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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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Unrelenting Israeli Strikes Could Cause ‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’

The death toll in the Gaza Strip passed 815 as new strikes by Israel’s Netanyahu government killed more civilians and prompted the largest West Bank protests seen in decades, “Democracy Now!” reports.

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The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

If the international community will not halt Israel’s Gaza attack and war crimes then it must concede to the Palestinians the right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

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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.

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It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

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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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Obama Courts India’s Modi After Election Sweep

President Barack Obama on Friday told India’s future prime minister, Narendra Modi, that he hopes they can work closely and invited the once-shunned Hindu nationalist leader to visit Washington.

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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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Nigerian Parents Say Boko Haram Video Confirms Worst ‘Fears’ About Abducted Girls

Nigerian parents on Tuesday said their worst fears about their daughters’ fates had been confirmed after Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, threatened to sell the hostages as “slaves.”

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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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Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale.

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Celebrities Including Sting and Emma Thompson Press U.N. on Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Some 30 actors, writers, directors, artists, musicians and others have petitioned the U.N. demanding it take action to protect civilians, notably Palestinian refugees, caught up in the Syria conflict as it entered its fourth year Saturday.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Unidentified Leaker of State Department Call

Someone—maybe the Russians—leaked an audio recording of a high-ranking State Department official and the American ambassador in Kiev seeming to plot a coup d’etat against the elected government of Ukraine.

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U.N. Condemns North Korean Torture Chambers, Prison Camps

U.N. investigators Monday released a catalog of massive human rights violations in North Korea that they say amount to crimes against humanity deserving attention by the International Criminal Court.

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U.N. Criticizes Vatican on Abuse

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Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

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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.

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U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

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Reigniting the Climate Change Debate

A British group says general interest in global warming has dwindled, and new ways of telling what is essentially a human story should include talking to those who may be skeptical about climate change.

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France Intervenes in Central African Republic

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Look: Earth Over the Next Century

An international group of scientists concerned with understanding how Earth functions as a system has created a beautiful and terrifying visual summary of data collected by the United Nations’ climate panel to project how conditions on the surface of the planet will change in the next 100 years.

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Mandela: Hero Thwarted

The South African underclass Mandela became an inspiration to continues to suffer unnecessarily in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.

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U.N. Implicates Bashar Assad in War Crimes

The United Nations’ human rights chief said an inquiry has found evidence that war crimes were authorized at the “highest level” of the Syrian government, including by President Bashar Assad. Monday’s statement is the first time the U.N. has so directly incriminated him.

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Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Talks

In a repeat of a scene played out at climate negotiations in years past, numerous organizations and hundreds of environmental activists walked out of the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday over the lack of progress toward a binding agreement to avert catastrophic climate change.

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‘Democracy Now!’ Streaming Live Coverage of the U.N. Climate Summit

All week, “Democracy Now!” is broadcasting live reports from the annual United Nations Climate Change Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

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Warsaw—Day 1: Climate Talks Open With Tears

The UN Climate Change Convention has begun its annual conference in the Polish capital, where the opening ceremony was overshadowed by the awful reality of the suffering in the Philippines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Skips Dues, Loses UNESCO Voting Rights

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, suspended U.S. voting rights in its organization after Washington failed to pay its dues. U.S. contributions make up about a fifth of UNESCO’s funding.

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It Turns Out the Sky IS Falling

Asteroids and satellites, oh, my! Two reports warn us to cast a wary eye above as space debris—natural and man made—drops from the sky. But don’t over-fret: Odds of getting hit are very small, though experts warn that the right-size asteroid would cause major damage.

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The Climate Gap Is Getting Wider

The promises made by governments to cut greenhouse gases are slipping steadily behind the scale of reductions the world needs in the next seven years, a U.N. report says.

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Climate Change to Cut Global Food Production, Increase Water Demand

Scientists and other experts are now taking an even dimmer view of the effects of global warming, and believe it will decrease worldwide food production even as demand from an expanding population increases. At the same time, climate change will increase the competition for potable water. And some changes are already occurring.

Posted on Nov 3, 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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U.S. to U.N.: Drone Strikes Are ‘Necessary and Just’

The U.N. criticized the Obama administration for its drone wars and discussed the “rapidly expanding militarised use of remotely piloted aircraft and the fraught international legal issues that it raises,” The Guardian reports.

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60 Million Underage Girls Have Been Forced to Marry

Girls all over the world are being deprived of their childhoods by being forced into early marriages. New research by human rights group Breakthrough shows as many as 25,000 girls are wed in India, many times by fathers who think they’re protecting their children from harm.

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Most of Syria’s Toxins May Be Easily Destroyed

After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country’s stockpile exists in an “unweaponized” form that can be destroyed quickly.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazilian President Speaks Out Against U.S. Spying (Video)

After revelations that the NSA has been engaging in corporate and political espionage in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff has made it clear her country will not stand for such a violation. Tuesday, at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, she gave a scathing speech assailing the agency’s surveillance.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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United Nations Forces a Showdown—With Its Own Workers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is trying to make an end run around the U.N.’s system for negotiating collective-bargaining agreements with its workers. Maybe he needs to call in his organization’s International Labor Organization to monitor its own actions.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold

For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” George Monbiot writes in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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As U.S. Debates Airstrikes, Syrian Refugees Head for the Borders

More than 2 million people have now fled Syria for neighboring countries, and the pace of the exodus has accelerated as the U.S. threatens airstrikes. The “disgraceful human calamity” could further destabilize the region.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

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Inhumane War in the Name of Humanity

Today we are poised to engage in war against Syria with such a flimsy case being made to attempt to justify an attack, it could only be the product of cynicism and willful misrepresentation in the cause of war and a callous disregard for our true national interest.

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Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap

The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Attempts to Protect Privacy Have a Long History

There are a growing number of privacy tools available today, but efforts to keep personal information safe are nothing new.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Battles Revelations of EU Spying

The latest disclosures from NSA leaker on the run Edward Snowden reveal that the National Security Agency spied on European Union offices in Brussels, Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations, as well as on more than 38 embassies and missions and European citizens. German Green Party politician and privacy advocate Malte Spitz weighs in.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Turkish Spring: Lawyers Rounded Up

Because of their work in defending clients who challenge government policies, Turkish lawyers have been targeted by the government and the police in an ongoing and dangerous process of attorney criminalization.

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