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Tuesday, September 16, 2014   18:29 GMT



Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 15 Sep (IPS) - Despite elite concerns about growing “isolationism” in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should “take an active part in world affairs,” according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.
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U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 12 Sep (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.
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Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 12 Sep (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama’s new strategy to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.
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Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 11 Sep (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo - and perhaps virtually dead.
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U.S. Military Joins Ebola Response in West Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 8 Sep (IPS) - The U.S. military over the weekend formally began to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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OPINION
ISIS Primarily a Threat to Arab Countries
EmileNakhleh
, 5 Sep (IPS) - Millions of words have been written about the rise, conquests, and savagery of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Both have declared an “Islamic State” in their areas although Boko Haram has not claimed the mantle of a successor to the Prophet Muhammad as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has done in Greater Syria. The two groups are the latest in a string of terrorist organisations in the past two decades.
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Sanctions and Retaliations
Simply Unconscionable
Somar Wijayadasa
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The crisis in Ukraine is a man-made disaster created by world leaders who have been trying to pull Ukraine apart - either towards Europe or Russia.
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OPINION
Iraq On the Precipice
Bill Miller
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The catastrophic events in Iraq that are unfolding daily are more significant than at any point in recent memory.
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OPINION
Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine
Alice Slater
NEW YORK, 2 Sep (IPS) - It is ironic that at this moment in history when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th anniversary of our planet’s hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles.
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Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 23 Aug (IPS) - This week’s video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington’s military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria.
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