DW News Helen Clark on breaking the glass ceiling

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Helen Clark on breaking the glass ceiling

A woman has yet to lead the UN – something New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark is seeking to change. DW’s Charlotte Potts spoke with the candidate for Secretary General about the role of gender and the skills required to become the world’s top diplomat.

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My Sweet Engagement | wedding inspirations (SweetEngagement)

pinterest.com – Because Love is Sweet. Inspirational wedding blog. ♥ Follow us on Instagram (@mysweetengagement) and Facebook.com/mysweetengagement Wedding Dresses My Sweet Engagement | wedding inspirations Follow…

POLITICS

A Corruption Crusade in Guatemala

nytimes.com – Last year, Guatemalans watched in awe as their president, Otto Pérez Molina, and his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, were charged in a kickback scheme and forced from power. This month brought a s…

TECHNOLOGY

The Screen Conspiracy eBook: Maxwell Black: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

amazon.co.uk – Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase In Jack Halpin, Maxwell Black has created a character who most people of a certain age will relate to. In an ever changing, technical world, Jack finds hims…

BUSINESS

Rising temperatures could cut 3.6% of India’s daylight work hours by 2025

scroll.in – India is set to lose 3.6% of annual daylight work hours by 2025 due to rising temperatures, reveals an IndiaSpend analysis of data in a new United Nations report. The loss of daylight work hours co…

WORLD

Aung San Suu Kyi Is in Power. So Why Is She Ignoring Her Country’s Most Vulnerable People?

foreignpolicy.com – As Burma’s new government gets down to business, one thing is increasingly clear — there won’t be much to look forward to for the country’s one million or so Rohingya people. The West has rejoiced …

LEISURE

Dishing it up/ with Sharon Insul

tableofferingsblogdotcom.wordpress.com – Come sit with me for awhile . . . and see what I’m bringing to the table © Yes, yes I know Halloween is barely over, and here I come with thoughts of Thanksgiving tabelscapes .   .   . Sheesh!!! We…

ENVIRONMENT

Donate – Animal Hope and Wellness

animalhopeandwellness.org – The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. We welcome any donations to help us rescue more dogs and care for them at the rescue. All donations are tax deductible. O…

ENVIRONMENT

Sign the petition against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

action.hsi.org – I respectfully urge you to end the mass slaughter and consumption of dogs for the annual dog meat ‘festival’ in Yulin to be held on June 21st. I was shocked to learn that thousands of dogs and cats…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

The Robert Mapplethorpe photo you haven’t seen: The one he took of me

latimes.com – I first met Robert Mapplethorpe in the elevator of the Chelsea Hotel in 1973, when I was 4. My father had just died in a car accident, and my mother was simply lost. The New York hotel was a perfec…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

How I Learned to Love Yoko Ono

nytimes.com – Yoko Ono is not pretty, she is not easy, her paintings aren’t recognizable, her voice is not melodious, her films are without plot and her Happenings make no sense. One of her paintings you are tol…

LEISURE

Arthur Rothstein

lis471.wordpress.com – Darrel Coble is the youngest boy pictured in Fleeing a Dust Storm, the boy who was directed by Rothstein to cover his eyes with his arm. Ganzel photographed Coble, in his home, still in Cimerron Co…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

The Picture | The Story par David Fahey – L’Œil de la photographie

loeildelaphotographie.com – J’ai toujours collectionné les portraits d’artistes. La raison en est simple, j’ai toujours eu la curiosité de voir comment les artistes faisaient face à l’objectif. Les artistes dégagent souvent u…

HEALTH

After Nine-Year Battle, Illinois Will Provide 11,000 Prisoners With Mental Health Care

thinkprogress.org – Illinois, a state that gutted mental health funding by 31.7 percent between 2009 and 2012, will soon guarantee specialized mental health services for 11,000 prisoners. Under the terms of a final se…

WORLD

Tajikistan: Verdicts of Opposition Activists Travesty of Justice

hrw.org – (Washington) – Tajikistan’s Supreme Court sentenced leaders of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) on June 2, 2016 to lengthy prison terms on charges of attempting to overthrow the g…

TECHNOLOGY

This Startup Trains Africa’s Elite Coding Apprentices For Giants Like IBM & Microsoft

fastcompany.com – As a teenager growing up in Lomé, the capital of Togo, Faiçal Tchirou taught himself to code at a cybercafé. He wanted to help his mother manage the small pharmacy she owned. Prescription orders, i…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Get a Fly-on-the-Wall View of John Lennon Recording & Arranging His Classic Song, “Imagine” (1971)

openculture.com – In a recent interview, the perennially cheerful Paul McCartney talked candidly about his depression after the Beatles’ 1970 breakup, a revelation that may have come as a surprise to some people giv…

LEISURE

How a Museum Cancelling a Controversial Mapplethorpe Exhibition Changed My Life

smithsonianmag.com – Twenty-seven years ago, controversy erupted over Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs. It changed my life. In June 1989, I was 22, a newly declared art history major at Northwestern University, about …

POLITICS

Barack Obama: “I’m with her.”

newsweek.com – Updated | President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, for president of the United States. “I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton for making history …

LEISURE

IKEA Redesigns Its Big Blue Bag For The First Time Ever

fastcodesign.com – Short of Swedish meatballs and Billy bookcases, the simple blue-and-yellow bag (technically known as the Frakta) might be IKEA’s most iconic product. Debuting in 1996, more than 3 million Big Blues…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Voyager

grandosicua.deviantart.com – OK, weird story time. Bear with me here. This piece made me immediately think of the song “Death of a Cosmonaut” and so I went to youtube and tried to find a link to it but there wasn’t one. Instea…

POLITICS

Why Is American Democracy So Broken, and Can It Be Fixed?

thenation.com – Few elections in the Western world offer the spectacle that is an American presidential race. While Brits tend to keep a stiff upper lip when jockeying for position, and Canadians prefer the power …

LEISURE

Queen’s 90th birthday is marked at Trooping the Colour parade – BBC News

bbc.co.uk – Thousands of people turned out to watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade on the Queen’s official 90th birthday. Dressed in a vivid lime green coat and matching hat, the Queen was escorted down…

WORLD

Wars and poverty force Gaza children to work

dailymail.co.uk – Instead of going to school, Walid and Ibrahim spend hours each day rummaging through houses destroyed in Gaza’s wars in search of scrap to raise a few shekels for their families. They were once goo…

EDUCATION

David Lynch presenta la historia del cine surrealista – ENFILME.COM

enfilme.com – ¿Qué director, aún con vida, ha sido catalogado con mayor frecuencia como “surrealista”? Creador de atmósferas intrigantes como Eraserhead (1977), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inla…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ part two: Is this darkest story yet?

europe.newsweek.com – Tuesday night saw the first performance of part one of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , J.K. Rowling’s new stage play that takes place 19 years after the events of her best-selling novels, and o…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

In Conversation with Anaïs Volpé director of the film HEIS (chronicles) @ LA Film Festival 2016

womenoccupyhollywood.com – Cinema as a form of expression. Cinema as a necessity. Cinema as an art form. These are the urgencies that move Anaïs Volpé, the young actress-writer-director-producer who envisioned the cross-medi…

TECHNOLOGY

Hackers selling stolen Twitter log-in data

france24.com – Tens of millions of stolen Twitter credentials evidently lifted from web browser programs were put up for sale online, according to a search engine devoted to leaked data. Twitter on Thursday was a…

SCIENCE

eighths

eighths.tumblr.com – La Maison des Sculpteurs Martel, Paris Notes leroideparis reblogged this from nickelcobalt oolasha liked this taytheism liked this referencescout reblogged this from modrockers lovealiennzzz reblog…

LEISURE

Omar Sharif Jr. on Coming Out: ‘I Had Suicidal Thoughts…Then Something Wonderful Happened’

out.com – Omar Sharif Jr. recently gave a speech at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum, a global platform for human rights defenders to share their stories. When he came out in a 2012 letter published in The Advoca…

POLITICS

Labour MP John Mann Comes Out For Brexit

news.sky.com – Labour MP John Mann has thrown his support behind the campaign to leave the European Union, and says he thinks a majority of the party’s voters could very well back a Brexit on 23 June. In an open …

SCIENCE

Moving Up to the Big Leagues, 1946 — Central Intelligence Agency

cia.gov – On July 11,1946 the new Central Intelligence Group formally created its first operational unit, the Office of Special Operations. Formed from the remnants of William Donovan’s wartime Office of Str…

SCIENCE

The possibility of flying taxi drones was among the things we learned this week

europe.newsweek.com – From the possibility of an artificial intelligence “off switch” to bulletproof bookbags, here are five things we learned this week in Tech and Science:  What if Skynet, the fictional artificial int…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Child marriage in Nepal: ‘A girl is a girl, not a wife’

theguardian.com – “Am I a girl, or a mother?” Rachana Sunar opens her speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum quoting one of the child brides she has been supporting in the past four years. It is poignant to think that a 1…

POLITICS

Read Joe Biden’s letter to the Stanford University rape victim

europe.newsweek.com – Vice President Joe Biden, who in 1990 introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), has penned an open letter to the Stanford University sexual assault victim in which he commends her for speak…

WORLD

Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Nels “Benny” Benson — Central Intelligence Agency

cia.gov – This is part of our series about CIA employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Here we will look at the lives of the men and women who have died while serving their country. Currently, there …

SCIENCE

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

fastcompany.com – What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that mak…

TECHNOLOGY

Laura Taylor ebooks, NOOK Books

barnesandnoble.com – You are looking at NOOK Books Refine by Subjects Business Computers Fiction Graphic Novels & Comics Kids Mystery & Crime Romance Science Fiction & Fantasy Self-Help & Relationships Advertising Show…

WORLD

DNI Clapper, FBI Director Comey and DIA Director Stewart To Salute #LGBTSpies at #2016ICPride Summit

odni.gov – DNI Clapper, FBI Director Comey and DIA Director Stewart To Salute #LGBTSpies at #2016ICPride Summit NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ODNI News Release No. 13-16 June 8, 2016 DNI Clapper, FBI Dir…

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren for Vice President? Yes, That’s Possible

thenation.com – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been ripping into the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president with the precision and focused fury of a great prosecutor. “Donald Trump says t…

WORLD

Oslo Freedom Forum 2016

kasparov.com – The Oslo Freedom Forum 2016, an annual gathering of human rights activists, journalists, former heads of state and sympathizers, took place in Oslo from May 23 to 25th 2016. This year, the Oslo Fre…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona

brainpickings.org – Did you ever begin Ulysses? Did you ever finish it? Marilyn Monroe did both. She took great pains to be photographed reading or holding a book — insistence born not out of vain affectation but of a…

LEISURE

Van Gogh Museum verwerft schilderij ‘De druivenoogst’

historiek.net – Het Van Gogh Museum heeft zijn collectie verrijkt met het schilderij De druivenoogst uit 1880 van de Franse kunstenaar Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884). Het werk is in maart 2016 aangekocht op de T…

ENVIRONMENT

GEF Steps Up Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime with Additional $40 Million to Expand Program – UNEP

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unep.org – Washington DC, June 8, 2016 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council today approved an additional $40 million for the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) expanding its support in the fight against…

WORLD

#WithRefugees – World Refugee Day – UNHCR

unhcr.org – 1. Baw Meh Baw Meh dreams of a safer future for her grandchildren. Baw Meh’s story 2. Mojtaba Mojtaba’s story 3. Carmen Carmen hopes to inspire other women through her work. Carmen’s story 4. Sola…

HEALTH

Closing Remarks on 2016 High-level Meeting on Ending AIDS

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un.org – Heads of State and Government, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have come to the end of three truly engaging days of discussion and I would like to thank the Co-chairs o…

WORLD

The Latest: Hungary to close its largest migrants center

businessinsider.com – ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Latest on Europe’s immigration crisis (all times local): Hungary says it is planning to close its largest remaining reception center for migrants and refugees. Janos Lazar…

BUSINESS

In The Future, ‘Made In China’ Could Become ‘Made In Africa’

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huffingtonpost.com – There’s a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you’re wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you’re using to read this were made in China. Even as its economy slows, China remai…

WORLD

This startup helps Syrian refugees earn a living. All they need is a laptop.

pri.org – I’ve come to a cafe in Beirut to meet a young Syrian refugee named Ghaith. His name is easier to write than to say. In Arabic, “gh” makes something like an “r” sound, but from the depths of your th…

WORLD

�We Came with Nothing, We Have Nothing�: Thousands flee Fallujah as Fighting Intensifies

wfp.org – BAGHDAD – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah. On 5 June, UN…

SPORTS

UNAIDS Gala

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universe.com – UNAIDS Gala Design Miami/ 47.5627438, 7.59938720000002 Description SELECT TABLES AND TICKETS AVAILABLE. TO BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST PLEASE EMAIL UNAIDS@JOSHWOODPRODUCTIONS.COM CARTIER PRESENTS UN…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Alcohol Doesn’t Rape People

time.com – He was unanimously convicted of assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconsci…

BUSINESS

Global Youth Forum 2016

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worldbank.org – With the world’s 1.8 billion young people, it is critical the global community interact more with you to address and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Bank Group’s twin goals, an…

EDUCATION

#WithRefugees – World Refugee Day – 20 June – UNHCR

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acnur.org – 1. Baw Meh Baw Meh sueña con un futuro a salvo para sus nietos La historia de Baw Meh 2. Mojtaba Mojtaba sueña con encontrar una cura para el cáncer La historia de Mojtaba 3. Carmen Carmen espera i…

ENVIRONMENT

UN News – UN announces first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste

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un.org – 7 June 2016 – A partnership of leading international organizations, including the United Nations, has announced the launch of a first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste while at th…

POLITICS

UN News – Justice for crimes committed in Darfur must not be sacrificed – ICC Prosecutor

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un.org – 9 June 2016 – More than a decade has passed since the situation in Darfur, Sudan, was referred to her Office, yet the victims’ quest for justice is still far from being realized and they continue t…

SPORTS

Young Syrian footballer aims high in Germany

unhcr.org – A wide, gappy grin spreads over Ahmad Alzaher’s youthful face. He gazes at his father, Mohammed, who is kneeling on the pitch nearby, a water bottle balanced precariously atop his head. Ahmad steps…

HEALTH

Breaking the silos: empowering adolescent girls and young women to access integrated health-care services

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unaids.org – NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 June 2016—At the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, taking place in New York, United States of America, the Organisation of African First Ladies a…

BUSINESS

The Art of Logistics: Going Behind the Scenes with WFP in El Salvador

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medium.com – Carlos Sorriano is a logistics veteran. With nearly two decades of experience, you would be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable about the ins-and-outs of how to get food from one place …

WORLD

6 Jun 2016 – UNESCO celebrated World Environment Day in Tehran – United Nations in Iran

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un.org.ir – 6 Jun 2016 – UNESCO celebrated World Environment Day in Tehran Dr. Ebtekar, Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Department of Environment, delivers her speech on the occa…

WORLD

Ramadan pulls despair of millions of Syrians into sharp focus

unhcr.org – AMMAN, June 7 (UNHCR) – For Abu Ahmad, Ramadan got off to a shaky start this year. As the 44-year-old from Homs and his family looked forward to breaking their first day of fasting with the traditi…

WORLD

Children fleeing South Sudan struggle in CAR refugee villages

unhcr.org – BAMBOUTI, Central African Republic, June 9 (UNHCR) – At home in South Sudan, priests cared for Semo and Seto Abu, disabled 10-year-old twins who struggle to walk and look after themselves. But civi…

WORLD

UNHCR Sample FaceBook title

unhcr.org – NAIROBI, 6 June 2016 – Today, UNHCR Staff members in Nairobi joined the rest of the world in signing the Open Letter to End Statelessness. The Open Letter is part of the media element of the Global…

BUSINESS

UN News – Ban commends India and United States for supporting early entry into force of Paris Agreement

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un.org – 8 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended a joint statement on climate change made by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama an…

BUSINESS

Letters from our Founder and CEO | 2015 Annual Report

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annualreport.bloomberg.org – When I visited Moscow for the first time last June, I found a dynamic city filled with beautiful architecture, fascinating history, and welcoming people. It turns out, though, that the most remarka…

WORLD

Two years after capture of Mosul, displaced Iraqis struggle

unhcr.org – BASRA, Iraq, June 10 (UNHCR) – Iraqi mother-of-six Ahlam Tariq Ali once enjoyed what she calls a “luxurious life” in Iraq’s second city of Mosul. But that ended when militants stormed the city two …

WORLD

International Day of UN Peacekeepers – UN Stamps

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unstamps.org – The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, in tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping operations for their high level of prof…

WORLD

U.N. says Syria blocking food aid; seeks airlift approval

uk.reuters.com – GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya and has requested approval to airlift food into four…

WORLD

Full Transcript of Secretary-General’s Press Encounter

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un.org – Good morning.  It is a great pleasure to see you all once again.  Before I take your questions, I would like to highlight three challenges that affect the wide sweep of our work today.  First, we n…

HEALTH

20 Million People Living With HIV Are Being Left Behind

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huffingtonpost.com – Marking World AIDS Day 2014, Zimbabwe, Photo: UNDP / Nigel Coulson This week, world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to chart the…

POLITICS

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Canada

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unwomen.org – From 6-8 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking her first official mission to Canada, visiting three cities in as many days—Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo. Read the a…

WORLD

Syrian women rise above differences and forge a statement of unity

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unwomen.org – In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a statement…

BUSINESS

Asia-Pacific Region Aims at Hunger-Free Goal by 2030

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ipsnews.net – UNITED NATIONS, Jun 9 2016 (IPS) – The Asia Pacific region – home to two of the world’s most populous countries – faces major food security challenges. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)…

SPORTS

Tennis plays host to Women’s Economic Empowerment – News – Tennis Australia

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tennis.com.au – Melbourne VIC, Australia, 8 June 2016 | tennis.com.au Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka have co-chaired an historic consultation, bringing together delegates fro…

WORLD

Gloria Steinem’s new show links global instability to violence against women: “For the first time there are fewer females on earth than males”

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salon.com – Most of us don’t think of Canada as an unstable or violent place, but one of your episodes looks at the massive problem of their women, especially First Nations women, disappearing or getting murde…

WORLD

Hundreds show up for funeral of veteran with no known living relatives | Fox News

foxnews.com – Four people were expected to attend the funeral Tuesday of a 91-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who died last month with no known living relatives. But 20 minutes before the ceremony at Quantico Nationa…

WORLD

Freed Gaddafi loyalists found dead in Libya’s Tripoli – News from Al Jazeera

aljazeera.com – The bodies of at least 12 loyalists to the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been found in the country’s capital, Tripoli, just days after they were released from prison. The victims were p…

WORLD

Dreams of My Muslim Son

nytimes.com – LONG before I came to the United States, I was fascinated by the American electoral process. I grew up in Pakistan in the 1980s, during the brutally repressive military dictatorship of President Mo…

WORLD

Three reasons why attacking Egypt’s top auditor is bad news — Voices on Corruption

blog.transparency.org – Putting Egypt’s top auditor on trial sends a clear message: the Egyptian government is waging a war. Not against corruption but against those who fight against it. When President Abdel Fattah Al Si…

WORLD

#WithRefugees Campaign | Tinalbarka story

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unhcr.org – Tinalbarka, 16 year old: “I am 16 years old. I come from Mali. My family and I fled Bamako because of war. So we arrived here [in Mbera, Mauritania], where where I now live with my parents. Fortuna…

WORLD

Muslim refugees stuck in Greece miss home more than ever during Ramadan

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pri.org – On the first night of Ramadan, residents of the informal tent camp at Piraeus port in Athens line up for special meals to break their fast. As the sun sets behind the massive ferries that take trav…

SCIENCE

Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds

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theguardian.com – Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide. In an unpre…

WORLD

Sudanese refugees in Chad must adapt or starve

irinnews.org – The Darfur conflict fell out of the headlines years ago, but more than 300,000 Sudanese are still living as refugees in neighbouring Chad, a country with its own problems of poverty, climate change…

LEISURE

For Refugees, Private Groups Fill in Shortfalls in the World’s Response

wsj.com – As Syria’s civil war worsens and Islamic State continues to hold on to large swaths of Iraq, Europe has been shaken by the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Nearly 5 million Syrians have fle…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Child marriage on the rise among Syrian refugees

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jordantimes.com – AMMAN — Salma, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, was playing with friends outside her tent when her step-mother asked her to come inside and told her to prepare to get married in two days. Salma, who f…

WORLD

To really improve the lives of Syrian refugees, Turkey and the world must cooperate better

brookings.edu – The Syrian crisis is now in its sixth year. Half of Syria’s population is now either an internally displaced person or a refugee. Frontline countries are now hosting close to five million refugees….

POLITICS

Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade

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theconversation.com – In normal circumstances, deaths of asylum seekers, sexual assaults on adults and children, and widespread severe mental illness – including self-harm – attributable to the length and conditions of …

WORLD

Bilderberg 2016: US election and refugees top of agenda at secret invite-only conference (PHOTOS)

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blacklistednews.com – “It’s one of the most secretive and powerful organizations you’ve probably never heard of,” reported Al Jazeera.  The top-secret, four-day meeting launched on Thursday in the German city of Dresden…

LEISURE

The Small Animal That’s Making a Big Difference for Women in the Developing World — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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medium.com – Chickens in America have it rough. They’re the symbol of cowards. They’re the butt of corny cross-the-road jokes. Every kind of mystery meat is supposed to taste exactly like them. But if you ask a…

POLITICS

Gov. Cuomo’s BDS Blacklist Is an Affront to Free Expression

aclu.org – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order this week requiring state agencies and authorities to divest from any company or institution that supports the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctio…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Welcome to the insult election, Twitter’s biggest show ever

theverge.com – Imagine this: Donald Trump, having just been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, strolls into the Oval Office. He takes a seat at the historic Resolute desk — built from the remain…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

✿ Paul LAURENZI ✿

catherinelarosepoesiaearte.blogspot.com – ‘Questa notte… come quasi ogni notte… ho bramato fino alla cecita’ il mio silenzio lo faccio spesso quando…. quando credo di esser sola tra me e sempre me anima e cuore…’ ~ Catherine La Ros…

POLITICS

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

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unwomen.org – “I managed to overcome the fear of running for election. I stood as a candidate and I won,” explains Lucía del Socorro Basante, a 60-year-old lawyer and the only woman on the Municipal Council in P…

ENVIRONMENT

Ocho países de América Latina y el Caribe suscribieron el primer tratado mundial contra la pesca ilegal

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fao.org – 6 de junio de 2016, Santiago de Chile– Ocho países de América Latina y el Caribe se sumaron a un acuerdo internacional pionero en su género que pretende acabar con la pesca ilegal, el cual entró en…

ENVIRONMENT

WCS Gala 2016 Honors Sir David Attenborough and Walt Disney Company > WCS Newsroom

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newsroom.wcs.org – Max Pulsinelli, 571-218-7601; mpulsinelli@wcs.org  WCS: We Stand for Wildlife (1:37) David Attenborough Award Acceptance (3:14) WCS GALA 2016 CELEBRATES “WE STAND FOR WILDLIFESM” MISSION SIR DAVID …

ENVIRONMENT

UN News – Haiti: UN supports Government in potable water campaign reaching 30,000 residents

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un.org – 10 June 2016 – Some 30,000 residents of three localities in Haiti now have access to potable water, thanks to a sanitation campaign launched by the Government and supported by the United Nations fo…

SCIENCE

CSA 101: your new online guide to climate-smart agriculture

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ccafs.cgiar.org – The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners developed a website presenting the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approach to food security and sus…

LEISURE

The Government of Nigeria and UNHCR organize a regional Protection Dialogue on the Lake Chad Basin – kora

kora.unhcr.org – A Protection Dialogue on the Lake Chad Basin – the first of its kind in the region – will be hosted in Abuja by the Government of Nigeria, with the technical support of UNHCR, from 6 to 8 June, 201…

SCIENCE

Go Circular :: Our Planet

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web.unep.org – The circular economy is a tangible set of solutions – and our best chance of reaching sustainable patterns of production and consumption. The implications are enormous, not just for the way we do b…

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USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

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usatoday.com – During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other …

WORLD

Five years into southern Sudan conflict, refugees still flee

unhcr.org – GENEVA, June 3 (UNHCR) – After five years of war in southern Sudan, thousands of refugees are continuing to flee, placing further pressure on already strained resources in neighbouring South Sudan,…

WORLD

Greek Syrian mayor and refugees bring tourist village back to life

unhcr.org – In a two-storey, white-painted apartment beside a picturesque beach, Tarek Al-Felou and his wife, Kinda, are making a shish barak, a Middle Eastern dish of meat dumplings. Their neighbours are some…

LEISURE

What’s in it for them? The volunteers saving Europe’s refugees

theguardian.com – A tailor’s workshop on the Turkish coast, a petrol station near Greece’s border with Macedonia, an unemployed woman’s flat. What do they have in common? They are unofficial headquarters along the 2…

WORLD

My job is to ask refugees about their journey. It’s so awful I’ve run out of words to describe it | Keane Shum

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theguardian.com – Shahira Bibi is the one I can never forget, her little body wrapped in black fabric on a concrete bench in a morgue in Aceh, Indonesia. She was three years old, but weighed no more than a six-month…

WORLD

Former US Marine sues Iran over ‘torture’ while held captive

msn.com – A former US Marine who was accused by Iran of spying and held for 4.5 years is suing Tehran over the “prolonged and continuous physical abuse” he endured while detained. According to a lawsuit file…

WORLD

BOKO HARAM: ‘We won’t return to our so-called liberated communities until…’ – Vanguard News

vanguardngr.com – MAIDUGURI—The Emir of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Muhammadu Idrissa Timta has said none of his Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, including himself and his immediate family …

LEISURE

Illusionistic Paintings Intervene on London Phone Booths | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – L: Boy monk. R: Headscarf woman. Images courtesy the artist London’s red telephone booths, an iconically impotent symbol of the country’s capital, have been often used as a platform for activist st…

SCIENCE

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts – NYTimes.com

nytimes.com – Listening to music may make the daily commute tolerable, but streaming a story through the headphones can make it disappear. You were home; now you’re at your desk: What happened? Storytelling happ…

WORLD

When boxing legend Muhammad Ali came to Egypt – Omni Sports – Sports – Ahram Online

english.ahram.org.eg – Ali, one of the iconic sporting heroes of the 20th century, died on Friday in Arizona at the age of 74, leaving millions of his fans grief-stricken all over the world. The three-time World Heavywei…

WORLD

Physicist in Danger of Dying if Returned to Prison in Iran

blog.amnestyusa.org – It didn’t have to be this way. A promising young physicist, beloved by his colleagues, lies in a hospital bed with just one kidney left. The other was removed because cancer had spread to the point…

WORLD

Where Rumors Can Kill

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foreignpolicy.com – Frustrations have been boiling over into violence on the Greek border with Macedonia. Along the razor wire fence, refugees in the Greek town of Idomeni have been stranded with no information about …

WORLD

No Refugee-Bashing in My Name! Tell Congress to Help Refugees

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act.amnestyusa.org – I am writing to express my concern about the global refugee crisis and to urge you to help the United States lead the global community in effectively addressing the crisis. There are currently at l…

WORLD

How we’re fighting conflict and fragility where poverty is deepest

blogs.worldbank.org – For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustai…

WORLD

UNHCR Population Statistics – Data – Overview

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popstats.unhcr.org – Refugees include individuals recognised under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees; its 1967 Protocol; the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems i…

BUSINESS

“Respond” Award Winning Poems 2015/2016

uhrsn.org – UHRSN is proud to announce the Winners of the Human Rights Poetry Competition “Respond”. With more than 700 poems from 93 countries the “RESPOND” poetry competition set a powerful sign regarding th…

WORLD

Mayor must help councils to help refugees, ‎says Assembly

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london.gov.uk – The London Assembly today agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to set out his position on refugees seeking shelter in the capital. The motion urges the Mayor to outline what he will do to work with…

WORLD

Alistair Carmichael MP: Refugee families divided by lines of Home Office rule book

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politicshome.com – Imagine that you have had to flee your home because of a repressive government. Imagine that you’ve then faced a long, life-threatening journey to reach a country where you are able to apply for as…

POLITICS

What It’s Like at a Bernie Rally in the Dying Days of the Democratic Campaign

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fusion.net – SANTA MONICA, Calif.—It was impossible to walk through the crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters who packed an airplane hangar here Tuesday night without noticing the feelings of disenfranchisement an…

WORLD

PNG media council condemns police assault on journalist during protest

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asiapacificreport.nz – National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) journalist Rose Amos was kicked and punched by two police officers yesterday morning during the protest. “Amos ran towards the police for cover only to be pu…

WORLD

Proliferation of MANPADS in Syria – Relevant Actors and Applicable Treaties for Policymakers – bellingcat

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bellingcat.com – What are MANPADS? What is their relevance to the war in Syria? MANPADS (man portable air defense systems) are heat seeking shoulder fired missile platforms designed to destroy aircraft flying at an…

WORLD

Dispatches: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon Miss Out on Secondary Education

hrw.org – When students sit this week for the baccalaureate exams that mark the end of high school in Lebanon, Amin, 18, won’t be among them. He has been out of school since fleeing to Lebanon as a refugee f…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Newseum Will Host Controversial Magnitsky Film Screening Despite Pressure From Relatives

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buzzfeed.com – WASHINGTON — The Newseum says it will not cancel a screening of a controversial documentary about Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky despite concerns from Magnitsky’s family. The film, The Magn…

WORLD

Vietnam communists tighten grip after victory in strictly vetted vote

straitstimes.com – HANOI (REUTERS) – Vietnam’s Communist Party entrenched its power monopoly on Thursday (June 9) after results of last month’s parliamentary election showed its members winning 96 per cent of seats, …

WORLD

Israeli leaders vow revenge after Tel Aviv attack

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electronicintifada.net – Maureen Clare Murphy Rights and Accountability 9 June 2016 Israel imposed collective punishment measures and its leaders threatened more to come after two Palestinian men opened fire in a busy upsc…

HEALTH

South Sudan: Protecting Children from Preventable Diseases

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doctorswithoutborders.org – Skye Giannino is a nurse with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In April 2016, she supervised a MSF vaccination campaign in the town of Old Fangak, South Sudan. Here, she shar…

POLITICS

Obama ‘Fired up’ for Clinton’s campaign, urges party unity

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reuters.com – WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s White House bid on Thursday and called for the Democratic Party to unite behind her after a protracted battle with Bernie …

WORLD

Children of Syria … Angels with Broken Wings

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sn4hr.org – SNHR has published the report “Children of Syria… Angels with Broken Wings” documenting the killing of 19,773 children at the hands of government forces since March 2011 including 297 children who …

WORLD

Israelis Find Rare Moment of Solidarity in Aftermath of Tel Aviv Shootings

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nytimes.com – The Israeli military authorities responded on Thursday by temporarily suspending 83,000 special travel permits granted to West Bank Palestinians for family visits to Israel during the Muslim holy m…

WORLD

The Tel Aviv terrorists: Two cousins from a West Bank village, influenced by Hamas – Israel News

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haaretz.com – The cousins who perpetrated the shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night were not Hamas members but were influenced by its ideology, according to relatives of the two. Khaled Mohammed Mahamra…

WORLD

Controversial judge in Stanford rape case is receiving death threats

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dailymail.co.uk – The judge who sentenced Stanford rapist Brock Turner to just 90 days in jail is facing death threats over the controversial decision.  Gary Goodman, who works as the supervising attorney for the Sa…

POLITICS

Clinton Email Update: Judicial Watch Releases Clinton Email Deposition Testimony of Karin Lang, Director, Executive Secretariat Staff – Judicial Watch

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judicialwatch.org – (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Karin Lang, director of executive secretariat staff and designated representative for the State Department. The Lang tr…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Philly cabinetmaker: We went broke after Trump stiffed us

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philly.com – He’s been called a lot of things. Fraud. Billionaire. Fake Billionaire. Presumptive Nominee. Presumptuous. Short-Fingered Vulgarian. Misogynist. Racist. Possible 45th President. Now, add a new word…

POLITICS

Sanders Vows to Do Anything to Stop Trump . . . Except Drop Out

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vanityfair.com – After an hour-long meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who trails Hillary Clinton by more than 3 million votes, defiantly told the press that he …

WORLD

Tel Aviv mayor links terror attack to occupation, sparking outcry

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timesofisrael.com – Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai raised hackles on Thursday, after suggesting that the Palestinian terror attack at the Sarona Market plaza in the city was linked to Israel’s “occupation” of the Palestini…

WORLD

U.N. Leader Cites Funding Threat in Removing Saudi Coalition From List of Rights Violators

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nytimes.com – The leader of the United Nations said on Thursday that he had removed the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing Yemen from an annual list of violators of children’s rights, because the Saudis a…

WORLD

Shabab Attack in Somalia Sets Off Predawn Gun Battle

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nytimes.com – NAIROBI, Kenya — A suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into the gates of an African Union base in central Somalia on Thursday, setting off a predawn gun battle between militants and Africa…

WORLD

U.N. Chief Says He Went Soft on Saudi Arabia and Allies to Avoid Aid Cut

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foreignpolicy.com – Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, confirmed Thursday he was essentially blackmailed into removing the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a U.N. blacklist of countries, rebel movement…

LEISURE

My Indian Passport Is a Bitch | Deepti Kapoor

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catapult.co – I read an interview with the author Lawrence Osborne, an expat Englishman pitched as an heir to Graham Greene. Osborne lives in Bangkok and I was in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, at the time. H…

WORLD

U.N. Accuses Eritrea’s Leaders of Crimes Against Humanity

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nytimes.com – GENEVA — The leaders of Eritrea are responsible for crimes against humanity, a United Nations commission of inquiry said Wednesday, calling for international action to hold them to account, includi…

WORLD

Exclusive: Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and victims of Yazidi genocide

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nytlive.nytimes.com – In a triumphant win for the thousands of Yazidi women who have been enslaved by the Islamic State, Amal Clooney has confirmed that she will represent victims of the Yazidi genocide, including ISIS …

POLITICS

Accreditation should not be a precondition for journalists to enter a country, OSCE Representative says, issuing recommendations

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osce.org – VIENNA, 8 June 2016 – Accreditation for foreign correspondents should not be a precondition for a journalist to obtain a visa or to enter a country, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunj…

WORLD

In Tel Aviv terror attack, scholar of Israeli-Palestinian conflict becomes its victim – Israel News

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haaretz.com – Dr. Michael Feige spent his career writing and lecturing about the effects of war and terrorism on the Israeli psyche, casting his analytic and critical academic eye on groups as diverse as the set…

SCIENCE

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

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theguardian.com – The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revea…

LEISURE

How Can Webinar Software Help You? / Free Website Building,Design, Logos

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freewebsitebuildingdesignlogos.com – The times are changing, and changing fast. The days when a big company would hold a seminar in the conference room of a plush hotel, where attendance was by invitation only are long gone. This is t…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Cree language gets 21st-century reboot from First Nation Canadians

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theguardian.com – With entries ranging from pwâkamo-pahkwêsikan, the Cree word for pizza – “the throw-up bread” in literal English – to môniyâw-matotisân, a sauna or a “white-man sweat”, a crowdsourcing project docu…

POLITICS

The punishment for rape should be longer than a semester in college.

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freethoughtblogs.com – I never thought I’d be supportive of a conservative congressperson, but I am all the way with Ted Poe here. Conservative Texas Congressman Ted Poe (R) on Thursday lashed out at Judge Aaron Persky a…

SCIENCE

World’s First ‘Spotty Dog’ and Cow-Like Sheep Created Using Gene Editing

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ecowatch.com – Researchers at the state-run Xinjiang Academy of Zootechnical Science in China have bred five sheep with different coat colors using the new gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9. Researchers in #…

BUSINESS

Big Oil’s Footprint in Washington Shrinks With Price of Crude

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bloomberg.com – Tumbling crude and natural gas prices have weakened the energy industry’s influence in Washington as cutbacks in the oilfield have spread to the nation’s capital. Casualties include the army of lob…

SCIENCE

Gut Bacteria Can Regulate Nerve Fiber Insulation 

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ndnr.com – According to new research published online at The Guardian by University College Cork and published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and fun…

ENVIRONMENT

Activists: SeaWorld whales could retire in sanctuary we’ll build

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orlandosentinel.com – Not content with SeaWorld’s decision to stop breeding killer whales, animal advocates are pressuring the company to send its orcas to a seaside retirement home. It’s not just People for the Ethical…

POLITICS

Donald Trump’s history of paying to sway attorneys general

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sunlightfoundation.com – Donald Trump defends his past political donations as a means to further his business endeavors. He frames his contributions as good business. What better way to close such loopholes than to elect s…

WORLD

To really improve the lives of Syrian refugees, Turkey and the world must cooperate better

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brookings.edu – The Syrian crisis is now in its sixth year. Half of Syria’s population is now either an internally displaced person or a refugee. Frontline countries are now hosting close to five million refugees….

WORLD

CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels

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thedailybeast.com – U.S.-backed opposition forces in Syria’s largest city are facing a ferocious Russian-led assault, raising fears that the rebels could be eliminated in a matter of weeks. So how are the Pentagon and…

WORLD

A UN flowchart for refugees reveals how ridiculously complicated it is to apply to asylum

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qz.com – Two months after Europe’s agreement with Turkey went into effect, Greece has finally shared the rules for asylum-seekers already in Greece to apply for refugee status. The process, explained in a h…

WORLD

Iraq: Fallujah Abuses Test Control of Militias

hrw.org – (Beirut) – The announced investigation into allegations of abuse of civilians around Fallujah by Iraqi government forces is a test for the government’s ability to hold abusive forces accountable. J…

LEISURE

Interview: Safely in Sweden, migrant children can fall through the cracks

hrw.org – In 2015, Sweden received tens of thousands of unaccompanied children, many fleeing war or violence, who either made the dangerous journey alone or who became separated from  their parents along the…

WORLD

US Millionaire Helps Rescue Hundreds of Migrants in 2 Days

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abcnews.go.com – A privately owned search-and-rescue company owned by an American says it has saved nearly 500 refugees and migrants at risk of drowning, only two days after starting its latest mission in the Medit…

WORLD

Remembering Muhammad Ali’s Visit to Uzbekistan

eurasianet.org – It was a surprise for many in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in 1978, when Communist authorities decided to roll out a red carpet for a celebrated and self-avowed Muslim.   That year, legendar…

WORLD

» Jerusalem: 82 New Settlement Units Announced– IMEMC News

imemc.org – On Tuesday, Israeli authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport ar…

LEISURE

PS | Exhibition in Foam 3h

foam.org – Selected artists, Carlijn Jacobs, Elizaveta Porodina and Philippe Vogelenzang, each demonstrate a strong, unconventional visual language in both their commercial and autonomous work, reminiscent in…

LEISURE

National borders exist to pen poor people into reservations of poverty | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

theguardian.com – He is not one of my regulars. From Cameroon, he says. And hungry, poor bloke. I can tell he’s had to swallow a lot of pride to beg for food at my door. I apologise to him, say that because we’ve ju…

WORLD

Ankara’s Fight Against the Kurds

foreignaffairs.com – Turkey is poised to escalate its war with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) by prosecuting elected Kurdish politicians. Many observers, including some government supporters, fear that the move wil…

WORLD

Physicians for Human Rights – Deadly Aleppo Airstrikes Damage Two Syrian Hospitals

physiciansforhumanrights.org – Airstrikes in Syria damaged two hospitals in opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo today, killing and wounding dozens. Working with information from its partners on the ground, Physicians for Human…

WORLD

Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria

nsnbc.me – Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : On 21 August 2013, the Syrian Arab Army launched a major military campaign in Damascus. The campaign, called “Operation Shield of the Capital”, was the largest military o…

LEISURE

Gangster’s Paradise – Roads & Kingdoms

roadsandkingdoms.com – Honduras’s problems are a complex blend of poor governance, limited economic development, and poverty. While many residents see crime as the problem and immigration as the solution, some observers …

WORLD

Saudi Arabia’s First Step Is Admitting It Has an Oil Problem

foreignpolicy.com – The Saudi royal family has gambled its prestige on a bold economic reform plan, meant to revive an economy battered by sharply lower oil revenues. But the prescriptions of “Saudi Vision 2030” are f…

SCIENCE

Living Dresses Move, Breathe, and Know How You’re Feeling | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – Photo by Dominique Lafond. Images courtesy of the artist Two dresses imbued with robotic movement and facial recognition software, move subtley, as if they’re breathing. But show an ounce of emotio…

SCIENCE

The Unusual Chemistry of an Experimental Master Artist | Conservation Lab | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – László Moholy-Nagy, A 19, 1927. Oil and graphite on canvas, 80 x 95.5 cm. Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Ann Arbor, MI. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Incarcerated Young Adults Get a Gallery Show at NYU | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – A community outreach organization committed to providing creative outlets for young adults involved in the juvenile justice system celebrates its 15-year anniversary with an exhibition of artwork m…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

How Leonardo DiCaprio became unlikely champion in Iran

al-monitor.com – Iranians were elated when they discovered that actor Leonardo DiCaprio had shared on his Instagram account a photo of Iran. DiCaprio, a champion environmentalist, republished The Weather Channel’s …

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

The Genius of Jane Jacobs, Who Changed the Way We Think About Cities

thenation.com – This year marks the centennial of Jane Jacobs’s birth. Her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, changed the way the world views cities. It has been translated into multiple langu…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Falling for Fitzgerald

theparisreview.org – A hopeless affair with America’s greatest—and deceased—man of letters. Last year, I confessed to my best friend that I had fallen in love with another man. When she heard this man’s identity, she k…

WORLD

A glimpse of conditions faced by Baha’i prisoners inside Iran’s Evin prison

onecountry.org – NEW YORK – During her time in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, journalist Roxana Saberi met a number of fellow women prisoners who gave her strength and inspiration as she faced the interrogations of …

TECHNOLOGY

Social Media Is an Infinite Set of Virtual Portals | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – Most people have imagined opening a door, or several, that leads to an unexpected place, real or virtual. In Doorcuts, filmmaker and visual effects artist Zak Tatham does just that, featuring an an…

SCIENCE

Collection search: You searched for

britishmuseum.org – The most common type of Museum number begins with the year of acquisition. The database standardises these numbers in the form, for example: 1887,0708.2427 (year: comma: block of four numbers – usu…

WORLD

‘Homeland’ actress: Iran, free jailed mother

cnn.com – Both of us are Iranian-born young women, sharing the same given name, who made Great Britain our home and philanthropy our life’s work. Yet she sits in a detention center, while I enjoy the comfort…

ENVIRONMENT

Ensuring success of SDGs a top priority for UNDP

undp.org – New York – The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark said today that ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda, an ambitious plan which includes the Sustainable Developm…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Filmmakers Meld With Their Iconic Characters’ Wooden Sculptures | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – Quentin Tarantino. Images courtesy Jonathan Levine Gallery Auteurs or fiilmmakers whose presence dominates every aspect of their work, are the subject of a surreal new sculpture series by artist Mi…

WORLD

Protesters hack Iraqi parliament website: ‘Idiots are leading the country’

washingtonpost.com – Followers of Iraq’s Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrate at the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government in Iraq on April 30. (Ahmed Saad)…

WORLD

Temporary Freedom for Jailed Baha’i

en.iranwire.com – Prison authorities have released Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi from prison on a temporary basis, IranWire has learned. Kamalabadi, who is serving a 10-year sentence for “insulting religious sanct…

WORLD

Witnesses describe Tel Aviv bloodbath as four dead victims are named

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dailymail.co.uk – Witnesses have spoken of the horrifying moment when two gunmen disguised as ultra-Orthodox Jews burst into a busy restaurant in Tel Aviv, killing four Israelis and injuring nine people.  A British-…

SCIENCE

Rewrite the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy – Roosevelt Institute

rooseveltinstitute.org – Rewriting the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy argues that, in order to understand racial and economic inequality among black Americans, we must acknowledge the racial rules tha…

WORLD

Nueva mezquita en Abu Dhabi – ARQA

arqa.com – El diseño evoca ese camino y se convierte en la transición de lo temporal a lo trascendente – una secuencia narrativa expresada a través de la arquitectura que une lo espiritual a lo cotidiano. A p…

WORLD

We must not allow our horror at the refugee crisis to be blunted by fatigue

independent.co.uk – Last week The Independent was awarded a prize by the International News Media Association for its #refugeeswelcome campaign. The campaign was launched back in September as debates raged about how B…

ENVIRONMENT

World Environment Week: Our choices of today will define the future of humanity and the planet

riopluscentre.org – As we celebrate the first World Environment Week since the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were put into effect, we take a step back to reflect on the significance of the n…

SCIENCE

Generative Portraits Made from Your Voice and Webcam Photos | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – Barcelona-based artist Sergio Albiac is adding some literary and philosophical meaning to the average selfie in his latest project I am Portraits. The project is based on his installation from the …

WORLD

Iran hails Japan’s collaboration to help restore Lake Urmia

tehrantimes.com – TEHRAN — Iran hailed Japan’s collaboration in restoration of Lake Urmia through empowering rural women and optimizing water consumption patterns and agricultural methods around the lake. The two na…

LEISURE

Rome the conqueror

britishmuseum.tumblr.com – Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Phoenicians and Greeks were two of the first peoples to develop colonies on Sicily from the 8th cen…

WORLD

Italy Provides More Funding for Stabilization Activities

iraq-businessnews.com – Italy Provides Additional Funding for Stabilization Activities in Liberated Areas The Italian Republic is contributing an additional US$4.91 million (€4.5 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Im…

BUSINESS

This Trippy “Unzipped Wall” Is the Perfect Place to Party | The Creators Project

thecreatorsproject.vice.com – Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); (10 June – 9 October); Photo © Iwan Baan When he’s not defining Manhattan’s skyline, thinking of ways to shelter the city from hurric…

ENVIRONMENT

Global Premiere: “Thirty Million” a documentary on climate change

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eventbrite.com – THIRTY MILLION “Bangladesh, the land of water, the nation on the frontline of climate change.” Thirty Million, the number of expected people displaced, in Bangladesh by the end of the century, from…

LEISURE

Sephardic Baking from Nona and More Favorites by Linda Capeloto Sendowski

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jewishbookcouncil.org – Growing up in a Sephardic family, Ladino was the native language in Linda Capeloto Sendowski’s grandparents’ homes. This cultural inheritance—from the language to kitchen practices to nostalgia—inf…

POLITICS

Harry Reid Wants Elizabeth Warren To Be Vice President

huffingtonpost.com – Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is among the lawmakers to have questioned whether the country would be ready to elect an all-woman ticket. Reporters asked Reid about Tester’s open question on Tuesday — …

BUSINESS

Kalengo Kamwendo, Zambia’s youngest pilot clocks 1000 hours

thisisafrica.me – Zambia’s Kalenga Kamwendo who became the country’s youngest pilot last year has achieved yet another remarkable milestone, having clocked up 1,000 hours last week while on a morning flight from Lus…

LEISURE

Top 10 Things To Do In Charlotte This Weekend

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charlottestories.com – This weekend is going to be truly incredible! There will be tons of food trucks, live music, and the Taste of Charlotte! Here are the top 10 things happening around the Charlotte region this weeken…

WORLD

Iran’s judiciary to deal harshly with breaking fast in public

orient-news.net – The Iranian regime’s notorious prosecutor in Golestan Province, northern Iran, threatened with imprisonment and flogging anyone who publicly violates the fast during daylight hours in the Islamic h…

ENVIRONMENT

Modi and Obama Shake Hands, but India’s Path to Clean Energy Remains Long

technologyreview.com – Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and U.S. president Barack Obama this week reached agreements on energy and climate change that include $60 million in seed financing for renewable-energy and mic…

BUSINESS

Nasdaq back near 5,000. Tech rebound? Not exactly

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CRIME

Eric Bolling: If You Have a Problem With Trump, You Have a Problem with Justice Sotomayor

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mediaite.com – Fox’s Eric Bolling compared Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks attempting to discredit the judge in the Trump University’s case based on his ethnicity to comments Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomay…

BUSINESS

GeneaPress: Ancestry Launches Dutch Records Online Following Agreement with the Netherlands Centre for Family History

geneapress.com – Ancestry has signed a ground-breaking agreement with CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History 100 million Dutch records published online at Ancestry from June Collection include Birth, Marria…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

The Thursday Interview: Linda Naseem.

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the-thursday-interview.blogspot.com – Today, I’d like to welcome Linda Naseem, author of “Nothing” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!   I was born an Army brat in California. (I’m still pretty much of a br…

BUSINESS

Les inégalités salariales femmes-hommes commencent dès 8 ans avec l’argent de poche

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sanscompromisfeministeprogressiste.wordpress.com – L’inégalité entre les femmes et les hommes n’attend pas l’âge adulte pour se déclarer : les garçons sont plus nombreux à percevoir de l’argent de poche que les filles. Mais l’injustice ne s’arrête …

BUSINESS

Congress’ Puerto Rico Proposal Could Trigger Chaos

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ENVIRONMENT

Entering British Scandinavia – Part 1

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POLITICS

D.L. Hughley perfectly sums up the GOP’s dilemma with Trump: “What [they are] saying is that a racist is better than a liberal”

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salon.com – Comedian D.L. Hughley bluntly called out Republican leaders for their seemingly unconditional support of Donald Trump even while he repeatedly makes racist attacks on a federal judge, calling House…

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Online platforms are not enough. Artists need affordable space. – CREATIVZ.US

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creativz.us – In 2008, a bunch of friends and I built out and managed a studio space in Brooklyn. We signed a five-year lease with a three-year option, and hoped for the best. We wanted to make our work and to i…

SCIENCE

White Rabbit by Darren Fisher

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STORIES

The Fantasy of the Deathbed Conversion – The New Yorker

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newyorker.com – Earlier this spring, a prominent evangelical Christian named Larry Taunton published a book alleging that Christopher Hitchens, an outspoken atheist, had been, during the last years of his life, “t…

POLITICS

Trump’s Campaign Is Already An Absolute Garbage Fire

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huffingtonpost.com – We’re only a few weeks into the presumptive general election, and the wheels are already coming off Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Trump team is struggling with internal discord over his…

SCIENCE

Press release: Over a quarter of local investigations into stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries are not good enough, says RCOG report

rcog.org.uk – More robust and comprehensive local reviews are urgently needed to ensure lessons can be learnt and improvements made The quality of local investigations into cases of stillbirth, early neonatal de…

LEISURE

Landscapes

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ENVIRONMENT

Uncertainty for UK trade outside EU, says WTO chief – BBC News

bbc.co.uk – The UK outside the European Union would face uncertain trade relations, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In a BBC interview, the WTO’s director general, Roberto Azevedo, said Britai…

TECHNOLOGY

A Powerful 3 Step Social Media Lead Generation Strategy – Social Quant – Twitter Growth Done Right

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WORLD

UN Admits Extortion Behind Removal of Saudi Arabia From Child Killer Blacklist

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theantimedia.org – (ANTIMEDIA) United States — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted Thursday Saudi Arabia had been removed from a blacklist for maiming and killing children as a result of unnamed sources’ thre…

WORLD

Iran Spends $1.7 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Funds to Boost Its Military

freebeacon.com – BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0 June 9, 2016 2:33 pm The State Department is staying silent after Iranian officials disclosed that the Islamic Republic spent a recent payment by the United States of …

POLITICS

‘Undeclared Civil War:’ Black Youths Under Threat of ‘Genocide’ in Brazil, 1 Killed Every 23 Minutes Per Report  – Atlanta Black Star

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atlantablackstar.com – Afro-Brazilians have led many social rebellions over the course of their history in the South American country. From the indomitable quilombo communities established by fugitive enslaved Africans d…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

28th Annual Lammy Award Winners Announced

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lambdaliterary.org – The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. T…

EDUCATION

Black Males Represent Just 2 Percent of Teachers. That’s Bad for Students and for Black Men.

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slate.com – PITTSBURGH— Ron Porter Jr. had a rude awakening during his senior year at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. A student-athlete at the central Pennsylvania co…

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Paul Ryan’s promise to stick with regular order in the House was really more of a suggestion

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dailykos.com – The idea of “regular order” seems simple enough. It means that the legislature agrees to operate by its own standing rules. That would seem to be the bare minimum you can ask of any group engaged i…

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Parents Let Daughters Stay Up to See Historic Clinton Speech

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time.com – As Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night as the first female major-party nominee, she sought to position the achievement within history, connecting the moment to generations of women in th…

SCIENCE

Developing a tech-savvy, adaptable mindset | Article

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army.mil – WEST POINT, N.Y. — It’s not just about shooting down drones. During this year’s cadet summer training, the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) at West Point has assisted West Point’s Department of Military…

WORLD

Today is the Anniversary of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Fall

billmoyers.com – Today is the anniversary of the day in 1954 when attorney Joseph Welch confronted Senator Joseph McCarthy in a Capitol Hill hearing room: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you …

POLITICS

People Retracting Support For Trump: Did They Really Think He’d Change? | RedState

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redstate.com – There has been a mini movement of late by Republicans both in government and outside who were at a time supportive of Donald Trump, or at the very least were willing to see how he’d do, who are now…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Beautiful Drugs Ads from 1930s France (Ridendo Magazine) – Flashbak

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WORLD

A Warning To The West: A Voice From The Heart Of The Islamic World

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nocompulsion.com – The following article is not written with “hatred” or “Islamophobia” or “ignorance” as many will prejudge. The same accusions Muslims, and their western leftist “useful idiots” usually accuse false…

BUSINESS

Phoenix BioTech, BioNovelus, To Tour Central America and Mexico This Summer

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accesswire.com – PHOENIX, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / June 9, 2016 / BioNovelus, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ONOV) is pleased to announce the creation of BioNovelus-CostaRica, a legal entity that will register BioNovelus products for …

BUSINESS

Why You Should Focus On Trust, Not Traffic

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TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Tips for Authors

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indieauthornews.com – Twitter Tips for Authors Twitter is an amazing tool to brand yourself as author and connect with your readers and fellow authors. Twitter can play a big role in your Author-Marketing Strategy if us…

WORLD

Taliban gains in Afghanistan threaten costly U.S. reconstruction effort

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reuters.com – WASHINGTON The United States has wasted billions of dollars in reconstruction aid to Afghanistan over the past decade, and now a renewed Taliban insurgency is threatening the gains that have been m…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Wanted: #Bookreviews for The Revenge of Excalibur – Readers’ Junction

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POLITICS

Grover Norquist: Trump Would Be Most Fiscally Conservative

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time.com – Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has said that he’d beef up the Pentagon, deficit spend to stimulate the economy and still somehow eliminate the national debt in eight years without cutt…

SCIENCE

Case made for ‘ninth planet’ – BBC News

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POLITICS

Sanders, Clinton and, er, President Trump?

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nytimes.com – Bernie Sanders has had a stunning impact this year, helping set the political agenda and winning the passionate embrace of a demographic a quarter his age. A socialist, Jewish, non-pandering candid…

WORLD

Clinton-Related Record Requests At State Department Often Delayed Past Presidential Election

ibtimes.com – As the election season accelerates, requests for public information from the State Department surrounding communications from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have hit speed bumps. A revie…

BUSINESS

Robots are infiltrating retail

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businessinsider.com – This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “E-Commerce Briefing” subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. More shoppers are moving online to purchase their goods, but brick-and…

LEISURE

Porsche-Museum – museums & galleries – Stuttgart Marketing GmbH

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SCIENCE

The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

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theguardian.com – It was the smell that really got to diver Richard Vevers. The smell of death on the reef. “I can’t even tell you how bad I smelt after the dive – the smell of millions of rotting animals.” Vevers i…

BUSINESS

World’s wealthiest people just got 5.2% wealthier

theguardian.com – Rising numbers of millionaires in the fast-growing economies of China and India helped to push global private wealth to $168tn (£115tn) in 2015. The 5.2% increase in wealth among the world’s riches…

TECHNOLOGY

Marketer’s Guide to using Tribes to Grow Your Business – Startup Remarkable

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startupremarkable.com – Snapchat, Whatsapp, Dropbox, Airbnb. Over the past decade, there have been countless tech startups from Silicon Valley and beyond reaching escape velocity to millions of users. Companies have achie…

ENVIRONMENT

Bloqueo de Alemania a importaciones de maíz chileno enciende alarmas por presencia de transgénicos

radio.uchile.cl – Uno de los estados federados de Alemania denunció la contaminación de trazas de maíz transgénico NK603 y Mon 803 de Monsanto, por lo que un país miembro de la Unión Europea, que tiene tolerancia ce…

LEISURE

Glenn Soucy

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independentauthornetwork.com – Science Fiction/Fantasy Coming May 15, 2016! Elizabeth Knight originally moved to Lake Tahoe in the late 1800s. There she battled the demon Legion and was able to hide the Rock of Power. She though…

SCIENCE

Instagram’s Algorithm Goes Live for All Users

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socialmediatoday.com – Remember how, back in March, Instagram announced it was switching to a Facebook-esque algorithm-fuelled timeline? And then everyone freaked out… Since then there’s been various reports of how the…

WORLD

Breaking: Al-Shabab claims to have killed scores of Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia

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europe.newsweek.com – Updated | Al-Shabab militants claim to have killed scores of Ethiopian soldiers in its latest attack on an African Union military base in Somalia. A spokesman for the Somali militant group, Abdiasi…

WORLD

Dispatches: The Shocking Legal Gap for California’s Detained Immigrants

hrw.org – Last November, my colleague Clara Long and I traveled to Jena, Louisiana, to interview people detained at LaSalle Detention Center, an immigration detention facility in rural, central Louisiana. Be…

WORLD

Wisconsin Inmates Plan Hunger Strike To Protest Indefinite Solitary Confinement

wpr.org – A group of Wisconsin inmates plan to go on a hunger strike later this week to protest indefinite solitary confinement among other prison policies. The protest is set to begin this Friday at the Wau…

SCIENCE

Ebola’s Lingering Legacy: New Research Shows Epidemic’s Emotional and Social Toll on Frontline Health Workers

rescue.org – New York 09 Jun 2016 – The psychological and mental health needs of the primary health care workers who served during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone merit immediate attention, the International…

POLITICS

White House, citing long list of objections, threatens veto of defense bill

washingtonpost.com – The Obama administration is threatening to veto a defense bill, saying it impedes the president’s ability to act on crucial national security matters, including his promise to close the military pr…

WORLD

Papua New Guinea: Police Shoot Student Protesters

hrw.org – Papua New Guinea authorities should carry out an effective and transparent investigation into the shooting of student protesters by police in Port Moresby, Human Rights Watch said today. The govern…

EDUCATION

Ecuador Earthquake

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app.mobilecause.com – A massive earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador killing over 500 women, men and children and affecting the lives of over half a million other people on April 16. Within a few hours the UN Development…

ENVIRONMENT

UNDP: in 2016 Italy will give +19% more to core budget

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onuitalia.com – NEW YORK, JUNE 8 – Concerned by the strong decline of contributions to regular resources of UNDP in the last biennium (a constant decrease that may eventually affect the activities on the field), I…

WORLD

A new Global Alliance to ‘think urban’ in humanitarian response

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undp.org – In this blog series leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on responding to conflict and disasters. The humanitarian situation…

WORLD

In boost to Paris climate pact, India says it aims to join this year

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reuters.com – WASHINGTON India has agreed to work toward joining the Paris Agreement on climate change this year, India and the United States said on Tuesday, giving a jolt of momentum to the international fight…

ENVIRONMENT

United Nations Country Team- Bhutan » Their Majesties The King and Queen of Sweden to visit UN projects during State visit to BhutanUnited Nations Country Team- Bhutan

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unct.org.bt – On June 8, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will commence a three-day State visit to Bhutan at the invitation of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. On t…

ENVIRONMENT

Pan-European Region Makes High-Level Commitments towards Greening Economies – UNEP

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unep.org – Batumi, Georgia 9 June 2016 – Countries and stakeholders from the pan-European region have today agreed on a roadmap to speed up the transition to a green economy between now and 2030 and made an a…

WORLD

Dispatches: UK’s Failed Efforts to Curb Saudi Torture

hrw.org – But an absence of candor and transparency in British policy towards Saudi is not confined to Yemen. New revelations, which only came to light following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show …

WORLD

UN: Return Saudi-led Coalition to ‘List of Shame’

hrw.org – (New York) – The United Nations secretary-general should immediately return the Saudi-led coalition to his “list of shame” for violations against children in Yemen, Human Rights Watch and 19 other …

WORLD

This startup helps Syrian refugees earn a living. All they need is a laptop.

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pri.org – I’ve come to a cafe in Beirut to meet a young Syrian refugee named Ghaith. His name is easier to write than to say. In Arabic, “gh” makes something like an “r” sound, but from the depths of your th…

WORLD

Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. spike

cnn.com – Administration officials have long insisted that refugees are among the most scrutinized class of immigrants, citing a range of biometric and biographical information vetting. The recent spike in a…

POLITICS

France poised to become first G20 country to ratify Paris Agreement

businessgreen.com – The adoption of the Paris Agreement took a major step forward today after France’s senate unanimously backed a bill to ratify the deal. With the bill having already passed through the National Asse…

ENVIRONMENT

GEF steps up efforts to combat wildlife crime with additional $40 million to expand program

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thegef.org – GEF Steps Up Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime with Additional $40 Million to Expand Program Washington DC, June 9, 2016 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council today approved an additional …

WORLD

UN News – ‘This is not yet the moment’ for tangible peace talks – UN envoy for Syria

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un.org – 9 June 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria said today that the time is not yet right for a resumption of the intra-Syrian talks, but that the intention is …

WORLD

Secretary-General’s opening remarks at press encounter [full transcript will be posted shortly]

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un.org – Good morning.  It is a great pleasure to see you all once again.  Before I take your questions, I would like to highlight three challenges that affect the wide sweep of our work today.  First, we n…

WORLD

Lake Chad Basin (Cameroon, Chad, the Niger, Nigeria) – Situation report June 2016 : FAO in Emergencies

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fao.org – Lake Chad Basin (Cameroon, Chad, the Niger, Nigeria) – Situation report June 2016 Burundi – Situation report June 2016 Implementing aquaponics in the Gaza Strip Impact of the Ebola virus disease ou…

WORLD

Security and humanitarian situations worsen in Diffa, Niger, as Boko Haram continues attacks in the region

unhcr.org – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seeing increasing insecurity and worsening humanitarian conditions in the region of Diffa, south-eastern Niger. According to Government figures as of mid-May, the a…

WORLD

UN News – UN to continue following up on human rights abuse allegations in Central African Republic

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un.org – 8 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he has taken note of the release earlier this week of a report by Human Rights Watch on the Central African Republic (CAR), stati…

HEALTH

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Statements

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un.org – It is a great pleasure to be here with you today to open this important high-level meeting on HIV/AIDs. Ten years ago when I took over as Secretary-General, AIDS was still devastating families, com…

WORLD

UNICEF Canada : No Child too Far

unicef.ca – AMMAN, 8 June, 2016 – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals. “UNICEF confirms that three medical facilities were atta…

WORLD

Afghanistan by Choice

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nytimes.com – Four months after this film was made, the subjects provided updates on their lives. After receiving a special immigrant visa for his work with the American government in Kabul, Mr. Seddique moved t…

SPORTS

Olympians Without Nations: First-Ever Team of Refugees Heads to Summer Games

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yesmagazine.org – In August of 2015, Yusra Mardini and her sister, Sarah, fled Syria after their home was destroyed in the country’s civil war. The sisters traveled on land through Lebanon and Turkey, eventually boa…

WORLD

‘Refugees sacrificed in Syrian war zones’

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thenational.scot – IRAN’S fundamentalist regime is using Afghan refugees as “cannon fodder” to bolster its forces fighting in Syria, according to one of Iran’s “parliaments in exile”. The National Council of Resistan…

SPORTS

These 10 refugees will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

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unhcr.org – Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, over 200 national teams have vied for glory at the Summer and Winter Games. Now, for the first time, a team of refugees will compete as well. The Internatio…

SPORTS

UNHCR Sample FaceBook title

unhcr.org – Jane Wambugu, a four-time Olympian and Women Candidate Master (WCM) stands out as one of the UNHCR staff making personal efforts to empower refugees in Kenya. She has served in UNHCR for more than …

HEALTH

David Beckham meets children in Swaziland affected by drought

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blogs.unicef.org.uk – Unicef Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland this week to see how 7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund is helping support and protect children in the country. During the visit, David…

WORLD

Fearing rejection in Hungary’s cold comfort transit zones

unhcr.org – RÖSZKE, Hungary, June 7 (UNHCR) – Omid Ahmadi, a student journalist from the Afghan capital of Kabul, sits in a field on the Serbia-Hungary border and contemplates the fence that separates him from…

WORLD

A mysterious mental health disorder is afflicting Bhutanese refugees in America

fusion.net – PITTSBURGH—When Tek Mishra visits the homes of the community’s older Bhutanese refugees, he gets a firsthand look at mental health issues usually hidden behind closed doors. Sometimes it’s pain tha…

WORLD

EU court rules undocumented refugees cannot be jailed – News from Al Jazeera

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aljazeera.com – EU countries cannot imprison undocumented refugees and migrants for entering the Schengen area, the bloc’s top court ruled on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has said that Euro…

WORLD

State Dept. Expects Syrian Refugees to U.S. to ‘Increase Exponentially’ This Summer

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cnsnews.com – (CNSNews.com) – The State Department is committed to meeting President Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States this fiscal year, and expects the numbers to “increase…

WORLD

Wall Street Journal Vs. Wall Street Journal: Puerto Rican Citizenship Edition

mediamatters.org – The disparity between The Wall Street Journal’s objective news reporters and its right-wing editorial slant was on full display in a reporter’s blog post highlighting how few poll respondents can c…

WORLD

Top Dem Recognizes Christian ISIS Genocide, Won’t Take Christian Refugees

frontpagemag.com – The Democrats are championing the entry of huge numbers of Muslim refugees. Yet they continue to show no regard for the Christian refugees who unlike Muslims are actual refugees targeted for genoci…

WORLD

Europe Is Slamming Its Doors Shut to a Growing and Historic Humanitarian Crisis

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alternet.org – A woman carries her baby near the gate of a Greek-Macedonian border crossing near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 6, 2016. Photo Credit: AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff Over the past week, the UN …

WORLD

Sudanese refugees in Chad must adapt or starve

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irinnews.org – The Darfur conflict fell out of the headlines years ago, but more than 300,000 Sudanese are still living as refugees in neighbouring Chad, a country with its own problems of poverty, climate change…

POLITICS

Obama’s America : Refugees Get Free Housing, Welfare, Food Stamps And More-Cost is YUGE

truthfeed.com – In Obama’s America, you the taxpayer are a “piggy bank” that he dips into for each new “refugee” he brings in.  Don’t be fooled, Hillary’s America would be the same, probably worse. Every “refugee”…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Standing Up for LGBT Rights Around the World

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unfoundationblog.org – Nearly one year ago, I had the opportunity to march in the San Francisco Pride Parade just after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling affirming a constitutional right to equal marriage for same…

BUSINESS

Did you know? 6 Muslim women made the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list

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images.dawn.com – The Bangladeshi PM, a Saudi billionaire and the President of Mauritius are just a few Muslim women mentioned in Forbes 13th annual World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and we couldn’t be more proud. Acc…

BUSINESS

Botswana’s new gem: eco-friendly tourism

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cnn.com – “We have made a deliberate decision to grow tourism in this country and become imaginative in the way in which we’re doing that,” said Khama. In 2002, the country adopted a national ecotourism stra…

POLITICS

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviews the report of Sweden

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ohchr.org – GENEVA (8 June 2016) – The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the sixth periodic report of Sweden on its implementation of the provisions of the …

SCIENCE

WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia

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afro.who.int – Liberia first declared the end of Ebola human-to-human transmission on 9th May 2015, but the virus has re-emerged three times in the country since then. The most recent cases were a woman who had e…

LEISURE

UN News – Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

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un.org – 8 June 2016 – Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are usi…

POLITICS

Global Climate Action AgendaClimate Champions Release Detailed Roadmap

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newsroom.unfccc.int – France and Morocco’s global climate champions have set out their detailed agenda to boost cooperative action between governments, cities, business, investors and citizens to cut emissions rapidly a…

SCIENCE

Putting sustainable pastoralism on the global agenda

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unep.org – Nairobi, 9 June 2016 – Pastoralists are stewards of rangelands covering a quarter of the planet’s land surface, providing high value food and protecting globally important biodiversity and ecosyste…

BUSINESS

Director General Li says Global Environment Facility valuable partner of UNIDO

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unido.org – WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) continues to be a valuable partner for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), enabling it to implement …

LEISURE

Sweden: Migrant Children Face Barriers

hrw.org – (Stockholm) – Unaccompanied migrant children in Sweden are experiencing delays and difficulties in getting critical care and support, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Sweden has …

SCIENCE

“It is My Dream to Leave This Place”

hrw.org – Based on interviews with children and young people with disabilities, institution staff, and activists, as well as visits to five institutions, Human Rights Watch found that children and young pers…

LEISURE

6 Clutter-Free Gifts Dad Will Love ~ Gift Guide

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mommytalkshow.com – Forget the neckties, socks and power tools for Father’s Day gifts. I’ve got some ideas that will make the dad in your life feel good. Plus, these gifts won’t add to the pile of things he hasn’t use…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

How “Silicon Valley” Nails Silicon Valley – The New Yorker

newyorker.com – When Dick Costolo attended the University of Michigan, in the nineteen-eighties, his major was computer science, but he was surprised to find that he also had a knack for improv comedy. After gradu…

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Return to the Isle of the Lost, the 2nd book in the Descendants series

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Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji to speak & mentor Young Innovators at Oxford Africa Conference in London – Flatimes

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Multi Dimensional Social Entrepreneur & Founder of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji will at the weekend engage academics, thought leaders and students in a discussion on “Business and Social Enterprise in Africa as the new Agents of Development” at the Oxford University Africa Conference in London on May 20th  at the Oxford Union, Frewin Ct, Oxford OX13JB     .

The Oxford Africa conference with the theme, “Challenging Narratives: Governance, Youth Leadership and Business” is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa delivered by a team of Oxford students. The Conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professional to critically expand the discourse on Africa. The Oxford Africa Conference is one of the largest and most globally recognized African conferences of its type, organized by the long-established Oxford Africa Society. The event is a solely student-led initiative that convenes 500 delegates and 60 speakers on an annual basis.

As is expected, the African Young Leader will share ideas on the importance of new thinking about an international Africa across all disciplines – politics, business, arts, entrepreneurship, leadership, technology and academia – connecting inter-generational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on African issues.

Toyosi, a firm believer that the vast untapped potential of Africa’s Youth is the continent’s biggest resource and herself just being recently named by Forbes as one of the 20 most powerful young women in Africa has a track record of high performance and international impact within the Youth and Education development space and she continues to inspire and empower a new Generation of young Africans to think out of the box, create wealth and ultimately take over the reins of leadership on the Continent from the standpoint of integrity and responsibility.

As part of the conference, 10 young innovators from across Africa have been invited to showcase their work in Oxford. The innovators are early to mid-stage start-ups, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations that have got an innovative solution to a pressing problem. They will come to the Conference to attend a professional skills training session, network with other innovators and delegates, and pitch their idea, with the chance of winning a £2,000 cash prize and Toyosi would also be a mentor for the Oxford Africa Conference Innovation Fair.

Other Speakers at the 2 day landmark Event include Elsie Kanza,  Head of Africa of the World Economic Forum, Jason Chukwuma Njoku, Iroko TV, Lord Michael Hastings CBE, Director of Global Citizenship at KPMG, Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Dr. Christine Glanz Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Vivian Onano, distinguished youth activist and member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, Mthuli Ncube, Professor of Public Policy at the Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and other respected scholars, business and political leaders from across the globe.13081884_1014734768634627_1491773446_n

Meet the 110 speakers at TEDSummit 2016 (including some of the most popular of all time)

img_0210-114img_0105-21211The number is 110: One hundred and ten past and new TED speakers are part of our newest conference, TEDSummit, happening in Banff, Canada, 26–30 June 2016. And you are invited to join us! Some of t…

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The number is 110: One hundred and ten past and new TED speakers are part of our newest conference, TEDSummit, happening in Banff, Canada, 26–30 June 2016.

And you are invited to join us!

Some of the most popular TED speakers of all time, including Dan Pink, David Gallo, Esther Perel, Kelly and Jane McGonigal, Pico Iyer and dozens more will be joined by brand-new voices including food innovator Josh Tetrick, forest biologists Suzanne Simard, environmental writer Emma Marris, energy experts Joe Lassiter and Michael Shellenberger, blockchain researcher Bettina Warburg, global affairs writer Jonathan Tepperman, empathy scientist Abigail Marsh and more.

About half of these speakers will take the stage to give major TED Talks on topics ranging from advanced digital technologies to climate change to surveillance and transparency … from relationships to brain microscopy … from trust to what humans might look like in 200 years

These 110 speakers will also join — and often lead — workshops and participatory sessions. Look, among the more than 100 sessions, for workshops on the ethics of artificial intelligence, and on the fragility of global megacities … brainstorms on what the TED community might do to help confront the refugee crisis, or on the idea of a female utopia … master classes on social storytelling and on how to think like a scientist … a walk in the woods guided by a forest biologist … even a hands-on genetic manipulation lab.

And there will be planned and unplanned surprises, and of course, outdoor activities in the gorgeous scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

There are a few seats left to attend TEDSummit. You can find more information and apply here.

And here is the full list of past and new TED speakers who have confirmed their participation in TEDSummit 2016 (subject to change):

Alessandro Acquisti, Privacy economist
Esra’a Al Shafei, Human rights activist
Monica Araya, Activist
Tasso Azevedo, Forester, sustainability activist
Julia Bacha, Filmmaker
Uldus Bakhtiozina, Photographer, visual artist
Benedetta Berti, International policy analyst
Alexander Betts, Refugee scholar
Laila Biali, Musician
Rachel Botsman, Sharing innovator
Laura Boushnak, Photographer
Ed Boyden, Neuroengineer
Steve Boyes, Explorer
Jennifer Bréa, Filmmaker
Erik Brynjolfsson, Innovation researcher
Kitra Cahana, Journalist and conceptual artist
Daniela Candillari, Musician
Jason Clay, Market transformer
Angélica Dass, Photographer
Abe Davis, Computer scientist
Dan Dennett, Philosopher, cognitive scientist
Jamie Drummond, Anti-poverty activist
R. Luke DuBois, Artist, composer, engineer
Zak Ebrahim, Peace activist
Hasan Elahi, Privacy artist
Juan Enriquez, Futurist
Helen Fisher, Anthropologist; expert on love
Melissa Fleming, Voice for refugees
David Gallo, Oceanographer
Casey Gerald, American
Anand Giridharadas, Author
Michael Green, Social progress expert
Michael Green, Architect
Brian Greene, Physicist
Johann Hari, Journalist
Sam Harris, Neuroscientist and philosopher
Gary Haugen, Human rights attorney
Lesley Hazleton, Accidental theologist
Celeste Headlee, Writer and radio host
Margaret Heffernan, Management thinker
Hugh Herr, Bionics designer
Erik Hersman, Blogger, technologist
Hays + Ryan Holladay, Musical artists
John Hunter, Educator
Jedidah Isler, Astrophysicist
Pico Iyer, Global author
Meg Jay, Clinical psychologist
Ellen Jorgensen, Biologist and community science advocate
Sarah Kay, Poet
Kevin Kelly, Digital visionary
Matt Kenyon, New media artist
Ken Lacovara, Paleontologist
David Lang, Maker
Joe Lassiter, Energy scholar
Tim Leberecht, Marketer
Monica Lewinsky, Social activist
Rebecca MacKinnon, Media activist
Pia Mancini, Democracy activist
Emma Marris, Environmental writer
Abigail Marsh, Psychologist
Jane McGonigal, Game designer
Kelly McGonigal, Health psychologist
Lee Mokobe, Poet
Robert Muggah, Megacities expert
Michael Murphy, Designer
Ethan Nadelmann, Drug policy reformer
Iyeoka Okoawo, Singer
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Economist
Dan Pallotta, Charity defender
Amanda Palmer, Musician
Sarah Parcak, Space archaelogist, TED Prize winner
Eli Pariser, Organizer and author
Vikram Patel, Mental health care advocate
Esther Perel, Relationship therapist
Dan Pink, Career analyst
Will Potter, Investigative journalist
Navi Radjou, Innovation strategist
Shai Reshef, Education entrepreneur
Usman Riaz, Percussive guitarist
Joshua Roman, Cellist
Jon Ronson, Writer and filmmaker
Martine Rothblatt, Transhumanist
Juliana Rotich, Tech entrepreneur
Louie Schwartzberg, Filmmaker
eL Seed, Calligraffiti artist
Bill Sellanga, Musician
Graham Shaw, Communication coach
Michael Shellenberger, Climate policy expert
Michael Shermer, Skeptic
Suzanne Simard, Forest biologist
Ernesto Sirolli, Sustainable development expert
Kevin Slavin, Algoworld expert
Christopher Soghoian, Privacy researcher + activist
Andrew Solomon, Writer
Malte Spitz, Politician and data activist
Daniel Suarez, Sci-fi author
Pavan Sukhdev, Environmental economist
Ilona Szabo de Carvalho, Policy reformer
Don Tapscott, Digital strategist
Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Documentary photographer
Marco Tempest, Techno-illusionist
Jonathan Tepperman, Editor, Foreign Affairs
Josh Tetrick, Food innovator
Julian Treasure, Sound consultant
Zeynep Tufekci, Techno-sociologist
Sherry Turkle, Cultural analyst
James Veitch, Comedian and writer
Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest
Bettina Warburg, Blockchain researcher

World Humanitarian Summit: With a shared agreement on what to fix, we can save lives and end need

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Many of the statistics around the World Humanitarian Summit are so big they can be hard to comprehend. Most importantly, there is the scale of the humanitarian challenges that led the Secretary-General to convene the Summit in the first place. It’s the 125 million people needing humanitarian assistance – the highest level since the Second World War. It’s the 60 million people who have fled their homes – half of them children. It’s the fact that armed conflicts last longer than before, and it’s the estimated 218 million people annually who are affected by disasters, with climate change adding further volatility to the mix.

Many of the statistics around the World Humanitarian Summit are so big they can be hard to comprehend. Most importantly, there is the scale of the humanitarian challenges that led the Secretary-General to convene the Summit in the first place.

It’s the 125 million people needing humanitarian assistance – the highest level since the Second World War. It’s the 60 million people who have fled their homes – half of them children. It’s the fact that armed conflicts last longer than before, and it’s the estimated 218 million people annually who are affected by disasters, with climate change adding further volatility to the mix.

Secondly, there is the Summit itself. Over the last three years, 23,000 people in 153 countries were involved in the consultations. Then, on 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, around 6,000 participants are expected to come together for the Summit itself, including global leaders from government, business, aid organizations, civil society, affected communities and youth, among others.

At the same time, development workers can help to create much-needed job opportunities, so that people can support their families again with dignity and get back on their feet more quickly. Development workers can also support host communities, ensuring that local services and job markets are not overwhelmed by the influx of refugees.

They’re different approaches, but working coherently together we can have a greater impact on building resilience and helping communities cope with crises. We also need to increase the levels of joint investment in preparedness and risk reduction by humanitarian and development actors. Coherence is also about drawing on long-term development solutions to address the root causes of displacement, conflict and other crises.

There has already been strong inter-agency cooperation between development and humanitarian actors in the lead up to the Summit. We have been working closely together on a firm set of commitments to be made in Istanbul and the collaboration will continue during and after the event.

We must keep in mind that the World Humanitarian Summit will be a beginning, not an end. It should be one step in a serious process of changing the way humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors work together to address common challenges. With a shared agreement on what we need to fix, plus the crucial political will, we can change lives and end need.

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The road to transparency

 

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As UNDP marks its 50th anniversary year, we’re also now celebrating another milestone. We’ve been ranked as the most transparent aid organization by Publish What You Fund for the second consecutive year – a milestone in UNDP’s road to attain transparency by making its information publicly available. Looking back at this road, it all started with our commitment towards adopting the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard to report on development projects. The key to success is to “start with what you have” and take small steps towards making gradual improvements to achieve full compliance. When UNDP started publishing to IATI in 2011, our biggest challenge in adopting the IATI Standard was the cultural shift needed. UNDP operates in nearly 170 countries and territories. As country offices provide the main data sources, incorporating IATI into their daily routine was inevitable.

Source: The road to transparency

 

As UNDP marks its 50th anniversary year, we’re also now celebrating another milestone.

We’ve been ranked as the most transparent aid organization by Publish What You Fund for the second consecutive year – a milestone in UNDP’s road to attain transparency by making its information publicly available.

Looking back at this road, it all started with our commitment towards adopting the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard to report on development projects.  The key to success is to “start with what you have” and take small steps towards making gradual improvements to achieve full compliance.

When UNDP started publishing to IATI in 2011, our biggest challenge in adopting the IATI Standard was the cultural shift needed. UNDP operates in nearly 170 countries and territories. As country offices provide the main data sources, incorporating IATI into their daily routine was inevitable.

But changing the mindsets of staff on how we operate and report was not easy. We had to prepare extensive guidelines and build systems to support data collection and processing. We created an internal transparency dashboard for country offices to monitor project information to identify the gaps and provide missing information and project documents.  As of 2016, we have greatly progressed toward setting up a fully automated system by incorporating IATI elements into our internal management systems, generating monthly reports for IATI publication.

If you are wondering ‘how’ to publish data, I would suggest to first start with ‘why’. Public Institutions, such as the United Nations, are accountable to people’s belief that the resources they are trusted with are being utilized in the most efficient way. The development sector works in close coordination with Governments, institutions, private organizations, and communities involving valuable financial, managerial and operational resources.

It is absolutely vital to build confidence in one another by showing how these resources are being used.  Remaining open to the public not only builds a foundation of corruption-less implementation but also enables decision makers to analyze the impacts of each step involved and make informed decisions for the future.

It is also important that we start using our data for self-scrutiny