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Rape in Conflict Is a War Crime, No Matter How You Spin It

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Yasmina Blackburn

Where is the buzz about the fact that sexual violence in conflict continues to be accepted as "collateral damage" in all forms of conflict all over the world? When will the stigma be removed from victims and placed onto their perpetrators?

Doubling Down On Clean Energy

Carl Pope | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Today, the Silver State on a per capita basis is already capturing more electrons from the wind, sun and geothermal than any other state, and has announced the retirement of all its coal fired power.

The Perilous Change in Darfur's Demography

Eric Reeves | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Eric Reeves

The debate about whether or not Darfur (Sudan) was the site of genocide long ago flamed out, largely because the issue became excessively politicized and the world -- in general -- no longer cared about how we referred to continuing ethnically-targeted destruction in Darfur.

U.S. Proposes UN Arms Embargo On War-Torn South Sudan

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States is proposing that the U.N. Security Council impose an arms embargo on South Sudan after its president shocke...

Lebanese Journalists Union Elections: Rerun, Rehash, Rejection

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The campaign's aim is to change the makeup of the very clubby syndicate that benefits only a handful of its executives, some members and quite a few flunkies. It's headed by the just-re-elected Elias Aoun.

On the Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Ayyan Zubair

Delegates poured in from around the world into the iconic General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air.

Mali Hotel Siege Ends With 12 Dead

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspec...

World Backsliding on Peace

Joshua S. Goldstein | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Joshua S. Goldstein

The latest Swedish data on world battle-deaths (through 2014) add to the evidence of a serious reversal of the decades-long trend toward fewer and smaller wars.

'Not Charity, Just Work': An Interview with the Ethical Fashion Initiative's Simone Cipriani

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too

Arancha González | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.

These Powerful Photos Around The World Show How Urgent It Is To #EndPoverty

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

A new photo campaign highlights the power of images in telling critical undertold stories. Through a hashtag challenge #EndPoverty, National Geogra...

All-out Attack on Cambodian Democracy

Patrick Alley | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Patrick Alley

The LANGO is the first of four repressive laws in the pipeline designed to crush a movement for change that began building around Cambodia's 2013 election, when garment workers, land and forest defenders, monks and the urban youth came together to challenge the current government.

Srebrenica Must Be a Universal Lesson

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The septicemia of nationalism must be cured by embracing clear-headedness, and the process of reconciliation. If not, Serbian victims will be killed once again without knives and bullets, but with political and judicial silence instead.

15-Year-Old Gives Amazing Speech To UN About Climate Change

Carly Steyer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Teen

This 15-year-old has got something to say, and on June 29th, the United Nations General Assembly heard him loud and clear. Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Marti...

Youth Unemployment in the Mideast: Is Entrepreneurship the Answer?

Anna Shen | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Anna Shen

Mohab Dahab is a 25-year old graduate in accounting from Helwan University in Egypt. After finishing school, he set his sights on an exciting career in banking.

The UN Charter at 70: Toward a Safer and Sustainable Future for We the Peoples

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations at 70 can look back on a proud record of working with many partners to dismantle colonialism, triumph over apartheid, keep the peace in troubled places and articulate a body of treaties and law to safeguard human rights.

The World's Betrayal of Israel

Shahar Azani | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

It was the month of January 2005. That Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl, by the name of Ayala Abukasis, was walking home with her younger brother, T...

North Korea Jails 'Spies' As UN Opens Human Rights Office

AP | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans to life in prison with labor after finding them gui...

Jessica Schulberg

The U.S. and Israel Are Preemptively Discrediting The UN's Report On The Gaza War | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Israeli and U.S. governments have launched a campaign to preemptively discredit a forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council re...

Can The UN Talks Bring Peace To Shattered Yemen?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The fighting in Yemen is not just destroying the fabric of that nation; it has broader implications for the region. While Iran denies direct involvement, it gives military aid to the Houthis. Meanwhile, for ordinary Yemenis, they can only hope that a miracle happens in Geneva so they can start to rebuild their shattered lives.

INFOGRAPHIC: How the U.N. is Failing Haitian Cholera Victims

Ted Oswald | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Ted Oswald

Haiti is a few months away from the five-year anniversary of the introduction of cholera because of the United Nations' systematic negligence in leaking contaminated human waste into Haitian waterways.

Debunking Empty Arguments Against "Gay Rights" at the UN

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

Ultimately, each country must approach LGBT issues in its own way and through its own structures. No single uniform approach is possible, or even to be desired.

Iran Is America's De-Facto Ally in the War Against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Arab region will undergo a difficult and complex period ahead. The mistakes made by Arab leaders are major mistakes. The Iranian ideas have found a sponsor with Barack Hussein Obama. If only federalism could make its way to realistic Arab strategies.

Why UN Peacekeeping Needs Global Support More Than Ever

Hervé Ladsous | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Hervé Ladsous

In environments where peacekeepers are directly targeted, where widespread violence is ongoing, or where thousands of civilians need protection from unthinkable acts of violence, peacekeeping operations must remain fit for purpose. Our missions require well-trained and skilled troops from a broad array of countries. When crises erupt, they must be ready to deploy more quickly.