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,
Minnesota made headlines on Tuesday, May 14, when it became the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage. Following favorable votes by the Minnesotan House (May 9) and Senate (May 13), Governor Mark Dayton signed the Freedom to Marry Bill into law on Tuesday, May 14. Starting August 1 this year, same-sex couples will have the right to take vows and enter into a marriage.
No other state has seen such a dramatic turn in such a short span of time when it comes to marriage equality. Only six months ago, Minnesota voters struck down a constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage across the state. Now, it has become the 13th state in the Union to grant this right to its citizens.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 04:00 to Friday, May 3, 2013 - 04:00
Two major reports have recently been issued on the mitigation, adaptation, and perception of climate change in the United States and abroad. The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC), formed by a team of 60 members, issued a draft of its quadrennial report as mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act. The second document, titled Global Risks Report 2013 and issued by the World Economic Forum, analyzes the risk perceptions for the global economy as seen by a group of 1,000 respondents from the industry, government, and academia.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 04:00 to Friday, April 26, 2013 - 04:00
Over the last decade, the world has witnessed an alarming trend that – if continued – could lead to a major food crisis in the United States and elsewhere on the planet. In short, the bees are disappearing. While this does not sound like a matter of utmost urgency, the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), as the phenomenon has come to be known, is indeed a matter of national and international security. Crops like apples, strawberries, almonds, or oranges all rely on bees for insemination. In fact, according to UNEP, bees pollinate 70 of the 100 most popular world crops that deliver 90% of our food. This is why Beyond Pesticides and the Center for Food Safety teamed up to launch BEE Protective – a nationwide education campaign on the crucial role of bees and on the growing problem of their mysterious disappearance.