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Diplomatic Viewpoint: Recovering from the Conflict – Peace for All

New York, N.Y.  On November 19, 2014, Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, spoke at St. Peter’s University on the topic, “Recovering from the Conflict – Peace for All.”                                            [...]

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Sadly, India Moves Backwards on Human Rights

New York, N.Y.  We have been very concerned at India’s giant leap backwards recently in concern to gay and lesbian rights – they have re-criminalized homosexuality.  This note arrived from an Indian-American friend at All Out: Dear James, I just became a criminal. India’s Supreme Court brought back our anti-gay law. Now, lesbian, gay, bi and trans [...]

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Agreed: U.N. Renews Call for End to U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

New York, N.Y.  For the 22nd consecutive year at the United Nations, the General Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.  I called for this most recently in my Huffington Post piece A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter. Foreign Minister Bruno [...]

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‘All Out’ Group Asks Sponsors like Coca Cola to Speak Out on Sochi

New York, N.Y.  Coca-Cola bosses are deciding if they should speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws. As a major sponsor of the Olympics, Coca-Cola is under growing pressure. They’re expected to give their answer next week. Coca-Cola could claim Russia’s anti-gay laws have nothing to do with them. But if thousands of us send them emails, they could [...]

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Vietcong General Giap: David Who Defeated Modern-Day Goliath

New York, N.Y.  You have to search hard to find a foreign general whose death makes it into the top stories in the U.S. media. Vo Nguyen Giap died recently. He made the list. Giap was the genius who defeated the U.S. in Vietnam. Knowing that history might—might— help the U.S. avoid similar such defeats [...]

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Malala Yousafzai: Loses Nobel Prize, Gains Canada

New York, N.Y.  If I could chose to be a Nobel Prize recipient or Canadian, I would chose Canadian.  After all, traveling in the developing world for years when George Bush was president, I told people I was Canadian – much safer then.   Malala at the United Nations with Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon. Last month Pakistani [...]

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Misguided Decision in Malaysia Bans Language for Non-Muslims

New York, N.Y.  Voice of America reports, as have every other news organization from around the world, the decision made by Malaysian courts to segregate faith instead of uniting it is both tragic and misguided. Muslim demonstrators chant slogans outside Malaysia’s Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Oct. 14, 2013. Photo: Voice of [...]

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Betty Millard: Where Were You Yesterday?

New York, N.Y.  Sometimes my grandmother would take me along when she went down to the Loop, to Marshall Field’s or to Orchestra Hall.  She really loved me.  She didn’t realize what I’d be telling people about her 60 years later, and maybe I shouldn’t tell this; but a fact is a fact.  In the [...]

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North Pole: Santa Swamped by Millions of Letters

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

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

Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

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

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