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We Irish are generous in contributing to emergencies, along with aid to agencies, NGO's etc. Our Government is committing to 0.7% of GNP by 2012 as a norm for all governments in calculating Developing Aid. However, witnessing the extravagance and waste o

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UN Calls for Trafficking Action


The report says sexual exploitation is only one aspect of human trafficking. The world must do more to confront the largely unstudied and neglected phenomenon of people-trafficking, the United Nations has said in a report. So little is known about the problem, says the report, that no estimate can be given of the number affected. The report also points to a more basic problem: the lack of a

UN chief deplores Mugabe position


Mr Ban said the people of Zimbabwe could not wait any longe UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has said his organisation can do little to help Zimbabwe because of its leaders' refusal to allow it to mediate. BBC News Dec. 16th. - Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic was only the most visible manifestation of a wider crisis, Mr Ban told a session of the

UN President Faces 'serious' Death Threats


Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann has received death threats online this past week. (Eskinder Debebe/UN/Associated Press)CBC News Mon Dec. 5th. - The president of the United Nations General Assembly has received "very serious" online death threats, his spokesman said Monday. The threats against Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann were posted in the past week, spokesman Enrique Yeves said. U.S. authorities have

UK dismisses Mugabe's Claim that Zimbabwe Cholera Crisis is over


A man pushes his relative in a wheelbarrow to a cholera polyclinic in Harare. The nationwide outbreak of cholera, caused by a breakdown in basic water and sanitation services, has left more than 6,000 people infected (Desmond Kwande/AFP/Getty Images)

World’s Hungry Close to One Billion’


Financial Times Dec. 9th. - The food prices has pushed the number of hungry people in the world to almost 1bn, in what the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation described on Tuesday as a “serious setback” to global efforts to reduce mass starvation. “The ongoing financial and economic crisis could tip even more people into hunger and poverty,” the FAO added. The Rome-based

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Wednesday, December 10th. is the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe


When Will this Mugabe-Made Disaster End?


Dec. 6th. - The Archbishop of York has called on the international community to remove Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from power as a deadly cholera outbreak continues to add to the woes of a country already devastated by hyperinflation and widespread destitution. Writing in The Observer on Sunday, Dr John Sentamu said that the power-sharing agreement between Mugabe’s Zanu PF party and the

Mugabe to Form Zimbabwe Cabinet; Opposition Calls for Boycott


JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 10 (Washington Post): -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe indicated Monday that he would move quickly to form a government, despite the collapse one day earlier of a new round of power-sharing talks that have stalled over the allocation of ministries. Speaking on state television, Mugabe said a cabinet would be formed "as soon as possible." The main opposition party, the

Fresh Elections Loom for Zimbabwe


A Zimbabwean woman protests outside the venue where power-sharing talks were being held in Harare this week. (Photograph: AP) Mail & Guardian Online Oct. 24th. - Ahead of next week's regional summit to save the Zimbabwe power-sharing deal, what began as a row over a passport has escalated into the possibility of yet another round of elections for weary Zimbabweans. Opposition leader Morgan

Indian archbishop pleas for prime minister to pay attention to attacks on Christians


October 12th -With the intensification of violence against Christians in India, the chairman of the Catholic Council of Bishops in India, Archbishop Leo Cornelio, called upon the country’s Prime Minister to not only focus on the attacks in the states of Orissa and Karnataka, but also the increasing violence in Madhya Pradesh. The archbishop’s letter, dated Wednesday, opens by commending the

Urgent Letter from Zimbabwe - August 30th.


I reckon that these are the last days of Mugabe and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn. We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy next........I mean they are actually ploughing down brick and mortar houses and one family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 riot police came in with AK47's and bulldozers and demolished their beautiful house - 5

82 yr Old Vietnam Archbishop Travels 334 Klms to Protest


Bishop Paul Cao Dinh Thuyen, 82, travelled 334 km on Wednesday from his Vinh diocese to Thai Ha – Hanoi to show his solidarity with protestors. “The problem of Thai Ha is also a trouble of Vinh and Thanh Hoa diocese, and of the entire Church in Vietnam,” said Bishop Paul Cao on arriving. The land dispute in Thai Ha by its nature is a civil row between a Catholic parish and a state-run company.

Indian Government Not Doing Enough says Bishop


Bishop Alex Dias of the Diocese of Port Blair in India’s Andaman and Nicobare islands has charged that the Indian government is not doing enough to halt the anti-Christian violence in the state of Orissa. Speaking in an interview, the bishop warned that the violence could spread if it is not halted in time, saying “The world must know that these things happen in India.” “The government of Orissa

SOUTH AFRICA: How heavy is human trafficking?


Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN Trafficking? JOHANNESBURG, 8 September 2008 (IRIN) - A series of workshops, hosted by the South African government and the International Organisation doe Migration (IOM), are being held to enlist the support of the media in raising the public profile of human trafficking. The IOM contends that global human

Updates of Kandhamal (Orissa) Violence


Orissa Burning The sinister Anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa, India. What the mainstream media isn't telling you about ongoing torture and killing of Christians there. 30 August - 7 September, 2008Date - Police Station - Event30.08.2008 PHIRINGIA 5 Christian of Sudam Majhi, Goutam Mahji, Samo Majhi, Baruna Majhi and Jeebardhan Majhi of Ratanga Village, Phiringia Block were Set on fire.

Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Talks Reportedly Resume


Johannesburg, Sth Africa: Aug 29th (Voice of America) - Officials in South Africa say the stalled talks between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition have resumed Friday. The announcement came as the Zimbabwean government said it was lifting a ban on humanitarian agencies working in the country. Southern Africa correspondent Scott Bobb reports from Johannesburg.South Africa's Deputy Foreign

World Bank Finds More People Live in Steep Poverty


WASHINGTON Aug 26th (Reuters) — The World bank said Tuesday that more people were living in extreme poverty in developing countries than previously thought as it adjusted the recognized yardstick for measuring global poverty to $1.25 a day from $1. The bank said there were 1.4 billion people — a quarter of the developing world — living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day in 2005 in the

Zimbabwe Opposition Says 2 Are Held


HARARE, Zimbabwe: August 25th (AP) -- Two Zimbabwe opposition politicians were arrested Monday as they entered parliament to be sworn in, their party said. Eliah Zembere was among seven Movement for Democratic Change activists police have said they were seeking, alleging they were involved in election violence. The other man, Sure Mudzingwa, was not on the list. Two uniformed and three

Zimbabwe Parliament to Reconvene


Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert MugabePower-sharing talks have not produced any solid agreementBBC News: August - Zimbabwe's parliament will open next week, officials say, despite no deal being reached on power-sharing. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which won a majority in March's parliamentary election, says it is not opposed to the opening of parliament. But it said it would

UN approves Somalia Force for Six More Months


UNITED NATIONS Wed Aug 20th: (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council authorized on Tuesday an African Union force in Somalia for another six months, a day after Somalia's government signed a peace agreement with some opposition figures. A unanimous resolution also asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to work with the AU to strengthen U.N. logistical, political and technical support to help

China Fails to Approve 77 Protest Applications


BEIJING: August 9th. (Associated Press) -- Chinese authorities have not approved any of the 77 applications they received from people who wanted to hold protests during the Beijing Olympics, state media reported. According to the rules governing protests, today is the last day anyone could apply for permission to demonstrate during the Olympic Games. The state-run New China News Agency said

Calls for France to Rethink its Africa Role


Bonhomie: The report breaks a spell of warmer ties between Rwanda and France. In January, President Paul Kagame (r.) hosted French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner (l.) in Kigali. (Riccardo Gangale/APA)Rwandan report this week charged Paris with complicity in the 1994 genocide.Paris: Aug 8th (Christian Science Monitor) - A bombshell of a report by Rwanda this week

Solzhenitsyn Represented 'Freedom and Dignity', says Church


Russian Premier Vladimir Putin pays condolence to Natalya Solzhenitsyna, the widow of the famous Russian author, Soviet dissident and Nobel literature prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the farewell ceremony in the Russian Academy of Science building in Moscow, Russia 05 August 2008. Alexander Solzhenitsyn died of heart failure late Sunday at the age of 89 and will be burried on the

Russia and Georgia Clash Over Separatist Region


A Georgian man mourned a dead relative in the town of Gori, which was hit by Russian bombs, according to residents. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)GORI, Georgia: Aug 8th (NY Times)