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The Largest Ever Gathering of Americans at the UN is Happening Today

Over 1,800 Americans are heading to the United Nations today as part of the “Global Engagement Summit” today.

PODCAST: With the Devastation of Eastern Ghouta, The Syria Conflict Enters a New Phase

  The conflict in Syria has entered a new phase. ISIS has been defeated, yet in many ways the war is metastasizing.

New Study Reveals How A Specific Colonial Legacy Determines Female HIV Rates in Africa


80% of all HIV positive women in the world live in sub-saharan Africa. This is the only region in the world where more women than men are living with HIV — scholars have referred to this phenomenon as the “feminization of HIV.” How did this happen?

PODCAST: A Dissident from Djibouti is Fighting for Democracy in a Country Being Squeezed by The Major Global Powers

Djibouti is the only country in the world that hosts military bases for both the United States and China.

PODCAST: Why American Funding for the UN is a Bargain

It’s budget season in Washington, DC. And this year (like last year) the White House has requested massive cuts to foreign affairs spending in general, and to the United Nations in particular.

Will Ireland Join 133 Other Countries Where Abortion is Legal?


The Prime Minister of Ireland recently announced that he will be campaigning to end the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland.

The UN Just Released the Most Comprehensive Report on Gender Equality Around the World


Gender equality is a catalyst for social progress. Thanks to a new report from the UN, we now have the data to prove it.

Here’s How Trump’s Budget Request Would Impact the United Nations

The White House released its budget request to Congress this week. The document is a formal expression of the Trump administration’s budget priorities for the next fiscal year, FY 2019.

PODCAST: Anote Tong is the former President of Kiribati, an island nation threatened by the rising seas

To the people of Kiribati, climate change is an existential threat. This is an Island nation in the pacific — it is a string of atolls about halfway between Australia and Hawaii.

Olympic Truce? Not! Emerging Political Science Shows Us that International Sports Are Actually Bad for World Peace

 There is always a political component to the Olympics.

Cape Town is Running Out of Water (Welcome to Our Future)

Cape Town is bracing for an unfortunate distinction: becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Chart of the Day: Peacekeeping is a Financial Bargain for the United States


Today’s chart comes from the Government Accountability Office of the United States. (These are the number crunchers of the US government who provide cost estimates and actuarial advice to policy makers in Congress and the executive branch.) Last year, Congress asked the GAO to compare the cost of a UN peacekeeping mission with the cost of a similar US military deployment.

Hate Speech is on the Rise in Poland


Last week, the Polish Senate passed a law that would make it a criminal offense to claim that Poland was complicit in Nazi crimes.

Why You Should Be Freaking Out that the US Centers for Disease Control Is Massively Cutting its Overseas Operations. (Hint: Diseases Like Ebola Don’t respect borders)


About two weeks ago, an internal memo leaked from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PODCAST: The Max Boot Interview

Max Boot is a foreign policy commentator and historian. Just this week he was named a contributing writer to the Op-ed page of the Washington Post.

In the State of the Union Address, Trump Sought to Peg US Foreign Assistance to How a Country Votes in the UN

During the State of the Union address President Trump restated a threat to cut American foreign assistance to countries that somehow oppose American interests.

One Year In, The Trump Administration Seems to Have Learned to Like the UN

For the second time in less than one year, members of the United Nations Security Council met President Trump at the White House during a special visit to Washington yesterday.

PODCAST: What You Need to Know about Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Weapons Policy

You’ve may of the Doomsday Clock. This is a rubric created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists at the dawn of the nuclear age to demonstrate how close humanity is to nuclear annihilation.

This Video of a Refugee Boy With a Golden Voice Is Going Viral

Sleman is a seven year old Kurdish boy, stranded in a refugee camp in Greece. He lives in a converted shipping container with 15 other people, including his family.

A Crisis in Cameroon is Forcing English Speakers to Flee in Alarming Numbers

Over 10,000 people have fled from English speaking regions of Cameroon to neighboring Nigeria in recent weeks.


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