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Will Sanctions Undermine 1947 US-UN Treaty

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS  - When Yassir Arafat was denied a US visa to visit New York to address the United Nations back in 1988, the General Assembly defied the United States by temporarily moving the UN’s highest policy making body to Geneva– perhaps for the first time in UN history– providing a less-hostile [...]

Geneva Convention Faces Major Challenges

By Martin Kuebler (DW) – The Geneva Conventions, the foundation of international humanitarian law, were adopted 70 years ago in the aftermath of World War II. With the changing nature of warfare and modern challenges, are they still relevant?

In 2019, seven decades after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, the treaties that “contain the most important rules [...]

View From Paris – American English Finally Wins

By John J. Metzler - PARIS — A long linguistic battle between French and English appears to have been settled; English won.
Some twenty-five years after legislation to specifically defend use of the French language, and protect its patrimony throughout the land, what’s known as the Toubon law has become a quaint footnote.
The respected French daily newspaper Le Figaro headlines [...]

Will Palestinian Refugees Pay Price for UNRWA

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS – A crisis that has threatened to undermine the future of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is expected to have a devastating impact—not only on the credibility of the United Nations– but also on the lives of over five million Palestinian refugees whose very survival depends on the [...]

Kashmir Most Dangerous

By David Ehl (DW) – The dispute over Kashmir has poisoned relations between India and Pakistan since the two became independent countries in 1947. Here’s an overview of how tensions have grown more dangerous over the past seven decades.


Like so many conflicts around the world, the dispute over Kashmir began with independence from a colonial power. In [...]

The Dangerous End of INF

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) – NEW YORK - The US is out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force missile treaty with Russia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. The US immediately announced plans to start testing a new missile, DW (Deutsche Welle) reported.
 US and Russia trade blame for ending INF treaty 

The United States formally withdrew from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force pact [...]

UNRWA Donor Backlash

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS - The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which has been undermined by a sharp cut in US contributions, has been embroiled in a scandal that threatens to jeopardize its very future.
A report from the Ethics Office has found “credible and corroborated” evidence that the senior management of UNRWA engaged [...]

John Metzler – Paris When it Swelters

By John J. Metzler - PARIS — A Summer heatwave has enveloped the French capital in a blanket of dry heat.
Following a Winter and Spring of churning discontent from the Yellow Vests, Gilet Jaunes, anti-government demonstrations, the current vacation season should have come as a welcome respite to the protest weary French.  And you know it’s Summer when [...]

António Guterres Op-Ed

By António Guterres - Following are extensive extracts from the UN Secretary-General’s remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions on July 18, 2019. (prepared by IDN)
NEW YORK (IDN-INPS) – United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international [...]

How Widespread is Human Trafficking in the US

By Thalif Deen | UNITED NATIONS  - The United States is no exception to the practice of modern-day slavery—a crime for which it is rarely held accountable at the United Nations.A rash of hidden crimes widespread in US inner cities and border towns include forced migrant labor, human trafficking, sexploitation of minors and domestic servitude.
In its 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, [...]

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