Stories written by Micah Luxen

Torture Remains the World’s Dirty Secret, Amnesty Says

Alfreda Disbarro is awaiting trial in her native Philippines, charged with the sale and possession of illegal drugs. According to her sworn affidavit, while in police custody, she was in so much pain that she couldn’t eat, had difficulty breathing and kept vomiting.

Syria Peace Envoy Quits

After an unsuccessful two-year attempt to end the civil war in Syria, UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has decided to step down by the end of May.

Springtime Conflict Spells Winter Crisis for Ukraine

It’s springtime in Ukraine, but conflict and economic threats are bringing an early chill. During these months when the country normally stores up energy reserves for winter, access to natural gas may be Russia’s best weapon to influence Ukraine’s new government.

U.N. Makes Development Data Open & Interactive

Every person in the world now has the opportunity to speak up at the United Nations, and already 1.8 million people have submitted their messages.

U.N. Agenda a Reflection of Political Power Plays

To maintain international peace and security is the mandate of the United Nations. But at any given time, through the bodies of the United Nations, global communities struggle to enforce their own interpretations of that mandate, in one single agenda.

Samantha Power Talks Transition from Journalist to ‘Ambassador to the Moon’

Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, spoke about the challenges of the job to a crowded theatre Saturday, during the ‘Women in the World’ summit in New York City.

Experts say Military Intervention Reveals Putin’s Greatest Fears

Russian military forces pushed into Ukraine, because Russian President Vladimir Putin believes his own conspiracy theories. This was the hypothesis of experts from a variety of fields, who met at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York Monday.

U.N. Appeals for Humanitarian Funding For Somalia

“We cannot give up on the people of Somalia, even as the world is overwhelmed by crises”, was the UN’s message for the international community.

U.N. Relief Agency Faces Immediate Crisis, Warns Outgoing Leader

During his last visit to the United Nations as head of the department providing relief to Palestinian refugees, Filippo Grandi spoke about the immediate challenges facing his organisation.