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Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 (IPS) - A rash of sex discriminatory laws – including the legalisation of polygamy, marital rape, abduction and the justification of violence against women – remains in statute books around the world.

Israeli Arrest Campaign Targets Palestinian Children

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb 15 (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Malak al Khatib, one of the youngest Palestinian detainees and one of only a handful of girls, was released from an Israeli prison on Feb. 13 into the arms of emotional family members and supporters after being incarcerated in an Israeli prison for two months on "security offences".

Israel’s Obsession for Monopoly on Middle East Nuclear Power

Friday, February 13, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - As the Iranian nuclear talks hurtle towards a Mar. 24 deadline, there is renewed debate among activists about the blatant Western double standards underlying the politically-heated issue, and more importantly, the resurrection of a longstanding proposal for a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

U.S. Ally Yemen in Danger of Splitting into Two - Again

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (IPS) - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: "Two poor countries have now become one poor country."

OPINION: Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - Much has been written about King Abdullah's legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin Nayef, the newly appointed deputy to the crown prince, could play in the new Saudi Arabia under King Salman.

Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus

Monday, January 26, 2015

ABU DHABI, Jan 26 (IPS) - With global energy needs projected to increase by 35 percent by 2035, a new report says meeting this demand could increase water withdrawals in the energy sector unless more cost effective renewable energy sources are deployed in power, water and food production.

Escape Route Towards Social Inclusion for War-Disabled Gazan Youth

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GAZA CITY, Jan 17 (IPS) - The Israeli attacks that the Gaza Strip has suffered in recent years have left in their wake a large number of young people who have come up against a further barrier to their creative energies – physical disability caused by military aggression.

U.N. Helpless as Saudi Flogging Violates Torture Convention

Thursday, January 15, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Flogging a dead horse, as the old idiom goes, is far removed from flogging a live Saudi blogger.

OPINION: Islamic Reformation, the Antidote to Terrorism

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (IPS) - The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of Islam, and why do violent jihadists seek justification of their actions in their religion?

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