Four out of fifteen specialized UN agencies are directed by Chinese nationals. At the same time as China’s influence is growing, the US is gradually withdrawing from the UN system. Is China seeking to metamorphose the United Nations (UN) into an organisation that better suits its hegemonic ambitions? The Diplomat draws attention to the fact …

The Security Council is often stuck in its own deadlock, with permanent members putting in their veto. But there is a way forward. The Uniting for Peace mechanism states that in cases where the five permanent members fail to act, the General Assembly can issue appropriate recommendations to UN members for collective measures, including the use of armed forces. This …

The war in Syria has entered its tenth year and there is no solution in sight. Since fighting started in 2011, almost half of the country´s pre-war population has been displaced. The war has killed more than 500,000 people and displaced 11.7 million and whole cities have been destroyed. A political solution needs to include amendments of …

In an email, similar to the one received by three Swedish organizations, Sida announced on the 7th of July that it intends to end the strategic humanitarian cooperation with the UN agency IOM, which works with migration issues. “Many of us working with humanitarian issues are in shock and do not understand anything”, say several …

”Sorry, it’s a long poem/Because it’s a long story/I spent more than two thirds of my life/Under the power of the man/ I’ve never voted for”, writes Belarus poet Julia Cimafiejeva in this poem, that we are honoured to publish just a few days prior to the presidential election in Belarus. This poem should be …

The city of Belgrade is far from handsome and neat. Le Corbusier supposedly said that Belgrade is the ugliest city in the most beautiful spot and that’s not far away from the truth. The city is full of scars and wounds. It’s beautiful the way Keith Richards is. Loving it is a matter of choice, …

The World Bank, China and other donors are pouring resources into Kenya. But who gets the money? Kenyan writer and columnist Abigail Arunga decided to write an open letter. Dear World Bank, (Of course the title line should read Dear Chinese government, dear IMF, dear Bill Gates Foundation, dear…anyone else who feels like it makes any …

The pandemic has not yet reached the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria. Despite that, the people in the camps live in isolation.  The Saharawi are famous for their hospitality and welcome even in difficult times, something that makes it even harder to adjust to the new practices of social distancing and confinement, writes the artist Mohamed …

What really attracted me with the introduction to participate in this theme was the first few words, when you wrote “Not long ago we where all travellers”. These words make me think that I, being from Gaza, might not be the right person to share this kind of a dream. Because, once the quarantine is …

If for anyone it is to leave a piece of themselves anywhere in the world, for me it is about finding my missing pieces. From Tehran and Shiraz to Stockholm and to an Indian temple to the plains of Peru, Bolivia and Chile my parts have been forgotten and lost. Or maybe I am just …

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