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December 07th, 2016

Reject Hopelessness in the Middle East!

type:Donation, Education, Project
by:Murat Suner

According to a recent poll, almost two thirds of Israelis, Jews and Arabs, believe there will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Not merely within the next few years, not only within their lifetimes, but never!

The people at MEET reject this self-fulfilling hopelessness – placing themselves firmly among those who still believe.

But not only do they have hope. They have a plan that promotes leadership and understanding among the most promising youth of both populations, and that builds motivation and practical skills to solve problems together.

As we have reported earlier, we strongly believe in their mission and support this enduring educational project. MEET and its people are true change makers.

With 12 years of high demand and retention in a region where most bi-national efforts don’t last, MEET is convinced that it can make a significant contribution toward this goal.

Make 2016 about hope. A donation to MEET today is an investment in our future leaders.

Make a gift to MEET now.
November 16th, 2016
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In 67 days, President Trump could go to war with climate action. But governments are at their annual climate summit right now. Trump has called climate change a hoax, dismissed the Paris agreement, and just gave a climate denier with ties to Big Oil the job of determining his environmental policy in the next few months!

But over 100 countries have signed up and Paris is already in force. Germany, China, India, Brazil, the climate vulnerable countries, and others are reasserting their commitment to the Paris climate deal. Now the world's most vulnerable countries are leading the charge for urgent climate action: Yesterday, Germany announced a bold new plan to radically cut carbon and, crucially, China is shutting down coal and breaking records on renewable energy.

Sign the Paris protection petition, and share with everyone to urgently lock in the way to zero climate pollution, demand the US keeps its Paris promise, and commit to advance faster towards climate solutions that Trump won't be able to stop!
before the flood leo
November 14th, 2016
by:Murat Suner

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.

He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.

With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Here's the site of Before the Flood for more information on the film, project and how to support.
October 26th, 2016
type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Slavery has been outlawed everywhere, but it has not been eradicated. Tens of millions are trapped in modern-day slavery: They toil at mines, quarries, farms and factories, on fishing boats, in brothels and in private homes. They are forced to work, without pay, under threat of violence, and they cannot walk away.

Slavery isn’t legal anywhere, but it happens nearly everywhere. About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children. It is a result of vulnerability: The poor, the marginalized and the uneducated are easy prey. People migrating for work get tricked and trapped by traffickers and are most at risk to be forced into slavery.

Founded in 2000, Free the Slaves is widely regarded as a leader in the modern abolition movement. The US-based NGO continues the work that earlier generations of abolitionists started. Their team of 25 confronts slavery in strategically-selected hot spots in India, Nepal, Ghana, Congo and Haiti—operating in partnership with locally-based organizations.

The mission of Free the Slaves is to help those in slavery escape the brutality of bondage, prevent others from becoming trapped by traffickers and help officials bring slave holders to justice. Survivors of slavery are supported and endorsed to rebuild their lives, reclaim a perspective for themselves, their families, and their communities and restore their dignity.

Support Free the Slaves by donating an amount of your choice, liking their Social Media Channels or sharing their contents and help them ending modern slavery!

Graphic art: © 2014 Daniel Garcia
October 24th, 2016
type:Donation, Project, Protest, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The Transnational Queer Underground or TQU emerged as a reference to the "international pop underground", a convention initiated by Calvin Johnston (K Records/Portland/USA) in 1991 to take a stand against the sell-out of the music industry, which also laid the foundation for the riot grrrl movement. In 2009, the founder of the project and Berlin-based journalist Verena Spilker was researching on issues related to the queer music scene and thought that the information she collected might be useful to some other people as well. This is how TQU started as a website.

The website can be considered as an online magazine and platform with a focus on queer topics in music, art and literature. At TQU the term 'queer' is understood as a (self-)description for people or groups of people who do not conform to heteronormative rules and/or feel uncomfortable with categories implemented through a heteronormative society.

Most of history has been written by white men. What they wrote and the truths they created are what we see reflected in mainstream global politics, media and discourses today. The way we see our sexuality, how we build families, how we structure our communities, and the power relationships around us, are deeply influenced by how history has been written so far. TQU is trying to change that by offering an alternative platform open to people who would like to publish their stories, their art or present their music to a larger audience.

If you want to help TQU develop further and make sure that independent platforms, magazines and as such continue existing and emerging, then don't hesitate to contribute by submitting your piece of art or donate an amount of your choice.

Illustration by solundurraga & mujer gallina
October 06th, 2016
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

100 children have been killed in Aleppo in the last few days. For years we have watched barrel bombs and chemical attacks. But the all out destruction of Aleppo is a new level. All deals and rules are broken. A quarter of a million people are trapped in eastern Aleppo with almost no access to food, medicine, or clean water. There is no easy way to end this war, but there’s only one way to prevent this terror from the skies - people everywhere demanding a no-fly zone to protect civilians.

A no-fly zone will mean that an international coalition can threaten to down planes that try to bomb Northern Syria. Aleppo proves that any solution needs to start by protecting civilians. A no-fly zone, done well, might not cost a single life, and will save many. And genuine peace negotiations will be even more likely if Syria's ruler Assad and Russia know the world is serious.

400,000 people have died in Syria. It is a stain on the conscience of all humanity. A no-fly zone is the only decent thing to do in this awful situation. And it won't happen without the US. Sign the Avaaz petition and call on Obama and others to end the arbitrary bombing and save the children and families of Aleppo!
October 03rd, 2016
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

“Kannouta” is a 40 minutes docufiction about the reasons behind illegal migration from Tunisia. The film raises the question of what makes young Tunisians take the boats direction Europe.

It contains interviews with 11 people of different ages talking about their stories and their reasons for leaving. The two filmmakers Zied Ben Taleb and Margarete Luetke Twenhoeven spoke to young people who dream about leaving and finding a better life abroad, or who don’t have another choice than leaving. Between these interviews they integrated the fictional part of the film. The spectator can see at a glance the "typical" daily life of a French Tunisian kid, and how he reaches the point of being ready to leave, even if this means leaving everything and everyone and risking his own life on the way to an unclear future.

Zied Ben Taleb is a Tunisian filmmaker and activist. In his neighborhood many people have crossed the sea and many others dream of leaving. Margarete Luetke Twenhoeven is involved in struggles for freedom of movement and has been living in Tunisia for many years. The team has been working on the film for nine months, talking to people, asking them the question: Why do people leave? They traveled to different cities, to neighborhoods where a high number of teenagers have left, and to places from where the “haraga” start their journey.

The movie tries to explain a phenomenon which increased in the recent years without looking at the topic from a sheer objective viewpoint but instead trying to express people’s hopes, sufferings, fears and constraints.

Help those two ambitious and talented filmmakers to realize this project and contribute to a better understanding of illegal migration by donating.

There are only 12 hours left to donate!
September 14th, 2016
type:NGO, Petition
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Remember Omran? The five-year-old Syrian boy placed in an ambulance after a bomb attack, in shock and bleeding, rescued amid the rubble of a crumbled building?

The only reason you or I can even picture this innocent boy and know his story is because journalists risked their own lives to capture this moment and to shine a bright spotlight on the need for dramatic action in Syria to help save lives. But there’s a frightening growing trend in the journalist community – and we need your help today to reverse the tide.

In the last 10 years alone, nearly 800 journalists have been killed in the line of duty. Many more have been kidnapped, tortured or reported missing.
And when journalists die, the information that they are struggling to get out to the world, dies with them.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is leading the effort as part of a worldwide coalition of organizations to defend journalists’ lives by calling upon the UN to appoint a politically powerful Protector of Journalists, a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists.

Journalists endure risk after risk – and sometimes pay the ultimate price with their lives to share their stories with us. Join the campaign of RSF #ProtectJournalists by signing their letter today!
September 13th, 2016
type:NGO, Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

When the bombs fall, the wounded and dying are rushed to makeshift hospitals in caves, basements and even living rooms. In these unlikely beacons of hope, doctors operating by the light of cellphones, using rudimentary equipment and insufficient medicine, manage to save lives everyday. Against all odds.

More than three-quarters of Syrian doctors have fled since 2011. Those that remain have chosen to stay to serve, believing it their duty to save lives, even though it means risking theirs as hospitals are targets of daily airstrikes. Yet, theres a lack of needed training for those who remained: Dentists are performing surgeries, vets are treating cases of malnutrition and young volunteers are trained as anesthesiologists. In July 2016 a medical facility was attacked on average every 17 hours. Many facilities have been attacked multiple times, often changing location for safety.

Despite being in clear contravention of international humanitarian law, medics have been executed and tortured. However, the biggest killer of medical workers in Syria is neither torture nor execution. The greatest threat comes from the air - the Syrian government and Russian bombing. At least 750 medical workers have been killed and over 400 hospital attacks have been destroyed by these indiscriminate weapons.

These attacks are not just killing physicians and destroying hospitals, but damaging entire communities. When you kill one doctor in Syria, you are ensuring that hundreds of people will die.

Help stopping the targeting of hospitals, doctors and medical care workers in Syria by signing the petition of Medics Under Fire! Set a clear signal to the Syrian government to respect the resolutions of the United Nations condemning attacks against medical facilities and medical personnel in conflict!
September 03rd, 2016
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

In the worst humanitarian catastrophe of a generation, the UN has handed the reins of its aid operation to Assad and his regime which is dictating where UN aid goes from Damascus, who the UN is allowed to work with and what the UN spends its money on.

The UN’s capitulation to the Assad regime means they have failed to successfully challenge Assad’s starvation sieges under which a million Syrians are denied access to food, medicine and running water. Instead, over 95% of the food aid managed by the UN in Damascus has been issued directly into areas under regime control.

Aid should go to those who need it most, regardless of side. That is the principle of impartiality. Instead of defending the importance of impartiality in the face of these bullying tactics from the Syrian government, UN agencies in Damascus have bent over backwards to protect their relationship with the regime.

Join Syria’s largest humanitarian and human rights groups and demand the UN set clear conditions for its cooperation with the Syrian government to enact a fair and impartial aid operation. If those conditions aren’t met, the United Nations in Syria should suspend cooperation with the government.