Syrian Refugees Camp

By H.D. Wright - The writer was recently elected to serve as Global Youth Representative at Education Cannot Wait, the UN fund for education in emergencies, marking the first example of a young person being democratically elected to the governing body of a global humanitarian fund. Now, he represents over 100 youth-led NGOs from across Africa, [...]

Foreign Affairs on Iran

WebPublicPress – (New York) – “Iran has invested more of its limited capabilities in its aspiration to upend the U.S.-led world order than perhaps any other country in the world, including China and Russia. In so doing, it has neglected the well-being of its people and made itself poorer and less secure,” writes Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow [...]

China & New World Order

WebPublicaPress (New York) – Seen in real time, multinational efforts to curb China’s rise look scattered, writes Tufts University’s Michael Beckley, in the forthcoming March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. “Step back from the day-to-day commotion, however, and a fuller picture emerges: for better or worse, competition with China is forging a new international order.”

“Through a surge of repression and [...]

Battle for Palestine in UN

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When Israeli Ambassador Gilat Erdan made an unusual presentation before the Security Council last week displaying a large rock, which he claimed, was hurled at Israeli vehicles in the Occupied Territories, a reporter at a UN press conference asked whether Palestinians will be given the right of reply— [...]

Nuclear Powers No Wars

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — When the world’s five major nuclear powers—the US, UK, China, France and Russia—pledged to prevent nuclear wars and abandon the pursuit of more weapons, their joint statement released January 3 explicitly left out several of the demands from anti-nuclear activists, including an end to the upgrading and enhancing [...]

ME Nuclear Free Zone

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — A longstanding proposal for a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the politically and militarily volatile Middle East remains elusive. Since 1967, five nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZ) have been established worldwide—in Latin America and the Caribbean, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central Asia.
Speaking at the second “UN Conference on the Establishment [...]

Ethiopia’s War Fueled by Big Powers’ Weapons

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – In Hollywood movies, the legendary Wild West was routinely portrayed with gunslingers, lawmen and villains—resulting in the ultimate showdown between the “good guys and the bad guys”.
Linda Thomson-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council early this month that the warring parties in the devastating 12-month-long [...]

We Stay And Deliver

By Yasmine Sherif – Kabul 1990. I land in the capital of Afghanistan for my very first mission with the United Nations. Controlled by the government, Kabul was surrounded by the Mujahedeen. As a young female professional, living and working across the country, I felt protected by the Afghans, whether walking in the bustling cities [...]

US Arms in Afghanistan

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — When the last of the US troops pulled out of Kabul on August 31—after a prolonged 20-year military occupation of Afghanistan—they left behind a treasure trove of weapons but most of them abandoned by retreating Afghan forces who were American allies.
These weapons, including combat helicopters, armoured vehicles, battle [...]

Western hypocrisy & Afghanistan

By Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi (DW) – Europe has long been ignoring the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. But now that the Taliban has seized power, some Western countries act stunned. This hypocrisy must stop, says DW’s Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi.
Within just a few days of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban began capturing one province after another. As [...]

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