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By Melanie Pino-Elliott | July 06, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
I’ll never forget the time in eighth-grade religion class when one of my classmates asked why our school didn’t participate in neighborhood cleanup days. My teacher replied, “It’s not fair to worry about things like that when souls are going to Hell every day.” She elaborated, “The earth can save itself.” Yeah. That happened. This teacher would also frequently stress the importance of following everything the Catholic [...] Read More
President Sirisena at the Sri Lankan High Commission's Interfaith Ceremony, March 2015 (Courtesy of Daily FT and
By Hiram Helfman | July 03, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
It has been nearly half a year since Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to office, and he and his administration have been seeking the path of reconciliation ever since. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a slow process that will take generations to achieve. The beginning is going to be frustrating for everyone involved, especially for those who suffered the most. I reported in February that Sirisena [...] Read More
By Alex Dragovich | July 01, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
I consider myself a pretty culturally diverse person. I was raised as Serbian-American, and I remain highly involved in this community today. You can ask my friends. I have always been playfully teased about my “obsession” with being a Serb, inviting them to “crazy Serb” events, and forcing them to try my mother’s food.  My connection to my ethnicity inspired me to love and appreciate learning about others. I chose to [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | June 26, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
June 26 is the anniversary date of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.  While UN Day is usually celebrated October 24 when the UN Charter came into force after ratification by States—especially the five permanent members of the proposed Security Council—it was June 26 that the Charter was presented to the world. As a friend noted, "I prefer to celebrate the birth and not the baptism [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | June 24, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
In what was almost a "Pinochet moment" in South Africa, the NGO Southern African Litigation Centre requested a South African court to serve two International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. The South African Supreme Court issued an order that Bashir not leave the country until the court decided on the validity of the request. The president had been in Johannesburg, South [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | June 22, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Visions of beauty for mankind to seeThe Present's place in the Eternal scheme,And point which way to turn Life's undeciding stream.              —"Holyrood," a 1908 poem by Julian HuxleyJulian Huxley (June 22, 1887 - Feb. 14, 1975) was the founding Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Although he was elected for reasons of geographic balance for only a two- [...] Read More
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