• Global Water Crisis: Matt Damon, Good Will Found

    Will: “That may be, but at least I won’t be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside – we could figure it out” (Good Will Hunting). “It’s an absolute, just white-knuckle crisis right now for three-quarters of a billion people,” Damon said. “It’s killing

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  • Global Water Crisis: Children

    Every year, approximately 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation. Water in Accra, Ghana, costs three times as much as in New York.  Nearly half the people who gained access to water between 1990 and 2008 live in India and China.  Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their

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  • Global Water Crisis: Overview, Matt Damon

    Americans use 15-30 times the amount of water as people living in sub-Saharan Africa (daily per capita use, World Water Council). Key facts include; 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water; 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation (2002, UNICEF/WHO JMP 2004); 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases; 3 900 children die

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Our Complicit Silence

    Christians who were “persecuted and crucified under our eyes, often with our complicit silence”. Francis emphasized these words with deep emotion. “In your betrayal and crucifixion we see our usual betrayals and daily infidelities, in your disfigured face we see the brutality of our sins, the cruelty in our heart and actions,” we see “all

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Their Tenacious Faith

    When four Iraqi Christian children were about to be beheaded recently they told their ISIS killers, ““We love Yeshua [Jesus], we have always loved Yeshua.”  ISIS then demanded the children to tell them that they will follow Mohammed.  The children, all under 15, four of them,” said, ‘No, we love Yeshua, we have always loved

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, Targeted & Indifference

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service where he heard the Vatican’s official preacher accuse the international community of indifference to the persecution of Christians, a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.  Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is “preacher of pontifical household,” referred

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  • Persecuting Young Christians, “Do You Know The Prayer?”

    They knew who to kill because they ordered students to recite an Islamic prayer. Those who could were spared. Those who could not were shot dead, about 147 so far (WSJ).   Early Thursday, five shooters from the Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist organization swept through a university in the Kenyan town of Garissa, shooting Christian students. See

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  • Sophia Bush, “I Am That Girl”

    It’s one thing to say it, its another to be it.  Sophia Bush is not only a driving force behind “I Am That Girl,” the actress and activist has contributed towards Children’s Defense Fund, Global Green, Make-A Wish Foundation and the Rape Foundation, to name just a few. The vision of “I Am That Girl”…

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  • The American Politics of Children’s Rights in China

    “You make your decisions. We’ll make ours.”  That was from Vice President, Joe Biden delivered on a trip in 2012 to China’s future Premier Xi Jinping.  Per the Wall Street Journal today…”Mr. Xi asked him why the U.S. put “so much emphasis on human rights.” “Instead, Mr. Biden downplayed U.S. human-rights rhetoric as little more

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  • Fighting Warlords With Pop Music

    The song “Come Home” was composed by Ugandan pop star Chameleone at the behest of the U.S. Embassy.  The song urges LRA/Joseph Kony followers to leave the bush.  Marty Regan, a field representative for the U.S. State Department offers the fact that they were looking for innovative ways to reach out to potential defectors (don’t

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  • Paul Walker: Unfinished Work

    “Furious 7” opens April 3.  This will be the last appearance for Brian O’Conner.  Director James Wan calls Paul Walker the “accidental movie star.” He “had no aspirations of Hollywood or making movies, and that’s why he kind of never really committed to the acting world because his heart was always sort of somewhere else.”

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  • Justin Wren: Redemption For Him and “The Forgotten People”

    “It was mainly to opiates, narcotics and pain pills, but I was also doing cocaine a lot and medical marijuana,” responded 2 time MMA champion, Justin Wren, when questioned on his prior addictions.  Today, Wren is a hero to thousands of Pygmies in the Congo, also known as the “forgotten people.” Per Wren, “I was

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  • Nicholas Kristof’s Angola: “Deadliest Country For Kids”

    Read Nicholas Kristof’s “Deadliest Country For Kids” in the New York Times Today (March, 19th 2015).  Photo: By Nicholas Kristof/New York Times. Per Mr. Kristof: “LUBANGO, Angola — This is a country laden with oil, diamonds, Porsche-driving millionaires and toddlers starving to death. New Unicef figures show this well-off but corrupt African nation is ranked

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  • Part Four – Sexual Violence: Child Trafficking

    Some “disturbing” key facts… the average age of entry into the sex trade in America is 12-14 years old (National Report on Domestic Sex Trafficking, Shared Hope International, May 2009). 55% of girls living on the streets in the U.S. engage in prostitution (NPR). a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and exploits

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  • Part Three – Sexual Violence: Blake Lively and Child Brides

    Blake Lively has been a strong global campaign voice to raise awareness & funds for girls and women around the globe.   Some of the facts she has spoken out against: 1/3 of the world’s girls are married before the age of 18. 1/2 of all sexual assaults are against girls 15 or younger. 1/3 of

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  • Part Two – Sexual Violence: Stop Rape Now

    Charlize Theron is a United Nations Messenger of Peace.  She visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in particular hospitals that specialize in treating victims of violence against women and girls (Stop Rape Now).  See a few pics of Charlize in the Congo on flikr. One of the best short docs on the difficult

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  • Part One-Sexual Violence: George Clooney and a Violated Darfur

    Since the early 2000’s Darfur has been the “prize” in Sudan due to its known oil reserves.  In 2004, the US (that’s right we did) declared Sudan’s actions actual genocide.  General Powell, at that time the Secretary of State, declared…””When we reviewed the evidence compiled by our team,” Mr. Powell said, “we concluded — I

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  • Why Do Children Suffer?

    While Pope Francis was in the Philippines (in January) he was asked the following by Gyzelle Palomar, a 12-year old girl.  A few years earlier Gyzelle was living on the streets of Manila, begging for food.  She asked: “There are many children neglected by their own parents,” “There are also many who became victims and

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  • The Generous Will Ferrell: His Underwear And Charity

    Will Ferrell…”Every time I strip down to my underwear some money goes to the charity, so it’s kind of my way of helping, making a contribution. Plus, it brings the ladies in. The ladies love it.” (BANG Showbiz).  Photo: Michael Schennum/Associated Press. Ferrel played for 10 Major League Baseball teams yesterday and played all 9

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  • The Displaced – Part Three: The Children

    Photo: Selena Gomez (top, center) has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009, traveling to Chile, Nepal and Ghana on behalf of the world’s vulnerable children. Displaced Children’s Risks: Risks to children in displaced situations generally fall into three categories; dangers during flight, dangers in camps, and lack of legal recognition: Dangers during flight. Children can

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