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Algeria’s Role in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Algeria’s Role in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

NATO’s cooperation with Algeria offers potential in combating international human trafficking networks. Reviving the ‘regional NATO’ plan for a joint military organization of Saharan states would allow governments to better disrupt the routes used to transport many migrants to the Mediterranean coast.

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Can We Ignore It Much Longer?

The Global Refugee Crisis: Can We Ignore It Much Longer?

The global forced migration crisis is perhaps the most under-reported and disturbing development facing the world today.

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Syrian Conflict Drags On

Syrian Conflict Drags On

Even though world attention has moved on to other crises, the horrific, destructive conflict in Syria drags on.

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Nigeria polio campaign gains momentum Dozens of governors across Nigeria have signed up to support the Nigeria Immunization Challenge started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat polio. The immunization initiative is part of the foundation’s efforts to support Nigeria’s fight against top priority public health concerns, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and providing […]

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Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

Efforts to combat trafficking are diverse and growing. Businesses, NGOs, academics, politicians, governments and individuals all have a role to play. So, instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend watching the Macy’s Parade, eating turkey and shopping (my usual Thanksgiving activities), I was in Amsterdam and London for meetings on fighting human trafficking. Human trafficking, or modern […]

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Rockin the Casbah

Rockin the Casbah

I loved Robin Wright’s new book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion in the Islamic World. (And thanks to The Clash for inspiring the title!) The book couldn’t be more timely given current events. It is a smart, provocative and compelling read, and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in what happened across […]

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Nobel Prize Goes to Three Women Fighters for Peace

Nobel Prize Goes to Three Women Fighters for Peace

I woke up this morning to the amazing news that three women shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni opposition leader. These three women have all been trailblazers for non-violent social activism and for the inclusion of women in peace building. As […]

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Leading Opposition Candidate in Cameroon Makes Her Run for President Official

Leading Opposition Candidate in Cameroon Makes Her Run for President Official

Kah Walla, the only woman in the race against long term incumbent Paul Biya filed the papers making her candidacy official last week. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/3rxf5xy

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Safer Birth Practices a Must for Timor-Leste

Safer Birth Practices a Must for Timor-Leste

In Timor-Leste women have an average of 7 children, yet in a country with birthrates so high, care for maternal and newborn health and safety is lacking. In a country were babies are far from the rarity, health problems for mother and babies are also far from rare.  Due to the lack of adequate prenatal […]

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The Whistleblower: A Compelling (and Tough) Story

The Whistleblower: A Compelling (and Tough) Story

The Whistleblower opens this Friday in selected cities and then to a broader audience on August 12. Here’s my review of the movie, which is worth watching: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/whistleblower-film_b_914881.html

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Trafficking in Persons Report Enters Second Decade

Trafficking in Persons Report Enters Second Decade

After a decade of reporting, this year’s focus shifts to how to move forward. In the words of Ambassador-At-Large Lou CdeBaca, “This year’s TIP Report focuses on how governments can move toward a more targeted, purposeful approach that fully addresses the minimum standards to fight trafficking in persons… For a maturing modern approach, it is […]

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Freedom House Report on Women’s Rights in MENA Region

Freedom House Report on Women’s Rights in MENA Region

Freedom House’s 2010 edition of Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa is out and a great resource. It analyzes the status of women in the region country by country. As Queen Noor has said, “It is vital that MENA countries more urgently recognize that the status of women is the key determinant […]

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Arizona’s New Immigration Law: Understanding Its Implications

Last week Arizona’s governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law what are now the country’s harshest measures for responding to irregular (often referred to as illegal) immigration. The state has 90 days to put the law into effect. In summary, it has four main provisions: – it is a crime to be in the state without […]

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Urbanization Leading to “Mega-Regions”

UN-Habitat released its biannual “State of the World’s Cities” report in March, a 250+ page document that covers all manner of subjects about our increasingly urbanized world. More than half of all people now live in cities, and this figure will reach 60% in less than twenty years, and 70% by 2050. A very interesting […]

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Immigrants and the US Census

The United States is a country of immigrants – even more so if they are counted successfully in the current 2010 Census. Extra efforts have been made to reach previously undercounted populations, including those arriving as migrants. One reason that recent immigrants are less likely to participate may be lack of information about the Census, […]

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