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Thousands of Syrians stream across the border into Iraq in search of shelter. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva
By Kevin Burke | March 23, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT
This March marks four years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. In these four years, over 210,000 human beings have lost their lives. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is aware of over 3.9 million people who have fled Syria for other countries. Most of those refugees have ended up in neighboring countries, putting massive strain on already weak economies. At least 7.6 million people are internally displaced [...] Read More
HTRIP: 1.6 million trees and counting...
By Edward Rawson | March 20, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
This blog was authored by Edward Rawson, Executive Director of Haiti Friends (not to be confused with Ed Rawson, founding member of CGS). By the turn of the 21st century, 98% of Haiti had been deforested due to logging for timber, slash-and-burn agriculture, and the great demand for cooking fuel. Most of the land’s rich topsoil has washed into the sea, where it chokes the reefs and marine life. Haiti’s mountains have [...] Read More
Malala Yousafzai, education advocate and Co-founder of the Malala Fund, speaks during an event to mark 500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UN Photo/Mark Garten
By Kevin Burke | March 16, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Programs seeking to improve girls’ education around the world have a laundry list of critical justifications supporting them. In particular, girls’ education is seen as an important development tool. This World Bank report shows how uneducated women directly affect countries’ Gross Domestic Product; this infographic from USAID makes explicit how more girls in school improves GDP, increases agricultural output, and [...] Read More
By Hiram Helfman | March 13, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The attacks on the French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo show the need for more interfaith dialogue in Europe, both in the expansion of already existing efforts and the creation of new programs. Sadly, interfaith and multicultural dialogue in Europe, like everywhere else, does not receive much attention in the media. Even countries like Holland, which has seen a rise in Islamophobic attitudes, have been engaging in [...] Read More
Destruction of Iraq's historical treasures by ISIS members
By Rene Wadlow | March 11, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT
On Friday, 27 February 2015, the United Nations Security Council condemned "the deliberate destruction of irreplaceable religious and cultural artifacts housed in the Mosul Museum and burning of thousands of books and rare manuscripts from the Mosul Library."  The Mosul Museum, which was not yet open to the public, had a large number of statues from the pre-Islamic Mesopotamian civilizations as well as statues from the [...] Read More
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