Stories written by Haider Rizvi
Haider Rizvi, who spent nearly 20 years as a reporter for IPS covering the United Nations, died October 29 in a hospital in Pakistan, his home country. He was in his mid 50's. Haider began with IPS South Asia back in 1993 and eventually landed in the United States, reporting both from the IPS UN Bureau and later from Washington DC. In between, he grabbed a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. As a journalist, he was always true to his ideals of justice and equality, and a passionate advocate of the underdog. Haider’s writings faithfully reflected the causes he fought for. He advocated the rights of minorities and native Americans in the US and indigenous people in Latin America; highlighted the student protests in the US; advocated the Palestinian’s right to statehood; battled for the eradication of hunger and poverty in the developing world; joined the global campaign for nuclear disarmament and covered the “Occupy Wall Street” protests (which for him, also meant “Un-Occupy Palestine”). He was, in many ways, a prophet -- someone who saw past the veil to the terrible realities in the world. May God give him peace and bless his soul.

Public Momentum Builds Against Nukes

Willing or not, the handful of nations armed with nuclear bombs will likely find it ever more difficult in the next few years to reject growing international opinion in support of complete abolition of nuclear weapons, anti-nukes activists and politicians say.

Native Women Seek Justice at U.N.

The United States is facing international scrutiny for its apparent failure to prosecute criminals who enter indigenous territories to prey on Native women and girls.

BIODIVERSITY: Fighting for a Green Future

At just 13 years old, Felix Finkbeiner may be one of the youngest participants in the two-week U.N. Forum on Forests, but he already has years of environmental activism under his belt.

Easter Islanders Seek U.N. Intervention in Dispute with Chile

"We are a peaceful people. We don't like war. We don't want police and military on our land," said Erity Teave, an indigenous activist from the Chilean-administered Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Women’s Coalition Denounces Exclusion by Security Council

In October 2001, the United Nations Security Council endorsed a resolution recognising that women's participation is essential to sustain efforts for peace in the world. But did the international body ever ask world's women leaders to take part in the decision-making process?

Pressure Mounts on Security Council to Rein in Israel

Calls are growing for a swift international response to the situation in the Middle East, as Israel continues to build new settlements in Palestinian territories with increased military actions against civilians.

Peace Must Be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned”, Diplomats Say

The U.S. move to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan may be seen in Washington as the only effective and viable strategy to stabilise the country, but not everyone in the diplomatic community here at U.N. headquarters agrees.

U.N. Deplores Escalating Violence in Cote d’Ivoire

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his concern Thursday at the escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire, where as many as 20 people were reportedly killed in clashes between security forces and opposition activists.

The U.N. Secretariat building in New York gets a facelift, even as the future of more profound institutional changes remains uncertain. Credit: Haider Rizvi/IPS

Security Council Hopefuls Stymied by Myriad Squabbles

Who is responsible for stalling reform of the U.N. Security Council? The exclusive club of five nuclear-armed industrialised countries, or those from the developing world who have little say in decision-making on issues of international peace and security?

Western Sahara Talks Drag on Amid Deadly Clashes

Disappointed with the outcome of the most recent informal talks with Morocco, the pro-independence leaders of Western Sahara are calling for the U.N. to take action against what they describe as Rabat's "unprovoked military aggression" against their people.

HAITI: Tensions Mount Ahead of Controversial Polls

The United Nations' role in rebuilding Haiti is again being questioned days after peacekeepers clashed with a group of activists protesting the renewal of the 12,000-member U.N. military and police force near the Haitian capital of Port-au- Prince.

U.N. Renovation Leaves Some Workers High and Dry

For more than two decades, he has served world leaders and diplomats who wined and dined here at United Nations headquarters in New York. Today, he is unsure how much longer he will be able to put food on his own table at home.

U.S.: Money for Prisons, Not for Social Services

Many of those who have lost their jobs and homes in the United States due to the lingering economic recession are ending up in jail, according to a new study released by an independent think tank Thursday.

Women rally in support of Park51, which describes itself as a "nonsectarian community, cultural and interfaith spiritual center". Credit: Greg Butterfield/IPS

Thousands Rally for Islamic Centre on 9/11 Anniversary

If you think that most citizens of the United States are racist or anti-Muslim, perhaps you have been relying too much on television news , especially the shows produced by the private networks in the United States.

Despite Cuts, Nukes Still Integral to U.S. Security Strategy

The new U.S. plan to maintain and improve its nuclear weapons complex is likely to hinder international efforts to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction, say independent analysts who have watched a series of U.N.-led talks on nuclear proliferation and disarmament for years.

Nuclear Power Nearly as Dangerous as Weapons, Critics Say

The quest for nuclear disarmament is likely to fail if governments and corporations continue to promote nuclear technologies as a solution to the world's energy needs, say independent experts.

Poor Communities Struggle to Attend U.N. Indigenous Meet

"You will never suffer from fatal diseases like cancer and ulcer if you drink mare's milk," says Anna Postnikova, who is currently attending a major U.N. meeting on indigenous issues.

Struggle for Native Rights Making Headway

International efforts to protect the rights of the world's aboriginal communities seem to be gaining strength despite opposition from certain powers that continue to abuse native lands and resources in the name of development.

U.N. Bhutto Probe Charges Cover-Up by Musharraf Govt

Who killed Benazir Bhutto, the popular Pakistani leader and first female head of state in the Muslim world - al Qaeda or the Taliban or the country's military leadership, which has enjoyed the backing of the United States for the past several decades?

RIGHTS: Fewer Jobs, Less Money, Same Old Story

"What do I get from them? Nothing but bullsh*t," says Nupur Acharya, reflecting about how she is treated by her husband and two grown sons on daily basis.

BIODIVERSITY: U.N. Treaty Key Tool in Conserving Ecosystems

In a bid to pressure policymakers to take urgent action to implement a major United Nations treaty on the preservation of plant and animal species, the world body has launched a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity.

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