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It's Time to Speak Your Peace!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Want to get on the peace train, regardless of your politics, philosophy or religion? Fantastic. There are thousands of ways to get involved.

Melissa Jeltsen

A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

The task was almost unimaginable in its magnitude. After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundre...

Back to Iraq's Future: A Constructive Partnership With the UN

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.

The Peace Process Is Dying at the Hands of Israel With Help from Hamas

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made public and explicit this week, and for the first time, the Israeli positions that reject the two-state solution, that is, the establishment of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

UN School In Gaza Hit By Shells, At Least 15 Dead

Reuters | IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelte...

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?

Olav Kjorven | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Olav Kjorven

There is a spiritual dimension to the development agenda. It's inside each and every one of us, motivating us for action. And it is alive in churches, temples, mosques and in all sorts of other human groups and networks around the world, way beyond religion -- at the individual level, the community level and the institutional and global levels. Negotiators will come to agreement on the what and the how, hopefully. The why comes from deep inside us, often inspired by our various ancient as well as newer faith and thought traditions.

Immigration, Child Refugees and Horrible, Horrible Politics

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Like everything else happening in our country, the children on the border have been dragged into our political discourse, and it instantly turned ugly when the news network spotlight hit it.

A Difficult Phase for Iran's Nuclear and Regional Ambitions

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The current phase is not convenient for the Islamic Republic of Iran: nuclear negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have stalled and the desired agreement may not be reached by the deadline set on July 20.

Woman Who Relied On Sister To Carry Her To School Wants More For Kids With Disabilities

The Better India | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact

At first glance Rekha Kumari seems to be just another young woman with special needs. But this 22-year-old possesses unique powers. She may have been ...

UN Report Highlights Horrors Faced by Syrian Women Refugees

Ravishly | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Ravishly

For hundreds of thousands of women, escaping their ruined homeland was only the first step in a journey of grinding hardship. They have run out of money, face daily threats to their safety, and are being treated as outcasts.

The Rights of the Down Trodden

Freeman Osonuga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Freeman Osonuga

Development isn't just about constructing roads, markets, school and proving electricity and schools, it's also about ensuring that the poorest of the people are well catered for.

Emma Watson Wants More Men To Speak Up About Global Gender Equality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

After years of fighting evil on-screen, Hermione Granger is becoming a force for good in the muggle world. Emma Watson, who skyrocketed to stardom...

UN: Over 145,000 Syrian Refugee Families Headed By Mothers Who Are 'Struggling Alone'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

GENEVA (AP) — More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who are the sole caregivers and face ...

A Need for a Shift in the Balance of Power in Syria and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.04.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Saudi position is completely at odds with this argument, on the grounds that UN engagement of Iran in Syria or Iraq would legitimize Iran's regional ambitions that go beyond the borders of Iran and legitimizes the role and influence of Iran in these two Arab countries.

U.N.'s Own Study Reveals Its $13 Billion Maternal Health Efforts Aren't Saving Lives

Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact

LONDON (AP) — In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies ...

Why #MentalHealthMatters

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

I am so excited and pleased to hear that the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced the theme for this year's International Day of Youth on August 12 is mental health.

Transforming the United Nations From Raison d'Etat to Raison de Planète

Vuk Jeremić | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Vuk Jeremić

For all its imperfections, the UN is the sole international institution of indisputable legitimacy; it has to become the functional center for harmonizing mankind's response to a threat far more insidious than any faced in history -- climate change. A new global compact is urgently needed -- one that at long last steps beyond the shadow cast by the Great War over the world for the past one hundred years so that we can transform raison d'état into raison de planète; the reason of state to the reason of the planet.

Convergence Between Obama and Rouhani to Put Pressure on Maliki

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, with the collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) seizure of the Nineveh province, it is time for Washington to start seriously thinking about its available options before it is too late.

UN Chief Says Reports Of Massacre In Iraq Are 'Deeply Disturbing'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Evidence shows that the Islamic militants who massacred scores of captured Iraqi soldiers "almost certainly" committed war crimes, U.N...

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

ISIS 'Achievements' in Iraq and Syria a Gift to the Iranian Negotiator?

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

What happened in Iraq this week is shocking. The second collapse of the Iraqi army is reminiscent of its first collapse at the hands of former President Saddam Hussein in particular, when he left it in tatters on the roads without informing the army that he had lost the war.

Sam Kutesa To Be Next UN Assembly Head

AP | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president on Wednesday amid ...

UN: We Need Women Peacekeepers To Obtain Peace

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Obtaining stability and security in conflict zones could be as simple as getting more women involved in the peace process, according to the United Nat...

Syria a Bargaining Chip in the P5+1 Negotiations Between Iran and the Major Powers

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The difference between the Egyptian and Syrian presidential elections this week is that the first has revived Egypt as a leading nation in the regional balance of power, with an Arab decision and Arab support, while the second has taken Syria out of the Arab mainstream and made it a satellite of Iran in the regional balance of power.