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Iraq Looking for an ‘Independent’ Sunni Defense Minister

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said this past week that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

OPINION: How Obama Should Counter ISIS

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - President Obama's speech at the United Nations on Sep. 23 offered a rhetorically eloquent roadmap on how to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, but Not by Israel

Friday, September 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, he was outspoken in his criticism of Russia for bullying Ukraine, Syria for its brutality towards its own people, and terrorists of all political stripes for the death and destruction plaguing Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

OPINION: ISIS Appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OXFORD, Sep 24 (IPS) - When, all of a sudden, ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) emerged on the scene and in a matter of days occupied large swathes of mainly Sunni-inhabited parts of Iraq and Syria, including Iraq's second city Mosul and Tikrit, birthplace of Saddam Hussein, and called itself the Islamic State, many people, not least Western politicians and intelligence services, were taken by surprise.

ISIS Complicates Iran’s Nuclear Focus at UNGA

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 22 (IPS) - Iran's foreign minister arrived in New York last week with his sights set on a final deal on Iran's nuclear programme. But a pressing regional conflict is hanging heavily over the already strained negotiations as Iran and world powers resume talks on the sidelines of this week's U.N. General Assembly.

Geographical Divide in Maternal Health for Syrian Refugees

Friday, September 19, 2014

DOHUK, Iraq, Sep 19 (IPS) - At the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, young Syrian mothers and pregnant women are considered relatively lucky.

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - As the wobbly anti-ISIS coalition is being formed with American prodding, the Obama administration should take a strategic look at the future of the Arab world beyond the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State. Otherwise, the United States would be unprepared to deal with the unintended chaos.

Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - A successful agreement on Iran's nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday.

UN Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sep 17 (IPS) - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated.

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