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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,...

Written by awball04 on Oct 19, 2009

"This is the simple truth of time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America's prosperity. Your health and security can contribute to the world's health and security. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere...I say this knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world. After all, I have the blood of Africa within me, and my family's own story encompasses both the tragedies and triumphs of the larger African story."                            

-Excerpt from President Barack Obama's Address to...

Written by nicoleszucs on Oct 19, 2009

There are 48 days left to the COP15 in Copenhaguen. So why is this such a big deal? Althought its going to be a lot of paperwork and more talking than anyone can stand for two weeks, this conference is hopefully going to decide on some global action to slowdown climate change.The UNFCCC process is hoping to set up policies for the post- Kyoto  (post 2012) regime.  There has been preliminatory talks in Bonn in June, Bangkok at the begining of this month, and talks in Barcelona are coming up next weeks; however, nothing is yet set in stone.

World leaders and people in many places around the world are mobilizing and calling for change. The UN Secretary- General Ban Ki Moon...

Written by brianlind on Oct 18, 2009

Barack Obama

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace."


On October 9, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize , in case you missed it.   The press and 24 hour news networks were immediately abuzz with questions of whether President Obama deserved the prize and whether it was premature to award it to a man who had been President of the United States for less than a year. ...

Written by milansova on Oct 18, 2009

The 15th Climate Change Convention under the UN, taking place in Copenhagen, is rapidly approaching, and being in the city one can feel the gathering excitement, and anxiety as the people of Denmark prepare for this crucial moment in history. The city is expecting to have 15,000 visitors for alternative climate events, which will put an incredible amount of stress on the cities infrastructure. Police matters will be put at a halt while the full force will be out on the streets looking out for illegal protests and terrorist activities, and...

Written by Seanedwardwatkins on Oct 18, 2009

Briefly, I would first like to discuss a little known issue about the production of technology. The article, “The new blood diamonds? Electronics makers are pressed to stop using 'conflict minerals' from mines controlled by armed groups in DR Congo ” by Lawrence Delevingne speaks to the growing amount of technology related minerals coming from the Congo. I would argue that most consumers do not know that the majority of the electronic products they use consist of ‘conflict minerals’. ‘Conflict minerals’ are those like Coltan (which Tantalum is extracted from)...

Written by Matiwos09 on Oct 18, 2009

What do you think of when you hear the word Ethiopia?

I’ve asked this question to many people over the last three months and I keep hearing two words in particular; drought and famine.

From August 2008 until July 2009 I lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Now when I hear the word Ethiopia I think; smiles, juice, buna (or coffee), hospitality, brain drain, family, community, injera (or Ethiopian flat bread), obedience, and shenanigans. Ethiopia means so much to me now. I went there with the intention...

Written by lrberg08 on Oct 17, 2009

As we all know, our world is not only going through an economic recession, but an environmental shift to "caring" about our planet. Although most professors seem to believe that the great mother earth will somehow outlive the human population, which is something that I certainly believe in based on how we treat our planet. But this blog won't be about our human destruction persay, but rather about a certain area of environmental studies which intriques me greatly - nonrenewable and renewable energy resources.

For those of you who haven't taken any environmental courses or pay much attention to the news, as I was before this past summer, the nonrenewable energy resources that power our electricity, fuel our cars, and provide us with heat are as follows: oil (petroleum), coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy (in the form of uranium-235). Basically we have given...

Written by DrP on Oct 17, 2009


Perhaps the notion of poverty has been one of the most elusive in the modern era. What exactly is it? Does it have particular characteristics? Who would one identify as poor? How does one avoid or overcome poverty? Is s/he personally to blame or are society and its structures responsible? These are only some of the questions that men and women around the world have asked and sought to answer, usually to no avail. In the following weeks I will join them, as I explore urban poverty, its history, its current manifestations, and its future.

A good entry point, then, might be a definition. Here I will cite The World Bank: Urban poverty has many dimensions and can affect millions in dynamic ways. Among the dimensions of poverty that the World Bank delineates are: income poverty; health and education poverty; personal and tenure security; and disempowerment. Each dimension can affect whether one will find a job, acquire work skills, sustain productive assets like housing, build household relations, and employ social capital. Through this multidimensional attack on asset ownership, the World Bank argues, poverty renders millions vulnerable.