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Justice Doesn’t Come Cheap. Can the ICC Afford It? The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made public new findings on Tuesday with respect to alleged crimes committed in Nigeria. After receiving 59 complaints since 2005, the OTP has concluded that there are grounds to believe that Boko Haram, a militia group mainly active in northeastern Nigeria, has committed the crimes against humanity of murder and persecution. The OTP report said it had found that the group has, since July 2009, “launched a widespread and systematic attack that has resulted in the killing of more than 1,200 Christian and Muslims civilians in different locations throughout Nigeria.” This moves the OTP into the final stages of its decision whether to open a new investigation. The ICC depends on voluntary cooperation from states in order to implement its mandate. States have consistently demanded that the ICC comply with a “zero growth” approach to its budget. The Nigeria findings show that the demands on the OTP will not decrease. Tracking the U.S. Congress The Religious War on Reproductive Health | Daylight Atheism When it comes to reproductive health in America, progress often seems like a one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of situation. But let's start with some rare good news: in January, the Obama administration announced that most employers would have to cover birth control in their employee health plans with no co-pay - enraging religious groups, which had hoped for a broad exemption for church-run businesses. This rule is a straightforward application of anti-discrimination law. Since no one is being forced to use contraception, this seems like a nonsensical complaint. This is the same thing as pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills: they interpret "religious freedom" not to mean, "I will not use birth control because my religion says it's not OK", but to mean, "I will not allow you to use birth control because my religion says it's not OK". Now, the bad news. If you've ever donated money or time to support Komen, I urge you to never do so again.

home Mis Cuadernos | Rubén Aguilar Valenzuela Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. Timely and adequate provision of clean water and sanitation services to uprooted people is particularly important, given the vulnerability of their situation. The UN believes that all refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and returnees should have access to adequate drinking water whether they stay in camps or in urban areas [ECOSOC, 2002]. The provision of adequate sanitation services is equally important. But the optimum benefit from water and sanitation interventions can only be achieved if communities and individuals are made aware of the links between hygiene practices, poor sanitation, polluted water sources and disease. Special efforts have been made in recent years to address critical gaps in the provision of water and sanitation services. In 2009, UNHCR will continue to boost water and sanitation projects in operations around the world.

Participatory Politics Foundation Watch: M.I.A's middle finger to Saudi Arabia's insane driving laws trumps Madonna's sexy pop The video for M.I.A's new track Bad Girls has just been released. Why is there so much hype around it? Well, first, M.I.A's aesthetic, whether you're find her irritating or not, is significant in its power, influence and downright badassness. Anyway, it's not hard to imagine what the Sri Lankan-British singer – a sucker for political statements – is saying. They also said that if the ban was lifted, there would be "no more virgins" in the Islamic Kingdom within ten years. Naturally, she looks amazing against a background of fires, spinning beamers and jiving children. It's a sexy film, brimming with dust, steam, oil and pouts. It trumps poor Madonna, who also released a video today.

Monitor | Wijzigingshistorie Vraag B12: Stelt de overheidsorganisatie via haar website haar ruimtelijke informatie voorzien van metadata vrij beschikbaar voor hergebruik? De Nederlandse rijksoverheid wil onder zo gunstig mogelijke condities informatie die in handen is van de overheid ter beschikking stellen aan burgers en bedrijven. Dit nadrukkelijk met het doel hergebruik, waaronder commercieel hergebruik, van die informatie door burgers en bedrijven te faciliteren. Voorwaarde voor een positieve score is dat de overheidsorganisatie de geo-informatie: 1. downloadbaar verstrekt; 2. verstrekt tegen hooguit de marginale verstrekkingkosten; 3. voorziet van meta-informatie met ten minste: o de inhoud; o de herkomst; en o de kwaliteit van de gegevens; 4. aanbiedt met een toelichting waar bovenstaande 3 onderdelen duidelijk naar voren komen; 5. aanbiedt zonder disclaimer(s).

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