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A Deadly Bacteria Thought to Be Eradicated is Showing Up in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Diphtheria was thought to be eradicated in Myanmar several years ago. But the the highly contagious bacterial infection has suddenly appeared in the massive refugee population along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Podcast: Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia

Michael McFaul served as US Ambassador to Russia in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that he served on the National Security Council where he helped shape was known at the time as the “Reset” with Russia.

14 UN Peacekeepers Have Been Killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Worst Attacks Against the UN in Years

An attack against UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed 14 blue helmets and injured scores more.

PODCAST: Understanding Trump’s Jerusalem Gamble

The United States will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and intends to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv — thus, decreed President Trump from the White House yesterday.

New Analysis: 1 in 12 Children Face “Bleaker Prospects” Than Their Parents. Here’s Why

The future doesn’t look so bright for 180 million children. Despite major improvements in child well-being around the world over the last 20 years, a recent UNICEF analysis found that children in 37 countries face “bleaker prospects” than their parents in escaping poverty, getting a basic education and avoiding violent death.

The Trump Administration Just Re-Introduced a Controversial Weapon Back into the US Arsenal


Cluster bombs are back in the U.S. military arsenal. A Department of Defense memo released last week reversed an impending ban on the highly controversial weapons that had been set to come into effect on January 1, 2019.

The Dr. Joanne Liu Interview, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières

Dr. Joanne Liu is the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), otherwise known as Doctors without Borders.

The Trump Administration Pulls out of the Global Compact on Migration for No Good reason

The Global Compact on Migration doesn’t exist. Rather, it was a proposal born out of a United Nations General Assembly meeting in September 2016.

This is what a “Marshall Plan” For Sustainably Rebuilding Storm Ravaged Caribbean Could Look Like

Hurricane season officially ends today. And more than two months after deadly storms tore through the region, full recovery is still months or even years away for the worst-hit islands.

PODCAST: Meet the Head of the UN’s Bomb Squad


Daniel Craig, UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. Agnes Marcaillou, Director of UNMAS, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Global Progress on Malaria Eradication “Stalled” According to a New WHO Report. Here’s Why


It’s easy to think of malaria as an old-fashioned disease. We know malaria really, really well. It’s the kind of illness that gets mentioned in old books; a colonial sort of disease.

This is How Prevalent Child Labor is Around the World Today. Can the Sustainable Development Goals Totally Eradicate it 7 Years from Now?


The world fell short of its goal to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by 2016. Now, amid conflicts, disasters and an “unprecedented scale of migration and forced displacement,” the UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) says that progress has been far too slow to achieve the international community’s current goal: to eradicate child labor in all its forms by 2025 and forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030.

PODCAST: The David Miliband Interview

David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, the large global humanitarian organization that, among other things, serves refugees and advocates on their behalf.

Female Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Are Suffering the Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Defund a Key UN Agency

As thousands of Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar in the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world, the focus of aid groups is shifting to the conditions facing refugees in the crowded camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The First Big Global Climate Conference of the Trump Era Just Wrapped Up. Here’s what happened.

Negotiators departed this year’s UN climate change conference in Bonn having demonstrated stronger commitment to the Paris Agreement than ever before.

The Zimbabwe Crisis and Fall of Robert Mugabe, Explained

Zimbabwe has had exactly one leader in its entire 37 year history as an independent country. That was, until November 14th Robert Mugabe was deposed in an apparent coup.

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.


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