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Ban Ki-Moon Urges Faith Leaders to Speak Against Injustice, Brutality

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to […]

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UNICEF: ‘Swift, Courageous’ Action Needed on Illegal Migration

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the international community to commit to “swift, collective and courageous action” and address the surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and endangered innumerable children. Onboard an Italian ship, a Syrian father holds […]

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Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays New York

New York, N.Y.  One can become addicted to the young global talent that plays upon the stages of the world under the banner of Young Concert Artists (YCA), directed by the indomitable Susan Wadsworth. Last week’s concert by a 20-year-old French clarinetist of extraordinary talent and musical exuberance was particularly engaging. Raphaël Sévère. Photo courtesy […]

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Nine Yalies win Soros Fellowships for New Americans

New Haven, CT.  Nine past, current, and soon-to-be students at Yale are among the 30 winners of 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Harkness Tower Canopy Highsmith by Carol M. Highsmith. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. The fellows, selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants, will receive tuition and stipend […]

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Earth Day Concert and Rally in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. An Earth Day rally and concert are being held on Washington’s National Mall Saturday. Headliners at Saturday’s festivities — hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O’Brien — include Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Usher, Train, and My Morning Jacket. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, actor Don […]

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At U.N., Tennis Legend Says Human Rights and Sports ‘a Perfect Fit’

New York, N.Y.  Tennis legend and gender equality activist Billie Jean King has had a stellar career in sports, identifying the boundaries that divide people and tearing them down. She was the first woman athlete to win over $100,000 in prize money in 1971 and, 10 years later, the first professional athlete to be “outed” […]

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U.N. Urges Kenya to Reconsider Displacing 350,000 Refugees

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause “extreme” humanitarian consequences. A group of displaced Somali women residing at the Ifo […]

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My Journey from the ICU to ‘Keri Lotion Lady’ – to the U.S. Congress

Greenwich, CT.  I was recently asked to testify before Congress by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut regarding my work to help end human trafficking. I asked, “Why me?” There are many other people more well versed on this issue.” I was told that I was asked because I’m a Registered Nurse and (because of […]

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Empowering Young Minds at the White House

On Countering Extremism: Youth Represent Promise – not Peril

On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates with Foundation

Obama’s Approval Rating Is Trending Up

How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Dedicated Community

Ban Ki-Moon Urges Faith Leaders to Speak Against Injustice, Brutality