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DGI Brief - June 17, 2016

Happy Friday to everyone! Today's top 5 global issues news are from #USA #Africa #EU #Pakistan and a #GoodStoryFriday from #India

- USA: The officials voiced their disagreement in a leaked memo submitted through a dissent channel in the State Department, urging more robust military engagement to counter the Assad regime with its Russian support & move towards a transitional government. I’m proud & impressed that such dissent mechanism exists – that’s freedom.

- AFRICA – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation committee, that awards the prize including $5 million over 10 years and annual $200,000 for life thereafter, couldn’t find a leader fitting criteria such as democratic election, serving of a mandated term, leaving office in last 3 years and of course demonstrated excellence in leadership. Before we snicker, each continent might have a difficulty finding a candidate.

- EU: Majority of humanitarian agencies vehemently oppose EU’s policies, in particular the EU-Turkey migrant deal, that they believe violate the International Humanitarian Law. Let’s help MSF in this important stand, please visit to donate.

- PAKISTAN wants to stay at the negotiating table for peace in Afghanistan, while the US & its partners see it as a pure hindrance. Couple that with the US drone killing Taliban leader on Pakistani soil, the US withholding subsidies for F-16 fighter jets & the US endorsing India for membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group & you can see how the lives of millions of innocent people easily become a bargaining chip. Sad.

- #GoodStoryFriday A wonderful initiative that allows Indian women & girls buy pads without shame & makes them affordable. Learn more

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