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 [...]

Richard Haas on Afghanistan

By Richard Haass  – NEW YORK – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. His government has collapsed as Taliban fighters enter Kabul. Bringing back memories of the ignominious fall of Saigon in 1975, two decades of America’s military presence in Afghanistan has vanished in a matter of weeks. How did it come to this?

There [...]

Turkey – Healthy Food

WebPublicPress NEW YORK –  Turkey offers a table of abundant resources for sustainable gastronomy tourism, according to a Turkish culinary expert who says authenticity should be preserved to maintain it, Hurriyet Turkish Daily News in English has reported from Istanbul.
“To make the most of this potential, we should make the preservation of the local gastronomic heritage our focus,” Zeynep Kakınç, chair of [...]

Calm Before Next Storm

By Sarah Hofmann (DW – Deutsche Welle)  - The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is giving people on both sides time to breathe. But it is not a real step toward peace in the Middle East,

The full significance of a cease-fire can possibly be comprehended only by those who have experienced what it is like while the firing is [...]

Why AP Was Targeted

By Thalif Deen* - NEW YORK (IDN) — The destruction of a 12-storeyed building in Gaza City on May 15—which was home to several news organizations including the Associated Press (AP) and Al-Jazeera—has triggered a loaded question: was it a deliberate Israeli airstrike to silence the media or was it an avoidable accident?
Norman Solomon, Executive Director [...]

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