Social Media and Human Rights

Social media has opened a pathway to democracy. While I am gathering a group for a party over Facebook, other people more oppressed than I am are gathering for revolution and recording atrocities on their smartphones. Amnesty International’s 2011 report: The State of the World’s Human Rights opens with an introduction about this phenomenon and … Continue reading

Wikileaks Prompts New School of the Americas Debate

A student from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC, formerly SOA) moves to secure a target during a joint field training exercise. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy — A few years ago I wrote and produced an audio piece on the School of the Americas, a rather controversial military training camp located at Ft. … Continue reading

A Conversation on Human Trafficking

A while back a reader who interns with Public Broadcasting in Central Pennsylvania sent along an interview for me to view and share. The conversation is with Mary Burke, the founder and executive director of the Project to End Human Trafficking. The production is very public broadcasting. Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean there’s a fundraiser … Continue reading

Craigslist, The Post, and Freedom

You’ve probably heard that recently, after many long ordeals and forceful requests by various state attorneys general, Craigslist finally shut down its adult services ads. Many people wrongly believe that the pressure against Craigslist was related only to prostitution, and thus are angered by the presumed attempt to censor an act that some activists think … Continue reading

Children’s Literature and Refugees

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, 1923 There are a number of books for children out there that focus on refugee stories and the causes of forcibly migrated people. According to Forced Migration Guide’s bibliography on the genre, “Children’s literature relating to refugees can be used to explore such themes as compassion, empathy, tolerance, … Continue reading

Media in Exile

Newspaper mural on Berlin Wall – by Pashan T.P. Mishra, author of the Handbook for Journalists in Exile, recently came out with a guide to help refugees start their own media in their host countries. It is a guide for true journalists. People who fled home to find freedom of speech, among other things, have … Continue reading

Why Palestine?

Recently this blog began dedicating a regular column to the Israeli/Palestinian situation – its conflicts, its history, and most importantly, its people. Why write about Palestine on a blog about forced migration? They seem pretty settled, with homes and jobs. The Palestinian experience usually looks nothing like that of women in the Congo, fleeing for … Continue reading

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