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June 30 2017

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“Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments (x)

Greenpeace is running a campaign for us to e-mail Coca-Cola’s CEO asking him to cut their plastic footprint. There’s a pre-written email so it only takes a minute. Coca-Cola are reviewing their sustainable packaging strategy so please consider it: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/speakout/ocean-plastic

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June 05 2017

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from npr.tumblr.com (via indiaperspectives):

Menstruation is hardly the stuff of poetry. In fact, in India, if periods are talked about at all, it’s in whispered code, and never with someone of the opposite gender.

But a group of medical students at the Calicut Medical College in the southern state of Kerala wanted to change all that. So in March, they launched a contest called Haiku, which encouraged students to submit short stories, poems and verse about menstruation, all under 140 characters. The idea was to get young people to speak more openly about periods.

“It’s a normal, biological thing, we shouldn’t be ashamed,” says James Paul, a student at the college who came up with the contest idea. Before going to medical school, he admitted that talking about menstruation made him feel shy. But his professors and textbooks helped him get comfortable with the topic.

Breaking The Taboo Of Talking About Periods

Illustration: Hanna Barczyk for NPR

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December 21 2013

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About this video, usceio says: A campaign movie about child arrest in Palestine by the Israeli occupation forces and the complicity of the company G4S. From the group Palestina Solidariteit in Belgium.

December 20 2013

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Thank You Ed Snowden

The U.S. government is threatening to send whistleblower Edward Snowden to prison for life. But millions stand behind him. We thank him for standing up and telling the truth, at great personal cost. Join the movement to defend our constitutional rights and right to privacy.

December 11 2013

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doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com (Nov. 19 2013):

Damaging intellectual property rules in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) would give pharmaceutical companies longer monopolies over brand name drugs. Companies would be able to charge high prices for longer periods of time. And it would be much harder for generic companies to produce cheaper drugs that are vital to people’s health. We need your help: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/take-action/tpp/
Tags: TPP Campaign US

November 21 2013

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Banned Expression: Campaign to protect free speech in Tibet (Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Nov. 21 2013)

Over a hundred Tibetan writers, poets, artists, intellectuals and cultural figures have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned since the 2008 uprising in Tibet. By daring to refute China’s official narrative of events surrounding the 2008 Uprising, these courageous Tibetans represent a significant new challenge to the Chinese authorities.

China is implementing mass surveillance and propaganda campaigns under the rubric of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s “mass line” policy in Tibet. New regulations on the internet and phone use have been implemented since 2011 to block information and censor communication. Book and journals are banned; websites shut down and online contents deleted and censored in real time by armies of Chinese government censors. China has vowed again to block all images, information and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tibet by setting “nets in the sky” and “traps on the ground” .

To highlight the fast shrinking space for writers and artists to freely and fearlessly express their views and to pressure China to respect Tibetan rights, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, in partnership with Voice of Tibet and Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, is running the Banned Expression campaign on social media and on official websites of the organisers.

The campaign will culminate in an awareness concert fronted by Parikrama, one of India’s most respected rock bands on 10 December 2013, which is observed internationally as Human Rights Day. The focus of our message on the 64th International Human Rights Day is the Right to Freedom of Opinion, Expression and Information. A new report, ‘Banned Expression: Stifling Dissent and Creativity in Tibet’, will be released at the event.

Our campaign page on Facebook can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/freespeechtibet
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September 30 2013

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blog.karenhurleydesign.com (Sep. 26 2013):

An absolutely shocking campaign that is truly brilliant. These images are of actual human rights abuse victims taken by traveling journalists form a variety of countries that have been placed into Switzerland’s surroundings. The shock of seeing these individuals right in front of the public eye certainly shed new light on the issue and caused a global stir.

September 13 2013

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“A hospital in Ontario is trying to appeal to medical students in Quebec with an attention-grabbing new recruitment ad.

Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s new campaign, to be featured next week in The McGill Daily school newspaper, is already a social media success. It depicts a woman wearing a pink hijab, lab coat and stethoscope with the slogan, ‘We don’t care what’s on your head, we care what’s in it.’

The ad comes in the midst of Quebec’s controversial secular values charter proposed by the Parti Québécois earlier this week. It would prohibit public sector employees from wearing ‘ostentatious’ religious symbols and attire while on duty.”


‘We don’t care what’s on your head’: Ontario hospital launches ad aimed at Quebec medical students, values charter (National Post, Sep. 12 2013)

March 10 2013

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USCEIO's ads placed in DC metro to welcome AIPAC to town (via usceio.tumblr.com)

January 26 2013

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Support Tibetan Solidarity Day & Shout It Loud To Your Representative (Tibettruth, Jan. 26 2013)

In 1913 Chinese forces were expelled from Tibet, the 13th Dalai Lama issued a proclamation reaffirming Tibet as an independent nation, a century later and many Tibetans find themselves exiled, while inside occupied Tibet China’s violent and illegal occupation of that land continues. So too does the resistance and we are asking folks to support Tibet’s true cause by reminding the political establishment of Tibet’s independence, which remains under international law intact and recognized.

Add your support to Tibetan Independence Day with few simple, yet important, online actions. We ask that you kindly email a link providing facts on the independent status of Tibet to your Senator, Member of European Parliament or if in Britain to your Member of Parliament.

January 17 2013

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October 05 2012

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BBC News - Dutch abortion ship 'blocked' from Morocco port of Smir

A Dutch campaign group says its ship offering women medical abortions has been prevented by authorities from entering the Moroccan port of Smir.
  • Abortion ship will arrive in Smir, Morocco, Today! (womenonwaves.org)

    MALI (Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms) has invited the Dutch organization Women on Waves to come to Morocco with the abortion ship. The ship can provide women with safe legal medical abortions till 6.5 weeks of pregnancy, under Dutch law after sailing to international waters.

    The ship will also launch a hotline number 0633234333 where women can get information about safe medical abortion. A medicine called misoprostol, that can be used to induce a safe abortion at home (till 12 weeks of pregnancy) is available in Morocco under the brand name Artotec. Misoprostol is on WHO’s List of Essential Medicines. Unfortunately, most women are not aware of this safe abortion method that requires only 12 tablets of Artotec. The WHO’s recommended method of medical abortion is 4 tablets of misoprostol (200 mcg) administered under the tongue. Up to three repeat doses of 800 μg can be administered at intervals of at least 3 hours, but for no longer than 12 hours.

    Abortion is illegal and taboo in Morocco, but approximately 600 to 800 women still have an abortion every day. While wealthy women can afford safe abortion access, women of low socio-economic-status must often resort to unsafe methods that can result in morbidity and death. Therefore, access to safe abortion is fundamentally an issue of social justice. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unsafe abortion methods cause 13% of pregnancy-related deaths.

  • Abortion ship docks in Smir Harbor, Morocco, and was forced to leave by authories. (womenonwaves.org)

    After the harbor of Smir was completely closed off by the Moroccan police, Women on Waves decided to disclose that their ship was actually already in the harbor. Dutch parliamentarian Liesbeth van Tongeren arrived, and with members of Women on Waves and MALI, entered the harbor through the backdoor of a nearby hotel. Although the police guard stopped the group before they reached the ship, the captains were able to raise their flags and sail around the harbor. However, the Moroccan authorities prevented all access to the ship, and even the lawyer was not allowed to go to the ship at any time. The ship was searched, and the captains were informed that they had to leave the harbor. When asked the reason why, they were informed that although no laws were broken, the ship had to leave Smir. There was an overwhelming amount of police and secret service, and although the authorities did not find anything incriminating, the ship was escorted from the harbor by the navy.

February 16 2012

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About the Novartis Drop the Case Campaign (msfaccess.org)

Why India is the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’

India is often called the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ because it produces affordable generic versions of medicines that are used the world over. More than 80% of the antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) used by MSF in its HIV/AIDS programmes come from producers of generics based in India, just as 80% of the ARVs purchased with donor funds globally come from India. MSF also relies on Indian generics for malaria and tuberculosis treatments.

India became the key producer of affordable medicines because until 2005, the country did not grant patents on medicines, allowing generic manufacturers to freely produce more affordable versions of medicines patented elsewhere. Fierce competition among producers drove prices down dramatically – whereas ARVs for one person per year cost US$10,000 in 2000, today, they cost just less than one percent of that figure.

India starts granting – and rejecting – patents

India had to start granting patents for medicines in 2005 because of its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. This means that price-busting competition between generic and originator drug producers will be blocked for drugs that receive patents – for example for several newer medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

When designing its patent law, however, India decided that only drugs that show an improved therapeutic effect over existing ones deserve patents. This part of the law – ‘Section 3d’ – intends to prevent companies from continually extending their 20-year drug patents by making minor changes or improvements – a process called ‘evergreening.’ Along these lines, the Indian patent examiner in 2006 rejected the patent that Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis sought for the leukemia drug imatinib mesylate (marketed as Glivec), because it was based on a compound that already existed.

Novartis takes the Indian government to court

In response to its drug patent being rejected, Novartis took the Indian government to court in 2006, not only challenging the rejection of its patent, but also the part of India’s law, Section 3d, that formed the basis of the decision. If Section 3d were overturned, it would mean patenting would become much more widespread in India, severely limiting the production of more affordable generics.
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