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AEGEE-Europe, together with 10 youth organizations from all over Europe, has launched the campaign YouthRights.NOW for the recognition of specific rights for youth. These youth rights include education and training, employment, housing, health and the right to a healthy environment, participation, sexual and reproductive health, culture and sport, non-discrimination, as wells as proper information on […]

Land expropriation and corruption have been two recurring themes at the Kolubara mine. This week’s arrests indicate that they are closely connected. by Zvezdan Kalmar, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Recent developments in Serbia forebode gloomy times for the country’s energy company EPS. After the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s confirmation on Friday that […]

The fourth of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/. At the reception centre in Zaatari refugee camp today I met some new arrivals from Syria. They made the dangerous trip to escape the violence and find a […]

The fourth of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/. I have arrived in Lebanon where NRC has been active since 2006. This country is currently host to over 700,000 registered Syrian refugees, several hundred thousand other Syrians […]

The second of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/. The Syria refugee crisis is a truly regional emergency. International attention has concentrated on the vast number of refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, but in the Kurdistan Region […]

Technology plays an even greater role in our daily lives today, than it used to twenty years ago. Nowadays it is inconceivable to live in a modern society without access to internet, a mobile phone or a banking card. The ingenuity of the human mind merged with the determination to strive for excellence to open […]

The first of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/. Over the next five days I will visit NRC operations in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, where my colleagues are working hard to provide shelter, water, education and protection […]

The European Parliament’s somewhat frenzied concern about the possible indirect land use change (ILUC) resulting from EU biofuel policies is a splendid example of the phenomenon of unintended consequences. While acting on the basis of some pretty questionable science, the MEPs are constructing a new form of protectionism which is likely to damage the interests […]

The current review of the European Investment Bank’s mandate for lending outside of the EU brings some of the pitfalls of the bank’s development lending to the fore and offers a chance for improvements. by Xavier Sol, cross-posted from the Counter Balance blog “The European Investment Bank is not a development bank, it is an […]

Hundreds of thousands Brazilian citizens have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against high public transport fares, publicly financed football stadiums, inadequate investments in education and health and, last not least, rampant corruption. High transport fares have been the detonator of these unprecedented demonstrations in one of the most successful emerging countries; […]

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