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Washington Is Well As Others Are Implicated In Their Wars

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What was absent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address was more intriguing than what he mentioned, in relation to international conditions, and the positions of the United States on them.

The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Using Orwellian logic, U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power claimed that the resolution calling for the establishment of two states for two peoples would somehow undermine the effort "that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people."

U.N. Appeals For Final $1 Billion To Fight Ebola At Davos

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

By Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21 (Reuters) - United Nations agencies need a final $1 billion to fight West Africa's deadly ...

Kidnapped UN Worker Released In Central African Republic

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed militia fighters abducted a foreign U.N. staffer near the capital's airport on Tuesday and then releas...

Another Page in the Global War on Terror

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

In the midst of these military and intelligence alliances, there is no indication that there is any willingness to admit to mistakes committed by the leaders of these countries, which contributed to spawning terrorists.

Palestine's Accession to the International Criminal Court Places Everyone Before a Test

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The choice between the two options is not a Palestinian decision exclusively. And while the consequences definitely affect Israel, they do not affect Israel exclusively either.

Gender Equality Isn't Just A Women's Issue': Interview With Elizabeth Nyamayaro, UN HeForShe Founder

Ravishly | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Ravishly

You can't talk about any violence against women and not talk to the men who are mostly perpetuating the violence. You can't talk about access to equal pay for women without talking to men; no country in the world has been able to achieve that without speaking to the men.

Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Maybe the vote in the council was merely a step in a larger scheme that will legitimize going to various international agencies. But the world community, and especially the US, have failed in their mission and have indirectly legitimized the illegal Israeli occupation.

Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.26.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

Baby Steps at 2014 Lima COP20

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Zachary A. Bennett

After finishing 34 hours late, some people left the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP20), held in Lima, Peru, with conclusions and others with confusion and dismay.

Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian resolution to set a two-year time limit means that no specific decision is required at the current time of Israel. However, if such a resolution passes in the Security Council, this will leave its mark on the Israeli elections.

U.N. Extends Syria Aid For Another Year, As 'Devastating' Circumstances Continue

Associated Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-...

The COP20 Climate Talks Disaster Movie

Jamie Henn | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

Watching the final debates of COP20, I'm reminded of that scene in every disaster movie where the hero warns those in power that if they don't step outside of the usual protocol and take urgent action the catastrophic (e.g. meteor, monster, aliens) will take place. The good news is, we too are reaching tipping points.

At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage

Bianca Jagger | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Bianca Jagger

Over the past thirteen days world leaders and representatives from 195 countries, members of the business community, academics, NGOs, indigenous and grassroots organisations, a total of over 12,000 international visitors have descended on Lima.

Universal Health Coverage: Finding a Path to Health for All

Jeffrey L. Sturchio | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey L. Sturchio

Poverty should no longer mean poor health, nor should ill health lead to poverty. That is the promise of UHC. It is widely recognized that good health reduces poverty, improves educational performance, increases productivity, and as a result, stimulates economic growth.

UN Expert Calls For Prosecution Over U.S. Torture

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W...

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ravishly

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

U.N. Peacekeeper Contracts Ebola In Liberia

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper in Liberia has contracted Ebola and is being treate...

Doha Summit a Major Turning Point in Gulf March

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

This will be the summit that will lay out new policy orientations different from the previous ones that accompanied the wave of revolutions for change in the Arab region.

A Piece of Me: From Syria to New York City

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Every day that the Syrian conflict is allowed to continue, the world fails the people of Syria and the future of the Middle East. Yet this is not where the story ends, if one listens to the youth.

Cutting Red Tape in Trade Supports Development

Mukhisa Kituyi | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Mukhisa Kituyi

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have opened the way for implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, following a welcome breakthrough between India and the United States.

Bare-Handed Miracles (Pt 1 of 3)

Steve Robertson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Steve Robertson

At the age of 8 I was given a vision. At the time, the message came across in a time-stood-still-moment, an inner knowing. Though it seemed the mission was special, I suspect that all of us, at one time or another, are similarly awakened to know why we are here and what our unique life purpose is.