Bosco Ntaganda, aka “The Terminator”, has been transferred to the International Criminal Court and will face charges for murder, rape, pillaging, and using child soldiers.
This is huge for the International Criminal Court, giving them another notch in the legitimacy belt. This is also a big step for the international community as well, as Ntaganda has been one of the most brutal of the ICC’s most wanted. His trial will help set the standard for international justice.
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” // Rick Warren
“No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it.” // Macklemore
We’re on a video roll today.
Activist, fundraiser, and AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta gives one of the best TED talks I’ve seen in quite some time. In the video, Pallotta boldly calls out the double standard relationship we have with charities and nonprofits, equating frugality with equality. We reward charities not on what they accomplish, but on what they do (or don’t) spend. Pallotta challenges us to change the way we view the way we want to change the world.
“That’s where the non-profit sector and philanthropy come in. Philanthropy is the market for love. It is the market for all those people for whom there is no other market coming.”
Hugo Chávez’s presidency (1999-2013) was characterized by a dramatic concentration of power and open disregard for basic human rights guarantees. By his second full term in office, the concentration of power and erosion of human rights protections had given the government free rein to intimidate, censor, and prosecute Venezuelans who criticized the president or thwarted his political agenda.