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United Nations to vote on anti-mass surveillance resolution

6 hours agoTechnology : GigaOM

The resolution cleared committee stage on Tuesday and will now go before the General Assembly in December.

Is It Time to Lower The Ages to Serve in GA General Assembly?

CJ Pearson, the Executive Director of Young Georgians in Government, reached out to let us know that they have secured a sponsor and three co-sponsors for a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to lower the minimum age to serve in the Georgia Senate and Georgia House. Show More Summary

Why Won't the US Ratify the UN's Children's Rights Convention?

November 20 was the 25th anniversary of the adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It may come as a shock to many Americans to learn that the three rogue nations in the world that have refused...Show More Summary

Post-Racial America Update: There Is A Limit Edition

Remember last week and our good friend the incoming Speaker of Nevada’s General Assembly, Republican Ira “simple-minded darkies” Hansen?  Turns out there’s a limit even to that as we’ve reached the “I’m sorry you people find my two decades of verbatim racial intolerance in my columns to be a problem”, I’m the real victim here” [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

N Korea furious over UN human rights ruling

UN General Assembly askes Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC in The Hague over alleged rights abuses.

US Joins Somalia and South Sudan in Failing to Support Child Rights

This piece originally ran at Al Jazeera America. On Nov. 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark human rights treaty protecting children’s rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was negotiated for more than a decade, a process in which the U.S. Show More Summary

Torture, kidnapping, and gulags: North Korea’s alleged crimes against humanity

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

The decision by a U.N. General Assembly committee to condemn North Korea for crimes against humanity this week is historic. It could well lead to the North Korean leadership facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), forcing them to confront the numerous accusations made against their isolated regime. Read full article >>

Olympic Highlights

IOC ACTIVITIES PRESIDENT Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. © Thananuwat Srirasant / Getty Images From 5 to 8 November, IOC President Thomas Bach was in Bangkok (Thailand) for the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) chaired by IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. Show More Summary

In Iran, US Choice is a Negotiated Peace Now or the Risk of War

By Carlyn Meyer In 2012, Israeli PM Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly with a cartoon representation of an “Iranian bomb.” It was filled with red paint (uranium) up to a…

UNICEF celebrates global innovation and a children's rights milestone

It's been 25 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF is marking the milestone with an interactive call to action. The UN agency, which works on behalf of children globally, has published an online version of its yearly "State of the World's Children" report. Show More Summary

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentio...

Ohio legislature rushes to shield lethal-drug info from public records law

The Columbus Dispatch | RCFP The Ohio General Assembly is moving quickly to pass a bill that would “shield the identity of manufacturers and sellers of drugs used in lethal injection, as well as physicians and members of the execution...Show More Summary

UN General Assembly Considers Naming 2016 the 'Year of the Camelid'

The UN General Assembly is set to debate whether to name 2016 as the Year of the Camelid. The resolution, sponsored by Bolivia, reads in part: Noting that camelids are strictly herbivorous, even-toed ungulate mammals that first appeared...Show More Summary

Breaking the Cycle of Extreme Poverty Starts With a Focus on Children

Universal Children's Day takes place on Nov. 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to promote the welfare of the world's children, something I have dedicated a lifetime's work to. This...Show More Summary

Blog: CPJ joins call for UN members to push for greater human rights in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 29 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place on November 18....

David Vine: A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War

This article originally appeared at To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.   In a September address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama spoke forcefully about the “cycle of conflict” in the Middle East, about “violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much [...]

Get your ticket to The Future of Digital event in Sydney, Australia

Mashable Austalia has partnered with General Assembly to present The Future of Digital, A Festival of Learning, a day-long event with 25 speakers sharing ideas on technology, design, digital trends and the future of work. The tickets are now on sale for The Future of Digital, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. Show More Summary

New Video App Ocho Launches

Ocho, a new video app, launched Tuesday and announced $1.65 million in funding from Mark Cuban, Bill Lohse’s Social Starts and General Assembly co-founder Matt Brimer. The app’s founders say they started with an idea of what YouTube would look like had it been designed for mobile and went from there. Show More Summary

GOP must recognize the obvious: We are in charge

November 4th was a good day for the Georgia Republican Party. We hold the Governor’s Office, every constitutional position, and overwhelming majorities in the General Assembly. Despite the enormity of this victory, however, deep divisions were exposed among the electorate. Show More Summary

Solving Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem, One Fellow at a Time

Photo courtesy of General Assembly All eyes were on Silicon Valley this past summer, not only for the latest and greatest tech innovations, but also for the latest (but not so great) indications that the industry’s diversity is sorely lacking. Show More Summary

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