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Camp Ashraf Story – The Truth

In June this year freelance journalist Gabrielle Pickard spoke to Shahriar Kia, a political analyst expert on Iran since 1982 and spokesperson for Camp Ashraf, Iraq, about the role women have played in helping to improve the lives of Iranian exiles living in "poverty and squalor" in a refugee camp in Iraq, known as Camp Ashraf. Determined to publicise the truth about the inhumanity and degradation this group of so-called "protected persons" are facing, Gabrielle Pickard spoke to Shahriar Kia once more, who was more than happy to reveal the…

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Women and Camp Ashraf

Iran’s Biggest Empowerment Inner courtyards and roads are paved with gravel and mud, intolerable for the sick and the handicapped. Sky-high towers bestowed with cameras and armed forces with semi-heavy machine guns patrol regularly. A malfunctioning sewage system runs down the streets, there is no serviceable water supply. Residential trailers are filthy, the beds are broken. Accommodation that could not contrast more vividly to the spotless, orderly and hygienic photographs the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) decorated, misleading residents. Welcome to Camp Liberty. These people aren’t just living in…

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Early Marriage: what is the right age?

What is the right age for a girl to become a woman? “The transformation of gender relations in the developing world is the greatest social revolution of our era, and we need to keep that in mind in everything we do” Dr. John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In a barren region of southern Ethiopia, 13-year-old Dhaki worries about whether she will be pregnant as a result of her husband – 11 years her senior – forcing himself upon her last night, and whether her neighbours heard…

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Violence and Human Rights in Pakistan

The unabated violence in Karachi termed as “Target Killing” is continuous since the mid of 1990s. In 2009 alone, 256 people including workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) were assassinated, of whom 69 belonged to the MQM; 60 to MQM-H, 28 to PPP, 23 to ANP and 41 belonged to other religious groups. This series of target killings continues into the 2010, till now 318 peoples have lost their lives. These target killings are generally…

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Will Gates Foundation Replace the UN?

“Don’t just go for safe projects, take on the really tough problems”, were the words of advice, Warren Buffet, co-trustee of the Gates Foundation, gave to Bill Gates about philanthropy. When the foundation was founded in 1994, known then as the William H. Gates Foundation, after Bill Gate’s father, there was little doubt that the charity was going to succeed, because after all, everything associated with Bill Gates - the richest man on the planet - succeeds. Some 16 years later the Gates Foundation has been cited as being the…

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Poverty in Morocco

As the unevenness in wealth grows in Morocco, the age of excess needs to be replaced by an age of equality. If I was given a Dirham every time a Moroccan person picked up my two young sons and kissed them lovingly on the cheek during our recent five-day visit to Marrakesh, I would probably have made enough money to buy myself a "meat tagine" at one of the more up-market restaurants in the city. Touching and kissing fair-haired children, I am told by particularly enthusiastic and friendly local, is…

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UNICEF and MDG’s

Are UNICEF and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) on target for providing a better future for children? Assuming the post of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sixth Executive Director on 1 May 2010, Mr. Anthony Lake ‘reassuringly’ pledged on his first day in office to help the world’s children “inherit a better tomorrow”. Words however are always easier than actions, promises easier than proceedings, and one cannot help but wonder, somewhat dubiously, exactly how Mr. Lake and UNICEF intend to accomplish such an audacious but imperative pledge. Being an…

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Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda – Science of Life

Traditional Medicine (Ayurveda - Science of Life) in the eyes of the UN Health and Insurance. Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the successes as well as stresses of your lives. From ancient Sanskrit verse. Ayurveda as per Wikipedia: Ayurveda (Devanāgarī: आयुर्वेद, the 'science of life') is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning 'life', and veda, meaning 'related to knowledge' or…

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Discovering Life with Compassion and Rule of Law

“Compassion is the sensitivity to another's suffering and the corresponding will to free the other from that suffering." Buddhist Teaching. “Towards a just, secure and peaceful world governed by the rule of law.”  UN Website on the Rule of Law Let me begin by recalling the great scientist of the 20th century, Einstein's poignant statement: "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind…

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Justice is Protecting the Rights of All

“There is enough to serve everyone's need, but not enough to cater to everyone's greed.” Mahatma Gandhi. Human Justice = Human Rights for All. It could also be labeled as Social Justice. Earth Justice = Preserving Nature and the Environment. It could also be labeled as Environmental Justice. Global Justice = Human Justice + Earth Justice. Universal Justice = Global Justice + preserving all elements of our universe including outer space, other planets and our celestial neighbors distant or close. Eternal Justice = Universal Justice + the final account of…

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Untold Story: Why We Do What We Do?

From the Dairies of UN Retirees (1/3 Lump Sum Recipients) Common Cause Appeal # UNAT 2009-001. “Change direction with understanding of (human) evolution here and now, lest you may end up where you started and going nowhere.”  Lao To. Introduction and Background There is background history to the filing of the Common Cause Appeal to the UNAT in August 2009. For most of us retirees, actively served UN and its agencies for many years, we have been passionate about our daily work life because: It was/is the right thing to…

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Leveraging CSR to Achieve MDGs

Trans-national businesses (TNs) have the opportunity to contribute directly to specific national development goals, in the short term and achieving targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the medium to long terms. In such an investment negotiating environment, opportunities will be created to enable governments in developing Commonwealth member States to leverage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Inclusive Business (IB) strategies of multi-national companies to create "Triple Wins" for investors, governments and communities. A myriad of social and environmental concerns can be found under the umbrella of CSR or IB…

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Iranian Artists Support Green Movement

This is a statment signed by over 130 Iranian writers, actors, painters, radio and TV artists: The world has witnessed unprecedented violence and suppression against our peaceful, calm and smart people whose mere request is the right to choose their politicians, freedom, justice, free press and true democracy. Instead they were responded with terror, murder, containment and brutal violence by a government whose illegitimacy has been approved by the very anti-human measures they’ve practiced before the eyes of millions of people. We, the artists, writers, directors, film-makers and speakers acknowledge…

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Appel aux Donateurs pour Touba

MINISTERE DE LA JEUNESSE, DU SPORT ET DES LOISIRS REPUBLIQUE DE COTE D’IVOIRE Union – Discipline – Travail DIRECTION REGIONALE DU BAFING LE DIRECTEUR REGIONAL Touba, le 05 février 2010 BP: 68 Touba Email: [email protected] N° 001 /MJSL/DRB/DR Monsieur le Directeur Régional de la Jeunesse, du Sport et des Loisirs du Bafing (Touba) À Monsieur le Chef des Opérations de l’Organisation des Nations Unis en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) Monsieur, je viens respectueusement vers vous à travers ce courrier solliciter de l’aide concernant mon service dont j’en suis le responsable : la…

Read more about the article أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية
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أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية

فلسطين هى قضية العرب المحورية، هى قضية حق وشرعية وعدل وأمن وأرض وسلام وهى كذلك قضية تنمية إقتصادية وإجتماعية فى المنطقة العربية، فمراجعة للستين عام الماضية تبين أنه لولا حالة الضعف والتفكك والتأخر عن ركب التقدم العلمى لما وصلنا إلى الوضع الراهن الحزين فى فلسطين، إن التقدم الإقتصادى والإجتماعى والثقافى والعلمى والتكنولوجى من أهم محاور التعامل فى قضية فلسطين مع عالم يستجيب إلى منطق القوة ولا يعبأ بقوة المنطق ولا شرعية الحق. بمبادرة مصرية كويتية عقد فى الكويت فى ينايرالماضى (2009) أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية. وقد تزامن…

Read more about the article Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust
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Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust

Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild with Trust; a new world order. "Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man , and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him." Mahatma Gandhi. Whether we like it or not, we are all bound on this planet by three main forces: (1) the government, democratically chosen or not; (2) the corporate world run mostly by power, pelf (greed) and an occasional manifestation of what is termed as corporate social responsibility(CSR)  without which we cannot conduct…