December 2014

The Heart of Sarajevo Is Back

During a trip to Sarajevo in April, my first visit to the city, I was in the middle of Rebecca West’s long, erudite, poetic travel memoir about the Balkans, written in the late 1930s but covering hundreds of years of history in the region. For her, and for me reading it, Sarajevo was where the …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

Pope Francis and Peacemaking

The Roman Catholic Church has always been diverse. The New Testament reveals that differences of opinion, practices and orientations have been part of Christianity’s experience since its beginning. The billion-plus Catholics today are not the same as the few hundred Jewish disciples that were contemporaries of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet the tension between innovation and …

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Illegal Money Transfers From Developing Nations Nearing $1 Trillion

A nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., estimates that in 2011 — the latest data available — $946.7 billion flowed out of developing countries in various illegal ways, including diversions by corrupt officials and businesses as well as through tax evasion, terrorist transfers and cash moved across borders in the suitcases of traffickers. Furthermore, …

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A Haitian-Canadian to Lead Global French-Speaking Group

Michaëlle Jean, a former governor-general of Canada and chancellor of the University of Ottawa, has been named the first Canadian and the first woman to lead the Francophonie, an association of countries where French is a national language or is widely spoken. Canadian media reported that Jean was supported actively for the position by Prime …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of Asia …

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Malnutrition, a Problem the World Over

A new report on global nutrition levels has found that malnutrition affects every country in the world except two, and that countries are facing more complex, overlapping forms of malnutrition that require more attention. The two exceptional countries, China and South Korea, made the data cutoff rates for levels of anemia, obesity and stunting — …

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Woman to Head African Airlines Trade Group

Fatima Beyina-Moussa, who has been managing director of Equatorial Congo Airlines since its creation in 2011, has been named president of the African Airlines Association, a trade group based in Accra, Ghana. The Congo airline, based in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, serves regional cities as well as Paris and Dubai. Beyina-Moussa, …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

Mumbai Mobile Crèches Build Hope for the Future of Migrant Children

Decades of activism to free oppressed children in India earned Kailash Satyarthi the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with Malala Yousafzai, the young education advocate from Pakistan. Satyarthi’s advocacy also brought to international attention the work that Indian nongovernment organizations carry out to change the lives of millions of Indian youth denied childhoods …

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