CMB Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Chicago”   Leave a comment


…given the events that have been ongoing in Ferguson, Mo. over the past week-and-a-half, this song seems appropriate…

Posted August 20, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Africa Business and Human Rights   Leave a comment


I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, by excluding the issue of human rights from the conversation over investment in Africa, the U.S. missed a major opportunity to push African nations to do more on the issue of human rights. On the other hand, given the current state of human rights inside the U.S. at times, doing so might’ve run the risk of those same African nations calling us out for hypocrisy.

Still, it was a missed opportunity, one that the U.S. should’ve taken, no matter where the chips may have fallen.

Originally posted on O-blog-dee-o-blog-da:

When Business Gets down to the Business of Human Rights Key Stakeholders are excluded

Posted by Melanie Nathan, August 20, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.21.05 PM“At the U.S.-Africa Business Forum this month, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in new private and government investment in sub-Saharan Africa, including new projects within Africa’s energy, aviation and construction sectors. Such robust U.S. investment in Africa holds immense potential to catalyze major economic development on the continent. Any investment in Africa, however, must be buttressed by effective measures designed to promote the welfare and human rights of everyday Africans. If history is to be our guide, the absence of such measures will have devastating consequences for everyday Africans, including poverty, social instability, corruption, and mass displacement.”

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 3.19.43 PMSuch is the message from -This is what is reported directly from Frontline Justice:

 A Blog of Global Rights: Partners for Justice:

A group of 52 African civil society organizations…

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Posted August 20, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Disease Fighters Look To Old Outbreaks For Key Information About Modern Epidemics   Leave a comment


…an interesting reminder that sometimes in dealing with modern epidemics, it is better to learn how past epidemics spread in order to deal with them today.

Originally posted on publichealthwatch:

historical disease outbreaks

Newly-discovered patterns in old outbreaks of childhood illnesses — such as polio, and scarlet fever — could help modern disease fighters as they work to combat emerging epidemics. That’s the focus of new research by Kevin Bakker, a disease ecologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who found that studying these historical outbreaks could yield key insight into the factors underlying the spread of disease.

In the new analysis, Bakker and colleagues created a visual plot to map the progression of a range of childhood diseases, including diptheria, polio, and scarlet fever, as they spread across the US. ‘I was interested in examining whether the timing of these childhood infections peaked at different times of the year across a spatial scale,’ said Bakker.

The researchers found that two of the diseases — scarlet fever and diptheria — both swept across the United States from south to north.

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Posted August 20, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Warsaw – “They Walked In Line”   Leave a comment


…this could almost describe the modern Republican Party in America to a tee…just saying. 

Posted August 19, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Missouri Lt.Gov. Calls For Ferguson Curfew To Be Reinstated, Citing “Anglo-American Civilization” As A Reason   1 comment

Is it just me or has the crazy faucet – to borrow the expression from Crooks & Liars – been turned all-the-way up-to-eleven?

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) on Tuesday called for Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to reinstate the curfew in Ferguson to allow the justice system — which he said was a product of “Anglo-American civilization” — to do its job.(Crooks & Liars)

Yeah, he went there…here’s the exact quote that he used on Tuesday’s Ronan Farrow Daily show over on MSNBC:

“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”

“That includes the Brown family, for justice for them and for the community. It also includes the officer who has not yet been charged,” he added. “Our constitutional and our Bill of Rights protections have to be followed here, and we do not do justice in the streets.”

“That’s one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization, is that that we do not have politicized trials. We let the justice system work it out.”(Crooks & Liars)

…and Republicans wonder why they get as little support from minority voters as they do…this is reason I’ve-lost-count-at-this-point. 

Posted August 19, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Amnesty International has come to Ferguson   Leave a comment


Given how much the U.S. criticizes – rightly in most cases – other countries’ on their respective human rights records, it isn’t surprising that, once in a while, the camera gets turned back on us. Hopefully, this’ll be a reminder that, just as well call out others on their human-rights issues, we need to make sure that America lives up to its’ obligations in that regard.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Protesters stretch across the street in Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press)

For the first time ever, Amnesty International has come to the United States of America…

The Washington Post

In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said.

The St. Louis suburb has been filled with unrest since since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. That unrest intensified once again on Sunday, with reports of gunshots prompting law enforcement officials to respond with tear gas.

Overnight, Missouri Gov. Jay…

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Posted August 19, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Gil Scott-Heron – “Winter In America”   Leave a comment


…a very thought-provoking song that not only makes you think about the world around us but also reminds you that music of that nature is sorely lacking in this modern age…

Posted August 18, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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