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IPS Journalists Who Perished in the Line of Duty - Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) – In the politically-risky world of professional journalism, news reporters are fast becoming an endangered species. The numbers are staggering: some 1,236 journalists have been killed since 1992, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In 2016 alone, 48 journalists were killed worldwide – and in the first few months in 2017 there have been 8 deaths. The “deadliest countries” for journalists include Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and Mexico, where international news organizations took the heaviest toll. But Inter Press Service (IPS) was not spared the agony either. The news agency, which has relentlessly covered the developing world for over 53 years, has […]

By Thalif Deen |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees - Thalif Deen

A group of refugee women and their children await the arrival of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Shamshatoo camp in December 2001. The camp, at a frontier province in north-west Pakistan, served as temporary home to some 70,000 Afghan refugees fleeing fighting between the United Front and the Taliban. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The United Nations has declared that 2015 is already “the deadliest year” for millions of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution in their countries. “Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum,” says the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Even as the current […]

By Thalif Deen |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

US-made military might overwhelm Palestinians - Thalif Deen


The two-week long conflict has claimed the lives of more than 620 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including over 230 women and children, and over 3,700 wounded, while the Israeli death toll is 27 soldiers and two civilians. Credit: Syeda Amina Trust Charity UNITED NATIONS  - The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity. While France was accused of using its air force to napalm civilians in the countryside, the Algerians were accused […]

By Thalif Deen |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

UN to eliminate open defecation by 2025 - Thalif Deen

UN vows to eliminate open defecation

In Nepal, 38 percent of the population still defecates in the open. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPS UNITED NATIONS – At the height of his election campaign last October, Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu nationalist leader, briefly set aside his spiritual aspirations when he told a surprised audience that economic development should take precedence over religion. “Toilets before temples,” pleaded Modi, the newly-elected prime minister of India, a country which has been in the throes of a perpetual sanitation crisis, and where open defecation is an all-too-common sight in villages and urban slums. As chief minister of the state of Gujarat, Modi oversaw the installation of some 76,000 lavatories in schools “so that […]

By Thalif Deen |May 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Russia expelled from G8, but G20? - Thalif Deen

Russia expelled from G8

Russian President Vladimir Putin awaits leaders arriving for the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg on Sep. 5, 2013. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UNITED NATIONS – When Western powers, led by the United States, decided to throw Russia out of the Group of 8 (G8) industrial nations, it was aimed at punishing and “isolating” President Vladimir Putin for his intervention in Ukraine and “annexation” of Crimea. “What’s next? Expel Russia from the United Nations and the G20?” an Asian diplomat jokingly asked one of his colleagues at the U.N. delegate’s lounge last week, hinting at what could only be construed as a Western political fantasy. The G8 move was pretty tame […]

By Thalif Deen |April 15, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Stand-alone goal for women post-2015 - Thalif Deen

Stand-alone goal

Brazilian women have been making headway in traditionally male-dominated areas. Construction workers in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS UNITED NATIONS – The 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded its annual 10-day session Saturday with several key pronouncements, including on reproductive health, women’s rights, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the role of women in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The heaviest round of applause came when the Commission specifically called for a “stand-alone goal” on gender equality – a longstanding demand by women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda. Still, the primary inter-governmental policy-making body on gender […]

By Thalif Deen |March 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Ukraine coup lawful, Crimea referendum unlawful - Thalif Deen

Ukrain coup lawful

Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 24, 2014. Credit: Natalia Kravchuk/IPS UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, conscious of the stark ineffectiveness of the Security Council over the upheaval in Ukraine, is engaged in a round of shuttle diplomacy with Russian and Ukrainian leaders to help resolve the crisis in that region. “The secretary-general is desperately trying to create a U.N. role in the spreading dispute,” said one Third World diplomat. “It’s a good try – but in a lost cause,” he said, pointing out that Ban is up against a tough-talking Russian President Vladimir Putin who has already rejected a political compromise held out by U.S. President Barack […]

By Thalif Deen |March 30, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

UN struggles for relevancy in Ukraine crisis - Thalif Deen


Mark Lyall Grant (left), Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN, confers with United States Permanent Representative Samantha Power during the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine on Mar. 3, 2014. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider UNITED NATIONS - When the crisis in Ukraine moved into the august chambers of the Security Council last week, it was virtually dead on arrival. After two meetings last Saturday and Monday, the Council remained politically deadlocked, unable or unwilling either to adopt a resolution or come up with the lowest common denominator: a presidential statement with the concurrence of its 15 members. Still, James Paul, who served for more than 19 […]

By Thalif Deen |March 15, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment