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Random Sunsets Around the World - Part 7, Asia - Sinking Low on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.08.2017 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The blog series on sunsets moves on to Asia today, once more including both the setting orb and wherever it casts its gilding rays. North Korea Ku...

Jordan -- An Oasis In A Turbulent World

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Last week I visited Jordan as guest of Prince Ali Bin Hussein and his wife, Princess Rym Brahimi Ali. Prince Ali is the third son of King Hussein, and half-brother of King Abdullah II. He is a member of the Hashemite family, which traces their ancestry directly to the prophet Muhammad.

Time to Protect Our Common Home

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.08.2016 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Climate finance stands at the core of the concerns for the most vulnerable countries, which being very minor emitters are already suffering the most from other's emissions. Climate finance also needs to be based on fundamental economic principles, like the polluter-pays-principle (PPP).

This El Niño Is A Huge Humanitarian Crisis - But It Didn't Have To Be

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

This blog is co-authored by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate: Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau; and Oxfam Inte...

These Resilient Farmers Are Rethinking How Timor-Leste Eats Food

Chandran Nair | Posted 02.05.2017 | World
Chandran Nair

Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.

Commemorating Timorese Independence and Meeting Xanana Gusmão: A Photo-essay

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.30.2016 | World
Atif Choudhury

I have only been in Timor-Leste for three months, yet it has been an unimaginably eventful time here. From attending three thrilling World Cup qualif...

Saudi vs.Team Timor: Space Jam Soccer Edition

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.18.2016 | Sports
Atif Choudhury

For the last two months, I have had the life-changing opportunity to live and work in the beautiful nation of Timor-Leste. This has been especially exciting as an avid soccer fan.

Opening the Books on the Cold War

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.09.2016 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The Broncos, widely used in the Vietnam war, were delivered to Indonesia in 1977-1978, when the slaughter of the Timorese civilian population was at its worst. Torture and mass executions were commonplace. Political prisoners were dropped live from helicopters; entire villages purposely starved to death and more. Most Americans are little aware of either of these events.

Timor-Leste's Judicial Lurch Could Worsen Domestic-Violence Trauma

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice.

The Voices of Inclusion and Peace: Missing From the Conversation?

Desmond Tutu | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Desmond Tutu

Bringing a country or a region out of conflict has taken leaders coming from the ground up, not leaders installed by a super power to serve its economic interests. There is one word today that such leaders seem to understand, repeat, and live by that seems to separate their successes from failures elsewhere. The word is inclusion.

Ebola Is Not Just West Africa's Crisis

Xanana Gusmao | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Xanana Gusmao

This is an emergency of enormous scale, and we all have a moral obligation to stand shoulder to shoulder to ensure its swift conclusion. Especially, as we see time and again, it is the poorest and most vulnerable that are most at risk.

New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
José Ramos-Horta

In these incredibly challenging times in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, the world needs small countries with New Zealand's record to be sitting in the UN Security Council. And it is important for other small UN member states to see New Zealand win and know that the UN Security Council is accessible for them too.

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

Pop-up Politics: East Timor's Struggle for Stability and security

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country's first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.

The Subtle Wounds of Timor-Leste's Violent Past: Trauma, Diagnoses, and Injustice

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste's recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.

Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing 'Human Infrastructure' Investment Gap

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

A 2013 UNICEF report listed Timor-Leste as having the highest percentage of children under five who are moderately or severely stunted in the world, matched only by Burundi.

Mobile Courts Take Justice on the Road in Timor-Leste

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Taking judicial proceedings to rural areas of Timor-Leste with "mobile courts" is increasing citizens' access to justice as the young country builds its government from the ground up, experts and practitioners say.

Inside Timor-Leste

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peop...

The Need for Asian Climate Leadership

Mohamed Nasheed | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Mohamed Nasheed

From small island states to delta settlements, Asia is the climate frontline. Seven of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Asia and the Pacific. It falls to Asian governments, whose primary responsibility is to protect their citizens, to respond.

Rohingya: The Obligation of Refuge

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.

2012's Sleeper Story: Success in Timor-Leste

Peter Yeo | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

As we look back on 2012's deadly global turmoil in places like Syria, and towards growing conflicts like Mali, Timor-Leste is the year's sleeper success story.

Curation Culture: USAID and the Mashup

Ming Holden | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ming Holden

I remembered that former State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter's Twitter byline includes the descriptor "foreign policy curator." So what does curation actually mean?

Benghazi Was Not the Beginning of the End

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The tragedy of Benghazi and riots in Yemen do not signal the end of the Arab Spring. Nor is it an indication of any "failed policies," any more than it is justification for the shameful practice of political candidates in the US attempting to make points from a US Ambassador's death.

LOOK: Photo Of Hillary Watching Bill Goes Viral

Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

Hillary Clinton may have been halfway around the world, but that didn't stop the secretary of state from watching her husband, Bill Clinton, deliver h...

Carrying The Torch For Peace

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

As over 10,000 of the world's greatest athletes convene in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, three stand out to me for their triumphs in rising from histories of war and conflict to represent their nations with pride.