July 2012

Girls with AIDS in Vietnam

Sexual Violence and AIDS, a Link That Starts at Youth

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, announced that it was donating $5 million to Together for Girls, a public-private partnership, to address violence against not only girls but also boys, including harassment, rape and pornography or prostitution activities. Millions of girls are lured into prostitution every year, while about 73 million boys …

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Casamance women fishing for oysters.

In Rural Senegal, Oyster Fishing Is Not a Hobby

BOUYOUYE, Senegal – I’m submerged waist-deep in brown water, trying my best to catch up with two fast-moving Senegalese women ahead of me. Jeannette Diatta, 40, thin-framed, and her curvier friend, Therese Diatta, 27, are wielding machetes like butter knives. Both women have protected their heads from the sun with colorful scarves. Bang! Yet another …

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Syrian refugees in Turkey

Russia’s Motives Behind the Syrian Conflict

CANBERRA — China and Russia have cast three vetoes on draft United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at tougher international responses to the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on protestors and rebels in the last 16 months. China and Russia have drawn much flak for their resistance to UN efforts to end the mass killings in …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Rickshaw Dumplings NYC

Some Like Their Dumplings Really Hot

Chinese dumplings, one of the world’s great comfort foods, are steaming into the UN neighborhood. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, a Manhattan chain with aspirations to go national, opened a branch at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street last fall, offering a slick and somewhat ethnically cleansed version of the plump little delicacies at uptown prices. In April, …

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New Spokeswoman Joining US Mission to the UN

Susan Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, announced to the UN press corps on July 20 that Mark Kornblau, her spokesman and the spokesman for the US mission since 2009, is leaving and will be succeeded by Erin Pelton, a director of communications and assistant press secretary for the National Security Council. …

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UN Mission in Syria Renewed for 30 Days

A day after the United Nations Security Council refused to adopt a British-sponsored resolution that would have sanctioned the Syrian government if fighting persisted, the council agreed unanimously to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the country to monitor a cease-fire that never happened. The 400-member team, called the UN Supervision Mission in …

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Top New UN Assignments, and Syria Deputy Envoy Leaving

Adama Dieng, the registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been named the United Nations secretary-general’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Dieng, a Senegalese, replaces Francis Deng of Sudan, who has been in the post since 2007 as an under secretary-general and is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution in …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Interim president Dioncounda Traore of Mali

A Sobering Conflict in an Unforgiving Desert

BAMAKO, Mali — At the bus station here in the capital this spring, tales of trepidation from besieged northern towns like Gao and Timbuktu, where Tuareg and Islamist rebels took power after a coup d’état in late March, were commonplace. “There’s no life there because there is no law,” one man said after arriving from …

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Melinda Gates

It’s O.K. to Talk About Birth Control Again

Every once in a while an event takes place in relative obscurity that nonetheless holds the potential to change the world. That is not a small statement, but it may prove applicable in coming years to the family planning summit in London on July 11. Dozens of governments, United Nations agencies, foundations, research institutions, the …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Yukiya Amano, the chief of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. He is said to be closely allied with the United States and others in the West.

A Walk Between War and Peace for the UN Nuclear Agency

As international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and the boundaries between peaceful uses and weaponization intensify, the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, and its chief, Yukiya Amano, also grow more important. The agency has no choice but to balance all considerations carefully in the delicate tightrope. …

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