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Israeli Soldiers: No Clear Red Lines’ In Gaza War

Posted in News/Information by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 15, 2009

By STEVE WEIZMAN, Associated Press Writer Steve Weizman-

gaza_under_fire_december_2008JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers who fought in last winter’s Gaza War say the military used Palestinians as human shields, improperly fired incendiary white phosphorous shells over civilian areas and used overwhelming firepower that caused needless deaths and destruction, according to a report released Wednesday.

The testimonies were by far the strongest allegations to come from war veterans that the army used excessive force during the three-week offensive and echoed claims already leveled by Palestinian and human rights groups. The military rebutted the report, saying the accounts were anonymous and impossible to verify.

For the complete story, please visit: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090715/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

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Peace One Day, The 21 of September

Posted in News/Information by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 14, 2009

“In 1999, Jeremy founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organization, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the United Nations unanimously adopted the first-ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September annually – Peace Day.”-Peace One Day

The 21st of September, “Peace Day”, is right around the corner. What action will you take, to unite humanity and make global peace a reality?

Check out “Peace One Day” and see what one mans dream accomplished. http://www.peaceoneday.org/

Uganda’s Kony “Will Never Make Peace”: ICC

Posted in News/Information by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 14, 2009

By Justin Dralaze

democratic-republic-congo_mapKAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony will never sign a peace agreement so international efforts should focus instead on arresting him, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said.

The Hague-based ICC has indicted Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for war crimes in a brutal, two-decade rebellion that began in north Uganda but has spilled into south Sudan, east Congo and Central African Republic.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said late on Monday that past mediation efforts in 2007 and 2004 had failed and served only to allow Kony to recruit and re-arm.

For compleate story, please visit Reuters: http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE56D0FH20090714

ONE Campaign Top 10 Final Project 2009 – Sacred Heart University

Posted in News/Information by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 13, 2009

This is Sacred Heart University’s final project for the 2009 ONE Campaign Campus Challenge.
Visit ONE to help Make Poverty History!

http://www.one.org/us/

Ending Global Poverty

Posted in News/Information by Leza Raley-Labrador on July 12, 2009

angelina jolieMovie stars, models, musicians, athletes and politicians can often dominate the media and command the world’s attention when they promote social or environmental causes.

Famine and poverty in Africa are serious issues, which have commanded the attention of today’s most influential celebrities worldwide. Celebrities have opened doors and increased awareness, from athletes, actors to politicians; they are vocal, passionate and  driven to help increase aid flows to ending global poverty.

Don CMy first introduction to the serious social issues facing Africa was in 1985, when Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie and Quincy Jones introduced us to, ” We are the World”, to help raise funds for famine-relief in Ethiopia. This was the first time I realized how much fame is an influential tool that can actually shape our views.

The paragons of celebrity activism, are the ones who are shedding light on the world’s poorest countries and helping in the fight to save lives.

You may wonder why poor countries remain poor. Some interconnected factors like geography, industrialization, colonialism, education, resources, infrastructure, overpopulation, investment, government and debt make poor countries remain poor. We will take a brief look at each one of the top ten poorest countries of the world. I have also included some interesting facts on poverty and famine and highlighted several celebrities who are taking a political stance and what they are doing to help end global poverty

George ClooneyOut of the top ten poorest countries, nine are in Africa. I have included The Solomon Islands. Although it is not an African country, it is the fourth poorest country in the world as of 2008. A poor county is one with GDP per capita $765 or less, according to CIA fact book 2008. The highest of GDP per capita among these ten poorest countries was $700 while the lowest one was only $300.

Difficult as it might be to grasp, looking at the unstable situation’s of the ten poorest countries of the world overwhelming images in the media of the despondent eyes of weakened children, displaced families and by the sheer numbers of people starving to death with half of humanity living on two dollars or less a day and of that population, 40 percent, or 1.2 billion human beings, try somehow to survive on one dollar a day or less, as hard as it is to imagine this is reality. (more…)