Do no harm – that idea is broadly derived from medical contexts, where it first was phrased like this in the 16th century and was used to make medics aware of the possible dangers any treatment could contain and compare those dangers to the dangers and benefits of instead not intervening (A bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First,_do_no_harm).
For volunteers and professionals in any kind of helping situation, this was and still is a hard learned lesson.
Just ‘helping’ by giving food to starving people can create a backslash on local food economy and thus create future dependencies for foreign food supplies. It can also lead to people getting used to the taste of non-local food and changing their taste-preferences, again hurting local sustainable food economy.
For this very reason and to prevent problems like these, the European Commission created a Code of Conduct for food aid donors and organisations. View full article »
as you probably noticed sometimes two weeks go by without a new article O_o
To improve the news-flow, I am now officially looking for people willing to help writing articles and becoming part of a no-more-war blog editing team. The work is not too much actually. Right now for one person, it takes about two hours every week to write a nice article but still I do not always have the time, especially if I am travelling or studying a lot. So helping hands are highly appreciated
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Just stumbled upon an article on the Guardian, a British newspaper, reporting on a call for boycott on the annual census in Great Brittain. I was intrigued and read further… it turns out, one of the biggest war profiters of Earth, Lockheed Martin with it’s headquarter in the USA was chosen to conduct part of the census, by that earning around 150.000.000 pounds.
Now, why would anyone bother about that? Two reasons at least:
1. By doing contracts with arms producers, the war machine is supported and furthered.
2. Privacy security concerns, since US companies were used in the past to gather informations on foreign countries and companies. And what better information source than a nation wide census, right? This was already discussed in 2008 actually, when the contract went under way – as BBC is reporting.
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By Al Jazeera English
The events in Tunisia, Egypt and other places like Albania, where we had our seminar only three months ago are happening so fast that it is hard to keep track. In case you missed the civil unrest, civil disobedience, people demonstrating against corruption, dictators, you can get some short summaries below.
But first, what is this all about? After all, one thing it certainly is about, is courage. We are talking in many instances, especially Tunisia and Egypt about dictatorships and the rule of fear – that is fearing anything that is not official doctrine because you or your relatives may be punished for voicing ‘wrong’ opinions, talking to ‘wrong’ people or somehow supporting ‘them’ either by trading with them, giving ‘them’ shelter, just being respectful towards ‘them’. ‘Them’ usually means political oposition but can also mean scapegoat groups, usually minorities like religious, racial, sexual minorities. View full article »