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Technologies Aiding Democracy Uprisings

Technologies Aiding Democracy Uprisings

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There are a number of technologies that are being brought to bear by a technologically savvy population that is fed up with authoritarian and corrupt governance. I review some of them here. …

Social Media as a Tool for Protest

Social Media as a Tool for Protest

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The role of social media in protests and revolutions has garnered considerable media attention in recent years. Current conventional wisdom has it that social networks have made regime change easier to organize and execute. An underlying assumption is that social media is making it more difficult to sustain an authoritarian…

Is Sustainable Development a Utopian Quest?

Is Sustainable Development a Utopian Quest?

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Proposals for utopian projects and speculative works in the utopian genre tend to focus on solving a central social problem, predominantly the inequality of socioeconomic class status and its related problems of poverty. This article applies the Five Core Principles test to a sustainable project currently under development in Peru…

Transparency International Petitions G20 on Financial Reform

Transparency International Petitions G20 on Financial Reform

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On January 3rd, Transparency International issued a letter to the G-20 commending them on the continuing work they have been doing on a comprehensive Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Further, they made specific recommendations regarding the ongoing design and implementation of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). …

HERO Appeal

HERO Appeal

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Urgent appeal for support for a medical mission at a Tibetan Refugee camp in India from HERO Founder, Dr. Julie Williams. …

Free Trade or Fair Trade: That is the question

Free Trade or Fair Trade: That is the question

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Two important contributions to the discussion of free and fair trade and the nexus of trade and the environment are reviewed and summarized here. …

Poverty-Spot Tourism: An invitation from South India

Poverty-Spot Tourism: An invitation from South India

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SPEED Trust has formed an alliance with two additional organizations working with the destitute and disabled in Chennai: 1) the GRRC and, 2) LEED Trust to provide for a new form of tourism. They have jointly formed Human Trip India a consortium of local, reliable organizations, acting in…

A River of Light in the Desert

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There is a new vision and model project for the Middle East. It is being developed by The Sustainability Laboratory in the Negev desert in Israel. This article outlines why there is hope for this new vision.

Why no press coverage of the Giri Cyclone?

Why no press coverage of the Giri Cyclone?

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On October 22 a category 4 cyclone made landfall in the Arakan region of Myanmar [Burma]. With winds up to 120 mph, it destroyed 70 villages, 15,000 houses, 318 schools and 17,500 acres of agricultural lands in Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyaukpyu, and Minbya townships. Forty-five people are reported dead and…

Development Initiatives in Peru

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This is a short film that profiles the work of two remarkable women working in the Sacred Valley of Peru on Millenium Development Goals 1 (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger), 2 (achieve universal primary education) and 3 (enhance gender parity).