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Trump’s UN Pick: “UN Could Benefit from a Fresh Set of Eyes”
Jan18

Trump’s UN Pick: “UN Could Benefit from a Fresh Set of Eyes”

Samantha Power, outgoing Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the UN, addressing the council after a controversial vote on Israeli Settlements in December 2016. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 2017 (IPS)South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, nominated to be the next U.S. Ambassador...

January Brings Changes for UN Security Council
Jan06

January Brings Changes for UN Security Council

UN Secretary-General Anto—nio Guterres with Olof Skoog of Sweden, President of the UN Security Council for the month of January Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.By Andy Hazel and Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Jan 6 2017 (IPS)Five of the UN Security Council’s 15 seats were filled by new members this week, but a bigger shift in the...

US Heads for Political Showdown with UN
Dec27

US Heads for Political Showdown with UN

United Nations Secretariat BuildingBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 27 2016 (IPS)The United States has had a longstanding love-hate relationship with the United Nations ever since 1952 when the world body began operations in New York city on an 18-acre piece of land which housed an abattoir where cattle was being trucked daily for slaughter.The...

Gambia May Not Join African Withdrawals from ICC
Dec08

Gambia May Not Join African Withdrawals from ICC

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is also a Gambian national. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.By Lindah MogeniUNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2016 (IPS)The International Criminal Court (ICC) may have had a small reprieve this week from a string of African withdrawals, with Gambia’s newly elected President Adama Barrow...

UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters
Nov28

UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 2016 (IPS)Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands — from Europe, as well as the...

Gorbachev Appeals for Sanity, Dialogue
Oct28

Gorbachev Appeals for Sanity, Dialogue

President Barack Obama drops by VP Joe Biden’s meeting with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Vice President’s Office, West Wing | 20 March 2009 | The Official White House Photostream / Pete Souza | public domain | FlickrBy John Scales AveryOSLO, Oct 28 2016 (IPS)President Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the...

Antonio Guterres: New UN Secretary General
Oct13

Antonio Guterres: New UN Secretary General

By Farhana Haque Rahman, Director General, Inter Press ServiceROME, Oct 13 2016 (IPS)The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who takes office on January 1, arrives with strong credentials — both as a former Prime Minister of Portugal and an ex-UN High Commissioner for Refugees.Farhana Haque RahmanAs a senior UN official, he spearheaded an...

UN Security Council’s “Perilous Interventions” in War Zones
Oct07

UN Security Council’s “Perilous Interventions” in War Zones

Credit: IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 7 2016 (IPS)When the UN Security Council last week discussed the “deliberate” attacks on medical facilities in war-ravaged Syria and Yemen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon implicitly criticized some of the warring nations lamenting that “even a slaughterhouse is more humane” than the ongoing...

European Security with or Without Russia? Consequences of the Chinese-Russian Alliance on the Relationship Between USA and EU
Sep16

European Security with or Without Russia? Consequences of the Chinese-Russian Alliance on the Relationship Between USA and EU

By Roberto SavioROME, Sep 16 2016 (IPS)The joint military manoeuvres between the Russian and Chinese navies, armies, and air forces has kicked off. It’s a clear message for Washington, which has recently strengthened its action in Asia, indicating that as a country that overlooks the Pacific, it wants to play an important role in the...

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty
Aug22

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

The non-violence knotted gun statue at UN headquarters in NYC. Credit: IPS UN Bureau.By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 2016 (IPS)The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which was aimed at curbing the flow of small arms and light weapons to war zones and politically-repressive regimes, is being openly violated by some of the world’s arms suppliers,...

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