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  1. Crime Against Humanity and Individual Guilt

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 16 (IPS) - Wars, conflict – it´s all business.
    One murder makes a villain; millions, a hero.
    Numbers sanctify, my good fellow!

    -- Charles Chaplin Monsieur Verdoux

    On 8 July, Bosco Ntaganda was by the International Criminal Court (ICC) found guilty of crimes against humanity. The 41-year-old rebel leader, nicknamed The Terminatorhad ordered his fighters to "target and kill civilians", kidnap children to be brought up as soldiers and girls to become sex slaves, while personally partaking in the crimes. The Court had gathered evidence from 2,000 survivors from the rampage that Ntaganda and his army ran through the north-eastern Congolese region of Ituri, where beginning in 1999, 60,000 people have been murdered by warring rebel armies. Eighty witnesses testified directly during the court proceedings, thirteen were "experts" and the rest victims.

  2. U.N.’s Islamic State Probe Unit Kicks into Gear

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) - A United Nations-backed probe into atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has frequently been criticised for making slow progress during its first two years of operations. Lately, that could be changing.

  3. Women Are Pivotal in the War on Terror

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 (IPS) - On 10 July 2019 I was honored to moderate a meeting with women's groups for the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres, whose aim was to better diagnose the role of women in the prevention or instigation of violent extremism.

  4. Community Action Is a Critical Weapon in the War on Terror

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 (IPS) - During the egregious Dusit attack, Kenya demonstrated remarkable, resilience, solidarity and stood firm against the terrorists.

  5. The Libyan Disaster: Little Bits of History Repeating

    Tuesday, July 09, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 09 (IPS) -

    And I've seen it before,
    and I'll see it again.
    Yes I've seen it before,
    just little bits of history repeating.

    -- Propeller Heads: History repeating

    The Libyan catastrophe and the suffering of "illegal" migrants are generally depicted as fairly recent events, though they are actually the results of a long history of greed, contempt for others and fatal shortsightedness. Like former Yugoslavia, Libya was created from a mosaic of tribal entities, subdued by colonial powers and then ruled by an iron-fisted dictator. Now, Libya is a quagmire where local and international stakeholders battle to control its natural resources. The country holds the largest oil reserves in Africa, oil and gas account for 60 percent of GDP and more than 90 percent of exports.1 This is one reason why Egypt, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and many other nations are enmeshed in Libya. Furthermore, European nations try to stop mainly sub-Saharan refugees and migrants from reaching their coasts from Libya. An attempt to understand Italy´s essential role in the struggle over Libya´s oil and attempts to control unwanted immigration may help to clarify some issues related to the current situation.

  6. U.S.-backed Kurds to Halt Child Soldier use in Syria

    Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - The United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have struck a deal with the United Nations to stop using child soldiers across swathes of eastern Syria under their control and to release all youngsters from their ranks, the U.N. announced Monday.

  7. US & Iranian Actions Put Nuclear Deal in Jeopardy

    Monday, July 01, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 01 (IPS) - Kelsey Davenport is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association and Daryl G. Kimball is executive director

    Iran's announcement that it may soon breach the 300-kilogram limit on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal is an expected but troubling response to the Trump administration's reckless and ill-conceived pressure campaign to kill the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  8. A Roadmap for Children as Victims, not Terrorists

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - The feeling in the air at a recent meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was one of compassion and benevolence.

    The focus was on children as Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs), a subject that everyone at the panel discussion argued is delicate and politically sensitive.

  9. Patriotism versus Hope: Eritreans Wrestle with Leaving Home or Remaining

    Friday, June 21, 2019

    ASMARA, Eritrea/ANTWERP, Belguim, Jun 21 (IPS) - Most media narratives about Eritrea suggest an endless stream of young people fleeing the country, who couldn't wait to escape. But the reality is far different and more nuanced—both when it comes to those who have left, and those who chose to remain.

  10. Sharing the Burden of Refugees; the World Can Do Better

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

    As the world marks World Refugee Day on June 20th to celebrate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees, a glaring concern remains just how inadequate the global response to the refugee crisis has been.

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