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New Venezuela Sanctions – Are They Really About Human Rights?

Posted by in Featured, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, Uncategorized, World News & Events on 12th March, 2015 | No Comments

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)Last week, the U.S. government slapped Venezuela with new sanctions in the name of human rights and “national security”. To be sure, the claim that Venezuela poses an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States is self-evidently quite absurd. As for human rights, to issue sanctions from the sanctimonious place of being the voice and promoter of human rights across the world is offensive to those who can see both its falsity and the glaring double standard applied.
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Some Words From Selma

Posted by in Guest Posts, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Reality Tours, Uncategorized on 11th March, 2015 | No Comments

Thousands of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Robert O’Sullivan is pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Berkeley, California. He came to Selma on a Global Exchange Reality Tour March 1-9, 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march and wrote this piece prior to the anniversary march.
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Business as Usual With Mexico No Longer Possible as Human Rights Disaster Deepens

Posted by in Featured, Human Rights, Mexico, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 7th January, 2015 | No Comments

US-MEXICO-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA-NIETOWhen Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.
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State Behind the Murders of Students from Mexican Teacher College

Posted by in Featured, Guest Posts, Human Rights, Mexico, World News & Events on 10th October, 2014 | 2 Comments

thirdThe story about the violent police abduction of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College and the subsequent discovery of at least four mass graves with dozens of bodies in Guerrero, Mexico seems to turn worse with every news cycle. The cold pre-meditated nature of the crime is enough to render any of us speechless, but we cannot remain silent.
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Why I’m Boarding the People’s Climate Train

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, Human Rights, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 26th August, 2014 | 8 Comments

train-logoIt’s time we all got on board with a people-powered climate plan.The ultimate destination is to join the largest-ever climate march In New York City on September 21 & 22, coinciding with the United Nations Climate Summit. I will be joining the train in the Bay Area, and meeting more than 200 fellow riders, sharing stories and strategies for change. I will be leading workshops on community rights, rights of nature and fracking, and learning from others as we come together from across the country to share knowledge and collaborate while enjoying a beautiful ride through breathtaking wilderness areas. Join us!
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Corporate Criminals Researched, A Summer Project

Posted by in Fair Trade, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 13th August, 2014 | 1 Comment

MostWanted2013Large corporations control almost everything we touch: from the clothing we wear, to the computers we work on, to the medications we take, and even the food we eat. I was aware of sweatshops, human trafficking, and forced labor prior to my time at Global Exchange, but I had not fully considered all the implications of today’s corporation giants. Over the past several weeks, I have been investigating corporations that are guilty of human rights abuses and environmental disasters for Global Exchange’s Top Ten Most Wanted Corporate Criminal List of 2014.
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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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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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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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