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And Russia — Continues to be Rebuked at the UN

By John J. Metzler - For the third time in a month, the UN General Assembly has resoundingly rebuked Russia for its actions in Ukraine.  A tough resolution supported by 93 countries versus 24 backing   Moscow, suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council.  The move was as overdue as it proved poetic justice to oust Putin’s Russia from its [...]

Mariupol Kharkiv and Bucha like Sarajevo in 1992

By Stephan Schwartz * - Today it is Mariupol, Kharkiv or #Bucha, at the time it was #Sarajevo30,
Višegrad or Srebrenica. 30 years ago from today the Bosnian Serbs, with support from Belgrade, began the siege of the Bosnian capital that was to last 1425 days. A  on this sad anniversary and… also on parallels and differences: Unlike #Ukraine today, at the [...]

Thalif Deen – UN Goal to Eradicate Extreme Global Poverty by 2030 Questioned and in Doubt

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A projected rise in global poverty this year—with over a quarter of a billion more people joining the ranks of the world’s poor—threatens to undermine the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the General Assembly back in 2015.
One of the primary goals, listed high-up as number [...]

Ukraine – More Aid for Civilians Not Only Arms

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The unprecedented flow of arms to Ukraine, and the rising miliary spending by European nations to strengthen their defenses, are threatening to undermine development aid to the world’s poorer nations.
Yoke Ling, Executive Director of Third World Network told IPS the escalating military spending will definitely have a direct [...]

Ukraine — Allegations of atrocities near Kyiv

By Elizabeth Schumacher (DW) – Photos and videos from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha show mass graves and the bodies of civilians in the streets. Ukraine has accused Russian troops of “genocide,” and Western leaders have promised to respond with sanctions.

After graphic images from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha began to surface over the weekend, the world [...]

When Albright Vetoed Boutros Ghali for UN SG

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When Madeleine Albright was nominated to be the first female US Secretary of State back in 1997, some apparently questioned whether “a woman could go toe-to-toe with world leaders”.
“Madeleine quickly quashed those misguided doubts,” says Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a tribute to Albright, who passed away [...]

United Nations, NATO Isolate Russia on Ukraine

By John J. Metzler -The second salvo of diplomatic condemnation slammed into Russia as the UN General Assembly once again soundly and overwhelmingly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.  The first Assembly vote came a few weeks ago condemning the Russian invasion; the second rebuke focused on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
In a resumed [...]

Germany’s far-right organizations are struggling to agree on a position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

By Ben Knight (DW) – The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left Germany’s neo-Nazis confused: Should they support the authoritarian Russian leader or far-right nationalists fighting on the Ukrainian side? The news is that the far-right Azov Battalion has been defending Mariupol against Russian forces.

Germany’s far-right organizations are struggling to agree on a position on [...]

UN – Less Care on Yemen

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country ushering in the Republic of Yemen back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: “Two poor countries have now become one poor country.”
Described as the poorest in an oil-blessed Middle East, Yemen continues [...]

Viewpoint – The Urgent Need for Climate Action

Viewpoint by John Scales Avery* - COPENHAGEN (IDN) — One reason why the Glasgow Climate Conference (October-November 2021) failed so miserably to produce urgently needed climate action was that humans tend to react to what is close to them. Money to pay the rent is urgent, while a climate catastrophe seems to be a distant threat.
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