November 23, 2017

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The Long, Troubled History of UN Peacekeeping in Africa

On September 18, 2017 UN Secretary General António Guterres said that sexual exploitation and abuse must end. Guterres spoke of the need for the UN to lead the way in eliminating the use of power and authority to engage in sexual exploitation. Speaking specifically of the UN, the secretary general acknowledged that both civilians and uniformed personnel of the UN had perpetrated ... Read More »

Talking to the Taliban, Again

As foreign military forces prepare to complete their withdrawal from combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of the year and as it becomes increasingly clear that large swathes of territory will remain under Taliban control, aid organizations have felt both compelled and empowered to talk to them. Read More »

WFP Shortfall Fuels Afghan Funding Fears

Aid agencies are calling on international donors to show their support for Afghanistan even as they face ongoing crises. Humanitarian budgets in Afghanistan had often been tied to military objectives since the 2001 US-led invasion. As foreign troops prepare to pull out, fears of declining budgets are growing.  Read More »

Libya Aid Push Constrained by Insecurity

International organizations have put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 Libyans by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, given the security risks, access issues and communication problems in the war-ravaged country. Read More »

Video Explores Ethiopia Land Grabs

Land Grabbing is not new. Companies from wealthy countries have always sought low-cost land for agricultural production. In Ethiopia, more than six million people survive because of UN food aid, while agricultural products cultivated on land leased to foreign investors are exported. Read More »

Can Palestinians Prove War Crimes Against Israel?

Palestinian leaders have announced to pursue war crimes charges against Israel during Gaza operation. But are they prepared for a legal battle? Read More »

Beyond Gaza Bloodbath: Who Gets What?

Even as the war against Gaza rages, Israel's radical nationalist government has its eyes set on completing its annexation of the West Bank, says one analyst. Israel now controls nearly all of Area C, comprising 61 percent of the West Bank, which it assumed control of as a result of the 1993 Declaration of Principles. Read More »

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan up 14%: UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 14 per cent last year, according to a new report released on Saturday, Feb 8, by the United Nations, which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence.   The 2013 Annual Report on Protection ... Read More »

Can Investment Crowdfunding Deliver Sustainable Energy?

When a wind turbine started spinning last year in the historic village of St Briavels on the border of England and Wales, it was a pioneering moment. For the first time, a renewable energy project had been built using the financial innovation known as debt crowdfunding. Ordinary people, many of them local residents, collectively raised £1.4m and now stand to ... Read More »

Deciphering Obama’s U.N. Speech

President Barack Obama delivered an overarching speech at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly session on September 24. The focus of the speech and the session at large remained on Iran and Syria, as was expected. However, Obama also laid out the broad contours for the future of American policy in the Middle East and North Africa. He had ... Read More »