One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, much  of the promised relief and reconstruction aid has not reached those  most in need. In fact, the nation’s tragedy has served as an opportunity  to further enrich corporate interests.The details of a recent lawsuit, as reported by  Business Week, highlights the ways in which contractors – including some  of the same players who profited from Hurricane Katrina-related  reconstruction – have continued to use their political connections to  gain profits from others’ suffering, receiving contacts worth tens of  millions of dollars while the Haitian people receive pennies, at best.  It also demonstrates ways in
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Opposition activists in Georgia are calling for a mass gathering in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi. This follows a crackdown by Georgian police on a rally in front of one of the police stations.

It is well known that online content providers in China have to follow censorship instructions from various government authorities. However, with the rise of private public relation company, there is an increasing censorship pressure from the private sector. Some of them pay the websites to delete content, some retreat to hacking. On January 26 2011, published an open letter to its users informing them that the website was hacked after they had refused to delete an article. The hacker contacted via QQ chat on 25 of January and demanded the website to delete an open letter posted on August 16 2006
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UNHCR: United Nations Refugee Agency: Afghanistan – During her second visit to Afghanistan, United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie called for a greater focus to be put on the reintegration of former Afghan refugees; travelling for two days in the country, Jolie met with internally displaced people and former refugees still struggling to survive and reintegrate almost 10 years after returning to Afghanistan from years of exile. More than 5.5 million refugees have returned since 2002, mainly from Pakistan and Iran, and now make up 20 percent of the population. UNHCR is concerned that too many of
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Internet Security Savvy is Critical as Egyptian Government Blocks Websites, Arrests Activists in Response to Continued Protest. As we’ve seen in Iran and Tunisia, social networking tools have given activists in authoritarian regimes a powerful voice, which can be heard well beyond their own country. But the use of social networking tools has also given their governments ways to identify and retaliate against them. This week we are watching the same dynamic play out in Egypt. This is why it is critical that all activists —in Egypt and elsewhere—take precautions to protect their anonymity and freedom of expression. The protests in Egypt
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Dozens of villagers in the Kenyan district of Kisii are falling prey to superstitious groups accusing them of witchcraft. The poverty-stricken western district, known as Kenya’s sorcery belt, has seen an increase in mob attacks on individuals and even killings. The poor and elderly in particular are being targeted. Three months ago, a group of youths tortured five suspected witches before setting them on fire. Original Link on Al Jazeera click here



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