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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.

NATO Poised to Escalate Tensions over Ukraine

Monday, September 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 08 (IPS) - The NATO summit that took place at the end of last week in Wales was supposed to celebrate the end of a long, draining war in Afghanistan. But with the presidential election still up in the air in Kabul, NATO couldn't enjoy its "mission accomplished" moment.

War Over but Not Gaza’s Housing Crisis

Monday, September 08, 2014

GAZA CITY, Sep 08 (IPS) - "When the shelling started, I gathered up my family and headed for what I though was a safe place, like a school, but then that became overcrowded and lacked sanitation, so we ended up in the grounds of the hospital."

OPINION: ISIS Primarily a Threat to Arab Countries

Friday, September 05, 2014

, Sep 05 (IPS) - Millions of words have been written about the rise, conquests, and savagery of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Both have declared an "Islamic State" in their areas although Boko Haram has not claimed the mantle of a successor to the Prophet Muhammad as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has done in Greater Syria. The two groups are the latest in a string of terrorist organisations in the past two decades.

No Easy Choices for Syrians with Small Children

Thursday, September 04, 2014

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Sep 04 (IPS) - The woman who walked into the Islamic Front (IF) media office near the Turkish border was on the verge of fainting under the hot Syrian sun, but all she cared about was her infant son.

OPINION: Iraq On the Precipice

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NEW YORK, Sep 04 (IPS) - The catastrophic events in Iraq that are unfolding daily are more significant than at any point in recent memory.

ISIS Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing on “Historic Scale”

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 03 (IPS) - While the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama ponders broader actions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Amnesty International Tuesday accused the group of carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq on a "historic scale."

Afghan “Torn” Women Get Another Chance

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

KABUL, Sep 02 (IPS) - "The smell of faeces and urine isolates them completely. Their husbands abandon them and they become stigmatised forever" – Dr Pashtoon Kohistani barely needs two lines to sum up the drama of those women affected by obstetric fistula.

Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

Monday, September 01, 2014

BEIRUT, Sep 01 (IPS) - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMMAN, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the region is rocked by violence against a backdrop of the rise of radical groups, Jordan's lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears that new instability in the Hashemite kingdom could lead to increased intolerance towards the community. 

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