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In an article published May 15, 2013, American historical social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein wrote, "Nothing illustrates more the limitations of Western power than the internal controversy its elites are having in public about what the United States in particular and western European states should be doing about the civil war in Syria." Those limitations are palpable in both language and ...
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24 May 2013 150 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in central Kabul, which earlier today wounded three of the agency's staff, one seriously. One staff member from the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) was also injured, according ...
24 May 2013 150 An independent United Nations human rights expert has welcomed what he said was a ground-breaking speech by President Barack Obama in which the United States leader laid out principles governing the use of counter-terrorism measures such as targeted killings. Mr. Obama said yesterday that, as part of a realignment of US counter-terrorism policy, he would curtail the use of ...
24 May 2013 150 The United Nations refugee agency today called on countries around Syria to keep their borders open for refugees, while also stressing the need for "urgent and robust" international support for host countries and aid agencies. There are already over 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ...
We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us. Neither I, nor any President can promise the total defeat of terror. What we must do is dismantle networks that pose a direct danger.
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24 May 2013 150 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Nepal to overcome remaining political obstacles to hold the country's next elections within the existing timetable.
In a statement, Mr. Ban's spokesperson said the Secretary-General "has been following events in Nepal closely," and "urges all parties to maintain momentum by overcoming the remaining political obstacles to hold the next elections within the existing timetable of the recent 11-point agreement."
In March, the four major political parties signed an agreement which appointed the country's chief justice to head the government that will oversee the holding of Constituent Assembly elections, effectively ending the political stalemate that began late last year. The agreement has mandated that elections be held by 21 June or mid-December 2013 at the latest.
"The Secretary-General expresses the continuing commitment of the United Nations to work closely with Nepal in support of the peace process," the statement said.
Nepal has been plagued by political disputes since a civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished.
The UN has closely supported Nepal's peace process, having had a political mission in the country from 2007 until 2011. ...
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