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Tag: United Nations


Climate Change as Genocide

Only concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm.

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Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party

The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE



The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War

National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



Dereliction of Duty, Redux

All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

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Noam Chomsky Assesses Trump’s First 75 Days: ‘One Crazy Thing After Another’ (Video)

The acclaimed author and political commentator talks about Russia, nuclear disarmament, Trump’s Cabinet and ways the administration is turning America “into a laughingstock.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



U.N. Experts: Americans’ Right to Protest Is in Danger Under Trump

Since Donald Trump was elected president, at least 19 states have introduced bills that attack freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

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U.N. Envoy Nikki Haley’s Tough Stance on International Relations: ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations speaks openly about her disapproval of the U.N. General Assembly’s nuclear disarmament talks and her disdain for the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE



An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final assessment of 2016.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



United Nations Report: Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’

The report, issued by a U.N. commission on Western Asia, draws swift criticism from Israeli and U.S. officials.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran

Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE



DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

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Why the U.N. Resolution on Israeli Squatting Didn’t Go Far Enough

The U.S. abstained Friday as the 14 other Security Council member states formally condemned Israel’s government for its support of those who steal and live on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

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Jimmy Carter Calls on Barack Obama to Recognize Palestine

In a New York Times op-ed, the former president also urges Obama to let the United Nations condemn Israeli presence on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE



Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard

Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

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Repression and Nonviolent Resistance in Africa’s Last Colony

The Sahrawis, the indigenous population native to the Western Sahara region, are in a protracted struggle for independence, and face terrible human rights violations by Morocco.

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Donald Trump Taps Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador

Trump is angling to include a woman of color—a former critic—among his administration’s highest ranks. The president-elect is also mulling candidates for big Cabinet appointments, including onetime campaign rival Ben Carson.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



The World Is Worried About Donald Trump, the Climate Denier

The implications of a Trump administration were discussed at the United Nations climate change summit. Fortunately, the fate of the planet is not in the hands of one man. It’s up to movements everywhere to save it.

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A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue

President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

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‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans

The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Wonder Woman. (Yes, Really.)

The 75-year-old comic book superhero is adding a special honor to her famous belt: ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. More power to her—and all other females.

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 READ MORE


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U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Asks Rebel Group Linked to al-Qaida to Leave East Aleppo

The United Nations’ Staffan de Mistura (pictured) has addressed the Levant Conquest Front, whose leader has pledged allegiance to an al-Qaida leader. For reasons that remain extremely mysterious, the CIA ignores this group, with which some of its own favorites have sometimes formed battlefield alliances.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia

The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts to United States: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Now

Standing Rock Sioux were “denied access to information and excluded from consultations,” a United Nations special rapporteur charges.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World

According to Oxfam, the six wealthiest countries—the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom—“host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Takes His Campaign 2016 Act to the United Nations With Anti-Trump Talk (Video)

For the presidential candidates of this election cycle, as well as for their surrogates and supporters, all the world’s a campaign stage.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Construction Will Continue, Says Pipeline Company CEO

As the head of the company building the pipeline vows to move forward with the controversial project, nonviolent protesters bring work to a halt at one North Dakota site.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



North Korea Accused of ‘Maniacal Recklessness’ After Nuclear Test

The country marked the 68th anniversary of its founding with its most powerful nuclear test to date, triggering a magnitude 5.3 earthquake and reactions from international leaders in the process.

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Reimagining the United Nations: A 2020 Vision

The intergovernmental organization was invented in 1945 to promote international cooperation after World War II. Isn’t time to devise a system of global governance that focuses on problems of the 21st century?

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Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup

President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Samantha Power, Former Human Rights Journalist, to Receive Award From Henry Kissinger

Although she is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the past Power has called out Kissinger for his role in human rights abuses.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Chaos & Caliphate’: Sanctions, Revolutions and Sectarian War

Excerpts from a new book chronicling a quarter-century of struggle in the Greater Middle East introduce us to a man who risks life and limb defusing land mines for a pittance, and to an idea about the best hope to stop the civil war in Syria.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Is Saying ‘No’ to the War on Drugs

A group of Latin American activists is winding its way to New York City, where it will participate in a special session of the U.N. General Assembly in order to shine a spotlight on the global horrors wrought by the illicit drug trade.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak

The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



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United States Recognizes Islamic State Atrocities as Genocide

Following a unanimous vote in the House, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement in which he officially used the term “genocide” to describe Islamic State crimes against religious minorities. But how will this affect foreign policy?

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Impeachable Offense

GOP presidential candidates are endorsing torture again.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘A Significant Victory’ for Julian Assange as U.N. Panel Calls for His Freedom

A United Nations panel this week officially concluded that the WikiLeaks founder has been “arbitrarily detained” and should be allowed to walk free.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Julian Assange ‘Arbitrarily Detained,’ a U.N. Panel Has Found

The panel is expected to announce Friday a finding that the WikiLeaks founder’s long stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is the result of improper actions by Sweden and Britain.

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TPP Is ‘Fundamentally Flawed’ and Should Be Resisted, Says U.N. Human Rights Expert

Alfred de Zayas, the United Nation’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of [s]tates.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts Catalog a Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in the U.S.

Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans in the United States need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



Why Israel’s Netanyahu Has No Standing to Accuse U.N. Chief of Inciting Terrorism (Video)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the U.N. Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank and building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Ultra-Rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ Class Undermining Global Democracy, Study Says

As foundations and wealthy individuals funnel money into global development, what “solutions” are they pursuing?

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



Outrage in Oregon

Taking over a federal building at the point of a rifle gives protest a bad name.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE


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