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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.

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Chutzpah

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève.

Nepal Earthquake: Challenges to Disaster Response?

Oliver Lacey-Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Oliver Lacey-Hall

Each disaster carries its own unique challenges and the way in which the humanitarian system responds must be specifically tailored to the context. The April 25 and May 12 Nepal earthquakes is a salient reminder of this.

My Commencement Address at UPenn

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Even with all that you've learned in your time at Penn, heading out into a world that looks like ours can feel overwhelming. Intimidating. Paralyzing, even. Where do you start on problems that seem so big and injustices that run so deep? How do you go about making this broken world even a little less broken?

The ISIS Strategy to 'Seize Rome' Unfolds

Kevin Price | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Kevin Price

ISIS successes have exceeded the expectations of virtually everyone, but this pronouncement had a ring of hubris to it. How in the world could they successfully attack Rome? Events in Libya and southern Europe are beginning to show how such an event could happen.

'Decisive' Gulf Determined to Maintain Strategic Relationship With Washington

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The decision by King Salman bin Abdulaziz not to attend the summit two days before it convened was a political decision with serious implications, no matter how much U.S. and Saudi diplomacy try to downplay it and claim there is no message behind the king's absence.

Genocide Is Decreed by Another Name in Darfur

Eric Reeves | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Eric Reeves

A dispatch from Radio Dabanga of today (May 12) makes clear that the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum no longer has any intention of concealing the fact of its genocidal destruction in Darfur.

China's Growing Global Military Presence: Walk Softly and Carry a Small Stick

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.

What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

Gary Haugen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

A mother is many things to many people. Mom is a soft place to land when the trials of life overwhelm us, a fount of wisdom, a hard-working role model, a home-cooked meal. Growing up, my mom was certainly all of these things for me.

Diplomats Suspect Syria Lied About Sarin Nerve Gas Assad Vowed To Surrender

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2015 | World

* Research center said to have developed chemical weapons * Inspectors probing chlorine attacks refused access to Syria ...

People Must Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria: No Time to Wait for Governments

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.

My Message to World Leaders: To Finance Development You Must Tackle Tax

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Last month Oxfam's International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima was in Washington for the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, and then in New York for one of the drafting sessions ahead of the Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Addis Ababa taking place in July.

Iranian Clarity vs. Arab and American Ambiguity

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There is little ambiguity in Iran's position regarding the mechanism and timeframe of lifting international, European, and US sanctions on Tehran following a nuclear agreement immediately after a deal is concluded and not later.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Shaping a Post-2015 Global Education Agenda

Brian Gallagher | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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.