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The Case for Reform of the Humanitarian System -- Report by Oxfam

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

The international humanitarian response system will fail to cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless there are more resources closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters.

Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan War Hit Record High

AP | By KAY JOHNSON | Posted 02.04.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Last year was the deadliest on record for civilians in the Afghan war, with 3,021 killed as insurgents ratcheted up violence wit...

Russia's Concern Over the West's Alliance With the Islamists

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, Russia finds itself in a state of calculated siege, emerging through the new semi-alliance between the Americans -- and the West in general -- and the Islamists. The Barack Obama administration seems to be at the forefront of this new alliance.

Joshua Hersh

Syria U.N. Deliberations Haunted By Ghost Of Libya Mission

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.02.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- As diplomats at the United Nations pore over a draft resolution condemning the brutal Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, experts say that...

David Wood

U.N. Debates Tough Demands On Syria, But Lacks Military Options

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 02.01.2012 | World

As the killing of civilians escalates in Syria, diplomats at the U.N. Security Council are grappling with a vexing issue: If they demand that Syrian P...

Somali MIlitant Group Permanently Bans Red Cross Famine Aid

AP | By KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Somali insurgents have shut down food aid distribution by a major aid group because they say the organization is distributing spoile...

U.N. Begins Iran Nuclear Inspection

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister expressed optimism Sunday that a visit by U.N. inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities would produce an u...

Fears of the Arab Spring Becoming an "Islamist Spring"

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The change coming from the Arab Awakening is going through a frightening phase that is causing much frustration, and yet there is something in the air preventing a downward spiral into pessimism.

The Dangerous Upcoming Year After the Arab Spring

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Next year will be a difficult one. It is then a dangerous year after the change, unless the powers of modernity and enlightenment change course and surprise us with feats that would restore our hope in the Arab awakening.

Moscow's Position: A Message to the Regime and Opposition in Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, the world is watching in terror as the Syrian authorities step up their crackdown on the protesters and as the odds for Syria sliding into civil war soar to new heights with dissent being forced into becoming an armed insurgency.

On to the Next 'Bubble Fantasy'

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media
Robert Scheer

That Thomas Friedman's self-serving feints at the truth can still earn him a place of high regard in the world of journalism is a sad commentary on the profession that has rewarded him so lucratively.

Mutual Interests for Baghdad and Washington

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has taken his containment policy through partnership to a new level this week by crowning Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki as a strategic player in the Arab-Iranian-Turkish equation.

Matt Damon, Wyclef Jean, and the Power of Diversity

Julia Moulden | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Julia Moulden

"Leadership is a powerful symbol -- it defines who belongs and who does not. When someone sees someone like themselves in a position of power and influence, it makes them feel valued and it gives them something to aspire to."

The Role of Women in Arab Post-Revolutionary Regimes

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The subjection of Arab women will be inevitable if Islamist political parties seize power in the countries of change, where coups or uprisings took place this year.

Gay Rights Activists At UN: No More Bullying

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS — Activists called on governments around the world to end homophobic bullying and violence, saying Thursday that gay rights are h...

Food Prices Pull Back From Record Highs

AP | Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

ROME -- A U.N. food agency says global food prices have eased marginally, with wheat prices dropping by 3 percent. The Rome-based Food and Agricultur...

Astoria Characters: The Sister to the World's Women

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.05.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Maureen McGowan is the director of Handcrafting Justice, a Sisters of Good Shepherd project that sells handmade goods made by impoverished women in the developing world. This is no mom-and-pop charity.

Do the British Still Rule India?

David Hill | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
David Hill

Or do the French rule Algeria? The Portuguese, Angola? The Italians, Libya?

Moscow's Failed Policy on the Syrian Crisis

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The leaders of Russian diplomacy repeatedly bring up the "Libyan scenario" in order to scream "not in Syria," pointing to what they describe as the West "deceiving" them through. They are against regime change.

Many Somali Famine Victims Afraid To Return Home

AP | By JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact

DOLO, Somalia -- Lush patches of green dot this once-barren land, allowing goats and camels to graze. A nearby field is full of large, purple onions t...

Egypt: A Revolution Against the Coup and a New Beginning for the Revolution of Change

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.25.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Egypt should not be held hostage between Military Council leader Tantawi and Moslem Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh Yousef Qaradawi. It is an important laboratory for the Arab future, not that of Egypt alone.

The Struggle of the Islamists and Modernists Over the Arab Spring

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.18.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

What matters most is early participation in shaping the destiny of the Arabs, so as for the Arabs not to fall into a cycle of organized, creative or random chaos.

Global Food Security: An Uphill Battle That Must Be Won

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

This past Thursday, on the 10th of November 2011, former U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan delivered a speech at Stanford University on the occasion ...

U.N. Chief Urges Leaders To Finalize Climate Fund

AP | By JULHAS ALAM | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders Monday to finalize the financing for a multibillion-dollar fund to fight t...

Raising the Issue of Iran to Cover Up the Issue of Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The next few days will be difficult for the governments of Iran and Syria, which are responding to international criticism by handing out accusations of treason, interference and conspiracy.