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An old-growth tree in the Nkula Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo
By Shodai Inose | November 19, 2017 - 9:00am EST
Deforestation is defined as “the action or process of clearing of forests” by the Merriam Webster Dictionary. Currently, 30% of the world is covered by trees, but with the current rate of deforestation across the globe, the world’s rainforests could completely vanish in just one hundred years. Deforestation is mainly caused by humans, with most of it being caused by agriculture and logging. In order to plant more crops [...] Read More
Nuclear blast
By Charles Marsh | November 12, 2017 - 8:52pm EST
In 2017, the Nobel Committee chose to award their prestigious Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, continuing a legacy of such awards.  This is the 9th time the award has been granted to a group working on this topic. It once again raises the discussion on the role and influence of nuclear weapons on our global society. Nuclear weapons are, undoubtedly, a contentious topic. While some [...] Read More
Symbol for Kurds' desire for independence with flag of Caledonia made into a heart.
By Michael Sliwinski | October 31, 2017 - 7:17pm EDT
Recently two separate countries dealt with succession movements from within.  First was Iraq where Kurds, emboldened by their recent battlefield success against ISIS, formally voted for independence.[1]  This referendum would essentially solidify the current situation in the country where Kurds have long held autonomous power in the region known as “Kurdistan."  The other country battling a secessionist movement is Spain [...] Read More
Flight Might
By Lawrence Wittner | October 25, 2017 - 8:53pm EDT
In recent months, advances in the North Korean government’s nuclear weapons program have led to a sharp confrontation between the government leaders of the United States and of North Korea. This August, President Donald Trump declared that any more threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” In turn, Kim Jong Un remarked that he was now contemplating firing nuclear missiles at [...] Read More
United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM)
By Rene Wadlow | October 18, 2017 - 6:53pm EDT
The United Nations together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the U.N. system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on 25 April 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the world.  Some 60% of the population is in a food-insecure situation. More than 3.5 million [...] Read More
World Parliament Now
By Tad Daley | October 09, 2017 - 8:19pm EDT
America first. Russia first. China first. The United States of America puts American interests first. Just as every other nation in the world puts its own interests first. President Donald Trump was right about that in his first speech before the United Nations, on Sept. 19. Few world leaders have so nakedly expressed the essence of the Westphalian state system, established by treaty in 1648, and under which every human [...] Read More
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