Happy Birthday Malvin (Mal) Russell Goode! (February 13, 1908 – September 12, 1995)

African-American television journalist and news correspondent. In 1962 he became the first Black network news correspondent for ABC television network as a United Nations (UN) reporter. He allegedly received this position after baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was the first Black player in the major leagues, complained to ABC executives about the lack of Black reporters. Goode’s first assignment was covering the Cuban Missile Crisis; he distinguished himself with incisive TV and radio reports during the long hours of debate at the UN. (Wikipedia)

View of network news correspondent Mal Goode posing with an unidentified journalist behind a desk. “ABC” cup with pencils in foreground; map on wall in background. Typed on back: “Mal Goode.” Handwritten on back: “Mal Goode, 1st Negro in major TV, ABC spot, United Nations." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
@UN: Free CONFESS because musicians should not be killed or arrested for making music
Help Free CONFESS they were arrested by the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and are facing charges of blasphemy, advertising against the system, running an illegal and underground band and record label promoting music considered to be Satanic writing anti-religious lyrics and granting...

I don’t know how many of you have heard about this, but Iranian heavy metal band CONFESS has been arrested and are facing the death penalty in their home country for making music that is very close to all of our hearts. If you want to, sign this petition and help get the attention of the UN


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Canada Will Seek UN Security Council Seat: Trudeau
The PM's comments come after meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for last year’s climate-change charm offensive in Paris, but urged him to spend more of Canada’s wealth on the world’s poorest people.

The usually staid Ban appeared almost gleeful at times Thursday as he took Trudeau up on his offer to re-engage with the UN during a packed, day-long visit to Ottawa, including high-level meetings on Parliament Hill and a feel-good assembly at a boisterous local high school auditorium.

“I am here to declare that the United Nations enthusiastically welcomes this commitment,” Ban declared. He praised not only Trudeau’s climate-change advocacy, but his desire to return Canada to its peacekeeping roots — which, he said, Canada helped create under external affairs minister Lester Pearson in the 1950s.

Trudeau has stressed re-orienting Canada towards world organizations — the UN in particular — as part of a new multilateral foreign policy that often tries to invoke the so-called Pearson-era golden age of diplomacy.

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Bottled water found to contain over 24,000 chemicals, including endocrine disruptors

Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. But a new study out of Germany has found that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still leeching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, that is completely unregulated.

Weekly Roundup February 8 to 14

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! <3

This past week was International Development Week. I unfortunately did not come across a lot of IDW related stories, with the exception of the following report: 

One Humanity, Shared Responsibility (Report of the UN Sec-Gen for the World Humanitarian Summit May 23-24 2016)


Check out the summit’s page!


And the following statement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on IDW:


There still seems to be no news on the Ongwen trial. Although there were these stories:

ICC to unveil verdict against DRCongo’s Bemba on March 21

The International Criminal Court said Tuesday it will deliver its verdict next month in the long-running trial of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba accused of militia war crimes in the Central African Republic over 14 years ago.

It will only be the fourth verdict – and the first against a former vice president – to be handed down by the court, set up in 2002 in The Hague to try the world’s worst crimes.



Over the weekend, former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander and one of Kony’s personal bodyguards, Okot George Odek, defected in the town of Pambayamba, Central African Republic (CAR) and is currently with authorities in Obo, CAR.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Mother celebrates return of lost son

Ms Tabena is back with her only son after long years apart. He was one of 10 children rescued from different armies and armed groups whom the ICRC was able to return to their village in South Kivu province. His mother speaks of her joy at being reunited with her son, but also of her fears for the future.


As you may recall February 18th is Uganda’s presidential election.

Uganda Rights Groups Set to Monitor Violence Against Women During Elections

Ugandan women’s rights groups are setting up a control centre to monitor any violence against women in the East African nation’s elections this month and to act quickly on any reports.


Here are some informative links to more information about Uganda’s upcoming election (which will be discussed next week).

Uganda election: Issues, candidates and the poll


Official page of Uganda Election 2016


It was Red Hand Day on Friday, February 12th. From that day I came across the following stories:

I was a child soldier. Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me Polline Akello

I spent seven years in the bush in Uganda, a child soldier, held captive by an armed group and forced to become the “wife” of a rebel commander. My best friend was killed in front of me. My baby died before it was born. But I escaped, and believe speaking out about my experiences is the best way to help others who are suffering in the same way.


7 countries using child soldiers

In 2004, groups in 22 countries used children in “armed hostilities,” and the governments of 17 countries used children or backed militia groups using children in armed conflict. In 2013, the UN launched an effort to end child soldiers by 2016. And today, the number of countries using child soldiers is down to about 12.

The number of child soldiers has declined but the method in which child soldiers are being used, and the places militias keep children, are harder and harder to find and document.

Progress has been made, but there are still far too many conflicts that place children at great risk for becoming child soldiers, and countries where children still work in armed conflict. Here are just some of the places all over the world that still use child soldiers.


15 Years of Work on Child Soldiers: Where We’ve Come and Where We Need to Go

This February, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a network of leading human rights and humanitarian organizations working together to protect the security and rights of children in situations of conflict, also celebrates its 15th anniversary. Formed in 2001 as a result of a growing need for a unified civil society voice and pressure on the United Nations to implement and strengthen its children and armed conflict agenda, over the last 15 years, Watchlist witnessed and contributed to formidable and commendable advancements towards the protection of children in conflict at the global level and in the field. Current global affairs, however, starkly illustrate that in the midst of numerous emergencies and increasing threats, much more must be done to protect the security and rights of children in conflict, and ensure they receive the necessary support for a more peaceful and promising future.


My only elephant story from this past week. 

Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up My Tanzanian Authorities