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16.01.2020

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

By Dr Binoy Kampmark Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange.  The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing.  At the Westminster… »

14.01.2020

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started. By Nick Engelfried For the first decade and a half of her life, Jamie Margolin was like any other U.S. teen living in the suburbs. She went… »

11.01.2020

Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

There is a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now imminent; that is, it will occur within the next few years and possibly this year: 2020. There is also a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now inevitable; that is, it cannot be prevented no matter… »

11.01.2020

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization. Failing last month to extend… »

10.01.2020

Guterres Calls For De-escalating ‘Dangerous’ Geopolitical Tensions

Guterres Calls For De-escalating ‘Dangerous’ Geopolitical Tensions

By Ramesh Jaura “Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint. Re-start dialogue. Renew international cooperation.” This is the four-point message of UN Secretary-General António Guterres spelling out what needs to happen now, in capitals across the world, to de-escalate geopolitical tensions, which he described as being “at their highest level this century”… »

09.01.2020

Peace Action Statement after Trump’s Remarks at the White House

Peace Action Statement after Trump’s Remarks at the White House

The following is a response to President Trump’s remarks at the White House by Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund: President Trump once again blamed President Obama for the “foolish Iran nuclear deal.” In reality, this crisis is completely Trump’s fault, from violating the deal,… »

09.01.2020

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, António Guterres re-iterated the “passionate appeal for… »

06.01.2020

Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline

Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline

By Nayema Nusrat  “Right now, I don’t want to get married. I have a long life and a dream in front of me”, a 14-year-old young girl from Bangladesh told her parents as she was just not ready to get married. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG… »

03.01.2020

The Future of 2019 Protests Around the World

The Future of 2019 Protests Around the World

Being a universal city, any conflict happening somewhere on the planet usually ends up on New York’s streets. During the year we have been covering some of them, but while working on this article we were surprised by the scale of the discontent. Over forty countries, on every continent, have… »

02.01.2020

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

The world will welcome more than 392,000 babies on New Year’s Day, according to estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The agency believes 2020’s first baby will be born in Fiji and that globally, over half of all births on 1 January will take place in… »

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