Wednesday, 5 January 2011

George Clooney teams up with Google to prevent violence in Sudan

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,International Law: War,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 20:55 PDT

SAN FRANCISCO – Concerned about an impending civil war between the north and south Sudan, George Clooney and Google have teamed up to launch a joint project to monitor the African country via satellite…

The United Nations and the Harvard Human Initiative have also joined Clooney to prevent another civil war in the Sudan.

It is the upcoming Jan. 9, 2011 election in the Sudan that could lead to a bloody civil war.


Peace Mediation Essentials – Business Actors in Mediation Processes

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 20:25 PDT

Business actors can contribute to peace processes by influencing the parties, mobilizing the wider community, providing financial or logistical support to the process, acting as experts by bringing knowledge to the process, monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement, and exploring ways to create jobs.


What would the world look like if CPT succeeded beyond our wildest dreams? (No prose allowed)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011 17:00 PDT to Tuesday, 15 February 2011 17:00 PDT

Over the last few months, CPTers have been thinking together about the story of our work as part of Mission and Presentation Re-visioning Process (MAPR). We’d like to invite you to join us in that pondering this advent season. We recognize that CPT’s way of working has developed and matured over the last twenty-five years and in thinking about revising our mission, we realized that we need to first be able to describe the kind of world that we and are our partners are working to create. We need a vision statement and we need your help to write one.

Over the next two months, we invite you to dream, think, pray and imagine an answer to this question: Were CPT to succeed fully as a movement, as a community, and as an organization, what would the world look like?…

You can send your submission by mail to one of our offices* or by email to timn [at] cpt [dot] org”> . Please respond by 15 February at the latest.


UNICEF Congo: Law for indigenous populations welcome milestone

Filed under: Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:06 PDT

BRAZZAVILLE, UNICEF today hailed a groundbreaking new law that gives Congolese children belonging to indigenous populations – until now the most vulnerable amongst the vulnerable – a legal basis to access health, education and protection.


Oil and power at center of vote to split Sudan

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:33 PDT

Southern Sudan is scheduled to start voting on January 9 on whether to become an independent country or remain part of Sudan, Africa’s largest nation which has been wracked by decades of conflict.


Ideas sought for legacy of residential schools

Filed under: Indigenous Peoples,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:19 PDT

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is asking for help commemorating the legacy of Indian residential schools.

The Winnipeg-based TRC has $10 million to spend on memorials or events honouring residential school students, and it’s asking artists, churches, aboriginal groups and anyone else to submit project proposals before March 18.


ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: USA and Canada sign UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Filed under: Indigenous Peoples,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:19 PDT

On 12 November 2010, Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.S. followed suit on 16 December. Both countries, along with Australia and New Zealand, initially voted against the Declaration when the UN General Assembly adopted it on 13 September 2007, but with these recent endorsements, the Declaration is now unanimously recognized by the international community.

The Declaration is the result of more than twenty years of discussions and negotiations, making it one of the most carefully designed instruments to support human rights on an international level. According to Amnesty International, “The Declaration does not create new or special rights. Instead, the Declaration provides urgently needed guidance in applying existing international human rights standards to the specific circumstances and needs of Indigenous Peoples.”

It remains to be seen how the Declaration will affect the attitudes and actions of the U.S. and Canada towards Indigenous Peoples.


Rule of law crucial for safe investment

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:58 PDT

There is a legal issue that many people in Canada, especially those in business, often take for granted. It is appropriate to raise it here, in my first column for 2011, so keep reading. Your business depends on it.

It’s called the rule of law, and it’s more important than anything else you’ll read about leasing, franchising or trademarks in 2011. Whether it relates to you as an individual or to the operation of your business, you’ll only realize how important the rule of law is when it’s not there, and right now, it’s not there in Russia.


’Firms paid more attention to social, environmental issues’

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:56 PDT

Three out of four indicators of corporate social responsibility (CSR) rose in 2010, according to BeyondBusiness, a consulting firm which assists companies with meeting requirements.


Israeli warplanes hit Gaza: Palestinians

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:39 PDT

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli warplanes attacked two targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Tuesday without causing any casualties, Palestinian security sources said.


NYT’s Henriques: Most important investigative question is ‘Who cares?’

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:42 PDT

Being efficient at doing investigative reporting is going to be even more important going forward and it’s extremely important now.

And while you’re at it, efficiency may come in the form of keeping investigative stories shorter…

But first, she wanted to set everyone straight about what investigative reporting is to business journalists.

What it’s not. Investigative reporting is not event-driven coverage. Although you can apply investigative techniques to daily journalism. It is not explanatory journalism, although it’s closer. Explanatory journalism is the kind of journalism to which we all should aspire.

What it is. As she has tried to practice investigative reporting, Henriques said, it is distinguished by its mission: “Holding people with power accountable for the impact what they do has on the rest of us.”


What 2011 holds for investigative reporting

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:41 PDT

Despite newsroom layoffs in 2010 and economic forecasts that this may be a tough year for media companies, several top investigative journalists say 2011 could be a turning point for their craft. The group — which represents print, broadcast and online; national and local; profit and nonprofit organizations — predicts we may be entering a new era of investigative reporting.


Joining the global dialogue on corporate social responsibility

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:54 PDT

In our hyper-integrated global economy, corporate performance and resilience is increasingly vulnerable. When things go wrong, reputational risk moves quickly through, and up, supply chains. Activists have learned to leverage this to effect social change – and corporate leaders are becoming equally adept at managing, rather than being managed by, public expectations.

It’s not surprising that decision-makers – from courts to legislators, business leaders to institutional investors – are re-thinking market norms and corporate cultures. Debate is heated about what the values in business should be, and how they can be used to legitimize business activities.

Canada, with its relatively concentrated, resource-based economy and progressive social policies, has focused on sustainability issues, including the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. In March, 2009, a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy was laid out for the Canadian extractive sector (mining, oil and gas). It spelled out concrete measures, including establishment of a CSR counsellor to assist in the resolution of issues arising from activities of Canadian companies abroad.


Canada silent on Sri Lankan war crimes

Filed under: International Law: War,Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:00 PDT

Why do some conflicts attract more attention than others? Why, for example, did throngs of celebrities hold rallies and concerts to shed light on the atrocities occurring in Darfur, while dozens of other conflicts and human rights violations are ignored by the international community?

The Tibetan fight against Chinese domination is, for example, a cause célèbre around the world. Northwest of Tibet, the Uighurs, numbering around 7 million people, have been waging a similar struggle against the Chinese government for centuries.

However, as Clifford Bob writes in his award-winning book Marketing Rebellion, “No Hollywood stars or corporate moguls write fat checks for the Uighurs. No Uighur leader has visited with a U.S. president or won the Nobel Peace Prize.” In stark contrast to the Tibetans, many do not even know they exist.

The Uighurs, Bob argues, have essentially failed a marketing contest, a game which only a handful of social movements have learned to play well. While I am not equating the Uighur cause with that of the Tamils, both communities have spent years attempting to gain international legitimacy.


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