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Middle East conflicts give hefty boost to arms merchants

by Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have helped spiral arms sales upwards to the Middle East, according to a study released by the... »

South African students protest British colonialist statue

by AP | Mar 25, 2015 - 8:50:52 AM

Protesters at South Africa’s University of Cape Town recently tossed excrement on a campus statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, calling the monument a tribute to the White domination of the past. »

'Undemocratic, interventionist': Bolivia lashes out at Pres. Obama for Venezuela sanctions

by RT.com | Mar 20, 2015 - 12:48:30 PM

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry has joined a chorus of condemnation over U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. A statement called on the U.S. to “abandon its interventionist practices,” shortly after the rest of Latin America bonded in defense of Caracas. »

All-out war in Libya predicted without further peace talks

by Josh Butler | Mar 11, 2015 - 5:56:18 PM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon. »

Media Silence on Libya

by Margaret KimberleyBlack Agenda Report | Mar 9, 2015 - 12:51:58 PM

In 2011 the leaders of NATO appeared to pull off the perfect crime. That year they used the Arab Spring democracy movement as a cover to destroy Libya, kill its president, Muammar Gaddafi, and turn that nation over to jihadists supported by the Persian Gulf monarchs. »

Missing students case also highlights racism in Mexico

by Emilio Godoy | Feb 12, 2015 - 10:09:19 AM

MEXICO CITY (IPS) - The mother tongue of Celso García, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, García, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage. »

U.S. ally Yemen in danger of splitting into two—again

by Thalif Deen | Feb 3, 2015 - 5:29:22 PM

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.” »

Western Sahara - A Sign of Africa’s freedom struggle

by Richard B. Muhammad | Feb 3, 2015 - 1:39:40 PM

TINDOUF, Algeria (Boujdour Refugee Camp)—Khadaja Mami believes leaders of the Polisario Front, which represents her people, are right to press the United Nations to make Morocco obey resolutions denying its right to occupy her homeland and allow her people to vote to decide their future. »

The passing of king of Saudi Arabia ushers in new era and new questions

by Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | Jan 28, 2015 - 4:26:11 PM

The custodian of the two holy sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina and the man touted as a reformist who led Saudi Arabia during a decade of regional upheaval and the growth of extremism, has died. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 90-years-old, succumbed to complications of pneumonia and had battled health issues for some time. »

A challenging time for Muslims targeted in Europe

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Jan 28, 2015 - 3:56:59 PM

When Lutz Bachmann, leader of Germany’s intensifying anti-Islam movement posted a picture of himself on Facebook styled as Adolph Hitler, it was met with scorn and derision. »

Judge dismisses UN, Haiti cholera lawsuit

by Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- | Jan 27, 2015 - 5:30:35 PM

A judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Haitians infected with cholera has not deterred activists who will continue seeking justice. »

The CIA, Fidel Castro and U.S. plots

by Thalif Deen | Jan 21, 2015 - 9:12:18 AM

The controversial low-brow Hollywood comedy, ‘The Interview’, portrays the story of two U.S. talk-show journalists on assignment to interview Kim Jong-un—and midway down the road are recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to poison the North Korean leader. »

‘Tony Blair may face war crimes charges’—Liberal Democrat peer

by Alexandra Zevallos-Ortiz | Jan 21, 2015 - 9:03:43 AM

Tony Blair may face war crimes charges arising from the findings of a public inquiry into the role Britain played in the 2003 Iraq war, the House of Lords has been informed. »

What’s next after Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris?

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Jan 14, 2015 - 8:42:12 AM

While a symbolic show of international unity has captured media headlines, it comes after a week of more strident and intolerant marches throughout France, Germany, and Sweden declaring war on “radical Islam” and the so-called "Islamization of Europe." »

U.S. twists arms to help defeat resolution on Palestine

by IPS | Jan 7, 2015 - 11:52:22 AM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)— - The United States re-asserted its political and economic clout—and its ability to twist arms and perhaps metaphorically break kneecaps—when it successfully recently lobbied to help defeat a crucial Security Council resolution on the future of Palestine. »

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