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Zanzibar’s dirty laundry

By: Teri Fikowski You know the feeling you’re in a situation you probably shouldn’t be?  Well that’s exactly where I..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

For Street Children in Tanzania Danger Lurks in Many Places

By Teri Fikowski When police in Tanzania promised to launch an investigation into accusations officers were raping street children..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Teenage Pregnancy – A Concern in Kambia District

By Isatu Kamara Teenage pregnancy continues to be an issue in the Kambia District. As a result of early pregnancy, some girls going to..

June 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Plight of Women as Domestic Workers

  By Sheika Banya Kamara The majority of domestic workers in Sierra Leone are women; and their jobs range from housemaids, cooks,..

June 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Begging for the blind: Accra’s street children

  By Abby Wiseman     Theresa enlists street children to escort her through traffic begging drivers for change. By Abby..

June 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hyena Ground

by Terri Fikowski I’d seen poverty in my first few weeks in Africa.  I mean, who wouldn’t expect to witness some form of..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Pharmacist strike hurts aids patients

By: Abby Wiseman HIV patients line the hallway of the Fevers Unit Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. They wait for hours for their name..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Living on Abokobi’s illegal landfill

  By Abby Wiseman Adelaide pulls out one of her large lactating breasts and plunks it into the mouth of her 10 month old baby while..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cyclists raise awareness of violence against women

“Violence is a symptom; it’s the culture that’s the issue,” said Alexander Waddling. It’s a culture that hardly – if ever –..

June 1, 2013 with 0 Comments

Obama renews promise to close Guantanamo as hunger strike continues

By: BROCK WILSON In a speech Thursday, President Barack Obama addressed the ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, calling on Congress to..

May 28, 2013 with 0 Comments

A good walk spoiled

Freetown Golf Club (FTG). Saturday, May 18th, 2:03 p.m. – I was finishing some interviews for a feature article about Sierra..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

I’m A Millionaire In Tanzania

By: Mike MacDonald How many times have you asked a bank teller to help you withdraw a cool 2.23 mil? Without laughing, I mean. For most of..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Red Flags for Press Freedom in Liberia

In Liberia, hard-won press freedom is being eroded. Government threats to the media in the aftermath of World Press Freedom Day have..

May 17, 2013

Opinion: Bangladeshi tragedy doesn’t rationalize the fair trade agenda

By: ALEX VRONCES The tragic collapse of the Bangladeshi factory on April 24, and the terribly unfortunate loss of too many lives..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Opinion: Bangladesh disaster must be met with improved working conditions

By: SOPHIA MIRZAYEE Over 1,000 garment workers are dead and thousands more have been left injured following the collapse of the Rana Plaza..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Students examine child welfare at Commonwealth forum

By: TARYN ASHDOWN Last week, students from across the country gathered in Ottawa at the 41st annual National Student Commonwealth Forum to..

May 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

You lucky dog

The goal of Journalists for Human Rights is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. We do this through facilitating good..

May 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

CARE Canada pushes support for maternal health programs

By KIRSTEN FENN Every year, close to a thousand women around the world die from preventable complications related to pregnancy and..

May 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

“Call me Philly, that’s my street name”

Philly was 16 years old when the roof above his head was traded in for a not-so-starry night sky. Now in his mid to late twenties, Philly..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists honoured at World Press Freedom Day luncheon 2013

by: KIRSTEN FENN Following what the United Nations called the deadliest year on record for journalists around the world, Ottawa’s World..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Lessons from the past: Holocaust conference calls for responsibility and remembrance

By: ERICA HOWES Survivor testimonies and research presentations at Carleton’s Holocaust conference on April 24 and 25 emphasized a need..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Digging up the future

In Hollywood “romcom” movies, you’ll sometimes see the male lead whisk away his lady in a blindfold for a surprise holiday. When..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ambassadors discuss Canada’s role in the Middle East

By: NIKKI GLADSTONE Slick black cars with vibrant red license plates idling outside of Carleton University’s River Building signaled a..

May 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

UN organizations appeal for the Syria crisis to stop

By: Megan Lane Today the leaders of five major United Nations organizations came together to say enough is enough with the Syria crisis...

May 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Housing project brings water, sanitation to Amui Dzor slum

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 7, 2013 with 0 Comments

Working to erase the stigma of mental illness

By: JON WILLEMSEN TSN’s Michael Landsberg has seen a big improvement in the discourse surrounding mental health since he first started..

April 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ottawa police service fights stereotypes of women officers

By JESSICA THOMPSON The Ottawa Police Service is holding a women-only event Thursday to help eliminate the stereotypes that affect women in..

April 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

CUSA distances itself from Rick Ross concert

By: GARRETT BARRY, KELLY GOOD and JESSICA THOMPSON UPDATE: According to a release on Friday, CUSA will be refunding all tickets to the Rick..

April 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Bathroom talk overshadows transgendered rights bill

By KIRSTEN FENN While some people celebrated the passing of the transgendered rights bill in the House of Commons on March 20, others were..

April 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Five Carleton students sleep outside for homelessness

By: TARA SPRICKERHOFF Cold, unshowered, sleeping on pallets of cardboard and holding a water jug for donations, five Carleton students..

April 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Carleton student starts petition to improve accessibility on campus

By: RACHEL COLLIER A petition to raise awareness about accessibility issues at Carleton University is currently being circulated by..

April 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Carleton University celebrates Women’s Day

By: Tara Sprickerhoff On Friday March 8, Carleton University celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of events focused around..

March 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Niigaan symposium considers the future of Idle No More

By: Emily Cook The sound of young Theland Kicknosway drumming filled the room as over 100 people held hands in a traditional dance,..

March 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

JHR Concordia Scholarship Announcment

By: DAMIANO RAVEENTHIRAN | JHR Concordia President JHR Concordia’s president: Damiano Raveenthiran announced a Human RIghts Documentary..

March 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Challenging misconceptions about mental illness

By KILIAN SCHLEMMER “I wish I had a cast,” says Michael Robinson. “I wish I had some type of physical ailment that is socially..

March 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

“Everyday is a reminder”: Mental health awareness is key

By: GARRETT BARRY The last text messages Erica McCarney got from her friend Daron Richardson were not particularly unusual. Daron had..

March 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

It's cultural

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why'd it have to be snakes?

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The 'AHA!' moment

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in 'Burning Time' Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

24 Hours of Homelessness

By: EMILY COOK In last week’s cold weather many did not even want to walk from their front door to their car, but in the Byward market a..

February 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Opinion: Sustainable development is key

By: LAURA ROCOSKI The first pictures that comes to mind when discussing sustainable development are actions being taken to reverse the..

February 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Corruption in the Construction Industry: The Quebec Corruption Inquiry

By Olivia Zeydler A city government safe so stuffed with cash that it couldn’t close? A city’s Senior Engineer slyly taking tropical..

February 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Is There a Zero-Sum Choice Between Social Well-being and Individual Rights?

by Madeleine Shea In the past few decades, Singapore has received considerable praise for its social and economic policies. According to..

February 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Humanity of Conflict: What Happens in the Shadows

A rare glimpse into the conditions faced by a detainee under the Assad regime In late September of this year, the UN released a report..

February 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Affirmative Actions towards Equity and Diversity in Medical School

By Meaghan Shevell The discourse on affirmative action overwhelmingly emphasizes its controversial nature. However, its scope of potential..

February 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

REVIEW: One man, one story, five cameras

During a conflict opposing the Israeli army, in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, situated in the West Bank, a man decided to film..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

REVIEW : Carbon Rush documentary

Lee-Ann Mudaly | Contributor The crowded streets of Dehli, India, continue to fill, as a threatening haze of poisonous smoke rise from..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Change in refugee law will make entrance to Canada difficult

By RACHEL COLLIER It will soon be more difficult for Refugees to enter Canada, said Carleton University professor James Milner. In June,..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Carleton campaign urges open dialogue on student hunger

By KIRSTEN FENN With more students accessing its emergency food programs every month, the Carleton University Students’ Association..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Carleton student government amends discrimination policy

By GARRETT BARRY The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council voted yesterday to approve controversial amendments to..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Aid for Syria can go beyond medical supplies

By JENNA HICKMAN As the streets of Syria become littered with rubble and bodies, Syrian activist groups in Canada are doing everything they..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Finding friendship at the Drop-In

By EMILY COOK Timothy Meisenheimer said he got to know Paulina over the course of the eight years she frequented the Capital City Mission...

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

OpEd: Why Canada should stay out of Mali

Athena Tacet | Print Coordinator Mali is in the middle of a civil war. But, it isn’t Canada’s war. For more than a year, conflicts..

January 28, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ibrahim, 'di bag man'

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

OpEd: The 2012 Record

Athena Tacet | Print Coordinator “The Athens I love is not the one which is wronging me now, but that one in which I used to have..

January 20, 2013 with 0 Comments

ESSAY: The Colombian conflict: from ideology to drug traffic

Mali Navia | Contributor For more than 60 years, Colombia has been living in fear and terror caused by a long and complicated conflict. The..

January 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hope endures through the “millenium scoop”

By EMILY COOK In 2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologized to aboriginal Canadians for the forced assimilation they were..

January 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Critics call immigration reform “unconstitutional”

By RACHEL COLLIER Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced in December that refugees from the European Union, Croatia and the United..

January 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Short Story: Voices Under Concrete

By DAVID MEFFE This story was originally published by Carleton University International Student Services Office.  David liked to play..

December 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

Abramz, the teacher

By GARRETT BARRY Abramz Tekya remembers sneaking into his uncle’s bathroom when he was a boy, picking up a toothbrush, and lip syncing..

December 12, 2012 with 1 Comment

Liberia's Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

Peace vs. Justice: Where should we draw the line?

Audrey Folliot | Network Coordinator Lawyer Benjamin Ferencz once wrote: “There can be no peace without justice, no justice without law,..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

South Sudan – New Nation, Old Wounds

Shaun Malley | Contributor The Republic of South Sudan has barely reached its six-month anniversary of independence but is already bleeding..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Operation safe house Haiti: from internship to home

Eric White | Contributor Like many young philanthropists, Morgan Wienberg of Whitehorse, Yukon, was a teenager who wanted to make a..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

World Press Photo exhibit 2012 highlights

Leita Boucicaut | Contributor The past year has been rife with tragedies, both natural and man-made. The fallout from the Arab Spring is..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Zeitoun, a post Hurricane Katrina story

Eric White | Contributor In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as the flooded city of New Orleans attempted to recuperate, the..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Censored Gaza children’s art now touring Canada

Shereen Rafea | Website Editor The drawing is a crayon sketch of a shoe. While that in itself might not raise eyebrows, this shoe is not an..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Truth That Wasn’t There

Alyssa Tremblay | Contributor May of 2009 marked the end of a 26-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka, but you would be forgiven for not..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Chartrand Le Malcommode, by Manuel Foglia

Athena Tacet | Contributor Active spokesman on behalf of workers’ rights, Outremont-born print worker Michel Chartrand (1916-2010) became..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Survivor’s tale

Leita Boucicaut | Contributor From 2006 to 2008 I lived in Seoul, South Korea, where I taught English as a second language. During that..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

No change in post-revolution Egypt

Mohamed Harfoush | Contributor Earlier in January  thousands of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo and camped out in  Tahrir ..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Senator Romeo Dallaire rallies youth to strive

By: Danielle Poirier Friday Nov. 2, 2012 Senator and retired General Romeo Dallaire addressed a small audience in the J. A...

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

World Press Photo talk at Dawson College

Audrey Folliot | Network Coordinator On Thursday, September 13, New York Times photographer and founding editor of the NY Times Lens blog..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Former Ugandan journalist speaks on media activism

By KIRSTEN FENN Through a career in broadcast media, David Okidi helped end a 20 year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)..

December 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

Montreal Student Protests

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November 29, 2012 with 0 Comments

Youth protest in silent on Parliament Hill

By: ERICA HOWES A group of eleven young people stood completely silent for one hour outside the Parliament buildings during a cold morning..

November 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

New documentary raises alarm over temporary foreign workers

By: RACHEL COLLIER An increase in temporary foreign workers who are coming to Canada may mean the “end of immigration,” according to a..

November 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

‘Trick or Eat’ raises food and funds for hungry

By KIRSTEN FENN While most kids were out filling their Halloween bags to the brim with goodies this Wednesday, volunteer groups across the..

November 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Wrongful Conviction and Injustice Association of Carleton Hosts Fourth Annual Conference

By MATTHEW COUTO Canadian Romeo Phillion was imprisoned for 32 years for a crime he did not commit. Phillion was convicted of first-degree..

October 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Refugee professor disappointed in rule changes

By RACHEL COLLIER For Amina Mire, a Somali refugee and assistant professor at Carleton University, the painting on her simple office wall..

October 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ontario Human Rights Commission launches new policy

By GARRETT BARRY The Ontario Human Rights Commission featured their new policy on competing human rights in a press conference at Ottawa..

October 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Radio Static

by SANDRA FERRARI Community radio stations in Ghana are fighting to expand but so far the airwaves are being blocked Community radio..

October 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

More Than Numbers

by JOSÉE ST-ONGE The Naxi Youth in China are seeing high drop-out rates. In Canada, First Nations people are facing the same problems...

October 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Bias of Human Dignity

Tamil across the country are fighting cultural misconceptions on many fronts. as war rages in their own country, Tamil Canadians are..

October 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghana’s Child Labour

In 1967, Ghana outlawed child labour. Yet in 2012, two-thirds of Ghanaians still work and go to school. by LIN ABDUL RAHMAN Ghana is rich..

October 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Occupy Montreal Audio

Occupy Montreal Audio

September 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Open Letter to Sobbing Beggar Child

by PAUL CARLUCCI I bemoan the state of the world and carry on Please, for the purposes of smooth narration, allow me to lump you in with..

September 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Abortion in Ghana

by Leah Wong When a secondary school student in Ghana gets pregnant, she can walk into a pharmacy and out with a bagged remedy. Pharmacists..

September 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Write The Wrong

by RAQUEL FLETCHER Unearthing corruption in Ghana means pursuing the stories that count. Despite challenges some Takordi journalist refuse..

September 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana's Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

South African man gives hope to people affected by HIV

By EMILY COOK PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – At a township clinic in South Africa, a small man with hunched shoulders stood in front of a HIV..

June 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

"Meating" halfway – The growing importance of soy in Malawi

Skewered meat sizzles on kickstand grills along the main M1 highway, a whole pig is slaughtered in an open-air butcher’s market shack, a..

June 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana's youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Carleton student’s challenge started by online memes

By KYLIE KENDALL Two months ago, Carleton student Arun Smith was informed by two fellow students that his picture, featuring extremely..

May 31, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghana's suicide stigma

I went to the scene of a suicide on the third day of my internship. The suicide victim, later identified as a former foreign ambassador and..

May 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Family left behind honours AIDS Memorial Day

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – Tshwane clinic patients and workers lit candles on AIDS Memorial Day for those who’ve died of HIV and AIDS, as..

May 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

Hope is welcomed by Tshwane Medical Clinic

By EMILY COOK PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – The Tshwane Medical Clinic received more than food parcels today, as a team from organization Hope..

May 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Hope is welcomed by Tshwane Medical Clinic

By EMILY COOK PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – The Tshwane Medical Clinic received more than food parcels today, as a team from organization Hope..

May 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Barriers to mental healthcare in Ghana's Northern Region

Mami Sandow started hearing voices when she was nine years old. “She used to roam, talking anyhow, climbing some kind of trees,..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments
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