America draws back from interventionism

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Baghdad last week to witness the last of American combat forces in Iraq furl their colours and prepare to leave after nearly 10 years of battle.

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am

Emergency Sex (and other Desperate Measures)

Emergency Sex (and other Desperate Measures) by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson Ebury Publishing (e-book)

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Four mainland police officers to join Haiti peace force

The mainland is sending four police officers to bolster its peacekeeping force in Haiti, where a devastating earthquake claimed eight of their colleagues last week.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Chinese peacekeepers' deaths were not in vain

The eight Chinese peacekeepers killed in last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti were well aware that peacekeeping is a dangerous job. They had been trained to deal with civil unrest, tropical diseases and natural disasters.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Hardline hermit softens stance

A former UN envoy recalls how China's approach to the outside world changed

The black and white photographs hanging in Ling Qing's living room speak volumes about the octogenarian's hectic but interesting life as a diplomat representing China at the United Nations just as the country opened its doors to the world.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Security vacuum makes for a tinderbox

East Timorese gangs gained notoriety in May last year when the country descended into civil turmoil, with fighting between police and army forces. The army split and the police disintegrated. Gangs filled the void left by the security apparatus, but ended up fighting each other.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese team to take body back

China's state-run news agency yesterday said Chinese authorities have sent a team of six people to escort the body of a PLA officer killed in Lebanon back to China.

Xinhua reported the officer's wife, Li Lingling , was travelling with the team.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

US efforts a relief for Liberia and the world

The cries for help from Liberia's war-ravaged people will soon be answered by multinational commitments. Although belated, the combined effort by the United States, the United Nations and African countries is welcome because, eventually, 2.7 million more people in the world will be living in peace.

3 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

We Did Nothing

We Did Nothing

by Linda Polman

Penguin $169

'You can't just . . . kill people,' UN commander Francis Sikaonga says, standing over the bodies of dying Hutus. 'Oh yes, we can,' replies a Tutsi government soldier coolly. 'You know that very well.'

8 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Hebei to get Asia's largest peace officer facility

China is to build Asia's largest peacekeeping police training centre in Hebei province.

Xinhua says the centre will cost about 160 million yuan (HK$150 million) and be able to accommodate 250 officers, with 50 places made available to foreign police officers.

21 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Welcome peace drive

China's growing desire to be part of the greater global community has welcome implications for the world's trouble spots. Although gradual and cautious, the moves must be applauded and encouraged.

21 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Caught in the muddle

From Cold War to Hot Peace: UN Interventions 1947-1994 by Anthony Parsons. Michael Joseph $289.

SINCE the end of the Cold War and the final dismantling of the old Western European empires, the United Nations has had a new agenda.

22 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

UN work is essential

THE global rat race gives disproportionate attention to economic factors, while neglecting problems such as the environment, poverty and equality. At best these issues are given hypocritical support - but even then are usually sidelined.

2 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

All deserve equal mention

DURING a TVB Pearl news report on Bosnia on January 24, mention was made of the UN peace-keeping force from England.

10 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Soldiers of peace

FINLAND has contributed more soldiers to United Nations peacekeeping forces than any other country and, at a turning point in world history, the presidents of the United States and the former Soviet Union chose to meet in Helsinki.

6 Dec 1994 - 12:00am