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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

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.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

On the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If the world community were serious about honoring its commitments as articulated by the UN secretary general, it would move much faster to declare the state continuing a 47-year occupation a pariah state.

Why Remembering Jewish Refugees Matters

Lyn Julius | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Lyn Julius

The story of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands is little known, but has huge repercussions for today.

Obama Faces the Test of Emerging Out of the Gray Zone

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama may be forced to move away a little from his policy of non-clarity, because he will not be able to win the war he declared against ISIS as long as he relies on mystery.

UN: 12.2 Million Syrians Need Humanitarian Aid

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, ...

The Words We Need to Ban to Help End Violence Against Women

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Natalie Pace

It's time to break the cycle of violence, which is often codified in church doctrines, even here, even now. And part of breaking that cycle of violence, particularly this week, is to accept the challenge to eliminate violence against women from our speech.

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

The Riyadh Summit Saves the GCC From Disintegration

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Hopefully, this is good news for the Gulf with practical manifestations to be seen in the countries of the region living in the shadow of understandings and disputes.