News headlines for “Middle East”, page 2

  1. The Arab Youth Bulge and the Parliamentarians

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    ROME/AMMAN, Jul 13 (IPS) - More than ever before, the Arab region now registers an unprecedented youth population growth while facing huge challenges such as extremely high unemployment rates --more than half of all regional jobless population--, and inadequate education and health provision, in particular among young women.

  2. Death Toll Rises in the Mediterranean Sea as EU Turns Its Back

    Thursday, July 06, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - The failure of European Union (EU) to buckle up safety for migrants and refugees reaching its shore has been condemned by Amnesty International in a report today.

  3. “Long March to Justice”: Appointed Judge to Investigate Syrian War Crimes

    Thursday, July 06, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - A former French judge has been appointed as the head of an independent team tasked with investigating war crimes in Syria.

  4. Mideast: Water Use Innovations ‘Crucial’ to Face Climate Change

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    ROME, Jul 05 (IPS) - In the Near East and North Africa region, the per capita renewable water availability is around 600 cubic metres per person per year --only 10 per cent of the world average- and drops to just 100 cubic metres in some countries, the United Nations warned.

  5. Is the United States Preparing for a War in Syria?

    Monday, July 03, 2017

    OXFORD, Jul 03 (IPS) - Although US policies during the past few months have been quite puzzling and unpredictable, the events of the past few days have been truly bewildering and alarming. On Monday 26th June, the White House released a statement saying that the United States had "identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime…" It went on to say: "If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."

  6. Civilian Casualties Rise in Raqqa as Fighting Intensifies

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - As US-backed Syrian rebels plow ahead in the fight to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, the stake of civilian lives, who number as many as 100,000 in the city, has raised concerns among top UN officials.

  7. Did Arab Coalition Threaten to Pull Out of UN in Protest?

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 (IPS) - When Saudi Arabia – which has been spearheading a coalition of Arab states in a devastating war against Yemen since 2015 – was accused of bombing civilians, and particularly children caught up in the conflict, the government in Riyadh threatened to cut off humanitarian funding to the world body.

  8. Refugee Protection an Obligation Under International Law

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - It is impossible to be ten years as High Commissioner for Refugees, doing my best to try to help the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, without changing your life. And, indeed, not only witnessing the suffering of people but also learning the extraordinary courage, resilience and capacity to permanently generate hope of refugees is something that has changed my perspective of the world and, to a large extent, changed my life.

  9. Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 (IPS) - Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs.

  10. The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    GENEVA, Jun 20 (IPS) - The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty and conflicts. The refugee crisis that has swept across Europe and the Middle East is becoming the 21st century's most protracted crisis with no immediate solution in sight. The world has not witnessed a more complex movement of people since the end of the Second World War; thousands of human beings undertake perilous and treacherous journeys in hope for a better and a safer future. Many of them perish during these hazardous journeys. How can we forget the words the British-Somali poet Warsan Shire who said:

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