It turns out that even a high tech company like Intel can fail to understand the power of social media in the hands of activists – and so far, their public relations response has been a gaffe a minute for the past several days.
It was all part of a grassroots campaign using Facebook in a new way to get support for the bipartisan Conflict Minerals Trade Act that is making its way through Congress. The bill would regulate the global trade in conflict minerals that has fueled years of civil wars in which more than 5 million people have died in the Congo. These conflicts feature rape as a war weapon and some of the most horrific mass atrocities the world has ever seen. Intel and other tech companies benefit from the conflict minerals trade.
The world knows Iman as a supermodel, a successful businesswoman with her own cosmetics company and as a fashion icon alongside her husband David Bowie.
That’s only half the story. Iman also is a refugee whose family fled war in Somalia. In this exclusive interview in honor of International Women’s Day, Iman shares her incredible story of leaving Somalia for Kenya, being discovered by a fashion photographer, and finding global fame.
As a blogger, you know the power of passionate expression and insightful analysis. Don't you wish you saw more of that on the op-ed pages (print and online) of major magazines and newspapers? Would you like to place your own op-eds in widely read publications that expand your outreach?
Like blog posts, well-written and timely opinion pieces help you create visibility for a cause and steer public discourse by offering a clear viewpoint on important and controversial issues.
But few know how to plan, pitch and publish op-eds. So getting that well-written op-ed into a chosen news outlet can be a mind-numbing, nail-biting, wall-hitting process.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) CEO Frank Donaghue issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy:
"In our lifetime, no one has done more to champion health as a universal right than Senator Ted Kennedy. He was a passionate advocate for quality, affordable, accessible healthcare for the many, not just for the few, and a tireless champion of the human rights of all people everywhere. During his career spanning five decades, he passed landmark legislation to secure the right to health for all.
On July 11, The New York Times published a front-page piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Risen, who reported that Bush administration officials had repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the mass killing of as many as 2,000 Taliban prisoners by the forces of a US-backed warlord, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, in November 2001. General Dostum, the Times revealed, was on the CIA payroll.
Today, General Dostum let fly with a screed (one imagines with a huff and a puff) denying that such a massacre ever occurred. At the same time, he made a significant admission that the prisoners had surrendered jointly to US forces and to his US-allied Northern Alliance forces outside Konduz, Afghanistan in November 2001.
The comments to Anderson Cooper were aired on CNN on Sunday as it promoted excerpts from Cooper’s exclusive interview with the President in Ghana that will air in full at 10 PM Eastern on Monday, July 13. Cooper raised new evidence from a New York Times report by James Risen that the Bush Administration impeded at least three federal investigations into an alleged massacre of as many as 2,000 prisoners in Afghanistan. The excerpts as transcribed by Physicians for Human Rights follow at the end of this post.
The New York Times is reporting new evidence that the Bush Administration impeded at least three federal investigations into an alleged massacre of as many as 2,000 prisoners in Afghanistan. This major investigative piece, now available online and slated for the front page of the July 11 print edition, represents the culmination of nearly eight years of investigation by Physicians for Human Rights, where I serve as Chief Communications Officer.
On the eve of World Health Day, April 7, the New York Review of Books published a long-secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which concludes that health professionals who participated in interrogations in CIA secret detention centers committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases participated in torture.
The ICRC's confidential report lays bare an ethical crisis in the healing professions. It provides additional confirmation of what Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has been charging for years: that health professionals violated ethical duties by participating in the torture and abuse of detainees in US custody.
This is another one of these distraction diaries. I know I can use a brief break from the news these days as events have gone from the surreal to the completely insane. Here are some photos of some ...
After Columbine. After Aurora. After Sandy Hook. After whatever the latest mass murder may be, we ask ourselves, what went wrong? How could we have not seen what was coming? Why didn't somebody say ...