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Is Newly-Renovated U.N. Readying For Balkanisation of World?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - When world political leaders arrive next week for the annual ritual of addressing the United Nations, they will be speaking inside a newly renovated General Assembly hall - part of a hefty 2.1-billion-dollar, seven-year refurbishing project - with an extended seating capacity for 204 member states, 11 more than the current 193.

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - As the wobbly anti-ISIS coalition is being formed with American prodding, the Obama administration should take a strategic look at the future of the Arab world beyond the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State. Otherwise, the United States would be unprepared to deal with the unintended chaos.

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

Thursday, September 18, 2014

OSLO, Sep 18 (IPS) - New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance's Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would "never stand alone". 

Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - A successful agreement on Iran's nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday.

U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 17 (IPS) - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington's top military officer warned here Tuesday.

OPINION: Free Scotland, Nuclear-Free Scotland

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ROME, Sep 16 (IPS) - After a two-year referendum campaign, Scots are finally voting Thursday on whether their country will regain its independence after more than 300 years of "marriage" with England.

For These Asylum Seekers, the Journey Ends Where it Began

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ZARANJ, Afghanistan, Sep 16 (IPS) - "Of course I'm scared, but what else can I possibly do?" asks Ahmed, a middle-aged man seated on the carpeted floor of a hotel located on the southern edge of Afghanistan. He is bound for Iran, but he still has no idea when or how he'll cross the border.

Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - Despite elite concerns about growing "isolationism" in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should "take an active part in world affairs," according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.

FILM: From Hamas Royalty to Israel's Spy

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - The son of one of the founders of the biggest Palestinian militant group decides to work with Israel. He spends a decade working undercover with the Israeli security service, the Shin Bet, thwarting dozens of Palestinian attacks and contributing significantly to the arrest or elimination of dozens of leading Palestinian militants.

U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

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