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China Threatens to Deny Passage Rights through Peripheral Seas

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On Tuesday, Chinese state media reported that the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council is considering amendments to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law. World Affairs Journal “The revisions are based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Chinese laws on the seas, adjacent areas, and exclusive economic zones,” noted the… China Threatens to… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

How to tackle repetitive droughts in the Horn of Africa

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Investing in localised initiatives to mitigate drought can help the continent to break the cyclic nature of disasters. Esther Ngumbi Al Jazeera News The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently declared that millions of citizens in the Horn of Africa face food shortages. Owing to a persistent… How to tackle… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

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The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

Hundreds likely killed in Myanmar’s Rohingya crackdown: UN

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Myanmar’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, with children slaughtered and women raped in a campaign that may amount to ethnic cleansing, the… Hurriyet A report from the United Nations Human Rights office, based on… Hundreds likely killed… Read More »

Trump’s Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

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Liberal panic in an budget-conservative world. Brett D. Schaefer The National Interest Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering two executive orders to “drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations.” A draft titled… Trump’s Plan to… Read More »

UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power

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President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. Kambiz Foroohar Bloomberg For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps — France, the U.K. and the U.S., referred to as the P3, on one side and Russia and China on the other. ... Read More »

An uncertain future for peace

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It looks like the tide is high in the UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks, now that the focus is on the thorny issue of security and guarantees in a… Annie Charalambous incyprus The two leaders met in Nicosia yesterday for the first time since the Geneva-hosted security-focused Conference on Cyprus and agreed to meet again on… An uncertain future… Read More »

A bill has already been introduced in Congress to remove the US from the United Nations

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A bill introduced by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers earlier this month calls on the US to “terminate” its membership in the United Nations (UN) and effectively sever all ties with the… Natasha Bertrand Business Insider The legislation, titled the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017,” was proposed on January 3. It is co-sponsored by a… A bill has… Read More »

Human rights now face their gravest threat – Trumpism

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With a populist in the White House, only resistance can protect rights the world struggled to enshrine Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian Remember the 1990s? Anyone who cares about… Human rights now face… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

RT invited to join the United Nations as official In-house broadcaster

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From January 2017, RT will have a permanent home in the United Nations alongside a select group of international media channels chosen to deliver broadcasts inside the UN’s internal communications… PATRICK HENNINGSEN The Duran A number of Russian dignitaries and media professionals gathered in… RT invited to… Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

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Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

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Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »