environmental Physics: Research Focus of the Institute: Our overall focus is to understand the environment, its present and past and its evolution on time scales from decades to a few 100,000 years.

To reach this goal we use a broad palette of physically based methods which range from model simulation, the analysis of numerous paleoclimatic archives to the application and development of new ultra-sensitive measurement methods of constituent and isotope concentrations.

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APWLD Women’s Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Sri Lanka

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Linked with Nimalka Fernando – Sri Lanka.

First: Go to APWLD, The Regional Feminist Legal Theory and Practice Training in collaboration with Women’s Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, on 29 September – 6 October 2007. Download the information.pdf. (Attention: The last date for receiving applications will be July 20, 2007).

APWLD’s Homepage;
structure;
programmes;
publications;
networks and links;
contact.

About / APWLD’s Believes:

  • The concept of law includes the legal system as well as the customary practices;
  • Law plays a critical role as it can promote or inhibit women’s access to resources as well as their participation in development processes;
  • Legally sanctioned hierarchical gender structures, production modes and socio-cultural relations need to be seriously addressed by all stakeholders. New social structures require new legal instruments;
  • Knowledge of the law, legal processes and one’s rights is a process of empowerment.

The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism IMADR

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Linked with Nimalka Fernando – Sri Lanka

IMADR (OLD Homepage) is an international human rights organization working to protect and promote the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, as well as other vulnerable groups in societies around the world. IMADR is an organization in consultative status (Roster) with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

NEW Homepage;
IMADR.org in Japanese;
Contact.

About/News/Publications/Areas of Action/Activities/get involved: The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) is an international non-profit, non-governmental human rights organization devoted to eliminating discrimination and racism, forging international solidarity among discriminated minorities and advancing the international human rights system. Founded in 1988 by one of Japan’s largest minorities, the Buraku people, IMADR has grown to be a global network of concerned individuals and minority groups with regional committees and partners in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. IMADR’s International Secretariat is based in Japan and maintains a UN liaison office in Geneva. IMADR is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

empowerment: To promote the capacity of discriminated groups to raise their voices and represent themselves in activities to combat discrimination.

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Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE

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Linked with Asha-Rose Migiro – Tanzania, and with HONOR YOUR PROMISE CRY THE ONDOA UMASKINI CAMPAIGN.

MDG-Campaign: By 2005 there were 950,000 children under the age of 18 years who had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and another 1,500,000 who were destitute. AIDS is responsible for leaving vast numbers of children across Tanzania without one or both parents. The larger proportion of orphans have lost their parents to AIDS than to any other cause of death – meaning that, were it not for the AIDS epidemic, these children would not have been orphaned. The age of orphans is fairly consistent across all regions in Tanzania. Surveys undertaken by the Ondoa Umaskini campaign suggest that about 15% of orphans are 0-4 years old, 35% are 5-9 years old, and 50% are 10-14 years old. This has made the family structures fail to cope, thus the efforts by the Ondoa Umaskini campaign coming in to support the orphans. This is due to the fact that traditional safety nets are unraveling as more young adults die of AIDS related illnesses. (full text).

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About: The Tanzania Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) has been in existence since 1988.

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RING.com

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Breaking Underreported Alternative News & Media Activism

Linked with ZEITGEIST – the movie.

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Contributors: RINF publishes original articles and news reports from journalists, readers, authors, activists, researchers and artists. The site has a team of dedicated reporters from around the world who write original content for the site. Joint the team; (full text).

Contact: UK Office, RINF Alternative News, Gees Court, 3A Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QD, United Kingdom, Office Tel: 01524 388868,

News Leads Hotline: 07891 1146696, E-mail.

about: RINF is an independent source for under reported news from around the world, which is updated around the clock. RINF does not back or endorse any political party. RINF funding comes in the form of Google Ads, which displays content relevant links and the sale of info DVDs. RINF has been featured on hundreds of alternative media and mainstream media web sites, TV stations and radio shows including TalkSports, NBC, NY Times, BBC, Indymedia, Icke, Rense, Prison Planet, ICH, WRH, RRN and many more. RINF Events. RINF encourages members to get involved with national and local activist groups and movements. By focusing/working together on shared goals we will enforce change in our various political, environmental, social, corporate, media and spiritual climates. The events calendar is becoming an integral part of the RINF site with heavy focus on helping members to get active both nationally and in their local area.

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP

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Linked with Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow – Guinea, and with the West Africa Early Warning & Response Network WARN.

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is a regional initiative which was created in 1990 to promote cooperation between civil society organisations responding to and attempting to prevent conflict in West Africa. An integral part of its service is peace education and the West Africa Early Warning Network (WARN). Its website provides information on the aims, membership and recent activities of the network. It includes acces to press releases and some policy briefs on particular situations. Countries covered include: Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Niger and Mali. (full text).

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VISION: A West Africa region characterized by just and peaceful communities where the dignity of the human person is paramount and where the people can meet their basic human needs and decide their own direction.

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The Nippon Foundation

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A Brief Overview of The Nippon Foundation: The Nippon Foundation was founded in 1962 as an organization that concerned itself primarily with the maritime industry. Since then, however, our sphere of activity has expanded inland from the oceans to the point where now it encompasses most of the globe. The fruits of our labor can be found from sub-Sahelian Africa, to the Malacca-Singapore Straits and the rain forests of South America. In fact, our efforts can be seen just about anywhere on earth where members of the human race live and dream. To us, this work is the obligation, and the joy, of being human. (full text).

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About: From the Chairman – When The Nippon Foundation was established some forty years ago, the statement, ‘The world is one family: All mankind are brothers and sisters,’ may not have made much sense to many people. At the time, the world was far from being one family. Instead, it was in a precarious position where the slightest provocation by the Super Powers could lead to an eruption of war. Fear, not hope, dominated the world. But it was during this time of tension and despair that the late Ryoichi Sasakawa, my father and the founder of our Foundation, dreamed of working for a better world.

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Southern African Regional Poverty Network SARPN

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Linked with Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella – Tanzania, with Assessing the Scope of National and Supra-National Parliaments to Form African Policies, and with African NGOs and the Pan African Parliament.

Contributing towards the effective reduction of poverty in the SADC region, through knowledge management, building linkages and promoting debate … see more on Homepage.

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About: The Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) is a non-profit organisation that promotes debate and knowledge sharing on poverty reduction processes and experiences in Southern Africa. SARPN aims to contribute towards effective reduction of poverty in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through creating platforms for effective pro-poor policy, strategy and practice.

SARPN achieves this goal through widening participation, bringing people together across the region to exchange ideas, and disseminating information to deepen understandings of poverty issues and improve policy and practice.
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CLADEM, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights

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Linked with Alicia Amalia Rodríguez Illescas – Guatemala, and with The BEIJING COMMITTEE in GUATEMALA.

CLADEM, women using the law as a tool for change.

CLADEM is a women’s organisation and a women’s organizations network, that in all Latin America and the Caribbean are committed in uniting our efforts to achieve an effective defense of women’s rights in our region.

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Presentation: As a large spider web, we form a network that articulates organizations and individuals committed in the defense and promotion of Women’s Rights through different activities: formulating legislative proposals, researching, training, litigating, teaching at universities, informing, communicating and exercising solidarity actions.