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OPINION: Violations of International Law Degenerate U.N.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (IPS) - The United Nations was founded "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights.

TNT and scrap metal eviscerate Syria’s industrial capital

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria / GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Aug 19 (IPS) - Numerous mechanics, tyre and car body shops used to line the busy streets near the Old City of Syria's previous industrial and commercial hub.

Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Monday, August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (IPS) - Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy– even from his former secretary of state – U.S. President Barack Obama's decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at least so far.

Burning the Future of Gaza’s Children

Saturday, August 16, 2014

GAZA CITY, Aug 16 (IPS) - "My child became blind and lost the ability to speak, his dad died and his three brothers are seriously wounded. He still has not been told about the loss of his dad," says the mother of 7-year-old Mohamad Badran. 

No Victors or Vanquished in Brutal Gaza Conflict

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 (IPS) - As the dust - and the gunpowder - settles after the month-long devastating conflict in Gaza, there were apparently no victors or vanquished.

OPINION: Islamic State in Iraq: Confronting the Threat

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (IPS) - The Islamic State's territorial expansion and barbaric executions in Iraq and Syria are a gathering threat and must be confronted. American air bombardment, however, is the wrong course of action, and will not necessarily weaken ISIS or DA'ISH, as it's known in Arabic.

U.S. Avoided Threat to Act on Israel’s Civilian Targeting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (IPS) - United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.

Aleppo Struggles to Provide for Basic Needs as Regime Closes In

Monday, August 11, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug 11 (IPS) - The single, heavily damaged supply road remaining into the rebel-held, eastern area of the city is acutely exposed to enemy fire.

Egypt’s Poor Easy Victims of Quack Medicine

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CAIRO, Aug 10 (IPS) - Magda Ibrahim first learnt that she had endometrial cancer when she went to a clinic to diagnose recurring bladder pain and an abnormal menstrual discharge. Unable to afford the recommended hospital treatment, the uninsured 53-year-old widow turned to what she hoped would be a quicker and cheaper therapy.

Qualified Backing for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Saturday, August 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 09 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's authorisation of limited military action in northern Iraq, announced in a national television address late Thursday night, has so far received support – albeit highly qualified in some cases -- from across the mainstream political spectrum.

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