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U.S. to support African countries in peacekeeping operations: FM - GlobalPost

U.S. to support African countries in peacekeeping operations: FM - GlobalPost | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
U.S. to support African countries in peacekeeping operations: FM GlobalPost She said "the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnerships, which is a new investment of 110 million dollars a year for three to five years, is to build the capacity of...
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15 countries vying for seats on UN Human Rights Council | United Nations Radio

15 countries vying for seats on UN Human Rights Council | United Nations Radio | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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Fifteen new members are on Tuesday being elected to sit on the UN Human Rights Council.
The Council was created by the General Assembly in 2006 to address human rights violations.

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IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas

IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday.

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Nigerian president 'spent $1million of aid money meant for poverty-stricken country on star-studded festival featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z'

Nigerian president 'spent $1million of aid money meant for poverty-stricken country on star-studded festival featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z' | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
A letter stamped and signed by Bayelsa State officials in Nigeria revealed that the then Governor Goodluck Jonathan released the money for the ThisDay Music Festival in Lagos in 2006 in which Beyonce performed.
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Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Understand what Transformational Leadership is and how to use it to really drive people-centred success.
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Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’ | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

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Leona Ungerer's curator insight, October 21, 2:54 AM

This publication is available as a free e-book. "Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA). It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited ..."

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Its Independence jubilee - News24

Zambia will celebrate its golden jubilee on 24 October, 2014 .The country has lined up a number of activities to celebrate the independence.
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Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Cursed Journalist Heidi Holland to Suicide with Help ... - International Business Times UK

Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Cursed Journalist Heidi Holland to Suicide with Help ... - International Business Times UK | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Wife of Zimbabwean dictator says she prayed God to punish Dinner with Mugabe author Heidi Holland.
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Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style

"A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youths in Cambodia."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 22, 4:34 PM
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization.  Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography).  What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
Anna B. Scott's curator insight, October 19, 1:41 PM

Incredible story. The deportation scheme is thoroughly illogical. This practice is what fueling the violence in many Central American countries. Lucky for Cambodia, KK wants a fresh start...

Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, October 20, 11:49 AM

Urban youth culture in Cambodia. Globalization. US culture spread through former refugee. What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?

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The Greatest Invention?

"What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 11, 3:58 PM

What one invention has made the greatest difference in the lives of people all around the world?  The case can be made for the washing machine; it has been a major tool in transforming the lives of women and restructuring gender roles in industrialized societies. 


Tags: gapminder, poverty gendertechnology, industry, development, TED.

Kelli Jones's curator insight, October 19, 5:41 PM

I think that it is really interesting how something that almost everybody in todays society has and uses and doesn't really think about, can be described as a "miracle" to some people.

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Feeding Our Hungry Planet

"By 2050, the world's population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine.  Visit http://natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food issues as we investigate the Future of Food today on World Food Day."

 

Tags: sustainability, agriculture, food production, unit 5 agriculture.


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Truthbehere2's curator insight, October 17, 10:30 AM

I think I might as well buy some land and plant my own huge garden for this crap coming up and have a fence around my yard too

Nancy Watson's curator insight, October 19, 8:53 AM

Population increase is just part of the story. How do we feed everyone? How will we provide for the needs of everyone?  Can the earth sustain the use of her resources and the impact of our growing needs and output. First we must eat. Can we learn to do that wisely? 

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Mozambique: Gaza Declared Free of Land Mines

Mozambique: Gaza Declared Free of Land Mines | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Maputo — All 11 districts of the southern Mozambican province of Gaza have been declared free of land mines, following an assessment made by the National Demining Institute (IND), in partnership with the provincial government.

A ceremony to mark the end of demining operations took place in Mabalane district in Wednesday. The last mine was destroyed, and the shrapnel was offered to the provincial governor, Raimundo Diomba.

Mabalane was the most heavily mined district in Gaza. During the war of destabilisation, mines were planted in localities along the line of rail, in an attempt to protect the Limpopo Corridor, the railway from Maputo to Zimbabwe, from attack by the apartheid-backed Renamo rebels.

The demining of Mabalane was undertaken by a Belgian NGO, Apopo, which used rats trained to detect mines under the soil, as well as the more orthodox manual and mechanizing demining methods.

Apopo cleared an area of six million square metres (rather more than 545 football fields) and destroyed over 3,000 mines. It finished the demining of Mabalane before the deadline of 2013.

With the successful conclusion of the demining programme in Gaza, 105 of the country’s 128 districts are now free of mines – all known minefields in these districts have been cleared, and they contain no suspect areas.....


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Politically reduced, broke and with no clear vision: Renamo returns to the bush – By Joseph HanlonAfrican Arguments | African Arguments

Politically reduced, broke and with no clear vision: Renamo returns to the bush – By Joseph HanlonAfrican Arguments | African Arguments | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
a href=”http://africanarguments.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dhlakama1.jpg”>; Afonso Dhlakama has been unable to turn Renamo’s post-war support base into…

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US Issues Travel Alert for Mozambique Ahead of Elections

US Issues Travel Alert for Mozambique Ahead of Elections | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
(WASHINGTON) — The State Department has issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Mozambique as the African country prepares to hold general elections next month. Elections are scheduled to take place on Oct.

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Librarians Are Dedicated to User Privacy. The Tech They Have to Use Is Not.

Librarians Are Dedicated to User Privacy. The Tech They Have to Use Is Not. | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Adobe has made it extremely easy for unwanted eyes to read over the shoulders of library patrons. Last week reports surfaced about how Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book software collects and transmits information about readers in plain text.

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Africa Analysis: Ranking African universities globally

Africa Analysis: Ranking African universities globally | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Four African universities have been recently ranked globally, but does it matter? Linda Nordling explains.

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New UNDP Report Highlights the Role That Cash Transfers Can Play in ... - AllAfrica.com

New UNDP Report Highlights the Role That Cash Transfers Can Play in ... - AllAfrica.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UNDP has released a new report on cash transfers and HIV prevention. Cash transfers are a major tool in the fight against poverty in its many forms.
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Role of the General Assembly. United Nations Peacekeeping

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The Role of the General Assembly and how it relates to UN Peacekeeping.
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U.S. Government Outreach to Think Tanks

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How does Washington really work? Jeremy Shapiro takes a look at the interaction between government and think tanks.
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United Nations Volunteers: UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with Action Aid Denmark

United Nations Volunteers: UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with Action Aid Denmark | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Action Aid Denmark reaffirmed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the UNV Partnerships Forum 2014.

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Blended Learning | Common Craft

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Emilie's curator insight, September 25, 8:32 AM

Une explication simple du blended learning et de la classe inversée.

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 11, 4:06 PM

I love Common Craft videos. You have fun while learning about complex topics. I added many of their videos to my online Internet/Web fundamentals class.  Thanfully, they keep adding more choices!

Anna-Liisa Hayward's curator insight, October 24, 9:48 AM

Useful if you are planning to explore blended learning in your teaching situation. 

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Let’s Talk About Geography and Ebola

Let’s Talk About Geography and Ebola | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Why knowing where countries are in Africa matters for how the rest of the world thinks about Ebola.

 

Cultural and media norms that often refer to Africa as one entity rather than an 11.7 million-square-mile land mass comprised of 54 countries and over 1.1 billion people who speak over 2,000 different languages.  This cultural confusion means that, when a dangerous virus like Ebola breaks out, Americans who are used to referring to “Africa” as one entity may make mistakes in understanding just how big of a threat Ebola actually is, who might have been exposed to it, and what the likelihood of an individual contracting it might be.  This Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on African economies beyond the three most heavily affected by Ebola, and that damage is completely avoidable. The East and Southern African safari industry provides a good example. Bookings for safaris there — including for the famed Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania — have plummeted due to the Ebola outbreak. These actions are based in fear, not reality.

 

Tags: Ebola, medical, diffusion, Africa, regions, perspective.


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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, October 15, 10:37 AM

Great current classroom discussion aide!

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, October 16, 11:36 AM

With this week new Ebola outbreak on US soil, one might think that the entire African Continent is infected with the disease. In actuality, in order to understand the Ebola outbreak in some countries in West Africa, one must first understand the map of Africa and the diversity and square miles that make up the continent. While we are concerned about the virus entering our homeland, those in South Africa and bordering countries are equally concerned about the spread of this deadly disease in their land. Just because we are miles away from the heart of the outbreak, those living on the continent are equally afraid for their life as we are here.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, October 23, 12:35 PM

Just a few days ago, another student in one of my classes referred to Africa as a country and not a continent. After my professor cringed and corrected the student, she explained how unfortunately, she has to make that correction more often than you would thing. Many people do not realize the size of Africa, and that some places in Africa are further from the illness than part of Europe. Media headlines such as “Ebola Crisis in Africa” can create mass hysteria and further create judgment and discrimination towards the continent. South Africa is different from Sierra Leone which is different from Madagascar which is different from Egypt. By grouping all of these places together under one ignorantly used continent name, people are less likely to understand where Ebola really is, and why it is there. The irony shown by the college in Texas denying entry to a Nigerian citizen just proves the kind of fear mongering and misunderstanding that the Americans wallow in due to lack of geographical knowledge and lack of concern towards anything other than their own home. 

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The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place

The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
How alarmist, racist coverage of Ebola makes things worse. A dressing down of the latest #NewsweekFail.

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The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place

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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, October 17, 10:23 AM

Well stated, Seth Dixon!

Christian Allié's curator insight, October 18, 3:33 AM

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The Newsweek story could generate additional prejudice against African migrants, a population that already suffers from greater prejudice than other immigrant groups. In the psychology study referenced above, researchers found that simply manipulating the geographical origin of a hypothetical immigrant group – from Eastern Africa to Eastern Asia to Eastern Europe — yielded significant differences in attitudes in a study population toward the immigrant group.

 

Fear-mongering narratives about Ebola circulating in the popular media can also have a serious effect on knowledge and attitudes about Ebola. Though there are no cases of person-to-person infection in the United States, a recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reports 39 percent of Americans think there will be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States and more than a quarter of Americans are concerned that they or someone in their immediate family may get sick with Ebola in the next year. A similar poll conducted for Reason-Rupe had four in 10 Americans saying an Ebola outbreak in the United States was likely, and conservative Americans were more likely to say an outbreak was likely. These two national surveys show Americans are grossly overestimating their risk of infection.

 

The long history of associating immigrants and disease in America and the problematic impact that has on attitudes toward immigrants should make us sensitive to the impact of “othering” African immigrants to the United States in the midst of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Scare-mongering about infinitesimally small risks in one context serves no purpose to the greater good of trying to curb disease transmission and relieve people’s suffering in another context.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 20, 12:40 PM

unit 3 and 4

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Feeding the Whole World

"Louise Fresco argues that a smart approach to large-scale, industrial farming and food production will feed our planet's incoming population of nine billion. Only foods like (the scorned) supermarket white bread, she says, will nourish on a global scale."


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Marianne Naughton's curator insight, October 19, 12:07 PM

Feed The World ...

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Fresco argues that we tend to see "home-made" agriculture as a thing of beauty, whereas the reality is that many small scale farmers struggle and live a subsistence lifestyle. The adoration of small-scale farming, notes Fresco, is a luxury to those who can afford it. Large-scale production has increased the availability and affordability of food. Food production should be given as high a priority as climate change and sustainability, and we should seriously consider ways in which land can be used as a multi-purpose space that includes agriculture.

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 24, 10:55 AM

Louise Fresco speaks of local food production and small scale control

and the entire food nework

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Rogue trophy hunters supply rhino poachers with ammo?

Rogue trophy hunters supply rhino poachers with ammo? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Rogue South African trophy hunters are directly involved in “a mad scramble” to poach rhinos and get their horns out of the Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources....

 

Documents seen by the Daily Maverick show the errant trophy hunters are supplying Mozambican poachers with ammunition and helping them to sell the horns illegally. They manage to avoid apprehension by bribing local officials and courting influence with Mozambican politicians.

 

The hunters run safari outfits along the south-eastern border of the Kruger, and they gain access to the park through gaps in the fence between the two countries. They cannot be named owing to the seriousness of the trafficking allegations against them.

 

They operate in the vicinity of Corumana dam and the former Magud headquarters of Mozambique’s Renamo movement. Corumana dam is a popular destination among birders and fishers, and is being expanded to supply water to Maputo about 30km away....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:12 PM

Some safari outfitter (aka trophy hunters) along the southester border of the Kruger supposedly providing rhino poachers from Mozambique with ammo and helping them sell their horns!

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Renamo rejects Mozambique talks

Renamo rejects Mozambique talks | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Mozambique's main opposition party, Renamo, has rejected President Armando Guebuza's offer of peace talks following recent clashes.

 
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