Sweden, Kuwait request UN vote on draft demanding Syria ceasefire

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requested the vote “as soon as possible,” the Swedish mission said, adding that it will likely be held on Thursday.

Tillerson’s visit to Beirut fails to address simmering tensions

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Since Obama’s era, any US statement opposing Hezbollah is invariably followed by praise and support for the Lebanese army and security forces.The reason for this stance does not stem from US support for Israel, but from the fact that US and France were the main promoters of UN Resolutions 1559 and 1701.Hezbollah’s vice-like gripUN Resolution 1559 was issued in 2004 against the presence of Syrian military and of armed militias on Lebanese territory, while UN Resolution 1701 places the ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Rising above hunger and all forms of malnutrition

Thursday, 15 February 2018

An African proverb says that “wisdom is like a baobab tree – no one individual can embrace it.” The same can be applied to the fight against hunger in Africa. Collective action is fundamental to achieve the aim of the Malabo Declaration (end hunger by 2025), as well as that of the Sustainable Development Goal number 2 (eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). From 19 to 23 February 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan, FAO is convening the 30th ...

José Graziano da Silva

Rohingya genocide: Where is the world’s conscience?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

We have a right to ask about the so-called world conscience. Is there a real world conscience or is it one moves and aches in accordance with the instructions it receives from its masters?If a world conscience does exist, it has proved that it is not fixed and that it handles issues, individuals and nations with different racial yardsticks. Anyone who observes the stances of various countries, especially world powers, exercising a strong influence in international politics will be aware of this ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

UN’s ineffectiveness in the face of ‘genocide’

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The UN and the politics of the word “genocide” have a long and complex history. The prevention of future genocides in the wake of the Holocaust was one of the founding aims of the supra-national body. Yet ever since its establishment, and the enshrinement of the duty of the international community to intervene in cases of genocide into international law, individual member nations and the assembly as a whole have systematically resisted characterising humanitarian crises as ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

France urges halt to air strikes, aid corridors in Syria

Friday, 9 February 2018

French Defense Minister Florence Parly on Friday called for an end to air strikes in Syria and the opening of humanitarian corridors, saying it was unacceptable that civilians were being targeted. Parly highlighted the fighting in rebel-held areas of Idlib province and eastern Damascus, where waves of Syrian government and Russian strikes have killed dozens of civilians in recent days. “We are very worried. The air strikes need to end,” Parly said on France Inter radio. ...

UN envoy Ghassan Salame hopes for Libya elections ‘by end of 2018’

Thursday, 8 February 2018

UN envoy Ghassan Salame said Wednesday he hoped for elections in Libya by the end of 2018 but that conditions in the strife-torn country were not yet ready for polling.“There are several conditions. For the time being, we have only achieved one: the start of voter registration,” the UN envoy for Libya told a news conference in Tripoli.Last September, Salame submitted an action plan to stabilize Libya centered on holding legislative and presidential elections this year. “All the ...

Egypt to Turkey: We will fight attempts seeking to undermine our sovereignty

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Cairo has responded to Turkish statements on looking for gas and Petrol in an economic area in the Mediterranean Sea subject to Egypt’s sovereignty. Spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministery, Ahmed Abou Zaid, commented on the statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Oglu on Monday regarding Turkey’s failure to recognize the 2013 agreement between Egypt and Cyprus. The agreement sought to demarcate the maritime border between the two countries to benefit from ...

Saudi Arabia spends almost a billion dollars in aid to Yemen

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

At a wind-swept camp for those displaced by Yemen’s war, a young Yemeni woman named Leemi, who supports her child and eight others, gratefully accepted aid from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia says it has spent nearly a billion dollars in aid to Yemen and plans with its partners to spend another $1.5 billion. “They are our neighbors,” said Abdullah Al-Wadei, the assistant director of medical and environmental assistance at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. ...

Death toll in Syria’s Ghouta rises to 84, women, children among victims

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Air strikes in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta have killed 23 individuals, five of which are children, reported the Syrian Observatory on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, the observatory had reported that 84 individuals were killed during the strikes. These numbers come in days after the ongoing strikes in the eastern city. Among the deceased were several women and children. Earlier, the artillery shelling and raids centered on the cities of Arbeen, Duma, Marj and Hzarma. Civil Defense ...

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