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Photo of the Day – Oct. 19, 2016

World Heritage Site Le Morne Cultural Landscape in Mauritius   New York, NY: Secretary-General visited two UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites linked to the history of slavery in Mauritius: Aapravasi Ghat, which testifies to indentured servitude in the 19th century, and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, where runaway slaves formed small […]

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Protecting Cultural Heritage from Combatants and the Universal Values

New York, N.Y. Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavours to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking. Residents of Timbuktu pass by Djingareyber Mosque, one […]

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In a Perfect World, There Will Always Be Lindos

Word handed down by our tireless leader, Greta, was that we must leave the elegant and endlessly accommodating Rodos Palace early for our day in Lindos, an hour’s drive down the coast, if we hoped to beat the heat. What she didn’t warn us was that it isn’t just the heat you need to handle, […]

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New York Pride March Celebrates Life, Mourns Loss in Orlando

New York, N.Y. “We are Orlando!” exclaimed the master of ceremonies, draped in U.S. stars and stripes, at the start of New York’s 46th annual Pride march. NYC Pride Parade 2016. Photo: Valentine Camano/J. Luce Foundation. The LGBT celebration, which extended more than 30 blocks along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Sunday, attracted a record breaking 32,000 marchers, […]

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Dalai Lama Opens California Temple With Message of Compassion

Westminster, CA. Thousands of people, many of them Buddhists who left Vietnam decades ago and came to the U.S. to live, have flocked to the Southern California neighborhood known as Little Saigon to welcome the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who is dedicating a new temple there. His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at […]

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Native Groups Call on Vatican to Retract 500-Year-Old Charter

New York, N.Y. – Then-pope Alexander VI issued what was known as a papal bull – the Inter caetera – which set off the European conquest of the New World at the expense of indigenous tribal people.  On May 4 of this year, Steven Newcomb, co-founder of the California-based Indigenous Law Institute, met with Pope Francis and […]

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Comedian Papa CJ Bares Body, Soul to Standing Ovations on Broadway

New York, N.Y. Crossing Times Square on perhaps the coldest, windiest night of the year to see an Indian comedian, I wished I was in Delhi. Ears frozen, I arrived not knowing what to expect. Billed as the ‘Chris Rock of India,’ I anticipated a somewhat raunchy show with a South Asian edge. What I […]

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For Native Americans, Thanksgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing

Washington, D.C.  Growing up, attorney Anita Shifflett celebrated Thanksgiving in the same way as most other Americans, by getting together with relatives to enjoy a hearty meal. “Thanksgiving meant family,” said Shifflett, a card-carrying member of the Native American Lumby tribe. “You had to go home for Thanksgiving. You had to go back to the […]

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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

People In Madagascar ‘Living On The Brink,’ U.N. Efforts On Food Crisis

Photo of the Day – Oct. 20, 2016