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Building peace and security one LEGO brick at a time

It's a good day for the UN, with its chemical weapons inspectors getting honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. The UN has been recognized in other ways over the years. A LEGO model of UN Headquarters was recently unveiled. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon even snapped in the final piece on a large scale version. We got the small kit here in the office --- all 597 pieces. And we set out to build it.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Global Scan

What happens when you're proudly gay and proudly Sikh?

A gay Sikh man created a social media stir when he posted a photo on Facebook that was taken down by the network. The posting, which Facebook said violated its terms, created a firestorm within the Sikh community and outside. Also, a US presidential commission has made 46 recommendations for reining in the NSA, and we introduce you to a Czech treat likely coming to a bakery near you soon. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.