In developing nations, a relatively simple footbridge can make the difference between getting an education and staying at home, between receiving health care and being sick.
Peace Corps Response Volunteer Nate Bloss has been working with Bridging the Gap Africa as a project supervisor in Kenyan communities where people and economies are affected by the ability to cross waterways safely.
Check out these pictures from the “walking world” – and see how a bridge can make all the difference.
The cast of the hit teen drama Degrassi went above and beyond for the third year in a row by making a new video and wearing their best Spirit Day purple apparel to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. You can join us for Spirit Day by going purple on Facebook and Twitter and wearing purple tomorrow, Thursday, October 17: http://glaad.org/spiritday
Love this Spirit Day support from the cast of Degrassi!
Today is #SpiritDay.
Did you know 82% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their sexual orientation?
Did you know 64% of students report being verbally harassed in school because of their gender identity?
People all over the world wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. Started on Tumblr and observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.
Getting involved is easy: just wear purple on October 17th and turn your blogs, Facebook and Twitter profile pics purple using the app for iPhone and Android to help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Upload photos of you wearing purple with the hashtag #SpiritDay to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+!
Get more graphics, apps, and ways to take action to stand up to bullying at http://glaad.org/spiritday
Israel’s plan to bring Cyprus and Turkey together | Hugh Pope
Israel is quietly challenging Turkey and Cyprus to make a choice: move together to develop Israel’s share of the East Mediterranean’s natural gas riches, or stay on the sidelines and perpetuate their decades-old stalemate over Cyprus.
Israel has stated its preference for export pipelines to both Turkey and Cyprus, and is in a strong position to elicit both countries’ cooperation: only Israel has big proven reserves, while test drillings are still trying to establish whether Cyprus has major exportable quantities. Both fields are being developed by the same U.S. and Israeli operating companies, who will make the main export decisions – subject, in the case of Israeli gas, to Israeli government permission.
FULL ARTICLE (International Relations and Security Network)
With fresh Kenya attack, is Somalia’s Al Qaeda affiliate stronger than ever? | Tristan McConnell
The siege at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall entered its fourth day Tuesday, despite assurances from the Kenyan government that it was “in control” of the four-story complex.
Throughout the day today, sporadic explosions and gunshots could be heard — and there are reports that as many as three militants were still holed up inside.
FULL ARTICLE (GlobalPost)
Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr
Afghan Mission Not Quite Ending | Paul Weinberg
NATO member countries like Canada will continue to be asked to shoulder the burden of a military mission stuck in Afghanistan because of the continued vulnerability of the Kabul-based government.
Although Ottawa has announced that the approximately 900 Canadian soldiers training the trainers within the Afghan security forces will return home next year, most experts expect that this contribution to the NATO will continue past that date.
The speculation is that starting in 2014, the U.S. will withdraw most of its troops but leave behind about 9,000 for training and other assistance for the Afghan forces, said Graeme Smith, a Canadian and a Kabul-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Photo: US Army/Flickr
Today, we launch a new report about female genital mutilation/cutting that looks at data from 29 countries over the past 20 years. Our main finding? Overall, support for the practice is declining - even in countries where FGM/C is widespread, such as Egypt and Sudan.
But there is still work to be done! In a few countries, the proportion of girls and women who want FGM/C to continue has remained constant.
Can Egypt’s popular coup reset a faltering transition? | Christian Science Monitor
After two-and-a-half years of a messy and acrimonious transition, some in Egypt see a chance for a fresh start with the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi. But the Muslim Brotherhood that catapulted Mr. Morsi to power sees a return to military dictatorship and are reacting furiously.
FULL ARTICLE (Christian Science Monitor)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons