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    The Syrian Refugee Crisis Poses Ethical Questions for the UN and Others

    by  • July 28, 2014 • Middle East, Refugees • 
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    The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. MILMA KETTUNEN

    Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, 2.9 million people have fled the country to refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and beyond. This has not only destabilized many Middle Eastern countries, but it has also caused continuous public debates inside nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations over what the...

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    The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    A Palestinian boy climbs Israel's barrier during clashes with Israeili security forces in the West Bank.

    Many Israelis reacted with surprise and dismay when United States Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel’s seemingly insatiable appetite for settlements for the collapse of the latest round of Middle East peace talks. The negotiations were already on hold when Israel announced it was opening the door to yet another 700 new housing...

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    Israeli Settlements: A Timeline From 1967 to Now

    by  • July 11, 2014 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East • 
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    Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date timeline charting the nearly 47-year campaign of Israeli settlement development in territories occupied by Israel after the Six-Day War, along with a graph tracking the years and population. This timeline accompanies “The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements” by Irwin Arieff. 1967 June 5-10: The settlements have their origins in...

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    How the Chemical Weapons Removed From Syria Will Be Destroyed

    by  • July 1, 2014 • Disarmament, Middle East • 
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    The Cape Ray, a United States naval ship, has been readied to destroy some of the chemical weapons removed from Syria.

    Although Syria has turned over all of its declared chemical weapons stockpile to international authorities, defying expectations that it would not meet a June 30 deadline, the next hurdle is securely destroying the material outside the country. Danish and Norwegian vessels have been tasked with removing the majority of the chemicals from the Syrian...

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    Graphic Photos Reveal Syria’s Deadly Mix of Torture and Starvation

    by  • April 22, 2014 • Middle East, Security Council • 
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    Syrian starvation victim

    Systematic widespread torture and starvation of prisoners held by the Syrian government has been documented by a team of forensic pathologists and confirmed by international legal experts using evidence provided through a former Syrian military official, according to a recent presentation held by France at the United Nations. High-resolution images projected on a screen...

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    Iraqi Women, Insisting on Their Innocence, Dealt Severe Rights Abuses

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    Woman on Iraq street

    There can be no other region in the world now as broad as the swath of Middle Eastern and North African nations where so many women are living in violence, extreme vulnerability and a corrosive foreboding about their future. These deprivations are occurring from Tunisia or Egypt — where women struggle to keep the...

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    UN Security Council Votes a Surprising ‘Yes’ on Syria

    by  • February 22, 2014 • Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Security Council • 
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    Valerie Amos

    The United Nations Security Council approved a breakthrough resolution to demand humanitarian-aid access in Syria, after debating the language of the text for at least a week, as Russia lobbied hard for changes to soften wording or delete passages as well as tried to postpone the vote while the Olympics are taking place in...

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    Parliamentary Group Warns of Political Perils as 2014 Elections Loom

    by  • January 23, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Governance, Middle East • 
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    Bangkok demonstration November 2013

      A committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union met in mid-January, as a busy year of elections globally was beginning, to confront the human-rights violations and sometimes lethal abuse suffered by 262 members of national legislatures in countries that often call themselves democracies. From Jan. 13 to 17, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s committee on the human...

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    Syrian Women Win Active Role in Geneva Peace Conference

    by  • January 22, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 
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    Women Lead to Peace summit, Montreux 2014

    The United Nations-led peace talks in Switzerland to begin the laborious discussions to end the war in Syria have officially started, but Syrian women activists who have been demanding to sit at the crucial peace-talks table on Jan. 24 in Geneva did not know until the last minute whether any women would be involved....

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    At Geneva II Talks in January, It Is Not Enough to ‘Add Women and Stir’

    by  • December 26, 2013 • Middle East, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 
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    Lakhdar Brahimi

    The campaign to ensure women’s equal participation at the peace talks on Syria in January has become more urgent, as certain parties recognize that women are vital in rebuilding and reconciling Syrian society. Yet only a few weeks before the talks are scheduled to start, no commitment has been made as to whether women...

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