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Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

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Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

A petition urges President Obama to look into the matter, as the U.S. government’s stand of denying visa to Narendra Modi is based on biased media information and contorted facts. By Rakesh Raman An online petition is urging President Barack Obama to invite the Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of an Indian political party BJP [...]

How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

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How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

Is AIDS a civil rights issue? Yes, says a new campaign. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed this Monday, Jan. 20th, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is releasing a new national billboard awareness campaign headlined “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue.” As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS [...]

UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

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UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid,” the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today. It confirmed that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected by the current fighting between pro- and anti-Government troops, particularly Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and Juba. “This is critical to enable the Mission to deliver on its mandate [...]

South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

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South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

The United Nations human rights chief expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the “pandemic of sexual violence” in the country. “There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists [...]

Human Rights Center Going Green

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Human Rights Center Going Green

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has unveiled the new architectural rendering for the Center, created by the team of architects at Freelon/HOK. The 35,000 square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building is designed to be environmentally sustainable. The Center also announced that it has secured Phase I of funding, which [...]

Human Rights Violations during Congo Elections: UN

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Human Rights Violations during Congo Elections: UN

A UN report released today details serious human rights violations, including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention, committed in Kinshasa by Congolese and security forces in the context of the 2011 presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Earlier human rights organization Amnesty International said it is appalled by the latest report [...]

How Do I Get Rid of SlideShare?

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How Do I Get Rid of SlideShare?

As part of my work, I keep testing various Web services. Today, I decided to use something called SlideShare, which calls itself “the world’s largest community for sharing presentations.” When I tried to use it, I was asked to open my account. I did. By Rakesh Raman I entered the site and found it utterly [...]

“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

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“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

Following the announcement that the state of Georgia has executed Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released the following statement: “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a person who may well be innocent. Killing a man under this enormous cloud of doubt is [...]

Hollywood Celebs to Help Film Director Jafar Panahi

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Hollywood Celebs to Help Film Director Jafar Panahi

Amnesty International will lead a delegation of Hollywood luminaries to the Iran Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, June 8 to symbolically rename a NYC street plaza “Azadi Square” (“Freedom Square”) and deliver tens of thousands of petition signatures demanding the reversal of the harsh sentence against acclaimed film director Jafar Panahi (pictured above). [...]

Forum to Discuss Roots of Conflicts in Middle East

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Forum to Discuss Roots of Conflicts in Middle East

Sheikh Fahad Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah launched Sunday the two-day forum, Renewing Dialogue for Peace and Advancing Freedom and Human Rights in Today’s World. Sponsored by The Fahad Al Salem Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations and Defense of Liberty (the Center).  the forum intends to engage and introduce world leaders, renowned academics and [...]

Using Social Media for Social Change: Mallika Dutt

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Using Social Media for Social Change: Mallika Dutt

With nearly one-tenth of the world’s 7 billion people connected with each other through online social strings, social media fad has almost reached its frothy peak. While online social games are among the biggest baits to attract crowds on social media sites, here’s a global human rights organization — Breakthrough — that wants to leverage the pervasive [...]

Social Game to Change the Future of America

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Social Game to Change the Future of America

“America 2049” players portray agents assigned by Jefferson Williams II (Garber) to capture fugitive Ken Asaba (Perrineau). As gameplay unfolds, they encounter an America splintered by race and ethnicity, hostile to women and self-expression. It challenges people to ask: “How close are we already to “America 2049” — and how can we work together for [...]

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