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Water, Water Everywhere But is it Fit to Drink

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS  — A much-quoted line in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lyrical ballad, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, reads: “’water, water everywhere—nor any drop to drink’.
The poem goes back to the year 1798—and more than five centuries later, the cry for water, described as a basic human right, is reverberating throughout the [...]

UN Water Conference on — Global Water Crisis

By Edoardo Giribaldi (Vatican News) - The United Nations General Assembly has come together in New York to host the 2023 Water Conference. The event, which will take place from March 22 to March 24, is co-hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Tajikistan and is committed to creating “a global momentum [...]

War Criminals and Military Aggressors —- Who Occupy Seats in the U.N. Security Council

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – Come April 1, a post-Ukraine Russia, will preside over the UN Security Council in a month-long presidency on the basis of alphabetical rotation.
But Russia will not be the first or the only country – accused of war crimes or charged with violating the UN charter—to be either a [...]

Ukraine Grain Shipments Still Flow Despite War

By John J. Metzler – Despite a widening war with Russia, shipments of Ukrainian food and grain are still being shipped to global markets under a complex but fragile accord brokered by the
United Nations and nearby Turkey.  Since the deal was initiated last Summer, The Black Sea Grain Initiative has allowed for the export of 24 million metric tons of [...]

NATO Reflection on Comprehensive and Coordinated Approach to Strategic Messaging

By Elisabeth Kennedy Trudeau  – Today, the battle for hearts and minds is unfolding on the devices in the palms of our hands. The media environment operates with unfamiliar rules and without systems of checks and balances, and information proliferates at an extraordinary pace. How do governments and international organisations get ahead in this new [...]

Thalif Deen Writes on How Gender Empowerment Falters at the Highest Echelons of the UN

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – When Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) last week, he said the annual meeting takes on even greater significance at a time when women’s rights are being “abused, threatened, and violated around the world.”
Progress won over decades is vanishing before our [...]

A Look Back at How Fear and False Beliefs Bolstered U.S. Public Support for War in Iraq

WebPublicaPress – WASHINGTON – Twenty years ago this month, the United States launched a major military invasion of Iraq, marking the second time it fought a war in that country in a little more than a decade. It was the start of an eight-year conflict that resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. servicemembers [...]

Saudi & Iran Nuclear Pact

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS  — Saudi Arabia and Iran— two archrivals in the Middle East who severed links seven years ago—re-established diplomatic, political and economic relations last week (15 March) in a historic deal brokered by China, one of the world’s major nuclear powers.
Described as a victory for Chinese diplomacy in a volatile region [...]

John Metzler Writes About Party Time in Beijing

By John J. Metzler - The theatrical pomp and circumstance of China’s National People’s Congress presents an annual political ritual on the verge of Spring.  Nearly 3,000 delegates assembled in Beijing to participate in the week long sessions and delivered on demand results for the ruling Communist Party leadership; formalizing the unprecedented third term for Chairman/President Xi [...]

NATO Meeting with Turkey, Finland and Sweden

WebPublicPress (New York / Brussels) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg convened representatives from the governments of Türkiye, Finland and Sweden – the parties to the Permanent Joint Mechanism established by the Trilateral Memorandum signed in Madrid on the margins of the 2022 NATO Summit. This was the third such meeting of the Permanent Joint Mechanism [...]

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