February 2014

Flourless chocolate cake at Paname restaurant

Paname, a Warm Slice of Paris Worth the Walk

At Paname, a new restaurant that bears the French slang name for Paris, it’s not just about what’s cooking but making it good looking too. A bit of a hike from the UN, just north of 56th Street on Second Avenue, Paname offers a $20 prix-fixe lunch. If you can spare the time for a …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Old San Juan, PR

UN Decolonizers Strive Again for Puerto Rican Independence

DORADO, Puerto Rico — Year after year, decade after decade, the United Nations General Assembly’s special committee on decolonization has taken up the issue of Puerto Rico’s status as a dependent commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Rico is self-governing but without the full representation in Washington enjoyed by the 50 American states or the …

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Woman at food stall in Douala, Cameroon.

West African Businesswomen: Stay Fearless in Your Ventures

For a half year, I published Neue Afrique, a digital newsletter that explored business developments in the Economic Community of West African States, known as Ecowas, reaching more than 1,600 diplomats, development analysts, international civil servants, institutional investors and entrepreneurs. Neue Afrique, which involved low start-up and operating costs, acted as a prelude to my …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Women Lead to Peace campaign 2014

UN Peace Talks on Syria Collectively Failed Women

This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, first mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, when despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial support, …

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IDP camp in South Sudan

Wanted: A Job Anywhere in the World With the UN

Applying for a job at the United Nations requires a high degree of perseverance — “like trying to find a secret passageway from a brick wall — but eventually you get through,” said Stéphane Dujarric, the director of news and media at the UN Department of Public Information in New York. The Center for Global …

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Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, West Bank

Israeli-Palestinian Population Growth and Its Impact on Peace

  A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is given to a  critical aspect of the decades-old conflict: population growth. Differential rates of population growth are redefining the relative demographic standing of Arab-Israelis, …

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