UN envoy positive before Yemen peace talks – despite no rebels

AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES UN’s Martin Griffiths says ‘going to make it happen’ at Geneva talks despite rebel no-show. The UN’s special envoy to Yemen expressed confidence even though the first day of peace talks between rebels and the … Continue reading

“Global Citizen from Gulmi: My Journey from the Hills of Nepal to the Halls of the United Nations”

by Kul Chandra Gautam (nepa-laya, Kathmandu, 2018) Book review by Valerie Julliand, UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Kul Chandra Gautam’s extraordinary memoir resonates on so many levels, depending on one’s perspective. I trekked through its more than 500 pages as … Continue reading

Trump’s anti-Palestinian agenda will ultimately hurt Israel

BY ISHAAN THAROOR* – The Washington Post The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, has tended to the needs of Palestinian refugees for nearly seven decades. But if President Trump has his way, it will soon be out of … Continue reading

A Hungarian-Italian bromance could become Europe’s Trojan horse

By Angela Dewan, Erin McLaughlin and Antonia Mortensen – CNN After their rendezvous on Tuesday in Milan, the staunchly anti-migrant Orban described Salvini as his hero for refusing to allow rescued asylum-seekers, stuck on a boat, to set foot on … Continue reading

Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini strive to forge new European anti-migrant alliance

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster  Hungary and Italy have pledged to forge a new alliance to change the way the EU deals with migration. Orban and Salvini have repeatedly defied the European Union by refusing to take in any further … Continue reading

A Journey From a Nepali Village to the Upper Ranks of UNICEF

By Sir Arthur Richard Jolly BRIGHTON, UK, Aug 28 2018 (IPS) – Kul Gautam’s memoir is everything which one hopes for from a good biography. There are difficulties all along the way, obstacles and challenges overcome and a vision pursued with … Continue reading

Annan Victim of One of the Greatest Fake News Concoctions in History

By Ian Williams* UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 2018 (IPS) – Looking at the deserved outpouring of eulogies over Kofi Annan I could not help remembering the advice of the old Latin saying, “Say nothing about the dead unless it’s good.” But … Continue reading

Tough Times for the Tough Guys

By Chris Patten* – Project Syndicate Authoritarian leaders worldwide are confronting mounting crises of their own making. But while Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin face slower-brewing challenges, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald … Continue reading

Europe Must Create New Monetary Fund That Leaves U.S. Out to Save Iran Deal, Germany Says

By Tom O’Connor   – Newsweek Germany’s top diplomat has argued that Europe should create a new system for financial transactions that would exclude the U.S., which has abandoned a nuclear deal with Iran and threatened sanctions against those who stood … Continue reading

Has Globalization Enhanced Development Cooperation?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram* KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 2018 (IPS) – Protracted economic stagnation in rich countries continues to threaten the development prospects of poorer countries. Globalization and economic liberalization over the last few decades have integrated developing countries into … Continue reading

$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War

$1.7 Trillion Global Spending on Military in 2017: Highest since End of Cold War

By Maged Srour ROME, May 2018 (IPS) – According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in total, countries around the world spent $ 1.739 billion on arms in 2017. Although there was a marginal … Continue reading