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    Religious Intolerance Surges Worldwide, US Studies Confirm

    by  • August 15, 2016 • 

    Burmese Buddhists attack Muslims and Christians. Indian Hindu zealots kill Muslims and Christians and trash their places of worship. In the Central African Republic, Muslims are driven from the country by Christians. The Middle East and parts of North Africa are aflame with sectarian violence, and religious minorities are the most vulnerable to persecution,...

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    What Do UN Staff Members Want From the Next Secretary-General?

    by  • August 24, 2016 • 

    At the UN mission's

    While the United Nations approaches a major change at the top in selecting a new secretary-general for the next five years and conflicts across the globe continue to erupt, criticisms of UN management seem only to grow. The topic of management skills of the next secretary-general came up repeatedly during the public hearings held...

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    Pushing the African Union to Prevent Conflicts on Its Own Turf

    by  • August 22, 2016 • 

    At the 27 ordinary session of the African Union, July 2016: Alpha Condé, president of Guinea; and John Mahama, president of Ghana.

    As the African Union ambitiously strives to end conflict and “silence the guns,” as it says, by 2020 amid rising instability across the continent, a new review by the World Peace Foundation on peacemaking efforts lays out how the African Union can become a stronger, more viable force in preventing and resolving violent conflict...

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    Personalities Can’t Be Ignored in Candidacies for UN Secretary-General

    by  • August 16, 2016 • 2 Comments

    Irina Bokova with President François Hollande of France,  at Unesco general conference in November 2015. N. HOUGUENADE/UNESCO

    What personal qualities are needed to become a successful United Nations secretary-general? The 2016 campaign to select a new leader features many novelties in the UN’s history: an official list of candidates, public job interviews by the General Assembly and informal panel debates in London and New York. Civil society coalitions and the current...

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    Harassed at the Rio Olympics or Elsewhere in Brazil? Call 180

    by  • August 9, 2016 • 

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — Throughout Brazil, it’s not uncommon to come across posters, billboards and advertisements on buses and in subways showing women and men holding cellphones and this message: “Violência contra as mulheres? Eu logo 180: Violence against women? I’ll call 180.” These notices have been up since the country hosted the 2014...

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