[Press Release] Briones asked: implement Magna Carta for teachers -TDC


Briones asked: implement Magna Carta for teachers Teachers and civil society groups vowed to engage DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones and the Duterte administration on their five-decade advocacy for t…

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[From the web] Philippine Officials Shrug at Surge in Drug Killings Police Admit Dozens Killed Since New President Took Office- HRW


Dispatches: Philippine Officials Shrug at Surge in Drug Killings Police Admit Dozens Killed Since New President Took Office By Phelim Kine, Asia Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch Philippine Natio…

Source: [From the web] Philippine Officials Shrug at Surge in Drug Killings Police Admit Dozens Killed Since New President Took Office- HRW

[Press Release] Stop the bloodshed, human rights defenders tell Duterte -CCHR


Human Rights Online Philippines

Stop the bloodshed, human rights defenders tell Duterte

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July 14, 2016 – The Citizen’s Council for Human Rights (CCHR) today asked President Rodrigo Duterte to initiate measures that will halt the surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders. The group also called for the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for human rights violations committed in the course of the war on drugs.

In a press statement, CCHR said that the President’s campaign for peace and order has resulted in an alarming rise in killings, which has already claimed 251 lives between May 10 and July 13.

According to Max de Mesa, chair of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and convenor of CCHR, the arbitrary killing of suspected offenders violates the right to due process and denies citizens the right to a fair trial.

“We believe that summary methods that violate…

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Song of Solomon 2


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Song of Solomon 2 continues the praise between the maiden and her beloved.  She begins with “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”  As we talked about, this book likely has dual meaning.  One is the relationship between a man and woman, the other between God and His Son.  This verse shows a major change of her opinion of herself.  In chapter one, she was self-conscious and a bit unsure of her appearance.  Now she’s moved beyond that and has taken the words of her love and made them her own.

These two flowers and their description are often applied to Jesus to reflect his beauty and glory.  There is some debate over whether that was the intent or not.  These are somewhat common flowers, still beautiful indeed, but we should realize that they are not the kind of flowers that would be put…

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Guest Post: How Tendering Practices By Anticorruption Research Funders Undermine Research Quality and Credibility


GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas, of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, contribute the following guest post:

Early last week, the Transparency International (TI) Secretariat in Berlin circulated an Invitation to Tender with a title that grabbed our attention. Framed as part of a commitment to “the highest standards of accountability, organizational effectiveness and learning,” this tender described a “Research Review and Evaluation of Anti-Corruption Work Assumptions: Grievance as a key determinant of people’s anti-corruption behavior.” The email that accompanied the tender suggested an exciting and needed inquiry into assumptions that drive anticorruption programs funded by the international community—on a topic that is closely related to some of our research team’s work on corruption in fragile states  (see here and here). That TI was interested in funding a project of this sort was encouraging: Testing core assumptions, after all, is central to learning and…

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Start up: Chromebook infiltrate PC market, Privacy Shield arrives, Britain’s favourite map spots, and more


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PC shipments beat expectations in Q2 2016 as US market returned to growth while other regions continued to decline • IDC

»”The PC market continues to struggle as we wait for replacements to accelerate, along with some return of spending from phones, tablets, and other IT,” said Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting. “Our long-term outlook remains cautions. However, the strong results in the U.S. offer a glimpse of what the market could look like with pockets of growth and a stronger overall environment. It’s not dramatic…

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