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December, 2011


Victoria’s Secret to probe child labor claims

December 16, 2011 ·  By Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON—US lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret on Thursday vowed to investigate claims that some of its fair-trade underwear is produced using child labor. In a statement Victoria’s Secret’s parent company said it was “very concerned” that fair-trade-certified cotton used in its panties could have been farmed using under-aged labor in Burkina Faso. “Immediately upon learning of […]

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The Roots of Philippine Poverty

December 15, 2011 ·  By Roderick T. dela Cruz

WEAK government spending and political uncertainty are just some of the reasons why the Philippines has been outperformed by most of its Asian neighbors, a study sponsored by the International Monetary Fund showed.

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The Christmas That Has Yet to Come

December 14, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Christmas is about birth, new beginnings, new life and it is a time to think about the dignity and value of our own life and others. It’s a special time to honor and help needy children. The best Christmas story is like that of the Holy Family seeking shelter from the cruel weather and the […]

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Syria should be referred to ICC, UN's Navi Pillay says

December 13, 2011 ·  , BBC News

The top United Nations human rights official has told the Security Council that Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court over its crackdown on anti-government protests.

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Guernsey medical report highlights child maltreatment

December 12, 2011 ·  , BBC News

Drink and drug problems have been highlighted as significant factors in the maltreatment of Guernsey children. The chief medical officer has reported that 64% of those placed on the child protection register have one or more parents with a drink or drug problem. Dr Stephen Bridgman made child maltreatment the theme of his annual report, […]

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Dozens arrested in Europe over child pornography ring

December 11, 2011 ·  , BBC News

Police in 22 European countries have arrested 112 suspects in an online child pornography investigation, Europe’s police agency, Europol, says. The suspects allegedly shared videos of children and babies being sexually abused and raped, Europol director Rob Wainwright said. Nineteen men face charges in Denmark, where police seized dozens of computers and thousands of hours […]

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Ex-BBC chief in North to head 'Prime Time' inquiry

December 10, 2011 ·  By RONAN McGREEVY, The Irish Times

A FORMER controller of BBC Northern Ireland is to lead an independent investigation into how RTÉ libelled Fr Kevin Reynolds. Anna Carragher, who retired from the BBC in 2006, has been chosen by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s (BAI) compliance committee to examine part of the Prime Time Investigates programme. It is the first time such an […]

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Ministers praise courage of father's victims in rape case

December 10, 2011 ·  By LORNA SIGGINS, irishtimes.com

TWO GOVERNMENT Ministers have expressed their “shock and abhorrence” at the circumstances surrounding the physical and sexual abuse of a group of children by their 50-year-old father who received a life sentence yesterday. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald described the case as “barbaric”, and said their thoughts were with […]

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Mining Policy Brief – Ateneo School of Government

December 8, 2011 ·  By Ateneo School of Government

Attached is a an e-copy of Ateneo School of Government’s (ASoG) mining policy brief which was the subject of  Chamber of Mines’ paid (rant) ad in the Nov. 21 issue of Phil Daily Inquirer. Please check under this thread, related statement and opinion/column clips. The following are the 10 key questions related to mining and […]

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EU, Italy press justice for Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio

December 8, 2011 ·  By TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

In the absence of strong leads on the Oct. 17 murder of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, officials from the European Union and the Italian Embassy in Manila pressed the Philippine government to step up efforts to unmask the killing’s perpetrators…

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