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Index June 2008

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2008-06-01: Safe Kids worldwide;
2008-06-02: tralac – trade law centre for za;
2008-06-02: The Amy Biehl Foundation Trust;
2008-06-03: The Nepal River Conservation Trust NRCT;
2008-06-04: Borderlands;
2008-06-05: Stop the Silence;
2008-06-06: EDSITEment;
2008-06-07: Socialinvestments.com;
2008-06-08: LBH APIK Jakarta;
2008-06-09: International Crisis Group;
2008-06-10: International Accountability Project IAP;
2008-06-10: Fairness.com;
2008-06-11: Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America NACA;
2008-06-11: Shadow Government Statistics;
2008-06-12: National Association of Friendship Centres;
2008-06-13: Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children IAPC;
2008-06-13: Prévention de la violence et Philosophie pour enfants;
2008-06-14: The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children ICPIC;
2008-06-15: The American Friends Service Committee AFSC;
2008-06-16: National School of Drama – New Delhi;
2008-06-17: Global Public Policy Institute GPPi;
2008-06-18: The RealNews.com;
2008-06-19: ISN Network;
2008-06-20: International List of Domestic Violence and Abuse Agencies;
2008-06-21: Third World Literature;
2008-06-22: Jewish Women’s Archive JWA;
2008-06-23: Minuteman media.org;
2008-06-23: Co-op America;
2008-06-24: PBS kids.org;
2008-06-25: rangshala.com, New Delhi;
2008-06-26: The Afghan Women’s Mission AWM;
2008-06-27: World Public Opinion.org;
2008-06-28: Earth Systems;
2008-06-29: truthdig.com;
2008-06-30: Panama Profundo;
2008-06-30: The Stockholm Challenge;
2008-06-30: The African Conservation Foundation ACF.

The African Conservation Foundation ACF

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Linked with Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania.

The African Conservation Foundation is working towards the protection and conservation of Africa’s endangered wildlife and their habitats. Founded in 1999, ACF fills a unique niche by creating an Africa-wide network for information exchange and capacity building of conservation efforts in the region … (about 1/2).

Homepage and links;
news;
explorer map;
field projects;
community (conservation blog);
jobs;
forum;
AFRICAN CONSERVATION NETWORK WINS 2006 STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARD;
free newsletter;
donate now;
Contact.

About 2/2: ACF’s mission is to support and link African conservation initiatives, groups and NGOs, with the aim of strengthening their capacity, building partnerships and promoting effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts.

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The Stockholm Challenge

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Linked with Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania.

The Stockholm Challenge is a pioneer among ICT awards and networking organisations, dating back to 1994 when the City of Stockholm launched the first competition to challenge the cities in Europe to show their best ICT applications for people and society. Since then there have been six prize ceremonies. So far the Stockholm Challenge has brought together over 5,000 ICT projects from all over the world, many of whom are active in lasting and growing networks … (about 1/2).

Homepage and links;
Challenge Week 2008; This is were you will find the detailed program of Challenge Week, May 19 – 22, including workshops, conference, exhibitions and the award celebrations in the Stockholm City Hall on the last day of the event … (more);
Events (actually also about the challenge week);
Stockholm Challenge Champions;
Advisory Board;
The Jury;
History;
Contact.

About 2/2: The 2006 programme culminated on May 11 with workshops, a conference and a stunning awards ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall, in the presence of over 200 finalists and 200 prominent guests.

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Panama Profundo

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El sistema neoliberal nos ha convertido en una caricatura de país y de sociedad. Condenamos que en Panamá, más del 60 por ciento de la población esté violentada en sus derechos económicos, políticos y sociales. Apostamos por un Panamá nuevo, por el Panamá Profundo, enraizado en el amor y la justicia … (Por que Panama Profundo 1/2).

Homepage and latest news/Inicio;
Publications/Publica lo Tuyo;
Links/Boletin;
Newsletter/Suscripcion;
Picture Gallery/Imagenes: under construction/en construcction
Contact online.

Por que Panama Profundo 2/2:
Un medio de comunicación alternativa en Internet. Panamá Profundo, un colectivo de mujeres y hombres voluntarios, con distintas profesiones y experiencias de vida. Hemos decidido aportar de manera conjunta: propuestas, ideas y acciones en la construcción de un Panamá nuevo en donde quepamos todos y todas, y ninguna persona se sienta superior a otra. En esta página queremos poner en primer plano el Panamá Profundo, desconocido y negado en nuestro propio país. El Panamá Profundo del pueblo-pueblo de Panamá.

truthdig.com

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drilling beneath the headlines

Linked with Chris Hedges – USA.

… Truthdig is a Web magazine that provides expert coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. The site is built around reports by authorities in their fields who conduct in-depth exploration of contemporary topics. To offer frequent change and surprise, the magazine also presents a diversity of original reporting and aggregated content culled by the site’s editors and staff … (about 1/2).

Homepage and many links (newsletters);
digs;
reports;
ear to the ground;
uncovered;
A/V booth;
cartoons;
address: Truthdig, 1158 26th St., No. 443, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4698;
contact.

About 2/2: In this hyperlinked, blog-filled, talk-show-dominated world, discourse is often a food fight. It is increasingly difficult for people seeking to understand the world to find stories in depth, told by those who know their topic best.

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Earth Systems

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Local Solutions for a Global Environment

Linked with Ny Luangkhot – Laos.

Our Vision: To be a leading international supplier of environmental technology, information and services.

Our Mission: To provide the best advice and technologies so that our clients can achieve successful and sustainable outcomes whilst maintaining or enhancing environmental values.

Homepage;
Overview;
water resource;
Acid drainage;
Information technology;
Public environmental reporting;
Multidisciplinary;
Address: Earth System, Suite 507, Princess Street, Kew, Melbourne, Australia 3101;
Contact.

About: Earth Systems seeks and implements innovative and effective solutions to environmental problems. We provide consulting, project management and research and development capabilities in the environmental sector.

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World Public Opinion.org

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giving voice to public opinion around the world

WorldPublicOpinion.org is an international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. As the world becomes increasingly integrated, problems have become increasingly global, pointing to a greater need for understanding between nations and for elucidating global norms. With the growth of democracy in the world, public opinion has come to play a greater role in the foreign policy process. WorldPublicOpinion.org seeks to reveal the values and views of publics in specific nations around the world as well as global patterns of world public opinion. WorldPublicOpinion.org was initiated by and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland … (about 1/2).

Videos on Iranian Public Opinion, by Google video-search (videos from 2 min to 94 min), specially the video of Noam Chomsky: Does public opinion count?

Homepage and links;
FAQ;
Media;
Global / Multi-region;
Vieuw on Countries;
Partners;
Address: World Public Opinion, Global Public Opinion on International Affairs, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036;
Contact.

About 2/2: The WorldPublicOpinion.org network is a consortium of research centers studying public opinion on international issues in their respective countries. At present the network consists of research centers in 22 countries across all of the major continents.

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The Afghan Women’s Mission AWM

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a project of IHC

Linked with Sayed Naqi – Afghanistan.

The Afghan Women’s Mission is a group of people moved to action by the plight of Afghan refugees, especially the women and children. The Mission was founded in January 2000 and continues to support many programs run by Afghan women including Malalai Clinic, schools, orphanages, agricultural programs, demonstrations and functions in support of women’s and human rights. The Mission is run by an active board of volunteer directors as well as by a number of dedicated volunteers … (about 1/2).

Homepage and latest news;
Health Care;
Education;
Orphanages;
Sustainable Development;
FAQ;
Multimedia Gallery;
Linked with RAWA’s website;
Newsletter: subscribe down left column;
Address: The Afghan Women’s Mission
2460 North Lake Avenue, PMB 207, Altadena, CA 91001, USA;
Contact online.

About 2/2: The Afghan Women’s Mission was founded in response to the compelling need for adequate hospital facilities near Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. Our first undertaking was the re-opening of the Malalai Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This flagship project was effectively started in late 2001.

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rangshala.com – New Delhi

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Linked with Tripurari Sharma – India, and with Ragamala.

rangshala.com is a platform for everyone interested in theatre & performing arts by sharing information about the plays, theatre shows, workshops, theatre groups, auditoriums, children’s theatre, puppets, social theatre & more … (about 1/2).

Homepage and newsletter (right column);
Services;
Theatre, Show and Events;
Theatre groups;
Theatre workshops;
Theatre Institutes;
Theatre jobs;
Theatre books;
Contact.

About: The Genesis – Birth of rangshala.com, New Delhi, India:

  • Traditional forms of expression are not being accorded their due place in today’s fast changing pace of time. Moreover, though a few resources exist offline and surprisingly none online to access information complementing the wide area of theater and performing arts.
  • A need for the above encourages a group of enthusiasts who are passionate about theatre and convinced about its relevance in contemporary times to create a hub called ‘rangshala’.
  • Rangshala is a hindi word made from the fusion of two different words: ‘rang + shala’ means a place for colours and creativity in life. Theatre or Theater also called drama, dramatics, play means NATAK in Hindi.
  • Rangshala is a group initiated to provide a platform for everyone who is interested in performing arts and natak’s by bringing together the Delhi community and sharing information about theatre shows, training & workshops, theatre groups, auditoriums, theatre-in-education, social theatre in India, volunteers, educational institutions, career etc. through offline and online modes like SMS, E-mail & Online Shopping.

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PBS kids.org

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First: a rather noisy homepage;

stories & activities; music; games; coloring; TV times; kids’-search; EVERITHING PBS kids; the kids’ Island; sign up for the kids’ Island.

Before you are going to SITES FOR GROWN-UPS: It’s not always best to follow instructions. Even if a club or chat room tells you to enter your address or other personal information so you can join, don’t do it! Look for another kid-safe club that respects your privacy.

Welcome to Parents and Teachers:

  • Kids love to learn. And with your help, they’ll learn to love reading with resources from PBS KIDS programs Between the Lions, Sesame Street, SUPER WHY, and WordWorld.
  • With PBS KIDS Island, children ages 2-5 can play reading games, earn tickets, and collect prizes. Then, track your child’s progress and get activities, lesson plans and tips just for parents, caregivers and teachers with PBS KIDS Raising Readers.
  • We’re adding new features often, including a Word of the Day and games for children 6-8. Come back soon to see what’s new!

Here your websites:

Co-op America

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economic action for a just planet

Vote with your Dollars! Co-op America helps you vote with your dollars for a just and sustainable future. Join today and get a free copy of the National Green Pages™. Join Today!

Co-op America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society … (about 1/2).

Homepage;
news;
programs;
act now for a just planet;
publications;
green business;
social investing;
member center;
jobs & Internships, newsletter (down);
minuteman media.org;
address: Co-op America, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20006, Phone (800) 584-7336;
contact, online-form: down of each page click on ‘contact us’.

About 2/2: Our Vision: We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.

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Minuteman media.org

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… it’s one thing to have a voice and another to have an audience

EDITORS NOTE: MinutemanMedia.org is seeking, after all these years, to become a bit higher profile. For this reason we would be grateful if you would credit us with any piece you may use: “Distributed by MinutemanMedia.org.” (or similar).

This is a project of Co-op America, economic action for a just planet.

Homepage;
Archive;
Cartoons;
(the many) Author’s bios and photos;
PAST AND PRESENT FOUNDATION FUNDERS;
Address: Minuteman media.org, Box 273, Rowayton, CT 06853, Phote/Fax 203-846-1109;
Contact/subscribe.

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The Jewish Women’s Archive JWA

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Linked with Emma Goldman – Lithuania-Russia-USA (1869 – 1940).

The mission of the Jewish Women’s Archive JWA is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women … (about 1/2).

Homepage;
Sitemap;
News and Events;
Blog;
Film;
Stories;
Research Tools;
Education;
Support Us;
Contact.

About 2/2: … A national non-profit organization founded in 1995 and based in Brookline, MA, the Jewish Women’s Archive presents the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America. We create and disseminate educational materials, develop partnerships, sponsor programs, conduct and support original research, and maintain an innovative website all designed to help us understand our past and shape our future.

The website offers a Virtual Archive, curricula and other educational materials, a variety of online exhibits, oral history guides, a blog, a growing collection of reminiscences of recently deceased Jewish women, and a myriad of other resources for anyone interested in the experiences of American Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded.

In 2007 the Jewish Women’s Archive branched out into film, producing Making Trouble, a prizewinning documentary about three generations of funny Jewish women, featuring Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein. Shown at over 60 film festivals in 2008, Making Trouble will also be released on DVD and shown on cable television.

Third World Literature

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The Boston College is a private, coeducational Jesuit university with 8500 full-time undergraduates and 4000 graduate students. ‘Third World Literature’ is part of it.

See also the Boston College, Personal Web Server.

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri, Associate Professor, English Department, teaches courses in the critical philosophy of postcolonial studies, political and cultural theories of nationalism, and Anglophone literatures of India and Africa … She is the founding chair of the Postcolonial Studies seminar at Harvard’s Humanities Center, and the convenor of the Postcolonial Studies Discussion Group at the MLA. She was visiting fellow in Women’s Studies at SUNY Stony Brook in Spirng 2002, where she taught a graduate seminar on “Feminism and Universalism.” In Spring 1999, she co-taught with Professor Laura Frader (History, Northeastern University) a graduate seminar “Gender, Race, Class, and Colonialism” in the Graduate Women’s Studies Consortium at Radcliffe. (Homepage).

Books;
Courses;
Reading Lists;

Introduction: This course focuses on the problems of interpretation encountered in the first world classroom when reading novels and poetry from the so called third world, in this case Africa, India, and the Middle East. We shall work from two premises:

  • a) The artifacts of any given culture are embedded in their local context – social and political history, traditions, aesthetics, etc. – and thus are not transparent in their meaning or significance.
  • b) Secondly, we cannot recognize the humanity of the “other” – the culturally strange, the foreign, the alien – without examining ourselves and how we impose meaning on the incomprehensible.

We shall try to come to terms with these two factors by:

  • a) researching as much as we can of the local context – we shall use films and music to supplement our quest;
  • b) by performing the texts we shall we be reading in class as a means of reflecting about cultural gaps;
  • c) maintaining a consciousness journal.

Required Texts: … (full text).

International List of Domestic Violence and Abuse Agencies

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International directory of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information …

The goal of the Hot Peach Pages is to provide information on abuse in as many languages as possible, along with lists of abuse help agencies for every country in the world … (about 1/2).

Homepage;
Countries A to Z;
Languages from A to Z;
Pages in Non-Latin Scripts;
Internet & e-mail Safety;
Links to Say NO to violence.org;
Contact.

About 2/2: … Currently, we either have or link to:

  • abuse information in 79 languages;
  • lists of agencies for 229 out of the approximately 238 countries in the world (including independent states, disputed states, and inhabited dependencies & areas of special sovereignty);
  • the web pages of listed agencies (when available).

We do not provide direct service. If you are in need of assistance, search our site for the agencies closest to you, and contact them for information and support.

The Hot Peach Pages is checked at least once a month for broken links to web pages. We are currently not able to check email addresses.

Why call it the Hot Peach Pages? … (full text).

ISN Network

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The International Relations and Security Network ISN

Linked with Ken Egli – Switzerland, and with Switzerland – Security vs. Justice.

The ISN is a free public service that provides a wide range of high-quality and comprehensive products and resources to encourage the exchange of information among international relations and security professionals worldwide. The ISN works to promote a better understanding of the strategic challenges we face in today’s changed security environment … (about 1/2).

Homepage;
News and current affairs;
Research and publications;
Education and training;
Conferences and events;
ISN partner network;
Jobs at ISN;
LASE (Limited Area Search);
Contact.

About 2/2: Based in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Center for Security Studies CSS at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), the ISN’s dedicated team – drawn from various disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences, and information and communication technology – engage in research projects and education activities, provide news stories and in-depth analyses, and develop technologies for information sharing and for creating and supporting e-learning.

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The RealNews.com

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Linked with Gore Vidal – USA, and with Aijaz Ahmad – India.

Our Mission: The Real News Network is a television news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism. Our staff, in collaboration with courageous journalists around the globe, will investigate, report and debate stories on the critical issues of our times. We are member supported and do not accept advertising, government or corporate funding. (About 1/2).

Homepage and sign up Email News Alerts;
Recent News;
Focus news feeds;
Volunteer;
Register here;
Donate;
Contacts.

About 2/2: We won’t blindly follow wire services or official press releases that attempt to set the news agenda. We will cover the big stories of the day, but we will broaden the definition of what’s important.

The Real News will investigate, report and debate stories that help us understand the critical issues of our time.

The movements for the rights of working people, women, children, immigrants, indigenous people, for freedom of religion and conscience, for moral and spiritual values and for peace and against racism are news. The health of our planet will be a story, day after day.

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Global Public Policy Institute GPPi

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GPPi is an independent, non-profit think tank based in Berlin and Geneva.Our research focuses on effective and accountable governance. Our consulting practice offers services for public and private institutions. We provide a platform for debate and foster strategic communities bringing together the public sector, civil society, and business. Our team is supported by an international advisory board.
(Homepage). And: GPPi GPPi builds on the work of the Global Public Policy Project. Based in Washington D.C., this project … (full text Background);

Sitemap;
Research;
Consulting;
Debate;
Focus;
Internships;
Newsletter: Archive and subscription;
Contact.

About: Our Mission: The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is an independent think tank based in Berlin and Geneva. Our mission is to develop innovative strategies for effective and accountable governance and to achieve lasting impact at the interface of the public sector, business and civil society through research, consulting and debate.

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National School of Drama – New Delhi

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Linked with Tripurari Sharma – India.

The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959 as one of its constituent units. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Besides the training programme which is of 3 years duration, the School has explored new vistas in the areas of Children’s Theatre and decentralization of theatre training through workshops under the Extension Programme. In 1999, the School organized its first National Theatre Festival, which was christened Bharat Rang Mahotsav and is generally held during the second week of January each year … (about 1/2).

Homepage;
School;
School Faculty Members;
Extension Program;
Theatre In Education;
Repertory;
FAQs;
Publications;
Contact.

About 2/2: The training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a through, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public.

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The American Friends Service Committee AFSC

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Quaker values in action

Linked with David Harris (the protester) – USA;

The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC’s work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures … (About 1/2).

Homepage;
Sitemap;
Issues;
AFSC Locations;
News;
Resourcers;
Jobs;
Address: AFSC National Office, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Phone: (215) 241-7000, Fax: (215) 241-7275;
Contacts, regional offices and newsletter subscription.

About 2/2: … AFSC’s work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization’s mission and achievements won worldwide recognition in 1947 when it accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with the British Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers.

The AFSC is directed by a Quaker board and staffed by Quakers and other people of faith who share the Friends’ desire for peace and social justice.

The AFSC turned 90 this year. Please add your memories of 90 years of spirited engagement to ours by writing your thoughts. Share your reflections.

The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children ICPIC

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Linked with Matthew Lipman – USA.

The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) was created in 1985 by philosophers and teachers interested in engaging children in philosophical inquiry … (full text about).

Homepage;
News; Conferences; International Centers; Journal; Links; Newsletter;
Contact.

What is Philosophy with Children? Philosophy with Children is a movement that has been in existence more or less formally for as long as there have been adults who are interested in children’s ideas about the world, about themselves as human subjects, and about the fundamental issues-epistemological, ontological, aesthetic and ethical-which are the common heritage of us all. In addition to educators who were also writers-like Tolstoy or Bronson Alcott-who recorded and reflected on their conversations with children, there are no doubt countless unsung teachers and parents who have listened with a keen ear-sometimes philosophically trained and sometimes not-to their child interlocutors. The British poet William Wordsworth, in one of the most popular poems of the 19th century-”Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”–characterized the young child as “best philosopher.”

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Prévention de la violence et Philosophie pour enfants

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Lié avec Matthew Lipman – USA.

English translation of La Traversée: C’est un organisme à but non lucratif situé sur la Rive-Sud de Montréal (Québec, Canada).

Accueil;
historique; programme; implantation; l’impact du programme; outils et liens;
adresse courriel;
contact/ nous joindre.

Présentation:

1984 à 2003:

  • Entre 1984 et 2003, La Traversée offrait des services d’aide psychologique aux femmes et aux jeunes filles de plus de 14 ans, victimes d’agressions sexuelles.
  • Durant toutes ces années, La Traversée a travaillé sur toute l’infrastructure clinique : code de déontologie général et professionnel, protocole des pratiques, supervision clinique et séminaires théoriques.

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Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children IAPC

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Linked with Matthew Lipman – USA.

There are countless places around the world where children and adults engage in philosophical inquiry together�a practice at least as old as Socrates. Since 1974 the IAPC at Montclair State University and its Affiliate Centers have been largely responsible for the proliferation of Philosophy for Children (P4C) programs in schools and other settings around the world … (full text, the world of P4C).

Register for the IAPC’s next Online Courses in Philosophy for Children;
Register for one of the 2008 IAPC Summer Seminars in Philosophy for Children at Mendham;
Apply to one of MSU’s Graduate Degree Programs in Philosophy for Children;
Degree Programs in P4C;
P4C links;
Publications;
Spring 2008 IAPC Newsletter;
Coming Up IAPC.
Contact and address: IAPC, Montclair State University, University Hall 2151, Montclair, NJ 07043, USA, Tel: 973-655-4278, e-mail the IAPC.

About: Since its inception in 1974, the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children has pursued a three-fold mission:

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National Association of Friendship Centres

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OUR MISSION  is to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian Society; and which respect and strengthen the increasing emphasis on Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

Homepage and links;
History;
Friendship Centres;
Programs;
Aboriginal Youth Council;
Spirits of Friendship;
staff list;
Resolutions;
Contact.

About: he National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) was established in 1972 to represent the growing number of Friendship Centres, at the national level.

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Shadow Government Statistics

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Linked with Walter Jon Williams – USA.

Have you ever wondered why the CPI, GDP and employment numbers run counter to your personal and business experiences?  The problem lies in biased and often-manipulated government reporting.

Homepage with many links;
Latest and Archives;
Primers;
Alternate datas;   
CPI Inflation Calculator;
Economic Indicators;
Consumer Price Index;
Updates/News;
Disclaimer;
Newsletter (Subscription includes access to all back issues and SGS Alternate Data Series);
Contact online.

About (on the Homepage): “John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics” is an electronic newsletter that exposes and analyzes the flaws in current U.S. government economic data and reporting, as well as in certain private-sector numbers, and provides an assessment of underlying economic conditions, net of financial-market hype.

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NACA

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Linked with Bruce Marks – USA.

The housing organization Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America NACA – STOP THE TAXPAYER’S BAILOUT OF WALL STREET, JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR MAIN STREET

Linked with Bruce Marks – USA

The Main Goal: NACA is leading the fight against the bailout of lenders and investment bankers while advocating for real solutions for homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The focus is the outrageous $30 billion taxpayer bailout of JPMorgan/Chase’s takeover of Bear Stearns. On Wednesday March 26th, NACA organized more than 200 homeowners, many at risk of foreclosure, to storm the Bear Stearns corporate office in New York City. For over an hour we demonstrated inside their “home”. This is another non-violent “attack” as we bring the homeowner’s anger and frustration to the corporations and wealthy executives who created and profited from this mortgage crisis. A few press clippings are provided below: The campaign needs to continue. Please access the link to sign the petition to stop the bailout of these financial predators and to implement the Homeownership Stabilization Initiative for all owner-occupied non-investor homeowners:

1. Stop the resets
2. Reduce interest rates to the initial rate
3. Impose a moratorium on foreclosures
4. Require default mitigation including restructuring the mortgage to an affordable long-term mortgage payment. (NACA’S Mainpage).

Homepage and in the news;
Economic justice;
Partnership;
Members;
Purchase /America’s best Mortage;
Homesave Program;
Property Rehab;
Vendors;
Participation;
e-mail by the web page;
Contact-Addresses.

About: The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (”NACA”) is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.

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Fairness.com

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Linked with Bruce Marks – USA.

The sitemapt is in the right column of every page

Homepage: More than 2000 people a day use our free information clearinghouse site to:

  • find advice about problems they face by browsing our 15,000 article links (categorized by topic and country/state);
  • get profiles of almost 10,000 people, publications, and organizations involved in fairness issues;
  • learn about important fairness issues of the day.

We hope you too will find the site reliable, objective, and (most importantly) helpful.

In early 2008 we’ll unveil a unique Election 2008 service; register here so we can keep you informed about exciting new developments!

Log in or register;
Search;
Volunteers welcome;
Internship;
addr4esse: Fairness.com LLC, PO Box 6970, Charlottesville, VA, 22906-6970 USA (scroll down);
Contact.

About: 2008 will be the watershed year for Fairness.com; we have very exciting plans for Election 2008. If you have “political junkie” tendencies and/or want to raise the level of American political debate please use our contact form to let us know of your potential interest in our innovative new program. Details to be announced early next year.

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International Accountability Project IAP

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Linked with Bruce Marks – USA.

Every year, millions of people around the world are forcibly uprooted in the name of development and progress.

The International Accountability Project (IAP) challenges unjust displacement by exposing and demanding accountability for the human rights impacts of development-induced displacement. We exert strategic pressure on the international banks and corporations that finance projects causing displacement, while strengthening communities’ power to hold their ground and defend their fundamental human rights … (full text Homepage and latest news).

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About: The International Accountability Project (IAP) is a small, public-interest, non-profit organization that was established in late 2003 by Dana Clark. The IAP was formed to improve citizen-based accountability at international financial institutions, and to promote the rights of people who are threatened with displacement by internationally-financed development projects.

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International Crisis Group

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working to prevent conflict worldwide – in many languages

… The International Crisis Group is now generally recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict … (full text, about 1/2).

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sitemap;
crisiswatch;
crisiswatch database;
research resources and links;
speeches;
current positions/vacancies;
Download the Annual Report 2008, 52 pages – download previous reports on the same page
contact: advocacy and Field Offices.

(About 2/2):
… Crisis Group was founded in 1995 as an international non-governmental organisation on the initiative of a group of well known transatlantic figures who despaired at the international community’s failure to anticipate and respond effectively to the tragedies in the early 1990s of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia.

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LBH APIK Jakarta

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The Homepage of LBH APIK in Indonesian.

Linked with Nursyahbani Katjasungkana – Indonesia.

Sorry, there exists an english website, but I cannot reach it for the moment. What I can get is the following:

Based on the analysis of the said legal system and in addition to the reality that the existing legal aid does not consider the issue of women as a significant human rights issue, Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, one of the founders and the director of APIK formulated a concept for legal aid called legal aid structural gender. By using the feminist legal theory approach (that includes unsure women as significant elements for legal changes) and in order to explain its objective as a tool for social transformation, its name was changed to gender and transformative legal aid.[4] Based on this concept, APIK formulated its mission to correct unjust gender relations that are the basis of the legal system and to eradicate structural poverty that imprisons the life of the majority of the Indonesian women.

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Socialinvestments.com

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Socialinvestments.com provides current and prospective investors with information on the fast-growing UK social business sector … (full text Homepage and more links).

Introduction to social business;
individual social business;
resorts by topic;
news;
glossary;
links;
feedback;
catalist blogs;
contact.

About: Our Aim: We want socialinvestments.com to be the site that gives investors better access than exists anywhere else to intelligent commentary on the social business sector and information about the companies within it. We would like this site to be as useful as possible to the investor and to social businesses and so welcome suggestions on how we could improve our offering.

Background: Companies in the social business sector are poorly served (or not served at all) by financial commentators. We consider this lack of information to be a considerable obstacle to investment. We have built socialinvestments.com because we believe that it will facilitate the flow of much-needed investment into the sector.

Principles: During the development of this website we have tried to adhere to the following principles: … (full text).

Links:

Social Entrepreneurship driven by Web 2.0;

Social Entrepreneurship on wikipedia.

EDSITEment

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National Endowment for the Humanities

EDSITEment contains a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities. These links and references are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user … (down of each page).

Homepage;
SITEMAP;
Calendar (events);
all Lessons;
all Subject Categories;
all Websites (204);
Partners;
Contact.

About: EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities.

EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

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Stop the Silence

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Stop Child Sexual Abuse

Stop the Silence® is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization working with others toward the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse … Stop the Silence is pleased to be able to offer organizations a tested and available program to train various types of service providers about the realities of CSA, dealing sensitively with survivors, and CSA prevention. Contact Pamela Pine to inquire how your organization can benefit from this training.

Hotlines;

Homepage;
What is Child sexual abuse and how common is it;
International;
You can help, an overview;
our work;
survivors;
Contact online.

About: The mission of Stop the Silence is two-fold:

  • to increase awareness about and conduct programming to address the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse (CSA),
  • to address the relationships between this issue and the broader issues of overall family and community violence.

This mission underlines the importance of a shift in focus on positive development within our overall social complexes (e.g., the relationships between men and women, adults and children, cultural groups) to hinder violence-prone relationships. Our goal is to stop CSA and related forms of violence by changing societal relationships among and between groups.

The history of Stop the Silence: … (full text).

Borderlands

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Linked with Megh Ale – Nepal.

The magic of Asia is impossible to ignore, from the highest mountains in the world, dense jungle to the beaches of Sri Lanka, Asia offers you one of the planet’s most diverse and exotic adventure travel destinations. We have spent our lives roaming the globe in search of the ultimate outdoor wilderness experiences, now we’d like to show you the adventure of a lifetime. The Borderland has pioneered the opening of many new and exciting locations in Nepal and Sri Lanka these journeys of discovery and we believe that we offer the adventure seeker one of the finest experiences to be found. From all of us, we welcome you to experience the Borderland … (About 1/2).

Homepage;
Photo Gallery;
Downloads;
Contat: Borderlands, Tel. + 94 11 (4410110), +94 11 (2504602), Fax : +94 11 (2501274), e-mail one,
e-mail two.

The Staff: We believe diversity is the key; our facilitators range from teachers and musicians to corporate executives, all professionally trained, creating a staff dedicated to providing a safe environment together with a rewarding experience. Our instructors are educators, not guides. They are committed to inspiring participants to explore and develop their understanding of wilderness ethics, leadership, teamwork, natural history, and technical skills.
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The Nepal River Conservation Trust NRCT

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Linked with Megh Ale – Nepal.

The Nepal River Conservation Trust NRCT is a non-profit organization that was established by a group of concerned river guides who recognized the ecological and cultural damage that was taking place on Nepal’s rivers at an alarming rate. Since its inception in 1995, the NRCT has worked towards conserving Nepal’s Himalayan river system, preserving Nepal’s cultural heritage and developing an environmentally responsible river tourism industry. (Homepage).

Projects;
Plantation Program;
NRCT Past Project;
2nd Bagmati River Festival BRF 2002;
5th Bagmati River Festival BRF 2005;
Contact.

About: … Our Mission: “To restore, conserve and protect the rivers of Nepal through affirmative action and education, whilst maintaining the cultural integrity of local river side communities.”

Objectives: Increasing public awareness through workshops, seminars, and special rafting trips to policy makers, journalists, students and other stakeholders.

River side community development :

  • River-guide training on environmentally sound rafting and camping practices.
  • Conducting River restoration projects such as beach clean up and tree plantation.
  • Networking with national and international groups and lobbying on the behalf of Nepal’s river environment etc.

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The Amy Biehl Foundation Trust

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Linked with Rolene Miller – South Africa.

The Amy Biehl High School was founded in the spirit of Amy Biehl, a young person dedicated to social justice. Using a thematic approach across subject areas, we teach students to apply and demonstrate skills and knowledge and to analyze and address community needs. (Homepage).

Programs;
amy’s life and legacy;
ABF needs your help;
news links:
newsletter;
contact, attn. Lori Markowitz.

About: 12 years ago, on August 25, 1993, Amy made her transition from her eventful life on earth to an even larger life of committed service to the under-served and to the hopeful. The Amy Biehl Foundation draws breath and inspiration from Amy and her example. It is a creation of family and friends who loved her in life, and is now extended by many hundreds of new friends – young and old – who want to make a constructive difference in their world and who enjoy doing this in Amy’s name.

This website is dedicated to Amy and to her hundreds of unselfish friends throughout the world who carry on for her with zest, joy and friendship.

tralac – trade law centre for za

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tralac – trade law centre for South Africa:

  • is a not-for-profit organisation, building trade law capacity in the southern Africa region; in governments, the private sector and civil society;
  • was established in February 2002, with the financial support of seco, the Swiss Department of Economic Development, and consists of a core of trade lawyers and economists with high-level expertise in a range of trade and trade-related areas. In-house expertise is complemented by specialist expertise of the network of tralac Associates. tralac is distinguished by its focus on trade law, and its inter-disciplinary approach to trade and trade-related matters;
  • prides itself on good corporate governance; the tralac Board provides governance oversight and strategic guidance to the organisation.

… (about 1/2).

Homepage and latest news;
sitemap;
news;
events;
publications;
discussions;
links;
weekly newsletter and its archive;
Contact.

About 2/2: Vision: tralac’s vision is to be a centre of excellence building trade law capacity in the Southern African region to develop a critical mass of trade law expertise which is essential if the countries in the region are to integrate effectively into the international economy, and to realise the benefits of international trade, in an increasingly competitive trading environment governed by complex trade rules.

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Safe Kids worldwide

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Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause. Accidents kill one million children each year around the world and permanently disable many more. And almost all of these injuries are preventable. The organization was founded in Washington, DC in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson … (full text / 1/2).

Toy Safety;

US Homepage;
US Research;

About the Safe Kids Worldwide Network;
Campaigns and Initiatives;
What you can do;
Contact.

About / 2/2:
What We Do: Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children. In the United States, we have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury – saving an estimated 38,000 children’s lives. Canada achieved a 37 percent reduction in child accidental deaths between 1994 and 2003, while the German child death rate declined 80 percent since 1980 and 75 percent in Austria between 1983 and 2003. We’ve distributed more than 2.5 million bike helmets and 250,000 smoke alarms and checked more than 740,000 car seats.

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