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March 4, 2010

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Iraq's Elections May Indicate Future

Country Hopes to Avoid Violence After 2005 Elections

What happens during – and following -- Iraq's elections this weekend will be a key indicator of whether the country will fall again into violence or move toward political stability and respect for human rights.

The 2005 elections, largely boycotted by the disenfranchised Sunni population, were followed by chaos and sectarian violence.

But since then the overall security situation in Iraq has improved. Over the past year, some of the worst sectarian violence has subsided. Fewer Iraqi civilians lost their lives in 2009 than 2008, despite several high-profile suicide bombings.

But at the same time, the conflict in the north is worsening, as are politically motivated violence and attacks against Christians and other minorities. Increasing the sectarian tension, a recent decision by an official Iraqi body disqualified hundreds of candidates because of their alleged links to the Ba'ath Party, without considering the merit of the cases on an individual basis.   

These are only a few of the human rights challenges the new government will face after these important elections.

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Proposed Israeli Law Could Harm Rights Work 

NGOs Focused on Creating Change Could Lose Tax-Exempt Status

An alarming new piece of legislation that will potentially hamper the work of Israel's human rights organizations is coming up for a vote in mid-March in Israel's Knesset.

Groups that receive money from foreign governments and aim to influence policy or public opinion in Israel would be labeled as conducting "political activity" and lose their tax-exempt status. This would affect human rights organizations, as well as environmental or academic groups -- if applied across the board. These groups would be required to announce in every public statement -- from an e-mail to a thirty-second radio spot -- that they receive funding from "foreign political entities". 

The bill comes amidst a series of parliamentary and private moves aimed at delegitimizing critics of Israel's actions in the 2009 Gaza war. Israeli human rights groups report that a hostile media climate, a new tendency to arrest Palestinians and Israelis peacefully protesting Israel's unlawful settlements and the route of its West Bank security barrier, and now the Knesset bill are creating the most difficult environment in recent decades.

Human Rights Watch has reported on the growing number of attacks on non-governmental organizations worldwide. We've seen even more draconian legislation in, for example, Egypt and Russia. Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka this week, the recently re-elected president is pushing for greater legal control over NGOs, likely in an attempt to silence those critical of the elections and of the government's actions in the closing days of the war against the Tamil Tigers.

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Saudi Arabia: Free Woman Who Sought Court Aid for Harassment
Saudi Arabia's authorities should quash the court verdict that sentenced a woman to 300 lashes and one-and-a-half years in prison for filing harassment complaints against government officials, as well as appearing in court without a (required) male guardian.
Imprisoned for 'Dangerousness' in Cuba
by Nik Steinberg
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Click. And then silence.
It was the sound I dreaded in my calls to Cuba. As I gathered testimony from relatives of political prisoners, I never knew what an abrupt end to the call meant.

US: Now's the Time to Ban Landmines
The current review of United States policy on antipersonnel landmines should result in a decision to join the historic treaty banning the weapon. March 1 was the 11th anniversary of the date the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty became binding international law.

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France: Justice Proposals Fall Short
The French government's proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system should be revised to strengthen protections for people in police custody, especially for people accused of the most serious crimes. The government today began a consultation process on a long-awaited draft bill to reform the code of criminal procedure.
Congolese Groups Demand the Removal of Abusive Army Commander
Fifty Congolese organizations, along with Human Rights Watch, logged a formal complaintagainst Colonel Innocent Zimurinda. The complaint describes the massacre of civilians, summary executions, rape, and the recruitment of children committed by troops under Zimurinda's command.
Honduras: Investigate Attacks on Coup Opponents
Honduran authorities should ensure that recent killing and other attacks on opponents of the 2009 coup are promptly and thoroughly investigated. Human Rights Watch has received credible reports of violence, including killings, rape, torture, kidnapping, and assault.
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1.         Intramolecular [2+2] Cycloadditions of Keteniminium Salts Derived from α- and β-Amino Acids. A Route to Azabicyclic Ketones



1989, vol. 28, no1, pp. 29-32


2.         Human amyloid-beta synthesis and clearance rates as measured in cerebrospinal fluid in vivo.

Nat Med 2006, 12(7):856-861.

Bateman RJ, Munsell LY, Morris JC, Swarm R, Yarasheski KE, Holtzman DM:


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5.                   Influence of food intake on the bioavailability of urapidil in healthy volunteers.

Kirsten R, Nelson K, Molz KH, Gielsdorf W, Haerlin R

Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther Toxicol. 1989 Jun;27(6):298-301.


6.         Determination of Urapidil in plasma by RP – HPLC

Zhou, J. Jiang, X.-h. Cheng, Q.


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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2193 Please sign Petition: Sack Sharad Pawar - Monsanto agent & incapable minister

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Dear Friends,
We have had enough of dishonest politician like Sharad Pawar who is handling two most crucial Indian Government ministry like Food and Agriculture but has his priorities else where. Poor people everywhere are suffering because of unimaginable food price rise and at the same time Agriculture is reeling into deeper crisis. Meanwhile, he unabashedly batting for Monsanto's interest in getting untested and potentially dangerous BT Brinjal, not in the interest of farmers but Monsanto and himself.

This clearly shows that Mr. Pawar is concerned only about Monsanto's interest and the Cricket. It is time we demand accountability and justice: Sharad Pawar should be Sacked!
Please sign if you agree with following demands:
  1. Sharad Pawar must be sacked immediately as Food and Agriculture minister.
  1. The Food and Agriculture ministries should be transferred to two individual competent members who will work relentlessly until the issue of spiraling Food prices and issues plaguing agriculture sector are controlled.
  1. Government immediately announce time-bound action plan to handle these issues: Improve farmers' conditions and also bring down food prices by reducing hoarding.
Thanks for your solidarity,

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2191 Not to miss: Films on Freedom of Expression

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Not to miss: Films on Freedom of Expression

For the 17 - 26 March, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London. This year we present three unique documentaries portraying life and its limitations in North Korea and Iran.

Search full festival programme here

Iran: Voices of the Unheard

presented in association with Article 19's Iran programme

Please join us for the UK premiere of Davoud Geramifard's Iran: Voices of the Unheard brings us the untold story of Iranian secularists through three fascinating characters—each from a distinct social, economic and educational background but all sharing a love for their motherland and a need for a country free from political repression and theocracy. Filmmaker in attendance. Find out more

Curzon Soho: Friday 19 March 18.30 | Invite friends
ICA: Saturday 20 March 18.00 | Invite friends
Ritzy: Sunday 21 March 14.00 | Invite friends

No One Knows About Persian Cats

presented in association with Brightwide - watch think link act

A personal and understated social commentary, Bahman Ghobadi's No One Knows About Persian Cats succeeds in opening up a world that few outside of it know, showing that urban-under-30s in Tehran may have more in common with their peers in any big city than people realise. Filmmaker in attendance. Find out more

Ritzy: Saturday 20 March 21.00 | Invite friends
ICA: Wednesday 24 March 21.00 | Invite friends

The Red Chapel

presented in association with Index on Censorship.

The Red Chapel follows comics Jacob and Simon as they, together with director Mads Brügger who poses as their manager, get permission to put on a show in Pyongyang, North Korea as a form of cultural exchange. Filmmakers in attendance. Find out more

ICA: Friday 19 March 18.30 | Invite friends
Curzon Soho: Monday 22 March 18.30 | Invite friends
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2190 GPF Newsletter March 01-05

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Global Policy Forum
March 1 - March 5, 2010
Security Council   Social and Economic Policy   Globalization   International Justice   UN Reform    Iraq   Empire?  


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UN Begins Talks on a Withdrawal From Congo (March 4, 2010)
The Congolese government has stated it wants UN peacekeepers out of the country by the 2011 elections. The government is also eager that the UN announce a withdrawal by the 50th anniversary of Congolese independence. Alain Le Roy, the UN's Under Secretary General, has stated that a UN team will assess how MONUC - the world's largest peacekeeping mission - would start pulling out troops. (Guardian)

Jerusalem Mayor Plans to Raze Palestinian Homes for Tourist Park (March 3, 2010)
The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Bakat, has unveiled plans to demolish up to eighty-eight Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to create a new tourist park. The mayor stated that the program was a "necessary upgrade" and a "win-win situation for all." Palestinian officials denounced the move, stating Bakat's statement was part of a larger plan to bring Palestinians to confrontation. (Independent)

There's a New Peace "Warrior" in Town (March 1, 2010)
A recent report, entitled "What Happened to Peacekeeping: the future of tradition," argues that peacekeeping has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Traditionally, peacekeeping forces were lightly armed with little room for initiative; however, the noughties have ushered in the new "peace warrior:" a better armed, combat enabled peacekeeper. The author argues this change should encourage Canadian troops to reenter UN peacekeeping operations. (Globe and Mail)

Cyprus: Could Water Bring Peace? (March 2, 2010)
The 2008 drought in Cyprus has encouraged Greek and Turkish Cypriots to revive old plans to construct a massive underwater pipeline which would run from Turkey. Turkish Cypriot authorities call this the "pipeline for peace," and have offered to share the water with the Greek half of the Island. Some, however, such as the Greek Cypriot water director, fear that this pipeline will remain a pipedream.(Global Post)

Yemen Threatens to Chew Itself to Death (February 26, 2010)
Water is removed from Yemen's water-table four-times as fast as it is replenished. Over forty-percent of this water is lost to the production of the narcotic qat. In Yemen, complete depletion of water reserves is expected in 2017. The World Bank predicts the country's oil reserves will be empty in the same year; oil revenues currently constitute seventy-five percent of Yemen's national income. As oil and water levels drop, a dangerous humanitarian crisis unfolds. Families already spend a third of their income on water. (BBC News)

Expert Says UN Could Bury Goldstone Report(25 February 2010)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, has stated that UN bureaucracy and the wishes of the US are threatening to bury the Goldstone report and its recommendations. Falk states that the delays "remove the reality" of what happened in Gaza last year. In November 2009, the Israeli government and Hamas were given three months to conduct their own investigations into the Goldstone report; however, neither side's efforts were sufficient. With a US veto expected for any Security Council resolution on Gaza and Ban Ki-Moon not taking strong leadership on the issue, human rights groups for Gaza are exploring alternative avenues for justice. (Ma'an News Agency)

Social and Economic Policy

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Severe Food Shortages in parched Eastern Region (March 3,2010)
Thousands of people have fled drought-affected eastern Syria. Those that remain are struggling to survive on limited food stocks. According to a WFP report 1.3 million inhabitants are affected by the food shortage. The report says the population will remain in "dire need" of food, agriculture and other assistance until mid-2010, when crops are expected to mature due to improved rainfall patterns.(IRIN)

The Health Risks of a Big Carbon Footprint
(March 2,2010) This report examines the growing mass of research which suggest global warming poses serious health risks to populations in the developing world, particularly in Sub - Saharan Africa. Studies suggest that children, in particular, are already dying in large numbers as a result of a warming world. Women involved in agricultural work are also severely affected. A WHO assessment of disease and climate change, suggests that warming that has occurred since the 1970s has caused more than 140,000 excess deaths annually. (BBC News)

Capital Controls Back in IMF Toolkit (March 1, 2010)
IMF staff has released a position paper in which they have retracted their previous rejection of capital controls. While the Fund maintains that imposing restrictions on capital mobility forgoes benefits of otherwise free-mobility, in certain circumstance the Fund admits "controls may be justified." Kevin Gallagher argues that this paper could not have come at a better time as recovery from the recent crisis in low-income countries can be destabilized by the flow of speculative capital. Gallagher challenges the Fund to now practice what they preach. (The Guardian)

Fifteen Years After Beijing (February 23, 2010)
The 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place March 1-12, 2010 at UN headquarters in New York. This session is a follow up to the Platform-for-Action and Declaration established in Beijing fifteen years ago. In the spirit of this Beijing +15 Review, Kudzai Macombi, breaks down the issue of gender equality and empowerment and she analyzes global progress in 12 critical areas. (IPS Gender Wire)

Children and Economic Growth (February, 2010)
This Policy Brief by Save the Children emphasizes how political orthodoxy around economic growth leaves vulnerable people out of the equation. The brief urges a discussion that brings together economic growth, equity and poverty reduction. The Brief says that while growth is a policy imperative of low income countries, countries with moderate rather than high rates of economic growth achieve better child mortality and under-nutrition results. Too often growth and social policies are pursued on separate tracks. (Save the Children)


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Speaking Truth to Davos (January 29, 2010)
"Reform" was the buzz word at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, the annual "marketplace of ideas" for the global elite. But critics remain skeptical about the WEF's readiness to depart from business as usual. One alternative conference - the Other-Davos - convened in Basel to discuss more fundamental changes in the global economy. (Socialist Worker)

International Justice

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Gordon Brown to Stop Courts issuing Arrest Warrants for Foreign Officials (March 3, 2010)
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced plans to change a British law that allows arrest warrants against foreign officials for war crimes and other violations of international law. The move follows after British courts' increasing action against visiting foreign officials under the principle of universal jurisdiction. As a result several high profile foreign officials have refused to travel to the UK, including Israel's foreign minister, Tzipi Livni. Brown's announcement comes a few days after the arrest in London of Ejup Ganic, a former Bosnian vice president. Serbia accuses him of war crimes committed during the Bosnian war in 1992. (Telegraph)

Arrested in Paris, the Widow Dubbed 'Lady Genocide' (March 3, 2010)
On March 1 2010, French authorities arrested the widow of the assassinated Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. Agathe Habyarimana, an ethnic Hutu, fled to France in 1994 after her husband's death which triggered the Rwandan genocide killing nearly 800,000 people. Rwanda has requested Mrs. Habyarimana's extradition to stand trial before Rwandan courts for crimes against the Rwandan people. The arrest came less than a week after President Nicola Sarkozy's visit to Kigali and the restoration of diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda. The French and Rwandan government have repeatedly accused each other in the past of responsibility for the mass killings. (The Independent)

Spain Throws Out Tibet Abuse Probe (February 25, 2010)
In July 2009, the Spanish National Court agreed to hear a lawsuit by Tibetan rights groups against seven Chinese leaders. According to these groups, 203 Tibetans were killed and about 1,000 hurt in China's crackdown of protests before the start of the Beijing Olympics. The Spanish court accepted the lawsuit on the basis of universal jurisdiction. Then, in November 2009, the Spanish government narrowed the definition of universal jurisdiction, after pressure from countries such as the United States, Israel and China. As a result, the Spanish court has now decided to drop its investigations into the complaint. (Associated Press)

Nations & States

10 Most Shocking Revelations of Blackwater South Park Controversy (February 24, 2010)
Following a six-month congressional investigation, Blackwater - working under the pseudonym Paravant - has been charged with stealing hundreds of weapons intended for the Afghan police. Paravant checked-out these weapons under the name Eric Cartman, a character from the US cartoon comedy South Park. Numerous other fears accompany the charges, including: the army's insufficient vetting of private contractors, the lack of adequate screening in private security employment and their lack of accountability. (The Atlantic Wire)

Germany Says Stolen Tax Data Won't Harm "Stable" Swiss Ties (February 1, 2010)
Diplomatic relations between Germany and Switzerland soured up since last year, after German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck said that the Swiss tax regime encouraged tax evasion. The current German government is now trying to restore friendly relations with its neighbor, but recent information on approximately 1300 German account holders in Swiss banks may damage relations anew. (Business Week)

UN Reform

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UN Women's Agency Remains Politically Paralysed (March 4, 2010)
Many have expressed frustrations with the UN's delayed implementation of a new gender unit. Colette Tamko, coordinator of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), attributes the inactivity to a lack of cooperation and support from members of the G77 and NAM as well as Russia and Japan. Tamko revealed that several G77 countries even regard gender architecture discussions as a "bargaining chip to advance their still undisclosed agendas." (IPS News)

UNGA Libyan President on "Reforming" United Nations (February 23, 2010)
In a recent interview, UN General Assembly President Ali Treki described the UN's role as "marginalized" under the "hegemony" of Security Council permanent member states. He argued that restoration of the UN's role requires improved Secretary General selection procedures and greater accord between the Security Council and the General Assembly. President Treki highlighted various issues which impede efforts to amend the UN charter, and he also expressed concerns regarding the non-binding nature of UN resolutions. (BBC)


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Blair Warned in 2000 Iraq War was Illegal (March 2, 2010)
A secret strategy paper withheld from publication reveals that an invasion of Iraq was discussed within the UK Government for more than two years before military action was taken, with the Foreign Office warning that an invasion would be illegal. The strategy paper was not published by the Chilcot Inquiry because the Government retains the power to veto the publication of classified documents. This raises serious questions about the powers of the Inquiry to reveal sensitive material that is in the public interest and necessary to ensure Government accountability. (The Independent)

Iraq: Poor Selling Their Votes for Cash (February 27, 2010)
Selling and buying votes is illegal under Iraqi law. However, some of the Iraq's poorest voters are prepared to sell their votes for as little as US$5 to guarantee their allegiance in the election booth on March 7. "Elections are a beautiful opportunity to get some money, there are lots of people willing to sell their votes, and lots of people who want to buy them," stated Ahmad Salam, an "election agent," who currently has 100 people prepared to sell their votes to the highest bidder. (The Nation)


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Habeas Challenges for Bagram Prisoners (March 1, 2010)
The US Government has detained an unknown number of prisoners at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan since 2002, some of whom have been held for up to six years without charge or a fair hearing. Concerned that Bagram has become the new Guantanamo, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed habeas corpus petitions to allow four prisoners access to lawyers and the opportunity to challenge in court the legality of their detention. (IPS)

The Guantanamo "Suicides:" A Camp Delta Sergeant Blows the Whistle (March, 2010)
On June 9, 2006, three prisoners at Guantanamo died suddenly and violently with Rear Admiral Harry Harris quick to declare the deaths "suicides." According to the US Naval Criminal Investigative Serivce documents, each prisoner had fashioned a noose from torn sheets and t-shirts, was able to bind their own hands, stuff rags into their throats and tie the noose to the top of the cell's eight-foot-high steel-mesh walls. Evidence suggests that the Obama administration has failed to seriously investigate the deaths and may have continued a cover-up of the possible homicides of these prisoners. (Harpers Magazine)

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