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‘The United Nations is With You,’ Ban Tells Haiti After Hurricane’s Wrath

New York,N.Y.  Haiti is facing its largest humanitarian disaster since the 2010 earthquake, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Port-au-Prince, where he urged friends of the island nation worldwide to “step up” and provide the resources the Haitian people so desperately need in the wake of the “utter devastation” wrought by Hurricane Matthew. […]

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Haiti: 100,000 Children Missing Out on Learning

New York, N.Y. One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, more than 100,000 children are missing out on learning as their schools were either damaged or converted into shelters, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, stressing the urgent need to rehabilitate those facilities. “At least 100,000 children today will not experience the […]

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U.N. Allocates $5 Million to Kick-Start in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

New York, N.Y. Hurricane Matthew’s destructive path through the Caribbean dealt a “major blow” to Haiti’s reconstruction effort and fight the against cholera, the United Nations humanitarian chief said this evening as the UN announced $5 million in emergency funds to kick-start assistance in the wake of the deadly storm, which has affected some 350,000 […]

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El Niño Subsides, Impact on Children Set To Worsen As Disease Spreads

New York, N.Y. While the 2015-2016 El Niño – one of the strongest on record – has ended, its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, an new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed today. […]

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Mindfulness Meditation May Have Saved My Life

New York, N.Y. Twenty-five years ago, if you asked me what I would be doing today, I probably would have said, “Wall Street executive, real estate professional, or retired and working on my golf game.” I would never have thought that I would be a Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. But that is what I am doing […]

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A Connecticut Yankee in Cairo – or, My Late Night Chat with Intelligence

Cairo, Egypt. A quiet day in downtown Cairo; a few people out on the streets on the nearby shopping spot along Talaat Haarb, many shops are closed. Cairo is a city of 7.7 million people, the kids are off of school for winter break and yet there is almost no one visiting the Cairo version […]

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In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Galle, Sri Lanka. As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics for them. Here we go: Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern tip of India […]

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My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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U.N. Starts Weeklong Campaign to Immunize 5.8 Million Iraqi Children

Breakthrough PTSD Program for Veterans to go Nationwide

Shelter, Clean Water to Families Amid Iraq’s Mosul Offensive

Tobacco Plants Found Capable of Producing Malaria Drug

The J. Luce Foundation’s Young Global Leadership Initiative

U.N. – African Partnership to Foster Jobs for African Rural Youth