Erika Klein is an author and freelance writer who spent many years serving the community through volunteer work, board of directorships and performing media work and public education. Self-taught and a survivor of Canada's child welfare system, she spends most of her time championing and furthering the human rights for those who are vulnerable and at risk. She's also the proud mother of a lovely daughter.
The campaign to bring democracy and human rights to Afghanistan is still an ongoing uphill battle. NATO forces have been at war in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001. Afghanistan hasn't had a moment's peace in decades. The current war being fought is the fifth phase of civil war, following a long history of power coups, bloody battles and terrorism that has left millions dead and scores homeless.
Surrogacy business in the United States has exploded and expanded in the last five years according to several news reports and documentaries. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has zero regulation on surrogacy; state laws vary from banning it outright to legalizing it completely.
It's a scene that can only be described as tragic and heartbreaking. A scared and frightened ten year old boy named Jean Paul Lacombe is captured on video pleading and begging with constables not to make him go with his father.
I had a sinking feeling in my stomach this week when the Canadian Federal Government and Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives voted to bury an inquiry into the abuse and transfer of Afghan detainees. It isn't the first time our military has been accused of a human rights scandal during peacekeeping missions and the move to postpone the inquiry suggests the government wants nothing more than to stop the flow of information and deflect any kind of responsibility.
After a mass government endorsed massacre on September 28 in Guinea, Africa, the West African Bloc has called for civilian rule, as the vice president assumed power over the country after a failed assassination attempt on President Moussa Dadis Camara last Thursday.
Sanctions & Investigations
Before you decide to purchase some holiday chocolate, you might want to re consider your dessert and treat options this season. With only 28 days til Christmas and a recession in full swing, you might be easily enticed into buying some pretty low cost chocolate on sale. I had never given much thought to chocolate in general, besides having a serious weakness for it. I hadn’t realized until recently, that chocolate and slavery were a serious human rights and poverty issue, affecting millions for several generations.
Most of us cannot fathom what it is like to live with violence or political strife. We are governed by laws, morals and democratic rights that afford us the protection we require during times of crisis and upheaval. Though our rape statistics in North America continue to go under-reported, rape as an act of war is heavily prevalent in many regions of the world, especially Africa.
The gentleman sitting in the row in front of these two is on facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out baseball scores. This is the US Congress at work. With hard hitting economic times, a national emergency and a nation still at war, this image does not fare well with the public. America's poverty and unemployment rates continue to grow while politicians enjoy three day work weeks, generous health care benefits and pensions. The US government accounts for 18 percent of US income.
November is adoption awareness month and for many people around the globe this is a non event. If you happen to be adopted or you’re a first parent, it means increased media attention and public awareness and not all of it necessarily good. Since the 1980s domestic adoptions in North America have dropped significantly.