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Dozens of Civilians Killed in US Strike

This raises the question of whether or not certain US rules of engagement have changed with President Trump?

This is What Makes a Country “Happy”


Apparently, universal health care, good quality public education, (and high taxes) have something to do with it. All Nordic countries are among the happiest countries on the planet, as are Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A Famine is Never Just a Famine — It’s Political Violence By Starvation.


We are entering an age of famine. But the extreme food crises facing South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Northern Nigeria are not a consequence of natural disaster or climate change.

Deaths from Starvation are Mounting in Somalia

A reminder that famine looms in Somalia. “At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day and a half, federal government radio said on its website.

Is Torture Making a Comeback?

Will Trump bring back torture as US policy? He promised it on the campaign trail.  And just days into office, word leaked that a draft executive order covering many of these issues was circulating around the White House.

Will the Trump Administration Stick With The UN Human Rights Council?

The Trump administration has a decision to make on the Human Rights Council: will it stay or will it go?

And the World’s “Happiest” Country Is…

From the new UN World Happiness Report…“Norway has jumped from 4th place in 2016 to 1st place this year, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in a tightly packed bunch.

Two New Scientific Studies Show that Our Oceans Are Doomed. (Unless…)


Climate change is beginning to affect the lives of communities around the word. With temperature records being broken, yearly, monthly and daily, severe droughts imperiling food systems and bizarre storms disrupting economies and claiming lives around the world, it’s becoming more and more clear that the changes scientists have long warned of have arrived.

Aid Convoy Attacked in South Sudan

Parts of the country are besieged by famine and this happens…Gunmen attacked an aid convoy in famine-hit South Sudan, killing two people and wounding three, the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday.

The “Four Famines,” Explained


Hunger will be the humanitarian disaster of 2017.  The UN already declared a full fledged famine in parts of South Sudan last month, and three other situations around the world are precariously close to crossing a threshold of food insecurity that leads to famine.

The White House Budget (If Passed) Would Destroy the Post World War Two World Order

The White House released its much anticipated budget request to congress today. As expected, it calls for steep cuts to foreign aid and the United Nations in order to pay for a sharp increase to the defense department budget.

South Sudan’s Civil War is a Regional Menace

Pirates hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012…”The pirates hijacked the oil tanker and they brought it near Alula,” Mohamud Ahmed Eynab, the district commissioner for Alula, told Reuters on Tuesday by phone.

For the First Time in 5 Years, Pirates Hijack Vessel off Somali Coast

Pirates hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012…”The pirates hijacked the oil tanker and they brought it near Alula,” Mohamud Ahmed Eynab, the district commissioner for Alula, told Reuters on Tuesday by phone.

Trump seeks deep cuts to UN relief programs, just as 20 million people face famine

In a perfect storm, the Trump administration is reportedly seeking deep cuts to UN relief programs, just as 20 million people face famine.

What You Need to Know About Geert Wilders and the Elections in the Netherlands

As Dutch voters head to the polls Wednesday to elect members of their 150-member House of Representatives, they do so in an environment of perhaps unprecedented international attention.

The Trump Administration has High Praise for this UN Agency

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing massive budget cuts to American support for the United Nations and its agencies.

CSW61 Kicks Off

The commission on the Status of Women begins today. This year’s theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

Famine, Explained (VIDEO)

What three conditions trigger the United Nations to declare a “famine?”  What causes a famine? And how do you stop a famine?

Dozens Killed in Garbage Dump Landslide

Many people lived in an informal settlement near the dump. “A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home.

PODCAST: The Crisis in Northern Nigeria, Fighting Ebola, and Lessons Learned from a Career in Disaster Relief

My podcast guest Jeremy Konyndyk recently left his post as the top US global humanitarian relief official and has many stories to tell and lessons to share.


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