The international community has not developed a coordinated communication strategy as force-multiplier against ISIL. Mindful of this dynamic, there are now demands for the United Nations to enhance its ability to deal with the threat more effectively and provide leadership and strategic direction on countering violent extremism.
Some 69 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945, the United Nations charter was ratified by the permanent members of the Security Council and by a majority or the original 50 signatory member nations; thus, the world peace-keeping organization officially came into existence.
By By Ron Browning and 410-939-6562; fax 410-939-1833
Climate change has been in the news a lot lately, but one key development was missed: President Obama issued a new executive order that may prove to be a turning point for efforts to advance climate preparedness around the world and for U.S. foreign aid planning.
As the Ebola virus was ravaging West Africa, two American health workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were airlifted back to the United States to be treated with an experimental drug. They are now in Atlanta, recovering.
The U.S. needs Russia. This may sound peculiar coming from a person who spent 25 years at the NSA, almost half of those fighting communism. But our approach to Russia since the end of the Cold War has been unimaginative and aggressive. Politicians in Washington put on their Cold-War glasses any time Russia makes noise. It's time to archive those in the Smithsonian.
BRUSSELS (AP) ¿ Over Russia's objections, Ukraine's new president on Friday signed a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the very agreement that triggered the bloodshed and political convulsions of the past seven months.
Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network.