Obama, Mariska, and Torre

October is a month for raising awareness about women’s issues.  The 31-day span has been deemed both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I will talk about the latter but for an inspiring and unique video about the former, click here. An event at the White House Wednesday sought to highlight the […]

Calling Your Conscience

Heading north on Wisconsin Avenue in the nation’s capital there lives a tattered banner that reads: “A call to your conscience.” This sign is the creation of the organization, Save Darfur, and was tied to the metal fence in about 2004 when the first conscience call to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan gripped the […]

Women in DRC March Against Rape

“No to Sexual Violence,” the signs read.  Women in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have endured years of sexual violence, and they took to the streets Sunday carrying signs and demanding change, Al Jazeera reported.     More Accusations This week the United Nations accused DR Congo government troops of rape and killing in eastern […]

Haiti: Still Mired in the Earthquake’s Aftermath

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small country of Haiti that occupies the western part of the island, Hispaniola.  The world’s attention was intensely, albeit temporarily, focused on this tragedy that devastated the country and capital of Port-au-Prince and killed over 300,000 people. On October 6, Refugees International (RI) released a […]

In DRC, More “Concrete Action” Needed

The UN last week released a Mapping Report documenting serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between March 1993 and June 2003.  Among many other atrocities, the report accuses Rwandan, Ugandan, and Burundian forces of participating in attacks against Hutus; attacks in numbers so vile that they “may constitute genocide.” Though […]