On Tuesday, 21 February, the Security Council of the United Nations convened for an open debate on organized crime in West Africa and the Sahel region. This topic is gaining increased attention by different bodies of the UN System. This interest will likely grow as the UN advances in the review of its contra terrorism strategy in June this year, as both issues are closely related. ... Read More About The UN Security Council Debates the impact of transnational organized crime on peace, security and stability in West Africa »
Letter (published in NRC Handelsblad on 28 February, and NRC Next on 29 February, in Dutch) in reaction to the opinion article of Maarten Zeegers in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad (published on 22 nd February 2012, in Dutch): In the opinion article on intervention in Syria, Maarten Zeegers ignores two essential elements. First of all, a ‘humanitarian’ intervention in Syria is not a... Read More About Armed intervention in Syria is not the only option »
Letter to the editor, The Economist. Sir - in addition to the consequences for those intentionally or unintentionally possessing or re-using pirated or copyrighted material, let us for a moment consider the impact of ACTA on individuals working in conflict affected areas or under repressive regimes ( “Internet and freedom and copyright law: ACTA up ,” editorial, February 11).... Read More About ACTA's other dangers »
Interesting blog entry about how Syria is presenting an ethical dilemma to peace journalists, by Steven Youngblood. “Responsible journalists are supposed to be unbiased, to avoid advocating any agenda, and to not encourage violence—to never pour gasoline on an already blazing fire. However, the upheaval in Syria has left journalists questioning the wisdom of these traditional beliefs.” ... Read More About Sensitive peace journalism in Syria, is it feasable? »
The UN Secretary-General's January 2012 Report on conflict-related sexual violence will inform a Security Council Debate on the issue this Thursday, 23 February 2012. In the text of the report, the Secretary-General calls on various actors including parties to conflict, donors, the UN Security Council and UN Member States to consider and address conflict-related sexual violence... Read More About Addressing three missing issues in the UNSG report on conflict-related sexual violence »
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