Stories written by Rosemary D'Amour

Eighty-six out of 179 journalists who were in prison worldwide as of Dec. 1, 2011 were reporters or bloggers whose work appeared online. Credit: Baddog/CC BY 2.0

Jailed Journalists Reflect Greater Struggle for Internet Freedom

The number of journalists in prison worldwide has spiked to its highest level in 15 years. Of them, nearly half worked online, raising larger questions about Internet freedom for more than just reporters, but average citizens as well.

Opening Virtual Doors for People with Disabilities

As the International Day for Persons with Disabilities approaches this Saturday, one institution is working to remove some of the barriers that prevent disabled people from taking a leading role in policies that affect their lives.

A scene from "Infinite Incompleteness". Credit: Hjalmar Joffre-Eichhorn/AHRDO

Afghan Theatre Group Lets War Victims Tell Their Stories

On a small stage, a woman appears, grief written on her face as she wanders through the streets of Kabul, searching for her missing child. Suddenly, she stops by a scene of ruins and stares.

For Palestinian women, the uprisings are nothing new. Credit: Eva Bartlett/IPS

As Arab Spring Turns to Winter, Women Fear Pushback

For the women who participated in the political and social revolutions during the Arab Spring in 2011, there is a significant opportunity to enact real change for women's roles and relationships in the region - and also the possibility things could go the other way.

Calling Out Corrupt Practices

Opaque shell companies, foundations and trusts are the modus operandi of corrupt organisations looking to hide significant sums of money, often just by using existing loopholes in the current financial system, experts say.

In the so-called malaria belt centred around the Equator, the disease is often transmitted year-round. Credit: U.S. CDC

Malaria Elimination Possible Within Decades

Dr. Rick Steketee, science director at the Malaria Control Partnership at PATH, a leading nonprofit organisation dedicated to public health in the Pacific northwest city of Seattle, isn't alone when he says that elimination of the infectious disease is a possibility.

U.S.: Congress Passes Controversial Free Trade Agreements

The three landmark deals between the United States and trading partners South Korea, Colombia and Panama approved by the U.S. Congress late Wednesday represented the largest free trade agreements in the U.S. since 1994 and the first free trade agreement made by the U.S. since 2007.

Moving Aid from Fire-Fighting to Long-Term Results

Civil society organisations weighed in Friday on the risks and necessities associated with results-driven aid, asking the key question when it comes to a development project: Results for whom? Donors, or the people on the ground?

Looking for Democracy in Wake of Arab Spring

Civil society and government leaders gathered at World Bank headquarters in Washington on Thursday to debate the future direction of social and government accountability in the Middle East and North Africa.

World Bank, IMF Face Shifting Development Paradigm

Amid a global financial crisis that has shown little signs of reversing, next week's fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are crucial in setting the tone for rebounding world markets, to which leaders of the Bretton Woods institutions offered optimistic, yet ultimately vague, solutions in speeches this week.

US-LATAM: Human Trafficking Scourge Needs More Than Policing

South American experts and officials met in Washington this week to discuss current policy initiatives to combat human trafficking in their respective countries, part of a broader U.S.-wide tour to share information and strategies to deal with the issue.

U.S.: Analysts Criticise Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership

Critics of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) gathered here Thursday to voice concerns over the U.S.'s stronghold on intellectual property rights.

China May Not Be Long-Term Engine of Latin American Growth

China's burgeoning presence as a leading trade and investment partner in Latin America is still an overriding concern for some observers in Washington, as the East Asian giant appears to have changed the focus of economic development in countries south of the U.S.'s border.


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