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McCain’s Irony-Challenged Diplomacy Primer

You’ve seen the quotation, now watch the clip of Sen. John McCain, either in deep denial or completely irony-impaired (those being the more generous of many possible interpretations), giving his pronouncement that “... in the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” Oh.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
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U.N.‘s Ban Is Heading to China

For his first outing as the United Nations’ newly elected secretary-general, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon will visit China to discuss the situation in North Korea.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


U.N. Security Council
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It’s Official: North Korea Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in light of its recent nuclear test.  Though financial and military aid is restricted, the sanctions do not allow for military action, and skeptics question how effectively the rules will be enforced.

Posted on Oct 15, 2006 READ MORE


Afghan girls
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The Forgotten War

The U.N. refugee agency says about 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan as NATO forces clash with a re-energized Taliban.

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


Princeton Report
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Elite Bipartisan Group Pushes for Foreign Policy Overhaul

Nearly 400 of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals contributed to a Princeton University-organized initiative that calls for a new grand strategy to address America’s national security concerns. (More after the jump…)

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez at the U.N.
From culturefreak.com

At U.N., Chavez Calls Bush ‘The Devil’

Maybe it’s time for you vacationers to cancel those travel plans to Venezuela…
(story)

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


United Nations: U.S. Making Inflated Iranian Nuke Claims

A United Nations committee is bitterly complaining that parts of a U.S. House report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities are “outrageous and dishonest.”
Brain teaser: Name the last Middle Eastern country which America dubiously claimed was developing nuclear weapons, and whose name starts with the letters I-R-A…

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


Gaza Women
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U.N.: Gaza at the Breaking Point

Sealed borders, regular military incursions and poor quality of life have brought Gaza to the breaking point, a U.N. official has said.  Karen Abuzayd, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, also warned that current tactics for dealing with Gaza have failed to inspire a spirit of compromise among Palestinians, and instead foster anger and resentment.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Jordanian peacekeepers
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French Offer More Troops

Not to be outdone by the Italians, France has raised its troop commitment to 2,000, hoping to retain its leadership role in the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon.  Kofi Annan was initially displeased with Europe’s response to the call for a peacekeeping force. 

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Hassan Nasrallah
From interet-general.info

Breakthrough! Hezbollah Sets Conditions for Agreement

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (above) said his Islamic militant group (and political party) will abide by the U.N. cease-fire resolution but will continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remain in south Lebanon.
With the U.S., the U.N., Israel’s Olmert, Lebanon’s parliament and now Hezbollah’s leader all on board, all the pieces of the peace puzzle seem to be in place.

Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


Rice and Brown
AP / Frank Franklin

U.N. and Israel OK Peace Deal; Lebanon in Favor

The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah and authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed the deal, and the Lebanese cabinet looks set to do so as well.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


Violence Rages in Mideast, Diplomacy Sputters at U.N.

Hezbollah rockets killed at least six in Israel; almost 10,000 Israeli troops have crossed in Lebanon; and a U.S. veto is blocking the U.N. Security Council from demanding an immediate cease-fire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Halts Attacks for 48 Hours

The move comes in the wake of its airstrike in the Lebanese village of Qana that killed at least 56 people, most of whom were women and children.

  • This is only a pause—a concession the U.S. extracted from Israel in the wake of withering international criticism. The Israeli attacks will likely continue apace for at least 10 more days, and perhaps more.
  • Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq to America: We Need Security—Against Your Soldiers

    Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, reports Reuters. Iraq’s human rights minister says the lack of enforcement of U.S. military law has led to crimes like the rape-murder allegedly committed by five U.S. soldiers.

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Darfur Starving
    AP / WFP

    U.N. Cuts Darfur Food Rations in Half

    The United Nations is taking the drastic step because of severe funding shortfalls. Other than Libya, none of Sudan’s partners in the Arab League have contributed any money. “This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made,” says a U.N. director.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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