The Human Impact

Community project frees 24 million from open defecation – UNICEF

November 21, 2012

At least 24 million people living in 39,000 communities in 50 countries have eliminated open defecation over the past five years, signalling that progress is being made in the fight to help 1.1 billion people who do not use proper facilities, the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) reported on Monday.

World Toilet Day chance to fight sanitation indignities women face – activist Helen Pankhurst

November 19, 2012

Helen Pankhurst, a member of charity WaterAid’s board of trustees, spoke at a World Toilet Day event at London’s Anthologist restaurant.

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

November 15, 2012

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.

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

November 14, 2012

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.

Turkey needs multilateral strategy for Syria refugee influx – policy expert

November 13, 2012

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

Al Qaeda ideology is weakening – Algerian activist Abdullah Anas

November 12, 2012


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.

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

November 12, 2012

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

October 26, 2012

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.

iPhone app helps UK strip-club dancers know their rights

October 25, 2012

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

What makes a man rape a young girl?

October 24, 2012

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?