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World Politics & Affairs

Citizen Diplomacy to the UN: an Interview with Patrick Sciarratta

“(Your) mission is so important, and… you are accomplishing remarkable things. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!”  President William Jefferson Clinton for Patrick Sciarratta. Patrick has gone through a fantastic life path: from a simple student and the creator of a rock band back in 1969 to a famous person and leader […]

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Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized […]

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Environment & Climate Change World Politics & Affairs

The United Nations and a Move Towards Sustainable Development

The high-level scene: a strategic answer for global sustainability? With less than 5000 days left to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place in New York from July 10 to July 19, “convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.” The theme for […]

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Repeating a Dark History: The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

Amidst the war-torn and ravaged Darfur, a region that has not seen peace or stability in over a decade, United Nations peacekeepers protect civilians from the violence that surrounds them.   Members of UNAMID, or the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, symbolize security and humanitarian aid, while also facilitating discussion regarding new agreements […]

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UN Peacekeepers Implicated in Sexual Crimes and Violence

In times of crisis, the eyes of the world look to them to keep the peace; to protect those who are vulnerable; to stand with the victims of global conflict. They are the blue helmets: United Nations peacekeepers. The United Nations defines peacekeepers as “individuals that help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for […]

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Canada’s Climb Towards a UN Security Council Seat

When it comes to promoting international stability, Canada is not a country to scoff at. Since its inception in the October of 1945, Canada has enthusiastically supported the United Nation’s vision of collective security, preventing conflict of the likes associated with the Second World War. But the country’s indisputable generosity continues to suffer a phantom […]