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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without”

Posted by in Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, What About Peace Contest on 15th July, 2014 | No Comments

10264483_10152024243546548_8605060233026359083_n-1Meet the first winner of ‘What About Peace’? contest. She calls herself an amateur when it comes to photography but her creative eye in clicking mesmerizing nature themes can take anyone by surprise. Here is the second part of the conversational blog series with the talented visual art winner.
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Brazil’s Blowout Loss to Germany Was Tragically Fitting

Posted by in Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 9th July, 2014 | No Comments

Photo: Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil’s historic, blowout loss yesterday at the hands of the Germans was a shock – but in another sense it wasn’t. It was a fitting reflection of what this World Cup has been all along. If Brazilians take to the streets in the millions again it will not be because of a loss to Germany. It will be because of a feeling that they had lost the World Cup before the World Cup even began.
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Words of hope and peace from Nigeria

Posted by in What About Peace Contest, World News & Events on 8th July, 2014 | 2 Comments

WAP2014winnersThey are young, energetic and creative in their thoughts. Hear the stories of the winners of ‘What About Peace’? contest as they talk about their pieces of art, their creative interests and plans for summer. Our first conversation is with the grand prize winner from Nigeria. Stay tuned for such inspirational stories from ‘What About Peace’ winners as they feature on our blog one by one during summer.
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Global Day of Action: Support. Don’t Punish.

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 26th June, 2014 | 2 Comments

SupportDontPunishOn Thursday June 26th, people will take to the streets, the internet, the airwaves, and public plazas in more than 80 cities around the world to protest harmful drug laws at the root of violence and mass incarceration. The Support. Don’t Punish: Global Day of Action seeks to promote a more effective and humane approach to drugs that is based on public health and human rights.
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FIFA: Return the Beauty to “The Beautiful Game”

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, Reality Tours, World News & Events on 20th June, 2014 | 1 Comment

Photo: Leaders We DeserveBrazilians love soccer, as do millions of people around the world. But FIFA needs comprehensive institutional reform in order to make the “the beautiful game” beautiful again. (This is the third installment of a multi-part series examining the preparations and aftermaths of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil)
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Not another U.S. intervention in Iraq

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 18th June, 2014 | 2 Comments

Jessica_IraqSignThe recent escalation of sectarian civil-conflict in Iraq is driving a humanitarian catastrophe. Untold thousands are fleeing fighting in northern Iraq. Graphic reports of “cold-blooded executions” of Iraqi army soldiers by victorious rebel forces have been reported in the international media and verified by UN observers. But renewed U.S. intervention is not the answer.
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A World Cup for Whom?

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 11th June, 2014 | 2 Comments

Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

Photo: Getty ImagesThe 2014 World Cup is about far more than sport. Beyond the matches and parties, a much more important story has been unfolding. (This the second installment of a multi-part series examining the preparations and aftermaths of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil)
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Re-think the World Cup

Posted by in Featured, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 5th June, 2014 | 4 Comments

Brazilian artist Paulo Ito created this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo. The image has since gone viral. 
Courtesy of Paulo Ito. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauloito/13998946669On June 12th, the world will shift its attention and collective body clock south for the 2014 World Cup. FIFA and its corporate sponsors will have you believe the month-long marquee event is solely about soccer and the pinnacle competition of the world’s most popular sport. While an intriguing storyline, it is a misleading half-truth at best. (This is part one of a multi-part series examining the preparations and aftermaths of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil)
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GAP Announces It ‘Does More’ But Not For Its Workers

Posted by in Human Rights, World News & Events on 3rd June, 2014 | 2 Comments

takedownWhen activist organization 18MillionRising launched the website GapDoesMore.com, they claimed that GAP had finally agreed to compensate the families of 7 workers killed in the Aswad factory fire. They intended to pressure the company to finally join 160+ other companies and Bangladeshi Unions and sign onto the Bangladesh Safety Accord to prevent future deaths at its supplier factories.
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The Voices of the Cuban Five

Posted by in Freedom to Travel to Cuba, Global Exchange News & Events on 14th May, 2014 | 4 Comments

GXHRA_Slides_CubanFiveGlobal Exchange announced the Cuban Five as the winner of the People’s Choice Award in April, in advance of the 12th Annual Human Rights Awards, held May 8 in San Francisco, CA. Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero – three of the Cuban Five – remain in prison in the United States, and René González and Fernando Gonzales have recently been released, after serving the entirety of their sentences and all have written letters to Global Exchange, expressing appreciation for the Award and awareness raising of their cases.
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