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Diplomacy Not Terrorism: The U.S. Should Vote "Yes" For a Palestinian State

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 10.20.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The Palestinian decision to turn to the UN is not a threat to Israel, it is an opportunity. And Israel cannot afford to miss any more opportunities.

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Aid Groups Say U.S. Anti-Terror Laws Are Still Holding Them Back | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

Aid workers struggling to combat the massive famine in Somalia say that complex American counter-terrorism rules are still impeding the delivery of ai...

Palestinians Can Still Negotiate After UN Declaration

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

In their frantic efforts to stop the Palestinian leadership from going to the UN, Israeli officials and propagandists pose what appears to be a mistaken choice.

Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining

Abukar Arman | Posted 10.16.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

The current human catastrophe only highlights the importance of supporting the resuscitation process of the dying Somali state.

Turkey and Iran's Tug on Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.14.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

The tug-of-war phase has entered the danger zone, not only as a result of the military approach which Damascus has so far clung to bleeding the Syrian people, but also in light of the broader choices the regime might resort to in Damascus and Tehran.

Joshua Hersh

U.N. Condemns Mounting Civilian Deaths In Libya | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.12.2011 | World

The United Nations is growing increasingly vocal in its concerns about civilian casualties and other collateral damage in the ongoing conflict in Liby...

Does NATO Plan to Attack Syria and Iran? Moscow Says Yes, But Don't!

Haggai Carmon | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

America's rivals and enemies are considered Russia's friends. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the increased U.S influence in the region, Russia is left with one ally -- Syria, and with a hate-love relationship with Iran.

The UN Security Council's Pro-Syrian 'Defiance Coalition' Crumbles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.05.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

The BRIC countries have done harm to the Syrian people, as they have prompted the Syrian regime to delude itself into thinking that it would not be held to account for the broad violation of human rights and use of force against civilians.

Time for the Afghans to Declare Independence

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghans must smash and rewrite the dangerous narrative that has so enslaved them over the years by looking to their past and reinstituting sacred tribal institutions to establish a sovereignty based on the true will of the Afghan people.

Victims of Obstructionism at the Security Council

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

Will August be the month of surprises, or will September be the month of confrontation and frustration? The United Nations is watching and waiting, with a mixed sense of defiance and vigilance.

The European Role and the Aspirations of the Arab People

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama is currently focused on domestic challenge. However, this should not blind the U.S. Administration, for example, to the urgent need to correct the strange disrepair in its relations with Saudi Arabia.

Plain Ink: Fueling a Better Story in Afghanistan Through Comics

Piyush Mangukiya | Posted 09.21.2011 | Impact
Piyush Mangukiya

Compelled by the transformative potential of storytelling, Plain Ink harnesses the power of books, multimedia and imagery to spark change.

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Struggles To Delivery Aid To Al-Shabaab-Controlled Areas of Somalia | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON – International organizations working to mitigate the devastating famine conditions in Somalia are actively looking for alternative solut...

Joshua Hersh

UN Declares Official Famine In Somalia | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations has officially declared the food crisis in parts of Somalia a "famine" and reiterated its desperate call for more aid...

Independence Day

Victoria Uwonkunda | Posted 09.11.2011 | World
Victoria Uwonkunda

A few days into their new life as an independent country, South Sudan has a long and steep road ahead of them.

John Rudolf

Mexican Man Executed In Texas Despite Appeal By Obama | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Texas executed a Mexican man on Thursday night after shrugging off concerns voiced by Obama administration lawyers and a broad cross-section of legal ...

Combating Religious Intolerance When Freedom Of Speech Enables Hate Speech

John L. Esposito | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Freedom of speech is a precious right that must be guarded carefully. But what happens when that right is used to incite hatred and to feed religious intolerance, such as Islamophobia?

An Inside Look at UN Women's First Year

Elizabeth Dickinson | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
Elizabeth Dickinson

UN Women is releasing its first annual look at the state of females worldwide. And it focuses on exactly that: peace and justice, a sector that underlies many of the areas in which women lag behind.

ATFP Backgrounder on the Question of Palestinian UN Initiatives

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Most states in Asia and Africa have recognized the Palestinian state at some time since 1998,by the end of 2011 all states in South America, with the exception of Colombia, will also have extended recognition to Palestine

Muslim States Must Support LGBT Rights

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

As Muslims, we know what it's like to live in a world that can be hostile and discriminatory. Therefore, we have an even greater obligation to create the least hostile and discriminatory planet we can.

Empowering Widows For A Brighter Future

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

There are 245 million widows in the world, yet their problems are often ignored. Today, on the first International Widows Day, I hope to break the silence of their suffering.

The US Isn't the Only Donor in Afghanistan

Jordan Dey | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Jordan Dey

Nearly every donor country has a similar set of priorities: improve agricultural development, train the police, develop the energy sector, improve health care -- and, quite frankly, many are tripping over each other as they attempt to help Afghans.

Tens Of Thousands Flee Violence In Sudan

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2011 | World

KHARTOUM, June 22 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Wednesday 73,000 people had fled violence in Sudan's Southern Kordofan border state after mor...

UN Fiddles While Syria Burns

Michael Hughes | Posted 08.21.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The core problem isn't whether or not the global powers have reacted quickly enough to oust a given tyrant. The focus should be on how we got here.

Solving World Problems Starts With Your Strengths

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.18.2011 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

During this time of pessimism, some see our biggest needs as opportunities to thrive. A few stories show how selflessness is often (ironically) profitable.