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Nov 22, 2013

UN climate talks bogged down over CO2 cuts, aid, on last day

WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Disputes over when rich and poor
nations will set greenhouse gas targets and over climate aid to
the developing world threatened to sink U.N. climate talks on
the final day on Friday.

Negotiators from around 195 countries are working to lay the
foundations for a new global climate accord that is due to be
agreed in 2015 in Paris, and come into force after 2020, but few
concrete steps have emerged from two weeks of talks in Warsaw.

Sep 27, 2012
via The Human Impact

VIDEO INTERVIEW: ‘Desperate’ Syrian civilians taking up arms

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PERPIGNAN, France (AlertNet) – When the uprising in Syria spiralled into bloody conflict last year, French photojournalist Mani felt the urge to document what was happening, even though wars weren’t his usual subject.

Mani became a professional freelance photographer three years ago, having ditched a career as a primary school teacher. He spent time covering Sufism and transgender communities in South Asia, but always had a soft spot for Syria where he studied Arabic during his university years.

Sep 19, 2012
via The Human Impact

Syrian women face growing abuses, says opposition activist

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Suhair Atassi was beaten and detained for her involvement in protests at the start of Syria’s uprising, before going into hiding and being smuggled out of the country late last year.

Now an exile living in Paris, the prominent opposition activist is trying to drum up support for humanitarian aid in Syria where the conflict has escalated. News from Syria seems to get bloodier by the day with civilians killed, wounded and uprooted by clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups.

Sep 19, 2012
via The Human Impact

Tunisian constitution must enshrine equal status of women, says activist

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Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui recalls how, at the age of 17, she narrowly missed being shoved under a subway train. This is just one example of the threats and pressures her family faced for their opposition to the country’s then president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted last year in a popular uprising.

During Ben Ali’s 23-year rule, Yahyaoui’s father, one of the North African country’s most distinguished judges, lost his job after sending an open letter to the president decrying corruption and the state of the justice system. Her cousin was arrested for publishing satirical articles about the former leader, and died from the torture he underwent.

Apr 26, 2010

Campaigners urge transparency on climate aid

LONDON (Reuters) – A lack of transparency over rich countries’ pledges to help poor nations deal with climate change means much of the cash promised is being diverted from development aid commitments, campaigners say.

In the Copenhagen Accord, struck at December’s U.N. climate summit, developed countries agreed to provide poorer nations with “new and additional resources” of about $30 billion by 2012 to help them limit their emissions and adapt to a warmer world.