When a river is a person: from Ecuador to New Zealand, nature gets its day in court — By Mihnea Tanasescu on The Conversation com

In the early 2000s, the idea of giving legal rights to nature was on the fringes of environmental legal theory and public consciousness . Photo: Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Whanganui_River.jpg Today, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is a person under domestic law, and India’s Ganges River was recently granted human rights. In Ecuador, the Constitution enshrines nature’s “right…

India Pakistan cricket #KhelneDo

Originally posted on Journeys to democracy:
“It’s just a game” doesn’t apply to any cricket match between India and Pakistan. But in recent years, fans have been stepping beyond national positions to support the other team even while rooting for their own, and to point out that yes, it is just a game. And that it’s…

Aga Khan Academies worldwide |18 schools in 14 countries to develop future leaders with the skills and knowledge to support positive development in their societies

The network of Aga Khan Academies will eventually form an integrated global learning community of about 18 schools in 14 countries (see a map), serving approximately 14,000 girls and boys of exceptional calibre and graduating 1,500 students annually. The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa-AKDN / Gary Otte The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. | AKDN / Gary…

G20 Africa Partnership Conference: Investing in a common future | Plan to explore new investment opportunities on the African continent

Many countries in Africa are already strong political and economic partners of the G20. The world’s leading economies want to use a conference being held under Germany’s G20 Presidency to explore new options for boosting sustainable economic growth, investment and stability in Africa. The G20 Africa Partnership aims to promote the use of renewable energies…

Video: 25 years studying the Big Bang’s afterglow

This week marks the 25th anniversary of a Nobel Prize winning discovery: the first image of the cosmic microwave background. This image showed the world what the universe looked like shortly after the big bang, and transformed cosmology. Reporter Davide Castelvecchi asks Nobel Laureate John Mather how the iconic image was taken, and investigates what…

Tajik Ismaili Artists: Saqi-e Bawafa Manam

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
? I am the trusted cup-bearer: With every breath Aly Aly I am a Sufi, pure at heart: With every breath Aly Aly For Aly, dear to God, I burn with love: With every breath Aly Aly I am swept with secret melody: With every breath Aly Aly You are Adam…

Ocean Atlas: Understanding the threats to our marine ecosystems — Heinrich Boell Foundation de |Many graphics and PDF Versions | Under a Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0.

Territorially speaking, the high seas belong to no one – and so when it comes to exploitation, they belong to everyone. MANKIND AND THE SEAS The ocean covers more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface. It is rich in resources and provides us with food, energy, and minerals. Oceans are important transportation routes and crucial…

“Water, after all, has been seen, down through the ages, as the great source of life” — His Highness the Aga Khan on the opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada

His Highness the Aga Khan delivers his remarks at the inauguration of the international headquarters of the Global Centre of Pluralism. –AKDN / Moez Visram … When I first visited this site, I went across the Ottawa River, to see things from the opposite side.  From that perspective, I noticed that many buildings on the…

Tanzania: Aga Khan Hospital opens new State-of-the-Art Laboratory and Low Cost Inpatient Unit | AKDN provide health services in Tanzania to nearly 400,000 people a year through its hospital, health centers

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 8 June 2017 – Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, Acting Director of Curative Services at the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children today jointly opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory and a low cost inpatient unit at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam. Additional…