Steelworkers Humanity Fund
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

This is a special radio dispatch from Mozambique by Making the Link's Don Kossick. He interviews Judith Marshall of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund about the role of  the Brazilian based global mining giant Vale which operates the world's largest iron ore mine in Brazil, and in Canada took over the Inco holdings. The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is supporting a tri partite solidarity linkage between workers in Canada, Brazil and Mozambique. This linkage is based around occupational health and safety concerns, and  is an important forum for workers to share their knowledge and experience in dealing with the impact of large transnational such as Vale, who is embarking on developing the largest coal mine in sub Sahara in Mozambique. The Steelworkers Humanity Fund can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2009 )
Bard of the Forest of Dean
Sunday, 03 May 2009

Forest of DeanIn this Making the Links Radio program, we are bringing you the first Canadian Broadcast of the poetry, song and storytelling of Dave Harvey, a bard of the Forest of Dean. Dave Harvey is a free miner, forestor and ardent protector of the commons. His words evoke great passion for the hard life of miners and the beauty of nature and the Forest of Dean community.

When one meets him you are overwhelmed by his openness to all and his commitment to passing on the oral history of a profound place. The Forest of Dean has been described psycho-geographically as an independent island state  between England and Wales and has  long been hotbed for creative artists, such as Dave Harvey.

This program is a tribute to  Dave Harvey for what he has given this earth in his poetry, songs, story telling and great sense of humanity.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 May 2009 )
Global Health Watch 2
Friday, 20 February 2009
Glbbal Health Watch 2In this episode of Making the Links Radio, we broadcast the voices of three prominent global health activists – Maija Kages, David Sanders and Jerry Speigel who will be bringing you their perspectives about Global Health Watch 2. The recently released Global Health Watch 2 provides much needed connections in understanding the state of the world's health.

Global Health Watch comes out of the largest ever civil society mobilizations in health – the first Peoples Health Assembly, which created the Peoples Health Charter, a call to action on the root causes of ill-health and the lack of access to essential health care. The publication of Global Health Watch provided the globe with a much needed alternative world health report.

This second report, Global Health Watch 2 – following in the direction of the First Global Health Watch -  critiques both the state of global health and the inadequate global response to poor health and widening disparities.

It lays out an explicitly political understanding of the current state of health around the world  - highlighting poverty as the biggest epidemic the global public health community faces, underlining the importance of economic policy as a health issue, and emphasizing the impending and potentially cataclysmic effects of climate change on peoples health throughout the world.

It also addresses other key underlying determinants of health – access to sanitation facilities, water and food, war and conflict, the state of primary education, economic and social development of communities.

The report emphasizes not just the health needs of the poor and vulnerable people but also their relationship with the rich and powerful. Improving the situation of the world's poor cannot be achieved through aid or charity alone. Profoundly unjust and unequal power relationships need to be tackled.

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You can obtain more information on Global Health Watch 2 at or .

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2009 )
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