USA Healthcare Legislation

Congress is confused about what to do about healthcare reform legislation. If there was ever a time that they need, and want, to hear from you, their constituents, it is now.

We at NETWORK, in collaboration with many other faith groups and healthcare advocates, urge everyone to call your representatives and senators this week to tell them they need to finish the job of passing healthcare reform legislation. Continue reading USA Healthcare Legislation

4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United

Yes Magazine
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United was a major setback on First Amendment rights. What’s a true patriot to do?
by Riki Ott
A grassroots coalition is proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to curb corporate power. Image courtesy of the National Archive and Records Administration.

First, BREATHE deeply and look out a window.
If you can’t see a mountain, river, forest, wetland, ocean, prairie, tundra, or even a patch of sky, close your eyes and imagine it. We aren’t any good for anything if we’re in a panic or funk. Continue reading 4 Positive, Practical Steps for Responding to Citizens United

Rural schools record zero percent pass rate

Africa Files
African Charter Article #17: Every individual shall have the right to education, cultural life, and the promotion and protection of values.
Summary & Comment: Years ago the education system of Zimbabwe was named the best in Africa, but now it is declining because of cut in salaries, disappointing attendance records of both teachers and students, and transport and food problems. It is critical that the sector is not left to collapse. An enduring solution on salaries, food, and working conditions should be reached soon, the monitoring visits must be beefed up. The situation in schools requires urgent action. Zimbabwe’s children are already suffering on multiple fronts;, denying them an education to better their prospects is unacceptable. Continue reading Rural schools record zero percent pass rate

Rural Wisdom Against Climate Change

By Milagros Salazar*

Cuzco farmer Teresa Rocca's maize crop was damaged by unusual hailstorms. Credit: Yanina Patricio/ Oxfam International

LIMA, Jan 21, 2010 (Tierramérica) – “The toads have disappeared from the countryside because of climate change, and now there is nothing to control the insects. Now we have to use chemicals to fight pests, and that is killing the soil,” says worried Peruvian farmer Julián Pilco. Continue reading Rural Wisdom Against Climate Change

Nigeria deputy ‘has power’ in Yar’Adua absence


Goodluck Jonathan is not the "acting president" but can act as president

Nigerian Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan can perform all presidential duties while the country’s ailing leader is away, a judge has ruled.

But he would need a formal transfer of power to become official head of state, according to the Federal Court ruling.

It is the first of four cases aiming to clarify who rules while President Umaru Yar’Adua is away. He has been in a Saudi Arabia hospital since November. Continue reading Nigeria deputy ‘has power’ in Yar’Adua absence

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Brazil – Another Power Is Possible

By Fabiana Frayssinet
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22, 2010 (IPS) – The birthplace of the World Social Forum (WSF), conceived as an alternative to international meetings pursuing free-market economics, Brazil is on its way to becoming a major economic power, analysts say. The question is, what kind of model will it adopt to avoid the behaviour it has previously criticised? Continue reading WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Brazil – Another Power Is Possible

Brazilian Catholic doctor known for work with children dies in Haiti

SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS) — Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, 75, a pediatrician who founded the Brazilian bishops’ children’s ministry, was among those who died in the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake. She was in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to participate in missionary meetings and to help the Caribbean country consolidate its children’s ministry and create a methodology to combat malnutrition. Continue reading Brazilian Catholic doctor known for work with children dies in Haiti