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By Jennifer Welden | May 04, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
On April 25th, a devastating earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal, killing over 4,000 people. As many around the world respond to the immediate aftermath, others look toward the future: how will Nepal rebuild? Financial aid is obviously needed; India is leading a massive aid effort along with other countries, while the US has already pledged $10 million. But the country will also need physical support. Who should provide it? [...] Read More
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and the Iranian delegation at nuclear talks in Switzerland
By Jack Pearce | May 04, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The drama over a nuclear control deal with Iran displays the United States as a global visionary. We seek to bring a proud, powerful, and estranged nation back into the wider global community. At the same time, we would reduce the risks of nuclear war by imposing tight controls on bomb-making technologies. Some allies are horrified. Many conservative legislators are rebellious. Some intelligent commentators seem so mired [...] Read More
Current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By Tony Fleming | May 01, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The United Nations General Assembly convened this week to discuss specific proposals in selecting the organization’s top officer.   The Charter provides a rather uncomplicated process for electing the Secretary-General: appointment by the General Assembly upon nomination of the Security Council. There is no mention of the veto, term of office, or other criteria that have received criticism in recent years. Those [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | April 24, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The people of the earth [have] agreed that the advancement of man in spiritual excellence and physical welfare is the common goal of mankind...that therefore the age of nations must end, and the era of humanity begin.            —Preamble to the Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution  Elisabeth Mann Borgese (24 April 1918 – 8 February 2002) was a strong-willed woman. She had to come out from under the shadow of both [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | April 20, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT
Taking a page from the Soviet script of 1968 Czechoslovakia, Saudi Arabia has come to the fraternal aid of Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi by starting to bomb Sana and massing 150,000 troops on the frontier and war ships off the coast.  On the eve of what should be called Saudi aggression, a letter of President Hadi asking for the brotherly help of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council and others was written. [...] Read More
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