Africa: Male activists against Gender Based Violence

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Friday, 12/3/2010, at 8:46 AM

"The United Nations campaign to deal with gender-based violence kicked off on 25 November and will continue until 10 December, International Human Rights Day."



Wikileaks shut down by US government

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Friday, 12/3/2010, at 8:28 AM

Wikileaks website has been shut down in the US (not in other countries.... feel the pain of censorship, guys ;) and Assange is wanted by Interpol.


Iraq Body Count

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Thursday, 12/2/2010, at 5:07 PM

In this website, we see mass and individual civilian death counts from the Iraq War.



WikiLeaks Revelations on U.S.-Africa

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Thursday, 12/2/2010, at 4:43 PM

Read them here.




War Logs in NYTimes

Submitted by Michelle F. Nessen on Thursday, 12/2/2010, at 3:41 PM


Kenyan Prime Minister Orders Arrest of Gay Couples

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Wednesday, 12/1/2010, at 5:38 PM

Read it here.



Masculinity & Ecuador

Submitted by Rosemary Gonzalez on Wednesday, 12/1/2010, at 4:46 PM

In class we spoke about government campaigns to eliminate masculinity. I was in Ecuador during the summer and while watching the World Cup saw some commercials from the government trying to change the social norm and equate masculinity (or in Spanish "machismo") with violence. Here's a youtube channel of these commercials the Ecuadorian government aired this past year:

There are 19 or so of these commercials, most with Ecuadorian statistics such as "In 2009, 64% of deaths of women published in newspapers are those that resulted of gender violence" or "8 out of every 10 Ecuadorian women have suffered physical, psychological, or sexual violence." 

My favorites are:

They're in Spanish, but worth asking a Spanish-speaking friend for a translation


Diary Dig

Submitted by Rosemary Gonzalez on Wednesday, 12/1/2010, at 2:07 PM

Here's a link to a site which still contains all of the Iraq War Logs in searchable format.


More WikiLeaks

Submitted by Marlene Cedeno on Monday, 11/29/2010, at 1:49 PM

On Sunday November 28th, 2010 Wikileaks published over 250,00o United States embassy cables which give an inside look into the United States's government foreign activites. The article has some interesting links to follow up on concerning the leaks and a timeline that looks at the history of Wikileaks.  


Safe Cities: the latest UNIFEM project

Submitted by Manuela Picq on Tuesday, 11/23/2010, at 12:14 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22, 2010 (IPS) - The U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) launched an ambitious new initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of women in five major cities Monday - New Delhi, India; Cairo, Egypt; Quito, Ecuador; Kigali, Rwanda; and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Interview with UNIFEM Executive Director about the Safe Cities project.