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Millions of Afro-Brazilians, who in some states like Bahia account for 75 per cent of the population, are mired in poverty, lack access to basic services and employment opportunities, and face serious discrimination, injustice and violence. These are some of the key conclusions that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has reached after a just ended weeklong visit […]
More than 190 million people in 125 countries all over the world are migrants, according to statistics compiled by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in 2005. In southern Africa, migrants fall into different categories. There are forced migrants (asylum seekers and refugees); labor migrants (seasonal and permanent workers; internal migrants; and undocumented migrants (skilled and unskilled); […]
Research at UCLA shows that while smoking marijuana damages cells in respiratory tissue but somehow it prevents the cells from becoming malignant. Something in Marijuana exerts an anti-cancer effect, reports UCLA Medical School professor Donald Tashkin. Tashkin’s team interviewed 1,210 cancer patients and found that increased marijuana use did not increase cancer, where as smoking […]
Poverty has increased significantly this past year in Madagascar forcing hundreds of thousands of children to skip school and work. The drastic change in poverty is due to a protest movement in January of 2009 that led to a major socio-economic crisis in the country. This year alone the number of children working has risen […]