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Now You Know: Countries Where Same Sex Marriage is Legal

“I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.” ~~ Kinky Friedman, American humorist. New York, N.Y.  Even though Friedman’s statement was made in jest, the idea, of supporting gay marriage, is growing globally. In the fifteen years since The Netherlands became the first country [...]

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U.N. Welcomes Demobilization of Child Soldiers Amid Signs of Peace

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating the release of some 3,000 South Sudanese child soldiers today in what is being hailed as one of the largest ever demobilizations of children in a zone of conflict. Children in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Ilya Medvedev. “These children have been forced to do and [...]

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Obama: India U.S. Partner But Must Work on Religious Intolerance

New Delhi, India.  President Barack Obama said India and the United States are not just natural partners, but that America can be India’s best partner. Obama capped his historic trip to India with a speech calling on both nations to come together to fight poverty, climate change and intolerance. President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister [...]

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Auschwitz Liberation at 70: ‘We Are Being Tested Again’

New York, N.Y.  Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, urging renewed vigilance to eradicate the deep roots of hatred as anti-Semitic attacks continue and vulnerable communities around the world bury their dead while living in fear of further violence. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record

Washington, D.C.  Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms. “Abdullah was known as something of a reformist [...]

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Focus on a Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins

Baltimore, MD. Seal-Bin Han, 19, is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropic Korean-American who will receive our foundation’s coveted 2014 Luce Leadership Award for his work in encouraging student youth leadership across the world through his non-profit, World Youth Initiative (WYI). He will attend the J. Luce Foundation Awards Reception on February 26 at the Sri Lanka Embassy [...]

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Oxfam: Richest 1% to Own Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

Washington, D.C.  The richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year, according to development nonprofit Oxfam. The most-affluent’s share of global wealth climbed to 48 percent in 2014, compared with 44 percent in 2009, and will likely pass 50 percent in 2016. The [...]

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Obama: Interesting Stuff Happens in the Fourth Quarter

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter.” President Barack Obama, 12/19/2014 . The best place to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is    5:13 PM – 17 Jan 2015 Tweet

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Door Opens: Six Democrats From U.S. Congress Visit Cuba

Havana, Cuba.  A U.S. congressional delegation is in Cuba in the first such visit since President Barack Obama announced last month that Washington would normalize relations with the island nation.  The six-member group of Democrats, led by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, arrived Saturday in Havana. Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of Cuba.  Photo: [...]

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Millions March in France Against Terrorism

Paris, France.  World leaders joined nearly four million people in the streets of Paris and around France Sunday, in solidarity with the victims of a terror spree last week that killed 17 people. More than 40 heads of state and government joined French President Francois Hollande in linking arms for a brief walk through Paris. [...]

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In India, Ban Pledges U.N. Commitment to Gandhi’s Vision of Peace, Tolerance, Dignity

Le Monde: Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

Ban Outraged by ‘Horrendous, Cold-Blooded’ Attack on French Magazine

Children International Announces Winner of the 2014 Inspire Award™

Andrew Sands: Morality and the Arts

Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Philanthropist Frank Perdue