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The Takeaway

Exiled Russian Official Takes a Stand Against Putin

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ilya Ponomarev, a member of the Russian parliament, has been living in exile here in the U.S. because of his opposition to President Putin.

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The Takeaway

Turkey: The Heart of Syria’s War & Refugee Crisis

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This week the United Nations World Food Program announced that it had been forced to suspend food vouchers to some 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a lack of funding from donors. 

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The Takeaway

U.N. Leader Offers Hope in Fight Against Ebola

Monday, November 03, 2014

Though the virus is killing thousands and frightening millions more, the fight against Ebola is in generating international cooperation on a scale not seen since the end of WWII.

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The Takeaway

Following The Money in The War Against Ebola

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United Nations says nearly $1 billion would be needed to tackle Ebola in West Africa, but only $400 million has been received so far. Where is the money going? 

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The Takeaway

'Humans of New York' Goes Global

Monday, October 06, 2014

Photographer Brandon Stanton went on a worldwide tour that the United Nations hopes will draw attention to the causes of eradicating poverty, hunger and child mortality.

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Freakonomics Radio

Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.'s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.

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The Takeaway

World Acts Together to Face Down ISIS

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to require countries to block the movements of would-be terrorists within their borders. But how will this measure be implemented?

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The Takeaway

Obama Fights Back Against Foreign Fighters

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today, President Obama will preside over a special session of the U.N. Security Council, and he'll be advocating for an international no-fly list.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg, Climate Guru

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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The former New York City mayor told world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit that cities can agree on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, even if nations cannot. 

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WNYC News

De Blasio: The Earth Was My First Real Cause

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Mayor de Blasio goes global, talking about his relationship to the earth and world leaders.

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The Takeaway

Hope for a Breakthrough in the Middle East

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hundreds of thousands in Gaza are now displaced, and that number runs into the millions when you include the regional turmoil. David Miliband, who served as British Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010, explains why there could be a new direction to alter the conflict. 

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The Takeaway

Gaza: A Day of Rage & The Search for a Cease-Fire

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yesterday in Gaza, an apparent Israeli strike rocked a school run by United Nations relief workers and killed at least 10 people. As the violence intensifies, international aid workers are finding it increasingly difficult to continue doing their job.

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The Takeaway

Putin is Mentally Ill: Ukrainian Ambassador on Russia's Sick Leader

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev is confident in his country's ability to hold free and fair elections. But when it comes to dealing with Moscow, the ambassador is not so confident, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "mentally ill."

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The Takeaway

Fighting Continues in South Sudan as Kenyan and Ethiopian Leaders Meet

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It was a violent Christmas Day in South Sudan, where despite calls for a cease fire, fighting continues between rebels and soldiers. The United Nations estimates that thousands have been killed in the 11 days since fighting broke out in the young nation. Today, leaders from Kenya and Ethiopia are meeting in Juba in an effort to negotiate an end to the violence. Hannah McNeish, a freelance journalist in South Sudan, explains the situation on the ground.

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WQXR Blog

Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

Monday, October 28, 2013

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, the highest honor bestowed by a U.N. chief on accomplished individuals in any field.

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The Takeaway

United Nations Reaches Landmark Deal on Syria

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Syrian conflict has raged on for the last two years, and now it seems to be entering a new phase. Yesterday the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council agreed to a resolution that requires Syria to give up its chemical weapons. With us to explain the way forward for Syria and the U.N. is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.N. Development Goals

Thursday, September 26, 2013

John Hendra, assistant secretary-general at the UN Women and co-chair of the UN Development Group Millennium Development Goals Task Force, discusses the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

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The Takeaway

Can There Be Real and Lasting Change With Iran?

Monday, September 23, 2013

This fall may be the U.S.'s first opportunity for real and lasting change with Iran. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the way forward between the U.S. and Iran is Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Colonel Dave Roeder is a retired Air Force Colonel and one of the 52 American hostages held during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He joins us today to discuss his experience and how he views the new stance of Iran.

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WNYC News

Peak Week of UN General Assembly Frustrates Some New Yorkers, Excites Others

Monday, September 23, 2013

Police barricades, gridlock alerts, more crowded sidewalks – those are the conditions in Midtown East that will be making some New Yorkers grumpier this week.

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The Takeaway

United Nations Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The U.N.’s long-awaited report came out on Monday confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there are several competing interests in the Syrian conflict. Robin Wright is distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways that all parties may find common ground.

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