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The Air Force School Model United Nations Conference 2013

The current scenario has evolved over several years, as Palestinian Arabs have been sidelined to make space for the European Jew refugees. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly IV convened to discuss rights of the Palestinians and other Arabs in occupied territories The diplomats would again seek to come together and ensure provision of certain fundamental rights in this conflict of state interests. 16 Dec 2013 | Surbhi Sachdeva


3-day conference of the United Nations General Assembly IV (Special Political and Decolonization) is set to commence to discuss and would again aim to resolve the grave agenda at hand; rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs in occupied territories. The current scenario has evolved over several years, as Palestinian Arabs have been sidelined to make space for the European Jew refugees, resulting in the former ending up as refugees themselves, not to mention the several years of conflict and tension between the states. In this territorial dispute, one issue that has often been disregarded is the continuous deprivation of rights to the Palestinian and Arab

civilian refugees, from displacement to unfair imprisonment and rash denial of asylum claims. Time and again the international community has debated upon the current issue and yet failed to find a reasonable solution. Through this assembly, the diplomats would again seek to come together and ensure provision of certain fundamental rights in this conflict of state interests. Progress in terms of drafting documents that ensure and strengthen execution of international covenants and declarations of human rights on a state level in the afflicted regions is anticipated. This committee is but a glimmer of hope for the improvement of the conditions of civilians caught in this metaphorical crossfire.

AL Jazeera has access to documents . The very definition of the term mercenary will be hotly debated. hrc

UN Human Rights Council convenes; private military contractors on the agenda Entering the mainstream of modern warfare, the usage of mercenary corporations has seen an alarming increase in the past decade. 16 Dec 2013 | Vikrant Mehra


he Human Rights Council sits tomorrow to discuss the increasing usage of private military contractors by nations in several conflicts. Entering the mainstream of modern warfare, the usage of mercenary corporations has seen an alarming increase in the past decade. Today they constitute the secondlargest force which is present in Iraq.


AL Jazeera has access to documents that forms the basis of the convention over the next few days. The challenge facing the international community is to translate its statements into concrete measures that can effectively address the negative effects of mercenary activities. The very definition of the term mercenary will However, Private Military Contractors (PMCs) do be hotly debated. International law has not yet not fall under the mandate of UN law. Some like conclusively resolved these issues, neither is Blackwater barely has any accountability. The there a legal framework to deal with the activities mercenaries are believed to be simple soldiers of such forces. who get paid for their performance. They provide a vital service in reducing strain on the military and allowing governments that cannot afford a standing military to provide for their own

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War or Peace? UNSC meets tommorrow The question is, will there be peace or war between India and Pakistan? But no one knows the answer. 5 Jun 1998 | Jatin Rawtani


ince the Indo-Pak war of 1972, everyone has been asking this question that will there be peace or war between India and Pakistan? But no one knows the answer yet, as the tensions between both the countries are high. The United Nations Security Council has called a meeting as they fear that this war could lead to a start of a nuclear war which would lead to massive destruction of resources and the death toll could be very high. India’s research in nuclear weapons started in 1944. After the independence, India continued its research in this field and finally in the year 1974 India declared its nuclear weapon power. Meanwhile Pakistan also started its research in Nuclear Weaponry, fearing another war similar

to the Indo-Pak war of 1972. Earlier this year Pakistan also declared its Nuclear weapon capability by the completion of its Project “Chagai-1”. The most awaited question will be answered in United Nations Security Council which will be in the sitting tomorrow.


General Assembly likely to debate upon the Palestinian issue tomorrow BY Avikant Bhan Dec 16, 2013

Palestine emerged as a formation of the United Nations, and was to be administered by the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland under a mandate. The situation regarding its inhabitants had escalated to such an extent that the United Nations’ involvement became crucial to resolve the underlying problem – opposition of the increasing Jewish immigration into Palestine by indigenous Arabs. This would turn out to be the basis of an extensive political dissension. As of now, the current situation sees the Israeli implement a number of unjust impositions upon the citizens presiding in the West Bank, Gaza strip alongside other Israel-controlled regions.


he United National General Assembly meets tomorrow and is most likely to discuss upon the sensitive topic of Palestine, particularly the rights of Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories.

These consist of the extensive impunity of the Palestinian demand for justice against the movement restrictions, forceful evictions and demolitions, and revoking other rights. A full scale Operation “Pillar of Defense” was also initiated by Israel, under which Israeli air personnel bombarded residential districts in Gaza, killing numerous people.

For decades now, Palestinians have seen violations of their humanitarian rights innumerable times. The geographical entity of Palestine has been the centre of much political This as a whole constitutes the topics that are conflict amongst different countries and societies likely to be deliberated upon in the current sitting alike. Lying at the heart of its ongoing turmoil is of the United Nations General Assembly. the Israeli-Palestinian situation, which continues to jeopardize the lives of countless Palestinians.


Human Rights Council meet tomorrow, likely to debate on the responsibility of PMCs BY Shruti Mishra Dec 16, 2013


n a very important sitting of the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow, the issue regarding the responsibility of private military contractors’ will be discussed thoroughly.

their interest to prolong war in order to keep the money rolling.

A major unresolved issue remains the extent to which States can delegate responsibility to PMCs gained worldwide prominence in the private companies for law and order, and who early 21st century, when a number of firms can be held accountable for abuses or violations collectively comprised the second largest force of human rights by these companies. The in Iraq. Essentially as a mercenary firm, they are committee would hope to arrive at a consensus prepared to fight on any side and for any cause. pertaining to the efficacy of regulatory policies for the private military contractors through fruitful Mercenaries hinder the self-determination and substantive debates. rights in a variety of ways. From the economic perspective, they are detrimental to the country’s development since they are an excruciating financial burden on the government that hires them. As seen in the case of Syria, they have a daunting impact on the national forces, which eventually might lead to an internal coup. Furthermore, their services are highly flexible since they are not accountable to the International Court of Justice in the way a military is. And most importantly, the ulterior motive of these ‘soldiers for hire’ is not providing a long-term solution; rather it is in


United Nations Security Council summon to debate nuclear proliferation in South Asia BY Natasha Gupta jun 5, 1998


elegates from around the globe will engage in a 3-day session of the United Nations Security Council initiating on tomorrow to debate upon the volatile situation of nuclear proliferation in South-East Asia. The UNSC has lot to consider before heading towards a clear solution. Recently, India and Pakistan conducted nuclear weapon tests. Chagai II was the name given to Pakistan’s second atomic test, which was carried out on 30 May 1998 while POKHARAN-II (or Operation Shakti) was the Indian counterpart that took place on 11 May 1998. After the success of POKHARAN-II, Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajapayee declared India to be a fullfledged nuclear state. However, such proliferation has been opposed by several nations, with and without nuclear weapons. But both India and Pakistan have refused to absorb the inputs given by other countries and have assured the latter that these nuclear weapons are not detrimental to any nation and exist solely due to the security

dilemma faced by the subcontinent. Contrary to what India and Pakistan believe, nuclear weapons could be just the catalyst required to wage a war between the two. UNSC now seems to be the only thread of hope for ceasing the irrevocable damage and attuning South Asia to a peaceful future.

Mandal Commission called in to identify the socially and educationally backward. 16 Dec, 1980 | Pranit Chawla

It was 200BC, a century which comprised of crass and horrifying laws being passed in Hindustan, leading to the foundation of a hierarchical society lying unhinged on the basis of caste and birth rights.

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity�, India has for long been accustomed to such inhumane practices and the effects have been spreading like wild fire and have caused impending burns to economic, political and social Logic, reasoning and practicality constituents. were just a face of a coin which never saw the day of light. Perhaps With the days of emergency behind it was an ecstasy in the confinement them, the Government of India has of socially backward classes or decided to find a fix for this fixating just a genuine urge to distillate issue and bury it once and for all. the minority from the general The Mandal Commission, chaired populace. by B.P Mandal has been called into action to identify the socially But as George Carlin once said, and educationally backward. The

vicious and infamous cycle of debt and social exclusion has factored into the strata of people having less prospects of gaining proper primary and secondary education. This already bumpy road is further deluded with absent resources, which are critically required for the repressed section. Mr. Mandal along with his council will be observed by innumerable young minds as the former hold the key to unlocking India’s latent potential behind the curtains of preconceived prejudice.

VP Singh Calls Cabinet Meeting To Discuss Sinking Economy 23 Oct 1990 | Vardaan Aggarwal


he appalling condition of the economy has moved the Prime Minister to call an Emergency Cabinet Meeting. The PM is quite sanguine about the outcome of the meeting and hopes that an efficacious solution to the crisis will be worked out.

sufficient to finance thirteen days’ worth of imports.

its revenue deficit has added to the existent budget deficits. The declining GDP, the sluggish Although the country’s economy industrial growth and a surging has almost always been accrued rate of inflation have only added to with a sizeable trade deficit, the level the imbroglio. of trade deficit has gone through the roof. This has, unsurprisingly, led Many now expect that the PM to a downgrading of India’s credit will, with the Cabinet of Ministers, The Indian economy has been rating: the availability of short-term put the economy on the road to rapidly deteriorating since August loans has been affected, adding to recovery. But what remains to be 1990, and the symptoms of this the problem of inadequate finance seen is whether VP Singh and his decline have become all too for the country’s imports. Cabinet will be able to, in fact, live noticeable since January 1991, up to the expectations, and put with the foreign exchange reserves Moreover, the propensity of the an end to the ongoing economic dropping to an all time low of Rs. Government to create a surplus predicament. 1,877 Crores: an amount barely in the capital account to finance


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