UN allows for sanctions in Somalia against violators of children

In a press statement issued, on Tuesday, 2 August 2011,  United Nations Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy stated that she welcomed the decision by the UN Security Council made earlier that week, which allowed for sanctions against Somalia earlier that week. “Starting today, in Somalia, if you kill, [...]

Syrian army kills 80 in Hama alone in one of the bloodiest days of the uprising

Syrians began the Muslim Ramadan fast in somber mood on Monday after troops stormed Hama, in one of the bloodiest days of a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Rights activists said 80 civilians were killed in Sunday’s tank-backed assault on this city where Assad’s father crushed an armed Muslim Brotherhood revolt 29 years ago [...]

Iraq’s nuclear program

On 15 December 2010, the US adopted a decisive step in its Middle East policy by pushing through the UN Security Council three resolutions designed to further US strategic, economic, and political interests. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the 15-nation U.N. Security Council meeting that ended a 19-year ban on Iraq to develop a [...]

Iran-US cold war and the nuclear issue

Is the US really concerned about Iran’s nuclear program that could potentially be converted from energy into a military program down the road, or is it using the issue to determine how Iran is integrated into the West and what its role must be in the Middle East? Those who have studied the history of [...]

Somali piracy: in search of remedies for a global malady

Twenty years ago, when the government of Somalia collapsed, few imagined that the country’s ongoing state of lawlessness would eventually spawn piracy on such a scale that the security of the western Indian Ocean region could be threatened. At first, many assumed that pirate attacks on passing ships could be quickly stifled. But the problem [...]

Rights groups urge India to probe deaths, torture at Bangladesh border

A leading United States rights group has urged the government of India to investigate fresh allegations of killings, torture, and other abuses by the Border Security Force (BSF) at the border with Bangladesh. New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Sunday that those against whom there is credible evidence of wrongdoing should be prosecuted as [...]

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