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Syrian refugees walk past UNHCR tents at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan
By Michael Curtin | November 24, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
The events of November 13th have truly rocked civilized peoples of the world to the core. For many Parisians, it was just another Friday night: some decided to attend a soccer game; others made plans to have a quiet dinner at a favorite restaurant; and other people went to hear a concert. However, as the world knows, this was no ordinary night. An evening of tranquility quickly turned to chaos. “The City of Light” was [...] Read More
Think global, act local
By Victoria Barrow | November 20, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
Climate change. Terrorism. Nuclear warfare. Pandemics. Today more than ever, we are being confronted with issues that are global in nature. Gone are the days when a country’s biggest problems were confined to its own boundaries. Nations are so economically, socially, and technologically intertwined that they are forced to depend on one another. We are all, whether we realize it or not, impacted by globalization. [...] Read More
Students in Mali (UN Photo/Marco Dormino)
By Rene Wadlow | November 20, 2015 - 10:00am EST
When the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, governments took a major step forward in establishing a framework of world law to protect the basic dignity and rights of children in all parts of the world.  On November 20, we remember with gratitude those who worked to develop the concepts and reality of the Rights of the Child, but [...] Read More
Young Sudanese girl holding a baby near USAID tent in Al Salam internally displaced persons camp. UNICEF estimates 33% of Sudanese women aged 20-24 were married before 18. Credit: Sven Torfinn/CC By 2.0
By Daniela Baughman | November 19, 2015 - 10:00am EST
When you're a teenager, there is a lot to worry about—school grades, friend groups, identity—but for 700 million women alive today, they also had to worry about their husbands. While in the west we usually complain about our parents as teenagers and our mothers-in-law as adults, child brides often need to worry about their mothers-in-law as teenagers. They enter into the household of their spouse with no economic or [...] Read More
President Obama briefed on November 2015 Paris terror attacks (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
By Sarah Del Vecchio | November 18, 2015 - 10:00am EST
In the wake of the terrorist attacks that shook Paris last Friday, many have turned to analyze the alleged organizers of the event. One of the attackers from the Bataclan concert hall, Omar Ismail Mostefai, was born and raised in a Parisian suburb. Reports suggest that at least two other terrorists involved in the attack were French citizens. In the days and weeks to come, there will undoubtedly be further assessments [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | November 16, 2015 - 4:00pm EST
The Islamic State (ISIS, or Daesh in Arabic) either is using a good public relations firm or has its own agents to choose telling symbols and timing for its actions. Within a short time period, the terrorist teams have destroyed a Russian plane with tourists returning from Egypt, badly damaged a Hezbollah center in Lebanon, and attacked symbolic sites in Paris on a Friday the 13th. Three symbolic sites in Paris were [...] Read More
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