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In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War

Monday, July 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - As the ambulance stopped in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu.

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 28 (IPS) - In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops.

OPINION: The Affinity Between Iraqi Sunni Extremists and the Rulers of Saudi Arabia

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LEIDEN, Netherlands, Jul 27 (IPS) - Which story line sounds the more credible – that linking the rebel movement ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to policies pursued by Iran or that linking the Sunni extremist force to Iran's adversary Saudi Arabia?

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CAIRO, Jul 26 (IPS) - Less than four percent of Egypt's land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation's population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards.

Israel's U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity.

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 23 (IPS) - As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.

Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GAZA CITY, Jul 22 (IPS) - As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 22 (IPS) - A declining economy and a severe drought have raised concerns in Lebanon over food security as the country faces one of its worst refugee crises, resulting from the nearby Syria war, and it is these refugees and impoverished Lebanese border populations that are most vulnerable to this new threat.

Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 19 (IPS) - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects.

Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?

Friday, July 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 (IPS) - As the civil war in Syria continues into its fourth year, the Western nations sitting on the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) have unsuccessfully tried to condemn the killings of civilians, impose punitive sanctions and accuse the Syrian government of war crimes - in four vetoed and failed resolutions.

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