Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trying to Sway America's Cuba Policy With Song

Trying to Sway America’s Cuba Policy With Song
A movement by artists, scholars and businessmen is trying to change United States policy toward Cuba from the bottom up.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Starbucks' "Love Project"

In the spirit of Mark Johnson's "Playing for Change: Peace Through Music" Starbucks' Love Project uses music to help provide AIDS relief in Africa. Please click on the link and help provide help to Africa. Each "hit" sends help to AIDS victims in Africa.

Monday, October 26, 2009

52 Children recovered from Child PRostitution Ring

52 children recovered, 60 alleged child pimps arrested in crackdown
October 26, 2009 1:57 p.m. EDT.

(CNN) -- Law enforcement authorities have recovered 52 children and arrested 60 pimps allegedly involved in child prostitution, the FBI announced Monday.

Read More here.......

Monday, October 19, 2009

Building a Peaceful Somalia

After returning to Somalia in 2008 to aid victims of a drought, the locals asked Mohamed Aden to become their leader. In less than a year, he has transformed Adado, Somalia, into an enclave of here to read more about "An American-Somali'"s" Improbable Return (NYTimes online)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Finland First Country in World to make Internet Access a Right

First we had "Human Rights", then came "Children's Rights", now are we on the threshold of "Internet Rights"?

(CNN) -- Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.

The move by Finland is aimed at bringing Web access to rural areas, where access has been limited.

The move by Finland is aimed at bringing Web access to rural areas, where access has been limited.

Starting in July, telecommunication companies in the northern European nation will be required to provide all 5.2 million citizens with Internet connection that runs at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second.

Click here to read more....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Where the Hell Is Matt" - Dancing Around the World

First we had "Playing for Change: Bringing Peace with Music", now we have Matt's dancing around the world...maybe he is bringing peace through dance?....... At any rate, it is great fun, so enjoy the video. Where the Hell is Matt?

Matt's online journal is full of his musings about the people and places where he has danced. You may get some ideas for your research paper or presentations!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Curse of Africa's Colonial Borders

Borders -whether geographical, cultural, or virtual - are like fences; some people are kept in and some are kept out. Who are the 'gatekeepers' and how they control the flow of people is an interesting conundrum. The link below provides an insightful commentary on the border legacy in Africa.

The Curse of Africa's Colonial Borders

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Playing for Change: Episode 10 - Fannie Mae

Quote of the day: "We met Grandpa Elliott on the corner of Toulouse and Royal Street in the French Quarter, his patented spot for performing. However, on this morning, there was some street construction happening which made it difficult for recording. So, we trudged our gear through the streets of the Quarter and found a quiet spot in the famous surroundings of Jackson Square. Slowly people gathered in curiosity and fascination while Grandpa warmed up his voice and before long we were in record and capturing this amazing performance." Playing for Change

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Rescue of the Child Soldiers

Click on the link below to view the video.

Delivering the Invisible Children's letters - this video documents attempts to find the families of four child soldiers in Uganda.

Remember to Rescue the Invisible Children - Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Turner Field.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Faces of Child Brides

This video by Stephanie Sinclair is an update on the status of her earlier photos of child brides in Afghanistan. The problem continues as young girls try to burn themselves to death in protest.

The Faces of Child Brides in Afghanistan - Stephanie Sinclair

Friday, April 17, 2009

Intangible Culture: Art as a Tribal Experience

Today we are spotlighting "Intangible Culture: Art as a Tribal Experience". This video is part of Ali Perry's (P5) research project presentation on how digital media represents the culture of Papua New Guinea. Watch and enjoy!

Intangible Culture: Art as a Tribal Experience - 8 min. 40 sec.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Buccaneers and Pirates in the 21st Century

Piracy and International Jurisdiction are old questions, but the recent acts of piracy off the coast of Somali have raised the issue in a twenty-first century context.

This article gives some of the legal basics surrounding the argument over universal jurisdiction for pirates who seize vessels in international waters.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

China Reopens Tibet

Chinese officials have announced that foreign visitors will once again be allowed to travel to Tibet and that this new travel policy will go into effect on April 5, 2009. Read more.....China reopens Tibet to foreigners

Monday, March 16, 2009

Anime Enlisted to Help Combat Human Trafficking Joint MTV and USAID Project enters New Phase

On March 16, 2009, U.S. based television network MTV officially announced the release of a new anime video designed to raise awareness about human trafficking in Asia.

Read more: "Anime Enlisted to Help Combat Human Trafficking: Joint MTV and USAID Project enters New Phase" -

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

'Gentle' man sent to Uzbek labor camp

Religious Repression in Uzbekistan ???

Bad news in Uzbekistan....Human rights groups concerned for man sentenced to 8 years in a labor camp.
  • Story Highlights
  • Abdul Dadahanov jailed in Uzbekistan, accused of extremist religious activities
  • American family recalls how the man wanted to aid healing after 9/11
  • Rights groups say Dadahanov is victim of crackdown on "independent Muslims"
  • Friends in the U.S. fear for health of "gentle, kind" man in Uzbek prisons

Monday, February 16, 2009

African Union Supports Delay in Darfur Case

As in any case, there are two sides of an argument: "On Monday, February 02, 2009, the leaders and representatives of 53 African nations accepted the Sudanese president´s pleas to have the war crimes case against him delayed, if not suspended... " read on @ African Union Supports...

Africa - Arrest for war crimes in Darfur

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 11 -- The International Criminal Court's pretrial judges have decided to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region, according to an official at the United Nations. read more @ Arrest warrant for Sudan's Bashir

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kosovo Enters a New Year on Shaky Ground

Cold War Style Politics Add to Problems with Serbia
Almost a decade after the 1999 conflict between ethnic Albanian guerillas and Serbian forces; Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008.

Click here to read this article

Monday, February 9, 2009

Great underground music in Atlanta

" Music soared and people grooved during a recent performance by one of the hidden gems of the Atlanta music scene..." Click on the link if interested. Enjoy the change of pace.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Press Release - from ICC on First Trial

Coalition for the International Criminal Court



Blog, "In Situ: See Justice through the Eyes of Civil Society," Offers Grassroots Perspectives on ICC's First Trial

26 January 2009. Today, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a network of civil society organizations in 150 countries, launched its new website at or . The new site provides user-friendly navigation from the Coalition's homepage to some 1,000 pages of content and expertise on the ICC in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

The site features the latest news developments from the Coalition's membership of more than 2,500 organizations working in partnership to ensure that the ICC is fair, effective and independent. also includes a calendar of ICC-related events, and a new blog entitled "In Situ: See justice through the eyes of civil society." To join the discussion on our blog, see or

In Situ is Latin for "in the natural place." As our blog name, we use this term to reference the International Criminal Court's attempt to hold trial proceedings in the Democratic Republic of Congo—in addition to those in The Hague where the Court is based—for its trial in the Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case. However, due to security concerns, in situ trial proceedings for Mr. Lubanga were not possible. These proceedings would have helped directly engage and involve communities affected by the crimes for which Mr. Lubanga was charged. The Coalition's blog is an attempt—in both name and substance—to help bridge the gap between populations affected by the crimes under the Court's investigation and the ICC's daily activities at its headquarters in The Hague.

The first edition of In Situ will focus on the trial of Mr. Lubanga who stands accused of recruiting, enlisting and actively conscripting child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We will aim to bring you the hopes, perspectives and fears of the local population as the Court's historic first trial gets underway.

Bloggers include Roger Muchuba, co-director of the DRC National Coalition for the ICC and executive secretary of Bukavu, DRC-based "Inheritors of Justice;" Descartes Mponge, South Kivu focal point for the DRC national coalition for the ICC; Desire-Israel Kazadi, a Kinshasa-based journalist;' and Lorraine Smith of the International Bar Association, among others.

Update on ICC trial of leader of Child Soldiers in Congo

As the ICC prepares its first trial in the Hague, the international community works to bring evidence against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the ex-militia leader accused of forcing children in the Congo to fight in the war.

Ex-militia leader denies forcing children to fight in Congo war.

Related story:

U.N. and Rwandan troops in Congo for joint operation

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Victims or Collateral Damage?

Expanding on today's topic of legal jurisdiction and human rights, the following link offers an interesting insight into the conflict in Gaza. The question that comes to mind is "at what point do civilian casualties of a territorial conflict become victims of a war crime? Who has jurisdiction and who makes the decision? Read the article below for an interesting discussion.

Possible War Crimes in Palestinian Gaza

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Speech

For those of you who may not have been able to watch the Inaugural Address, below is a link to the text of President Obama's speech.

Text of 2009 Inaugural Address

For those of you who did watch and listen to the speech, let us all hope that we can work together to bring peace and renewed prosperity to both the nation and the world.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Commander of Child Soldiers on Trial

As we research the impact of digital media on global cultures, it is important to also keep in mind the role of the law in eradicating child abuse. One deterrent is to find and prosecute the adult perpetrators of these crimes. The link following this blog entry is a report on how one Congolese commander of child soldiers has been placed on trial. By reading this article, you will help spread greater awareness of the horrors these children face.

Commander of Child Soldiers to be Put on Trial

Friday, January 9, 2009

Keep up with the News

You may have noticed that the box to the right of this blog post is continuously updated with an international news feed. The news items are chosen randomly by an rss news feed and do not necessarily reflect my personal views. However, the articles do present a variety of news written from multiple perspectives and and the news feed is not affiliated with CNN, Fox, BBC or any one private or public organization. The news is drawn from many sources and therefore, the articles may provide you with a good starting point to begin connecting your research project to current events.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Celebrating Epiphany

Religious holidays have cultural implications that impact business and other international affairs. In Latin America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean, particularly, Three Kings Day or Epiphany is an important holiday. Think of some ways that this might impact communication and business with those regions.
AJC - Celebrating Ephiphany (General)
Village Voice - Fresh Rosca de Reyes (Mexico)
In Puerto Rico - Celebrating Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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