News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Europe Needs to Stop the Criminal Business Behind Immigration

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    ROME, Jul 10 (IPS) - Debating on migration as an emergency is a huge mistake and treating it as such opens the door for illegal and unfair activities, says a migration expert.

  2. Peace “Only Way Forward” For Yemen

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 04 (IPS) - Tackling the relentless conflict in Yemen has never been more urgent as it has pushed the Middle Eastern nation "deep into the abyss." However, much can be learned from recent and ongoing initiatives.

    While a recent humanitarian conference on Yemen attempted to address the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis, Norwegian Refugee Council Europe's Director Edouard Rodier told IPS that it was a "failed opportunity."

  3. Overly Bureaucratic Procedures and Long Waits Cuts off Support to 22 Million Yemenis

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    ROME, Jun 28 (IPS) - As Yemen's people struggle to survive amid what has been described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the stranglehold by both government coalition forces and rebels over the country's main ports of entry and distribution is cutting off a lifeline of support to 22 million people.

  4. Mideast Faces Tragic Shredding of its Diverse Religious, Ethnic & Cultural Fabric

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in an address to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East & North Africa I thank the Russian Federation Presidency for convening this debate at a crucial juncture for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. The region faces profound divisions, troubling currents and a tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric.

  5. Civilians Paid a Very High Price for Raqqa’s Devastating “Liberation” by US-led Forces

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    RAQQA, Syria, Jun 05 (IPS) - Donatella Rovera is a Senior Crisis Response Adviser and Benjamin Walsby is a Middle East Researcher at Amnesty InternationalDriving around in Raqqa, it was easy to believe what a senior US military official said – that more artillery shells were launched into the Syrian city than anywhere else since the Viet Nam war.

  6. Unilateral Coercive Measures have Devastated the Syrian Economy &Ruined Civilian Lives

    Friday, June 01, 2018

    GENEVA, Jun 01 (IPS) - Idriss Jazairy is Special Rapporteur on "the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights to the Syrian Arab Republic"*I have been entrusted by the Human Rights Council with the task of monitoring, reporting and advising on the negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights of unilateral coercive measures. The United Nations has repeatedly expressed concern that the use of such measures may be contrary to international law, international humanitarian law, the UN Charter and the norms and principles governing peaceful relations among States1.

  7. Why Israel Dropped Out of the Security Council Race: Not Enough Votes

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - Kacie Candela, PassBlue*From the start, it was a closely watched contest pitting Germany, Belgium and Israel against one another for their regional bloc's two seats in the next term on the United Nations Security Council. Israel has never held a seat on the Council, and as it celebrates its 70-year membership in the UN in 2018, the country was aiming high for the June 8 election.

  8. Can Preventive Diplomacy Avert Military Conflicts?

    Monday, May 21, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, May 21 (IPS) - In the paradoxical battle against military conflicts, is preventive diplomacy one of the political remedies that can help deter wars before they break out?Miroslav Lajcak, President of the UN General Assembly, points out that prevention takes many forms, and it must tackle conflict at its roots – before it can spread.

  9. “What do you Become When you Shoot to Kill Someone who is Unarmed, & not an Immediate Threat to You?”

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    GENEVA, May 18 (IPS) - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, addressing a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including JerusalemAppalling recent events in Gaza have called this Council into Special Session. Since the protests began on 30 March, 87 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli security forces in the context of the demonstrations, including 12 children; 29 others, including three children, were killed in other circumstances. And over 12,000 people have been injured, more than 3,500 of them by live ammunition.

  10. White House Should State Opposition to Saudi Threat to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, May 16 (IPS) - Daryl G. Kimball is Executive Director, Arms Control Association & Thomas Countryman is Board of Directors, Chairman, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for NonproliferationWe are deeply disappointed by the counterproductive response from the Trump administration to the statements from senior Saudi officials threatening to pursue nuclear weapons in violation of their nonproliferation commitments.

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