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North Pole: Santa Swamped by Millions of Letters

North Pole.  With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the United Nations postal agency, which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million. A Bolivian U.N. peacekeeper dressed like Santa Claus distributes biscuits during an [...]

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U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

New York, N.Y.  Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said yesterday in a message to mark International Migrants Day. “We call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants,” said Mr. Ban. A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport [...]

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Latin America Welcomes Obama’s Move to Restore US-Cuba Ties

Washington, D.C.  Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. Raúl Castro with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 2008.  Roosewelt Pinheiro/ABr - Agência Brasil. Regional leaders said the move and [...]

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Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

Dharamsala, India.  For Tibetans, December 10 is usually charged with happiness and tension, as security police swarm markets and temples on the lookout for extraordinary displays of religious fervor or celebration. Their vigilance marks the Dalai Lama’s 1989 Nobel Prize anniversary, a day when many Tibetans have the spiritual leader in their thoughts and grapple [...]

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After CIA Torture Revelations, U.S. Must Recover Moral High Ground – U.N. Expert

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to have presented an Award of Acknowledgement to H.E. Juan E. Méndez on January 9, 2010 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago as part of the World Peace Gala for Friendship and Peace.  The Award read, “We are proud to acknowledge you for your distinguished work and dedicated serve as the Special [...]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons [...]

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In New York, Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at “Mad About Art”

New York, N.Y.  I recently caught up with my friends from Fountain Gallery at Mad About Art, the Gallery’s Annual Art Auction and Benefit, held this year at the Waterfront. More than 400 guests turned out for this gala evening in support of Fountain Gallery, New York City’s premier venue representing artists with mental illness. [...]

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U.N. International Observance: “Every Day is Human Rights Day”

New York, N.Y.   The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of [...]

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First Family Hosts Reception for 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

Washington, D.C.  Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin were honored this week at the White House. The President and First Lady hosted a reception for this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees. The Kennedy Center Honors, now in its 37th year, recognizes “living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made [...]

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President Obama Responds to U.S. Senate Torture Report

Read the President’s full statement below: Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world. As Americans, we owe a profound debt of gratitude to our fellow citizens who serve to [...]

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Japan Donates Protective Gear to Ebola Health Workers

U.S. Releases Report on CIA Interrogation Methods

2014 ‘Devastating Year’ for Millions of Children Trapped by Conflict

Promoting Social Entrepreneur Ventures

Children International Names 2014 Inspire Award™ Finalists

Children International Inspire Award™

U.N.: ‘We Must Leave No One Behind’ to End AIDS by 2030