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Eight years of prolonged US-Supported War in Yemen leave over 20 million people in need of urgent health assistance

With eight years of protracted conflict and humanitarian crisis, over two thirds of Yemen’s population — 21.6 million people — are in acute need of humanitarian assistance, including over 20 million people requiring urgent health assistance. The country’s health system continues to fall short of meeting the population’s needs. Only 54% of health facilities are fully functioning, […]

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US treasury secretary says sanctions on Iran failed to achieve ‘ideal’ result

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen this week acknowledged that US sanctions on Iran have not succeeded in forcing Tehran to change its policies and behavior as demanded by Washington but still have managed to create a “real economic crisis.” She added that the White House is looking to strengthen its sanctions further. “Our sanctions on Iran have […]

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‘War crimes in Palestine’: UK government urged to refer Israel and Netanyahu to ICC

The UK-based International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) has called on the British government to refer Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in Palestine, and to recognise the court’s jurisdiction with respect to the situation. The call follows the UK’s decision to lead the joint referral of the situation in Ukraine to […]

Freedom on the Offensive: Human Rights, Democracy Promotion, and US Interventionism in the Late Cold War (The United States in the World)

by William Michael Schmidli William Michael Schmidli is a University Lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden University. Schmidli’s research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present. He is the author of The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. […]

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Israel reportedly promotes bids for over 1,000 illegal settlement homes

The far-right government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the construction of over a thousand new homes in illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a watchdog group reported, drawing anger and condemnations from Palestine.  The anti-settlement Israeli group Peace Now publicised the construction bids on Friday. “This is […]

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Iraq Needs No Foreign Forces on Its Territory: MP

Noting that Iraq’s law-making body has voted on the withdrawal of foreign forces, member of Iraqi Parliament Ali Naama said that there are efforts to implement the decision and achieve full sovereignty for the nation by the withdrawal of those forces. “The decision of the House of Representatives on the withdrawal of the American forces from […]

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US imposed sanctions, banking restrictions primary cause of Afghanistan’s ongoing economic crisis: Taliban

Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister under the caretaker Taliban regime, Amir Khan Muttaqi in an op-ed for Al Jazeera, said that the primary cause of the ongoing economic crisis in the country is the imposition of sanctions and banking restrictions by the US. He said that this impedes and delays efforts to address the humanitarian crisis, […]

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Double Standards: International Criminal Court Prosecution Reserved For US Enemies, Not For US & Allies

Was it a ‘sick joke’ as one commentator suggested for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue a warrant of arrest against Russian President Putin on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq? And what does it mean for South Africa and the BRICS formation? It certainly raises justifiable questions about the partiality of […]