From the Editors
When world leaders packed their bags and headed home last week, there was one lingering memory of the General Assembly’s high-level debate: Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic presentation of a cartoonish nuclear red line, which hit the front pages of most mainstream newspapers in the United States. The Israeli prime minister warned Iran against crossing that red line even though the Jewish state itself had crossed it when it went nuclear many moons ago. As Mouin Rabbani, ...Keep Reading »
Thalif Deen, IPS United Nations bureau chief and North America regional director, has been covering the U.N. since the late 1970s. A former deputy news editor of the Sri Lanka Daily News, he was also a senior editorial writer for Hong Kong-based The Standard. He has been runner-up and cited twice for “excellence in U.N. reporting” at the annual awards presentation of the U.N. Correspondents’ Association. A former information officer at the U.N. Secretariat, and a one-time member of the Sri Lanka delegation to the U.N. General Assembly sessions, Thalif is currently editor in chief of the IPS U.N. Terra Viva journal. Since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, he has covered virtually every single major U.N. conference on population, human rights, environment, social development, globalisation and the Millennium Development Goals. A former Middle East military editor at Jane’s Information Group in the U.S, he is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, New York.