Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Follow the US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) for updates throughout the day.
Gates Annual Letter
We’re sure you heard about Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter last week. Read it at gatesletter.com if you haven’t see it yet.
Central African Republic
For the first time a woman was elected as the interim president of CAR. Read more about her appointment and what her presence might mean for the country in turmoil at the New York Times: Woman Chosen to Lead Central African Republic Out of Mayhem.
Additionally, according to Reuters rebels are beginning to leave CAR’s capital city of Bangui, but the violence contrinues.
There is a great article on the World Economic Forum blog about the work of Jane Chen and how her team helped create a low-cost warmer for babies. Read more in The Keys to Tech Breakthroughs: Love.
Similarly, there is an excellent piece on Impatient Optimists makes the case for Kangaroo Mother Care in poor and middle income countries and how these countries can get past the myths of KMC in Busting Myths: Taking Kangaroo Mother Care to the Next Level.
As you know Syria peace talks got underway last week. Thus far all actors are in a deadlock about transitional power to the according to the BBC. Meanwhile millions of children are either refugees or internally displaced persons amongst the chaos. Listen to a informative interview with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, who recently spent time in Lebanon and Jordan and how harrowing life is for these families who are living in tent communities.
Until next Monday with more great foreign policy and global health and development reads! Please leave more great reads in the comments.
Happy Martin Luther King Day! To honor his legacy we support Save the Children’s The Real Awards that honors health workers around the world.
Today we have several foreign policy as well as global health and development news stories that we found of great interest. If you have read any compelling pieces lately that you think we would enjoy reading please leave them in the comments.
If you haven’t been following the riots in Kiev read this piece in this ABC News article as a quick primer about what is happening in the Ukraine. Drill down on some of the details about the protests in these articles:
Central African Republic
Of note, the European Union agreed to send 1000 EU troops to the Central African Republic to help stabilize the country. In all honesty, we’re not sure 1000 more troops will be enough. We’ll have to wait and see, especially as the country seems ripe for genocide amid sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims. Also, the very first woman interim president was elected in Central African Republic today.
In the most bizarre news we’ve read in quite some time an Indian minister’s wife was found dead in a 5-star Delhi hotel just days after she publicly accused him on Twitter of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.
Global Health and Development
Oxfam released a report that the says the top 85 richest people own as much wealth as half the world’s population. Read the report.
Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter will be released this week. Read a sneak preview in the Wall Street Journal: Three Myths of the World’s Poor.
During the weekend we read global news articles worth reading from media outlets ranging from the New York Times to the Guardian. If you would like to bookmark some of these articles we recommend using Instapaper or Evernote for future reading.
Direct from NGOs
- The amount of violence against children in the Central African Republic is increasing steadily amid the sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims. UNICEF says children have been beheaded, mutilated, and are being recruited into war. Read: Children Being Brutalized in the Central African Republic.
- UNAIDS has published a PDF with a rundown of HIV/AIDS statistics from 2013. This is definitely a PDF worth bookmarking for future reference.
- There are over 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport in Bangui due to the increased violence in Central African Republic’s capital city. Doctors Without Borders has announced they have had to decrease services because the violence is so bad.
Security Council Authorizes African Union Mission in Central African Republic
The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2127 (2013), authorizing the deployment of the “African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic” (to be known as MISCA), for a period of twelve months. The Council also authorized support of MISCA by French forces. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
05 December 2013