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Tuesday:  October 27, 2014

When Will Chile's Post Office's Re-open? 

(PHOTO: Workers set up camp at Santiago's Rio Mapocho/Mason Bryan, The Santiago Times)Chile nears 1 month without mail service as postal worker protests continue. This week local branches of the 5 unions representing Correos de Chile voted on whether to continue their strike into a 2nd month, rejecting the union's offer. For a week the workers have set up camp on the banks of Santiago's Río Mapocho displaying banners outlining their demands; framing the issue as a division of the rich & the poor. The strike’s main slogan? “Si tocan a uno, nos tocan a todos,” it reads - if it affects 1 of us, it affects all of us. (Read more at The Santiago Times)

WHO convenes emergency talks on MERS virus

 

(PHOTO: Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf, east of the capital Riyadh on June 16, 2013/Fayez Nureldine)The World Health Organization announced Friday it had convened emergency talks on the enigmatic, deadly MERS virus, which is striking hardest in Saudi Arabia. The move comes amid concern about the potential impact of October's Islamic hajj pilgrimage, when millions of people from around the globe will head to & from Saudi Arabia.  WHO health security chief Keiji Fukuda said the MERS meeting would take place Tuesday as a telephone conference & he  told reporters it was a "proactive move".  The meeting could decide whether to label MERS an international health emergency, he added.  The first recorded MERS death was in June 2012 in Saudi Arabia & the number of infections has ticked up, with almost 20 per month in April, May & June taking it to 79.  (Read more at Xinhua)

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Dreams and nightmares - Chinese leaders have come to realize the country should become a great paladin of the free market & democracy & embrace them strongly, just as the West is rejecting them because it's realizing they're backfiring. This is the "Chinese Dream" - working better than the American dream.  Or is it just too fanciful?  By Francesco Sisci

Baby step towards democracy in Myanmar  - While the sweeping wins Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has projected in Sunday's by-elections haven't been confirmed, it is certain that the surging grassroots support on display has put Myanmar's military-backed ruling party on notice. By Brian McCartan

The South: Busy at the polls - South Korea's parliamentary polls will indicate how potent a national backlash is against President Lee Myung-bak's conservatism, perceived cronyism & pro-conglomerate policies, while offering insight into December's presidential vote. Desire for change in the macho milieu of politics in Seoul can be seen in a proliferation of female candidates.  By Aidan Foster-Carter  

Pakistan climbs 'wind' league - Pakistan is turning to wind power to help ease its desperate shortage of energy,& the country could soon be among the world's top 20 producers. Workers & farmers, their land taken for the turbine towers, may be the last to benefit.  By Zofeen Ebrahim

Turkey cuts Iran oil imports - Turkey is to slash its Iranian oil imports as it seeks exemptions from United States penalties linked to sanctions against Tehran. Less noticed, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Iranian capital last week, signed deals aimed at doubling trade between the two countries.  By Robert M. Cutler

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Tuesday
Oct182011

A Message for Young People: "Become Who You Are Meant To Be and Change My World Now!" 

(HN, October 18, 2011) Gina Otto is on a mission. A mission to create a foundation of self-esteem, leadership and self-acceptance that empowers children. 

This month Gina's Ink, a mission-driven media and entertainment social enterprise, launched Casandra's Angel, a book written by Otto about the negative stories that Cassandra – and all of us – are told our entire lives. It’s about who people "think" we are..... and then letting go of how others see us and becoming who we came here to be. 

In conjunction with the new book, Gina’s Ink  has also launched the website www.ChangeMyWorldNow.com  

“Children today are worried about a myriad of issues, whether it be bullying, war, the economy, the environment or terrorism.  I created Change My World Now to give them a safe place where they can experience a community of kids who want to change the world for the better and feel that their voices are heard,” says Otto. 

In addition to the launch of her book and website, Gina has begun a 20-city 20-week Change My World Now Bus Tour in the United States, with the intention of inspiring children with the message of empowerment and self-confidence. 

For more infomation on Cassandra's Angel and to order a copy of the book go to www.facebook.com/CassandrasAngel

For a schedule of the 20-city 20-week bus tour and more visit the website  www.ChangeMyWorldNow.com

-HUMNews Staff

Friday
Aug122011

On World Youth Day, UN celebrating young people’s role in ousting dictators (Report) 

(August 12, 2011) - The United Nations marked International Youth Day today under the slogan ‘Change Our World,’ with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscoring the “stunning” role young people have played during the past year in overthrowing dictatorships.

“Far too many of the world’s more than one billion young people lack the education, freedom and opportunities they deserve,” he said in a message. “Yet, despite these constraints – and in some cases because of them – young people are mobilizing in growing numbers to build a better future. Over the past year, they have achieved stunning results, overturning dictatorships and sending waves of hope across regions and around the world.”

Citing their open minds and a keen awareness of emerging trends, and the energy, ideas and courage they bring to some of the most complex and important challenges facing the human family, Mr. Ban said young people “often understand better than older generations that we can transcend our religious and cultural differences in order to reach our shared goals.

“They are standing up for the rights of oppressed peoples, including those who suffer discrimination based on gender, race and sexual orientation,” he added. “They are confronting sensitive issues in order to stop the spread of HIV. And they are often the leading proponents of sustainability and green lifestyles.

He called on the international community to continue to work together to expand the horizons of opportunity for young people and answer their legitimate demands for dignity, development and decent work. “Failing to invest in our youth is a false economy,” he said. “Investments in young people will pay great dividends in a better future for all.”

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova also referred to the role young people have played in the recent overthrow of entrenched authoritarian regimes.

“The ‘youth quakes’ that have struck across the Arab world have shown the ability of young people to drive change,” she said in a message. “The struggle for democratic participation has shaken regimes seemingly impervious to pressure. These movements have shown the power of aspirations for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Ms. Bokova stressed quality education as the starting point for full and positive engagement by young people.

“We must provide young people with everything they need to share their ideas and act on them – to fight unemployment and poverty, to overcome gender inequality and all forms of discrimination, to tackle diseases and marginalization,” she added.

The Day marked the formal close of the International Year of Youth, which culminated last month with a high-level meeting on youth at the General Assembly.

- UN News Center

Wednesday
Jul202011

“Give to Charity and Eat Your Veggies”, By Sari Soffer (Perspective) 

“Eat your veggies!”(Courtesy: Birds Nest Foundation, Ground Up Campaign)

“Watch your manners!”

“Stay in school!”

            Typical lines to make any child’s eyes roll. But when is the last time you heard a kid grunt because he or she was told, “Give to charity!”? It’s probably not as common as the others, and that’s probably not the child’s fault at all. But I believe the key to meaningful spending and motivated workers is raising a child to partake in philanthropy.

            There has been some buzz lately about “the largest wealth transfer in history,” where the younger generation, succeeding the hard-working Generation X, will inherit more money than its predecessors. Because of this, some believe that the upcoming work force will not work as hard to increase its wealth.

            One solution is philanthropy. If a certain amount of a person’s annual income is designated to philanthropic donations or engagements, he or she will have less money to spend on luxuries and desire more wealth. Or on a more optimistic note, a person will desire more money to increase his or her contributions to a number of charitable causes.

             In the Wall Street Journal last week, there was an article discussing the approaches to instill philanthropic practices in your child’s life. Ideas such as starting small, bringing your child along with you to charity events, arranging family meetings to discuss money expenditure and allowing your child to find his or her own charity all serve to increase a child’s desire to give back.

             As the name suggests, Birds Nest’s ‘The Ground Up Campaign’ teaches children to participate in a movement that may inspire them to contribute in the future. We believe that anyone can contribute, as long as they want to help. The journal says that there are now “more affluent families placing a greater emphasis on teaching their heirs about philanthropy.” This may be true, but Birds Nest encourages philanthropic activities for kids of all ages and economic backgrounds.

             Birds Nest recently met with a group of students called the Green Bronx Machine at Discovery High School. The students, led by teacher Steven Ritz, engage in what they call an empowerment program, growing edible gardens in their biology class. Students have said that they now watch what they are eating, consume more vegetables and even try harder in school because of the program. Ritz, though also teaching for academic purposes, opened up his students to a lasting act of charity: students introduce others to a world of natural and healthy produce, while also learning themselves.

             But not everyone has to do it this way. Here are a few other ways to engage your child in philanthropy early:

(Courtesy: Birds Nest Foundation, Ground Up Campaign)1. Make ordinary practices into charitable acts.

We all have to get our haircut and give up our old toys at some point. So why not donate our hair to Locks of Love for suffering cancer patients, or give up our toys to Toys for Tots? Get your child in the habit of thinking about ways to donate, even during the most ordinary tasks. Kids will realize that you don’t have to give up anything extra to donate to those in need.

2. Engage in fun, charitable group activities.

There are so many ways for kids to actively give back…and with their friends! Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, New York Says Thank you and Kaboom! (who we love to work with) are great ways to get out with your friends and build. Both of these, along with many other similar organizations, make it easy for anyone to sign up for a day project or plan a trip to help. Plus, kids can see the results of their charitable work instantly.

3. Make it a hobby.

Charity doesn’t always have to be its own category. Going to a local dog kennel, planting gardens (at schools for The Ground Up Campaign even!) or visiting sick children at the Ronald McDonald House are all great ways to spend a free afternoon. Kids may continue to fill their free time with enjoyable, charitable activities if they become accustomed to doing so during their young years.

(Courtesy: Birds Nest Foundation, Ground Up CampAt Birds Nest, we demonstrate that donating to charity doesn’t always mean writing a check to a nationwide organization. The Ground Up Campaign allows contributors to engage in hands-on planting, learning and eating in order to reach its goal of healthy food education. In addition, the production company as a whole contributes its services to non-profits by expanding their efforts through documentaries and PSAs.

As one of the Green Bronx Machine students said, this is work to improve the next generation. A check just doesn’t have the same power as do personal contributions.

 

The author is a journalism student Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  She is spending her summer internship working with HUM partner, Birds Nest Foundation, covering philanthropy, food; and learning production.