Thalif Deen, IPS News

Thalif Deen is a staff reporter for Inter Press Service.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 11:45am
US Provides Cover for Use of Banned Cluster Bombs in Yemen
UNITED NATIONS - The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimizing the use of cluster bombs – banned by an international convention – by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Asked if cluster bombs are legitimate weapons of war...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:30am
World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
As hackers continue to rampage through closely-guarded information systems and databases with monotonous regularity, there is a tempting new target for cyber-attacks: the world’s nuclear facilities. A warning has already been sounded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has urged...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:30am
UN Remains Barred from Visiting US Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison. Obama, the first sitting president to visit a federal...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:15am
Pledges for Humanitarian Aid Fall Far Short of Deliveries
When international donors pledge millions of dollars either for post-conflict reconstruction or for humanitarian aid, deliveries are rarely on schedule: they are either late, fall far below expectations or not delivered at all. The under-payment or non-payment of promised aid has affected mostly...
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Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:15pm
Global Tax Body: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
UNITED NATIONS/ADDIS ABABA - When the four-day-long international conference on Financing for Development (FfD) concludes in the Ethiopian capital next week, one of the lingering questions in the minds of departing delegates may well be: did we really achieve anything concrete after years of...
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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 2:30pm
Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists
After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. “The process to develop the draft...
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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:45am
U.S. Hosts Arms Bazaar at White House Arab Summit
UNITED NATIONS (IPS)—When the United States sells billions of dollars in sophisticated arms to Arab nations, they are conditioned on two key factors: no weapons with a qualitative military edge over Israel will ever be sold to the Arabs, nor will they receive any weapons that are not an integral...
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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:00am
Faith-Based Organizations Warn of Impending Nuclear Disaster
As the month-long review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) continued into its second week, a coalition of some 50 faith-based organizations (FBOs), anti-nuclear peace activists and civil society organizations (CSOs) was assigned an unenviable task: a brief three-minute...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Health of World's Ocean 'Collapsing Before Our Eyes'
UNITED NATIONS - The untapped riches in the world’s oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars – the size of the world’s leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Describing the oceans as economic powerhouses, the study warns that the...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:00am
World on Fire: UN Helpless as Crises Rage in 10 Critical Hot Spots
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world’s critical “hot spots.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says even the U.N.’s 193 member states cannot, by themselves, help resolve these widespread conflicts. “We...
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