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Thalif Deen

Thalif Deen

    Banking on food
    Banking on food
    Bangladesh, one of the world's 49 least developed countries and described as the poorest of the poor, is calling for the creation of a global food...
    Caught between development and peacekeeping
    Caught between development and peacekeeping
    The beleaguered United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan, handicapped by lack of troops and helicopters, has come under fire for its unusually...
    Uneven results forecast for millennium goals
    Uneven results forecast for millennium goals
    The world's 22 rich nations, comprising the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), grudgingly doled out about...
    Big powers give nuclear-terrorism treaty a miss
    Big powers give nuclear-terrorism treaty a miss
    A long-awaited international convention against nuclear terrorism will come into force next week, nine years after it was originally proposed by...
    Security Council meeting on climate challenged
    Security Council meeting on climate challenged
    The legitimacy of a much-ballyhooed Security Council meeting on climate change has been challenged by developing nations that argue that the threat...
    South faults double standards on UN top jobs
    South faults double standards on UN top jobs
    When United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon took office in January, he made a public commitment to revamp the UN secretariat, inculcate high...
    Proposed UN women's agency gains powerful ally
    Proposed UN women's agency gains powerful ally
    A coalition of more than 140 international NGOs and women's groups is gratified that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expressing...
    Rape, gender violence plague post-war Liberia
    Rape, gender violence plague post-war Liberia
    When the West African state of Liberia was torn apart by 14 years of civil war, the victims of the brutal insurgency included mostly women and...
    "Torture trade" flourishes despite regulations
    "Torture trade" flourishes despite regulations
    The torture of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad and the wilful abuse and humiliation of terror suspects in the United...
    UN fraud cases fizzle out
    UN fraud cases fizzle out
    When the United Nations launched a probe into "misconduct and mismanagement" in UN procurement last January, it moved against eight staffers who...
    UN sidesteps 'invasion' of Somalia
    UN sidesteps 'invasion' of Somalia
    When former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan criticised the United States military invasion of Iraq as an "illegal" act, he was blasted...
    Annan scores UN's successes and failures
    Annan scores UN's successes and failures
    Less than six weeks before he steps down as Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan has come up with a political scorecard on the...