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US and Gulf Confusion in Yemen and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?

UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity

Ted Oswald | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Ted Oswald

Securing water and sanitation infrastructure for Haiti is ultimately about fulfilling obligations and respecting human rights, areas where the UN can, and should, be demonstrating leadership.

Changing the Climate Narrative

William S. Becker | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

It is time to change the conversation. It should be about a race to the future -- a 21st-century, global Marshall Plan that builds the capacity of nations to achieve sustainable prosperity. Before going into this idea further, let's unpack the invalid logic chain that has been implicit in climate negotiations so far.

The Real American Exceptionalism

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.

Egypt Joints the Military Effort against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Egypt entered officially and practically the war on ISIS through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against...

Tipping the Iceberg

Michael Møller | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Michael Møller

The news about the United Nations that makes its way into the media shows only a fraction of what the organization does. And usually it is focused narrowly on international crises and the international community's inability to do much about them.

Adjusting the Frequency: Women Take to the Airwaves

UN Women | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
UN Women

. The discussion revolves around key questions: how has the women's causes changed; are women accessing decision-making roles; are they more equal today?

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.

Interfaith Conversations at the United Nations

Katherine Marshall | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The interfaith movement is a rich mosaic of efforts, ranging from theological discourse to practical coalitions. Some interreligious harmony work is built on ethereal, ethical, and theological foundations.

The International Anti-ISIS Coalition Needs to Be Repaired

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is now clear that air strikes alone will not bring about the full defeat of ISIS, and that there is no alternative to a clearer and broader political and military strategy in the air and on the ground.

UN Alarmed By Pictures Of ISIS Logos On Its Syria Food Aid

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

GENEVA/BEIRUT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has declared itself "extremely concerned" by photographs showing its food...

The Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is the Starting Point for U.S. Long-term Interests

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There are many reasons behind the scramble by the United States, both at the level of the executive branch and the legislative branch, to affirm to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Washington is determined to maintain and develop the historical relationship between the two countries.

Washington Is Well As Others Are Implicated In Their Wars

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What was absent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address was more intriguing than what he mentioned, in relation to international conditions, and the positions of the United States on them.

The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Using Orwellian logic, U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power claimed that the resolution calling for the establishment of two states for two peoples would somehow undermine the effort "that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people."

U.N. Appeals For Final $1 Billion To Fight Ebola At Davos

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

By Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21 (Reuters) - United Nations agencies need a final $1 billion to fight West Africa's deadly ...

Kidnapped UN Worker Released In Central African Republic

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed militia fighters abducted a foreign U.N. staffer near the capital's airport on Tuesday and then releas...

Another Page in the Global War on Terror

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

In the midst of these military and intelligence alliances, there is no indication that there is any willingness to admit to mistakes committed by the leaders of these countries, which contributed to spawning terrorists.

Palestine's Accession to the International Criminal Court Places Everyone Before a Test

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The choice between the two options is not a Palestinian decision exclusively. And while the consequences definitely affect Israel, they do not affect Israel exclusively either.

Gender Equality Isn't Just A Women's Issue': Interview With Elizabeth Nyamayaro, UN HeForShe Founder

Ravishly | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Ravishly

You can't talk about any violence against women and not talk to the men who are mostly perpetuating the violence. You can't talk about access to equal pay for women without talking to men; no country in the world has been able to achieve that without speaking to the men.

Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Maybe the vote in the council was merely a step in a larger scheme that will legitimize going to various international agencies. But the world community, and especially the US, have failed in their mission and have indirectly legitimized the illegal Israeli occupation.

Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

Baby Steps at 2014 Lima COP20

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Zachary A. Bennett

After finishing 34 hours late, some people left the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP20), held in Lima, Peru, with conclusions and others with confusion and dismay.

Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian resolution to set a two-year time limit means that no specific decision is required at the current time of Israel. However, if such a resolution passes in the Security Council, this will leave its mark on the Israeli elections.