Category Archives: vox populi

Online video contest: Intercultural dialogue

Are you between 15 and 30  ? Do you feel like you have things to say
about Intercultural Dialogue in Europe? Do you like expressing
yourself with video?

The European project Xenoclipse.net is inviting young video/filmmakers
to submit their short clip now. We are looking for the most original,
creative and/or nuanced portrayal of cultural diversity in your
country, city, town, school, street or family…

What intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity mean we want to
leave up to you! You will be the ones showing diversity from different
viewpoints.

Your clip can be a short film, video-art, documentary, musical clip,
news item… Up to 15 nominees will be contacted and invited to
Barcelona for the international Award Event on November 21st and 22nd,
2008 and the winners will receive a prize award.

For more information look at: http://www.xenoclipse-net.eu/

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World Poverty Relief, Human Rights and Peace on the Internet

I am an activist from the USA and I created the largest and most comprehensive web portal for developing world poverty relief, human rights and peace on the Internet.  This site needs distribution to local NGOs in the developing world.  Please review my portal and share it appropriately.  Do not share it in conflict areas for the safety of aid workers.

www.geocities.com/sethleonard30000/poverty_relief

Seth Leonard

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Foreign Workers and Students in the GDR – New Blog

A new blog about Foreign Workers and Students in the GDR was launched recently and is run by Dr Damian Mac Con Uladh, an expert in this important field of migration history and studies. Damian hopes that:

 this blog will allow me to draw together the hundreds of book reports, media articles, television documentaries on the subject. Moreover, I hope that it will enable foreign graduates of East German universities as well as former contract workers to contact me and each other, offering them a forum to relate their own experiences should they wish.

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Weblogs effects on Social Interactions/Capital

A group of researchers at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are investigating effects of Weblogs on “Social Capital”. Therefore, they have designed an online survey. By participating in this survey you will help researches in “Management Information Systems” and “Sociology”. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this survey. It will take 5 to 12 minutes of your time.
Your participation is greatly appreciated. You will find the survey at the following link.  http://faculty.unlv.edu/rtorkzadeh/survey/

This group has already done another study on Weblogs effects on “Social Interactions” and “Trust”. To obtain a copy of the previous study brief report of findings you can email Reza Vaezi at reza.vaezi@yahoo.com.

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Online debate about immigration and refugees

Join in a lively online debate about immigration, inclusion, and refugees at www.friction.tv

Three volunteers from 19 Princelet Street, the Museum of Immigration and Diversity,  have uploaded three very different videos about these issues, and need your support to help make this a hot debate.  To join the debate please visit:

http://www.frictiontv.com/debate.php?debateno=774 
http://www.friction.tv/profile.php?userid=7bfc85efb233dd4097a587f3125b39cb
http://www.frictiontv.com/debate.php?debateno=774&videono=775

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FiftyRefugees: Stories of Refugees in Malaysia

by Aris Oziar

For the past three months I have been working on a
website project called FiftyRefugees.  As the name implies, it chronicles the
story of 50 refugees who currently call Malaysia their home.

Malaysia does not recognise the Geneva Refugee Convention, and partly as a
result of this (we have other legal avenues to give them rights, such as IMM13
but the government has refused to act), Refugees in Malaysia who cross the
border illegally or whose visa has lapsed are classified as Illegal Immigrants,
subject to arrest and detention by the police, RELA and Immigration.
 They have restricted access to healthcare services and the children cannot go to
government schools, effectively denying them education.

As a Malaysian, I am outraged to hear their stories of Malaysia – 3
years of detention or living in makeshift jungle camps / jungle due to fear
of arrest.  Stories of a 6 year old girl whose last visit to town was 4 years
ago (the mother is too afraid to bring her out), and her 55 year old father who
eventually died because the police took all their money the one time they were
desperate enough to go to the hospital to treat his illness. And of course, of
the Malaysian immigration authorities dumping them across the border in
Thailand, where they are rounded up by agents and either pay these agents to
get back to Malaysia , or face slave labour – the men in fishing boats and the
women, probably sold to the sex trade.

I want people to know that refugees do exist in Malaysia .  To know that they
braved a dangerous journey to Malaysia  to escape atrocities in their own
country.  To know that most of them live a marginal life, often exploited,
almost always in fear.

http://fiftyrefugees.wordpress.com/

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Internally Displaced People’s Voices

Listen to the voices of people who have been violently forced from their homes, as they tell about their lives. Discover the personal stories behind the figures on internal displacement.

Find out more at: http://www.idpvoices.org

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