The UN and state-building - part two

Although its original charter made no mention of peacekeeping, let alone state-building, both now feature prominently in its activities. By Justin Frewen.

(This is the second of a two-part series. Part one can be found here.)

British politicians - it's all the cake or none, thanks

Sharing power because the voters have demanded that you do is a concept foreign to the British No2AV crowd. By Jason O'Mahony.

"...and if you're just joining us here on Election 2015, the news is that despite winning over half the votes of the British people between them, the first government to do that since 1931, the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition has been ousted by Ed Miliband's Labour party, despite having received less votes than the coalition."

55 children killed in Middle East and African unrest

At least 26 children have been killed and more than 800 injured in violence between anti-Saleh protesters and Yemeni security forces since February, UNICEF has said in a statement. It counts some 55 children that have died violently in unrest through the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. This estimate does not include the recent conflict in the Ivory Coast in which 1,500 people are reported to have been killed in March and April.  

And now for Algeria?

While Tunisia was rising and Egypt was roaring, courageous people in other countries started to challenge their own regimes, on the streets or via social media. There was protest in Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Libya and Algeria. Where will the spotlight of revolution fall next? By Amel Yacef

It seems that the success of Tunisia and Egypt in turning the tables on their governments could put pressure on young people in other Arab states to launch their own revolution. But at what price?

Tunisia and the world: roots of turmoil

As violence spreads from Tunisia to Egypt and Algeria, Paul Rogers of outlines the reasons for the upheaval. 

The uprising in Tunisia is at once a response to systemic inequity and injustice and an expression of the limits of elite control. But to the economic and political ingredients of the revolt must be added the potent if less evident one of global environmental crisis.