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Shaping a Post-2015 Global Education Agenda

Brian Gallagher | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Brian Gallagher

Despite the increase in access to education in the region, nearly 29 million primary school aged children were out of school -- accounting for over half of out-of-school youth around the world.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

UN Envoy To Yemen Resigns Amid Crisis

AP | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s special envoy to Yemen has stepped down after four years of efforts at a peaceful political transition in the Arab w...

Life in a Conflict Zone: Why the South Sudanese are Longing for Peace

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

Normalization and a De-facto Alliance Between Washington and Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The United States understands the language of both immediate and strategic interests, and the Arab leaderships must speak this language fluently in light of the developments, and not with an archaic, rigid language.

Ending Hunger, Global Challenge That Connects the UN & Expo 2015

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We are less than 30 days away from the opening of the Universal Exhibition in Milan, an incredible opportunity for Italy, for world tourism, to learn about the global challenges of food security and healthy nutrition through worldwide best practices.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

Decisive Storm Has Deeply Impacted Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is necessary for the decision to intervene militarily with a ground operation in Yemen to be coupled with a plan with a political tack and a development tack with clear features and objectives for the sake of Yemen.

Are Your Pensions Destroying Our Planet?

Miss Deap Khambay | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Miss Deap Khambay

Dr Steve Waygood is responsible for Aviva Investors' analysis, engagement and voting on environmental social and governance (ESG) issues across the £246bn of assets under management.

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

Jacada Travel | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

So the next time you find yourself heading out on a shopping spree to lift your mood, why not put that money towards a flight instead? Here are 11 ways in which travel can make you happier:

At the UN, 'Disappointment and Cautious Optimism' About LBTI Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The distinct human rights concerns of such "multiply marginalized" LBTI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people were outlined in a Statement in Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women that was signed by more than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.

ISIS: A Priority in the Region at the Expense of Palestine and Other Issues

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The anticipated American-Iranian deal has an implicit Palestinian/Israeli dimension that could force Tehran to change its political discourse regarding Palestine and Israel, and alter the Iranian regional policy based on compensation -- at least verbally -- for the Arab failures on Palestine.

Major Nations Hold Talks On Ending U.N. Sanctions On Iran: Officials

Reuters | LOUIS CHARBONNEAU | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

(Reuters) - Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreeme...

HRC and U.S. 'Exceptionalism'

Zillah Eisenstein | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Zillah Eisenstein

Where were you, Hillary? Why did you not offer Michael Brown's mother your arm to walk across the bridge together -- as mothers, and as women standing against racist bigotry and murder? Why don't more of us wonder this?

Hope in the Fight to End Ebola

Wendy Diamond | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Wendy Diamond

It's our global responsibility towards humanity to encourage compassion for those suffering, and support efforts to completely eliminate the Ebola virus by the end of 2015. Together we can make this happen!

Images Of Syrian Torture Go On View At The UN

The Guardian | Raya Jalabi in New York | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
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Images of tortured, bloodied and bruised bodies go on display in the glittering halls of the UN in New York for the next 10 days, to remind staff “n...

3 Women's Health Issues Every Thinking Man (and Woman!) Should Know About

Kate Grant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Kate Grant

As women break barriers and crack glass ceilings in countries like the U.S., in much of the developing world, women and girls still face staggering challenges to their health and well-being. This week seems like the right day to recognize three of them.

UNSC: Darfur's Referral Turns 10 Years

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

10 years after the adoption of the Resolution, the situation has not improved and continues to be quite catastrophic: grave crimes continue to happen in Darfur on a daily basis.

What Sells, Sex or Empowerment?

Shenan Reed | Posted 03.09.2015 | Media
Shenan Reed

"Sex sells" has been a mantra of the advertising industry for as long as anyone can remember. And let's be honest, it has worked. Sexy, salacious advertising has sold cars, beer, potato chips and a host of other products over the years. Mostly products target to men.

Obama seeks Deal with Iran, Ignores Tehran's Regional Ambitions

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Growing concerns are accompanied by scattered coordination to the rhythm of nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran in the P5+1 framework, with a crucial deadline set to arrive on March 24.

Fiction, Violence, Propaganda: War, War and More War

Greg Barrett | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Barrett

First it was Clint Eastwood and American Sniper. For the sake of educating myself on all things mainstream, I endured two hours of this peculiar Western devotion to fiction, violence and American exceptionalism.

People Get Ready, There's a March in March

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Nancy Cohen-koan

The month of March is very busy and includes the important March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights on International Women's Day, March 8, 2015. Everyone is invited to join the march and to spread the word far and wide.

US and Gulf Confusion in Yemen and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?

UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity

Ted Oswald | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Ted Oswald

Securing water and sanitation infrastructure for Haiti is ultimately about fulfilling obligations and respecting human rights, areas where the UN can, and should, be demonstrating leadership.

Changing the Climate Narrative

William S. Becker | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

It is time to change the conversation. It should be about a race to the future -- a 21st-century, global Marshall Plan that builds the capacity of nations to achieve sustainable prosperity. Before going into this idea further, let's unpack the invalid logic chain that has been implicit in climate negotiations so far.