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Somalia’s Drought Threatens Half the Population

Somalia’s current drought is threatening half of the country’s population, or about 6 million people, according to the United Nations.

After years of decline, child marriages are skyrocketing in Yemen. (Because, War)

The war in Yemen – which is now entering its third year of active conflict – is having a devastating impact on the population.

Two UN Investigators Reportedly Slain in Congo. They Served Humanity

On March 17, a team from the UN went missing while traveling on a road in central Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate widespread human rights abuses in a remote village.

US Considering Big Escalation in Yemen Conflict

This week marks the two year anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention. “The Pentagon is reportedly considering ramping up US support for Saudi Arabia’s bloody war in Yemen, which has already killed at least 10,000, displaced 3 million, and left millions more at risk of famine since it began in March 2015.

A New Study Outlines the “Herculean Effort” Needed to Hit the Paris Agreement’s Goals

When nearly two hundred countries around the world signed the Paris Agreement last year, they committed to work together to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and, ideally, the safer 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Podcast: American University Dean James Goldgeier on Russia election interference and “bridging the gap” between academics and policy makers

James Goldgeier is the dean of the school for international service at American University. He’s spent a career trying to bridge the gap between academic research and policy makers and he currently runs a program at American University appropriately called Bridging the Gap thats seeks to do just that.

A Massacre in Mosul

The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of Iraq’s Mosul where residents and officials say as many as 200 civilians may have been killed as result of an air raid.

This is How Many Lives Would Be Saved By An HIV Vaccine

A study published this week in a key scientific journal shows the extent to which developing even a moderately effective vaccine would be a total game changer in humanity’s 35 year fight against HIV.

Massive Cuts Coming for UNICEF and UN Peacekeeping?

Colum Lynch has the scoop. “The White House budget office informed State Department officials this week that the administration plans to eliminate all U.S.

UN Peacekeeping is not some charity. It Protects Americans and American Interests from Threats Abroad

Slashing funding to UNICEF is just cruel. But you can also make the case that preventing children in poor countries from needlessly dying is also in American interests.

What North Korea Wants

Why does North Korea keep testing its nuclear capabilities, despite tightening sanctions? What can the United States and the international community do to confront Pyongyang?

Dozens of Civilians Killed in US Strike

This raises the question of whether or not certain US rules of engagement have changed with President Trump?

This is What Makes a Country “Happy”

Apparently, universal health care, good quality public education, (and high taxes) have something to do with it. All Nordic countries are among the happiest countries on the planet, as are Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A Famine is Never Just a Famine — It’s Political Violence By Starvation.

We are entering an age of famine. But the extreme food crises facing South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Northern Nigeria are not a consequence of natural disaster or climate change.

Deaths from Starvation are Mounting in Somalia

A reminder that famine looms in Somalia. “At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day and a half, federal government radio said on its website.

Is Torture Making a Comeback?

Will Trump bring back torture as US policy? He promised it on the campaign trail.  And just days into office, word leaked that a draft executive order covering many of these issues was circulating around the White House.

Will the Trump Administration Stick With The UN Human Rights Council?

The Trump administration has a decision to make on the Human Rights Council: will it stay or will it go?

And the World’s “Happiest” Country Is…

From the new UN World Happiness Report…“Norway has jumped from 4th place in 2016 to 1st place this year, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in a tightly packed bunch.

Two New Scientific Studies Show that Our Oceans Are Doomed. (Unless…)

Climate change is beginning to affect the lives of communities around the word. With temperature records being broken, yearly, monthly and daily, severe droughts imperiling food systems and bizarre storms disrupting economies and claiming lives around the world, it’s becoming more and more clear that the changes scientists have long warned of have arrived.

Aid Convoy Attacked in South Sudan

Parts of the country are besieged by famine and this happens…Gunmen attacked an aid convoy in famine-hit South Sudan, killing two people and wounding three, the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday.