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No Victors or Vanquished in Brutal Gaza Conflict

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 (IPS) - As the dust - and the gunpowder - settles after the month-long devastating conflict in Gaza, there were apparently no victors or vanquished.

OPINION: Islamic State in Iraq: Confronting the Threat

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (IPS) - The Islamic State's territorial expansion and barbaric executions in Iraq and Syria are a gathering threat and must be confronted. American air bombardment, however, is the wrong course of action, and will not necessarily weaken ISIS or DA'ISH, as it's known in Arabic.

U.S. Avoided Threat to Act on Israel’s Civilian Targeting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (IPS) - United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.

Aleppo Struggles to Provide for Basic Needs as Regime Closes In

Monday, August 11, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug 11 (IPS) - The single, heavily damaged supply road remaining into the rebel-held, eastern area of the city is acutely exposed to enemy fire.

Egypt’s Poor Easy Victims of Quack Medicine

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CAIRO, Aug 10 (IPS) - Magda Ibrahim first learnt that she had endometrial cancer when she went to a clinic to diagnose recurring bladder pain and an abnormal menstrual discharge. Unable to afford the recommended hospital treatment, the uninsured 53-year-old widow turned to what she hoped would be a quicker and cheaper therapy.

Qualified Backing for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Saturday, August 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 09 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's authorisation of limited military action in northern Iraq, announced in a national television address late Thursday night, has so far received support – albeit highly qualified in some cases -- from across the mainstream political spectrum.

Latin America Closes Ranks in Solidarity with the People of Gaza

Thursday, August 07, 2014

CARACAS, Aug 07 (IPS) - Latin America is the region whose governments have taken the firmest stance in support of Gaza in face of the battering from Israel, withdrawing a number of ambassadors from Tel Aviv and issuing harsh statements from several presidents against the attacks on the Palestinian people.

Israel Bites Hand that Feeds, U.S. Feeds Hand that Bites

Thursday, August 07, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - There is an age-old axiom in politics, says a cynical Asian diplomat, that you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

OPINION: Israeli Peace Activists Grapple with Dilemma

Thursday, August 07, 2014

JERUSALEM, Aug 07 (IPS) - "Strong together, we love Israel and trust the army" – while a tentative truce takes root, banners adorned with the national colours still dominate cities and highways across the country.

Hezbollah Tacitly Accepted for the Sake of Lebanese Stability

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

BEIRUT, Aug 05 (IPS) - Concerns about supporting a national army collaborating with a ‘terrorist organisation' in Lebanon have in recent times been superseded by threats inherent in growing regional conflict.

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