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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research in developing countries.” Former head of the International AIDS Society and executive scientific director of the Amsterdam ...

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Niger jails protestors asking to see French mining contract details

Nigerien activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French state-owned nuclear company Areva. “This ...

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Girl summit to take up Ethiopian ‘Maid Trade’ and its child brides

At a girl summit July 22 in London, the Overseas Development Institute spoke out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The U.K.-based ODI warned parents who see their daughters as commodities are pushing record numbers of girls into abusive early marriages. Some 39,000 chi ...

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In Brazil, soccer may star, but social issues set the stage

I have always been infatuated with Brazilian soccer, as well as Brazilian culture. As a die-hard soccer fan and a Greek American, when the opportunity came for me to see the United States and Greece play in the World Cup, I jumped at the opportunity. Planning my trip, I began to learn about the public unrest in Brazil surrounding the World Cup and upcoming Olympics. While as an activist in organized labor I ...

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Connecting the dots throughout the world

The idea hit me during the International Panel at our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago last week. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences. It was Colombia’s first and they were given an NBCC board seat (Juan Camilo Cabezas) for their effort in formin ...

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit last week, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them she saw the more than 200 kidnapped girls as her sisters and would stand up for them. ...

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Zambian president goes AWOL, leaves nation leaderless

Three weeks ago, Zambian President Michael Sata was airlifted on a plane to Israel. Some reports had him in a coma, and said he was receiving treatment for kidney disease at the Sheba Medical Center there. The flurry of rumors began to build, neither confirmed nor denied by Sata’s ruling party. “One minute we are hearing he has arrived home to Lusaka but is very unwell, the next minute we are ‘reliably info ...

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Award-winning author brings perspective on Haitian crisis to Detroit

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nat ...

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Strike at General Motors South Africa gains international support

General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth where some 200,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa are demanding a 12 percent pay raise. Support for the union walkout has poured in from the U.K., the Czech Republic, Brazil, Namibia, Swaziland, and the machinist workers union in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in the U.S. In a letter to the NUMSA General Secretary I ...

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