Mali: The world’s most dangerous U.N. mission

Gao, Mail- UN Peacekeepers from Senegal on an early morning patrol in Gao, Mali on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Despite the end of the occupation, many Malians find that security is still a major issue speaking of incidents of car jacking and looting. Even though crime is high, most of the deadly attacks that occur […]

US uses radioactive depleted uranium weapons in Syria

Months after the Pentagon said it wouldn’t use a controversial type of armor-piercing ammunition that has been blamed for long-term health complications, US aircraft fired thousands of the rounds during two high-profile air raids in Syria in November 2015, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday.
The use of the ammunition, a 30mm depleted-uranium bullet called PGU-14, was first […]

Canada should not renew mission to Ukraine

Canadian soldiers of Joint Task Force Ð Ukraine support urban operations training at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, on August 31, 2016. Photo: Canadian Forces
By David Rennie, Hamilton Spectator
Canada’s military mission to Ukraine expires in March. For several reasons, it shouldn’t be renewed.
First, the present Ukrainian government, installed in a coup […]

Record number of Afghan refugees

Based on current trends, the UN predicts that in 2017 at least 450,000 more people will join those already internally displaced
Afghan refugee children watch a short video clip about mines during a mines and explosives awareness program at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan September 27, 2016. Picture […]

Mayors for Peace Anti-Nuke Petition Surpasses 2 million signatures mark

As of February 1, 2017, a petition launched by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons had 2,469,821 signatures.
The petition reads:
We, the undersigned, make the following request of the leaders of all nations states,and urge the United Nations to exercise strong leadership in the following:

To ensure that no city will ever again be destroyed by […]

Nobel Peace Laureates: It’s time to eliminate nuclear weapons

People participate in an anti-nuclear rally in Union Square in New York. (photo: Seth Wenig/AP)
by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
[The following statement from 21 Nobel Peace Laureates was released at the conclusion of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Colombia.]
On March 27, negotiations will commence at the United […]