Children and adolescents in Mexico – an uncertain future

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Children and adolescents in Mexico – an uncertain future

“What does a government reap that sows students in the ground?”,
“A government that murders our children does not deserve our forgiveness much less our silence”

(Banners in the marches for Ayotzinapa)

100_3047BThe case of the missing students from Ayotzinapa uncovered a terrible reality that leads any mother and father to wonder: What future will my children have? As in many other areas concerning human rights in the country, legislative measures are being considered that do not guarantee real changes for the child and youth population. Since September, when President Enrique Peña Nieto sent bill to the Senate, children’s rights have been subject to public discussions. He asserted that with this legislative project, “Mexico will comply with its ethical obligation towards all children and adolescents”. Furthermore, it will comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which…

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Jamaican teen model makes history

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Sixteen-year-old Saint International model Tami Williams is French Elle’s December cover girl. The feat is historic on many levels, as Jamaica’s Gleaner reports

Williams is the first Caribbean/Jamaican model, and the youngest black model to grace the prestigious publication’s cover page. This accolade, earned only nine months after first setting foot on the international stage, places the leggy Jamaican teen among the fastest-rising black supermodels in history.

Williams joins a legion of top cover stars, including Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna, Jasmine Tookes (Victoria Secrets supermodel), and Estée Lauder spokesperson (supermodel) Liya Kibede. In the age of actors asfashion magazine-cover models, many industry insiders see William’s cover as a refreshing departure.

It is also extremely rare that such a new model (working for less than a year) would grace such a cover. “This is a watershed moment in global fashion for Saint International and Jamaica,” says Saint boss…

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“Forum for the Defense of the Land and against Displacement”

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Invitation to the “Forum for the Defense of the Land and against Displacement” with San Sebastián Bachajón and Movement for Justice in El Barrio from New York, Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle



To the national and international Sixth

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the peoples and communities in resistance

To the media

Compañeros and compañeras, our community struggle remains organized for the defense of our lands and against neoliberal displacement; the bad government wants to dispossess us of our lands purely to serve the capitalist interests of the rich and discriminates as always against the people from below who care for our mother earth.

Our struggles continue walking, organized by political and legal means to defend our human rights and reclaim our culture and traditions, to raise our voice and listen to each other and walk and…

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Dominican Republic and Cuba among top popular destinations for 2015

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The latest ABTA Travel Trends 2015 Report revealed a list of destinations to watch, which are likely to prove popular in 2015; Cuba and the Dominican Republic stand in third and fourth place after Austria and Botswana.

At number five is Japan, and then Latvia, La Gomera, Norway, Pacific Coast of the US, Singapore, the Netherlands and in twelfth place, the Peloponnese in Greece, where Abta will hold its 2015 Travel Convention.

According to Abta, as consumer confidence is slowly returning to the holiday market with 20% of consumers planning to spend more on their holidays in 2015, affluent customers were breaking away from the cautious optimism that had dominated the market for the last couple of years.

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My Blog’s 2014 In Review

Good on you – better than my 11,000 grin!

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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2014 in review – for me and this blog – not so spectacular but many thanks to those who have found it and found it useful

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 52 ( Dec 22- 28 )


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(Activist Sanaa Seif, and rights activist and lawyer Yara Sallam (Photo: Courtesy of Free Sanaa Facebook page)

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13 Lebanese That Made It Big In 2014 | A Separate State of Mind | A Lebanese Blog

2014 has been a pretty messed up year on the Lebanese scale, but amidst all of it, there were a few Lebanese whose news served as a diversion from all the mayhem. Their accomplishments made us happy, even if they didn’t pertain to us directly. As we saw some of them make it big on an international level, we were maybe reminded of our own hidden potential over here. Others caused ripples right at home. To those Lebanese, I came up with this to salute them.

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