Friday, July 18, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 (IPS) - As the civil war in Syria continues into its fourth year, the Western nations sitting on the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) have unsuccessfully tried to condemn the killings of civilians, impose punitive sanctions and accuse the Syrian government of war crimes - in four vetoed and failed resolutions.
Monday, July 14, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 14 (IPS) - When the 15-member Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, fails to resolve a military conflict, it invariably exercises one of its tried, and mostly failed, options: punish the warring parties by imposing punitive sanctions.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jul 08 (IPS) - Monday's expulsion order by Bahrain against a visiting senior U.S. official has set back tentative hopes for internal reforms that could reconcile the kingdom's Sunni-led government with its majority Shia community and drawn a sharp protest from Washington.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jun 03 (IPS) - In contrast to some of their leaders, people across the Arab world prefer President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce Washington's military footprint in the Middle East to the approach favoured by neo-conservatives and other U.S. hawks, according to the latest in a series of surveys of Arab public opinion released here Tuesday.
Monday, June 02, 2014
CAIRO, Jun 02 (IPS) - Unconsciously or not, most mainstream media and foreign correspondents here have been echoing Muslim Brotherhood voices by depicting Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, as the general who led the July 2013 "military coup" against the "legitimately elected" Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi.
Monday, May 12, 2014
DAMASCUS, May 12 (IPS) - On a weekday afternoon, the Old City of Damascus heaves with people, cars, motorcycles, bikes. Markets are crowded with locals bartering with merchants for the heaps of spices, flowery perfumes, clothing, and most things one needs, abundant in the Hamidiyah market.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 07 (IPS) - Despite new gestures of support for the Syrian opposition, the administration of President Barack Obama is unlikely to change its longstanding policy of restraining U.S. involvement in the country's more than three-year-old civil war, according to experts here.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 03 (IPS) - The recent suspension of the U.S. -engineered Israeli-Palestinian talks signals a much deeper reality than the immediate factors that caused it. The peace process and the two-state solution, which for years were on life support, are now dead.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, Apr 29 (IPS) - Five days after approving the transfer of 10 Apache helicopters to aid Egypt's "counter-terrorism" campaign in Sinai, the administration of President Barack Obama denounced as "unconscionable" the latest round of mass death sentences against members of the Muslim Brotherhood handed down by an Egyptian court Monday.
Monday, April 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, Apr 28 (IPS) - In the wake of the collapse of U.S.-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the angry rhetoric around this conflict has only escalated.
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