Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro -- with his wife Cilia Flores at a rally in Caracas on January 23 -- looks to have a clear run for a second term, with the main opposition coalition barred from taking part in the election

NGO: Venezuela’s Press Crackdown Worsened in 2017

Last year saw a steep rise in crackdowns against press freedom in Venezuela, which involved a decline in freedom of expression, censorship, and the closure of independent media outlets, according to a new report.

Search And Rescue Enters Peak Season For MOAS Operations

Spanish NGO Boat Brings 391 Migrants From Libyan Coast to Italy

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A boat belonging to a Spanish aid organization has rescued 391 migrants attempting the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. Laura Lanuza, spokeswoman for Spain’s Proactiva Open Arms aid group, says that its ship Golfo Azzurro


Italian Minister Backs Prosecutor on NGO Migrant Trafficking Claims

ROME (AFP) – Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Saturday said he “agreed 100 percent” with a prosecutor’s repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya. Sicily-based prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro sparked a row

Evacuees take advantage of the shelter setup in the The Baton Rouge River Center arena as the area deals with the record flooding that took place causing thousands of people to seek temporary shelter on August 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water …

Israeli Aid Delegation To Help Louisiana Flood Victims

TEL AVIV – Israeli NGO IsraAid is sending a humanitarian delegation to Louisiana to assist flood victims in salvaging their property, return to their homes, and begin the process of rehabilitation.

China Commits Warship, Special Forces to Joint Exercises with Asian Rivals

EU Official: ‘Extremely Worrying’ Trend of Foreigner Abuses in China

China’s increasingly belligerent behavior against foreign NGO workers and journalists has triggered concern from EU officials in the country, who describe the trend as “extremely worrying” and are encouraging communist Chinese officials to allow foreign workers to do their jobs properly.

John Kerry, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran Gets $215 Billion, West Gets Cheap Oil

The termination of nuclear sanctions means Iran will pocket about $215 billion in cash, sell another million barrels of oil a day (bpd), and produce 5 million more bpd within 10 years; while the West gets 20 years of cheap oil.

Syrian Emergency Task Force

U.S. Advocacy Group Claims Russia Bombed Its Syrian Office

A U.S. non-governmental organization called the Syrian Emergency Task Force told Foreign Policy their field office in the Idlib province was hit by a Russian airstrike on Saturday. Other civilian damage in the area has been reported, and the strike is being cited as evidence Russia is not focusing its attention on Islamic State targets, as it frequently claims.

Jonathan Hoenig

Israel Asks UK And Other EU States To Stop Funding Anti-Israel Organisations

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely has told European foreign ministers, their deputies and several European ambassadors that their governments, including the UK’s, provide financial assistance to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that “actively blacken Israel’s name around the world.” The European Jewish Press reports Hotovely (below


Pakistan Closes Save the Children for Alleged ‘Anti-State’ Activities

The Pakistani government ordered the Save the Children NGO to leave the country in 15 days. Officials claim the group participated in “anti state” activities. “Save the Children was not served any notice to this effect,” stated the organization. “We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels.”


UN Welcomes Hamas-Affiliated Palestinian Return Center

The UK-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC) has been granted observer status by the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), allowing for the terror-connected outfit to advance its legitimacy and access once unattainable funding.