Here’s something nice and uplifting for you this Monday and just in time for Black History Month: the official video for Esperanza Spalding’s single, “Black Gold,” featuring Algebra Blessett. Her upcoming album, which you can pre-order, Radio Music Society hits stores March 20, 2012.
Former South African president and one of the world’s most revered statesmen, Nelson Mandela, has launched a clothing line. The brand takes its name from Continue reading
Here at SFSG we believe giving is green, but it’s important to know where you’re money is going. False charities give the real ones such a bad name and deters folks from donating to organizations that really help those in need. It’s not enough to never give your money to a charity again and giving blindly may only help you and the corrupt feel good in the end. Continue reading
Reuters Photo: A Congolese mineral trader displays semi-precious tourmaline gem stones in a mud hut at Numbi in eastern Congo. New efforts to clamp down on Congo’s armed groups that finance their existence with minerals sourced from the country’s conflict-wracked east — much of which ends up in laptops, cell phones and jewellery around the world — have been criticized for trying to achieve the impossible and risking the livelihoods of a million people in the area who depend on mining.
Yes. We require all of our suppliers to certify in writing that they use conflict few materials.
But honestly there is no way for them to be sure. Until someone invents a way to chemically trace minerals from the source mine, it’s a very difficult problem.
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~Steve Jobs, kristof.blogs.nytimes.com 
So you’ve heard of “Blood diamonds” but in a recent article at nytimes.com Nicholas D. Kristof wrote about “lood phones.” This phrase simply addresses the electronics many of us use all the time that are made with minerals from places like the Congo where the desire for these minerals fuels atrocities like mass rape and slaughter. Continue reading
A non vuvuzela event took place this weekend. The G20 or The Group of Twenty established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy while simultaneously undermining an already neutered United Nations and deciding the fates of, not just the other nations in the world, but the world. Oh yeah, and diminishing aid to Africa with little fanfare. Continue reading
A recent article at reuters.com has me puzzled. Essentially we have a stack of data from a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and researchers with a lot of speculations that could have disastrous effects. Continue reading
It is a scandal that the G8 are trying to quietly drop the promise they made to the world when millions campaigned to make poverty history.
The UK government should do all it can to stop this betrayal of the world’s poor at the Canadian G8.” ~Max Lawson, policy adviser for Oxfam, guardian.co.uk
The G8 will gather in Canada this month for the Muskoka summit where Aid to Africa has not been mentioned in a leaked draft communique for the meeting.
At 2005 Gleneagles summit the world’s most industrialized nations committed to provide increase aid to developing countries by around $50 billion a year by 2010. An extra $25 billion in financial assistance was allotted to Africa a year. Continue reading
According to pcworld.com teens may have built your iPhone. Apparently this news was disclosed by Apple itself on its website in a section of their site called “Supplier Responsibility”.
But I don’t own an iPhone and I thought I might be in the clear. Of course I wasn’t. My iPod said it was made in China and maybe it’s not lying to me but apple.com report says its inspectors visited facilities in the Czech Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and the United States.
There were more problems too. Check out Apple: Underage Workers May Have Built Your iPhone at pcworld.com.
When this story broke I saw it in several different places. My first thought was what about the kids in parts of Africa that are knee deep in discarded computers? I don’t think these kids should compete. If we want to care about some of them we should care about all of them.
Further reading: Breeding toxins from dead PCs