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Jake with his twin sisters Annette and Clair on the 4th of July
By Donna Park | July 23, 2016 - 9:37pm EDT
Dear Jake, I love the attached picture of you and the twins all dressed for this year’s 4th of July celebration!  Our 4th of July holiday honors the signing of the “Declaration of Independence” which put forth our belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Of course with three sisters [...] Read More
Over 170 schools have been destroyed in the north of Yemen due to the conflict.
By Rene Wadlow | July 20, 2016 - 9:00am EDT
The UN-mediated peace negotiations for Yemen led by Ismail Ould Cheikh in Kuwait move ahead slowly. The 13-month war was at first between Hauthis tribal forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdallah Saleh and those supporting the current president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who had been Saleh’s vice-president for many years. The war is a struggle for power but is not an ideological-religious-tribal conflict. Into this [...] Read More
Migrants on the move with small children in Miratovac, Serbia
By Michael Curtin | July 16, 2016 - 8:04pm EDT
One of the unintended consequences of people fleeing their homelands as a result of conflict, terrorism, famine, and political and religious persecution has been an increase in right-wing nationalism and an anti-immigrant populist uprising as witnessed by the recent “Brexit” vote in Great Britain. From France to Germany, Italy and Austria; from the Netherlands to Hungary and Greece, a wave of nationalistic leaders has [...] Read More
2016 Olympics, Brazil, Rio de Janiero, Human Rights, Police Brutality
By Jennifer Keck | July 07, 2016 - 9:00am EDT
Ready or not, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics in August.  The Brazilian city, which is set to receive one million visitors,  has long been plagued by violent crime and police brutality—a security risk for both athletes and tourists.  In order to combat these fears, Brazil loaned $895 million to the city to keep the peace. But there is another, often neglected group, that also deserves protection: Rio de [...] Read More
Future Parliament
By Tad Daley | July 05, 2016 - 12:22pm EDT
This essay is a revised and updated version of the cover story for the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of DISARMAMENT TIMES, the journal of the United Nations NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security. +++++++++++++ "Does the United Nations Still Matter?" It often seems so irrelevant to the problems of the modern age that those words appeared last year on the front page of The New Republic magazine. More than seven [...] Read More
Donna with her new grandchild
By Donna Park | June 11, 2016 - 7:52am EDT
I have become the chair of Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network at a difficult time.  It was very difficult to lay off our dedicated staff at the beginning of May.  But it became clear to all the members of both Boards (Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund and Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network) that we didn’t have a choice.  Financially we couldn’t afford their salaries.  Some of our employees [...] Read More
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