Sunday , May 19th , 2019  

Growing Authoritarianism, Social Inequalities Often a Prelude to Conflict

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres By Margot WallströmSTOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 – I want to talk about peacebuilding and inclusive peace. My main point is that peace begins in the minds of people, and people, communities, societies must be allowed to participate in peace for it to be sustainable. Peace means a lot more than just the absence of...

Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace?

Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson By Thalif DeenSTOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 – When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies,...

The US Strategy for Regime Change in Iran: A Dangerous Game

By Haider A. KhanDENVER, May 17 2019 (IPS-Partners) With the further recent escalations involving US and Saudi accusations of Iran’s involvement in damaging four commercial carriers in the Persian Gulf, and the US military plans to send 120, 000 troops, the US has raised the stakes in the dangerous game of trapping Iran to take steps that can justify US attack on Iran. Some US politicians like the...

Stop The War on Children

A Palestinian family on the street in Beit Lahia in north Gaza. According to a new Save the Children report, 72 percent of child deaths and injuries across the world’s deadliest conflict zones are caused by landmines, unexploded ordinance, air strikes, and other explosives. Credit: Mohammed Omer/IPS. By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 17 2019 – Too many children are dying as a result...

Women Human Rights Defenders Face Greater Risks Because of their Gender

By Masana Ndinga-KangaJOHANNESBURG, May 16 2019 – Does the name Ihsan Al Fagiri ring a bell? How about Heba Omer or Adeela Al Zaebaq? It’s likely that these names, among countless others, are not known to the average news consumer. But their tireless and dangerous work, however, has made news headlines as protests led to historic political change in Sudan. To the communities of protesting...

Citizenship & Growth: Inclusive Citizenship Laws Tend to Foster Economic Development

By Patrick Amir Imam and Kangni KpodarWASHINGTON DC, May 16 2019 – The notion of citizenship has evolved over time. Historically, allegiance was typically to an ethnic group or a feudal lord. With the birth of the nation-state in the 19th century came the need to distinguish between those who belonged to the state and those who didn’t, and therefore to create a legal distinction between nationals...

Cameroon Crisis “More Alarming Than Ever”

Minette (38) and her family fled their home in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions after their home was burned down. They have received some plastic sheeting and utensils from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and built a temporary kitchen at their new place in Buea. Photo: Tiril Skarstein/NRC By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 16 2019 – The United Nations must act to prevent...

Frontex Mandate Expanded

Migrants picked up by the Greek coastal guard in the Mediterranean. The European Union plans to expand its armed border guards from 1,500 to 10,000 by 2027 to patrol its land and sea borders. Credit: Nikos Pilos/IPS. By Ida KarlssonBRUSSELS, May 16 2019 – The European Union plans to deploy 10 000 armed border guards by 2027 to patrol its land and sea borders. The force will have the power...

Unlocking the Power of Women

By Katja IversenNEW YORK, May 15 2019 – This June, thousands will flock to Vancouver for a global dialogue on how to accelerate progress for girls and women under the banner of power, progress and change. At the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the largest in the world for gender equality, delegates will come together to unlock power at three levels: individual, structural, and collective. They...

Global Hunger Is Threatening Families Because of Climate Change

Droughts are not new to East Africa. However, abnormally high temperatures in the region are linked to climate change and proving deadly for livelihoods and livestock. Credit: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam By Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 2019 – There is barely a corner of human life that will not be affected by climate change, and some of its impacts are already being felt. Consider...