Sun

29

Apr

2012

Global malaria elimination is at a crucial juncture

From UN WIRE

Some 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, a preventable disease that killed 655,000 and afflicted 216 million in 2010, primarily in the developing world. On World Malaria Day, the world is at a critical juncture in its massive effort to halt and reverse malaria in what former British Prime Minister Tony Blair calls the "most achievable" of the Millennium Development Goals.

For more see Voice of America (4/24), The Huffington Post (4/24)

 

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Sun

08

Apr

2012

Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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Sat

07

Apr

2012

Avalanche buries 130 Pakistani soldiers

From THE WASHINGTON POST


  Avalanche Buries 130 Pakistani Soldiers On Himalayan glacier Near India

 

ISLAMABAD — An avalanche has buried 130 Pakistani soldiers in a Himalayan region close to India, a Pakistani security official said, the Associated Press reports. The incident happened early Saturday on the Siachen Glacier, where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops are based.

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Wed

04

Apr

2012

Measuring happiness is discussed at the UN

The purpose of development must be to create conditions for the pursuit of happiness and not merely boost the gross domestic product, which does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people, Jigmi Thinley, prime minister of Bhutan, told a high-level United Nations meeting Monday. Jeffery Sachs, an economist at Columbia University who co-edited the UN's First World Happiness Report, said:

 

"The U.S. has had a three time increase of [gross national product] per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn't budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/2), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Dot Earth blog (4/2)

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Wed

04

Apr

2012

India's polio gains nurture hopes for further development

The victory over polio in India is a result of the work of the United Nations, the Global Polio Eradication initiative, the Indian government and the Indian people, write Ted Turner, founder of the United Nations Foundation, and N.R. Narayana Murthy, one of its board members. The success shows that countries can simultaneously accomplish economic and sustainable development, which India also is pursuing through two UN programs, Every Woman Every Child and the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. For more, see The Times of India.  India celebrated an historic milestone earlier this montha (4/2

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Tue

27

Mar

2012

Regulators Urge 'Do Not Track' Policy For Web Users

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but remain largely invisible to the public.
The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but remain largely invisible to the public.

 

HuffPost Technology dailybrief@huffingtonpost.com

In a report released Monday, the FTC called for legislation to give consumers access to personal data held by brokers and allow them to correct any inaccurate information. The commission also suggested a website where brokers could identify themselves to consumers and describe how they collect and disclose information.

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Wed

21

Mar

2012

Naked Bicyclist in Protest

Hundreds of naked and semi-nude bicyclists rode through Lima, Peru to demand safer road conditions.
Hundreds of naked and semi-nude bicyclists rode through Lima, Peru to demand safer road conditions.

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LIMA, Peru -- About 300 nude bicyclists have ridden through the Peruvian capital of Lima to call attention to safety conditions and demand measures protecting cyclists.

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Wed

07

Mar

2012

Women in the World

UN's Bachelet takes stock of Women in the World

As some of the most powerful women in the world convene in New York for the third annual Women in the World meeting, the UN Women's agency is wrapping up its first year of operation. "The biggest challenges everywhere are political participation and economic empowerment -- and ending violence against women," said Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women. 

 

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Wed

01

Feb

2012

Ban ups pressure on Russia over Syria violence

February 1, 2012 | News covering the UN and the world

Ban ups pressure on Russia over Syria violence

The UN Security Council "cannot wait any longer" to take measures to end the violence in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Discussions were ongoing over an Arab-European resolution that calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, but Russia said it would veto the measure in current form. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/1),Time.com/Global Spin blog (1/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/31) 

 

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Mon

30

Jan

2012

German Satellite Almost Crashed into Beijing

The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.
The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last October, the German research satellite Rosat plunged into the Bay of Bengal, more than 20 years after it had been launched into orbit. But had it remained aloft for just seven more minutes, it would have landed in Beijing instead, new calculations show.

By Christian Schwägerl


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Fri

20

Jan

2012

From Thom Hartmann in Truthout Jan 3rd, 2012

In news you probably won’t hear on GOP TV – there were two arson attacks in New York City against Muslims and Hindus.  On Sunday night – security cameras caught an unidentified man drive up to a Hindu house of worship and hurl a Molotov cocktail at the building.  The night before – two Molotov cocktails were thrown at an Islamic Center in Queens as 80 people were gathered inside for dinner.  Luckily – there were no injuries in either attack – and only minimal damage done to the buildings.  Police are investigating the attacks as as “bias crimes.”

 

http://www.truth-out.org/news-thom-hartmann/1325612530

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Fri

20

Jan

2012

Montana State Supreme Court: Citizens United Not Welcome Here

By alexa  Created 2012-01-04 06:55  Sam Ferguson [1]  Source: 
Truthout  Display date: Wednesday 4 January 2012

 

In a rebuke to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Montana has held that Citizens United does not apply to Montana campaign finance law.

 

Last Friday, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a 1912 voter initiative - the Corrupt Practices Act - that prohibits corporations from making contributions to or expenditures on behalf of state political candidates and political parties. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that a similar federal prohibition was unconstitutional, prompting a wave of bills and court rulings that erased prohibitions on corporate and union political expenditures around the country.

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Fri

25

Feb

2011

Fourth baby dolphin found dead on Horn Island

By KAREN NELSON - klnelson@sunherald.com

HORN ISLAND -- The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has confirmed that a fourth baby dolphin has washed ashore on Horn Island,

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