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The Danger of the Single Story

ht Chris Blattman



Malalai Joya Interview



Amnesty International Rallying Supporters

Maternal health is a human right for every woman. Yet the United States lacks a robust government response to this critical problem including the lack of nationally standardized protocols to address the leading causes of death in childbirth – or the inconsistent use of them. In addition, the number of deaths may be significantly understated because there is no federal requirement to report maternal deaths and data collection at the state level is insufficient.

Amnesty International Rallying Supporters Nationwide During May, Urging Congress to Act on Growing Maternal Health Care Crisis as New Figures Show Greater Risks Across Income Groups

Public Invited to Join Mother’s Day Card Campaign as United States Falls Behind 49 Other Countries in Rate of Maternal Deaths.

Amnesty International’s campaign focuses on passage of the Maternal Health Accountability Act (H.R.894), a bipartisan bill that promises a dramatic step forward to fight serious pregnancy complications and maternal deaths. The bipartisan bill responds to many of the serious concerns raised in Amnesty’s Deadly Delivery report. A briefing on the bill will take place in Congress on Wednesday, May 11, hosted by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), the lead sponsor of the legislation. From April 29 to May 8, Amnesty International activists across the country will meet with 100 members of Congress seeking support for the legislation. There are currently 35 co-sponsors.

The Conyers bill would help establish maternal mortality review committees in every state to examine pregnancy-related deaths and identify ways to reduce deaths. The legislation would also help eliminate disparities in health care, risks and outcomes, and would improve data collection and research in order to reduce the frequency of severe maternal complications.

A follow up on Deadly Delivery.


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Save the Children’s 12th Annual Mothers Index

Save the Children’s 12th annual Mothers Index is released every year prior to Mother’s Day. The ranking analyzes the maternal and child indicators and other published information of 164 countries.

In the United States a women is seven times more likely than one in Italy or Ireland to die from pregnancy-related causes, and her risk of maternal death is 15 times that of a woman in Greece. And this before the old white men get their hands on power to destroy abortion and contraception funding, and sex education.

I could discuss Norway being the best place for a woman to spit out kids, but it’s probably more notable that Afghanistan is the worse. We haven’t helped ny putting back into power warlords who not only feel a woman’s place is in the home, but in the home illiterate and subservient with very few freedoms.

The US ranked 31st, largely because of that mortality rate I introduced this post with, the highest in any industrialized nation.

Be that as it may, there are simple things that industrialized nations can do to help women in their own countries and in third world countries. Most of these solutions are proven and cost-effective, they can save lives for just a few dollars a day.

The report in PDF is provided below, the link to the site itself is at the tip of the page.


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Day Without Dignity

Today is A Day Without Dignity, a Good Intentions Are Not Enough campaign alternative to A Day Without Shoes, TOM’s shoes annual awareness campaign.

A Day Without Dignity is a counter-campaign to TOMS Shoes A Day Without Shoes “awareness raising campaign” (commercial). On or around April 5th – the same date as A Day Without Shoes – we’re asking aid workers, the diaspora, and people from areas that receive shoe drops and other forms of charity to speak up in blogs, on twitter, or at school.

You can read more and see the full list of posts from those taking part in the campaign here. There are some thoughtful posts, almost fifty so far, from all over the world and the web, go check them out.

Also, as an alternative to TOM’s, consider Sole Rebels.

Out of Ethiopia, the brain child of Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (founder and current managing director), with aspirations of becoming the Nike of the African Continent. Not only does this company contribute the the economy there, it is a green company. The shoes made of of used tyres and decorated by local artists.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was selected as Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum, link

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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Activism, Africa, get educated, News and Info


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Viewing This Weekend

Videos from The Developmental Research Institute’s annual conference — on March 4, 2011. Speakers included DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, Yale’s Chris Blattman, NYU Economics’ Raquel Fernandez and NYU Law’s Kevin Davis.

Check out the videos, which run on Quick Time, when you click the images.

VIDEO: New Directions in Development

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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in get educated


Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Khaddafi

HT: a Bombastic Element
Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Khaddafi..

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in get educated

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