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The Venezuela Crisis – Largest Exodus in Western Hemisphere in Search for a Bridge of Desperation and Hope
By admin February 5, 2019

Venezuela’s problems go back to 1999 when the charismatic and ebullient late President Hugo Chavez established a socialist government, at a time when Venezuela was against the backdrop of vast wealth but had huge inequality. That is the government his predecessor President Nicolas Maduro took over in 2013.Venezuela has been caught in a downward spiral

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The Rohingya – The Stateless People Even a Nobel laureate Does Not Want
By admin January 7, 2019

The Rohingya, considered by the international community to be the “most persecuted minority in the world”, are a majority Muslim ethnic group that represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar. They have their own language and culture and are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.

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The Yemen Crisis Pt. II: MBS’ War
By admin December 17, 2018

Conflicts in the Middle East are often viewed through the lens of identity, ideology and geopolitics that take the form of tribe versus tribe, Sunni versus Shia, Iran and its proxies versus the US and its allies. The genesis of the Yemen conflict cannot be divorced from this underpinning of causes and motivations. However, what

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Yemen Crisis: The Weaponization of Aid
By admin December 3, 2018

  Yemeni citizens are caught in the crossfire of a proxy war that involves much more than an exchange of bullets.  It is estimated that 80% of the domestic population have been forced into dire humanitarian need; some 18.5 million people are food insecure and 16 million have no access to safe, clean water and

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IN MEMORIAM: Kofi Annan
By admin August 20, 2018

When Kofi Annan became Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1997, he had already been within the UN system for almost 35 years – starting as a budget officer for the World Health Organization and rising through the ranks to become head of personnel for the office of the UN High Commission for Refugees; Assistant Secretary-General for

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Let’s Talk Peace
By admin August 6, 2018

After nearly 5 years of civil war, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are negotiating a deal that will allow the rebel leader to return to government as the most senior of five vice presidents, putting an end to a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Elsewhere, the UN’s

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Sustainable Development: A Failing Public Project?
By admin July 19, 2018

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are comprised of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Calling for a strong cooperation among countries to effectively deal with looming global challenges, goals are applied to not only developing

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What Can the International Community do in South Sudan?
By admin September 28, 2017

  The civil war in South Sudan has become one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent years. The conflict, which has been largely drowned out in Western media by the Syrian War, has killed 300,000 people, internally displaced one million, and pushed two million refugees to several neighboring countries, with at least one million

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Asia-Pacific’s Slow Progress on Development Goals
By admin July 12, 2017

A recent United Nations regional Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Baseline Report has come to the conclusion that the Asia-Pacific region needs to boost its development efforts in order to successfully meet the SDG set by the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs. The original target timeframe to achieve the listed goals is by 2030. According

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A Diplomat and a Dealmaker: Antonio Guterres as Next United Nations Secretary-General
By admin December 16, 2016

Much of the rhetoric over the United Nations (UN) these days concerns the organization’s image in the world. With numerous wars producing millions of refugees in addition to the many other services the UN provides, they are stretched thin to say the least. Some will say that the organization needs to be less bureaucratic while

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World Humanitarian Day: When the World Calls for Help Everyday
By admin August 19, 2016

Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder of the need to mobilize action to mitigate suffering throughout the world. This day is designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and also marks the day for remembering Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues who

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