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Military Intervention in Mali: Military Logistics and Human Costs

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.

The U.S. Can Do More to Keep Children off the Battlefield

Jo Becker | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Jo Becker

On Friday, the Obama administration reiterated that ending the use of child soldiers is a priority for the U.S. In Congo, the U.S. has found a way to balance its national security interests with the interests of children. In other countries, it should do the same.

Ending Slavery: Obama's Best, Most Overlooked Speech This Week

Trooper Sanders | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Trooper Sanders

At a time when he would be excused for devoting every moment in front of an audience to ensuring his own political survival, the president spent valuable time tackling the scourge of human trafficking.

Smarter Development -- Part II: How L.E.A.D Uganda Does It Smarter

Stephen Shames | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact
Stephen Shames

Our greatest accomplishment is creating a culture of success that empowers our students. Our students work together as a family.

A Decade in Detention for Former Child Soldier

Jennifer Turner | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Turner

Now 25, the full beard Omar Khadr has grown since his imprisonment in 2002 obscures the fact that he was only 15 when he was shot and captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Media Ignores UN Report As It Pertains to Abuse of Children Attributable to the U.S. and Its Allies

Dan Kovalik | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the U.S. and the corporate media contemplate yet another intervention in Syria and/or Iran in the name of the "responsibility to protect" civilians, one should contemplate the reality of such interventions on those civilians we claim to protect.

UN: Kony Guilty Of Horrifying Crimes Against Children

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted his first report to the Secur...

Love Your Neighbor

Stephen Shames | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Stephen Shames

Our desire to help neighbors halfway around the globe has spawned a multi-billion dollar aid industry. Unfortunately, although we are well-meaning, most aid falls far short of our lofty intentions.

Justice for "Bush Wives": The ICC and Bosco Ntaganda

Eva Smets | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Eva Smets

Luis Moreno-Ocampo's recent decision to add separate charges on sexual violence against Bosco Ntaganda is a promising move. It may give voice to the many Congolese women and girls, abducted, raped and used as sexual slaves by their "commanders."

These Men Say Hollywood Needs To Change Its Perception Of Them

Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact

Sick and tired of being portrayed on the big screen as machine-gun wielding ruthless killers, a group of educated African men have come forward to cha...

Kony 2012: 'Cover The Night' Advocates Local Service Projects On 4/20

Posted 04.20.2012 | Impact

The "Kony 2012" campaign is urging followers to shift their advocacy efforts from their social networks to real life. Invisible Children, the creat...

The New Face of Africa

Stephen Shames | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Stephen Shames

L.E.A.D Uganda's children do not want your pity. They do not need charity. Africa's youth want your support as an active, equal partner, so they can transform their communities, their country, and their continent.

DR Congo: Arrest Bosco Ntaganda for ICC Trial

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Goma) –President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately order the arrest of Gen. Bosco Ntaganda and promptly transfer...

Threats in the Classroom: Teachers Protect Students in the Midst of Colombia's War

Eva Smets | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Eva Smets

Disregarding official orders, members of the Colombian army turn schools into barracks where they sleep, steal food from cafeterias and invite children to take helicopter rides and to visit military camps.

The Effective Way To Teach Kids About The Horrors Of Forced Conflict

Margy Burns Knight | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Margy Burns Knight

Over dinner recently, I learned of my niece's concern about her high school administrators removing the Kony 2012 posters that had been plastered all ...

A Call To Protect All Children

Geeta Rao Gupta | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Geeta Rao Gupta

All of these children are in need of rescue -- all are children whose potential contributions to their society are being lost. All are a challenge to our consciences and to our capacity to do what we all instinctively want to do when we see a child in danger -- to save that child.

Beyond the Kony Video

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

I believe that the success of the Kony video stems from its ability to simply and unambiguously articulate both the problem and an actionable solution. Kony is personified as the lone enemy that must be stopped in order to put an end to childhood conscriptions in Uganda.

The Real (Spiritual) Message Of Kony 2012

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

The message that I took away from "Kony 2012'' is how easy it is to stir people's desire to do good and make this world a better place. Not just inspiring positive change in a few people, but on a grand 80 million-person scale.

Why 'Kony 2012' Doesn't Do Enough To Create Effective Social Change

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

The Kony 2012 campaign does not do enough to deliver effective social change. How could it? The film depends on a simplistic story line, which ...

Nicholas Kristof: Kony Should Be Vilified, Not Invisible Children

The New York Times | Posted 03.15.2012 | Impact

I’d like to thank the makers of the “Kony 2012” video for goading me to write about Joseph Kony. With about 100 million views, it is now one of ...

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: If You See Injustice, Don't Ignore It

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

If you see a problem in the world or even in your personal life, it is important to address it head on. Too often, people choose to look the other way to live in denial about a problem with the hope it will magically disappear.

North Kivu's False Peace

Michael Deibert | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Michael Deibert

At first glance today, things in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province seem far calmer than in years past. As recently as 20...

Westerners Are Not And Will Never Be The 'Saviors' Of Africa

Ben Affleck | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Ben Affleck

I believe there is no mission more urgent than to help children who are suffering and I applaud Invisible Children for raising the awareness of Kony. I urge them to embrace the opportunity before them and point advocates to where war and abducting children is still happening: Congo.

The Lost Boys Of Sudan And Faith At The End Of The World

Wendi Dwyer | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Wendi Dwyer

The "End of the World" is not a date, it is a place. I know because a U.N. flight dropped me off there about a month ago. It is in Northern Bahr El Ghazal in South Sudan.

Kony 2012: Fake Advocacy?

The State Press | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
The State Press

As Americans, we feel some responsibility in solving this problem that doesn't occur within our borders. Are we feeling remorseful for the economic inequity that we solidified for Africa?