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Trump’s First 100 Days: a Serious Cause for Concern

Monday, April 24, 2017

PENANG, Apr 24 (IPS) - This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President.  It's time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries.

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Friday, April 21, 2017

ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, Apr 20 (IPS) - The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon's influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump's election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the "America Firsters," to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines. Bannon's decline suggest that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state. Moreover, the administration's ongoing failure to fill key posts at the undersecretary, assistant secretary, and deputy assistant secretary levels across the government's foreign-policy apparatus provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for aspiring neocons who didn't express their opposition to the Trump campaign too loudly.

Nikki Haley’s ‘Historic’ Debate on Human Rights Left a Small Impression

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (IPS) - Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, presided over what she was determined to sell as "an historic meeting exclusively on human rights" in the UN Security Council. But her brief speech in the April 18 meeting fell far short of introducing innovations to confront violations of human rights or prevent them in such places as Syria, Burundi and Myanmar.

Fighting Xenophobia & Inequality Together in the Age of Trump

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NAIROBI, KENYA, Apr 19 (IPS) - As the world marks 100 days of the Trump Presidency, we can see that we are now in a new era of crisis, that it goes well beyond one man and one country, and that only a profound and international response can get us out of the state we are in.

Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ROME, Apr 19 (IPS) - With 18.8 million people –nearly 3 in 4 inhabitants-- in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards "social, economic and institutional collapse."

A Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is in the Making

Friday, April 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - The nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies chose to ignore the negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

A Transformational Moment in Nuclear & International Affairs?

Monday, April 03, 2017

NEW YORK, Apr 03 (IPS) - Is a paradigm shift now underway on nuclear weapons at the United Nations? That was the question posed as about 130 nations gathered this past week to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. The treaty would prohibit development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but would not contain detailed provisions relating to verified dismantlement of nuclear arsenals and governance of a world free of nuclear arms.

Syrian Regime Survives on Russian Arms & UN Vetoes

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (IPS) - As the devastating civil war in Syria entered its seventh year last week, President Bashar al-Assad has continued to survive--- despite faltering efforts by the United States and the UN Security Council (UNSC) to rein him in, or impose sanctions on his beleaguered regime.

The World Faces a Historic Opportunity to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Friday, March 24, 2017

VIENNA/Oxford/LONDON, Mar 24 (IPS) - Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War.

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