A day of action against false climate change negotiations

December 6, 2010 by Rebecca Poswolsky · Comments Off
Filed under: Ecopolitics, International 

The climate negotiations taking place in Cancun, Mexico represent an exclusive dialogue around environmental issues.  Many groups and organizations are taking a stand for more inclusive and real solutions to global environmental climate change.  As a result, there will be a day of action on Tuesday, December 7 to address the “market-based” solutions that the Conference promotes.

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010.  The conference serves as the meeting ground to follow-up on Kyoto Protocol commitments, aimed at addressing climate change. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference extended the mandates to further commitments of the Kyoto Protocol and long-term cooperative action under the Convention. Read more

World AIDS Day brings awareness to prevention, stigma

December 1, 2010 by Amy Spicer · Comments Off
Filed under: Health, International, Politics 

Today, December 1 is World AIDS Day, and in the midst of the holiday rush provides good reason to pause and reflect.

This year’s theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights” as part of the Light for Rights campaign. Created primarily to cut infection rates and stigmas associated with the disease, World AIDS Day was also established to shed light on past and present victims of this disease. An adversary for 30 years now, AIDS has claimed millions of lives and it is estimated there are close to 33 million people worldwide currently living with the HIV.

Although significant progress has been made in HIV prevention, treatment and care, the focus this year is to make human rights integral to the response. The 2010 Global Update on the AIDS Epidemic, released by the Joint United Nations Program, shows major gaps in the implementation of human rights commitments at national and regional levels. These are critical in helping to guarantee access to health services, education and work security. Read more

Cross-Post: Five Reasons to Care about Haiti’s Sham Elections

November 28, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comments Off
Filed under: International, Politics 

Originally published on BuzzFlash on November 27, 2010 by Bill Quigley and Nicole Phillips.

Haiti needs legitimate leaders right now.  Unfortunately, the elections set for November 28, 2010 are a sham.  Here are five reasons why the world community should care.

First, Haitian elections are supposed to choose their new President, the entire House of Deputies and one-third of the country’s Senate.  But election authorities have illegally excluded all the candidates from the country’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas - and other progressive candidates.  Lavalas, the party of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has won many elections in Haiti - probably the reason it was excluded.  If this were the US, this would be like holding elections just between the Tea Party and the GOP - and excluding all others.   Few Haitians will respect the outcome of these elections. Read more

Mineros Rescatados

October 25, 2010 by Axel Fuentes · Comments Off
Filed under: International, News 

El 5 de agosto del 2010 el trágico accidente en la mina  “San José” conmociono a la republica de Chile. 33 mineros fueron sepultados a más de 700 metros bajo cientos de toneladas de rocas. Después de 17 días la buena noticia de que los 33 mineros permanecían vivos alegró a la nación y por la esperanza que ésta noticia representaba hizo que los medios de comunicación no prestaran tanta atención a las razones por las cuales este accidente ocurrió.

La compañía minera San Esteban es la propietaria de de la mina San José, es una  explotación de oro y cobre muy Antigua ubicada en Atacama,  Zona del desierto mas árido del mundo,  como toda compañía minera, la compañía San Esteba ha logrado acumular una gran fortuna. Read more

Far Right Extremism and Homophobia Linked

October 11, 2010 by Jill Garvey · Comments Off
Filed under: American Identity, International 

Anti-gay violence and far-right extremism go hand-in-hand. Recent high profile instances of hatred against the gay community, or individuals perceived to be gay, parallel a resurgence of far right extremism in America and abroad.

For Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide just two weeks ago after his roommate put images of him being intimate with another man on the internet, college life may have provided a false sense of safety for a vulnerable young man. Once his lifestyle was broadcast to the world, the harsh consequences of being defined as different may have been too much to bear.

But then again, it’s hard to tell these days who is safe and who is a target. When unrelated instances of two 13-year-olds committing suicide were reported in September due to anti-gay bullying, it became obvious that one need not be gay in order to become a target. It’s unclear that anyone outside of the teenagers’ parents knew of their sexual orientation. In a separate case last week, two teens and one adult were horrifically attacked and tortured by several men based on rumors that the three were gay. Read more

Cross-Post: Islamophobia on Trial

October 10, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comments Off
Filed under: International, News 

Dutch politican Geert Wilders goes on trial in Amsterdam tomorrow. Wilders is facing charges of incitement to hatred, discrimination against Muslims and insulting Moroccans and other non-Western foreigners. Huffington Post reports:

AMSTERDAM — Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders appealed for freedom of expression Monday as he went on trial for alleged hate speech at a time when his popularity and influence in the Netherlands are near all-time highs.

Prosecutors say Wilders has incited hate against Muslims, pointing to a litany of quotes read more

Fortress Europe, Fortress America II

October 7, 2010 by Rev. David L. Ostendorf · Comments Off
Filed under: American Identity, Immigration, International 

fortThe fallout from Fortress Europe—the ever-emerging and expanding efforts of European nations to expel or bar immigrants and foreigners—is reaching fever-pitch.  France is kicking out the Roma. Sweden has seated twenty representatives in Parliament from a nationalist, anti-immigrant party.  Germany is stirring over a blatantly anti-immigrant book by a (now former) Bundesbank Board member.  Long-simmering anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment in Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britain continues to fan the flames of racism and xenophobia as hatred spreads across the continent.

Fortress America follows fast on the heels of its Euro-kin. Yet, the anti-immigrant crowd never seems to be quite satisfied with its SB1070s or with growing, spreading anti-immigrant sentiment: witness the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) slam on its own toadies in the Republican Party for not putting enough emphasis on “comprehensive enforcement” in its recently crafted “Pledge to America.”  In this crowd there seems to be growing unease that, of all things, the economic crisis may be overriding concerns about immigration. Read more

Cross-Post: Alternet on US apologizes for sex-transmitted disease tests in Guatemala

October 2, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comments Off
Filed under: International, Politics 

The United States apologized Friday for a study conducted more than 60 years ago in Guatemala in which US-led picforresearchers infected hundreds of people with syphilis and gonorrhea without their consent.

The study conducted between 1946 and 1948 was “clearly unethical”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement issued jointly with Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in which the two officials extended an apology to “all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices.”

Clinton told Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom by phone of her “personal outrage and deep regret that such reprehensible research could have occurred,” Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela told reporters. Read more

Cross-Post: Wonk Room on Mistreatment of Roma in Europe

September 25, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comments Off
Filed under: International, News 

Andrea Nill over at the Wonk Room discusses the Roma situation in Europe which is testing the EU’s “open borders” policy for member states:

This summer, while the immigration debate broiled in the U.S., the government of France launched a countrywide crackdown on the Roma, an ethnic group with origins in South Asia or Eastern Europe, that drew criticism from both the United Nations and theread more

Injustice Somewhere is Injustice Everywhere

September 20, 2010 by Guest Blogger · Comments Off
Filed under: American Identity, Immigration, International 
The following article is one of a series of accounts from students who recently returned  from Arizona. They were part of a delegation that spent a week touring the state amid  the enactment of controversial law SB 1070. The Center for New Community, a national civil rights organization based in Chicago, sponsored the trip, which included nine students from Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and Colorado.

By Sandyselma Merilan

This year I lost twelve loved ones after the earthquake hit Haiti.  Every day, after January 12, 2010, I waited for a phone call from family members telling me about someone passing.  The anxiety I felt while waiting to hear if someone had been taken away from me was indescribable.  This anxiety is felt by Latino immigrants in this country every day, and it is not caused by a natural disaster but by government agencies.  Being an American used to mean that you proudly descended from immigrants or you were originally from somewhere else and came to this country for a better life.  That’s what the American dream was; to be able to come here and have the opportunities that your homeland couldn’t offer.   Now this dream is only promised to those who fit a narrower definition of American.  The idea of ripping families apart based on the fundamentals this country was built on is something I didn’t imagine was still happening in this country.

This anti-immigration movement  goes against the pillars of this country. To see such racism, classism and oppression in this century, shows the fight for social equality isn’t over. Social injustices and struggles for the American dream are just as American as immigration.  Every minority group that has come to this country from the Chinese to the Italians has faced some form of oppression and discrimination.   This struggle one of race, but more of a class issue.  All races are interdependent on each other, this relationship between different groups of people needs to be understood and accepted to truly evolve and change the concept of race and the importance of Human rights. Races are interdependent of each other because we must cohabitate and work together to achieve the dream of universal peace. Our stories are a lot more similar then they are different. Read more

Cross-Post: The Roma in France

August 22, 2010 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comments Off
Filed under: Immigration, International 

Originally Published in The Irish Times:

ONE MEMBER of his own UMP party has compared President Sarkozy’s crackdown on illegal Roma camps to “rafles”, the roundups of Jews in Nazi-occupied France. Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi has cautioned against stigmatising an entire ethnic group and fomenting xenophobia, while a spokesman for the European Commission has warned that group expulsions may well be illegal.

Following July riots sparked by the deaths of itinerant youths, Mr Sarkozy ordered the dismantling of 300 illegal Traveller and Roma camps as part of a broader campaign against crime. But the move has all the hallmarks of electoral grandstanding in the face of plummeting ratings. To date 51 camps have been dismantled, and Thursday saw the first charter flights taking 79 Roma back to Romania on a voluntary repatriation scheme. Some 700 of France’s estimated 15,000 Roma are to be expelled by the end of the month. Read more

Somalis in Minnesota Celebrate 50 Years of Independence

July 6, 2010 by Garat Ibrahim · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, International, Politics 

Somalis in Minnesota marked the 50th anniversary of the Somali Independence Day on Thursday at Saint Cloud’s State University Hall. Hundreds of Somalis and their friends gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary. In 2007, Ghana became the first African country to celebrate fifty years of independence from European colonial rule .This year sees several African countries celebrating half centuries of independence - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Niger and a couple more.

Several parts of Somalia gained independence from different colonial powers on or around July 1, 1960: former Italian Somaliland gained independence from Italy and British Somaliland gained independence on the 26th of June from Great Britain. July 1 the Republic of Somali was formed when the North and the South merged as one nation. Read more

Politics Mixes with Everything!

April 18, 2010 by Joan Flanagan · Comment
Filed under: International, Politics 

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered the keynote for the International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on April 13, 2010. As he addressed 3,000 professional fundraisers from dozens of countries, I wondered how his remarks would be received. The 79 year old slightly stooped priest was the only major speaker who did not use props, gimmicks, or PowerPoint. He just gripped the podium and preached to the crowd. You could have heard a pin drop.

As any good speaker he began with a joke, and then praised the audience. He reminded the audience of the importance of the organizing by college students in America and England in the 1980’s. They pressured their universities, then the businesses in college towns, and then the biggest businesses in the country like Coca-cola and General Motors to disinvest in South Africa as long as racial apartheid continued. Read more

Fighting Fascism is a Global Effort

April 8, 2010 by Chris Bober · Comment
Filed under: Culture, International 

anti-fascistSince early last year the United States has seen rapid growth in many sectors of the radical right. There has been unprecedented expansion of anti-government militia groups, increased anti-immigrant rhetoric in the tea party movement, and deeply troubling proof of the relationship between anti-immigrant groups and white nationalists. With all this rage in our own backyard, it has been easy to forget that fighting fascism is truly a global effort. While the outcome may be disappointing, one effort stands out amongst all others.

Over the course of the last year and a half in Poland, the anti-racist organization ‘Nigdy Wiecej’ (translated as Never Again) has patiently attempted to convince the online auction website, Allegro.pl, to discontinue its sale of Nazi memorabilia, white power music, and racist propaganda. The website is Poland’s largest internet trader and similar in format to E-Bay. Read more

Haiti Also Needs Psychological First Aid

February 3, 2010 by Chris Bober · 1 Comment
Filed under: Health, International 

The earthquake in Haiti this past month is reportedly the region’s worst in over 200 years. In the immediate aftermath, Haiti’s President René Préval called the devastation “unimaginable” with the quake destroying the country’s infrastructure and claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. An early estimate by the Haitian government puts the death toll at 150,000. Sadly, the number of lives lost may never be known because many Haitians were forced to bury their own family members and some bodies may never be recovered from the rubble.

In disaster relief missions of this magnitude, the first response is to provide immediate relief to the region. This includes medical care, food, water, and shelter. It is important to note that those involved with this effort are doing a heroic job providing these absolute necessities. They help to create stability and safety while reducing the ultimate death toll. However, some in the mental health community are concerned that not enough will be done to take care of the emotional needs of the Haitian people. Many of whom are in acute distress and run the risk of long-term trauma-related illness if adequate crisis care is not provided. Read more

Obama Sends Mixed Messages to Haitians

January 20, 2010 by Jessica Acee · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, International 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced plans to relocate hundreds of detainees from the Krome detention center in Miami to make room for Haitian migrants they fear will swarm America ports.

This is in addition to the other drastic measures, like broadcasting messages from US cargo planes flying over Haiti, that DHS has taken to make sure no Haitians try to migrate here.

This stands in stark contrast to Obama’s message of support for the Haitian people. “You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten,” he said last week, and stopped to compose himself. “In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you.”

Maybe he meant to say, “We stand with you as long as you stay put and do as we say.”

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Haiti Cannot Wait: an Open Letter to President Obama

January 13, 2010 by James E. Johnson Jr. · Comment
Filed under: International, Politics 

Dear President Obama,

Haitians should not be made to wait any longer for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). You’ve been in office for nearly a year, which provided ample time for your administration sign off on TPS for Haitians. As the U.S. continues to delay temporary protected status for Haitians the situation in Haiti becomes direr.

Yesterday’s earthquake is just the latest disaster the people of Haiti have suffered in the last few years. In August and September of 2008, Haiti was hit by four consecutive hurricanes (Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike) which killed over 800 people, displaced tens of thousands of Haitians and devastated the Haitian economy. If there was ever a country which fit the description and had a need for temporary protective status, it is Haiti. Read more

Good Will Towards All Men

December 22, 2009 by Amy Spicer · Comment
Filed under: International, Politics 

Walter Orlando Trochez was just 27 years old when he was gunned down in the Honduran city of Tegucigalpa. An HIV/AIDS outreach worker who had been active both in the LGBT movement and in political activity opposing the coup, Trochez had recently reported to the Attorney General’s Office that four armed men in civilian clothes attempted to kidnap him and that there had been a series of threats against his life because of his sexual orientation and participation in the resistance movement.

He made that report on December 5th. He was killed on December 14th. Read more

The Balkans – Twenty Years Later

December 15, 2009 by Cloee Cooper · Comment
Filed under: International, Politics 

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the same year that Slobodan Milosevic seized power in what is now former Yugoslavia. It is not surprising that the two events took place the same year. 1989 marks the end of Soviet-style Communism in Europe. The Balkans was commonly considered a crossroads where east meets west. Before Tito’s death, Yugoslavia often did not comply with economic and political pressures from the East or West. In the wake of his death in 1981, the region drastically changed. Read more

Crosspost: Criminals Target Hispanic Immigrants

December 13, 2009 by Imagine 2050 Editors · Comment
Filed under: International, Politics 

An interesting article, Criminals Target Hispanic Undocumented Immigrants, by the Utne Reader discusses how immigrant communities are victims of crime more often than ordinary citizens, and how a lack of trust in law enforcement contributes to the problem.

Thieves and violent criminals frequently target Hispanic immigrants in U.S. cities, zeroing in on a community that, due to an often justified distrust of law enforcement, is unlikely to report being victimized. Especially vulnerable are people who are undocumented.

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