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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.

U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 17 (IPS) - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington's top military officer warned here Tuesday.

FILM: From Hamas Royalty to Israel's Spy

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - The son of one of the founders of the biggest Palestinian militant group decides to work with Israel. He spends a decade working undercover with the Israeli security service, the Shin Bet, thwarting dozens of Palestinian attacks and contributing significantly to the arrest or elimination of dozens of leading Palestinian militants.

U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

OPINION: Bishop Appeals to U.N. to Rescue Minorities in Northwestern Iraq

Friday, September 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Sep 12 (IPS) - For decades, the minority Christian population of Iraq has been suffering hardships. But in the summer months of 2014 - and since the beginning of the military campaign by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL or Islamic State) - the situation has gone from bad to intolerably worse.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 12 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's new strategy to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.

Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 11 (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo - and perhaps virtually dead.

OPINION: From Schools to Shelters in Iraq

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 09 (IPS) - Using schools for shelter was a natural. When the Islamic State drove waves of people from the Sinjar area of Iraq in early August, most of them members of the Yazidi minority group, they fled first to the mountains and then to the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan. They camped out in whatever unoccupied structures they could find.

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