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BY DR. HANIF HASSAN AL QASSIM GENEVA, Switzerland: The war in Syria has now entered its 6th year and is becoming the world’s worst man-made disaster. The humanitarian calamity in Syria has affected millions of lives; more than half of Syria’s pre-war population has been forced to flee, including 6.3…

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(Continued from Thursday) BY JIM LOBE ONCE again, actual evidence for the regime’s fragility is not offered. Indeed, although Rey Takeyh (in his Washington Post piece) claims that the 2009 Green Revolt “forever delegitimized the system and severed the bonds between state and society,” he fails to note that May’s…

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BY JIM LOBE WASHINGTON: Iran hawks suddenly have a new mantra: the Islamic Republic is the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, and the Trump administration should work to hasten the regime’s impending collapse. It’s not clear why this comparison has surfaced so abruptly. Its proponents don’t cite any tangible…

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BY INGE KAUL BERLIN:When the finance ministers of the G7 countries proposed the G20 in the late 1990s, a good sense of realism prevailed. They recognized that addressing issues of global finance required the political support from—and involvement of—emerging market economies. This view proved prescient in seeking policy responses to…

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BY ANIS CHOWDHURY AND JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR: The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7 and 8 comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of finance ministers…

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KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent: A leading climate change mitigation and adaptation activist and former climate negotiator in the Caribbean says that the United States could protect its economic and political interest by helping the region to go green. Further, James Fletcher, a former Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology…

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JOHANNESBURG: Valuing water is more than simply assigning costs to a scare resource—it is an essential step for transforming water governance to meet the needs of a prosperous future. This was a recurring view from participants at the first regional discussion on water organized in South Africa as part of…

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS): The United States’ withdrawal from the landmark Paris climate agreement has prompted mixed reactions from civil society and political representatives. Despite facing global pressure to remain, US President Donald Trump announced Friday the country’s exit from the Paris climate agreement which nearly every country committed to in…

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UNITED NATIONS: The cruel conflict in Syria continues to tear families apart, inflicts brutal suffering on the innocent, and leaves them pleading for protection and justice. I readily acknowledge that there have been reports of a significant drop in violence in some areas of the country, but such steps forward…

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BY UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of 193 member states, the new Secretary General details his plan for a revitalization of the UN system. UNITED NATIONS: Through a series of recent global agreements on sustainable development, climate change, sustaining peace, disaster risk reduction,…