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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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Children International Announces Winner of the 2014 Inspire Award™

Kansas City, MO. Children International has named Miriam Castilla Lara from Barranquilla, Colombia, the winner of the 2014 Inspire Award™. The unique Children International Inspire Award™ celebrates outstanding contributions of volunteers who live in and are a part of the impoverished communities Children International serves. More than 8,000 dedicated volunteers help make Children International’s work [...]

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Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Philanthropist Frank Perdue

Salisbury, MD.  I grew up with my family watching Frank Perdue on TV and eating his chicken once a week, the first corporate executive to market his own product. He was a warm man, but I did not really know him. Now, thanks to his widow, Mitzi Perdue, and her new book Tough Man, Tender Chicken, [...]

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

New York, N.Y.  Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said yesterday in a message to mark International Migrants Day. “We call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants,” said Mr. Ban. A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport [...]

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

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to have presented an Award of Acknowledgement to H.E. Juan E. Méndez on January 9, 2010 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago as part of the World Peace Gala for Friendship and Peace.  The Award read, “We are proud to acknowledge you for your distinguished work and dedicated serve as the Special [...]

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U.N. International Observance: “Every Day is Human Rights Day”

New York, N.Y.   The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of [...]

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2014 ‘Devastating Year’ for Millions of Children Trapped by Conflict

New York, N.Y.  Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, as 2014 has been “devastating” for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world. “This has been a devastating year for millions of children,” said Anthony [...]

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Now You Know: Countries Where Same Sex Marriage is Legal

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

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

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

Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record

Focus on a Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins