Tagged: Violence

NEWS: DR Congo: Heineken Billboards Glorify War

The multinational beer giant Heineken, the second largest beer producer in the world, has a long history of unethical marketing campaigns. Dutch newspaper NRC reports the latest marketing stunt that transgresses ethical boundaries comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo where Heineken-owned brand Primus launched a billboard campaign that glorifies war.
The gigantic billboards, many of them near roads, depict fighters lifting a rifle into the air. The Swahili caption reads: “This is our beauty.”…

NEWS: World’s Most Extensive Humanitarian Crisis

The world’s most extensive humanitarian crisis since 1945 is currently playing out in the four countries that surround Lake Chad: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. Multiple stressors converge in the region, interacting, reenforcing one another and thus creating a perfect storm of climate-fragility risks, deprivation and social and health harms. Unemployment, Violent insurgencies, Poverty, Depleting resources, Climate change. The international community must act, in order to save lives and secure livelihoods…

NEWS: CoA Week: Civil Society Open Letter

When home is the most dangerous place – millions of children are growing up in families with alcohol problems, but society is largely failing them…

NEWS: Study: Childhood Abuse Fuels Later Addictions

Childhood abuse and chronic parental domestic violence fuels substance addictions later in life
Adults who have alcohol or other drug dependency have experienced very high rates of early adversities, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Toronto…

NEWS: Childhood Maltreatment Raises Risk For Substance Use

The study’s findings suggest that childhood maltreatment is a severe stressor that alters trajectories of brain development in ways that may increase their risk for substance use and other mental disorders in adulthood.
In a NIDA-supported study, researchers found that young adults who had been maltreated as children differed from others who had not been maltreated in the connectivity of nine cortical regions. The differences could compromise the maltreated group’s basic social perceptual skills, ability to maintain a healthy balance between introversion and extroversion, and ability to self-regulate their emotions and behaviour…

BLOG: Big Alcohol And The War In Congo

This blog looks at recent work by two scientists and answers: How has the corporation been able to increase profits given the rest of Congo has progressively disintegrated to the extent that some Congo experts argue the country doesn’t even exist? How is it possible that during one of the world’s fiercest conflicts, the Heineken subsidiary ‘did not stop producing during the conflict and has experienced an upswing in sales’, as the New York Times reported? How is it possible to operate in the Congo without becoming entangled with the plethora of conflict actors that prey on anyone with money in the country?