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Happy Birthday: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare, Medicaid

Washington, D.C.  President Harry Truman fought for years to pass a bill to provide low-cost health care for elderly Americans. Yet, it took almost two decades for his ideas to come to fruition: On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. He honored President […]

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Tragic: Orangutans Face Extinction by Deforestation on Indonesia’s Borneo

New York, N.Y. The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our […]

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How To Survive Largest Generational Wealth Transfer In Human History

New York, N.Y.  The greatest transfer of wealth in history is happening right now, according to a study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. A staggering amount – $59 trillion – is projected to be passed down to heirs, charities and taxes between 2007 and 2061. “We are in the middle of […]

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Ethnic Cleansing: U.N. Warns Against Haitian Deportations, Racial Profiling in D.R.

New York, N.Y.  United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent. This woman was born in Haiti, but her eight children were born in the […]

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Watermill Center Benefit ‘Circus of Stillness… Power Over Wild Beasts’

Watermill, N.Y.  One of my favorite events of the summer is the much anticipated Watermill Center Summer Benefit. This year marked the 22nd year and was named ‘Circus of Stillness… the power over wild beasts” and raised over $1.9 Million to support The Watermill Center’s year round residency and education programs. Performance Artist. Photo: Steve […]

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Streep, Winslet Express ‘Dismay’ Over Amnesty Sex Trade Proposal

London, England. A host of Hollywood stars, including Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, have lent their support to a petition demanding that Amnesty International reject a proposal to endorse the decriminalization of the sex trade. The global human rights group is set to review an internal policy document on sex work […]

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Seeing a Shrink? The Judgment From Admitting You Need Help

New York, N.Y. It is often the assumption that if you go to therapy that you have serious problems you cannot manage on your own and there is something fundamentally wrong with you.  In reality, if someone is attending therapy, they tend to be on the healthier side of self-love and self-awareness.  Because seeing a […]

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Ban: ‘We Should be Outraged’ Over Violence Towards Children

New York, N.Y.  Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability […]

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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Happy Birthday: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare, Medicaid

China Accuses U.S. of Militarizing South China Sea

Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

On ‘World Day,’ U.N. Secretary-General Urges Action to Combat Human Trafficking

No Surprise: U.N. Security Council Fails to Take Russia to Task re: Flight MH17