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Nepal: U.N. Agencies Rush Supplies to Earthquake Survivors

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more on Saturday, and pledged that it ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult […]

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Empowering Young Minds at the White House

Washington, D.C.  Yesterday marked the 10th year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, in order to give more kids an opportunity to grow and broaden their horizons, the White House expanded its program beyond the children of Executive Office of the President staff to […]

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On Countering Extremism: Youth Represent Promise – not Peril

New York, N.Y.  Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace. Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah […]

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On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates with Foundation

With Ryan D. Turnewitsch 1972: walking up the hill to Marietta Junior High School in Ohio, I never imagined I would one day be working in developing nations around the world – or cooperating with Marietta College to develop the leadership needed to do so. The author receiving Marietta College’s prestigious McDonough Award for Excellence in […]

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Obama’s Approval Rating Is Trending Up

Washington, D.C.  More Americans are giving President Barack Obama a thumbs-up. In fact, the president’s approval rating climbed to 46.4 percent in the first three months of 2015—a 3-percentage-point increase from the previous quarter, USA Today reports. It was his best quarter since mid-2013, according to the Gallup poll. . President Barack Obama: Good economic news boosted […]

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How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Dedicated Community

With Lynn Bozof New York, N.Y.  I first met Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), three years ago when I wrote for this publication, Meningitis: Give Kids a Shot — Save a Kid’s Life.  I was particularly impressed with her dedication to doing something with the enormous loss she had encountered. Lynn’s son Evan was a junior at Georgia […]

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Ban Ki-Moon Urges Faith Leaders to Speak Against Injustice, Brutality

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to […]

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UNICEF: ‘Swift, Courageous’ Action Needed on Illegal Migration

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and endangered innumerable children. Onboard an Italian ship, a Syrian father holds […]

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Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays New York

New York, N.Y.  One can become addicted to the young global talent that plays upon the stages of the world under the banner of Young Concert Artists (YCA), directed by the indomitable Susan Wadsworth. Last week’s concert by a 20-year-old French clarinetist of extraordinary talent and musical exuberance was particularly engaging. Raphaël Sévère. Photo courtesy […]

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Deputy U.N. Chief Says 2015  ‘Critical Year’ for World’s Indigenous

New York, N.Y.  With the deadline of a post-2015 development agenda looming on the horizon, 2015 is set to be an important year for the security and prosperity of the world’s indigenous peoples, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson affirmed today in remarks delivered to the opening of the fourteenth session of the Organization’s Permanent […]

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The Battle for Civil Rights Continues in America

Nine Yalies win Soros Fellowships for New Americans

U.N. Chief Urges Climate Action at Earth Day Concert

Obama: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

Earth Day Concert and Rally in Washington, D.C.

Activists Launch Hunger Strike in Support of Loretta Lynch