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Afghanistan: No Place for Children

Monday, June 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - No one will deny that when a child – any child – is killed, it is a tragedy. Imagine, then, the extent of the tragedy in Afghanistan where, in just four years, 2,302 children have lost their lives as a result of ongoing fighting in this country of 30 million people.

Ghosts Of War Give Way to Development in Sri Lanka

Friday, June 26, 2015

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Jun 26 (IPS) - It is an oasis from the scorching heat outside. The three-storey, centrally air-conditioned Cargills Square, a major mall in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna town, is the latest hangout spot in the former warzone, where everyone from teenagers to families to off-duty military officers converge.

The U.N. at 70: United Nations Disappoints on Its 70th Anniversary - Part Two

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - While member states, weakened in the neoliberal era, have pulled back from the U.N. and cut its budgets, a charity mentality has arisen at the world body. Corporations and the mega-rich have flocked to take advantage of the opportunity. They have looked for a quietly commanding role in the organisation's political process and hoped to shape the institution to their own priorities.

The U.N. at 70: United Nations Disappoints on Its Seventieth Anniversary - Part One

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 24 (IPS) - It is hard to imagine today the public enthusiasm that greeted the founding of the U.N. in 1945.  After massive suffering and social collapse resulting from the Second World War, the U.N. seemed almost miraculous – a means at last to build peace, democracy, and a just society on a global scale.

Security Council Action on Gaza War Crimes a Non-Starter

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - When a U.N. panel released a 217-page report accusing both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes committed during the 50-day conflict in Gaza last July, the chances of Security Council action were remote because of the traditional U.S. commitment to stand by Israel – right or wrong, mostly wrong.

Smart Phones New Tool to Capture Human Rights Violations

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide.

Democracy on the Retreat in Over 96 of the 193 U.N. Member States, Says New Study

Monday, June 22, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (IPS) - Democracy is on the retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the U.N.'s 193 member states, according to a new report released here.

South Sudan Again Tops Fragile States Index

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, Canada, Jun 18 (IPS) - For the second year in a row, South Sudan has been designated as the most fragile nation in the world, plagued by intensifying internal conflict that has displaced more than two million of its people.

CTBTO, the Nuclear Watchdog That Never Sleeps

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - The world's nuclear powers may succeed in thwarting sanctions by the Security Council or avoiding condemnation by the General Assembly, but they cannot escape the scrutiny of a key international watchdog body: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Could Peacekeeping Wives Deter Sexual Abuse in U.N. Overseas Operations?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - Back in November 2007, about 108 military personnel from an Asian country, serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, were deported home after being accused of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of minors.

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