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Leveraging women’s economic potential

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UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

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Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

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Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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“Meantime” is a graphic novel project initiated in March 2016 by French nongovernmental organization (NGO) Solidarites International (SOL). Florence Massena Al Monitor Five French, Syrian and Lebanese artists spent weeks talking with Syrian refugees in Akkar and Tripoli in northern Lebanon to create five graphic stories, which have been available online since Feb. 21 in English, Arabic and French. According to the… Graphic novel illustrates… Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope

World - The Conversation

In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. Susan Harris Rimmer The Conversation But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this risk of human suffering is great. One London School of Economics… War, conflict, economic… Read More »

Is there a US diplomacy vacuum at the UN in Geneva?

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“Where is the US in all this? I can’t tell you because I don’t know.” Imogen Foulkes BBC News These were the words of the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, days before a fresh round of peace talks began. Only a few months… Is there a… Read More »

The latest UN Syria talks will fail, just like the last ones

Syria - Asia Times

Turkey, Iran, and Russia could set the delicate path to peace in Syria but the colossal differences that have appeared between them mean the latest round of UN talks will be as unsuccessful as the last ones. Sami Moubayed Asia Times The upcoming round of UN-mandated Syria talks, known as Geneva IV, will start in Switzerland this weekend. High hopes were… The latest UN… Read More »

Russia Expected to Veto UN Resolution Blaming Syria for Chemical Attacks

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UNITED NATIONS — Russia says it will veto a draft U.N. resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a… Margaret Besheer VoA “The resolution prejudges the results of the investigation, it is one-sided [and] based on insufficient evidence,” Russian Deputy U.N. Envoy Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after a… Russia Expected to… Read More »

The Guardian view on famine: sitting by as disaster unfolds

Famine - The Guardian

Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. The Guardian We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis – but we can and must act now to save lives How can a… The Guardian view… Read More »

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

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Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the… Nick Meyer AltHealthWORKS That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and… UN Report Says Small… Read More »

Why We Should Defund The UN

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When I was a boy, we worshipped the United Nations. Ed Brodow The Daily Caller I remember taking the subway with my fourth grade class from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where we observed the countries of the world as they carried out the lofty founding purpose of the UN: to maintain peace and foster… Why We Should… Read More »

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?

Palestine - IIA

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 »