Civil War in South Sudan Threatens Genocide

The civil war began three years ago when the nation’s President, Salva Kiir, accused his deputy minister, Reik Machar, of plotting a coup against him. Armed factions took to the streets to beat Machar into submission. On November 11th, the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Adam Dieng, alerted that the Sudanese media helped militias target civilians along ethnic lines. Social media sites prevalent throughout the world served as vehicles for the transmission of the media’s hate speech, thus furthering the polarization and radicalization of South Sudan’s citizenry. The ouster of Machar in July only reignited the violence.

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U.N. Selects Guterres of Portugal as Its Next Leader

Antonio Guterres, who has served as prime minister of Portugal and head of the United Nations refugee agency, held a steady lead through the selection process, despite expectations of a woman from Eastern Europe to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

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Diplomacy Students Attend Annual UNA Members’ Day

During a panel on the next fifteen years of the U.N., School of Diplomacy junior Gabriela Taveras spoke about her work on campus through Seton Hall’s chapter of UNA-USA. She enthusiastically congratulated Professor Martin Edwards for organizing last year’s Sustainable Development Goals Teach-In on campus.

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