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Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:06 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

This article originally appeared in passblue.com

The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic....

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Iran Tops the List as an Enemy of Human Rights

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:02 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting this month at its annual session to grade governments on their treatment of their civilians. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said at the opening in Geneva: "While the past twenty years have seen extraordinary progress,...

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Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:48 AM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

Note: This article originally appeared in Passblue.

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

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Iran's Murky Election Run-Up

(66) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The recent admission by Iran's Intelligence Ministry that it believes media working inside the country are spies for the U.S. and British government is troubling news indeed.

Reporters Without Borders has vehemently condemned the current wave of arrests inside Tehran, in which over a dozen journalists,...

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The Glory of Self-Learning, Discovered by Children in India

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:54 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where dusty streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks, and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas do.

An Indian...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Iran

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 2:46 PM

I was mesmerized by the captivating drama which unfolds in the film Argo. It is sure to win many accolades next month at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, it was irresponsible of Affleck and his collaborators to distort what actually happened, especially during this very turbulent time in the U.S.-Iran relationship.

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Nursing Fellow Burmese in Thailand Against Many Odds

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 4:56 PM

GENEVA -- Dr. Cynthia Maung doesn't care that much about the high-level Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainability this week. And it doesn't matter to her that the country she lives in, Thailand, is advancing a green agenda. Dr. Maung, a general practitioner, prefers to see action on the ground...

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Cizmic Change

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:07 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

The Reverend Richard Cizik is on a mission. To talk to him is to encounter an energy and intensity that seem to spring from a divine source, and indeed, he sees his current efforts to put climate change back on the agenda of evangelicals during the 2012...

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Iran: Hacking Ya-Haq?

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:15 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

We all know the Iranian government does not support free expression. Iran remains the largest prison for journalists -- over 40 behind bars. But just where does the government currently stand in terms of censorship and surveillance of its people?

The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

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Myanmar: A Long Way to Walk

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 8:54 AM

By Tala Dowlatshahi


Aung San Suu Kyi's victory in the last election has indeed indicated a rapid shift in Myanmar's leadership. President Thein Sein's new policy toward democratic reform may be a fresh beginning. But women like Zoya Phan are not so optimistic. She believes the global community...

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Iranian Sunset

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 10:43 AM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

I have been living in neutral Switzerland for a few months now. I must say I am fairly pleased that I am far away from the current media mayhem in the United States and the endlessly repeated claims that war with my country is imminent. This separation,...

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Another Pen Forced Down in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Reporters sans Frontieres this week demanded Syrian authorities to shed light on the status of detained writer and opposition activist Hussein Issou. There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding his case.

According to rumours that have been circulating since February 10, Issou died in detention and his body was...

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Small Businesses Key to Recovery: Walsh

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 6:52 PM

By Maura Kelly

Mayor Bloomberg has stated many times that small businesses are the chief engine of growth in New York City. However convincing entrepreneurs that his Department of Small Business Services isn't another "bullying" bureaucracy is still a challenge. A challenge that it's Commissioner, Robert Walsh has tackled for...

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Ireland Summons Her Digital Tribe

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 4:45 PM

"Online everyone has a voice...We shape and are shaped by what happens there...Two billion people are now online, nearly a third of humankind. And increasingly, we are turning to the Internet to conduct important aspects of our lives."

So said Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, in response to...

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Philanthropy and Economic Development Boosted by Global Irish Tribe

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 5:22 PM

By Maura Kelly

President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address at the second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle Oct. 8. The Forum is an Irish government initiative to engage with the Irish diaspora in developing Ireland's global businesses and create new options for...

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New Campaigns for Global Change Launch in New York

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 1:28 PM

By Maura Kelly



September in New York is known for Fashion Week, 9/11 memorials, the General Assembly at the U.N. and increasingly, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI is the ultimate power gathering of the minds -- progressive CEOs, heads of states, artists and NGOs coming together from around the globe to tackle serious problems. This year's CGI focused on jobs creation, sustainable consumption and empowering women and girls.

The annual meeting was kicked off with Secretary Hillary Clinton urging the U.S. to join a treaty on women's rights and a special session on disaster preparedness. The focus quickly switched to jobs, jobs and jobs. Generating employment in the midst of the most prolonged economic slowdown in decades is a worldwide problem -- and in the developing world, a legal job can make the difference between life and death.

Highlights included a satellite interview with humanitarian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma and Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu -- hosted by Charlie Rose. Archbishop Tutu spoke about the launch of "Girls Not Brides," a new global partnership launched by The Elders to end the harmful practice of child marriage. Aung San Suu Kyi spoke about freedom and stated that, while many people think democracy is a western concept, the concept of freedom and security resonates with people across the world. "We all want to be free, have the freedom to search and build up our own passions," she stated.

Later President Obama, fresh from this speech at the U.N. General Assembly, greeted the group -- calling the room "do-gooders," and Bill Clinton "the ultimate "do-gooder." He presented his jobs creation proposal and spoke about sustainable consumption.

Notable speakers included Chelsea Clinton and actress Geena Davis who discussed technology for economic empowerment. Several commitments were announced and one that got a lot of traction dealt with efforts to end modern day slavery. It is estimated that there are over 27 million people enslaved in the world -- toiling away in factories, sweatshops and in the sex trade against their will.

The Slavery Footprint Campaign launch coincided with the 149th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and aims to start a consumer driven movement to eradicate forced labor. With the tag line "How many slaves work for you?," the new website and app will reveal to the user just how many slaves work to make your smart phone, laptop and more. Through the supply chain -- human trafficking -- the truth will get exposed.

When I tried to get on the website that evening -- I could not. The traffic was so high, the site had to move to a larger server. MTVu will be a partner and launched their own initiative -- the "MTVu Against Our Will Campaign" -- that will shed light on America's role in this global epidemic.

Concluding the 2011 Annual Meeting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with Chef José Andrés, announced a progress report on the Clean Cookstoves commitment first announced at the 2010 conference. Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves -- the primary means of cooking and heating for nearly three billion people in the developing world -- causes nearly two million premature deaths annually.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, with the goal of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean, efficient cookstoves by the year 2020, has raised more than $85 million to date. Hillary was later joined on stage by her daughter Chelsea Clinton for a conversation on the role of government, the impact of the Arab Spring and democracy and how to manage resources with population soon to reach seven billion.

In his closing remarks, President Clinton said he was optimistic and urged people to participate more to change the status quo. Commenting on surveys that say young people are pessimistic about the future, he said it was important to understand that the choices we make now shape what the world will look like.

"Nobody has a right to a life free of challenges -- everybody is called upon at some time or another to re-imagine all the premises of their lives... of their nation and to create a whole different future... You should be grateful that you're living in a time when you've been given a chance to build a new world," Clinton said. "The uncertainties of the moment don't have to exist 10 years from now."

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, CEOs, major philanthropists and NGOs. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, impacting the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 180 countries.
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Irish Animation -- A Bright Spot Amid Gloom

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 5:43 PM

By Maura Kelly

The headlines about the Irish economy may be all doom and gloom but there is a magical side to it if you look at its exports. Namely, a sassy little pig named "Olivia," a Skunk who knows Kung Fu, little Brendan and a book, and more --...

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A Parade of Humanity - HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 10:59 AM

By Maura Kelly

In mid-April I traveled to Ethiopia and zigzagged 1000 miles across the rolling hills and towns of the northern Amhara region with the HOPe Organization. I came here to better understand the current specter of HIV/AIDS and to assess an education and development project. For ten days...

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Foreign Reporting and the Perils of Freedom

(7) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 2:10 PM

By Tala Dowlatshahi

Many of the protests across the Middle East and North Africa are in the process of transforming Muslim society. They are a cause for celebration as democracy establishes a foothold in Egypt. The possibility that its legacy will spread, perhaps even into Iran, is one that all...

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Collective Creativity: Tapping Into the Irish Diaspora and Beyond

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 3:54 PM

By Maura Kelly

"IRISH people have a long and proud tradition of creativity. From the poems of Yeats to the invention of Boolean Algebra - the foundation of modern computer science - Irish ideas have changed the way the world thinks," says Matthew Greeley, CEO of Brightidea. He would know....

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