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Time running out on Sudan as Security Council visits

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The UN Security Council's visit to Sudan must focus on helping to resolve key outstanding issues and protect civilians from harm ahead of the referend...

TMZ Tricks Charlyne Yi

Giulia Rozzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Giulia Rozzi

As if we needed more evidence that TMZ is evil, look at this heartless manipulative video they made on actress/comic Charlyne Yi.

How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

By Peter Costantini ~ Seattle Farmers from different districts of Jacmel - Des agriculteurs venus de différentes communes de Jacmel - Photo: le No...

Pakistan: More funds and effort needed to stem spiraling crisis, says Oxfam

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Only a fraction of affected communities getting the aid they need as UN launches new humanitarian appeal for crisis ********************************...

Pakistan - Voices from the floods (Photos)

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Millions of people in Pakistan have been forced to flee their homes to escape the worst floods in living memory. Aid agency Oxfam is providing suppo...

Funding the Risk Frontier in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The recent IPO of SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution (MFI), was a watershed event whose ripples are affecting the public perception of microfinance.

Pakistan & the children of the floods - PHOTO-BLOG

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

This photo blog was written by my colleague Mubashar Hasan who was recently in Pakistan doing the ground work for Oxfam affiliates. Mubashar travelled...

Dan Brown Crowned 'Least Wanted' Author

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The bestselling American author, whose latest cryptographic thriller The Lost Symbol -- filled with such gems as "Is there life after death? Do humans...

Food Crisis in Niger: UN Agency Forced to Prioritize Children Under Two

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The World Food Programme in Niger, the country worst-hit by the West Africa food crisis, has been forced to make an "agonising" decision to abandon plans to provide emergency food to families with children over the age of two.

Pakistan Floods: Saving livestock While Fleeing

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Which one should come first? Human life or livestock? At least to some people here, saving livestock means saving their own life because without those livestock living would be as difficult or equal to death.

Pakistan floods: Voices of People From Sindh Province

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Tonight, after a fresh wave of flood-affected people came to the relief camps in Kot Mithan, those who had been there for the last two days were instructed to leave within an hour of the newcomers' arrival.

More Rain Expected This Weekend in South Pakistan: Oxfam Boosts Its Aid Effort

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Mobile water tanks, first aid, boats and local volunteers have been put on high alert by Oxfam as the worst floods in living memory surge south. Local organisations supported by Oxfam in Sindh are mobilised and on standby.

Double Catastrophe for People in Pakistan Swat Valley

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

People in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan hit by the catastrophic floods were only just recovering from the conflict that forced them from their homes last year.

Pakistan Flood Victims Need Your Help

Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact

Floods in Pakistan have devastated millions of communities in the northwest regions of the country, leveling homes and leaving families with no where ...

Cluster Bombs Treaty becomes int'l law: Years of campaigning reap results

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

By Anna MacDonald - Head of Oxfam's Control Arms Campaign Treaties take a long time to develop and negotiate. The ones being negotiated under the hel...

Photos: Tens of thousand uprooted by clashes in Eastern DR Congo

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Local authorities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are reporting that at least 60,000 people have been uprooted from their homes foll...

Haiti Aid Effort: Oxfam America's Top 10 Photos

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

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On the Front Lines of the War Against Hunger in Niger

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The 2009 harvest in Niger produced less than a quarter of the country's annual needs. The period between harvests began in April this year, instead of June. Now half of all Nigeriens do not have enough food.

Human rights abusers put on notice as States move closer to arms trade deal

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Civil society says treaty must be "bulletproof" to protect lives Diplomats emerged Friday (July 23) after spending half of the time allocated for the...

The Future of Afghanistan -- What's next?

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

World leaders from over 70 nations and organizations met to discuss the future of Afghanistan. While the proceedings may have been well choreographed, they offered little more than recycled promises.

Civil Society Protests as Arms Trade Treaty Talks Move to Secrecy

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

After years of relentless campaigning to ensure States negotiate a strong global treaty to regulate the arms trade, civil society groups have been denied participation in key discussions.

No time for complacency in the fight against HIV and Aids

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Louis Belanger

Delegates arriving at the thirteenth International AIDS conference this week could be forgiven for not knowing whether to pat themselves on the back o...

CONGO: Survey Shows Women and Boys in Increasing Danger in War-Torn Eastern DRC

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Civilians in eastern Congo are facing an increased risk of rape and forced labour as a result of internationally backed military operations against rebel groups.

States must agree an Arms Trade Treaty that could help save thousands of lives

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

States must use every available minute to draw up a new international arms treaty that could save thousands of lives every year, NGOs from around the ...

Arms Trade Treaty Talks at the UN: Bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty Needed

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Official talks for an Arms Trade Treaty starts on July 12th at the United nations HQ in New York. We need a robust deal to stop arms getting into the hands of human rights abusers and warmongers.