Washington, DC - We are concerned by reports that at least 147 people have been killed and 21,000 arrested since early May by Bangladeshi security forces in a nationwide counter-narcotics campaign. We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings.

San Diego, California - A portrait of a California condor, one of the world’s largest flying birds, hangs opposite the desk of Nathan Dodder. The image is a constant reminder of the threatened bird that the San Diego State University analytical chemist is working to help save. 

Washington, DC - The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense are co-hosting annual Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Worldwide Consultations at the State Department on June 11–15, 2018. Participants from the Department of State, Department of Defense, other key U.S. government organizations, and the United Nations are discussing the evolving nature of peacekeeping; ways to strengthen performance and operational readiness of peacekeeping units; and efforts to address sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Participants will also review ongoing GPOI activities, share implementers’ best practices, and discuss program priorities for the years ahead.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 3,633 checks totaling more than $969,000 to people who lost money to a deceptive telemarketing scheme that promoted business coaching services to people who wanted to start internet businesses.

Washington, DC - In early 2018, Cape Town, South Africa, became the first major city to come face-to-face with something unthinkable in the modern world: It nearly ran out of fresh, drinkable water. Around the world, aquifers that took millions of years to fill are being emptied as populations increase and new cities emerge. Changing weather patterns are drying out regions that have never had to struggle with water security. While heavy rains temporarily delayed the emergency in South Africa, the time when many parts of the world will no longer have adequate stores of drinkable water to sustain their populations, ominously referred to as “Day Zero,” may be coming sooner than we think.

Washington, DC - The increase in serious antimicrobial drug resistant infections is a critical public health concern and a growing threat to patients. According to our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.