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Spain’s Syriza Moment

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 18:48
Spanish voters are ready to boot the corrupt establishment parties from office. It’s about time.

UN ‘deeply concerned’ by desperate situation facing thousands of Iraqis fleeing Ramadi

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 18:42
Some 85,000 Iraqis have fled fighting in the central city of Ramadi but as temperatures in the region soar, thousands more still on the move are facing obstacles in reaching safety such as lack of proper shelter and “onerous requirements” for documentation, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Cuba Officially Removed From U.S. State Sponsor of Terror List

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 18:28
The White House takes an important symbolic step by removing Cuba from the official state sponsor of terror list.

When Did Democrats Become America’s Free Trade Believers?

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 17:55
As Washington debates “fast track” trade negotiating authority, politicians are out of sync with a turn in public sentiment.

Islamic State Calls for Lone-Wolf Attack on Arizona Man Planning Muslim Protest

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 17:03
The Islamic State's cyber chief calls for lone-wolf attack on Arizona man planning a Mohammed cartoon contest.

What If ‘The Wire’ Were Set in Ramallah?

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 16:56
A hit TV series has found audiences among Israelis and Palestinians alike with its brutal honesty about the ugliness of war and the complexity of human life.

Michael Morrell’s intelligence officer nostalgia for the great post-9/11 panic

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 16:12
The veteran former CIA operative recalls the good old days after 9/11: “When I was standing in security lines at airports soon after 9/11, nobody was complaining. Now when I stand in security lines, people are complaining.”

Jade Helm, Phase I: We win their trust!

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 16:09
This is a photograph of Texas National Guardsmen engineers helping some Texans in Granbury, Texas.

L'Alena ou les mirages du libre-échange

Le Monde Diplomatique - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 16:07
Destruction d'emplois , tassement des salaires, déstabilisé des économies… après deux décennies, le bilan de l'accord de libre-échange nord-américain (Alena) est accablant. / Canada, États-Unis, Mexique, Agriculture, Agroalimentaire, Alimentation, Commerce international, Économie, Entreprise, (...) / , , , , , , , , , , , , , , - 2015/06

Shadow Boxing on the Korean Peninsula

Crisisgroup - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 14:54
The report that Korean People's Army General Hyon Yong-ch'ol, Minister of the People's Armed Forces, has been shot for insubordination – by an anti-aircraft gun and before a crowd of officials, no less – raises troubling questions about both halves of the divided Korean Peninsula.

UN Peacekeeping Around the Globe

Crisisgroup - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 09:59
To mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Crisis Group's President & CEO Jean-Marie Guehénno speaks to China Radio International about the evolution of peacekeeping since the UN’s first mission in 1948, focusing particularly on China’s growing role in bringing peace to conflicts around the world. (29 May 2015)

South Sudan: UN officials call for international engagement to de-escalate country’s conflict

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 07:00
As South Sudan’s civil conflict continues to escalate, three senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation.ed on accountability and reconciliation.

Security Council renews mandate of UN Mission in South Sudan

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 02:26
The Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in the country until 30 November 2015, giving the operation authorization to use all necessary means to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, and create the conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Despite growing threats, UN peacekeepers worldwide remain dedicated to serve

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 02:08
More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace.

Time for Buhari to Play Nice

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 02:04
Nigeria's new president may have a mandate from the voters. But if he can't get the state governors on his side, his ambitious reforms won't stand a chance.

At UN Asia-Pacific policy forum, leaders discuss post-2015 agenda, financing and partnerships

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 01:42
The 71st session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its ministerial session today in Bangkok, as region’s leaders meet to discuss the integration and implementation of economic, social and environmental development with focus on financing and partnership.

What Happens When Everyone Is a Chinese Stock Market Genius

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 01:30
China's biggest index just took a stomach-churning plunge. Is it a sign of things to come?

Burundi: senior UN officials step up engagement to ease country&#39s political crisis

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 01:25
The United Nations Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, arrived in Burundi today as the top UN political official met with a Burundian government representative at UN headquarters and discussed the need to prevent and investigate political violence and killings.

Top UN relief official urges Security Council to save Syria from ‘hopelessness and further despair’

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 01:19
The Security Council must set aside its political differences and come together to find a solution for the “intractable” and drawn-out Syrian conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official urged today as she warned the 15-member body that the situation in the country was “extremely grave and deteriorating by the day.”

For Generals Fighting the Islamic State, a Sense of Déjà Vu

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 01:19
The military is still facing the same problems in Iraq it has paid billions of dollars to fix over the past decade.