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Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MUNICH, Feb 23 (IPS) - Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open the countries' border to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. But the decision has considerably reduced her support among Germans. Chances are real that Merkel could lose the chancellorship in the upcoming national elections.

Palestinian Rejection Underscores Limits of UN Chief’s Powers

Monday, February 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 (IPS) - Pointing out an example of the hierarchy of political power at the United Nations, a former Nigerian ambassador once told a group of reporters of an encounter at an international gathering in Africa when he ran into one of his friends who had returned from a visit to New York.

Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban

Monday, February 20, 2017

ROME, Feb 20 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump's decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

Beware of the New US Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax

Friday, February 17, 2017

PENANG, Feb 17 (IPS) - A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries.

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ROME/GENEVA, Feb 09 (IPS) - "The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country's stratified governance," warns a Geneva-based human rights and dialogue centre.

Trump’s Muslim Ban a Test for Unity and Solidarity

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

NEW YORK / UNITED NATIONS, Feb 01 (IPS) - Outgoing African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the United States ban on refugees and immigrants from seven countries as "one of the greatest challenges and tests to our unity and solidarity."

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

ALICANTE, Spain, Feb 01 (IPS) - Attacking the Affordable Care Act; the "global gag rule" against abortion; the federal regulation and hiring freeze; canceling the TPP; restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline; limiting entry with the Mexican Wall; the 90-day travel ban on seven countries; more undocumented people prioritized for deportation; no federal funding for cities refusing to cooperate; communications blackout from federal agencies; Guantánamo torture continued–What does it add up to?

Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days

Monday, January 30, 2017

PENANG, Jan 30 (IPS) - His first days in office indicate that President Donald Trump intends to implement what he promised, with serious consequences for the future of the United Nations, trade, the environment and international cooperation, and developing countries will be most affected.

Who Will Rule Trump Foreign Policy?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - The most frightening commentary I've read in the run-up to the inauguration—and there have been many—appeared in a column identifying the four people whose foreign policy ideas were likely to be most influential with the then-president-elect. It was written by TheWashington Post's Josh Rogin and entitled "Inside Trump's Shadow National Security Council."

Decades-Old U.S. Sanctions on Sudan Lifted

Thursday, January 26, 2017

United Nations, Jan 26 (IPS) - Among his final actions, President Obama lifted U.S. sanctions against Sudan, a move welcomed by some.

On January 13, the Obama administration announced its change to the 20-year old policy, stating that it is "easing" comprehensive unilateral sanctions on Sudan.

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