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  1. Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Carnage: Quo Vadis?

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - Dr. Purnaka L. ("PL") de Silva is Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta

    "If we believe in absurdities we shall commit atrocities" - Voltaire

    I returned from attending a three-hour Easter Sunday mass at the Fordham University Church around midnight New York time on May 20, 2019, when my phone rang and a colleague asked me what's going on in Sri Lanka? I said what is going on?

  2. Trump’s Veto Will Trigger More US Arms to Kill Civilians in Yemen

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - President Donald Trump's decision to veto a bi-partisan Congressional resolution to end US military involvement in a devastating Saudi-led four-year conflict in Yemen-- is expected to escalate the ongoing war in the trouble-plagued region.

  3. Shining a Spotlight on the Strengths & Challenges of Civil Society in the Balkans

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    BELGRADE, Apr 11 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and scheduled to conclude in Belgrade, April 12.

    Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS, in her opening address to the International Civil Society Week (ICSW)

    It is an incredible privilege to welcome you all to the ‘International Civil Society Week'. I am going to remind us of the reasons that make it so important for us to be here in Belgrade this week.

  4. Attacks on Media in the Balkans Sound Alarm Bells for Democracy

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    GENEVA, Apr 11 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and scheduled to conclude in Belgrade, April 12.

    Susan Wilding is the head of the Geneva office at CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations. Anti-government protesters invading Serbia's state-owned television station, demanding that their voices be heard. Journalism bodies writing to the Albanian prime minister over plans to censor online media outlets. A Belgrade corruption-busting reporter forced to flee his house that had been torched; a Montenegrin investigative journalist shot in the leg outside her home.

  5. Is Taiwan Still a Permanent Member of the Security Council – Despite its Ouster in 1971?

    Friday, April 05, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 05 (IPS) - The Republic of China (Taiwan) was ingloriously expelled from the United Nations-- and ousted from its highly-prized permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC)-- about 48 years ago.

  6. The NPT & Conditions for Nuclear Disarmament

    Monday, April 01, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 01 (IPS) - Daryll G. Kimball is Executive Director, Arms Control Association, Washington DC.

    Fifty years ago, shortly after the conclusion of the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the United States and the Soviet Union launched the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).

  7. UK Announces Aid Package for Gaza’s Hospitals in Near Breaking Point

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    LONDON, Mar 29 (IPS) - The UK Government has announced an aid package to support hospitals in Gaza that are "near breaking point".

    The £2 million package will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross's 2019 Israel and Occupied Territories (ILOT) Appeal. The aid will contribute to surgical equipment, drugs, wound dressing kits, prosthetics, and post-surgery physiotherapy for up to 3,000 disabled people.

  8. Using Climate-Smart Solutions to Promote Peace in South Sudan

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    YAMBIO, South Sudan, Mar 13 (IPS) - Almost a month to go ahead of the traditional rainy season in Gbudue State, 430 kilometres west of South Sudan's capital, Juba, smallholder farmers are already tilling their land as they prepare to plant purer, drought-tolerant seeds.

  9. Syrian Crisis Enters Ninth Year with 11 Million Refugees Overseas & 6 Million Home

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    GENEVA, Mar 13 (IPS) - Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson UN World Food Programme*

    The bell rings and the halls erupt with the sounds of chatter and excitement as hundreds of children run to the dusty courtyard for recess. I joined them to play football but the game instead turned into a round of questions.

  10. Multilateralism: A Testimony

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    GENEVA and ROME, Mar 12 (IPS) - For over 70 years, the UN system has been perceived as the guardian of peace and development in the world. However, multilateralism today is undeniably under strain. The effectiveness of global institutions and of global policymaking is questioned, and alliances are fraying.

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