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The Rubicons that have been crossed

Friday, September 18, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 18 (IPS) - In their attempts to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, the United States and Israel have resorted over time to a number of unorthodox, illegal and in some cases criminal methods to achieve their aims. They have included the following:

UAE Government Stresses its Abidng Support for Syrian Refugees

Thursday, September 17, 2015

ABU DHABI, Sep 17 (IPS) - In response to suggestions that the Gulf states are doing littleor nothing to help Syrians fleeing their civil war, the Government of the United Arab Emirates has announced that it has take a broad range of supportive actions to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian population and to care for Syrian refugees in Syria and abroad, reports WAM.

The Recent Stages of Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Saturday, September 12, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 12 (IPS) - When negotiations between Iran and the European "Troika" broke down, the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami was discredited in the eyes of the Iranian electorate which had seen the futility of negotiating with the West.

In and Behind the Trenches Against ISIS

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

KIRKUK, Iraq, Sep 09 (IPS) - Reminders of the last occupants of camp K1 in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk are only visible on the murals at the main gate leading into the compound: Iraqi soldiers saluting the flag, pointing their weapons or being cheered on by grateful families.

Opinion: The Early History of Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 09 (IPS) - Iran has had a nuclear programme since 1959 when the United States gave a small reactor to Tehran University as part of the "Atoms for Peace" programme during Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's reign.  When the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was introduced in 1968 and entered into force in 1970, Iran was one of the first signatories of that Treaty.

Western Double Standards on Deadly Cluster Bombs

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 09 (IPS) - The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) banned the use of these deadly weapons for two primary reasons: they release small bomblets over a wide area, posing extended risks beyond war zones, and they leave behind unexploded ordnance which have killed civilians, including women and children, long after conflicts have ended.

Rich Gulf Nations Tight-Lipped on Growing Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 08 (IPS) - As Western and Central European nations seem overwhelmed by the growing refugee crisis – triggered mostly by the inflow of hundreds and thousands of displaced people largely from Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq – one lingering question remains unanswered: why aren't some of the rich Arab Gulf nations reaching out to help these hapless refugees?

Opinion: Nuclear States Do Not Comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Saturday, September 05, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 05 (IPS) - Article Six of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) makes it obligatory for nuclear states to get rid of their nuclear weapons as part of a bargain that requires the non-nuclear states not to acquire nuclear weapons. Apart from the NPT provisions, there have been a number of other rulings that have reinforced those requirements.

Opinion: Iran and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Friday, September 04, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 04 (IPS) - Iran's nuclear programme has been the target of a great deal of misinformation, downright lies and above all myths. As a result, it is often difficult to unpick truth from falsehood. 

European Residents Offer Support, Homes to Refugees

Thursday, September 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 03 (IPS) - As the migration crisis in Europe continues to grow and government response remains slow, European citizens have taken it upon themselves to act by opening up their homes to those in need.

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