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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

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AP / Seth Wenig

Palestine Vote Showcases the Decline of American Power

It is often the little things that trip up empires and send them spiraling into geopolitical feebleness.

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Avinash Kunnath (CC-BY)

Fidel Castro Surfaces to Criticize Obama

Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?” (more)

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The New Two-State Solution

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AP / Seth Wenig

Obama’s Palestine Solution: More Talk

One year ago, President Obama stood before the U.N. General Assembly and called for international recognition of a Palestinian state. On Wednesday, to the exasperation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and millions struggling for democracy in the Arab world, he declared his opposition to that idea. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on 9/11, Jobs and Palestinian Statehood

It’s a healthy serving of Chomsky three ways, as the celebrated intellectual stops by “Democracy Now!” to digest three of the biggest issues in the news.

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Alex92287 (CC-BY)

Israeli Army Trains Settlers to Confront Palestinian Protesters

Fearing a mass uprising if Palestinians win statehood in the U.N. next month, the Israel Defense Forces are training settlers in the West Bank and equipping settlement security personnel with tear gas and stun grenades. The IDF is also designating a point for each settlement at which soldiers are free to shoot at the legs of protesters. (more)

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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

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Howard Buffett’s Hope for Africa’s Future

Earlier this month, Howard Buffett—the philanthropist son of the “Sage of Omaha”—penned a Huffington Post article defending a project within the U.N.’s World Food Program called “Purchase for Progress” and offered his vision of an ideal future for farmers in the global south. (more)

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Mahmoud Abbas: Why Palestine Seeks U.N. Membership

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas penned an Op-Ed in Tuesday’s New York Times making the case for Palestine’s right to statehood and giving the reasons why it should be considered a legitimate member of the international community.

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NATO Loses Confidence in Libyan Rebels

Having accepted that the rebels can’t defeat Moammar Gadhafi themselves, NATO is aggressively expanding its list of targets in Libya.

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Stefan Meisel (CC-BY)

Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...

Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it…. (more)

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French Go on Attack Over Libya

A French warplane has fired the first shots over Libya under a U.N.-enforced no-fly zone that began on Saturday. The plane reportedly targeted a Libyan military vehicle during an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces against rebels in the city of Benghazi.

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Libyan Government Declares a Cease-Fire

The Gadhafi government has declared a cease-fire in its offensive against opposition fighters, apparently in response to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians.

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U.N. Approves ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Libyan Civilians

On the same day that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhadi told the people of rebel Benghazi he would show “no mercy,” the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution brought by the U.K., France and Lebanon to allow “all necessary measures” except invasion to protect Libya’s civilian population.

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New Regimes Have Reason to Resent America

Barack Obama’s successor will inherit the hypocrisy of past American policy choices in the Middle East and find himself the enemy of the governments that eventually will have replaced the unseated Tunisian, Egyptian, presumably Libyan (and other) despotisms of recent memory.

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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

The U.S. has vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, saying its passage would “harden the positions of both sides.”

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Obama Backs India’s Bid for Security Council Seat

India’s future role in the United Nations might just bump up a big notch soon, thanks to Barack Obama’s endorsement. The president officially announced his support for India’s permanent inclusion on the U.N.‘s Security Council on Monday ... (continued)

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AP / Salako Valentin

Two-Thirds of Benin Is Underwater

The U.N. has begun flying tents into the West African country of Benin to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of people chased from their homes by heavy flooding after months of heavy rains. Adding to the misery is an outbreak of cholera. two-thirds

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

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AP / Manu Fernandez

Unemployment: It Ain’t Over Till It’s ... 2015

Those waiting for recovery from unemployment woes might have to wait a bit longer. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization has warned that it may take until 2015 for the global economy to bounce back to pre-crisis employment levels. Meantime, look for more social unrest of the kind now unfolding across Europe.

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U.N.’s Poverty Goals

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Ahmadinejad at U.N.

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U.N. Says Global Hunger Is ‘Unacceptably High’

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has released a new report gauging global hunger in 2010, and the FAO surmised that worldwide undernourishment, although slightly improved from 2009, remains “unacceptably high.” This raises the question: Is there ever an “acceptable” level?

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U.S. Navy / MC2 Ted Green

U.S. Leaves Iraq Much Worse Off

Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

Taliban Demand Civilian Casualties Committee

Responding to a U.N. report that found that most of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan are caused by Taliban attacks, the insurgent group released a statement calling for the creation of a joint committee to investigate the deaths of noncombatants. The U.N. and NATO are considering the proposal. (continued)

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

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News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

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U.N. Court Declares Kosovo’s Split-Off Legit

On Thursday, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice validated Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of separation from Serbia, declaring the move legitimate according to international law.

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White House / Pete Souza

White House Pledges $400 Million to Palestinians

A White House statement calls the $400 million aid package announced Wednesday “a down payment on the United States’ commitment to Palestinians in Gaza, who deserve a better life and expanded opportunities, and the chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank.”

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U.N. Leader Wants ‘Credible’ Investigation of Flotilla Raid

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for Israel to accept international participation in an investigation of the deadly flotilla assault that killed nine activists in international waters. Israeli authorities have rejected the idea of an international tribunal and maintained they will conduct an internal investigation.

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Karzai Blames U.N. for Election Fraud

Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Thursday that last year’s presidential election had been greatly hindered by fraud, his assessment as to the source of the problem came as a surprise to the president’s main target.

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A World Without Tuna

They served whale at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant. But where are the shock, horror and hidden cameras when the sashimi comes out? Tuna are rapidly vanishing from the Earth’s oceans. An effort to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna just failed at a U.N. meeting, because the countries that sell the animals as food are worried about their fishermen.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

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World Economic Forum

U.N. Puts Bill Clinton in Charge of Haiti Aid

The former president will oversee international aid in Haiti at the request of the United Nations. The U.N. effort has struggled after losing nearly 100 personnel, including the mission chief, to the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Clinton was chosen for his fundraising abilities as much as his administrative touch. (Continued)

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nicole Ketchen

British Government Warned That Iraq War Would Be Illegal

Before the invasion of Iraq, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s top legal adviser warned that the use of force was “contrary to international law” and “would amount to the crime of aggression.” (continued)

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AP / Ashraf Amra

Israel to Pay U.N. for Gaza Incident

The Israeli government, according to The Wall Street Journal, has agreed to pay about $10.5 million to compensate the United Nations for an incident that resulted in the killing of a U.N. driver and the destruction of two U.N. schools and a World Food Program warehouse during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2009.

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U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan

His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.”

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Take Me to Your Climate Leader

“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Hungering for a True Thanksgiving

“Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry,” says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


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IAEA Not Worried About Second Iran Nuclear Site

U.N. inspectors have found “nothing to be worried about” in their first report after visiting a previously clandestine uranium-enrichment site south of Tehran. The clean assessment, which described the site as a “hole in a mountain,” may cause critics to now look for more diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Turkish Cooperation—and Coffee—in Short Supply for Israel

Other than the United States, Turkey has probably been the most important of Israel’s allies, but now it is getting the “freedom fries” treatment.

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White House / Lawrene Jackson

Karzai Gives In, Agrees to Runoff

Afghanistan will hold a runoff election on Nov. 7 after a U.N. commission stripped President Hamid Karzai of his victory, citing rampant fraud. Karzai, under heavy foreign pressure, accepted the commission’s findings Tuesday and agreed to the runoff.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE



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We’ll Need 70 Percent More Food

Global population is expected to hit 9.1 billion in the next 40 years, causing demand for food to double. The U.N. says we will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 or risk starving hundreds of millions of people.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee has interrupted the president’s meditations on whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan by awarding him the Peace Prize. The committee cited Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” and especially his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

Migration Is a Win-Win-Win

An independent report commissioned by the U.N. has found that migration is simply good economics for everyone involved. The world’s billion migrants actually boost employment in their destination communities while improving conditions back home.

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