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The Peace We Seek: President Obama Speaks to the People of India

Mumbai, India.  On his last day in India, President Obama delivered a message from America to the people of India on the importance of our relationship as true global partners. “I’m here because I’m absolutely convinced that both our peoples will have more jobs and opportunity, and our nations will be more secure, and the [...]

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

New Delhi, India.  President Barack Obama said India and the United States are not just natural partners, but that America can be India’s best partner. Obama capped his historic trip to India with a speech calling on both nations to come together to fight poverty, climate change and intolerance. President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister [...]

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Honoring Gandhi, U.N. Reaffirms Power of Peaceful Protest

New York, N.Y.  In these dramatic and perilous times, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson urged the international community to reaffirm the power and potential of bringing about change through peaceful means, following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired today’s International Day of Non-Violence. Lapel pins distributed in 2013 at a special event [...]

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Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

New York, N.Y.  In looking back at 2013′s most successful Manhattan events, the one gala that stands out for me took place on the USS Intrepid along the West Side Highway in early October. Although I have attended numerous galas on The U.S.S. Intrepid, nothing prepared me for the scale and impact of Chelsea Clinton’s keynote [...]

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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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Report: 30 Million People Enslaved Worldwide, Including India

Johannesburg, S. Africa.  The Australian-based Walk Free Foundation has released its first-ever Global Slavery Index – a ranking of 162 countries by their prevalence of modern slavery. The Index found that tens of millions of people worldwide are living in slave-like conditions, most of them in Asia. Slavery is often thought of as a relic [...]

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Indian Philanthropist Gives Rotary $1 Million to Help End Polio

Chicago, IL.  Indian philanthropist and businesswoman Rajashree Birla has announced a new gift of US$1 million to Rotary to help eradicate polio. The gift brings her total contributions to the Rotary effort to more than $7.2 million. What’s more, this gift will be matched two-for-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, resulting in $3 [...]

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights ‘NGO GlobalPay’

New York, N.Y.  I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D’Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (piece). It was at last year’s breakfast I [...]

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