Human Rights

The past century has seen a revolution in the struggle for human rights, but the revolution remains unfinished. There is an ongoing need to share knowledge and transform it into action and meaningful change. This section of the Weave is devoted to raising awareness of some of the world's most pressing human rights issues.

Popular Culture vs. News

Be honest. When you hear the word "Colombia", what do you think of?

Food Security: Where does it start?

 Dr. Opiyo Oloya recently posted an editorial on New Vision regarding food security in Uganda.

President Obama Warns Against Export Reliance...

Al-Jazeera posted an interesting article that pertained to the developing world. President Obama strongly encouraged both developed and developing nations to reconsider their notions of having a export based economy. Indirectly this relates directly to Uganda in the sense that Uganda has been transformed by this western way of thinking through IMF and World Bank loans that have completely restructured their economies. Personally, I believe that this illustrates the power of international organizations who have more power than political figures. President Obama's remark were insightful, but will their really be a change? And if so, where is that change going to come from?

A Call for International Solidarity

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The website for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a country profile on Colombia's Refugees and its over 3 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). On this site, there is access to various statistics, reports, videos and photographs, illustrating the situation in Colombia.

Campaigning for Uganda Presidential Election

President Yoweri Museveni will be facing tough competition in the February elections as his main component Kizza Besigye, leader of Uganda's main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change, has gained popularity in the country.

Colombia Coverage on the History Channel (part 1)

Saturday , November 6 there was an hour long documentary titled "The True Story of Killing Pablo" featured on the History Channel .

Civil Unrest in Northern Uganda

After the showing of the Invisible Children Documentary at Saint Lawrence University I was asked many questions about the situation and I thought I would provide some further information relating to the blog I posted a month or so ago titled The Uganda ‘Genocide.’ Tens of thousands of children are forced to into running from rebel forces every night in Northern Uganda. It is by choice that these children from the ages of 8 to 14 walk miles into the city of Gulu looking to take refuge in any open space available. These children have the choice to stay home, but they know that there is a high probability that the rebel forces will abduct and force them into becoming child soldiers.

Source Watch: Where's the news on Colombia coming from?

 I recently did an assignment looking at sources within the news coverage on Colombia. Though originally planning on doing this specifically on news coverage of Colombian IDPs, I found there is not enough coverage on this topic to analyze broad patterns (this in and of itself says something).

Cartoon of The Week: The Independent

 

I wanted to post this weeks comic that appeared in The Independent . It's simple, and it says alot. I would like to hear how you think this comic represents the feelings of Ugandans, especially being that this comic is coming from a media source within the country. 

What are the broader implications of this comic and how do Ugandans view it?

Uganda: What Makes a Leader Corrupt?

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda Ghanian-born American Prof. George Ayitteh came out with a publication in the Foreign Policy Magazine earlier this year that targeted forty of the “worst of the worst” dictators in the world. Number nineteen of forty on the list was Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. I was rather surprised to see this news, even with current political and social issues that have gained attention in current events. The publication was recently written about on October 27, 2010. This illustrates the particular role that the media was trying to portray for the upcoming presidential election on November 11th. Museveni has been in power since 1986, giving him twenty-four years of rule, which one of the reasons that he was determined to be one of the worst leaders in the world in June.