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World Assembly

One of the members of the Bergen Society has created an exciting and innovative project based on the idea that worldwide elections through the internet can now represent the voice of people without the limitations of nation-state interests. The Raynault Foundation has joined with Cal-Poly (California Polytechnic
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Anthony Lewis

In mid-December 2001 Anthony Lewis, the long-time editorialist for the New York Times penned his last column. I have always found Lewis a voice of sanity; a principled champion of freedom and humane values. His final word did not disappoint. In that column Lewis wrote that his gravest concern over the decades was
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World Press Freedom Day

FROM THE UN In the past decade the world has seen a dangerous escalation of violence against journalists and other media professionals. The year of 2006 was the bloodiest year on record, with over 150 media killings, hundreds arrested, attacked or threatened, as well as held hostage. This happens not only in the
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The Sachs Report – The Millennium Project

The end of global poverty? An ideal whose time has come? Dr Jeffrey Sachs, world renowned macroeconomist, adviser to Kofi Annan, thinks so. His recent report (Investing in Development: A Practical Plan To Achieve The Development Goals) spells out a detailed plan in which he shows how enormous reductions in
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Protesting the Pending War Against Iraq

On Saturday October 26, 24 members of the Bergen County EthicalCulture Society went to Washington DC to participate in a national day of protesting thepending war against Iraq. The bus was chartered by the public affairs committee and was filled withmembers of our society and people referred to the society by NJ
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Outer Space Should be an Oasis of Peace

In this world of constantly recurring natural and manmade disasters, outer space should be an oasis of peace and service for mankind. Surely, the UN has enough to do in a world that often functions as an emergency in progress. Still the UN is both upward and forward looking with a UN Office for Outer […]
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Report on World Violence from the UN

The 20th century has turned out to be one of the most violent periods of conflict in human history. An estimated 190 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly … over half noncombatant civilians and millions of injured and disabled added to the terrible toll. Aside from the communal violence of
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Holocaust Memorial Day at the UN

In a moving ceremony on Jan. 27, 2006, The UN General Assembly commemorated the victims of the holocaust. The date, chosen for its historical significance – the liberation of the survivors of Auschwitz death camp – was also significant as a change in the UN’s functioning. This event, to be
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