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    The Divided Life of Cyprus

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 

      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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    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • 

    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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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • 

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide humanitarian [...]

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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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    A Nepali Gay Rights Activist Achieves the Impossible

    by  • April 10, 2014 • 

    Sunil Pant in the Gai Jatra Festival in 2011 (In Chitwan, Nepal)

    The name Sunil Babu Pant is synonymous with gay rights in Nepal. Over the last two decades, Pant has been seen rallying on the streets of Kathmandu, the capital, distributing condoms to people in the gay community and recently making laws as a parliamentarian in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly. Under his watch, homosexuality was legalized in [...]

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