The first UN Peacekeeping mission was established on May 29th, 1948. The UN Truce Supervision Organization was created on that date to assist and maintain a ceasefire between Israel and Arab League forces.
Today marks the birthday of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. A fitting way to mark the birth of this captivating (although to some, controversial) historical figure is to celebrate his living legacy, the Peace Corps, which he established by executive order on March 1, 1961.
June 8-10 will mark a three-day installaton event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. of One Million Bones, a large-scale social arts practice combining education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan,
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 04:00 to Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 04:00
Addressing the National Defense University on Thursday on the subject of US Counterterrorism Policy, President Obama reiterated his desire, first stated in a 2007 campaign pledge, to close Guantanamo Bay detention facility. During his 40-minute speech, the President walked a fine line between two competing agendas: protecting our nation from those who wish us harm and trying to restore America’s image as a champion of human rights, especially in countries where we are confronting terrorists.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 04:00 to Friday, May 24, 2013 - 04:00
The story of Zach Sobiech is as inspiring as it is tragic. Zach was just 14 when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer in children. Zach Sobiech passed away on May 21st; however, the news of his death has been eclipsed by a flood of tributes to his inspirational life. He devoted his final months to music, and to raise awareness for osteosarcoma. His single, 'clouds' became a web sensation, eventually being covered by celebrities in an effort to reach a wider audience.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 04:00 to Friday, May 31, 2013 - 04:00
About 37 million people in the United States, both old and young, are repaying a total of over $1 trillion in outstanding student debt, and an increasing number are struggling to make these payments. Recognizing what many predict will be the next debt "bubble" to burst in our economy, the recently elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposed the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act, her first bill, and has garnered plenty of support.
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 04:00 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 04:00
The organization War on Want reported to its members that many global retailers have signed on to a "landmark agreement" which has brought together brands, suppliers, trade unions, and NGOs to end appalling and unsafe factory conditions in Bangladesh. The retailers that have signed are H&M, Zara, C&A, PVH (supplier of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Izod labels), Tchibo, and many others. At its heart, the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh asks companies to commit to pay up to $500,000 yearly over five years for renovations and repairs necessary to ensure the safety of the Bangladeshi workers in factories that supply cothes to these companies.