Vague Democracy and the manufacture of failed states
Marlyn Tadros, PhD
I was in Iraq three weeks ago when the new wave of bombings took place in anticipation of US troop withdrawal. Unlike the Boltons and the Liebermans of the world who insist even as late as this past week that ‘we are significantly safer as a result of ‘victory’ in Iraq’, and unlike 52% of Americans who said in a recent USA Today poll that Iraqis are better off now, I do not profess to know what is best for the Iraqi people. I asked every Iraqi I met what they thought of the withdrawal and not surprisingly, I got almost the same response: this is far from withdrawal; it simply constitutes a permanent control and occupation of the State of Iraq.
EPIC's Info Graphic: who's watching you?
Do you know who is watching you? did you know that since Sept 11th, the US has assembled the largest database in the world, collecting information online? Click on the graphic to know what's going on.
Creating a social media strategy for your NGOs
Many NGOs have finally gotten the social media message: you’re either using social media for exposure, or you don’t exist in the new media. As always, many plunge in, including myself, without realizing just what we’re getting into at first. It is through a process of trial and error that we eventually get somewhere if at all. As always with digital media, there is an abundance of tools, and people find it difficult to choose which tools to use for their message. To add to the complication, each tool requires a learning curve whose duration depends on the complexity of the tool itself.
In order to create a significant digital presence one needs a social media strategy. It should be noted, however, that it is just as much a struggle to get people engaged in your message on social media as it is in traditional media.
General Assembly Interactive Sessions in Preparation for the MDG Summit
Invitation to Participate in the MDG Summit: Eradicating Poverty by 2015 preparatory process.
A website was created to prepare delegations for the negotiations on the MDG Summit outcome document scheduled to begin in mid-April, the General Assembly is holding five informal interactive sessions providing participants with the latest information and best practices on the MDGs and related challenges as presented by the UN system, governments, academia, civil society, and the private sector. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/