The Human Impact

Al Qaeda “rebranding” itself to remain relevant – counter-terrorism expert

Peter Knoope, director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, was part of a panel discussion on race politics, Islamophobia and extremisms of the far right and left at “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” in Istanbul.

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Discussions are hosted by international security experts and attended by 25 journalists from around the world.

Sponsors of the seminar include Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Stanley Foundation, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, Istanbul Policy Center and Sabanci University.

Picture credit: Peter Knoope, director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague,  in a conference room at the Marmara Pera Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 14, 2012. ALERTNET/Julie Mollins

Smuggling of weapons-grade nuclear material unacceptable – former CIA officer

Rolf Mowatt-Larsson, currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, served more than three years as director of intelligence and counter-intelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy and for 23 years as a Central Intelligence Agency officer in various posts. YouTube Preview Image

He delivered a presentation about preventing nuclear terrorism at the three-day “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” seminar in Istanbul hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Discussions are hosted by international security experts and attended by 25 journalists from around the world.

Turkey needs multilateral strategy for Syria refugee influx – policy expert

Hugh Pope, a policy expert on Turkey and Cyprus spoke with AlertNet after delivering a presentation at a conference in Istanbul. YouTube Preview Image

The three-day “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” seminar examines the role of the news media and how journalists can avoid being exploited by terrorists to help them achieve their goals

Picture Credit: A Turkish soldier speaks with Syrian refugees who are trying to cross the border fence from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain into Turkey after gunfire were heard in Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Al Qaeda ideology is weakening – Algerian activist Abdullah Anas

 

Abdullah Anas spoke with AlertNet after a panel discussion titled “The Death of Global Jihadism, a Disparate al Qaeda?” at the “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” seminar in Istanbul. YouTube Preview Image

Panel discussions at the event are hosted by international security experts and attended by 25 journalists from around the world.

Sponsors of the seminar include Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Stanley Foundation, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, Istanbul Policy Center and Sabanci University.

Careless social media use can endanger journalist sources – NPR’s Andy Carvin

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Andy Carvin, social media strategist at National Public Radio (NPR), was part of a panel discussion on authoritarianism and social media at “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” in Istanbul.

The seminar examined the role of the media and how journalists can avoid being exploited.

EU could do better on sub-Saharan Africa water, sanitation projects – audit

Fewer than half of 23 drinking water and sanitation projects funded with development aid from the European Union (EU) in six Sub-Saharan countries have met the needs of beneficiaries, and 19 are at risk of failure without ongoing financial support, according to an auditors’ report.

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) assessed the projects to see if the European Commission has managed aid for drinking water and basic sanitation in a manner that would lead to effective and sustainable results.

In only four of the projects were fees for services set at a level to cover running costs, the audit report said, adding that unless future aid, or subsidies from national or local governments are made available, their sustainability is at risk.

iPhone app helps UK strip-club dancers know their rights

A new iPhone app offers workplace tips for strippers to help them protect themselves against financial exploitation, abuse and a lack of safety.

The “Dancers Information” application and a related website were conceived by researchers after findings from a study of the erotic-dance industry in England and Wales showed that current regulations of nightclubs in the sexual entertainment sector do not automatically address issues of employment status, welfare and security.

Researchers at the University of Leeds surveyed more than 300 women dancers about their working conditions in two separate sets of interviews beginning in 2010-2011, after a new law regulating the sex entertainment industry was introduced in England and Wales in 2009. It was not clear how the law would be implemented, and how it would affect up to 10,000 dancers who researchers said perform in clubs on peak weekend nights.

What makes a man rape a young girl?

As I listen to the girls’ stories, coaxed out with hot tears, I struggle to find an answer to this question: what makes a man rape a young girl?

 

Mercy Chidi, who runs Tumani Girls Rescue Centre in the Kenyan town of Meru, has several theories. She has dealt with over 240 rape cases since she opened the centre in 2006, including cases involving girls as young as three.

 

“We have had several girls who have been sexually abused by their immediate relatives, like a grandfather, an uncle, because they believe they are going to get cured of HIV,” she said.

U.N. considers ban on female genital cutting

At seven years old, Khady Koita’s childhood was torn apart when she was pinned down and attacked by two women wielding a razor blade. The violence inflicted on her that day would change her life forever.

Last week the global campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) took a major step forward when a draft resolution on eliminating the practice was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.

“FGM is horrific, brutal, degrading and indefensible,” said Koita, a leading figure in the campaign against FGM. “My big hope is that one day no girl will have to go through what I have been through.”

London sanitation show aims to make “poo” hot topic

Human defecation remains a taboo subject, despite the fact that 2.5 billion people lack toilets, causing a global health crisis that kills more than a million children each year.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) hopes a new exhibition opening on Thursday will make sanitation easier to discuss. The show is part of its efforts to help fight diseases causing diarrhoea, which kill more children than malaria, HIV/AIDS and measles combined.

“People don’t talk about poo enough, and if we don’t talk about poo, how are we going to solve the problem of diarrhoeal diseases?” asked Val Curtis, director of the LSHTM’s Hygiene Centre.

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