• Stephen Lewis of AIDS-Free World

    Calling the UN to Account to Stop the HIV/AIDS Scourge

    by  • April 23, 2014 • 

    It has been 33 years since the first reports of HIV/AIDS surfaced, and the pandemic, which has never been found to be racial, ethnic or gender specific among the population, is now affecting women the most. They account for more than half of the people living with HIV/AIDS — approximately 16.1 million women out of [...]

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    Graphic Photos Reveal Syria’s Deadly Mix of Torture and Starvation

    by  • April 22, 2014 • 

    Systematic widespread torture and starvation of prisoners held by the Syrian government has been documented by a team of forensic pathologists and confirmed by international legal experts using evidence provided through a former Syrian military official, according to a recent presentation held by France at the United Nations. High-resolution images projected on a screen to [...]

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    The Divided Life of Cyprus

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 3 Comments

      The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus marked its 50th anniversary in March. The mission, which supervises cease-fire lines and maintains a buffer zone, has involved 32 countries that have contributed troops and police, among whom 184 peacekeepers have died. About 850 troops and 60 police officers make up the mission now, operating currently [...]

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    To Educate Girls in Burkina Faso, a Fund-Raiser Is Held in New York

    by  • April 20, 2014 • 

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    Fred Eckhard was beloved in the United Nations as the spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a position Eckhard left in 2005. An American, he absconded for the Brittany coast in France, where enjoys fruits de mer and his seaside home with his wife, Kathryn, a Scot, who is also a UN veteran. Though Eckhard has [...]

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    The World Trade Organization: Seeking a Fair Balance of Interests

    by  • April 16, 2014 • 

    WTO conference in Bali 2013

    Working most of the time, far away from the attention of the world public, an international organization was recently in the limelight: the World Trade Organization. After lengthy negotiations on liberalization measures in world trade, which started in 2001 and dragged on because of considerable differences of opinion between the developed and the developing countries, [...]

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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments and [...]

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