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WE NEED TO SHARPEN OUR PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY SO AS TO MAKE PUBLIC-PUBLIC HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED PARTNERSHIPS THE NORM. (Geoffrey Cannon)

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Food for a sharper thought   Human Rights Reader 384     Democracy is in recession (Thomas Friedman)   -Our current ‘democracies’ are nothing more than the government of a minority throwing overboard the human rights of a majority. (adapted from Thomas Jefferson) -Have you ever stopped to think why so many of those struggling […]

IT IS THE REALIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THAT CONTRIBUTES TO PEACE, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD: HERE IS WHY. (Urban Jonsson)

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Food for a here-is-why thought   Human Rights Reader 361 The realization of human rights is a prerequisite for the achievement of the other three.   The application of the human rights-based framework must be seen in the larger UN perspective. In order to fully understand and appreciate the potentially powerful role of human rights […]

DEMOCRACY IS NOTHING BUT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE MASSES WHERE THE MAJORITY* CAN THROW THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITIES OVERBOARD. (Thomas Jefferson)

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Food for a majority’s thought   Human Rights Reader 349   …But is such a democracy a luxury that not everybody deserves? (E. Galeano)   *: Minorities within the majority: The importance of Gandhi was to introduce in the 20th century the idea of how powerful a minority avant-garde motivated and moved by human rights […]

HOW MUCH UNDERDEVELOPMENT CAN GLOBAL SECURITY TOLERATE AND HOW MUCH POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS CAN ALLEGEDLY DEMOCRATIC STATES PUT UP WITH? (part 2 of 2)

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Food for a civic driven thought   Human Rights Reader 306   [The Readers have often pointed out the intimate relationship between democracy and human rights. This relationship fascinates me since it brings together the often-thought-unrelated realities of poverty, the rich, silent majorities, society, class, victimization, citizenship, community, power and the exertion of influence, discrimination, […]

HOW MUCH UNDERDEVELOPMENT CAN GLOBAL SECURITY TOLERATE AND HOW MUCH POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS CAN ALLEGEDLY DEMOCRATIC STATES PUT UP WITH? (part 1 of 2)

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  Food for a civic driven thought   Human Rights Reader 305   [The Readers have often pointed out the intimate relationship between democracy and human rights. This relationship fascinates me since it brings together the often-thought-unrelated realities of poverty, the rich, silent majorities, society, class, victimization, citizenship, community, power and the exertion of influence, […]

AS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, EVERY DAY, I BELIEVE LESS IN FORMAL REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY.

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  Food for an oversold thought   Human Rights Reader 282   -Democracy and Human Rights are interlinked and mutually supportive. (World Conference on Human Rights) -In human rights and in development work, dreaming is OK, but being naïf is not. -To penalize China, Cuba or Vietnam, because they are not Western-type representative democracies unfoundedly […]

ONLY WHERE AND WHEN HUMAN RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED CAN WE SPEAK OF DEMOCRACY BEING STABLE.

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Food for a resounding majority thought Human Rights Reader 241   The human rights framework provides a normative base for poverty reduction, while democracy organizes political and social life to this end. (Sida) 1. Ratification of UN Covenants and Conventions (has not) and does not require(d) any type of democracy. Actually, the reasons for why […]

Health Cooperatives

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A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of […]




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