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International Day of Peace Celebration at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

September 19, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, CA.— Peace is built person by person, group by group, nation by nation. In commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice invites University of San Diego students, faculty, staff, as well as the San Diego community, to join in celebrating this day […]

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Trans-Border Institute Reception at University of San Diego

September 19, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, CA.— Please join the University Of San Diego Trans-Border Institute for a reception to welcome the academic year, the new dean of the Peace Studies School and to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Come learn about Trans-Border Institute’s new projects and upcoming event programming. Thursday, September 20, 2012 Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and […]

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Forging the Future: Human Rights, Justice and the Law with Cherie Blair

September 18, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, CA.— Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series Presents Cherie Blair Cherie Blair—human rights barrister, part-time judge and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair—gives her perspectives on life, learning and the law. She discusses highlights from her own career and explains the critical role of lawyers in promoting human rights and rule of […]

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Ambulante Border Series

September 8, 2012

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“Ambulante Border Series will consist of a series of screenings followed by panels that will highlight three of the most relevant issues affecting the bilateral relations between Mexico and its Central American and North American neighbors: arms trafficking and gun control policy, freedom of expression and migration. Saturday, September 8th WHERE: Institute of the Americas […]

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Symposium on Protest and Policing in the UC System With Keynote Speaker Angela Davis

May 24, 2012

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RIVERSIDE, CA.– Where:  UC Riverside, University Theater When: 10:00 am- 5:00pm , May 25, 2012 In light of the recent protests across UC campuses including Berkeley, Davis, and UC Riverside on January 19th, 2012, many feel the imperative to publicly respond and engage in a dialogue about the state and future of protest and policing […]

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On Indigenous Rights in Canada. When Will Their Voices be Heard?

March 10, 2012

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By: Anna Malinovskaya On January 24, 2012, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, and 12 Cabinet members held a historic Crown– First Nations Gathering with indigenous leaders in Ottawa. This high-level meeting has revealed many problems that indigenous peoples in Canada are facing. Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, the current national chief of the Assembly […]

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Students at UC Riverside Face Violence During Protest Against UC Regents Meeting

January 21, 2012

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  RIVERSIDE, CA.— A massive student protest erupted at UC Riverside Thursday after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest rising tuition costs. Students from as far away as Berkeley and San Diego came to join in the demonstrations. The students were protesting the ongoing tuition hikes as well as other budgetary related measures, such as […]

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Rally to Defend Public Education to be Held at UC Riverside

January 19, 2012

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RIVERSIDE, CA.— A day of mass mobilization to defend public education is being called for Thursday, January 19, 2012 at UC Riverside. The organizers and supporters wrote the following letter regarding the demonstration: Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members, We are writing to have our voices heard and call people to action to defend […]

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Director of Battered Women’s Shelter Charged With Human Trafficking

October 20, 2011

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MEXICO.— The director of a local battered women’s shelter, Mujeres Unidas contra la Violencia (Women United Against Violence), in Ciudad Juarez has been arrested on charges of human trafficking. Soledad Griensen Porras was arrested on Monday after a woman living at the shelter reported being abused to police officer passing by the building. “Our officers […]

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Mexican Editor Decapitated for Using Social Media Networks to Report on Drug Cartel Violence

October 4, 2011

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MEXICO.— Mexican authorities have confirmed the death of the editor of a Nuevo Laredo newspaper. The body of Maria Elizabeth Macias Castro, the editor-in-chief of Primera Hora, was found decapitated next to a statue of Christopher Columbus in Nuevo Laredo with a message attacking the use of social media to report drug cartel violence. The message […]

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Five-Year Old Libyan Amputee Malaak Al-Shami Arrives in the U.S. for Rehabilitation Treatment

July 29, 2011

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LIBYA— On May 13th, five-year old Malaak Al-Shami was severely injured when a Grand rocket hit her bedroom wall in Misrata, Libya. The missile, launched by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, crashed into the bedroom while she was having an afternoon nap with her younger brother and sister. Malaak’s right leg was nearly severed, her […]

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Gaza- Aid Flotilla “The Audacity of Hope” Rejects Obama Adminstration’s Denounciation of Their Mission

June 28, 2011

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PALESTINE- ISRAEL.—A group of US citizens is defiantly rejecting the Obama Administration’s attempt to impede their aid mission to the Gaza strip. Up to 50 Americans are set to sail from a Greek port on a U.S. flagged- ship called “The Audacity of Hope”. The boat is part of an international flotilla carrying aid for […]

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Somalia Sentences Foreigners for Delivering Ransoms to Pirates

June 22, 2011

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SOMALIA.– A Somali court has jailed six foreigners, an American, three Britons and two Kenyans,  for illegally bringing $3.6 million dollars into the country reportedly to pay ransoms to pirates. Two men received 15-year sentences and fines of $15,000, the others faced sentences of 10 years in jail and fines of $10,000 each. This marks […]

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Impoverished Farmers Forced to Surrender Land to Large Investment “Land Grabbers”

June 19, 2011

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AFRICA.— Farmers in Africa are being driven off their traditional lands to make way for new industrial farming projects backed by European hedge funds seeking profits, and foreign countries looking for cheap food. The “land grab” is leading to the potential displacement of hundreds of thousands of farmers The Oakland Institute, says investors have bought […]

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UCSD Holds Talk: Presidential Leadership and Democratization in México and Brazil

May 22, 2011

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SAN DIEGO.– UCSD’s Political science department  host speaker José Luis Méndez Martínez to discuss Presidential leadership and democracy in Mexico and Brazil. José Luis Méndez Martínez holds  a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Fulbright Scholar in […]

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“Appearing and Disappearing Bodies” Lecture with Claudio Lomnitz at UC Irvine

May 10, 2011

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IRVINE, Ca.– On May 11, 2011, the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UC Irvine present Columbia professor of Anthropology, Claudio Lomnitz. Claudio Lomnitz works on culture and politics in Mexico and the Americas. He has published several books on the ideology, culture and politics of Mexico. The presentation focuses on the appearance and disappearance of […]

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Human Rights Organizations Continue to Push for Redress for Unlawfully Detained Maher Arar

May 8, 2011

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Maher Arar was born in Syria and traveled with his family to Canada at the age of 17. He became a Canadian citizen in 1991. On Sept. 26, 2002, as he was returning to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia, U.S. officials detained Arar, claiming he had links to al-Qaeda.  He was held without charges in solitary confinement in […]

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Indigenous Community Members of Cherán Killed in Michoacan, Mexico

May 6, 2011

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DRAFTED BY: Ashly Bloxon MICHOACAN, Mx.– For several years an armed gang with links to the drug cartel in Michoacan has abducted and killed members of the indigenous Purépecha community of Cherán. As further injury has carried out incessant illegal logging on the community’s land. These criminal gangs operate with the complicity with the local police and authorities. […]

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