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Germany is the first European country to free Syrian refugees from a draconian bureaucratic “trap”

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Since 2003, the Dublin Protocol has stopped migrants from traveling through Europe to auspicious countries before claiming asylum. However, many migrants travel by sea—which is more perilous and has led to high rates of death. Germany is the first country European country to break from the Dublin...

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Reclaiming ‘We the People,’ One Person at a Time

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Retreat programs can improve self-awareness and understanding of others. The Center for Courage & Renewal creates safe environments for people to speak honestly with each other, something Parker J. Palmer says is needed to de-polarize society.

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Political will at the heart of Indian Ocean climate change solutions

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The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge is an initiative that unites those islands and coastal nations on the Indian Ocean to unite in efforts to develop and use resources sustainably while combating the negative effects of rapid climate change. Focus on food security, protecting vulnerable ar...

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The Power, and Process, of a Simple Solution

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With the creation of oral rehydration solution, diarrhea can be treated by inexpensive, homemade remedies. O.R.S. has undeniably helped Bangladesh make big strides in improving child health in recent decades thanks to thoughtful, systemic implementation, and it is now distributed by UNICEF in mor...

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How to Topple a Dictator (Peacefully)

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around the world to accomplish political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting...

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How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer

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The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with the emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop in homicides and has witnessed a decrease in the number of migrants entering ...

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Iceland’s Water Cure

The New York Times Magazine

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Despite being an island of seamen, Iceland used to experience high numbers of drownings every year, fostering a keen interest in swimming education. The government stepped up and tapped into the underground hot water generated by Iceland’s volcanic activity to create geothermal pools, which quick...

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Coral cultivation offers hope to devastated western Indian Ocean reefs

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from of Nature Seychelles, as part of an international project to protect and restore the reefs,...

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Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching

National Geographic

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Bucking the worldwide trend, Nepal continues its successful fight against poaching, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.

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Syria's next generation

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The refugee crisis in Syria is one of modern society's greatest diasporas. Syria's refugee children are not a lost generation, but the country's next generation, according to volunteers who want to prepare them for the future.

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