Archive for March 25, 2011

(March 23, 2011) – Ten fully-funded fellowships to attend the 13th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute are being made available to qualified applicants from around the world. Sponsored by Internews’ Global Human Rights Program, the Media Policy Fellowships include tuition, housing, travel and per diem to attend the two-week Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy, July 4-15, 2011 at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.  Fellowships are available to individuals, particularly those from post-conflict societies who are interested in media law and policy in such societies. 

The deadline to apply for the Summer Institute and the Fellowship is April 10, 2011.  Interested individuals can apply online through the CGCS web site, indicating interest in the Fellowship when submitting.

About the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute

The Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Communication Studies within the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP).

Every year, the Summer Institute brings together emerging scholars and regulators from around the globe to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics, development, and media policy. This year the Summer Institute will also focus on media, governance, and strategic communication in conflict and post-conflict environments including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Somalia and Bosnia. 

 For more info about INTERNEWS AND FELLOWSHIP see:

Report by Bharumal Amrani (An activist and journalist,can be reached at

THATT, March 25. More than 600 persons, including male and female, thronged on the roads of Thatta to raise their voice before national and international community, on the eve of world water day, to seek their help to save Indus delta, release water at Kotri downstream, ensure provision of their water share, water the only source of their socio-economic development and life, under the aegis of Society for the Conservation and Protection of Environment Thatta and Fresh Water Action Network South Asia  here on Friday.

Rally led by renowned environmentalist Tanveer Arif, Mahjabeen Khan and Shafi Jatt carrying banners and placards marched at various thoroughfares and raised full throated slogans, “give us water, save Indus delta”, “release downstream water”, “and rehabilitate flood affected families”.

 Environmentalist and intellectual Bharumal Amrani said that Indus Delta is 356 KM long. It stretches over an area of 600,000 hectares between Karachi and south-western border of India. It before falling in the sea is divided into channels and forming a triangular shape which is called delta. It is created when rivers carry water along with silt which is deposited at the transition belt of river and sea. When this practice is continued for centuries it develops delta. He added that the water shed area of Indus River is about ten lac square kilometers. When huge silt carried by rivers flowed into sea and some part was deposited in the river, it increased delta. It used to carry about 40 crore tons silt annually. It is consisted of creeks, extensive mud flats, sand dunes, salt marshes and salsola foetida (lani), tamarix dioca (lai), mangroves and other flora and fauna. He urged the authorities to take appropriate measures for rehabilitation of flora and fauna damaged and disturbed during recent floods.

Speaking on the occasion Taveer Arif of SCOPE said that Sindh is not being given its due share of water, and water is not released at Kotri downstream, resultantly Indus delta and mangroves have reached at the verge of extinction. Survival of lacs of people, flora and fauna is linked with the flowing River Indus. He added that it is the reason that country is facing flood, cyclone, tsunami, which is causing displacement of lacs of people, and other disasters. He said that due to climate change we can not stop these disasters, but we can minimize its damages by rehabilitating Indus delta, which is the only source of socio-economic development of people of Sindh specially living in the tail of river Indus. He called upon authorities to expedite the pace of work on the repair of dykes and no substandard work on dykes will be tolerated, because it is matter of lives and properties of people he warned.

Tasleem said that according to IUCN report 1994, about 70 years ago Indus delta was receiving 847 MAF of fresh water per year, which carries huge quantity of slit later it decreased to 150 MAF per year and carrying 400 million tones of slit with it and now it further decreased to 35.2 MAF.

Shazia Soomro said that Indus delta receives highest wave energy during south west monsoon. In past high power discharge of Indus river water faced highest wave energy which is now reduced and the wave energy is causing severe erosion in some areas of Indus delta, she added that pollution in the marine environment affects the growth pattern of mangrove only in district Thatta due to devastating flood in the River Indus.

Approximately 0.7 million people of Taluka Sijawal, Bahtoro, Jati, Shahbandr, Ghora Bari and Thatta itself were affected seriously.About 0.2 million flood-hit people were shifted to historical graveyard Makli she added.


Saima Zaidi, “Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan” Cabot 102, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tuesday, March 29, 2011- 5:30pm to 7:30pm *****

Saima Zaidi, a Communications Designer, studied at the National College of Arts, Lahore and the Pratt Institute, New York. She teaches Typography and History of Design at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi.
She has also taught at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi and Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York.

She will be talking about her new book, “Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan” which is a collection of popular and street art in Pakistan. The book is an inter-disciplinary study on design and visual culture
in Pakistan; these reflect social, commercial, and geo-political changes influencing the country. It comprises 33 essays by an array of artists, critics, scholars, curators, and advertising executives. Co-sponsor: Tufts History Department

Contact: Juhi Shahin, or 617.627.3558

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an Asia Pacific Security Seminar

Mr. Anit Mukherjee
Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi 
and Discussant:
Dr. Stephen P. Cohen
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
Following the Kargil War in 1999, a conflict between India and Pakistan which took place along the Line of Command (LOC), defense reforms were set in place by the Indian government, especially within the national security agencies. Despite some incremental progress, Mr. Anit Mukherjee argues that these reforms have failed to deliver due to bureaucratic politics and the unique features of civil-military relations. In this presentation, which will be based on his recently published Occasional Paper, “Failing to Deliver: Defense Reforms in India,” Mr. Mukherjee will examine the defense reforms process in India and explore the prospects for re-visiting this process. Dr. Stephen P. Cohen will discuss the impact of Indian civil-military relations on the US-India strategic partnership.
Thursday, March 31
 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Lunch will be served.
East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room*
This event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP, please click here:
Kindly send your reply by March 30. Please note that seating is limited.
Anit Mukherjee is a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, and is also a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His dissertation focuses on civil military relations in India. Mr. Mukherjee previously worked at RAND Corporation as a Summer Associate, and prior to joining SAIS, he was a Major in the Indian Army. His writing has been published in the New York Times, India Review, Wall Street Journal (Asia) and Indian Express, among others publications. Mr. Mukherjee is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, and earned his M.A. at SAIS, concentrating in South Asia Studies and Strategic Studies.

Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, which he joined in 1998 after a career at the University of Illinois. Dr. Cohen has also previously served on the Policy Planning Staff of the State Department. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Arming without Aiming: India Modernizes its Military (2010). Currently, he is working on a book which focuses on the intractability of India-Pakistan relations. Dr. Cohen received his PhD in Political Science and Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and in 2004, was named as one of America’s five hundred most influential people in the area of foreign policy.


Training the next generation of young leaders in the struggle for Tibet’s freedom

HIGHLIGHTS: An evening with Ngawang Sangdrol (Activist, former political prisoner)
Join us from 6-8pm on Friday for an evening of intimate talk with the Drapchi prison survivor Ngawang Sangdrol, who was arrested at age 13 and imprisoned for 11 years for participating in a peaceful protest.
Public Speaking and more

Saturday & Sunday workshops to include: Nonviolent Direct Action, Vision & Strategy, Teaching Tibet, Media & Messaging, Grassroots Organizing,

Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27
Venue: University of Massachusetts Boston
Contact: olo4reel[at]

For Registration please visit: