Support WHO membership for Taiwan!

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Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and its related organizations since 1971. Since then Taiwan has neither been privy to the health related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) especially regarding the spread of infectious diseases.

“The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”So reads Article 1 of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). Article 2 stipulates that the function of the WHO, in general, is “to take all necessary action to attain the objective of the Organization.” And Article 3 states, “Membership in the Organization shall be open to all States.”

Taiwan’s participation in the WHO is being blocked by China. China’s political meddling is potentially dangerous to the 23 million people who live on the democratic island of Taiwan. Once again, China has gone too far!

Support WHO membership for Taiwan! Sign the petition.

Read more:

The Economist – Diseases Without Borders: Taiwan’s Unhealthy Exclusion from the WHO

Boston.com – Taiwan makes plea for WHO membership

Taipei Times – World body denies press accreditation to Taiwan

Reporters Without Borders – The UN and WHO deny accreditation to Taiwan journalists
International Herald Tribune – U.N. health chief faces test over bird flu cooperation, Taiwan membership bid

Fire Wolfowitz Protest

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Avaaz.org held a rally in front of the World Bank today asking for Paul Wolfowitz to resign or be fired.
Hepnova Multimedia designed the banner they used.

Watch video of the rally on YouTube.

And see photo’s on Avaaz.org’s Flickr page.

My Reaction to the protest on YouTube
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Version 2:

Blogging Freedom and Human Rights in Egypt

Support freedom of speech online! Find out more and take action:

CitizenReporter.org with BicycleMark: The Case of Jailed Blogger Monem (Podcast)

ZapBoom The Sound That Change Makes: Mary’s blog post about Free Monem Campaign

Reporters sans frontières petition:

“We call for the release of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman (Kareem Amer) and of Abdul-Moneim Mahmud, who have been imprisoned for expressing their opinion online. We urge the organisers of the Internet Governance Forum to intervene with the Egyptian authorities on behalf of these two bloggers. It would be intolerable for a UN summit on the future of the Internet to be held in a country which imprisons bloggers”.

Free Monem Campaign Site

Free Kareem!

Social Networking and Online Organizing

I attended the Social Networking Teleconference sponsored by OneWorld United States today.

Here are some links to resources for you to learn more:

Leveraging Social Networks for Progressive Organizing

Notes on Social Networking for New Organizing Institute produced by Scott Goodstein of catalystcampaigns.com

How to Use MySpace to Raise Awareness

Social Networking International Rescue Committee by Marc Sirkin PDF of Powerpoint Presentation

Social Networking Tips and Tricks by Katie Gresham and Anisa Ismail OneWorld US Interns PDF of Powerpoint Presentation