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The Largest Arms Importers are Nuclear Powers

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK — A significant spike in arms imports by Europe, East Asia and Oceania during the last five years has reaffirmed the continuously sharp increase in global arms sales—a rising trend undaunted by a faltering world economy or the two-year-long pandemic lockdown.
According to a new study by the Stockholm International Peace Research [...]

Regime Change in Russia

By David L. Phillips - President Biden said of Vladimir Putin, “This man cannot stay in power.” The comment was clumsy — yet correct. Russia will remain a pariah until Mr. Putin is removed as president.
US officials have tried to walk back Mr. Biden’s comment. They fear antagonizing Mr. Putin and undermining negotiations to end the war. In fact, their efforts have the unintended consequence of [...]

Winners in Ukraine – World’s Arms Merchants

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS — The war in Ukraine may not be a head-on conflict between Russia and the United States but it is certainly a battle between the heavily-stocked military arsenals of two of the world’s major military and nuclear powers.
At a press briefing March 22, UN Secretary-General António Guterres was forcefully explicit [...]

Ukraine’s Exodus in EU

By John J. Metzler - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a rising tsunami of refugees fleeing  their beleaguered homeland and heading for neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.  As the winds of war sweep across the Ukrainian steppe, this growing humanitarian wave of civilians, young and old with legions of children among them, have headed for safety.
More than [...]

A Way Forward for Ukraine

By David L. Phillips - Humanitarian and security concerns are urgent priorities, as Russia tightens the noose on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, killing thousands and causing widespread displacement. As violence escalates, President Volodymyr Zelensky will eventually have to consider leaving the country and establishing a government in exile to carry on an insurgency against Russian occupation.
Anticipating the next phase [...]

Gossip or Reality – Could Russia Get out of UN

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - The overwhelming condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine—which triggered a veto from Russia and an abstention from China last week – has raised a challenging question about the legitimacy of UN memberships of both countries which are permanent members of the Security Council.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic [...]

Putin’s Russia UN Setback

By John J. Metzler - Russia has suffered a stunning political setback from the United Nations as
Vladimir Putin pursues his ruthless attack against Ukraine.  The diplomatic rebuff came amid Moscow’s widening military aggression on Ukraine which has created widespread civilian casualties and triggered a tragic refugee exodus from the East European country.
In a rare Emergency Special Session [...]

Our Thalif Deen asks a Valid Question – Is World War III a Nuclear Reality or an Empty Threat?

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A Russian news agency quoted on March 2 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s dire warning: If a third world war (WWIII) breaks out, it would involve nuclear weapons—and be destructive.
At a virtual Geneva meeting on disarmament, he also hinted that Ukraine has been seeking nuclear weapons to counter the [...]

UN GA Condemns Russia

WebPublicaPress – United Nations – New York – The 193 member-states of UN General Assembly adopts the resolution to condemn aggression of Russian Federation on sovereign state of Ukraine member of the United Nations. Two thirds majority of presented was requested for the adoption. 141 UN member-states voted in favor; 35 countries abstained and only [...]

Could Russia be Expelled from the United Nations

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The Russian Federation, condemned worldwide for invading a founding member of the United Nations– and violating the UN charter– came under heavy fire during a rare Emergency Special Session of the 193-member General Assembly, the highest policy-making body in the Organization.
The emergency meeting, for the first time in [...]

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