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OPINION: From Shared Concern to Shared Action - Thoughts on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Friday, November 21, 2014

TOKYO, Nov 21 (IPS) - As we approach the 70th anniversary next year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are growing calls to place the humanitarian consequences of their use at the heart of deliberations about nuclear weapons.

Refugees Between a Legal Rock and a Hard Place in Lebanon

Friday, November 21, 2014

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Mexico’s Undead Rise Up

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (IPS) - "Alive they were taken, and alive we want them back!"

OPINION: Israel’s Arabs: Marginalised, Angry and Defiant

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - The recent killing of an Arab youth by the police in the Israeli Arab village of Kufr Kanna, outside Nazareth, the ongoing bloody violence in Jerusalem, and the growing tensions between the Israeli security services and the Arab community in Israel could be a dangerous omen for Israeli domestic stability and for the region.

Pakistani Sikhs Back in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Religious Persecution

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 20 (IPS) - Balwan Singh, an 84-year-old shopkeeper living in Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is well past retirement age, but any illusions he may have had about living out his golden years in peace and security have long since been dashed.

IPS Honours Crusader for Nuclear Abolition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (IPS) - Jayantha Dhanapala was awarded the IPS International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament Monday at the United Nations in New York.

OPINION: The Clock Is Ticking for Nuclear Disarmament

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (IPS) - A nuclear weapon-free world can and must happen in my lifetime. This may seem a bold and wildly Pollyannaish statement for me to make after a lifetime of work in peace and disarmament.

Depression Casts Cloak of Infertility Over Kashmir Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SRINAGAR, India, Nov 19 (IPS) - It was almost midnight when Mushtaq Margoob woke up to the incessant ringing of his phone. It was his patient, a young woman whom Margoob, a renowned Kashmiri psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry at the only psychiatric hospital in Kashmir, had been treating for depression for many years.

OPINION: Why Israel Opposes a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran and What to Do About It

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (IPS) - Nov. 24 is the deadline for six world powers and Iran to reach a final deal over its nuclear programme. If there is no deal, then the talks are likely to be extended, not abandoned.

OPINION: Will There be Peace Between Iran and the West?

Monday, November 17, 2014

ROME, Nov 17 (IPS) - In just a few days, a meeting is scheduled that will be decisive for the security of the Middle East and of the whole world.

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