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Israel and Hamas 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Collapses (Updated)

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire was scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Shortly after the truce began Friday, however, Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces accused each other of violating the agreement.

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After Another U.N. School Shelled in Gaza, U.N. Official Calls Tragedy ‘Source of Universal Shame’

Chris Gunness, a U.N. Relief and Works Agency official, said that the IDF had been notified of the “precise location” of the organization’s school-turned-shelter in Jabaliya at least 17 times before what he and his colleagues termed Israeli artillery killed “children ... as they slept next to their parents” Wednesday.

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A War Crimes Investigation Could Benefit Both Sides in Gaza

If and when Palestine becomes a member state of the International Criminal Court, Israel should rejoin, and cooperate with any investigation into human rights violations.

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Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC

The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

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Both Sides Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Truce in Gaza as Israel Rejects Broader Cease-Fire Proposal

According to Al-Jazeera, 76 bodies were recovered from the rubble Saturday morning in Gaza, during what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole is calling a “phony” cease-fire.

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U.N. School Where Hundreds of Palestinians Sought Protective Shelter Shelled

A United Nations-run school in Gaza sheltering Palestinian evacuees was hit by shells Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than a hundred. According to Al-Jazeera, the shells came from the Israeli military, but The Washington Post says that has not been confirmed.

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U.N.: Israel’s Military Action in Gaza May Amount to War Crimes

In international law, Israel’s pretext for indiscriminate bombing—that Hamas hides out among noncombatants—is unacceptable.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



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2.2 Billion People Are Poor

According to a new United Nations report, almost one-third of all humans are living in poverty, or very close to it. But there’s something else that should alarm us.

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U.S., U.N. Try Diplomacy in Israel

Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Israel, where they are meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to urge an end to hostilities.

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Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts

The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

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‘We Need’ People Like Edward Snowden, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news conference Wednesday that Edward Snowden is a defender of human rights and should not be prosecuted.

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John Oliver: Americans Are Largely to Blame for Anti-Gay Brutality in Uganda

Even though marriage equality is sweeping the nation, the “Last Week Tonight” host reminds us we shouldn’t be patting ourselves too hard on the back quite yet.

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Do You Know How Many People Are Poor in Today’s World? Neither Does the U.N.

Oxford economists recently discovered that the United Nations has been miscalculating worldwide poverty numbers by an astounding 400 million people.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Chief Warns Iraq Crisis Could Spill Across Borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation’s borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.

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Shortly After Mother’s Day, U.N. Says U.S. ‘Losing Out’ Over Paid Maternity Leave

The United States is one of just three countries not to guarantee any paid maternity leave, a policy that costs the nation dearly.

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Clean Energy Rollout Would Shave Fraction Off Economic Growth

A landmark U.N. study published Sunday says catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards, concluding that “the ditching of fossil fuels is eminently affordable,” The Guardian reports.

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20 Years After Rwandan Genocide, U.N. Is Still ‘Ashamed’

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Monday, where he said, “We could have done much more. We should have done much more.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Palestine’s Abbas Finally Says He Will Go to U.N. Over Israeli Squatters

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday signed some 15 international treaties and U.N. legal instruments, including the Geneva Conventions, in preparation for going to the International Criminal Court over Israel’s illegal flooding of hundreds of thousands of Israeli squatters into the West Bank.

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U.N. Criticizes Vatican on Abuse

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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Israeli Home Construction Could ‘Destroy the Peace Process’

Israel has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in existing settlements on territory that was seized from the Palestinians, Reuters reports.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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The U.N. Needs $6.5 Billion to Keep Syria From Starving

Syria’s civil war has prompted the United Nations to ask for a record amount in aid donations.

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France Intervenes in Central African Republic

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World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History

The United States’ vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Group Calls for ‘Vaccination Cease-Fire’ in Syria

Due to a polio outbreak in eastern Syria, the organization Save the Children pleaded Tuesday with both the government and rebels to instate a cease-fire and allow access to hundreds of thousands of young ones threatened by the pernicious disease.

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Warm Enough for You?

Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

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Iran, U.S. Move Closer to Reconciliation

More than three decades after the hostage crisis, the presidents of the United States and Iran spoke at the United Nations, apparently eager to repair relations between the two countries.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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U.S. Promises ‘Consequences’ in Syria, Whatever U.N. Inspectors Find

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised action against Syria while a U.N. team scrambled to gather evidence amid sniper fire.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

While the final funerals for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre have been held, gun violence continues apace, most notably with the Christmas Eve murder of two volunteer firefighters in rural Webster, N.Y., at the hands of an ex-convict who was armed, as was the Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, with a Bushmaster .223 caliber AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation

The real threat to Israel comes not from tiny, impoverished Gaza, but from the policies of the country’s increasingly right-wing politicians.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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What Exactly Would Israel Like to Do With Its Palestinian Population?

If Israel has its (present) way, there will be no Palestinian state.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE


Palestine U.N. Status

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U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


Recipe for Disaster

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The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE


Egypt’s President Reasserts his Country’s Sovereignty in World Affairs

Mr. Morsi said what had not been said before, that if the United States wishes Egypt to continue to respect the Camp David agreement made 34 years ago, it must honor its own simultaneous commitment to Palestinian self-rule.

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Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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