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Happy Birthday: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare, Medicaid

Washington, D.C.  President Harry Truman fought for years to pass a bill to provide low-cost health care for elderly Americans. Yet, it took almost two decades for his ideas to come to fruition: On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. He honored President […]

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China Accuses U.S. of Militarizing South China Sea

Washington, D.C. China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of “militarizing” the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region. South China Sea by Hainan. China Defense spokesman Yang Yujun said Beijing has been angered by U.S. Navy and Air Force forays through […]

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Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement today that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem. An Israeli settlement viewed from […]

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On ‘World Day,’ U.N. Secretary-General Urges Action to Combat Human Trafficking

New York, N.Y.  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged every country to join the fight against human trafficking as United Nations agencies and their partners vowed to work together to support and protect victims of this transnational crime, while pursuing and prosecuting criminals and their networks. At the Bandeu checkpoint in Nepal, inspectors and a police […]

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No Surprise: U.N. Security Council Fails to Take Russia to Task re: Flight MH17

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Security Council was unable to adopt a new resolution today following Russia’s negative vote on a measure that would have established an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.  Members of the […]

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Tragic: Orangutans Face Extinction by Deforestation on Indonesia’s Borneo

New York, N.Y. The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our […]

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From a Luce Leader: Learn to Talk Like an “Aussie” or “Brit”

Greenwich, CT. Although American travelers often visit Australia and England assuming their language will be precisely the same, this is not actually the case. In fact, after traveling to Australia this summer and England last summer, I discovered a number of inconsistencies in diction and dialect. It thus became apparent to me that although our […]

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The Met Announces Record-breaking 6.3 Million Annual Attendance

New York, N.Y.  Thomas P. Campbell, Director and C.E.O. of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that a record 6.3 million people—from the five boroughs of New York City, the local tri-state area, across the United States, and around the world—visited the Museum during the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY15). This […]

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How To Survive Largest Generational Wealth Transfer In Human History

New York, N.Y.  The greatest transfer of wealth in history is happening right now, according to a study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. A staggering amount – $59 trillion – is projected to be passed down to heirs, charities and taxes between 2007 and 2061. “We are in the middle of […]

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Ethnic Cleansing: U.N. Warns Against Haitian Deportations, Racial Profiling in D.R.

New York, N.Y.  United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent. This woman was born in Haiti, but her eight children were born in the […]

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