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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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U.N.: Israeli Demolition of Homes Contrary to International Law

New York, N.Y.  The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human [...]

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Ban: ‘Gaza in Critical Condition’ – Calls Again for Immediate Ceasefire

New York, N.Y.   Urging Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting now, “in the name of humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General has again joined the Security Council in calling on the parties to agree on an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Syria: We Cannot Afford to Lose a Generation

New York, N.Y.  The numbers of children affected by the Syrian crisis are almost impossible to fathom: over three million inside Syria, more than one million living in exile in neighboring countries. Most have experienced or witnessed horrific violence. They have lost loved ones, and they will bear the emotional and physical scars of war for the rest [...]

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Obama on Egypt Post-Revolution: U.S. Supports Human Rights

Washington, D.C.  As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people. The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the [...]

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Operation Resurrection & Resurrecting Lives: From Movie to Movement

By Marc Erich Wolf, Edited by Jim Luce Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Chrisanne Gordon is building a new army to fight a new war – and that is the war on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which hundreds of thousands of U.S. Veterans and hundreds of thousands of more global soldiers are grappling with. She started by [...]

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Archaeologists Dig Up Goldmine of Bronze Age Pagan Antiquities

Archaeologists in northern Israel were called in to do a routine salvage excavation before a gas pipeline was laid. But in this cradle of civilization such routines are often subsumed by unexpected findings. Speaking at the Israel Antiquities Authority storerooms in Jerusalem, Brink said every time they thought they reached the bottom of the cavity, [...]

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Massive Mineral Deposits Found in Afghanistan

The minerals found include gold, copper, iron, cobalt and lithium, which is essential for producing batteries used in many everyday electronics, such as laptops and smartphones. Despite the unstable security situation where Taliban attacks are becoming more and more daring, there is hope in Washington that this discovery will lead to an economic upswing with [...]

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U.N.: ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in HIV Prevention

Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Honoring Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Young Playwright’s Works Explore Race, Identity in America

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Primer on U.S. Presidents: From Washington to Obama