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  1. The Syrian Tragedy

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 21 (IPS) - As I often do, I recently discussed the Syrian Civil War with a friend of Lebanese origin. He is far from supporting the Syrian regime, which occupied his country of origin between 1989-2008.

    My friend assumes the Syrian government was behind the assassination of Lebanon´s prime minister Bachir Gemayel, who in 1982 together with 26 others were blown to pieces by a bomb planted at the headquarters of the Lebanese Forces. He also suspects Syria was behind the death of former prime minister Rafik Harari, who in 2005 was killed in a car bomb explosion.

    However, this does not make my friend an admirer of Israel or the U.S., which together with Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia meddle in Syria´s bloody internal strife. It is an almost impossible task to disentangle the mess of warring fractions guided by corrupt politicians, religious fanatics, liberal politicians, bandits, Mafiosi and/or foreign commercial and strategical stakeholders.

  2. Russia and Syria in the Spotlight for Latest Idlib Medic Deaths

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 (IPS) - Medical aid groups have again blasted Russian and Syrian government forces this week for an ever-growing death toll among doctors, paramedics and other health workers in military strikes in northwestern Syria.

  3. Rules of War Widely Flouted, 70 years on: Red Cross

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (IPS) - World governments are not doing enough to stop armed groups from committing mass rape, torture and other war crimes, the head of the Red Cross aid group head Peter Maurer said on Tuesday.

  4. Mediating Peace in a Complex World

    Wednesday, August 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - Teresa Whitfield is the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division at the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. Prior to her appointment in 2016, she was Senior Adviser to the President of the International Crisis Group."

    It is all about orchestration", was Martin Griffiths', the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, response to the question of what mediation in Yemen looks like today.

  5. Nuclear Weapons Must Go: Lessons of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Wednesday, August 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - It has been 74 years since a nuclear devastation took place. But a clear message stands -- that nuclear weapons must go and peace and love must reign.

    "Because if we forget the horrific consequences of the use of these devices, the likelihood of repetition is increased." Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute told IPS, as the United Nations marked the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  6. Canada Effectively Addresses Children in Armed Conflict

    Tuesday, August 06, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 06 (IPS) - More than 24,000 violations have been committed against children across the globe, including recruitment into armed forces, abduction, sexual violence, deprivation of basic needs, attacks on schools and hospitals-- and even murder.

  7. Migration and Human Solidarity

    Thursday, August 01, 2019

    GENEVA, Aug 01 (IPS) - A crisis of politics or a "crisis of numbers"? The migrant and refugee crisis has become a serious test for the unity of Europe as a political project. The inflow of destitute migrants and refugees has tested Europe's political unity to an unprecedented extent. With a long-term solution to the migrant and refugee crisis nowhere in sight, the adverse impact of the current situation has the potential to unfold further and to give rise to a broader crisis with long-term implications, affecting Europe and the MENA region alike.

  8. One Month Since Libya’s Migrant Tragedy, Detentions Continue

    Thursday, August 01, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 01 (IPS) - It is almost one month since an airstrike on a detention centre in Libya killed and injured scores of migrants and refugees locked up inside, many of whom were detained for doing nothing worse than fleeing instability or seeking better lives in Europe.

  9. Human Rights Watch Disappoints on Human Rights

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    GENEVA, Jul 25 (IPS) - On 22 July 2019, Kenneth Roth published an article in Publico, Lisbon, entitled: "UN Chief Guterres has disappointed on Human Rights".

  10. 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.

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