14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization - Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today! When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization. Three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that which could not be moved: schools, nurseries, public administration buildings were crumbled; cars, books, medicine, research institute instruments, tractors were crushed and sabotaged; horses, cows in the farms were killed, and food in warehouses were burned or poisoned. The purpose of this outrageous act was to send a clear message to all other colonies that the consequences for rejecting France would be very high. #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7.
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FH Freedom on the Net FreePartly FreeNot Free Freedom on the Net is a Freedom House project consisting of cutting-edge analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building. The hallmark of our analysis is the annual Freedom on the Net report. It features a ranked, country-by-country assessment of online freedom, a global overview of the latest developments, as well as in depth country reports. The key trends and emerging threats highlighted in reports are then used in national and international advocacy campaigns by Freedom House. The project builds the capacity of its network of researchers—in-country bloggers, academics, journalists, and tech experts chosen for their promise and expertise—by providing the analytical tools to serve as the future generation of internet freedom defenders around the world. “Freedom on the Net is an indispensable resource for anyone who cares about freedom in the digital age. Representatives from the private sector and government agencies also turn to our reports.
Bonded Labour Bonded labour is the most widely used method of enslaving people around the world. A person becomes a bonded labourer when their labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. The person is then tricked or trapped into working for very little or no pay, often for seven days a week. The value of their work becomes invariably greater than the original sum of money borrowed. Often the debts are passed on to next generations. Bonded labourers are forced to work to repay debts their employer says they owe, and they are not allowed to work for anyone else. The debts often play an important element in human trafficking. Where and how big? Bonded labour has existed for hundreds of years. Today the International Labour Organisation estimates a minimum 11.7 million people are in forced labour in the Asia-Pacific region, the majority of these are in debt bondage. Why does bonded labour exist? Whole families are in bonded labour.
Humanity Imperiled: The Path to Disaster Truthout doesn’t take corporate funding - that’s how we’re able to confront the forces of greed and regression, with no strings attached. Instead, we need your support: make a donation today by clicking here. (Photo: Garth Burgess / Flickr)What is the future likely to bring? For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. And there are other dangers like pandemics, which have to do with globalization and interaction. How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying The question is: What are people doing about it? There have been a range of reactions. In fact, all over the world -- Australia, India, South America -- there are battles going on, sometimes wars. Ecuador, which also has a large indigenous population, is the only oil exporter I know of where the government is seeking aid to help keep that oil in the ground, instead of producing and exporting it -- and the ground is where it ought to be. So that was the offer.
Ranking of economies Economy Rankings Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1–190. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. = Subnational Doing Business data available. file_download print 10 Geeky Camping Gadgets So you love roughing it in the great outdoors, but you still like to be caught up on all the latest gear for the bold outdoorsman? We feel you. Camping gadgets are some of the most useful gadgets around, especially if you love to spend summer weekends in a trailer in the woods, in the mountains, and camping on the coast. Here are 10 must-have essentials for campers who like a little geeky gear with their fresh air. 1. Earl ($249): Described as a backcountry survival tablet, Earl works where smartphones and tablets cannot. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What hi-tech gadgets do you take with you on camping trips and outdoor expeditions?
FH Freedom of the Press by Jennifer Dunham Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power. The share of the world’s population that enjoys a Free press stood at just 13 percent, meaning fewer than one in seven people live in countries where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures. Steep declines worldwide were linked to two factors: heightened partisanship and polarization in a country’s media environment, and the degree of extralegal intimidation and physical violence faced by journalists. Even in the much more open media environments of Europe, journalists faced unusual levels of pressure from terrorists and, to an extent, their own governments. Download Map PDF Notable gains and declines in 2015 Gains: Declines:
Business and Human Rights — Asia Pacific Forum Photo by allie-gator, Flickr Creative Commons While broad-based business activity provides skills, opportunities and a decent livelihood for individuals and communities, exploitative conditions, poor safety standards and displacement can severely undermine human rights. The growing role and impact of the corporate sector, both within countries and across borders, has placed the issue of business and human rights firmly on the agenda of the United Nations and regional human rights bodies. In 2008, Professor John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, proposed a 'protect, respect and remedy' policy framework to better manage business and human rights challenges. A set of Guiding Principles was released in 2011 to support the implementation of the “protect, respect, remedy” framework. Role of the APF It proposed a number of practical measures for NHRIs to consider, including: