The group March Against Monsanto, a coalition of over 30 organizations opposed to Genetically Modified Foods (also called GMOs), has organized a global #MarchAgainstMonsanto event with protests and events scheduled in 45 countries and in all
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.
After more than two weeks of intense negotiations at the UN, a global Arms Trade treaty was adopted by the General Assembly with an overwhelming majority of 154 to 3. When the treaty enters into force, arms transfers will become illegal if it there is good reason to believe that the weapons will be used for genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
Some opponents said the treaty could impact legal arms transfers, but US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that the treaty protects “the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade” and each state’s right to regulate arms within its own borders.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 04:00 to Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 04:00
On March 12, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I) introduced the “Democracy Is For People” amendment "to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.. and limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process." It stipulates that the right to spend money to influence the outcomes of federal elections should be reserved exclusively for people, as opposed to corporations, nonprofits, and other private entities, and calls for measures such as public financing for elections, public disclosure of campaign donations, and restrictions on donations coming from individuals and organizations.
: Amnesty International reports the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) passed the resolution to establish the Commission of Inquiry into "into grave, systematic and widespread human rights violations" in North Korea on March 21st. The establishment of the Commission of Inquiry follows the release of a report with “extremely serious and disturbing” accounts of human rights violations on Monday, March 10th by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK Marzuki Darusman. Mr. Durusman's latest report identified nine patterns of human rights violation. Many, if not all of them "may amount to crimes against humanity, committed as part of systematic and/or widespread attacks against civilian population.”