This past week has brought increasing media attention to the GOP Gubernatorial race in Tennessee due to the views expressed by candidate Basil Marceaux. At first I was struck by the eccentricity of Basil Marceaux, however statements made by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey on Islam quickly turned the attention in his direction. Read the rest of this entry »
Today the International Criminal Court declared July 17 as the Day of International Justice. Recent news from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir indicted for the crime of genocide and a Congolese militia chief Thomas Lubanga Dyilo awaiting confirmation on his release from prosecution. These two events in particular have led me to question the efficiency of the ICC and the United States role in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
According to recent estimates over 1.6 million people spent time in a homeless shelter last year. In June of 2010 the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness unveiled Opening Doors: A federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness with four goals: 1) end chronic homelessness in five years. 2) end homelessness among veterans in five years. 3) end homelessness for families, youth and children in ten years. 4) create a path towards the end of homelessness. This initiative will incorporate a variety of stakeholders from the community, local, state and federal level in partnerships to provide housing, health care, and education towards the mentioned goals. Read the rest of this entry »
The insatiable demand for technological devices in the United States, and elsewhere, is affecting the lives of millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC has witnessed one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II with an estimated 5 million lives lost in the last decade. The perpetrators of the violence are armed militia groups profiting from the sale of four main minerals – gold and the 3 Ts of tin, tungsten, and tantalum. Please watch this brief video explaining the connection between technology and the war in the DRC.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) first introduced a bipartisan bill two years ago to end the trade of conflict minerals yet the policy window was not open at this time. The Enough Project proved instrumental in sparking a grassroots consumer awareness campaign resulting in the placement of conflict minerals on the public and policy agenda.
“ The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of people who won’t do anything about it…”
~ Albert Einstein
Myriad of topics were debated for my first foray into the blogging world, but ultimately my desire to share information on human trafficking won out. Of course when most people in the United States hear of human trafficking their first response is to relegate it to developing countries and espouse N.I.M.B.Y. (Not In My Back Yard). However, human trafficking knows no boundaries and outside of the drug trade is tied for the second most profitable criminal business. An understanding of the definition of human trafficking is necessary prior to discussing the issue any further.