Happy Dog Takes on the World: UN Sustainability Goals – Can 17 Initiatives Transform the World?

On September 25, 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were ratified by all 193 countries in the United Nations (UN). These goals are focused on eliminating poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, addressing climate change, creating sustainable cities and communities, and encouraging responsible consumption – all by 2030. The SDGs follow and expand on the eight millennium development goals (MDGs), […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is unique. It is one of the oldest societies in the world and the poorest Arab country. Popular commentary often ignores Yemen as peripheral to the Middle East’s dominate themes, but this misses much. Propelled by the Arab uprisings in 2011, Yemeni society peacefully mobilized protests and forced its long ruling president, Ali Abdullah […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World- Welcome to Havana: A New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations

On October 19, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized an embargo on exports to socialist Cuba, setting in motion an uneasy political relation that lasted more than 50 years. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in January 1961. A travel ban and an expanded export ban went into effect in subsequent years. All this in an attempt […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Legacy of World War II, 70 Years Later

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the City Club of Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a panel discussion on hot global issues located at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Seventy years ago, on September 2, 1945, Japan […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: When Disaster Strikes, Who Really Pays?

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the City Club of Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a panel discussion on hot global issues located at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: What You Need to Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a a panel discussion on hot global issues. This month we will explore the Iran nuclear deal. The “agreed framework” announced by Iran, the United […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Refugees- Living in a Sea of Rejection from the World

Join us for the first Tuesday of each month,  while we explore a pressing global issue at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of people living as refugees from war or persecution is at 13 million in 2014, the largest number […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The World Water Crisis

The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide. Yet, more than one billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, putting them at risk for waterborne diseases. Water is a local problem and is increasingly scarce in many […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Mining – Social and Environmental Impacts in Latin America

The price of gold and other precious metals in the global market has risen in recent years — but what is the real cost of these commodities at the place of extraction? This free discussion will touch on the environmental damage done by modern mining, as well as on the threats to the rights of […]

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Happy Dog Takes of the World: Israel and Palestine – Where Are Things Headed Now?

One of the world’s most important and persistent conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has undergone important shifts in recent years. The American-led peace process has officially failed. Last summer’s violence ended with few possibilities for a lasting resolution. Meanwhile, political trends within Israeli and Palestinian society point to future obstacles to a negotiated peace. In addition […]

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