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UN Commission: Syrian Opposition Forces Should Leave Idlib

    UN Commission: Syrian Opposition Forces Should Leave Idlib

A UN commission has called for Syrian opposition groups to leave urban areas in the northern province of Idlib in order to prevent an attack from the Syrian government and its allies. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria Chief Paulo Pinheiro made the suggestion yesterday, echoing UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura’s comments last…

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After Sabotaging Peace Talks, Saudi Coalition Launches Massive Attack on Hodeida

    After Sabotaging Peace Talks, Saudi Coalition Launches Massive Attack on Hodeida

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition launched a massive military offensive against the Red Sea port city of Hodeida last night. The new attack is aimed at capturing the populated city, despite warnings by the United Nations and international rights groups that the move would have catastrophic humanitarian repercussions. The coalition attack on the…

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Damning UN Report: Myanmar Generals Should Be Prosecuted for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

    Damning UN Report: Myanmar Generals Should Be Prosecuted for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Following a United Nations Human Rights Council fact-finding mission in Myanmar, a damning U.N. report published Monday concludes that the nation’s military leaders, including its top commander, should be further investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in the wake of a violent crackdown last August that forced more than…

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MBS Wants Yemenis to “Shiver” for Generations when They Hear Saudi Arabia, Vows to Continue Targeting Children

    MBS Wants Yemenis to “Shiver” for Generations when They Hear Saudi Arabia, Vows to Continue Targeting Children

NEW YORK — On Monday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, called for an “independent and impartial investigation” into the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s attacks on Yemeni civilians. Grande stated that “what is happening in Yemen is unimaginable” and added that “the time has come to wake up to the terrible reality of the…

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UN Report Finds ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US-Occupied Areas of Syria

  UN Report Finds ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US-Occupied Areas of Syria

NEW YORK — A recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group Daesh (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the United States. According to the report’s executive summary:…

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The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down and Mulls Policy Changes

  The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down and Mulls Policy Changes

China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in what it asserts is a bid to prevent the kind of mayhem that has wracked countries like Syria and…

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Syrian White Helmets Request Additional Evacuations to Al-Qaeda-held Idlib Province

  Syrian White Helmets Request Additional Evacuations to Al-Qaeda-held Idlib Province

DAMASCUS, SYRIA — After over 400 members of the Syrian White Helmets were evacuated last weekend by the Israeli government, senior members of the controversial “humanitarian” group are now calling on the United Nations to oversee additional evacuations of the group. The plea comes amid media reports in the Western press that not all White…

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UN Bloc of Developing Nations Elects Palestine as Leader in Snub to Israel, US

  UN Bloc of Developing Nations Elects Palestine as Leader in Snub to Israel, US

NEW YORK — The Group of 77, a bloc of developing nations at the UN, has chosen Palestine’s delegation as its chair for 2019, a move that will likely be seen as a diplomatic win for Palestine and a loss for Israel and the U.S. The latter two countries have been arguing against increasing Palestine’s…

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Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

  Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

KHAN AL-AHMAR, PALESTINE — Israel has been preparing to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank. Activists and area residents have responded by boarding up buildings and blocking bulldozers set to demolish the village. On the left, a photo at the wonderful school in Khan al-Ahmar during my recent visit…

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Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns

  Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns

Just prior to a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week, a UN legal expert has declared that Israel is moving closer to formal annexation of the West Bank. “After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of…

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