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Index November 2007

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2007-11-01: AVAAZ.org;
2007-11-02: Zoe’s Ark;
2007-11-03: The Sudanese Women General Union SWGU;
2007-11-04: Forum for African Alternatives;
2007-11-05: Norwegian Refugee Council NRC;
2007-11-05: International Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO;
2007-11-06: Center for Third World Organizing CTWO;
2007-11-07: The Center for Korean Legal Studies;
2007-11-08: The Women’s Development Bank, or Banmujer;
2007-11-09: Cours à distance ‘la philosophie pour les enfants’;
2007-11-09: National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights NCDHR;
2007-11-10: Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed CRP;
2007-11-11: adhunika – women shape the future;
2007-11-12: Transparency International TI;
2007-11-13: Friends Of the Article V Convention FOAVC;
2007-11-14: Institut Européen en Sciences de Religions IESR / (Religion and Politics in the Construction of the European Union);
2007-11-15: Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques IRIS;
2007-11-16: World War 4 Report;
2007-11-17: Dissident Voice;
2007-11-18: People’s Union for Civil Liberties PUCL;
2007-11-18: RUPANTAR;
2007-11-19: The Helsinki Citizens Assembly hCa;
2007-11-19: Friends of South Asia FOSA;
2007-11-20: Literacy Volunteers;
2007-11-21: Antiwar.com;
2007-11-21: Just foreign policy.org;
2007-11-22: London Project for a Participatory Society LPPS;
2007-11-23: Rescate Ancestral Indígena Salvadoreño RAIS;
2007-11-24: World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO;
2007-11-25: Association of International Schools in Africa aisa;
2007-11-25: The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development;
2007-11-26: international women development agency iwda;
2007-11-26: East Timor and Indonesia Action Network ETAN;
2007-11-27: Strike the Root STR;
2007-11-28: Outreach International;
2007-11-29: THE EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION EERA;
2007-11-30: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies BIDS.

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies BIDS

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The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies BIDS, or Bangladesh Unnayan Gabeshona Protishthan, is a multi-disciplinary organization which conducts policy oriented research on development issues mainly in the context of Bangladesh. It is mandated to function as an agency for undertaking and promoting study, research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of development economics, demography, and other social sciences related to planning for national development and social welfare to collect information and generate data; conduct investigations, and undertake research projects for purposes of planning and formulation of policies, and of implementation of plans and policies; and to provide information and offer advice on modern research techniques and methodology in economics, demography, and other social sciences.

activities;
current research;
publications;
governance;
support services;
Programme for Research on chronic poverty in Bangladesh;
Address: BIDS, E-17 Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh.
Contact mails.

About: The Bangladesh Unnayan Gobeshona Protishthan or The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) is a multi-disciplinary organisation for policy-oriented research on development issues (mainly in the context of Bangladesh).

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THE EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION EERA

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Linked with Ana Maria Machado – Brazil.

The European Educational Research Association (EERA) is an association of national educational research associations. Only national associations can become a member of EERA and, as a result, EERA is managed by their representatives in its Council. If you are member of a national association which is a member of EERA, you can claim the lower fee for the annual conference, the ECER (European Conference on Educational Research). In addition, attending the ECER will provide you with access to the European Educational Research Journal, the quarterly scientific journal of EERA, for the following year. (full text).

News;
Journal;
Annual Conference 2008;
NewNetwork;
Address: EERA, Room C303/304, Crawfurd Building, Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde, 76 Southbrae Drive, Gasgow G13 1PP

About: EERA was founded in June 1994 as a result of discussions among many national educational research associations and several major research institutes throughout Europe, which identified the need for a European association which could foster the exchange of ideas amongst European researchers, promote collaboration in research, improve research quality and to be able to offer independent advice on educational research to European policy-makers, administrators and practitioners.

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Outreach International

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Linked with Lea Ngaïdana – Central African Republic, and with Outreach International in Africa.

Suzstainable good is the work of Outreach International. The kind of good that stays. Multiplies throughout a village. Becomes institutionalized in the community. The most powerful way to be free of poverty. Join us.

What we do;
How to help;
newsletter;
our partners;
gift-recognition;
donate;
contact.

About/who we are:
Since 1979, Outreach International has been working with the world’s poor to help them build better lives for themselves. Our mission is simple: help the poor help themselves. Our purpose is equally straightforward: to help men and women in poor communities overcome the effects of poverty and create new futures for themselves and their communities.

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Strike the Root STR

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Linked with Adam Engel – USA, and with Gallipoli for Dummies.

Homepage;
Strike The Root Blog;
Discussion Forum;
Read what people are saying about STR;
Submissions guidelines;
Donate;
Contact.

About: Strike The Root is a daily journal of current events and commentary from a libertarian/market anarchist perspective. The mission of STR is to advance the cause of liberty, primarily by de-mystifying and de-legitimizing the State. STR seeks a world where people are free to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they don’t use force or fraud against peaceful people.

STR does not accept advertisements.

STR has readers in the following countries: … (full text).

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network ETAN

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Added Jan. 3, 2009: Linked with Saskia Kouwenberg – Netherlands.

ETAN is a U.S.-based grassroots organization working in solidarity with the peoples of East Timor and Indonesia. ETAN provides information about, and ways to help, East Timor, which was invaded and subjugated by U.S. ally Indonesia in 1975. East Timor chose independence in August 1999 and was soon destroyed by the Indonesian military. East Timor finally became independent on May 20, 2002. ETAN educates, organizes, and advocates for justice for historic and ongoing crimes against humanity, war crimes, and human rights violations in East Timor and Indonesia. ETAN supports democratic reconstruction of East Timor. ETAN supports restrictions on military assistance to Indonesia in order to support democracy and justice in both countries.

Latest ETAN news;
joint statement in solidarity with Burma;
site index;
what can I do;
action alerts;
for a dept free East Timor;
Human Rights & justice;
Indonesian struggles;
labor issues in East Timor;
legislative actions;
photos;
links;
Contact.

About: … The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) was founded in November 1991 to support genuine self-determination and human rights for the people of East Timor in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1960 United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Decolonization, and Security Council and General Assembly resolutions on East Timor.

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international women development agency iwda

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iwda says: when women benefit, the whole community benefits

iwda is an Australian non-profit org that creates positive change for women and their communities in Asia, the Pacific and Indigenous Australia. Our pratical and rights-based projects directly address women’s poverty and oppression. ur pocus areas are: livelihood & economic empowerment; freedom from violence; participation in leadership and decision-making; sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS; environment and natural ressource management.

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GIVE YOUNG REFUGEE WOMEN A VOICE;
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projects;
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About (excerpt): … For over 20 years, the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has worked with more than 100 grassroots organisations in the developing world, to support and advance the life choices and well being of women and their families. IWDA undertakes projects in partnership with women from the Asia Pacific region. These projects are devised and managed by women who live and work in the communities themselves, which fosters practical and innovative responses to the issues womens view as most critical.
The development which IWDA promotes is the equitable growth of people and communities, and the just distribution of basic resources and respect for human rights … (full text).

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

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Linked with Supporting Business Environment Reforms.

The Committee promotes enterprise development, particularly for small enterprises, in developing countries. It provides a forum, in which member agencies can exchange information about their programmes, and the lessons learned through those programmes. Building on experience, the Committee publishes common guidelines for member agencies.

Sitemap;
Improving the Business Environment for Small Enterprises: Inter-agency information exchange;
Events;
Working Groups;
Forum;
Subscribe the mailing list;
New Committee Blog;
Contact.

About: The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development is a gathering of many of the funding and inter-governmental agencies working for sustainable poverty alleviation through development of “the private sector” – the businesses, small and large, that provide the bulk of employment and prosperity worldwide.

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Association of International Schools in Africa aisa

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Linked with Supporting Business Environment Reforms.

Full School Membership is available to schools within the geographical region served by AISA which contain a student population that is international. This membership category is the most comprehensive available.

Homepage;
Regional Associations;
Professional Development;
Educational resources, and its m-Tech;
Downloads;
Conferences;
Address & Contact.

About: Representing international schools on the continent of Africa, AISA has a membership of schools which range in size from 20 to 3600 students. Strongly influenced by their location and cosmopolitan student enrollment, some schools have an American based curriculum, others are British, and all have an international focus. AISA’s goal is to serve the varying needs of nearly 29,000 students and over 1,500 teachers and administrators.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is to facilitate improvement in learning and teaching through communication and cooperation among member schools, and to promote professional growth of teachers, administrators, and board members.  Member schools are nursery, elementary and/or secondary schools which are independent organizations, governed by local school boards, which serve an international student body or employ an international teaching staff or follow an international curriculum, and subscribe to the philosophy and objectives of the Association.

The Association shall pursue its mission within the framework of the following philosophical statements:

  • AISA seeks to nurture a sense of hospitality and friendliness, collegiality and community among its members.
  • AISA supports the concept of service to the human family.
  • AISA promotes programs which nurture an understanding and appreciation of African cultures.
  • AISA embraces a world view which celebrates human unity in diversity.

Our Objectives: … (full text).

World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO

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(site available in the six UN languages)

IP services:

  • WIPO provides a range of services for the owners and users of intellectual property (IP).
  • These include international registration services, which enable applicants to seek protection for their patents, trademarks or designs in multiple countries by filing a single application. WIPO also maintains IP classification systems, which are used for registering IP and facilitate searches in IP databases and registries.
  • WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center offers alternative dispute resolution services for private parties involved in international IP disputes. This includes Internet domain name dispute resolution for tackling cybersquatting.
  • The links in the left column provide details on these services.

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Homepage;
program activities;
resources;
news & events;
treaties;
WIPO treaties: general information;
annual reports;
Adresse Headquarters: WIPO, 34, Chemin des Colombettes,
1211 Geneva, Switzerland, Telephone: +41 22 338 91 11
contact: mail, website.

About: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

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Rescate Ancestral Indígena Salvadoreño RAIS

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Linked with María Eugenia Aguilar Castro – El Salvador.

RAIS Rescate Ancestral Indigena Salvadoreño nace hace 24 años, como parte de la Mancomunidad de la América India Solar, organización internacional, con sede en México.

Proyectos;
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Galeria de Fotos;
Dirección: Calle A casa Nº 16 Reparto los Héroes. San Salvador, El Salvador C.A., Teléfono: (503) 2275-4179
Apartado Postal: 01-145;
Contactenos.

Que es rais? RAIS, Resurgimiento Ancestral de la Identidad Salvadoreña nace hace 24 años, como parte de la Mancomunidad de la América India Solar, organización internacional, con sede en México. Con ella participa en varios encuentros internacionales y desarrolla un trabajo a nivel nacional, de talleres, seminarios sobre nuestra cultura; recibe diferentes embajadores de los pueblos originarios, que vienen a enriquecer y apoyar el trabajo, se monta también el primer Encuentro IN LAKECH.

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London Project for a Participatory Society LPPS

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An anti-racist, pro-feminist, anti-capitalist organization

Linked with Mandisi Majavu – South Africa.

The London Project for a Participatory Society (LPPS) is an anti-racist, pro-feminist, anti-capitalist organization, committed to promoting radical social change. We are based in London, Ontario, Canada, and participate actively in struggles for social and environmental justice, and for political and economic democracy … (full text).

Homepage with links to regional PPS and other groups (scroll down, on right column): Africa PPS; Austin PPS; Chicago Parecon Collective CAPES; International PPS; PPS United Kingdom; Parecon on ZNet.

Videos (author: LPPS, July 17, 2007): A humorous introduction to the basics of Participatory Economics (7 minutes); Against Neo-liberalism: An Introduction to Participatory Economics (Michael Albert, 45 minutes); The Bauen Hotel: Struggle, Culture, and Work (20 minutes).

Background Texts;
F.A.Q.;
Constitution (Ratified on 6 October 2007);
Contact.

Mission Statement (July 16th, 2007): The London Project for a Participatory Society (LPPS) is a group of activists concerned with inspiring, facilitating, and supporting efforts to develop, share, and promote vision and strategy for attaining radical social change, in the direction of a more participatory and democratic society.

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Just foreign policy.org

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(foreign policy is too important to be left to the politicians)

Linked with Justin Raimondo – USA, and with Antiwar.com.

Just Foreign Policy is an independent and non-partisan mass-membership organization. We are dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy to serve the interests and reflect the values of the broad majority of Americans, rather than those of special interests both inside and outside of government.

The Human Cost of Occupation, US casualities;
Iraqi Deaths due to US invation (on Nov. 21, 2007 = 1′118′625 deaths);
newsroom;
get involved;
learn more;
stay informed, sign up for Just Foreign Policy Action Alerts and
Contact.

About: Mission – Just Foreign Policy is an independent and non-partisan mass membership organization dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy through coordinating the broad majority of Americans to advocate their interests and values.

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Antiwar.com

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Linked with Justin Raimondo – USA, and with Antiwar.com of July 14, 2007.

Support Antiwar.com.

Antiwar.com on wikipedia.

Will Antiwar Radio Be Silenced? Act now to keep the voice of peace alive! – When Antiwar Radio started earlier this year, we didn’t know what to expect. Sure, we had veteran radio personalities Charles Goyette and Scott Horton at the helm, but would big-shot reporters, pundits, academics, and government officials make time for an upstart Internet radio program? … We can’t make it another quarter without your help, and we believe we’ve earned it. Are you willing to give up Antiwar Radio – and perhaps even more? If not, then don’t delay. (full text).

antiwar radio;
antiwar columnists;
letters/backtalk;
the antiwar blog (and in the left column today (good) 57 favor blog-links);
regional news;
Newsletter;
Contact.

About: MISSION (and in the right column links to the staff) – 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.

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Literacy Volunteers

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Linked with Lea Ngaïdana – Central African Republic.

Tutors: Our tutors tell us that our advertising phrase is true; tutoring does open a new chapter in someone’s life. What’s more, they often say, “I get at least as much out of the program as my student does.” Seeing a learner make progress brings genuine satisfaction, whether you are teaching reading and writing or survival English. One in five American adults struggles with everyday reading and writing according to the National Institute for Literacy Seventeen percent of the adults in Monroe County and 29% in the City of Rochester have skills at level 1 out of 5 – so low as to be considered “functionally illiterate”.

Learn to read: We offer free one-to-one reading help for adults.
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Office and Library Location and Hours;
Contact.

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Friends of South Asia FOSA

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working towards a peaceful, prosperous, and hate-free South Asia – in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh

Linked with iFaqeer – Pakistan & USA, .

The basic mission of the Friends of South Asia is to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and hate-free South Asia. The group works towards a demilitarized, nuclear-free South Asia; bringing together people with roots in various parts of South Asia, as well as other well-wishers of the region.

FOSA promotes respect for and celebrates the diversity and plurality of South Asia, promoting amity between countries and communities and working towards a South Asia where the rights of all minorities are respected and protected; regardless of religious, ethnic, sexual or other differences.

FOSA stands in solidarity with other like-minded organizations working on the ground in South Asia; amongst the South Asian diaspora around the world; as well as organizations that share our aspirations for a peaceful world – a world in which every human being can live a full and fruitful life without fear or hindrance.

FOSA aspires to work through people-to-people contacts, dialog, and other non-violent, non-exclusionary means.

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About: MISSION: The basic mission of the “Friends of South Asia” is to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and hate-free South Asia.

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The Helsinki Citizens Assembly hCa

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The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly is an organization of citizens dedicated to peace, democracy and human rights in Europe.

The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly is a non-governmental organization, working on the notions of fundamental rights and freedoms, peace, democracy and pluralism. hCa works independently from political parties, government and states, aims to:

  • introduce the basic rights and freedoms accepted in international agreements and outlined by universal standards into daily life;
  • promote peaceful processes for the resolution of problems through mutual understanding dialogue and peace;
  • improve pluralist democratic bodies and civil society initiatives;
  • ensure the supremacy of law and to defend an economic system that promotes the well-being of human life and the environment.

Why “Helsinki”? The Helsinki Final Act (August 01, 1975) provided a basis for creating conditions favorable to peace in Europe and made human rights a common value to be respected by all nations in a world which was divided into East and West camps in that period. The word “Helsinki” refers to the historic significance of this agreement (taken directly from Helsinki Yurttaslar Dernegi).

The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the new global political context this created gave rise to a new peace movement called the “Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly”. From October 19th to 22nd 1990, peace activists from all parts of Europe (chaired by Vaclav Havel, then president of Czechoslovakia) held a meeting … (see the full long wikipedia-text).

More links on wikipedia: Helsinki Accords; Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.

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RUPANTAR

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Linked with Binayak Sen – India.

Rupantar is founded in 1992, and started its operations from 1994 in Khulna and Bagerhat district. At the beginning activities were mainly cultural; Rupantar activists performed theaters and popular folk music on various social issues.

The fundamental principal of Rupantar is based on the hypothesis that culture and sustainable development are closely connected. This connection is an emerging concept in the development world. Although the identity of a society is largely determined by its culture, yet is difficult for any society to have a static sense of the culture. Both society and culture are changing simultaneously.

Vision: Establishing a Gender Equitable Democratic Society with Cultural Values, Free From Injustice and Superstitions

Mission & Strategy;
Intervention;
Development;
Achievements;
Photo Gallery;
Comming special events 2007-2008;
Democracy & Governance Programme;
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About: RUPANTAR: AGENT FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

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People’s Union for Civil Liberties PUCL

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Linked with Binayak Sen – India.

In November 1980, a National Convention of civil rights workers converted the People’s Union for Civil Liberties into a membership organisation. The National Convention elected Mr. V.M. Tarkunde as President and Mr. Arun Shourie as the General Secretary of PUCL. Since then the PUCL has undertaken work on several fronts-from commencing work towards preparing a new Prisons Act and Jail Manual under the leadership of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer to agitating on specific issues like the release of trade unionists arrested under the National Security Act in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the effort has been devoted to setting up State and Local Units which alone can effectively pursue specific issues. (full text).

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monthly bulletin/newsletter;
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A short history: Veteren leader Jaya Prakash Narayan (JP) founded the People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Democratic Rights (PUCLDR), in 1976. The idea was to make the PUCLDR. An organisation free from political ideologies, so that people belonging to various political parties may come together on one platform for the defence of Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

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Dissident Voice

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a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice

Linked with Averting World War III, Ending Dollar Hegemony and US Imperialism, and with The Monarchy’s Clash with Socialism.

Dissident Voice is an internet newsletter dedicated to challenging the distortions and lies of the corporate press and the privileged classes it serves. The goal of Dissident Voice is to provide hard hitting, thought provoking and even entertaining news and commentaries on politics and culture that can serve as ammunition in struggles for peace and social justice.

A regularly updated resource with links to many articles, quotes, and important information missing from mainstream news coverage about the war in Iraq.

Homepage of the new website (since April 2007;
Links;
Archives (since April 2007);
Homepage of the old dissident voice-website (with a marvellous Editor’s Fave Links-collection on the left column);
archive of the old dissident voice-website;
Contact.

Submissions: Dissident Voice (DV) welcomes your article submissions. Send them to us by mail.

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World War 4 Report

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Defending the fourth world, deconstructing the war on terrorism.

Linked with WELCOME TO WORLD WAR 4.

Why World War 4: The “World War III” envisioned in the Cold War was a devastating conflict between two monolithic superpowers. The Cold War, thankfully, never reached this climax. But now we are faced with its chilling sequel: the age of “asymmetrical” or “molecularized” warfare, in which a single globalized superpower faces an invisible, hydra-headed enemy which is everywhere and nowhere; in which the expansion of “free markets” is an explicit aim of military campaigns; and in which indigenous peoples, stateless ethnicities and localist/autonomist poltical models—the “Fourth World”–are increasingly targeted and conflated with the “terrorist” threat. The leaders of this new global crusade acknowledge openly that it will last generations. To emphasize that this new world situation requires a new kind of thinking, we have joined with those on the left and right alike that call this global conflict World War 4.

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Peoples / About;
Mission statement: WW4 REPORT has been monitoring the global War on Terrorism and its implications for human rights, democracy and ecology since the immediate aftermath of 9-11.

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Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques IRIS

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Linked with Pascal Boniface – France, and with Disarmament and development.

L’Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques est un centre de recherche français en relations internationales qui s’intéresse tout particulièrement aux questions relatives à la politique étrangère, la stratégie, la sécurité et la défense. Créé en 1990, il compte parmi les principaux centres de recherche en relations internationales. Il est actuellement dirigé par Pascal Boniface. Jacques Boyon est, lui, président du Conseil d’Administration de l’Institut. L’IRIS a récemment créé l’IPRIS (Institut privé de relations internationales et stratégiques), un établissement d’enseignement supérieur privé qui délivre plusieurs diplômes selon les spécialités. (wikipedia.fr).

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Adresse: Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, 2 bis, rue Mercoeur – 75011 PARIS, Tél. : 33 (0) 1 53 27 60 60 – Fax : 33 (0) 1 53 27 60 70, e-mail;
Organigramme / Contacts.

Présentation: Dirigé par Pascal Boniface, l’IRIS est un centre de recherche sur les questions stratégiques et les relations internationales. Sa création en 1990 répondait à plusieurs objectifs:

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Institut Européen en Sciences de Religions IESR

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Religion and Politics in the Construction of the European Union (Department of Government, European Institute, London School of Economics).

Linked with Régis Debray – France, and with Disarmament and development.

L’Institut Européen en Sciences des Religions a été créé par un arrêté du 26 juin 2002, (et modifié par l’arrêté du 6 mars 2006), du Ministre de la Jeunesse, de l’Education nationale et de la Recherche. (full text).

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Adresse; IESR, 14 rue Ernest Cresson, 75104 Paris, France, Tel. +33 1 40 52 10 00, Fax. +33 1 40 52 10 01,
Contact.

About: The European Institute of Religious Studies was created by a decree dated 26 June 2002 and signed by Luc Ferry, the Minister of Youth, National Education and Research.

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Friends Of the Article V Convention FOAVC

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Linked with Joel S. Hirschhorn – USA, and with The Grand Delusion.

We are a non-partisan association of American citizens from every state in our Republic comprised of a broad range of occupations, ethnicities, religious affiliations and political persuasions. Our common bond is a deep commitment to preserving the values and principles embodied in our founding documents – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – upon which this nation was founded. (Homepage FOAVC).

Article V of the U.S. Constitution (on the Cornell University Law School): The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

The United States Constitution, on Cornell University Law School.

Press Release FOAVC, Oct. 4, 2007.

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Transparency International TI

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ALREADY on this blog on April 30th, 2006: Transparency International Switzerland for the set-up of the anonymous hotline for white-collar “whistleblowers”, see Transparency International Switzerland;

The Anti-corruption handbook ACH: The ACH is a practical guide which aims to assist the process of designing and applying anti-corruption measures – from legal reform to institution-building. Intended as a one-stop reference for practitioners around the world, it provides a unique and up-to-date overview of key reform elements, developing guidelines for their effective implementation illustrated by examples of good practice.

The ACH is based on TI’s National Integrity System approach to countering corruption, which offers a framework for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of national anti-corruption efforts. The ACH seeks to build on this approach, addressing the key elements of anti-corruption reform in a useful and practical way.

The Handbook features key measures for tackling corruption, grouped into six main areas: … (full text).

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news-room;
global priorities;
publications;
policy and research;
corruption perception 2007;
Contacts via web & address: Transparency International Secretariat, Alt-Moabit 96, 10559 Berlin, Tel. +49-30-3438 20-0, Fax +49-30-3470 391.

About: Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

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adhunika – women shape the future

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[adhunika (fem.) adj. of present times: modern: recent: current (Bangla Acedamy Bengali-English Dictionary)].

Community: Women from all walks of life of Bangladesh belong to adhunika. Experience our lives through our work;

out future: Listen to our next generation, our future; teach them, learn from them, guide them, follow them; they are the pioneers of an egalitarian society;

our blog: Adhunika blog is launched with a mission to share knowledge among women from every walk of life. Sometime it would be in the form of sharing experience to find a feasible solution of a problem; sometime it would be in the form of professional consultation, which Adhunika group will arrange for its bloggers. Nevertheless, the intent of this blog always remains the same – to help and empower women through a common web-based platform;

sitemap;
news;
current projects;
events;
links and resources;
CONTACT: You can contact us by sending email with your work for consideration.

ABOUT: Adhunika is a global volunteer based organization, dedicated to promoting technology usage for the Bangladeshi women worldwide.

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Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed CRP

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(also available in german)

Linked with Mohua Paul – Bangladesh.

Flood rehabilitation programme: A large area in Bangladesh was submerged by devastating floods from July to September 2007. Million of people became shelterless. Many people suffered from diseases due to inadequate supply of pure drinking water and lack of food. Disabled people are especially vulnerable during the flood. Government of Bangladesh had started relief programme to face the situation and non- governmental organizations urged to stand by the flood victims. In this context CRP has requested Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), the funding body of the project titled “Strengthening the Establishment of Rights of Disabled People in Bangladesh” to extended their support under the contingency fund. In response to this MJF approved support amounting BDT 400000.00 on August 2007. CRP has also appeal to its individual donors and medicine companies to come forward in this regard. Under this programme dry food, oral dehydration supplements and water purification tablets were distributed among the flood affected extreme poor and disabled people. CRP’s relief distribution programmme was carried out from August to September 2007 in 40 Upazillas under 7 districts.

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National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights NCDHR

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Linked with A charter of Dalit human rights, and with Nishikant Waghmare – India.

“Our’s is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of human personality.” Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

NCDHR recieves ‘RAFTO Human Rights Prize-2007‘ on November 4 in Bergen, Norway.

Who are Dalits? & What is Untouchability;
Overview of Dalit Human Rights Situation;
Reports & Publications;
Resources & links;
Women’s Rights Overview;
Dalit Economic Rights;
Dalit Right to Education;
Address: NCDHR National Secretariat, 8/1, 2nd Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110008, Tel: (+91) 011-25842249 , Fax: 011-25842250
Contact.

About NCDHR: Human Rights (NCDHR) is a coalition of Dalit Human Rights activists, civil society organizations, journalists, and academics who are committed to ending the caste-based discrimination and “untouchability” practices that deny human rights and dignity to 170 million Indian citizens – one sixth of India’s population. Established in 1998, NCDHR is a non-party based secular platform centered in Delhi and with offices in 14 states of the country.

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Cours à distance ‘la philosophie pour les enfants’

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En lien avec La Philosophie et les enfants.

Bienvenue sur le site de la philosophie pour les enfants de l’Université Laval!

Mis à part les cours sur place, vous pouvez être interessé par leur cours à distance L’OBSERVATION EN PHILOSOPHIE POUR LES ENFANTS! PHI-22693

Gagnant de deux prix d’excellence en 2005 (Association canadienne de l’éducation à distance et Réseau de valorisation de l’enseignement de l’Université Laval), ce cours de 3 crédits porte sur l’observation de communautés d’enfants engagés dans l’acte de philosopher. Il s’adresse d’abord aux personnes qui désirent observer, voire comprendre puis expliquer les principales composantes du processus consistant à faire de la philosophie avec les enfants.

Pour suivre ce cours, vous devez avoir accès à un ordinateur et à une connection Internet. De plus, si vous n’avez pas la haute vitesse, vous devez avoir un lecteur DVD dans votre ordinateur qui vous permettra de visionner les séquences à l’étude. Le cours est en lien avec une série documentaire de 13 émissions Des enfants philosophent présentées à Canal Savoir.

Il est difficile de bien comprendre la pratique de la philosophie avec les enfants sans observer ce qui se passe en classe. L’approche pédagogique de ce cours à distance est donc centrée sur l’observation de plus en plus fine d’un matériel audiovisuel montrant trois communautés d’enfants – première, troisième et sixième année du primaire – engagés dans la recherche philosophique. Qui plus est, elle donne l’occasion, tout en observant, de participer, comme tous les autres étudiants et étudiantes qui suivent le cours sur le Web, à la création d’une communauté de recherche virtuelle. Bien que différente de celles créées par les enfants, cette communauté de recherche virtuelle permet de vivre les premiers pas de ce qui pourrait devenir un jour une réalité … (full long text).

Adresse: Université Laval, Faculté de PHILOSOPHIE, Pavillon Félix-Antoine-Savard, Bureau 644, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) G1K 7P4, CANADA – Renseignements, Secrétariat: (418) 656-2244, Télécopieur: (418) 656-7267, mail, Site web.

The Women’s Development Bank, or Banmujer

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Linked with Nora Castañeda – Venezuela.

BANMUJER cumple seis años de gestión: Con excelentes resultados el Banco de Desarrollo de la Mujer (BANMUJER), ente adscrito al Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Economía Comunal (MINEC), llega a seis años de gestión, alcanzando significativos logros a favor de las mujeres venezolanas en condiciones de pobreza, contribuyendo a mejorar, íntegramente, su calidad de vida.

En seis años de funcionamiento, BANMUJER ha beneficiado a más de un millón 984 mil personas (1.984.815) en todo el territorio nacional, a través de sus servicios financieros y no financieros; aunado a los programas especiales, impulsando la economía popular y solidaria con la participación protagónica de las mujeres.
Hasta el mes de agosto del año en curso, BANMUJER otorgó un total de 76.659 créditos, equivalentes a una inversión de 234.511 millones de bolívares. La entrega masiva de los créditos ha generado casi 397 mil empleos en todo el país.

Ha beneficiado un total de 2.265 cooperativas y 73.490 unidades económicas asociativas (UEAs) o microempresas, las cuales han fortalecido los diferentes sectores económicos del país: 60% sector manufacturero, 19% sector servicio, 11% sector agrícola y 10% sector comercio.

Paralelamente, al apoyo económico, a través de talleres de Economía Popular y de Diagnóstico Comunitario, ha ofrecido, permanentemente, la orientación, el acompañamiento y la asesoría a todas sus usuarias y todos sus usuarios, con el fin de prepararlas y formarlas de manera íntegra. En seis años ha facilitado más de 10 mil (10.080) talleres, en los cuales han participado 147.321 mujeres y hombres. Prensa Banmujer, 25 / 09 / 2007. (full text).

The Women’s Development Bank, or Banmujer, was established in Venezuela in 2001 to remedy the political, economic, and social disadvantages faced by women. The Bank offers both financial and non-financial services to women. The latter is revolutionary and distinguishes the Bank from other banks.

The bank provides small, low-interest loans, known as micro-credit loans, ranging from 500,000 to 1,000,000 bolívars (US$260 to $520) per woman, for the establishment of business ventures. Loans are not granted to individuals, but rather to groups of five to ten women. In this manner, the bank is ideologically aligned with President Hugo Chávez, by promoting community solidarity over individualism, which is associated with capitalism. The bank has provided over 40,000 such loans since its establishment. These loans have been responsible for the creation of more than 70,000 jobs.[citation needed] The bank also offers financial advice to women, and serves as a consultant in the formation and development of business projects … (wikipedia).

Link: Banmujer planifica y discute presupuesto para 2007.

The Center for Korean Legal Studies

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Linked with Bruce Cumings – USA.

The Columbia Law School’s Center for Korean Legal Studies is the only center devoted entirely to the study of both the South and North Korean legal systems. The Center has dedicated itself to building the most comprehensive depository of Korean legal materials outside the Koreas. The Center has also created the Korean Language and Cultural Exchange Program, which matches visiting Korean scholars with law students mutually interested in improving their English/Korean language skills. Other noteworthy programs offered by the Center are the Korean Law Forum, the Annual Trade Law Seminar, and the Visiting Scholars program.

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Contact: Columbia University School of Law, Center for Korean Legal Studies, Mail Code: 4024, Box A-19, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027, PHONE: (212) 854-5759, FAX: (212) 854-4980

About: With the establishment of the Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia Law School became the first American law school to have a center dedicated to the study of Korean law.

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Center for Third World Organizing CTWO

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The Center for Third World Organizing is a racial-justice organization led by people of color whose mission is to achieve social and economic justice.

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Contact. Center for Third Eorld Organizing CTWO, 1218 E. 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94606, PH (510) 533-7583, FAX (510) 533-0923, WEBsite.

About: The Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO, pronounced “C-2″) is a racial-justice organization dedicated to building a social-justice movement led by people of color. CTWO is a 25-year-old training and resource center that promotes and sustains direct-action organizing in communities of color in the United States. CTWO’s programs include training of new and experienced organizers, including the well-known Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP); establishing model multi-racial community organizations; and building an active network of organizations and activists of color to achieve racial justice in its fullest dimensions … (full text).

International Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO

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Linked with Ingrid Eide – Norway.

The International Peace Research Institute Oslo is an independent research institute that is international in terms of staff, audience and perspective.

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About: International Peace Research Institute, Oslo PRIO was founded in 1959 and became a fully independent institute in 1966. It was one of the first centres of peace research in the world, and it is Norway’s only peace research institute. Its founding and early influence were instrumental in projecting the idea of peace research.

PRIO is independent and international in staff and perspective. Our working language is English. The staff at PRIO comprises 50–60 people, of whom two-thirds are researchers (including PhD students). In addition to this, there are 5–10 MA students, who are provided with work spaces and scholarships while completing their theses.

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Norwegian Refugee Council NRC

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NRC provides humanitarian assistance, protection and durable solutions to displaced persons worldwide. The majority of our approximately 2000 staff members are employed locally by the NRC in the countries where we work. All NRC projects are run directly by an efficient administration in Oslo. For more information about each of our programme countries, click on the menu to the left.

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About: NRC promotes and protects the rights of people who have been forced to flee their countries, or their homes within their countries. It is the only Norwegian organisation that specialises in international efforts aimed at this target group.

The majority of our approximately 2000 staff members are national employees in NRC’s projects in around 20 countries in Africa, Asia, America and Europe. All our projects are run from a small and efficient administration in Oslo.

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Forum for African Alternatives

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Linked with Demba Moussa Dembele – Senegal, with What Is Development Ethics, with People’s Strugles, People’s Alternatives, with EUROPE SELF-SERVING IN TRADE TALKS WITH AFRICA, with Millennium Development Goals and debt cancellation, and with the Jubilee South Network JS.

The Forum is dedicated to challenging the neo-liberal agenda in Africa and to proposing alternative policies. We have been involved in these activities for a long time. Almost three years ago, in December 2000, we organized a conference on debt cancelation in Senegal. I was the co-ordinator of that conference. That conference organized a big march in Dakar in which over five thousand people participated. Since then we have had other marches in Africa – in Nigeria, in Ghana. In South Africa a few weeks ago, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development,we organized a big march that overshadowed the official march sponsored by the government … (full text).

There is no website, but Google search shows many items with the key words ‘African Alternatives’:

more on this Google’s search.

The Sudanese Women General Union SWGU

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For this organisation I have not found an own website, but it is mentionned on two other websites:

1) on the Sudanese Media Center: GoSS Signs Memo of Understanding with Sudan Women General Union, 23 May 2007;

2) on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs): The Sudanese Women’s Union (SWU), whose current President (New Internationalist Feb. 1996) and founding member is Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, is banned from operating in the Sudan (Sisterhood Is Global 1984, 650). In 1971 an “‘official’” organization known as the Sudan Women’s Union was created by the government in place of the original outlawed group (ibid.). Also known as the Sudanese Women’s General Union (SWGU), the Sudan Women’s Union marked its 13th anniversary on 20 January 2003 with a public celebration that included the Vice-President of the Republic of Sudan, Moses Machar, and secretary-general Raja Hasan Khalifah of the women’s union (Suna News Agency 22 Jan. 2003).

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Zoe’s Ark

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Linked with Eric Breteau – France, with Children do not belong to their parents, with Chad’s children, with Mes réactions concernant les enfants du Tchad, (yes, last year I believed what mass-medias told us), with Marc Garmirian – Lebanon and France, and with the betrayal on Darfour’s children.

(Page d’acccuil en francais / french homepage, … sorry, the english homepage seems not be available for the moment).

Homepage in french, click on (french) video ‘sauver les enfants du Darfour‘, 3.55 min., put online May 17, 2007: Massacres au Darfour, L’Arche de Zoé lance un cri d’alarme, ‘Il faut sauver les enfants du Darfour pendant qu’il est encore temps. Dans quelques mois, ils seront morts!” … (save the Darfur children while it is time, in some months they will be death, showing the devasted situation, and that nothing had be done for this children since now; telling: now, today, in Darfur every 5 minutes a child is dying; and asking: act now). Voilà quatre ans que dure le conflit du Darfour, à l’ouest du Soudan. Quatre ans que des millions de civils innocents, pour la plupart des femmes et des enfants, sont massacrés, torturés, violés, pillés, affamés et chassés de leurs villages par la dictature islamiste du gouvernement soudanais ou les milices qu’il a armées, les Janjaweeds / Since 4 years … mostly innocent women and children are tortured, raped, looted, famished and hound out of their village by the dictatorship of the Sudanese Gov. … (full long text in french).

Sorry, the web pages ‘operation Darfour and ‘Forum’ seem not working, nor in english, nor in french. Postal Contact: L’Arche de Zoé, 23 rue Hallé, 75014 PARIS, France.

Backgrounder Zoe’s Ark group (the star.com): by Reuters, Nov 02, 2007 – The group (in French ‘L’Arche de Zoe’) was formed by a group of motoring enthusiasts in the wake of the tsunami that devastated parts of Asia on Dec. 26, 2004:

  • The Zoe’s Ark members set up four temporary camps in Banda Aceh in Indonesia.
  • The organization has a president, co-founder and volunteer firefighter Eric Breteau, a general secretary and about 50 active volunteers.
  • In April, Zoe’s Ark announced a campaign to evacuate 10,000 orphans from Sudan’s Darfur region alongside other French charities.
  • It said it wanted to place orphaned Darfuri children aged under five in foster care with French families, invoking its right to do so under international law.
  • The general secretary, Stephanie Lefebvre, told the Le Parisien daily last month the organization never aimed to have the children in its care adopted and simply wanted to save them from starvation.
  • A seven-member team – which included a doctor, a nurse and firefighters – was based in Chad. Lefebvre said the group sought authorization from French authorities to grant safe passage to the children it intended to bring back to France, so Zoe’s Ark could seek the right of asylum for them … (full text).

AVAAZ.org

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website available in 13 languages

AVAAZ.org is an international civic organization that promotes political action on issues such as climate change, human rights, and religious conflicts. Its stated mission is to “ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making.” The organization operates in thirteen languages, and claims more than one million members from every country in the world … (full text).

Campaigns;
ADS in newspapers and on TV;
media;
BLOG;
Sign Up;
for Burma;
for Darfur;
Contact/Feedback:
Avaaz Foundation, 260 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA, website.

Our mission: As major new challenges like climate change and escalating religious conflict threaten our common future, people from around the world are coming together to take global politics into their own hands. Avaaz.org (Our name means “Voice” or “Song” in several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Nepalese, Dari, Turkish, and Bosnian) is a community of global citizens who take action on the major issues facing the world today. Our aim is to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people – and not just political elites and unaccountable corporations – shape global decisions. Avaaz.org members are taking action for a more just and peaceful world and a vision of globalization with a human face … (full text).

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