Avaaz, Stop Child Labor NOW, a slave at five

India is stalling the toughest child labour law in its history... because politicians say it’s not a ‘priority’! But the majority of MPs support it and all they need is a massive public push to bring it to a vote. Let´s raise our voices for India´s children. Sign Now The Indian Parliament is closing without passing the toughest child labor law in its history. Worse, the bill is supported by the majority of MPs, but it was ignored for weeks, because they felt it was not a … [Read more...]

The Whistleblower: The movie the U.N. would prefer you didn’t see

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Hollywood last year to cajole filmmakers and movie stars into making pictures that portray the U.N.'s good works. The Whistleblower, a scathing full-length account of the U.N. peacekeeping effort in Bosnia during the late 1990s, is not what he had in mind. The Samuel Goldwyn Films movie, which is due out in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Aug. 5, stars British actress Rachel Weisz as a U.N. policewoman who stumbles into the sordid … [Read more...]

AVAAZ.org , Murder in the Amazon‏

The Amazon forest is at risk. The Brazilian Congress has watered down strict forest protection laws and brave Brazilian activists are being murdered for speaking out. It’s time for us to take this critical battle global -- if we all call on President Dilma to veto the bill, we could save the Amazon. The Amazon is in serious danger, the lower house of the Brazilian congress has approved a gutting of Brazil’s forest protection laws. Unless we act now, vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be … [Read more...]

CHINA: New Interest in Chinese Foreign Policy

  Celebrating growth in relations with our neighbour, CHINA! "Erica Downs, a fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings, gave the following testimony before the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission, in a hearing titled: "China's Foreign Policy: Challenges and Players." I first would like to thank the members of the Commission for the opportunity to testify. It is an honor to participate in this hearing. My remarks today will focus on how … [Read more...]

Libya: Iman al-Obeidi dragged away for reporting rape‏

Last Saturday, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel, telling reporters she had been gang-raped by 15 of Qaddafi's men. She was dragged away by regime thugs, and no one has seen her since. Let’s raise a massive outcry for Turkey, which has helped free other Libyan hostages, to help save Iman. Sign now and forward this email: Last Saturday, a young woman lawyer named Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and pleaded with foreign journalists for help, showing bruises and crying that … [Read more...]

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