Thalif Deen, IPS News

Thalif Deen is a staff reporter for Inter Press Service.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric
As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric. Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
World’s Richest One Percent Undermine Fight Against Economic Inequalities
'We cannot rely on technological fixes. We cannot rely on the market. And we cannot rely on the global elites. We need to help strengthen the power of the people to challenge the people with power.'
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Friday, March 06, 2015
World Misses Its Potential by Excluding 50 Percent of Its People
UNITED NATIONS - The meeting is billed as one of the biggest single gatherings of women activists under one roof. According to the United Nations, over 1,100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and more than 8,600 representatives have registered to participate in this year’s session of the...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study
UNITED NATIONS - Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change? A new study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory says “a record drought that ravaged Syria in...
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle
As the call for the decriminalization of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over...
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Friday, February 06, 2015
Top UN Official Says 'Global War on Terror' Is Laying Waste to Human Rights
The United Nations, which is the legal guardian of scores of human rights treaties banning torture, unlawful imprisonment, degrading treatment of prisoners of war and enforced disappearances, is troubled that an increasing number of countries are justifying violations of U.N. conventions on grounds...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ushered by US Intervention, Chaos in Yemen Threatens Wider War
UNITED NATIONS - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: “Two poor countries have now become one poor country.” Since its birth, Yemen has continued to be categorised by the...
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Friday, January 23, 2015
US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 2015 (IPS) - When the East African nation of Somalia, once described as a “lawless state”, ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) early this week, it left two countries in splendid isolation from the rest of the world: South Sudan and the United States...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: There Should Be "No Impunity" for US Torture
UNITED NATIONS - The timing was inadvertently impeccable as two stinging reports on harsh interrogation techniques – by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and former military regimes in Brazil – were released on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against...
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