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Friday, February 12, 2016   13:59 GMT



Locals Want to Know When They Will Feel the Effects of the U.S.-Cuban Thaw
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 16 Dec (IPS) - While the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is moving ahead, and the U.S. and Cuban flags have been proudly waving in Havana and Washington, respectively, since last July, the year gone by since the thaw has left many unanswered questions.
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Opinion
The Nuclear Deals Impact on Iranian Domestic and Foreign Policy
Farhang Jahanpour
OXFORD, 19 Oct (IPS) - As in most countries, in Iran too there are hardliners and moderates. All polls show that a large majority of Iranians support the nuclear deal (or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany), while a small but powerful group of hardliners opposes it. The Iranian parliament has finally approved the deal, but after a great deal of controversy and with some reservations.
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Western Double Standards on Deadly Cluster Bombs
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 9 Sep (IPS) - The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) banned the use of these deadly weapons for two primary reasons: they release small bomblets over a wide area, posing extended risks beyond war zones, and they leave behind unexploded ordnance which have killed civilians, including women and children, long after conflicts have ended.
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Europe Invaded Mostly by Regime Change Refugees
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 3 Sep (IPS) - The military conflicts and political instability driving hundreds of thousands of refugees into Europe were triggered largely by U.S. and Western military interventions for regime change specifically in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (a regime change in-the-making).
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Despite Treaty, Conventional Arms Fuel Ongoing Conflicts
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 1 Sep (IPS) - Despite last years Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the proliferation of conventional weapons, both legally and illegally, continues to help fuel military conflicts in several countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Syria, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
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U.S. Provides Cover for Use of Banned Weapons in Yemen
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 21 Aug (IPS) - The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimising the use of cluster bombs banned by an international convention by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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Opinion
Kerry Going Back Home
Joaquin Roy
BARCELONA, 13 Aug (IPS) - Recovering from a broken femur following a bicycle accident suffered in Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry former senator and former presidential candidate is anxious to accelerate his convalescence and will visit Cuba on Friday Aug. 14, where he will hoist the Stars and Stripes flag over the emblematic U.S. embassy building in Havana.
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Mideast Arms Build-up Negative Fallout from Iran Nuclear Deal
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 23 Jul (IPS) - The nuclear agreement concluded last week between Iran and six big powers, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, is threatening to trigger a new Middle East military build-up not with nuclear weapons but with conventional arms, including fighter planes, combat helicopters, warships, missiles, battle tanks and heavy artillery.
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Despite ISIS Ascendancy, U.S. Public Wary of War
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 23 Jul (IPS) - As the Islamic State, known variously as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, consolidates its hold over parts of Iraq and Syria to the degree that it has in many ways become a functioning state, the U.S. public remains divided over any intervention involving ground troops, a new survey shows.
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Security Council Defies U.S. Lawmakers by Voting on Iran Nuke Deal
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 20 Jul (IPS) - When all 15 members of the Security Council raised their collective hands to unanimously vote in favour of the recently-concluded nuclear agreement with Iran, they were also defying a cabal of right-wing conservative U.S. politicians who wanted the United Nations to defer its vote until the U.S. Congress makes its own decision on the pact.
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