Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan — Global Issues

year after the Taliban takeover, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi is still in disbelief that she cannot go back to school. Once a dedicated student, Ms. Fasihi – like all girls of secondary school age – has been unable to return to the classroom due to rules imposed by the country’s de…

With help, Iraq’s spirit of hope, forward-looking youths can keep nascent democracy on track, Prime Minister says — Global Issues

“The hope embodied by the people of Iraq, had enabled them to snatch opportunities for life, progress and peace from the clutches of crisis and conflict,” the Prime Minister told leaders gathered in New York for the Assembly’s annual high-level debate. The people of Iraq had also used that same spirit…

At UN, Iran’s leader decries West’s ‘double standard’ towards country’s nuclear programme — Global Issues

“I explicitly declare that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons and such weapons have no place in our defence doctrine,” Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi told Member States gathered for the high-level General Debate. This is despite the fact that other governments have continued to produce…

Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears — Global Issues

Najat Rochdi said she had already seen the potential for bridging divides between Syrians during civil society dialogues, and the divergent views represented through the Women’s Advisory Board, which “demonstrates to all of us that, despite many differences among them, common ground can be found.” She added that “Syrians can…

Cholera outbreak is ‘serious threat’ to whole Middle East — Global Issues

Imran Riza, who is also Resident Coordinator, said in a statement that “swift and urgent action is needed to prevent further illness and death. UN agencies and non-governmental organizations partners are coordinating closely with health authorities to ensure a timely and effective response.” The outbreak was declared on 10 September…

Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce — Global Issues

Council members highlighted the tangible benefits of the agreement between the Government and Houthi rebels, now in its sixth month. They include a 60 per cent reduction in casualties.   Additionally, fuel coming through critical Huydadah port has quadrupled, while commercial flights from the capital, Sana’a, have allowed 21,000 people…

‘My children ask me, what is Syria?’ Za’atari refugee camp enters second decade — Global Issues

Adil Toukan came to Za’atari camp in April 2013, from the city of al-Sanamayn in the Daraa governorate in southern Syria, along with his wife and two young children. Since then, he and his wife have had three more children, who know nothing about their home country.  “My family and…

Execution of Gaza prisoners condemned by UN rights office — Global Issues

Five men were executed in the early hours of 4 September 2022, an act which, says the Office, was in stark violation of the State of Palestine’s own domestic law and its obligations under international law. Three were convicted of murder and two of “collaboration” with Israel. According to media…