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Is “Pluralism” the Next Big Agenda-Setting Trend in Global Affairs?


(Ottawa, Canada) — Ottawa is a natural home to an outfit called the Global Center for Pluralism. As other western countries have closed their borders to refugees and asylum seekers in recent years, Canada became more welcoming.

How ISIS May Face Justice for the War Crimes

Over the last several weeks, ISIS has been systematically losing territory. Its last stronghold in Iraq, the city of Hawija, was liberated in early October.

Why it Makes Sense to Make a Big Deal About Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

When President Trump met his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte last week, there was some discrepancy over whether or not the United States President raised any concerns about Duterte’s ongoing campaign of extrajudicial killings, waged ostensibly in the name of a “war on drugs.” Trump said he raised the issue briefly in their meeting.

A Coup in Zimbabwe? Robert Mugabe is Seemingly Deposed

The Zimbabwean military has apparently taken control in the capital city of Harare and detained longtime president Robert Mugabe.

The UN’s Nightmare Scenario is Currently Unfolding in Yemen

Even before a blockade was imposed around Yemen, some 7 million people faced famine-like conditions. Over 900,000 people were sickened by the worst cholera outbreak in recent history.

Michael Bloomberg and Jerry Brown are Leading a Shadow US Delegation to the Big UN Climate Talks in Bonn


The Trump administration is at the climate conference in Bonn to tout America’s coal and natural gas reserves, but a separate delegation is there to remind diplomats that the US — or parts of it, at least — remains committed to the Paris Agreement.

PODCAST: Peter W. Galbraith helped uncover and confront two genocides

Peter Galbraith helped uncover and confront two genocides. As a staffer in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1980s, Galbraith compiled evidence of Saddam Hussein’s genocide against the Kurdish people.

A Major Global Report About Nutrition Around World Shows That We Are All Eating the Wrong Things


The 2017 Global Nutrition report was released last week. It describes a world where people are eating the wrong things.

The Crisis in Yemen Takes a Turn for the Worse

Yemen is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and it appears that the situation is poised to deteriorate even further.  At issue is a decision by Saudi Arabia to impose a blockade on the country–a move that was announced amid a significant shakeup in Saudi politics.

An Obscure Debate in the UK Over What Counts as “Foreign Aid” Has Big Global Implications

An arcane debate in the United Kingdom about what properly qualifies as “foreign aid” could have a big impact on how anti-poverty development assistance is spent around the world.

“I can’t imagine this will not be one of the most devastating humanitarian catastrophes we’ve seen in decades.”

Amidst the political upheaval in Saudi Arabia this week, a decision by the newly empowered Saudi Crown price to impose a total blockade of Yemen’s sea, air and land routes is having an immediate and devastating humanitarian impact.

The Kenya Election Crisis, Explained

Last week Kenyan election officials announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta won re-election in a landslide vote.

How Trump’s Radical Approach to “Sovereignty” is shaping International Relations


Donald Trump’s approach to sovereignty is not unique in American history. There is a longstanding political tradition that seeks no compromise with the world and see’s all interactions with allies and adversaries as zero sum.

In the midst of a Cash Crisis, More and More Zimbaweans are Turning to Bitcoin

Paper money is everywhere. It’s a fundamental part of daily life, from loose change and coins, to large transactions and purchases.

This year’s big UN climate conference starts today. Here’s what you need to know.

Last year, on November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco, representatives of the world’s governments gathered to discuss their plans for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.

A Typically Routine Resolution Over the “Olympic Truce” Becomes the Latest Battleground for LGBT Rights at the UN

An bi-annual UN General Assembly resolution has become the latest forum for countries seeking to roll back global LGBT rights.

PODCAST: How California is Leading the Way on Climate Change


If California were a country, it would be the sixth largest economy in the world. Its population is greater than countries like Poland and Canada.

Tuberculosis is easily treated. So Why Is It Still The Most Deadly Infectious Disease in the World?


The World Health Organization released the 2017 World Tuberculosis (TB) report this week. The conclusions are sobering.

“If we don’t receive the funds we need immediately, 600,000 people will be on the brink of starvation”

The head of the World Food Program issued a dire warning on Monday: if donors do not step up, hundreds of thousands of people in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will fave starvation.

PODCAST: A Democracy Activist in Togo Faces Mounting Threats Against Her Life, But Stays Committed to Non-violence


Farida Nabourema Farida Nabourema spoke to podcast listeners from an undisclosed location in West Africa, out of fear for her personal safety.


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