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On the International Day of Peace, United States Marks 20 Years of Promoting Peace and Security through U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs

Mine Destruction team

Tom Kelly serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the United States Department of State. As the world observes the International Day of Peace on September 21, the United States commemorates an important investment in international peace and security with this week’s release of the 12th Edition of our annual report, To Walk the Earth in …

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Ireland’s Pregnancy Law Open to Challenge – Patrick Buckley

Ireland’s President Higgins, following a meeting of the Council of State on Monday July 29th, has signed the controversial “Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013” into Irish law. This legislation, which flowed from an Irish Supreme Court judgement in the X case and a subsequent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C …

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Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

After two decades of previous Governments ignoring the issue, this month the Irish parliament finally passed legislation which will remove the legal uncertainty for medical professionals carrying out abortions in Ireland in what are very limited circumstances. The enactment of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law will be, in my view, a very positive move for Irish …

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Criminalized Because of One’s Sex? – Hida Viloria

On June 14th, Indian gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik was arrested following accusations of rape and “being male” by her live-in partner.  She was suspended from her job, detained in a male ward, and an MMS of one of her mandatory gender-verification tests, in which she was completely nude, went viral. Ranjit Sur, of the Association for Protection of Democratic …

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Oil Must Not Cloud the Nobel Prize Winner’s Judgement

Today the Nobel Peace Prize is being awarded to the EU. The prize of SEK 8 million originates from Alfred Nobel’s fortune, part of which was amassed from the Nobel brothers’ oil dealings in Azerbaijan over 100 years ago. While the prize is being awarded in Oslo, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will be in the Azerbaijani capital Baku with …

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Cowboys and… Vietcong – Kathy Macchioni

As a child and young teenager I adored Westerns: Cowboys and Indians! I remember gripping the edge of my seat as on the screen hordes of whooping Indians – the ‘Baddies’ – swooped down with murderous fury on wagon trains, stagecoaches and the like, only to be put to flight just in the nick of time by John Wayne and …

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“The Birth of a Pacifist” – Mark Manson

In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I found myself in the awkward position of defending the war to my liberal friends and family. I was majoring in International Relations at the time and I argued with ferocity typical of a college student who thought he knew far more than he really did. The geo-political significance of the region, …

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