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UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards, in bid to keep workers from debtors’ prison

If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison. … [Read More...]

Suicide attack killing dozens at prayer in Afghan mosque ‘may amount to war crimes,’ says top UN official

A suicide attack that took place inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing dozens and injuring more than 70, has been condemned by the head of the UN Mission in the country who said it “may amount to war crimes.” … [Read More...]

Trump warns UN for hypocrisy on PLO, Hamas and Israel

Last year, Iran’s contribution to UNRWA was zero. Algeria’s contribution to UNRWA was zero. Tunisia’s contribution to UNRWA was zero. Haley named and shamed. President Trump has challenged United Nations (UN) member States to put … [Read More...]

New York Times’ Myths About Israel as a Jewish State

In any debate, opinions must be based on factual reality, not myths:? a professional obligation the New York Times must pay attention to when it publishes?an opinion piece?such as this one by Palestinian-Israeli writer?Sayed Kashua. This month … [Read More...]

Satellite Imagery + Social Media = A New Way to Spot Emerging Nuclear Threats

In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018 photo, National Weather Service forecaster Marvin Percha reviews monitors that track satellite and Doppler radar images, as well as his colleagues' forecasts posted on social media, at the agency's operating center in … [Read More...]

Chomsky Calls Russian Interference a Joke – Blames Guess Who?

Transparency and public accountability are the cornerstones of democracy. Prime Minister Netanyahu's very public opposition to Obama's Iran Deal -- a deal opposed by most members of Congress and most Americans -- was just as consistent with democracy … [Read More...]

On Ice, democrats abandon the mainstream

Despite public opposition, numerous Democrats continue to call for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished. It’s a belief that falls squarely outside the American mainstream: According to a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult … [Read More...]

UN to convene Yemen talks early next month in Geneva, envoy tells Security Council

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced on Thursday that after two years of stalled talks on resolving the crisis in the country, he plans to invite the warring parties to Geneva on 6 September for a round of peace consultations. … [Read More...]

UN officials call for children’s rights to be respected in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Children’s rights continue to be violated in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel, according to three leading UN officials in the region who on Wednesday called on all parties responsible to take concrete and immediate steps to “allow children to … [Read More...]

UN calls on Saudi Arabia to release jailed human rights defenders, including women activists

Concerned over the continuing arrests and “apparently arbitrary detentions” of human rights defenders – including campaigners who lobbied for an end to the ban on women driving – the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on … [Read More...]

UN human rights body strongly condemns recent “shocking attacks” against civilians in south-west Syria

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday, denouncing last week’s brutal killings and raids by members of the terrorist group ISIL, in Sweida, south-west Syria. … [Read More...]

Local aid workers in Syria are the ‘backbone of response’, says top UN official, urging better protection as fighting rages

Delivering life-saving assistance to millions of women, children and men in Syria, local aid workers need to be safer and better protected, said the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country on Monday. … [Read More...]

Hudaydah ‘one airstrike away from unstoppable epidemic’: UN humanitarian chief in Yemen

The crucial Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which has been living under fire from pro-Government forces for weeks now, could be just “one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic”, said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country on … [Read More...]

The ‘used and abused’ children of Syria must learn what ‘peace’ really means, Security Council hears

More than 7,000 children have lost their lives or been maimed as a result of the brutal conflict in Syria, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Friday, stressing that they had been abused by the warring parties for far too … [Read More...]

‘Warehouses emptying’ amid growing humanitarian needs in south-west Syria

More than 180,000 people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in south-west Syria after weeks of escalating hostilities that have restricted aid access to the area, the UN said on Friday. … [Read More...]

UN human rights experts urge Egypt to release jailed poet who penned hit protest song

Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately. … [Read More...]

UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attacks in south-west Syria

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, has strongly condemned multiple suicide bombings on Wednesday in the government-held town of Sweida, in Syria’s south-west, which killed and injured scores of civilians. … [Read More...]

Acute lack of funding threatens critical aid for Palestinians : UN agency

Despite major fundraising efforts, UNRWA – the UN agency tasked with providing life-saving support to Palestinian refugees – is facing the “largest ever reduction in funding” in its history which is threatening the very existence of many of its … [Read More...]

UN, Egypt help avert another Israel-Palestine war in Gaza that was ‘minutes away’, Security Council hears

Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. … [Read More...]

UN Human Rights chief denounces grave ‘assaults’ on fundamental rights of Palestinian people

From arbitrary detentions and deliberate deprivation, to attacks against civilians and forced displacements, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed “acute concerns” on Monday over the current human rights … [Read More...]