Policy & Advocacy
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2/23/2018

The Treasury Department today announced new, sweeping sanctions against North Korea as part of the Trump administration's efforts to get the isolated country to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The new restrictions target one individual, 28 vessels and 27 entities identified as having evaded existing sanctions against North Korea.

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CNBC, Fox News
2/23/2018

President Donald Trump, lawmakers and National Rifle Association representatives have made statements about background checks for gun sales in the wake of the shooting at a high school in Florida last week. Salvador Rizzo looks at the current state of background checks, what Congress and the administration are doing that affect gun sales, and the veracity of the claims being made.

2/23/2018

Members of the United Nations Security Council will vote today on a resolution calling for a monthlong cease-fire in Syria to facilitate civilian medical evacuations and aid deliveries. Syrian military attacks on the rebel-held area of eastern Ghouta have killed at least 400 people in the past five days.

2/23/2018

More than half a million Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladesh camps are facing dangers from floods, landslides, disease, exploitation and early marriage, according to a UNICEF report. The 185,000 more Rohingya children who remain trapped in Myanmar are urgently in need of aid, the report warns.

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2/23/2018

An advocacy campaign launched by the United Nations Population Fund in 2011 is making slow but steady progress against the practice of gender selection in Armenia as the number of boys born drops closer to the number of girls born. The effort focuses on conditions that lead women to abort female fetuses, including contraception, family lineage and conflict.

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The Guardian (London)
2/23/2018

India has ambitious visions for its environmental efforts but must make rapid progress on renewable energy, mobility and a transformation of agriculture, says United Nations Environment Programme chief Erik Solheim. "Two years ago, no one thought air pollution was a big problem in India, now that is changing, and rapidly," he says.

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Erik Solheim, UNEP, United Nations
2/23/2018

More than 40 officials in South Sudan who may be responsible for violent and cruel attacks on civilian populations have been identified by United Nations investigators. Human rights commission member Andrew Clapham says reports from witnesses demonstrate "a clear pattern of ethnic persecution, for the most part by government forces who should be pursued for crimes against humanity."

2/23/2018

A variety of nonprofits are lending support to student-led, grass-roots efforts to fight gun violence while taking care to ensure the movement remains in the hands of the youths.
Organizations providing help include the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety

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Giffords, Everytown
2/23/2018

A charity dubbed the Pineapple Fund, also know as "Pine," has given more than $56 million to the philanthropic sector since December, supporting the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, GiveDirectly and other organizations. The anonymous donor backing the charity said they are distributing a bitcoin fortune and "wanted to use my bitcoin for good in this world."

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2/23/2018

Rapper Drake has released a new video for his hit single "God's Plan" which shows him distributing $1 million to needy families in the Miami area. Drake used the video to launch an Instagram challenge, calling on others to follow his lead through acts of kindness.

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The Atlantic
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