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Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Daniel Robelo

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.

Can The Success Of Empowering Women Be Measured With A Yardstick?: Seven Questions For Helene Gayle

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

A few years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, I met Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE. Helene's vision and passion for improving the lives of women and girls were evident. Each woman that we encountered told a personal story of creating a better life for her family as a result of CARE's work. It was clear that Helene is leading the charge of "Defending Dignity. Fighting Poverty."

A Little Less Luck and a Lot More Toilets

Willice Onyango | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Willice Onyango

As I sit here writing this, I can't help but think about how lucky I am: lucky to have a good education; lucky to be able to travel extensively; lucky, in fact, to be alive.

Rouhani's Electoral Honeymoon Won't Last Long

Ryan Costello | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Ryan Costello

If Rouhani fails to deliver results in the form of sanctions relief, hardliners within Iran who distrust his conciliatory approach will move to block chances for a nuclear deal. That is why Rouhani has insisted that the time for resolving the nuclear impasse is limited.

Have We Heard This Song Before?

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Reza Pahlavi

As much as I would like believing the Iranian Islamist regime is on a moderating course that seeks to resolve its challenges diplomatically, as opposed to using proxy violence, regionally and against its own citizenry, history teaches us that this is not the real case.

Hassan Rouhani's Moment

Amir Handjani | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Amir Handjani

When President Rouhani takes the podium for his speech he could possibly see something that was unthinkable just a few months ago -- senior members of President Obama's foreign policy team listening to him politely.

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

To Rebuild the Social Contract, Start by Ending Hunger

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

As political leaders gather at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, we mark the fifth anniversary of the extraordinary events of 2008 and afte...

The Region That Showed The Most Significant Increase In Happiness...

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.01.2015 | Latino Voices

The happiest country in the world may not be in Latin America, but the region’s future is looking very bright. Northern Europe houses the globe...

The Happiest Countries In The World (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Looking for the happiest place on Earth? No, it's not in Anaheim, California. The world's reserves of joy and well-being seem to be concentrated in No...

Happy International Friendship Day!

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

Social media users are filling the Twittersphere with a cascade of kindhearted posts today -- but we're hoping it lasts the whole year. July 30th m...

Distrust and the Reality of Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Genuine efforts can and must be made to mitigate distrust through a peace process based on reciprocal and reinforced provisions, to which both Israelis and Palestinians must commit to reach a lasting peace agreement.

Netanyahu's Brazen And Perilous Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are several central reasons why I feel that further delay in resuming the negotiations for tactical or strategic reasons by either side will erode the last vestiges of a mutually accepted agreement, with dire consequences for both.

Netanyahu Is the Loser at the End-Game

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Although Obama will not be vindictive against Israel, Netanyahu's alienation of Israel's most important ally was a colossal mistake and Obama is not likely to forget his arrogance going forward.

This Day In Black History: South Africa's Apartheid Regime Condemned By The United Nations (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.06.2012 | Black Voices

While Americans exercise their right to vote today, South Africans are quietly commemorating a step toward their own democratic existence. On Novem...

The Palestinian Authority: Strategic Moves on the International Front

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have persuaded the Palestinian Authority to apply to the U.N. General Assembly as a non-voting member state. There is very little to lose at this juncture and perhaps much to gain in taking such a unilateral step.

Unite for Girls this International Day of the Girl with Girl Up

Eva Shang | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Eva Shang

Who do you care about? Is it your sister, your niece, your daughter, your best friend? One girl--every girl. As a Teen Advisor to Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation; as a 16-year-old girl myself; but most of all, as an older sister who would literally give my sister the world, I am calling on you to join our movement in the first International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11, 2012.

Climate Victims Deserve a Hearing, Whether Here or in The Hague

Tian Huang | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green
Tian Huang

Whether in this or a subsequent U.N. session, a parallel campaign to Kivalina's will be brought to the General Assembly and the question will be raised, will the international community follow the U.S. court's lead by throwing the climate change problem to the dustbin of politics?

Israel Tells the White House What to Do on Iran; Palestinians See Last Chance for Two-State Solution

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Since everything and anything gets into the American election campaign, a General Assembly vote before November is not on the agenda. After that the to-ing and fro-ing begins.

"Do What We Must?"

Al Checchi | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

There appears little doubt that unless President Obama is as good as his word, Iran will have nuclear weapons within the next four years. Israel will face an existential threat. And the world will be a far more dangerous place.

Why the UN Still Matters on Climate Change

Evan Juska | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Evan Juska

Despite its flaws, we still need the UN to address climate change. The danger of the prevailing cynicism around the UN process is that it becomes self-fulfilling, because any future cooperation on climate change will depend first on the good faith of the countries involved.

No Drama at Turtle Bay

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

At the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the world will be watching -- though with markedly less intensity than last year -- to see what the Palestinians will do.

What Is Khartoum Hiding?

Ashley Benner | Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact
Ashley Benner

At the same time, the Sudanese ambassador reportedly stated that Sudan condemns the LRA and is committed to cooperating with the international community to end the group. If that is so, what is Khartoum afraid of?

A Plan to Recover Momentum for Palestine

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The Palestinian leadership must show courage and wisdom by again seizing the initiative and setting the agenda so as to achieve, finally, some measure of justice and a decent future for the Palestinian people.

End the Slaughter in Syria While Isolating Iran

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

For all intents and purposes, Syria has turned into the battleground between the forces of moderation and the forces of extremism in the Middle East.