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US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

Monday, August 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which was aimed at curbing the flow of small arms and light weapons to war zones and politically-repressive regimes, is being openly violated by some of the world's arms suppliers, according to military analysts and human rights organizations.

Interview: The UN Security Council and North Korea's Nuclear Threat

Sunday, August 14, 2016

UNITED NATIONS / ROME, Aug 14 (IPS) - Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee, UN representative of the Republic of Korea, spoke with IPS about the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2270, which was unanimously adopted on 2 March 2016.

“Non-lethal' Pellet Guns Maim Hundreds in Kashmiri Protests

Friday, August 05, 2016

SRINAGAR, Aug 05 (IPS) - Hospitals in Kashmir's summer capital are packed to capacity these days, their wards overflowing with pellet gun victims injured during violent clashes with government forces.

Is Hypocrisy The Silent Strategy of Western Democracy?

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

ROME, Aug 03 (IPS) - The official reasons for the US-led, UK-backed invasion of Iraq in 2003 were to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, end Saddam Hussein's support of terrorism, and free the Iraqi people.

However, immediately after the United States deposed and killed Iraq's dictator and established a new authority to govern the country, a chaotic post-invasion environment surfaced, militias formed, inter-ethnic violence between Sunnis and Shias increased, and the Abu Ghraib scandal came to light.

Jihadism: The Radicalisation of Youth

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

ROME, Aug 02 (IPS) - To 13-year-old Gauher Aftab, the path to eternal bliss never seemed more enticing than in the pivotal moment a pious man with a flowing beard entered his 9th-grade Islamic studies classroom.

The Human Rights Council adopts the Declaration on the Right to Peace

Friday, July 29, 2016

GENEVA, Jul 29 (IPS) - On 1 July 2016, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations in Geneva adopted a Declaration on the Right to Peace by a majority of its Member States. It is the result of three years of work with all stakeholders led by Costa Rica, through its Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernández.

Colombia Includes Gender Focus for a Stable, Lasting Peace

Friday, July 29, 2016

HAVANA, Jul 29 (IPS) - The novel inclusion of a gender perspective in the talks that led to a historic peace deal between the Colombian government and left-wing guerrillas is a landmark and an inspiration for efforts to solve other armed conflicts in the world, according to the director of U.N.-Women in Colombia, Belén Sanz.

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DAYLESFORD, Australia, Jul 27 (IPS) - Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion.

Climate Victims – Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ROME, Jul 27 (IPS) - Climate change and related extreme weather events have devastated the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of most vulnerable people worldwide-- by far exceeding the total of all the unfortunate and unjustifiable victims of all terrorist attacks combined. However, the unstoppable climate crisis receives just a tiny fraction of mainstream media attention. See these dramatic facts.

El Salvador Faces Dilemma over the Prosecution of War Criminals

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAN SALVADOR, Jul 23 (IPS) - The ruling of the highest court to repeal the amnesty law places El Salvador in the dilemma of deciding whether the country should prosecute those who committed serious violations to human rights during the civil war.

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