Civil Society

U.S. gathering on religious freedom sets up competing narratives

The event is drawing dozens of countries and hundreds of activists, some who say they’ll call out what they see as Trump’s human rights hypocrisy.<p>The U.S. will host a first-of-its-kind gathering on international religious freedom next week, an assembly being hailed by evangelical voters who helped …

U.S. Politics

Rural Malawi Women Back Proposed Abortion Law Reform

Nyasa Times, 5 October 2017<p>Civil Society Organizations in Malawi have petitioned parliament to remove Section 149, 150 and 151 of the penal code …

Malawi

Young people who frequently argue with their parents are better citizens, research finds

• Girls are nearly twice as likely to have arguments with both their mother and father over their clothes;<br>• Girls are more likely to have arguments with …

Cardiff University

Facebook says it will start removing posts that may lead to violence

Facebook will start removing misleading and inflammatory posts that may trigger violent attacks, the social network said Wednesday, as it faces criticism over its response to sectarian conflict in countries such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka.<p>Facebook said that a new policy will cover misinformation …

Internet

Fight fake news with verification, says Africa Check

She said the problem with doing this was that there were a number of different types of misinformation and that each type required a very unique …

Fake News

World Bank and Partners Launch US$ 12 million Fund to Help Countries Increase Government Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness

<b>TBILISI, July 19, 2018</b> — With the goal of supporting governments and civil society in countries and sub-nationals that participate in the Open …

World Economy

Religion and American Civil Society

More than 200 years ago, in his 1796 farewell Presidential address, George Washington issued a stern warning. He described religion and morality as …

George Washington

World Ocean Day - The Global Goals - Life Below Water with Gail Gallie

THE 17 GOALS<br>In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and …

Climate Change

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars—including a very …

Internet

Commitment for a sustainable world - United Nations Sustainable Development

Political leaders and representatives of civil society gathered for three days at the United Nations in New York to push for further implementation …

United Nations

The French President Had a More American Response to Putin Than Trump Did

In his own news conference with Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron displayed strength and diplomatic agility. President Trump? Not so much.<p>President Trump’s astonishing news conference Monday with Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, was as remarkable for what was said as what wasn’t.<p>“The disagreements …

Russia

To end the world’s deadliest diseases, invest in civil society

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>When civil society has a seat at the table, they …

Public Health

Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive

Around the world today, one in three people lives under an authoritarian regime, while many others are experiencing a decline in their democratic …

World News

Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail

I spent much of my early adult life on American warships around the world defending democracy against one of its great 20th century enemies: global …

U.S. Politics

He now hunts Cuban human-rights abusers in the U.S. Was he once an offender himself?

Juan Antonio Blanco — the academic, activist, and executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba — recently announced an initiative to …

Cuba

Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Participation: Progress and Challenges | Council on Foreign Relations

Despite the relationship between women’s labor force participation and growth, legal barriers continue to inhibit women’s economic potential around …

World Economy

Does the Tax Code Define Civil Society or Vice Versa?

<b>Civil Society for the 21st Century</b> This article series, presented in partnership with Independent Sector, explores important issues of civil society …

Income Tax

Unpacking the federalism gambit: What's in it for citizens?

<i>A Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Primer: The state of the regions by stats</i><p>IF FEDERALISM is the answer, what is the question?<p>If …

Asia

Erdogan fires thousands more state employees in Turkey | Financial Times

Thousands of Turkish teachers, police officers and members of the armed forces have been fired one day before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due …

Employment

Can American and Israeli Jews Stay Together as One People?

Long-festering strains between the world’s two largest communities jeopardize the prospects of a shared Jewish future. Here’s how to alleviate the …

Israel

Thousands of state employees fired in Turkey

Thousands of state employees were dismissed in Turkey under an emergency decree for allegedly threatening national security.<p>The decree ordered the …

Employment

Chocolate is a luxury. The people who produce it live in extreme poverty.

Today, World Chocolate Day, we celebrate this beloved treat that emerged from the jungles of Central America to dominate the confectionery world. For most people, chocolate is synonymous with indulgence, a rich treat to be relished. But for the millions of small-scale farmers producing most of the …

Ivory Coast

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

<i>This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July.</i><p>For …

Political Science

Have the Americans lost faith in democracy? A survey offers interesting insights

It is feared that there is a declining attachment to democratic institutions, especially among younger citizens.<p>In <i>Democracy in America</i>, Alexis de …

Political Science

Tanzania Leader's Popularity Drops Sharply Since 2016, Poll Says

Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s popularity has plummeted by 41 percentage points in just two years, according to a poll by civil-society group …

Society

How Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons Changed the World

On July 7, 2017, the world made history. Surrounded by atomic-bomb survivors, antinuclear activists, members of the Red Cross, and UN officials, 122 …

Liberal View

Black Kos, Week In Review

Voices and Soul<p><i>by Justice Putnam</i><p><i>Black Kos Poetry Editor</i><p>We Americans have a peculiar habit of building up our Heroes, only so we can tear them to …

Oil Exploration

Gorillas Face Grave Risk if Congo Allows Oil Search, Groups Say

Environmental groups involved in running two wildlife reserves in the Democratic Republic of Congo said they oppose plans by the government to open …

Oil Exploration

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER COMMENTS ON CIVIL SOCIETY INVOLVEMENT IN BRICS .MP3

Marketing

Poland's Nationalist Transformation Storms Through Supreme Court

The transformation of Poland by its nationalist government has upended the Supreme Court, capping a third year of a justice-system overhaul that’s …

Europe