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ZP Heller
ZP Heller is the Director of Digital Communications at PAFA. He has written for The Huffington Post, UPI, The Nation, The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.

Entries by ZP Heller

The Pressures of PAFA's '114th Annual Student Exhibition'

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:03 AM

The 114th Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) kicks off Friday night. For weeks, 85 graduate and undergraduate students have been feverishly finishing and framing nearly 1,000 artworks in their studios, located in the upper floors of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building....

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Honoring Innovation in the Quest for Food Security

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:53 PM

According to Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation, "The greatest challenge that humans face is whether we can sustainably feed the nine billion people who will be on planet by 2050." With food security a central focus of both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the...

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The True Meaning of United Nations

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 9:58 AM

On UN Day, the international community looks inward, celebrating the anniversary of when the United Nations Charter first took effect in 1945. Indeed it is a chance to reflect upon what the charter represents in terms of promoting social and economic progress, fundamental human rights and tolerance, and peace and...

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"The Time Is Now": An Interview With UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 10:30 AM

The #2030NOW Twitter hashtag of this year's Social Good Summit, held in New York during the UN General Assembly week, was meant to be a rallying cry for the international community. It succinctly raised the critical question of how current technology can create lasting societal impact. And it reflected the...

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Standing With Malala on Education (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:13 PM

"So here I stand. So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard," Malala Yousafzai told the UN Youth Assembly, which was packed with nearly 1,000 youth delegates. She added, "Those who have fought for their rights....

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Standing With Malala on Education (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:16 AM

Last Friday, in a highly anticipated appearance, Malala Yousafzai, the global girl leader from Pakistan, spoke at the United Nations. In doing so, she commemorated her 16th birthday, her first trip to the United States, and perhaps most significantly, Malala Day. As youth converged on the General Assembly in an...

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Lessons From Bangladesh

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Rescuers and salvage workers have concluded a frantic search for victims in Bangladesh's Rana Plaza, an eight-story garment factory complex that collapsed on April 24, killing an estimated 1,127 people. Sadly, there will be no more miraculous stories of survival like that of Reshma Begum, the 19-year-old seamstress...

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On Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: An Interview with UN Women's Lakshmi Puri

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 5:03 PM

United Nations officials, civil society groups and worldwide media coverage hailed last month's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for taking a significant step forward in the campaign to end gender-based violence. The outcome document from the 57th CSW -- supported by UN Women -- included substantial agreements regarding...

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'At the Heart of the UN's Work': An Interview With Ambassador Susan Rice

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:55 PM

During International Women's Day, the United Nations focuses on fulfilling promises regarding the maternal health, equality, empowerment, education, and safety of women worldwide. There is perhaps no one better suited to help the UN sharpen this focus than U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice.

A Rhodes Scholar with a...

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Five Things John Kerry Could Bring to His New Office

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 9:01 AM

This week, John Kerry heads for his new Foggy Bottom office as the 68th U.S. Secretary of State. Kerry breezed through his nomination process, receiving near unanimous support from both the Senate and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Kerry had been a member for his entire 28-year Senate...

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Winning the Fight Against Malaria at All Costs

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Recently, Dr. Mark Dybul, the newly appointed executive director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, wrote an impassioned plea in The Huffington Post, underscoring the urgency of funding disease prevention and treatment programs throughout the world.

"When health professionals working in cities, towns...

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'Meeting the Unmet Needs': Family Planning as a Fundamental Human Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) made headlines in November when its annual report referred to family planning as a "universal human right." The report came in conjunction with two recent General Assembly votes calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation and supporting universal health coverage,...

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A Generation Free of AIDS?

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 5:23 PM

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end for AIDS. A recent report from UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, reveals a more than 50 percent decline in new HIV infections in 25 low- and middle-income countries over the last decade. Thirteen of those countries...

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World Humanitarian Day: A Billion People Join Beyoncé in Celebration

(7) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Perhaps the only thing more surreal than Beyoncé performing at the United Nations is the image of 1 billion people coming together to celebrate humanitarian efforts. But last Friday night, the 30-year-old pop superstar transformed General Assembly Hall into a music video set for a stirring rendition of "I Was...

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Ten Things You Can Do to Help Progressive Journalism

(244) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 8:21 PM

Cross-posted at The Nation.

What's wrong with this picture? Air America vanishes into the ether, while Glenn Beck indoctrinates 2.7 million daily viewers with his histrionic brand of right-wing lunacy. Independent news agencies must continuously solicit donations from readers to stay afloat, while hate-filled shock jock...

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Don't Let Wells Fargo Be a Roadblock to Economic Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 12:08 PM

Wells Fargo is a roadblock to economic recovery. That's what members of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE) are claiming, as they literally blocked a busy Rock Island, Illinois, intersection late last week to protest Wells Fargo's decision to cut off credit to the Quad City Die Casting...

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Juan Cole on Iranian Protests and the Reform Movement's Future

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 5:31 PM

Thousands of Iranian protesters marched toward Tehran University today, both to commemorate the 1999 student uprising and to continue their opposition toward the recently stolen presidential election. Once again, the Iranian regime has responded with violence, as Basij militia members dispersed demonstrators with live fire, tear gas, and other...

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U.S. Military Escalation Leads to Record Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

(15) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 7:04 PM

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and a newly released UN report, there were 800 civilian casualties between January and May 2009. Armed clashes between insurgents, the U.S. military, and the ISAF are up 24 percent this year, and have displaced tens of thousands...

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Take Action: Demand an Exit Strategy in Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Though the Pentagon finally took responsibility for the Afghan civilian deaths in last month's Farah province airstrikes, we're only seeing minor adjustments toward a deeply flawed military strategy in need of a complete overhaul.

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Helping Afghan Refugees as US Bombs Continue to Fall

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 5:07 PM

Since 2001, the US Air Force has dropped nearly 31 million pounds (14,049 metric tons) of bombs on Afghanistan. The UN estimates that US airstrikes alone accounted for 64 percent of the 828 Afghan civilians killed last year. Those numbers practically scream the need to abandon conventional warfare tactics in...

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