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SG; Middle East; Ukraine

SG: The SG leaves New York tomorrow morning for Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he will meet with the country’s respective presidents and government representatives until his return on Wednesday evening.

Episode 26: Daniel Drezner

Daniel Drezner is on the line this week! I speak to the academic and Washington Post writer about his career and life in and out of academia.

Security Council Calls for Gaza Ceasefire. What’s Next?

The Security Council held an emergency session earlier this morning calling for an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting in Gaza to be followed by a durable ceasefire based on some sort of negotiated agreement.

Boko Haram Nabs High Profile Hostage…in Cameroon

Further evidence this is a regional threat. “The Cameroonian military says members of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have abducted the wife of the country’s deputy prime minister in the northern Cameroonian town of Kolofata.A local religious leader and mayor was also abducted from the same town.Separately, at least five people in northern Nigeria were killed in a blast – residents suspect Boko Haram.Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks, as the army was deployed to the region.Militants have kidnapped foreign nationals in northern Cameroon before, including a French family and Chinese workers”  (BBC Want these clips delivered to your inbox every morning?

Some Feel Good Inspiration

It’s been a rough week. Here’s some humanity-affirming medicine, via vUNICEF, about an incredibly brave and inspiring 11 year old living with HIV.

Cease-Fire Agreement for CAR

The Forum for National Reconciliation and Political Dialogue for the Central African Republic wrapped up yesterday with the announcement of a cease-fire agreement, following three days of negotiations in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.

Massive Protests Erupt in West Bank

A Third Intifada?…At press time, there were media reports of clashes when thousands of Palestinian demonstrators marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, confronting Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint, with some fatalities.

Iraq; Middle East; Mali

Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis.

How to Negotiate a Gaza Ceasefire

As the conflict in Gaza drags on there’s a renewed diplomatic effort to secure a ceasefire. I speak with Michael Hanna of the Century Foundation about the complex diplomatic efforts underway, the critical role that Egypt is playing , and why things may get bloodier before it gets better.

This is Not the First Time an UNRWA School Has Been Attacked

There is word that multiple people were killed today when Israel mortars struck an UNRWA school housing Gazans displaced by conflict.

#BringBackOurGirls, 100 Days On

Want these clips delivered to your inbox? Sign up here.  And they are still no-where in sight. “The only information comes from Boko Haram’s leader, who said in a video they are being held captive as “slaves” and will not be returned unless the government swaps imprisoned militants for girls.

SG; Middle East; Iraq

SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

Human Rights Council Calls for Gaza Investigation

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay, declared that war crimes were being committed during this recent eruption of conflict in Gaza.

The UN, Individual Privacy and the Surveillance State

Do citizens of every country have a right to privacy in the digital age? Or, more to the point: how can UN human rights offices and treaties guarantee individuals’ rights to privacy?

Indonesian Political Phenomenon Certified as Election Winner

Want these clips delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up here!  Joko Widodo was certified the winner in a highly contentious election.

SG; Middle East; Iraq

SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting.

Inside the Fight Against Global Epidemics

What do Ebola in West Africa, cholera in South Sudan, MERS coronavirus in the Middle East and polio in Syria and Central Africa have in common?

The Aid Diversion Dilemma

It is a sobering snapshot of the humanitarian challenge facing the international community: according to data released last week, funding for relief assistance has reached unprecedented heights — but remains far short of fulfilling the needs of those adversely affected by armed conflict and climate change around the world.

Ban Ki Moon, John Kerry in Cairo for Gaza Talks.

Want these stories delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up here!  Relief Aid Promised for Gazans…”U.S.

SG; Ukraine; Middle East

SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East.