Canada's 'alternative Nobel' winners call for water rights, global justice                                   (07.12.2005) STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CP) - Two Canadian recipients of this year's Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the "alternative Nobels," on Tuesday said privatization of fresh water resources represents a threat to human rights.

SMILE, WOMAN OF AFRICA, SMILE!                                                                                           A. N. Kithaka - This week holds two important events for African women. The 25th of  November marks the start of the 16 Days of Gender Activism Against Violence, an international campaign meant to raise awareness about gender violence, strengthen the work of local organisations and  demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world. Incorporating  the International Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25th)  and International Human Rights Day (December 10), the goal of the campaign is to link violence against women to the fact that it is a  human rights violation. November 25 is also especially important for  African women, as it is the day that the Protocol on the Rights of  Women in Africa comes into force.

ORION - Magazine November/December 2005                                                                            MARK DOWIE - "Conservation Refugees" - When protecting nature means kicking people out ...

Diversity vital to our knowledge                                                                                                  (01.11.2005) By Diona Fay Howard - "Hello class, welcome to intellectual heritage 51. Can anyone tell me what intellectual heritage means?" says a Temple professor at the beginning of each semester. A bold student ready to earn an A for the course eagerly answers, "It means the legacy of great thinkers and ideas in this world."

DISPOSSESSING AFRICA'S WEALTH                                                                                          (Patrick Bond - Oct. 2005) Exactly how much wealth does Africa lose every year? Third World  repayments of $340 billion each year flow northwards to service a  $2.2 trillion debt, more than five times the G8's development aid  budget, notes Patrick Bond. In addition Africa’s citizens experience  depletion of assets like forests and mineral resources, and suffer  the impact of pollution as a result of mining. In this context, Bond  argues that those who claim international integration can enrich  Africa are wrong.

New Land Mapping System to Give People Greater Say                                                            (September 23, 2005) Kenya will soon have an electronic land adjudication system if the Government adopts recommendations by an international conference.

PEACE MESSAGE TO STAKEHOLDERS                                                                                       SOMALI YOUNG TURKS LEAGUE - POLITICAL PARTY (Date : 21/09/ 2005) PRESS STATEMENT - Inauguration for World Peace Day 21st September 2005 - We do have the opportunity to accommodate our sincere message to all Somali people with respect of the World Peace Day by using the whole local and international media ,Somalis ought to understand important of peace cohesion from hold to national level with resilient and confidence Somalis can restore peace and rebuild their country.

Somalis drown on Yemen crossing                                                                                             (04.09.2005) At least 58 migrants have drowned and many more are feared to have died on an illegal boat crossing from Somalia to Yemen, a Somali official has said.

CHALLENGES OF DOMESTICATION: THE PROTOCOL TO THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON HUMAN AND PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN AFRICA (Sept. 2005) Once 15 African countries have ratified The Protocol To The African Charter On Human and Peoples' Rights On The Rights of Women in Africa, its provisions will have to be included in country-level legislation. This is the next challenge facing the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Campaign, says Sarah Mukasa, who assesses some of the potential stumbling blocks inherent in the domestication process. “It is imperative that strategies adopted for this campaign take into account these factors and prepare for the resistances that will surely come,” she warns.

SOMALIA: Peace activist shot dead in Mogadishu                                                                      NAIROBI, 11 July (IRIN) - Unidentified assailants shot and killed a prominent Somali peace activist Abdulkadir Yahya Ali on Monday during an early morning raid on his home in Mogadishu, the UN and a family member said.

How long must Somalis suffer?                                                                                                   (23.06.2005) Now that Somalia President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed left Nairobi for his war-torn country, the question that remains unanswered is whether his departure will restore peace in the country where famine, war, and all the crimes that go along with them has existed for decades.

At the core of every problem in Somalia is clan                                                                         (16 June 2005) Today every Somali living abroad though educated are divided thanks to this satanic system of tribalism. Apart from their financial aid to ignite violence in the country, they take part their prayers in different mosques belonging to sub clans, writes Mohamud Abdisamad Gure

BIANCA JAGGER BACKS NEW CAMPAIGN FOR WORLD'S TRIBES                                             'Alternative Nobel Prize' meeting, Salzburg, 13 June 2005 - Bianca Jagger has backed a new campaign for the world's governments to sign up to the main international law protecting tribal people.

Poverty is a major obstacle to indigenous rights                                                                        PARTICIPANTS IN INDIGENOUS FORUM HIGHLIGHT DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF POVERTY, CONFLICTS, LACK OF ACCESS TO HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION (2005-05-25) CL - As the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues continued its fourth session today, participants highlighted the disastrous effects of poverty, ongoing conflicts and lack of access to education on the achievement of full human rights, and stressed the urgent need to complete the draft declaration on indigenous rights.

Indigenous people resist DNA-project                                                                                         Genographic research as neo-colonial attitude (28.04.2005) The ambitious DNA profiling "Genographic project" which seeks to retrace the path of human settlement on Earth has been encountering resistance among indigenous people. After a boycott-appeal by the US-American Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, now some Maori and African First Nations have also announced concerns over the project .

MIDNIMO press release with regards to the current situation in Somalia                                   Somali Concern Group - PRESS RELEASE - 2nd March 2005 - Somali Concern Group (SCG) is deeply concerned about the current situation in Somalia, in light of the possibility of deploying international peacekeeping forces in to Somalia. SCG believes that peace and security in Somalia is paramount, however, we urge the government to ensure that the process must be transparent and well structured.

Somalia's struggle against glorified guns                                                                                   (17 February, 2005) The latest book by world renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah is a gripping account of the dangers and insanity of life in Mogadishu after 14 years of anarchy.


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