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Road builders must put people first to curb epidemic of death and injuries

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The piece below contains some interesting social data and should be the basis of growing discussion, research and debate.

Road builders must put people first to curb epidemic of death and injuries

"Road crashes are one of the most disturbing global health problems of our time. A staggering 3,500 people die on the roads daily. Worldwide road crashes are now the No 1 cause of death and debilitating injuryamong young people and they disproportionately affect the poor, with nine out of 10 deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of this is that many of these deaths are both predictable and preventable. We know where people are most likely to die on the roads, how these crashes happen and – crucially – how to treat the root causes of the problem.

Yet, across the world, millions of schoolchildren, families, workers and farmers risk their lives on a daily basis simply by travelling on dangerous roads."

The United States Has Been Enabling Torture for Decades

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 Truth Out needs to be brought to European attention: "Truthout provides an independent platform for in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis, to reveal systemic injustice and offer transformative ideas to strengthen democracy". It is now on our BlogRoll.

The United States Has Been Enabling Torture for Decades

The above article contains useful information documenting the normalization of torture in the USA.

I only want to add that two decades ago Noam Chomsky noted and documented the fact that most of the world's most authoritarian states were the biggest recipients of US aid. What seems to have changed, becuase that fact is probably less straightforwardly true than it was, given the support authoritarian regimes now receive from China and fellow African states, is that the brutal systems and mechanics of authoritarianism have now been fully internalized.

See Noam Chomsky: 

After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina and the Construction of Imperial Ideology (with Edward Herman), Boston: South End Press, 1979.

Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace, Boston: South End Press, 1985.

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with Edward Herman), New York: Pantheon Books, 1988.

Terrorizing the Neighborhood: American Foreign Policy in the post-Cold War Era, Stirling, Scotland: AK Press, San Francisco: Pressure Drop Press, 1991.

The Titanic: class, crime, negligence and recklessness

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Given the centenary of the Titanic disaster is being commemorated as if it was a celebration, let us remember that, as distinguished journalist Eamonn McCann says in the comment below, it revealed "the ugly face of class society". I would add that all criminology undergraduates could use the Titanic in their writings as a case study to assess the relations between class, crime, civil negligence and disaster. 'When is a crime not a crime?' is a key theme for CrimeTalk in 2012 and Titanic seems to show that one answer is: when the rich are massively reckless and grossly negligent, it is re-classified as a disaster.

In all the Titanic hype where is the memorial to victims?

Poet Laureate takes on the witches

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To think that radical sociologists once used to claim the Pendle witch executions as an illustration of the appalling gender discrimination against older women healers in the community and now it is written and spoken about as an obvious case of ignorant scapegoating of innocents in an historical context of fractured social relations...."The poor, persecuted Pendle witches are at last getting recognition in spades, with everything from a community quilt to a verses by the Poet Laureate lined up to mark the 400th anniversary of their execution......Read on

 

Poet Laureate takes on the witches

Talibe: the least favored children of Senegal

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 This social impact documentary raises crucial awareness about the plight of 50.000 quranic students, Talibes (young boys between 4-15 years old) who are forced to beg by their teachers and suffer exploitation in conditions akin to slavery.

TALIBE - The Least Favored Children of Senegal (2011) CLIP 1

In collaboration with local non-profit La Maison de la Gare, the documentary is made available for organisations and advocacy groups working to end the abuse of Talibes children.

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The United Nations Assoc. Film Festival (Stanford University, 2011)
The International Human Rights Film Festival – This Human World (Vienna, 2011)
The International Human Rights Film Festival (Barcelona, Dec 2011)
The Bristol International Development Conference (Bristol, 2012)
The Africa World Documentary Film Festival (Cameroon, Nigeria, 2012)
London International Documentary Film Festival (LIDF 2012)

 

Please find out more about the Talibes here: hrw.org/news/2010/04/15/senegal-boys-many-quranic-schools-suffer-severe-abuse

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