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U.S. victory at the Human Rights Council

At the urging of the Palestinians (and under intense pressure from the United States) the Human Rights Council delayed taking up the Goldstone report until it meets again in March.  The report alleges war crimes committed by both the IDF and Hamas during Operation Cast Lead last winter.

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Another Typhoon Heading for the Philippines

after durian

 

The Philippines is bracing for a second typhoon, less than a week after a typhoon killed 277 people in Manila. Manila was remarkably heroic in the face of the first typhoon, rapidly organizing rescue teams and donations to people affected by the typhoon. A second one would severely test that resolve.

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Mothers of Ethiopia II: Escaping Child Marriage

Hanna Ingber Win is Huffington Post's World Editor. She was recently invited by the UN Population Fund to visit its maternal health programs in Ethiopia, which has one of the world's worst health care systems. In the U.S., a woman has a 1 in 4,800 chance of dying from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth in her lifetime. In Ethiopia, a woman has a 1 in 27 chance of dying. 

 This is the second installment of a five-part series on what she learned on her trip. Go to the original post for powerful photographs from the trip.  Part 1.

The first time Tadu Gelana's mother suggested she get married, Tadu thought she was kidding. Only 14 years old, Tadu had not yet finished school or had her first menstruation cycle. Tadu laughed at the suggestion. The second time her mother mentioned it, Tadu told her she wasn't interested.

Her mother did not relent.

Tadu's brother, who was about twice her age and had taken care of her for many years, had recently passed away. Tadu felt she should be grieving for the loss of her big brother, not preparing for a joyous wedding ceremony.

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Mothers of Ethiopia Part I: Zemzem’s Journey

Hanna Ingber Win is Huffington Post's World Editor. She was recently invited by the UN Population Fund to visit its maternal health programs in Ethiopia, which has one of the world's worst health care systems. In the U.S., a woman has a 1 in 4,800 chance of dying from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth in her lifetime. In Ethiopia, a woman has a 1 in 27 chance of dying. 

 This is the first in a five-part series on what she learned on her trip. Go to the original post for powerful photographs from the trip. 

JIMMA, Ethiopia -- When Zemzem Moustafa went into labor with her fifth child - at age 30 - she could sense a problem. Living in a thatched-roof hut in Ilebabo, a rural village in western Ethiopia, she and her husband walked to the local health post. A health extension worker there could tell that the baby was in the wrong position, but the worker could not help Zemzem and referred her to the hospital. And so Zemzem's journey began, one that ends in tragedy for thousands of women in Ethiopia each year.

She and her husband, a poor farmer, collected 50 birr (US$4) from their neighbors for the trip to a hospital in Jimma, the closest big town. Leaving at around 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, they walked through the fields for an hour until they arrived at a road. Standing at the side of the road, they hailed a rickety old minibus packed with other villagers.

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Clinton to chair meeting of Security Council on violence against women in warfare

You have to credit the United States with making the most of its month long chairmanship of the Security Council. First, President Obama chairs a meeting on non-proliferation and disarmament with other heads of state.  Now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is using the platform to push an issue critically important to international peace and security: combating sexual violence as a tool of warfare. 

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The *New* UN Dispatch

Over the past few months, the editors of UN Dispatch have been taking a hard look at the experience that you have visiting our site. Today we're proud to launch a new site designed to deliver our content to you quicker and better. What's new: