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Joe Sestak Wins Pennsylvania 07

As the Congressional Quarterly forecasted, Joe Sestak, who was running for re-election outwitted Republican Williams Wendell in the 7th district in Pennsylvania, by a terrific 20% receiving 60% of total votes. Before election, his popularity proved by a great success in fundraising for his campaign. He raised six times more than his Republican opponent, which turned out to be his great advantage. He gained the endorsement not only from, but also from prominent personalities, such as Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Madeleine Albright and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Joe Sestak clamored for improving five pillars of national security; economy, health, education, energy & environment, and defense. Above all, he is an advocate for middle class tax cuts, withdrawal from Iraq, affordable and accessible healthcare, affordable college education, and tax incentives for alternative sources of energy.

He supports international cooperation in general, the International Criminal Court, and mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as steps against global warming. Congressman Sestak, a retired Vice-Admiral in the U.S. Navy, is also a strong advocate for the U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and even sent around "dear colleague" letters to members of the Senate advocating for its passage. Besides that, he stands for a lower threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.

Obama and the World Wins!

Last night in Chicago president-elect Barack Obama accepted his election win and said to the world,

"to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand."

Vote Vote Vote!

You've heard it before, but there's no harm in hearing it once more - this is an historic election, and the perfect opportunity to make your vote count. With just a few days to go before the elections, there's a lot of information out there for you to sieve through on how these candidates will vote and act once elected. So browse through our elections page to see who we've endorsed , check out our Congressional Report Card to see how all the candidates have fared on the issues we care about, or compare Obama and McCain on key topics like Nuclear Proliferation, the ICC and much more. There's no time like the present, so go out and make your voice heard! And while you're at it, check out our CEO Don Kraus' video on getting out there and voting!

Albert Einstein on Universal Altruism

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical elusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

ICTY Case against Karadzic proceeds forward

Much excitement was generated earlier this year when Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader was arrested in Belgrade and charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with war crimes and genocide. Since his arrest in July, Karadzic has pleaded Not Guilty to these charges, and is now claiming that genocide never occurred in Srebrenica .

UN Expert Warns: Torture is still Common Practice

October 23, 2008 - NEW YORK - On Friday, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly held an interactive discussion with the UN expert on torture. At the Assembly, Manfred Nowak , the UN Special Rapporteur on the subject, conveyed his disappointment that "torture is still a frequent or even standard practice in many countries, even 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."


This month's near-breakdown of the global financial system is a classic example of a pattern that has occurred periodically since the eighteenth century, though not at this magnitude since the Great Depression - an unsustainable investment bubble followed by inevitable collapse and panicky selling of depreciating assets. The results are massive debt, banks (those which have survived) reluctant to lend, job availability plummeting, and 401K retirement plan balances shrinking.

GLOBAL 2 LOCAL: Climate Change & Pollution take their Toll on Local Communities

Climate change is often discussed as a global problem. We constantly hear catch-phrase warnings such as 'melting ice caps,' 'rising sea levels,' 'desertification,' and 'greenhouse gases.' What we don't often hear about are the real problems pollution and climate change are creating today in small communities across the globe.

Bashir Indictment Opposed by Half of the World

Nearly half of the countries in the world are demanding that the International Criminal Court postpone prosecution of the Sudanese President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir according to an October story in the Economist.