Following months of meditation and efforts by South Sudanese and international negotiators, a long-awaited peace agreement was finally signed last week, and a cease-fire began over the weekend.
The global humanitarian system is already stretched extremely thin. The next few months could be rough.
Water and sanitation are two sides of the same development coin. In development and UN speak, they are rarely discussed separately.
Juliana Barbassa is a journalist and the author of the new book Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio di Janeiro on the Brink. We have a great conversation about the current political upheaval in Brazil; how preparations for the 2016 summer Olympics are changing the character of Rio; and why corruption in Brazil’s political system is seemingly so endemic.
This was somewhat predictable. The key question is whether or not the security council will make good on its promise to punish those who violate the agreement, “South Sudan rebels on Sunday accused the army of violating a ceasefire just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river.
Earlier this summer, the prospects for peace in Mali looked bright. After intense negotiations, a peace deal was signed by the major belligerents and it looked as if the three year civil war may be coming to a swift close.
2 million Muslims are expected to travel to the Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage next month. Could be a problematic combination.
Earlier this week the UN Security Council did something it’s never done before: it held a meeting specifically focusing on violence directed against LGBT people.
Some excellent news on the ebola front. “There were 3 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 23 August, all of which were reported from Guinea.
Ed note. This is an excerpt from the #1 best selling Amazon Kindle Single e-book, Daughters of the Red Light: Coming of Age in Mumbai’s Brothels, by Shanoor Seervai.
Is Jamaica about to become a more friendly place for gays and lesbians? In an attempt to establish a more human rights centered presence in Jamaican government, a new Human Rights Institute is being built with the support of the United Nations Development Program and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Kiir has come under enormous pressure, including the threat of international sanctions. And now, it looks like he’ll sign a peace deal.
As Greece continues to capture headlines over the most recent economic bailout and its potential to still derail the Eurozone, another crisis is unfolding in the country.
One week ago, a bomb killed 20 people at a busy shrine in the center of Bangkok. Speculations about possible suspects are rife, spreading confusion in a nation already in the midst of political turmoil.
If China sneezes, will the rest of the developing world catch a cold? “The global market rout may also represent a definitive end to the period of rip-roaring emerging-market growth that began around 2000.
“Adnan” is a gay Iraqi. He’s suffered beatings and humiliation throughout his adult life. But when ISIS swept through his town, he was marked for death.
Kenna Zemedkun is a critically acclaimed musician and producer who’s collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake.
A fragile government in a fragile region is on the verge of collapse. “Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said the government may be unable to pay wages next month, as protesters clashed with police for a second day over the cabinet’s inability to resolve a crisis over garbage disposal.
Donald Trump is fond of ascribing violence in American cities to immigrants. He has even gone so far as to propose a Constitutional amendment that would erase the bedrock law of giving citizenship to any baby born on American shores.
Famine does not just mean a lack of food. Rather, it’s a specific designation that is triggered when child malnutrition and mortality rates reach a certain threshold.