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A New Focus on Peaceful Conflict Resolution at the UNSC?


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay  and other senior United Nations officials have once more exhorted the UN Security Council to “heed early warning indications of potential conflict”, during a day-long meeting on conflict prevention at the United Nations on August 21.

A Bold New Way of Measuring A Country’s REAL Wealth


Ed note. This piece appears in Project Syndicate and is reprinted with permission. The author, Mahmoud Mohieldin, is Corporate Secretary and the President’s special envoy at the World Bank When the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline expires next year, the world will be able to point to several important achievements since their launch in 2000.

Will the USA Target ISIS in Syria?


Want these clips delivered to your inbox? Sign up here.  The Obama administration is sending strong signals that it may expand its air assault against ISIS to Syria, despite the fact that such a move would probably contravene international law.

South Sudan’s Looming Famine


South Sudan is quite possibly on the verge of famine. The conflict that erupted in December shows little signs of abating.

Africa’s Booming Middle Class


Want these clips delivered to your inbox every morning? Sign up here.  This news is a couple days old, but worth highlighting.

Some Encouraging News on Ebola


First the bad news. Ebola is still an out of control international epidemic. The death toll surpassed 1,000 last week.

A Deadly Year for Humanitarian Workers


Want these clips delivered to your inbox in the morning? Sign up here.  Yesterday was World Humanitarian Day — a day established in the wake of the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq to commemorate the sacrifices of humanitarian workers.

How Conflict in Ukraine Could Shake Global Food Prices


As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine drags on, Russia and the West are also continuing their diplomatic back-and-forth with each accusing the other of unwarranted interference in Ukrainian matters and aggression towards the opposing side.

The Awful-Ebola Maternal Mortality Nexus


Want these stories delivered to your inbox ever morning? Sign up here.  You don’t need ebola to die from it.Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women.

Episode 30: Jeffrey Sachs


Jeff Sachs is on the line this week! The famed economist and anti-poverty activist discusses his up-bringing in turbulent Detroit, why he gravitated towards economics in college, his experience helping countries transition from communism to market economies, and how he become devoted to global health and development.

Yes, Africa is ‘Emerging’. But These Crises Are Holding It Back


Ed note. This item by International Rescue Committee President David Miliband first appeared in Project Syndicate and is reprinted with permission.  Africa is changing dramatically – and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent.

New Warnings of a Looming Famine in South Sudan


Want these clips delivered to your inbox every morning? Sign up here.  The signs are not good. “The international community has warned that famine could arrive as early as December.

Can a New Prime Minister Save the Central African Republic?


The Central African Republic has a new prime minister, appointed by President Catherine Samba-Panza.  But will he be able to stop CAR’s death spiral?

Sex Slaves in Iraq


The United Nations released a grave warning this week that some 1,500 women have been captured as sex slaves by the Sunni extremist group that is rampaging through parts of Iraq and Syria.

UN Declares a “Level 3″ Emergency in Iraq


And there are only three levels. Previously CAR, South Sudan and Syria were the only top level emergencies.

Is Somalia Facing a Famine?


Without swift donor action and a reevaluation of food aid distribution, Somalia may once again be facing a widespread food security crisis.

Here’s Why Children are Fleeing Central America


I speak with Mike McDonald of Bloomberg about the unrelenting violence in Central America. Mike describes how organized criminal groups use violence and murder in extortion rackets to fund their activities, and are the crucial “push” factor that is forcing unaccompanied minors to flee the USA in extraordinarily high numbers.

WHO Approves Experimental Ebola Drug


Want these stories delivered to your inbox? Sign up here! The World Health Organization took a highly unusual step of recommending that an unproven drug be distributed to fight the outbreak.

The Humanitarian Catastrophe in Iraq


The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is getting worse. As of this morning, there were still 20,000 to 30,000 people trapped on Sinjar mountain in Northern Iraq.

2014 Breaks Records – Not the Good Kind


It can be difficult to place the severity of humanitarian crises in context, but by most accounts, 2014 is unprecedented in the seriousness of appeals for international aid.


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