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Occupy Wall Street Is United in Its Diversity

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Cay Johnston wrote Friday that the Occupy Wall Street protests are unlike any demonstrations he has seen in more than 40 years, and that the reasons the movement differs so much are the same reasons why it could succeed in sparking major change. (more)

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Cordey

More Airline Merger Madness

Another day, another big merger in the skies: On Monday, Southwest Airlines announced that it had scooped up rival AirTran Airways, the second such acquisition this month after United and Continental joined forces.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


United plane
Flickr / Moto@Club4AG

Continental Unites With United

Shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have finally voted to form a more perfect United Airlines, merging the two companies under United’s name to create the world’s largest airline service, overtaking its closest U.S. rival—the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines—and European carriers.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / LAXFlyer

Continental to Be United

Barring any last-minute mess-ups, a deal to merge air carriers Continental and United will likely be announced as early as Monday, a union that would create the world’s biggest airline.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


UFO at O’Hare Experiences Heavy Delays

At least a dozen United Airlines employees reported seeing a flying saucer hovering over Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Nov. 7, and they’re upset that no one—from the FAA to their own company—is taking them seriously. One of the tower controllers summed up the generally disingenuous response to the sighting: “To fly 7 million light-years to O’Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
wikipedia.org

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


Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


U.N. Security Council
un.int

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


North Korea Threatens Another Explosion

North Korea’s No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, threatened a second nuclear test if the U.S. refuses to back down: “If the United States continues to take a hostile attitude and apply pressure on us in various forms, we will have no choice but to take physical steps to deal with that.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Afghan girls
flickr/TKnoxB

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
From princeton.edu

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


WEF Report
World Economic Forum

U.S. Economy Devalued

The World Economic Forum has demoted the United States in its ranking of economic competitiveness, explaining that spiraling debt and persistent budget shortfalls forced the downgrade.  Switzerland now holds the top spot, followed by much of Scandinavia.

Posted on Sep 26, 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
contrasto.it

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
Fickr/mdot

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


U.S. Warns India of Terror Threats

The U.S. Embassy has told India that it has information suggesting that terror attacks might occur in the political and economic capitals—Delhi and Mumbai.  The Indian government has yet to receive any specific information.  The warning comes only a month after more than 180 people were killed when a series of bombs exploded on a commuter train in Mumbai. 

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


    U.N. Panel: Close Guantanamo

    A United Nations panel on torture isn’t buying President Bush’s assurances that America does not send suspected terrorists to countries known for using torture to extract information. The panel also recommended the closing of America’s Guantanamo military prison in Cuba.

    Posted on May 19, 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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