Tuesday, March 17, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 (IPS) - As the long drawn-out Syrian military conflict passed a four-year milestone over the weekend, the New York-based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) summed it up in a striking headline: 4 years, 4 vetoes, 220,000 dead.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 (IPS) - A single image can be more powerful, more descriptive and more potent than an entire essay – ‘ a picture says a thousand words,' as the cliché goes.
Monday, March 02, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 02 (IPS) - Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - The warring parties in the brutal four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 civilians and triggered "the greatest refugee crisis in modern times," continue to break every single pledge held out to the United Nations.
Friday, February 13, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - As the Iranian nuclear talks hurtle towards a Mar. 24 deadline, there is renewed debate among activists about the blatant Western double standards underlying the politically-heated issue, and more importantly, the resurrection of a longstanding proposal for a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (IPS) - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: "Two poor countries have now become one poor country."
Monday, January 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - Much has been written about King Abdullah's legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin Nayef, the newly appointed deputy to the crown prince, could play in the new Saudi Arabia under King Salman.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Flogging a dead horse, as the old idiom goes, is far removed from flogging a live Saudi blogger.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (IPS) - The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of Islam, and why do violent jihadists seek justification of their actions in their religion?
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 06 (IPS) - This year, Arab political Islam will be greatly influenced by U.S. regional policy, as it has been since the Obama administration came into office six years ago. Indeed, as the U.S. standing in the region rose with Obama's presidency beginning in January 2009, so did the fortunes of Arab political Islam.
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