Policy & Advocacy
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2/16/2018

President Donald Trump told members of Congress that a lot of the 100 million unemployed people in the US want to work, saying possible trade sanctions would boost American manufacturing. Only about 5.2 million of the 95.7 million Americans not working would like to be employed while others are students, elderly or stay-at-home parents, and the economy is considered to be close to full employment.

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2/16/2018

A man calling himself Howard was removed from a women's Olympic ice hockey game and the opening ceremony because he was impersonating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "My face is too political. I was born with this face. I've got to live with it," he said.

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2/16/2018

Over 3,400 civilians were killed in violent attacks in Afghanistan last year and more than 7,000 were wounded, according to an annual report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Casualties declined 9% from the previous year, but 2017 marked "the fourth consecutive year where the mission recorded more than 10,000 civilian casualties," Danielle Bell of the UN mission said.

2/16/2018

Members of the United Nations Security Council are considering a British proposal to acknowledge Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for aid pledges to Yemen. Critics argue Saudi Arabia shouldn't be praised because a coalition it leads has blocked aid to Yemen.

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2/16/2018

The World Health Organization has issued new recommendations on childbirth aimed at reducing the number of medically unnecessary interventions that deprive women of a natural childbirth experience. WHO warns that wealthy and poor countries alike are using unneeded and potentially harmful practices to speed up labor, assist in delivery or manage pain.

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2/16/2018

The efforts of activists working to protect wildlife and the environment must be respected, as "environmental rights are human rights," says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim. Solheim's statement follows the death of wildlife campaigner Kavous Seyed Emami in an Iran prison.

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2/16/2018

Escalating violence between warring factions in Syria has created as "worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I've seen" in the past four years, says United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura. He is urging Russia, Iran and Turkey "to use their influence to help reduce violence."

2/16/2018

Myanmar has yet to address Rohingya Muslims' lack of basic rights, including citizenship, meaning it is not safe for Rohingya refugees to return home, says United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Monsoon season will threaten the safety of the more than 100,000 Rohingya living in camps in Bangladesh.

2/16/2018

Nonprofits that extend the roles of their founders when transitioning to successors are more successful than those that make clean breaks, according to research by the Bridgespan Group. More than three quarters of nonprofits that use this strategy say the benefits outweigh the challenges, finds the study, which uses input from BoardSource and GuideStar.

2/16/2018

Charitable giving in the US increased 4.1% year-over-year in 2017, compared to 1% growth in 2016, according to the Blackbaud Institute. The trend is attributable to increased support for progressive causes, the strong economy and natural disasters that caught the attention of donors, said Blackbaud's Steven MacLaughlin.

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