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KHDA – The mobile app for a healthy relationship between schools and parents

Shaily Kalra

Some people think that KHDA stands for Knowledge and Human Development Authority, but those who know us understand that we’re actually the Knowledge and Happiness Development Authority. – KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority)

khdaDubai: KHDA (knowledge and Human Development Authority) of Middle East is making a major headway in the field of education by introducing the KHDA mobile app.

The main purpose of KHDA mobile app is to build a healthy and happy relationship between school and parents. Through this contract, the app will save the parent’s time and energy, said Amal Bel Hasa, chief of Compliance and Resolution Commission, KHDA. The app will benefit parents as it will give the parents the right platform to track their child’s progress with personalised information.

For accessing this app, the parents will have to sign the contract. The contract between the school and parents is mandatory and it can be signed even while sitting at home. This app will keep the parents and the students of all schools of UAE updated in terms of school assessment, tuition fees, anti-bullying steps and policies related with schools.

According to KHDA it will not take more than 20 minutes to read and sign the contract. The deadline for signing the contract by parents is September 30. If parents are not able to do so by this time, they will have to contact the school registrar.

US Legislation to counter violent extremism by involving foreign governments

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More than 35,000 foreigners from 120 countries have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS, and many of these fighters are now looking to return to their homes and to the United States to carry out attacks. -US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce

violent extremismWashington DC: Earlier this week, on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed the Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act (H.R. 4403) to improve the vetting of travelers against terrorist watch lists and law enforcement databases, enhance border management, and improve targeting and analysis.

H.R. 4403 will authorize the US Secretaries of the Department of State and Homeland Security to develop open-source software platforms to vet travelers against terrorist watch lists and law enforcement databases. It permits the open-source software to be shared with foreign governments and multilateral organizations, like INTERPOL.

The latest legislation H.R. 4403 is a significant step forward to block the movement of suspected terrorists across countries. It comes after five Syrians using fake passports had traveled freely through Argentina and Costa Rica before being apprehended by Honduran authorities. Others from Pakistan and Afghanistan also have attempted to enter the U.S. through its Southwest border as was reported last November.

Following the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, reports surfaced that one of the individuals under investigation for participating in the attacks had spent time in Latin America. We also learned that five Syrians using fake passports had traveled freely through Argentina and Costa Rica before being apprehended by Honduran authorities. Others from Pakistan and Afghanistan have attempted to enter the U.S. through our Southwest border as was reported last November. Interpol has stated that only 5,600 out of 25,000 foreign terrorist fighters thought to be operating worldwide have been identified by law enforcement agencies. Rep. Jeff Duncan

Speaking on the House floor in support of the bipartisan legislation, introduced by Texas Rep. Will Hurd, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce made the following remarks:

“The global threat of terrorism has never been as high as it is today. In just the last 12 months, we’ve seen terrorists strike in my home state of California, and in France, Belgium, Turkey, India, Tunisia, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Pakistan and Iraq – to name a few. No country is immune. The ideology of violent extremism knows no boundaries – allowing individuals to become radicalized by terrorists overseas without leaving their neighborhood.

I just returned from Iraq, Jordan and Tunisia, where I heard first-hand about the foreign fighter threat. More than 35,000 foreigners from 120 countries have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS, and many of these fighters are now looking to return to their homes and to the United States to carry out attacks.

That is why information sharing between countries is more critical than ever.

The bipartisan Task Force’s report highlighted the lack of any comprehensive, global database of foreign fighters and suspected terrorists. In its absence, the U.S. and other countries rely on a patchwork system for exchanging extremist identities, which is weak and increases the odds that foreign fighters and suspected terrorists will be able to cross borders undetected.

H.R. 4403 will authorize the Secretaries of the Department of State and Homeland Security to develop open-source software platforms to vet travelers against terrorist watch lists and law enforcement databases. It permits the open-source software to be shared with foreign governments and multilateral organizations, like INTERPOL.

Chairman of House subcommittee Ed RoyceIleana Ros-Lehtinen, on a March 22 hearing on Middle East and North Africa had said: “Hezbollah isn’t just a threat to our ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel, it is a growing threat to the region and to our own national security interests. The terror group – an Iranian proxy – has been helping keep Assad in power in Syria and prolonging the conflict there, while simultaneously building up its missile stockpile that it has targeted for attacks on Israel. There’s no doubt that, in the wake of the sanctions relief for Iran as part of the JCPOA, Iran will only increase its support for the terror group, making it an even greater menace. This threat Hezbollah poses to the region has also led the GCC and Arab League to designate it as a terrorist organization.

The issue of terrorists crossing borders the chairman of the US House subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Rep. Jeff Duncan earlier gave a broad insight regarding the magnitude of the problem and how it affects directly different countries by making the following observation:

“Following the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, reports surfaced that one of the individuals under investigation for participating in the attacks had spent time in Latin America. We also learned that five Syrians using fake passports had traveled freely through Argentina and Costa Rica before being apprehended by Honduran authorities. Others from Pakistan and Afghanistan have attempted to enter the U.S. through our Southwest border as was reported last November. Interpol has stated that only 5,600 out of 25,000 foreign terrorist fighters thought to be operating worldwide have been identified by law enforcement agencies. In view of this, I believe it is critical that we examine potential threats to the U.S. and the region from border security vulnerabilities and work to strengthen our security cooperation with our neighbors.”
On a recent hearing by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on FY 2017 Budget Priorities for South Asia: Recovery, Development, and Engagement, Chairman Matt Salmon has been quoted as saying that South Asia, with over 1.5 billion people, has enormous potential, but the region also faces major development challenges and threats from violent extremism, weak governance, and corruption. This hearing will discuss ways to improve and streamline the US efforts in South Asia.
On the March 23 hearing by the House subcommittee on the US “Administration’s Plan to Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility: At What Foreign Policy and National Security Cost?” the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce remarked: “According to the Obama administration’s own figures, more than 30 percent of detainees released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay have returned to terrorist activities. Those that remain are among the most hardened and highly trained terrorists in the world – and they are committed to killing Americans. This hearing will allow members to question officials from Departments of State and Defense on the president’s plan to close the prison by bringing some of these terrorists to U.S. soil, and releasing others to countries that are ill-equipped to stop them from returning to the battlefield.”

Anti-India slogans, call to destroy the country and JNU

 Lalit Shastri

anti-nationalk video from JNU

I recall when we had joined Jawaharlal Nehru University as freshers” in 1978, Sitaram Yechury was the outgoing JNU Students’ Union President . He had campaigned vigorously for Dadheech, the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) candidate for the president’s post. That year the Free Thinkers’ candidate, David Thomas, who was our senior in the Centre for Historical Studies, had won the election, of course, with the over-riding support of the majority of the freshers.

Any talk about of the freshers and the historical victory of the Free Thinkers in the 1978 JNUSU election would be incomplete without revealing the modus operandi of the SFI and All India Students’ Federation (AISF), the students’ wings of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India, vis-à-vis the new entrants to JNU. One recalls how the cadres (senior students) belonging to both the students’ wings of the two main Leftist parties followed the time-tested path of flocking around the new students. After befriending and winning their confidence, these students hosted a large number of new students temporarily in their hostel rooms; they acted as guides and took them around the library, canteen and different administrative blocks and Centres scattered around the old campus. After that they followed the strategy of bombarding the freshers with Leftist jargons and theory to convince them about the inevitability of class war, and the uprising by the proletariat against the exploiting ruling elite, the capitalists and the bourgeoisie.

Most from my batch of freshers were made of sterner stuff and could not be brainwashed by the Leftists, who were nicknamed by us as the ‘Commies’. We were free thinkers in the true sense. We believed in rational thought, debate and free discussion. We were not the ones to allow the Communist dogma to prevail over rationality and liberal thought. While we refused to allow ourselves to be brainwashed, what coincided with the JNUSU election in 1978 was a big protest mounted by a group of freshers along with me against the inhuman conditions in which we had been bundled in rotten, fungus infested and incomplete buildings in the New Campus. When none came to our rescue, we were even forced to sit on an indefinite fast after a “gherao” (restricting the movement) of the then Vice Chancellor K R Narayanan in his office. He later rose to become the President of India.

The protest by us turned into a “freshers movement” and this was one of the important factors that could tilt the balance in favour of the Free Thinkers’ candidate who defeated his nearest rival of the SFI with a convincing margin.

Ours was an entirely a different time. After us, the leftists obviously have been successful in carrying forward their strategy of brainwashing the new comers to JNU. In the meanwhile too much water has flown in the Ganga River and what have we – first there was the much talked about celebration by a section of those in JNU when in a Maoist attack 76 CRPF men were killed near Chintalnar village in Dantewada district in 2010 and now we have a rally of anti-national elements shouting slogans against India and in support of “Azadi” in Kashmir. It is an Irony, they are challenging the sovereignty and integrity of India by talking of destroying the county by using all their lung power energized by food and shelter highly subsidized by the people of India.

Over the years, JNU seems to have become a haven for terrorists or those who support them. One doesn’t know for how long we have permitted this. The guilty should be identified and heads should roll. When I was a student there (78-80), I recall how many IAS aspirants stayed endlessly as a guest in JNU hostels, where they enjoyed highly subsidised boarding and lodging facility as they mingled and became one with students who had drowned themselves in academic pursuit. One case in point is that of one of three brothers from Rajasthan who cracked the Civil Services exam simultaneously. One of them I know was an illegal occupant in the Sutlej hostel and is now posted at the secretary level in government of India. Matters have deteriorated drastically since then. A thorough investigation is needed to go to the depth of truth and find out whether or not terrorists have been taking shelter in JNU. An investigation into this should begin immediately. On the pretext of free speech, one can allow criticism of an elected government and it’s functionaries. Even people have the right to discuss gaps or flaws in the Constitution but those who condemn the nation or talk of splitting the country should always be tried for sedition. Even those who want to allow such elements to have their way by advocating the right to freedom of speech and expression cannot be pardoned as they are acting either as agents of those behind a diabolic plan or are too naive to understand the fallout of their folly.

If the political opponents of the ruling BJP have decided to use the JNU campus as a fertile ground to take on the ruling BJP on the issue of nationalism by fanning revolt against the nation, I am compelled to draw an analogy between what is happening in this national university and the US policy in Afghanistan and Middle-East, where for short-term gains the US has played with fire. By joining a protest rally in JNU to express solidarity with the Student leaders, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has also played with fire. If not doused in time, the fire that has erupted on the issue of the anti-India protest and slogans raised on the JNU campus to declare terrorist Afzal Guru a martyr could soon turn into an inferno…..

In a related development, JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in the sedition case linked with the JNU incident, today (19 February, 2016) moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail after the Supreme Court declined to entertain his bail plea saying it will become a precedent available to all the accused in the country, if it is entertained.

Meanwhile, Lawyers in Delhi and Jammu today took out protest march against traitors and those indulging  in anti-national activities.

Middle-East free of nuclear weapons and Israel

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nuclear-freeWashington DC: US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf preferred to keep her reply short and crypt at the daily press briefing here on Thursday when a journalist asked whether or not it would be right to say: “In the future, if it ever comes to pass that the Middle East is declared as a nuclear weapons-free zone, it should include Israel?

Ms. Harf’s short response to this poser was: “I don’t have much more to share for you than this.”

At a broader level, responding to related queries Ms. Harf said the NPT review process is in its final week in New York. There’s no final text on this issue of the Middle East conference. We are working to ensure that a final text meets our interests and those of Israel. Both the United States and Israel support the creation of a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East. We’re closely working with our Israeli partners to advance our mutual interests, including preserving the NPT. Given there’s no final text, this is something we’re working behind the scenes and don’t have much more to share than that.

Notwithstanding the growing US predicament as Israel is not finding itself comfortable with the UN move for holding a Middle-East Conference to create a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, there is active US participation in behind the scene talks to bring pressure on Israel to join this conference

Within the next 24-hours, a draft statement to back the UN treaty to regulate nuclear technology is likely to be ready in New York city where UN officials have worked through this week in this direction. This inititaive is geared to complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

A draft has also been circulated within the UN for making the Middle-East free of nuclear weapons. Israel wants a consensus among all Middle-East countries for the Middle-East Conference

Asian African partnership will contribute to world peace: Sushma Swaraj

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India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren of Mongolia on the sidelines of 60th Asian African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren of Mongolia on the sidelines of 60th Asian African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta: India’s external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has utilised the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Strategic Partnership to send out a message to the world that shared will and capacities of the Afro-Asian countries will contribute to peace, stability and sustainable development with the United Nations playing a central role in dealing with global challenges and threats.

Ms. Swaraj was speaking at the 60th Anniversary of Asian-African Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, under the theme of “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity” in Jakarta this Monday.
The Indian external Affairs Minister underscored that the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Partnership is taking place in the year 2015 in which various streams of the global discourse are gathering pace to culminate in four key events – COP21 on Climate Change in Paris, Summit to finalize Post-2015 Development Agenda, 70th Anniversary of the UN and the 10th WTO Ministerial in Kenya – each one of which will have far-reaching political and economic ramifications.

Ms. Swaraj drew attention to “significant transitions and developments” taking place in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with regional and global implications. Every country in this world, she said, had faced the scourge of terrorism.

The year 2015 marks the 70th year of the foundation of the United Nations and 10th anniversary of the World Summit and also comes with an unique opportunity to demonstrate collective will to reform the UN which is the global institution for political governance, Ms. Swaraj emphasised adding: “Our failure to push for any kind of outcomes only adds to the increasing sentiment of frustration amongst the wider membership and dents the credibility of the Security Council’s decisions, if it continues to ignore contemporary realities of the 21st century.”

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US underscores “two nation solution” coinciding with the Israeli elections

Lalit Shastri

israeli electionsUS Administration is obviously keeping its fingers crossed while the world waits for the outcome of the Israeli election results that would come in tomorrow but at the same time it is not silent when it comes to reasserting that “the only way to have peace and stability in the region is for there to be a two-state solution”. Significantly the “two State solution” remark was made by the US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki at her daily press briefing Monday. She was responding to a pointed query on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment on the eve of elections that if he is reelected, he will not allow there to become a Palestinian state. The journalist asking the question specifically wanted to know what does the US Administration make of this comment?

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  told US Congress that negotiations would 'guarantee’ that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Congress that negotiations would ‘guarantee’ that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.

In contrast with Netanyahu’s belligerent posture especially his saber rattling vis-a-vis the Middle-East Gaza conflict and opposition to any Nuclear deal or agreement between the US and Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring or building a nuclear weapon, the Israel opposition is offering support for moves that could ignite peace talks if elected. Political analysts, keeping a close eye on Israeli elections, have noted how Netanyahu’s foreign policies have come under heated debate and the centrist parties in Israel are drawing the voters’ attention towards social inequalities and the challenges confronting the nation as a consequence. Centre-Left Zionist Union led by Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog is also being watched closely as the rightist groups are looking forward to the possibility of a fractured mandate and have started working out the strategy to gain power in Israel by cementing a coalition of smaller parties.

David Saperstein is US Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

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(LtoR) David Saperstein-John Kerry
(LtoR) David Saperstein-John Kerry

Washington DC: At a special function to mark David Saperstien’s swearing in as US Ambassador-at-Large on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated since the days of Thomas Jefferson, religious freedom has been at the absolute center of American values and an essential component of US foreign policy, and it is especially relevant right now for all of the obvious and tragic reasons.

For Religious Freedom, Kerry said, Saperstein is President Obama’s and his chief adviser. Recalling how the two of them have worked together, the Secretary said: “Together we got behind the CHIPS legislation for children’s health care. We pushed for the proposed Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which unfortunately never passed. We were partners in the struggle to help veterans who had been affected by Agent Orange. And we have been allies in trying to awaken the world to the dangers of climate change – and let me just say that when it comes to the fundamental health of Earth, folks, we’d better stick to the Creator’s original plan, because there is no Planet B.”

Kerry said: “Our generation prides itself on its modernity, and yet we are still grappling with rivalries that have their roots in the distant past. Today, thousands of people are in prison because of their religious practices or beliefs. In the Central African Republic, Christian and Muslim militias are engaged in a bloody conflict. In Burma, radical Buddhists are seeking to deny citizenship to an Islamic minority. In the Middle East and Africa, terror networks such as Daesh and Boko Haram are betraying fundamental principles of their own religion of Islam. Major European cities are struggling to cope with the aftermath of terror attacks, amid evidence of anti-Semitism, radicalization, Islamophobia. Our own country has mourned the loss of journalists – earlier this month the death of a young woman who said she saw God in the eyes of the suffering and who dedicated her life to helping others – and lost hers for doing so.”
It’s certainly the case that when we look at what violent extremists are up to around the globe – the killings, the rapes, the slavery, the bigotry, the destruction of religious sites – we all feel an unbelievable, deep sense of horror, a sense of being dragged back somehow centuries, diverted from the path that we all aspire to for the 21st century. But the horror that we witness should not make us stupid. The terrorists may scream from the roof tops that their crimes are God’s will; but you can’t frame God for what thugs do. This is a kind of criminal anarchy that we are witnessing. Any idiot can murder a human being, but there isn’t a sword sharp enough to destroy truth.

Either David Saperstein was created with the job of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in mind or the job was created with him in mind.- John Kerry

Saperstein spent four decades, as Director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. He is one of America’s leading voices on behalf of social justice in its dimensions. He served on the boards of the NAACP, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment, the World Bank’s “World Faith Development Dialogue”. He was also the first chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and in 2009 was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Before the swearing-in, Saperstein went to Canada to meet with his counterpart there. He’s been part of the presidential delegation already for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and he just returned from Iraq, where religious issues are intimately connected to one of the top priorities on the entire international agenda of the US.

It will not be enough for us to mourn victims of religious persecution or even to condemn the traducers of faith who murder in its name. That just-concluded summit dramatizes America’s role in actualizing, facilitating, coordinating, mobilizing, shaping effective responses, even while learning from the best practices across the globe. And the Inter-Religious Freedom office, the IRF office, must play a key role in this effort.- David Saperstein

Taking up the new responsibility Saperstein said: “I cannot remain silent. When we see historic Christian, Yezidi, other communities in Iraq, from which I have just returned, in Syria being devastated; when we see Baha’is in Iran, Tibetan Buddhists in China, Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Rohingya Muslims in Burma, all victims of governmental or societal discrimination, harassment, persecution, physical attacks, sexual violence, enslavement – even in Western Europe we are witnessing a steady increase in anti-Muslim acts and rhetoric and anti-Semitic discourse and acts of desecration and violence against Jewish individuals, synagogues, and institutions and communities that we thought we would never, never see again after World War II.

Sadly, Saperstein said, this list is far from exhaustive, but shows a broad range of serious threats to religious freedom and religious communities in nearly every corner of the globe. According to the Pew Forum, he pointed out, 75 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom remains seriously limited and many religious minorities face persecution, intimidation, and harassment. Most vividly, the whole world has witnessed the tragic, violent attacks by ISIL, known as Daesh, against peoples of many faiths – most recently the tragic, tragic targeting of Egyptian Copts in Libya. Even as we must respond to this specific crisis, we will win the battle of freedom only when our long-term goal must be to ensure the internationally recognized right to religious freedom for everyone and every group. It is an urgent task and the needs are great.

Obama’s National Security Strategy: blueprint for a decisive US leadership

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President Barack Obama confers with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia. September 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama confers with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia. September 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington DC, Feb. 7: US will advance its security and that of its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners by maintaining a national defense that is the best trained, equipped, and led force in the world and by reinforcing its homeland security to protect Americans from terrorist attacks and natural hazards; striving for a world without nuclear weapons and ensuring nuclear materials don’t fall into the wrong hands; and developing a global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats like Ebola through the Global Health Security Agenda.

These are the 4-key ways defined by the US President’s National Security Strategy (NSS), which has been projected as the blueprint for “America’s leadership in the world — how that country would address global challenges while advancing its “interest, values, and vision for the future.”

The US President’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice Friday outlined America’s National Security Strategy in 2015 at the Brookings Institution — She said that it lays out what needs to get done in the near-term to secure America for the long-term.

Releasing the new NSS, Rice said America’s resurgence is now real –she said, a strong and sustainable American leadership is key to building greater peace and prosperity throughout the world

Rice said strong and sustained American leadership remains essential, as ever. Think for a minute where the world would be today without decisive U.S. leadership. Ebola would be spreading throughout West Africa and likely to far corners of the world. Instead, America galvanized the world to roll back this horrible disease. Without us, Russia would be suffering no cost for its actions in Ukraine. Instead, the ruble is in a free fall, and Russia is paying dearly for flaunting the rules. Without us, there would be no military campaign or sixty countries countering ISIL’s advance. There would be no prospect for a global deal on climate change; no pressure for Iran to be at the negotiating table; and, no potential for trade that meets a higher standard for our workers and businesses.

Rice went on emphasise that the US will advance a strong, innovative, and growing US economy in an open international economic system by:

  • Strengthening American energy security and increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy to bolster economic growth and development worldwide
  • Advancing a trade agenda — including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — that creates good American jobs and shared prosperity
  • Leading efforts to reduce extreme poverty, food insecurity, and preventable deaths with initiatives such as Feed the Future and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Further, the National Security Advisor further stated that US will promote respect for universal values at home and around the world by:

  • Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard by living our values at home even as we do what is necessary to keep our people safe and our allies secure
  • Leading the way in confronting the corruption by promoting adherence to standards of accountable and transparent governance
  • Leading the international community to prevent and respond to human rights abuses and mass atrocities as well as gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBT persons
  • Read the other key ways the President’s plan encourages respect for universal values here.

US will also advance an international order that promotes peace, security, and oppor­tunity through stronger cooperation by:

  • Strengthening and growing our global alliances and partnerships, forging diverse coalitions, and leading at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations
  • Pursuing a stable Middle East and North Africa by countering terrorism, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and reducing the underlying sources of conflict
  • Promoting a prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere by expanding integration and leveraging a new opening to Cuba to expand our engagement

Rice said. “The challenges ahead will surely continue to be many and great. Progress won’t be quick or linear. But, we are committed to seizing the future that lies beyond the crisis of the day and to pursuing a vision of the world as it can and should be.”