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U.N. to Unveil Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

New York, N.Y.  A permanent memorial to honour the victims of one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history will be revealed at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, when the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A close-up from the […]

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U.N.: Palestinian Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity

New York, N.Y.  Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today. Displaced Palestinians with their belongings, following Israeli authorities demolition of their structures in Ein al Hilwa (Tubas Governorate)  in the Jordan Valley on 30 January 2014. Photo: […]

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World Water Day 2015: Pursuit of Better Water Access for All

New York, N.Y.  As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie. In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually […]

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Obama Hosts White House Student Film Festival

Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama is showcasing the work of students from around the country who produced short films about service and giving back for a White House contest. The budding filmmakers include a Montana 6-year-old alarmed about climate change and a group of Chicago high school students who spin a hip-hop yarn of encouragement […]

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U.N.: Learning Lessons of Intolerance Critical to Ridding Racism

New York, N.Y.  Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations today urged Member States to boost efforts towards ending discrimination around the world and ratify a critical international convention aimed at abolishing racism in all its forms. Mourners at a funeral ceremony in Cape Province for those who were […]

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U.N. Chief Calls for Efforts to ‘Fill World with Happiness’

New York, N.Y.  Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared, as the Organization kicked-off its global celebrations marking the annual observance of the International Day of Happiness. Credit: International Day of Happiness. “Peace, prosperity, lives of dignity for all – this is […]

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Sen. Blumenthal Addresses Human Trafficking on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C.  Senior United States Senator Richard Blumenthal urged the Senate floor this week to elect Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the next U.S. Attorney General. As the Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, Senator Blumenthal strongly believes that Mrs. Lynch is […]

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Venezuela Blasts U.S. in New York Times Ad

Washington, D.C. Venezuela has placed a full page ad in the New York Times to reject what it says are “tyrannical” attempts by the U.S. to undermine its socialist system. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela. Photo: Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions […]

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Report Highlights ‘Terrifying’ Impact of Ebola on Nine Million Children

Conakry, Guinea.  Some nine million children have seen “death and suffering beyond their comprehension,” and protecting them and their communities is critical in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released today. A child who lost members of his family to the Ebola virus plays at the […]

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Asian Art Hits 100 Years at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum

New York, N.Y.  It is Asia Week in new York City and I was pleased to attend the “Asian Art 100″ Press Conference in the Astor Court of the Metropolitan Museum today.  Speakers included Thomas CP. Campbell, Director and C.E.O.; Oscar L. Tang, Trustee Emeritus and Benefactor; and Maxwell K. Hearn, Chair of the Department […]

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As Ebola Slows, Social Life in Liberia Ramps Up

NYC’s Delhi Art Gallery Opens First International Gallery

Sendai: World Leaders Gather for Disaster Risk Conference

To Fight Islamic Fundamentalism, West Needs to Better Understand Foe

Times Change: White Christians Now Minority in 19 American States

Real Breakthrough Needed to Protect Children from Abuse, U.N. Told