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Written by awball04 on Oct 25, 2009

Just this past week, the remains of bodies from the Rwandan Genocide were unearthed in the northern part of Tanzania. During the genocide bodies were thrown into tributaries of the grand Lake Victoria in Rwanda, which eventually enter into Tanzania. It has been reported that upwards of nine hundred and seventeen bodies were thrown into rivers and ended up in Tanzania.

Lake Victoria Region

Tanzanian nationals, mainly local farmers, took responsibility for taking care of the remnants. However, now that the bodies have been re-discovered, Rwanda and Tanzania are seeking how to appropriately deal with the bodies that did not receive a proper burial. There is discussion that perhaps a memorial might be the best solution. Whatever is done, it is just another reminder for a region that has had to deal with violence as a part of everyday life. 

The finding comes at interesting time, as the US military continues "Exercise Natural Fire 10" in nearby Uganda. Today, Command Sergeant Major Michael Ripka, who is the senior enlisted advisor for AFRICOM, met with representatives of the five other partner nations in Kitgum, Uganda.


Written by Matiwos09 on Oct 25, 2009

Stop for a minute and ask yourself the question, "Are you happy?" If so, why?  Would you or have you been any less or more happy living abroad? What is it about a culture that can make people smile more or less?

So I saved a number of  articles from some of the newspapers published in Addis Ababa.  The one I am about to write into this blog is written by a Swede reflecting on his impressions living in a developing country.

It was really remarkable how my appreciation for  basic things, like a hot shower, really grew during my time in Ethiopia.  The author of this article strives to articulate how happiness can never be fully determined by material well-being. 

 So how can some people who have so much less money smile so much more?  I would love to hear other peoples' reflections on...

Written by nicoleszucs on Oct 24, 2009

That's the amount of CO2 acceptable in the atmosphere for a more stable climate.  Right now we are at 387 ppm, which is not the safest for our planet. Getting back to 350 means that we have to find and implement many solutions, from cleaner energy to diet change. This is not an easy aim, but it's a vitally necesary one. 


Today, October 24th, the international day of climate action, 350.org and many other organizations around the world joined to spread this message. We need to change our actions and pressure world leaders to achive this target. With a clearer specific demand (rather than "stop global warming" or " say no to climate injustice") this global movement aims to inform people, but...

Written by DrP on Oct 23, 2009

 Those who know poverty rarely care to define it          

If indeed the World Bank's definition is only in part useful, then how exactly should we define poverty? For an answer to this question I have turned to social scientists who have been working on this issue now for more than a century. As you can imagine they've created a vast literature on the topic, way too much for me to consume and then re-present to you. Nonetheless several excerpts from encyclopedias have been helpful; below I cite from these articles.

            On the most general level I envision poverty as lack -- of much needed materials, of a means to maintain one's life, and of knowledge to acquire materials and/or income-producing opportunities. Social scientists have added more complexity to this meaning, stressing that poverty is either absolute or relative. Those who cannot access their own food, clothing, or shelter-basic necessities-live in absolute poverty. Those who appear to be lacking in relation to socially and politically constructed "norms of well being" live in relative poverty....

Written by Acorde on Oct 21, 2009

There exists a place where Israelis, Germans, Palestinians, Lebanese, and Arabs coexist in true harmony: the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Founded in 1999, Daniel Barenboim conducts the orchestra. Let's get this straight: Barenboim was born in Argentina to Jewish-Russian parents, and later on studied conduction with a German master (Could it get any more complicated?).This world-known conductor and pianist created this multicultural orchestra with the help of Edward Said, author of Orientalism and a pro-Palestine activist.

The first workshop of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra took place in...

Written by somdeepsen on Oct 20, 2009

  The options for graduating high school students from India are plenty. Besides the opportunities within India, thousands, if not millions, of us have embarked on academic careers in countries like the United States, Canada, UK, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Forbes Magazine estimated that in 2006 there were 123,000 Indian students studying abroad, which included 76,000 in the United States alone. As of this year there are approximately 97,000 Indian students in Australia. I remember embarking on my first trip abroad as a student. The world beyond seemed utterly enthralling, replete with opportunities and possibilities. The West seemed like a portal to a life that we had dreamed of. But this ideal vision of the world outside India seldom featured racism as an integral aspect of it.  The recent racist attacks on Indian students in Australia have brought to the forefront a disturbing aspect of the life of Indian students abroad. Racism and its oft-violent manifestations are now questioning the supposedly multicultural and tolerant character of some of the most popular destinations for Indians students. {readmore}

Written by johncollins on Oct 20, 2009

26 As the scandals of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi continue to dominate news out of Italy, I recently got some valuable perspective from Andrea Teti (left), Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).  A native of Naples, Italy, he has a longstanding interest in both Italian and Egyptian politics.  His current research focuses on Western democracy promotion in the Middle East and on Foucault's analytics of power.  He received his MA (Hons.) and PhD from the University of St. Andrews

JC: Leaving aside the more sensational aspects of the Berlusconi situation - the ones that have received the lion's share of the media attention - what do you think the era of Berlusconi tells us...

Written by johncollins on Oct 20, 2009

55 Ehud OlmertThe cracks in the Israeli state's formidable ideological edifice are beginning to crumble in the face of growing pressure from determined and media-savvy international activists.  A case in point: the reception given to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently at a lecture in Chicago.  Olmert, the architect of Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon and its December 2008 assault on Gaza, faced a storm of protesters who repeatedly called attention to the human cost of his government's policies.  A video of the event prepared and posted by Electronic Intifada has "gone viral" in recent days. ...

Written by somdeepsen on Oct 20, 2009

 The Hooghly river is often dubbed as West Bengal’s lifeline. Flowing through the state, it adorns Kolkata’s skyline. But across the river also lies a reality that is often ignored, if not forgotten, by most of this Indian metropolitan’s urban dwellers; Howrah. Kolkata’s twin-city, it is a cesspool of all the imaginable ills of urbanization. However, working in this environment, Calcutta Kids, a Howrah-based NGO, allows for a glimmer of hope, as it strives to improve maternal and infant health in one of the city’s many slums.

Working in the Fakirbagan slum in Howrah, Noah Levinson, Co-founder and President of Calcutta Kids remembers being astonished when he first explored the issue of public health among the poorest in the city. “It is often assumed that economic growth in a country would naturally stimulate improvement in public health, especially among women and children” Levinson said. “But, no such correlation could be established here.”


Written by EPG on Oct 19, 2009

As a current senior at St. Lawrence University, I'm honored to be able to take part in the creation of the progressive dialogue that is the Weave blog.  I'm excited to ask questions and hopefully answer some as well as continue to educate myself and others about current issues and underreported stories in the media!

Recently, while traversing the web, I happened to stumble upon a post in Project Censored that prompted me to focus on the topic of human trafficking.  According to this site, a woman from North Carolina recently spoke out against trafficking in Eastern Europe, specifically Romania, and I was astounded that this issue, usually brushed over by the mainstream media was recognized and had an impact on smaller regions of the U.S.

About 800,000 are trafficked across borders annually,...