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Palestinian statehood: Marking greater presence

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In a significant move the Palestinians asked the United Nations (on September 23, 2011) to accept them as a member state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted the application to UN chief Ban Ki-moon as planned. In his letter to Ban accompanying the application, Abbas asked the UN chief to immediately forward the request for full UN membership to the Security Council and the General Assembly. This development comes even as the United States made an appeal to stop such a bid and instead restart direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians. We need to understand the fact that the establishment of the state of Palestine is not an option, to choose or not to choose. It should be seen as a valid expression of democratic and human right. Everyone in the world is born with a basic right to equal treatment regardless of ethnicity, religion, education, hobby and domicile. The Palestinian nation

Nato’snemesis

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The Lisbon Summit concluded on 20 November 2010 with decisions that will mean profound changes for the way NATO does business,  making the Alliance more effective, more efficient and more engaged with the wider world. NATO has regarded Lisbon Summit as one of the most important summits in NATO's history. The summit has widened its scope by becoming more effective, more engaged and more efficient than ever before. The Secretary

On the brink of starvation to death

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A collective failure at Horn of Africa

"There is a new economic growth story emerging from Africa. Africa possesses all the prerequisites to become a major growth pole of the world. The India-Africa partner- ship is unique and owes its origins to history and our common struggle against colonialism, apartheid, poverty, disease, illiteracy and hunger." Indian PM

Rise and fall of the United Nations

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By Aneesh Sarkar*
It is conflict that often beckons peace and unity. It is perhaps a malady of human nature that the cherished values of peace and unity, which are most fundamental to human progress, are never better felt than in times of conflict. More severe the conflict, greater the need for peace and unity. The history of human civilization has also been the history of human conflict and wars and the consequent craving for peace and unity. It is therefore unsurprising that the call for global unity came in the aftermath of a global war, namely World War I. The League of Nations which was the brainchild of President Woodrow Wilson of USA may have failed to prevent another world war but it nonetheless laid the foundation of its more successful successor, the United Nations. Established officially on 24th October 1945 with the multiple aims of stopping future wars; providing a platform for dialogue to resolve global and international conflicts; facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights;

Evaluating United Nations: A Time for Introspection

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Vivek S RajEvaluation is not an easy thing. You have to be more than rational; more  than anything else. It requires the best. Even the best is not sufficient. No act can be analyzed without going into its context. The same context is never repeated. The same circumstances can be imagined but cannot be recreated or reproduced. The same frame of mind cannot be recreated. The post-analysis of any action is bound to be biased, partial and incomplete. Any analysis of the post-action must consider the inherent limitations, exigencies and constraints. Any organization which is not financially independent is bound to overlook mistakes and at times adhere to nepotism for its existence. It is nothing but natural. And hence, UN cannot be an exception. The motives behind the formation of the UN were to appease haves and super powers. It is very much evident from very concept of veto power and the composition its security council. They have remained the main financers and promoters of UN. Considering these inherent limitations, the UN has performed reasonably well. The UN successfully managed to avoid the third world war during the cold war period. The UN has been a highly adaptable institution, one that has evolved in response to changing times. Today, it is struggling hard to cope with the new world order of unipolarism and globalization.

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