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Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

A Spectacle of Life-Affirming News on the Cusp of the U.N.’s 70th Birthday

The convergence of a papal tour, a Chinese president’s visit, an auto executive’s resignation and a House speaker singing “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” has stirred the winds of civility.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Palestinian Flag Is Raised at United Nations Headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why Obama and Putin Are Both Wrong on Syria

President Obama seemed awfully defensive in his speech at the United Nations on Monday. It’s because while his own plans to defeat Islamic State have failed, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has gotten militarily involved in the fight against the group—with the help of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Saudi Arabia has been accused of human rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why has it been appointed to head a U.N. human rights panel?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Will Rich Nations Pay Reparations to Developing Countries for Extreme Weather?

Nations suffering from climate change-induced disasters, including some that have displaced people from their homes, are asking for more than the annual $100 billion allotted as “climate change mitigation measures” by the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Official: ‘Syrian Conflict Will Displace Another Million People’

“Unless something big is done to resolve this conflict through political means, the human train that has started moving out of Syria and the neighborhood will continue to be running for many months to come,” United Nations humanitarian chief Yacoub El Hillo said.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Headquarters to Fly Palestinian Flag After General Assembly Vote

One hundred nineteen of 193 U.N. member states approved the resolution in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Plans to Demolish Up to 13,000 Palestinian Structures in West Bank, U.N. Says

A record number of demolition orders has been issued against Arab buildings in Area C, mostly on privately owned Palestinian land that is under full Israeli control, leaving residents and homes “in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat,” according to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Icelanders Who Opened Their Hearts and Homes to Syrian Refugees

Citizens of the country that is the most peaceful in the world, according to a recent Global Peace Index, have reached out to refugees from one of the least peaceful countries. Their acts of kindness have left their mark in unexpected ways.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State’s Dangerous Effort to Wipe Out Humanity’s Past

The militant group’s destruction this week of the ruins of a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra is an attempt to reduce history to a mere digital memory, the epistemological equivalent of a LOLCats meme or a Vine prank.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

South Sudanese Troops Brutalize Civilians; U.N. Intervenes

Violence in the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, in which government forces have viciously targeted civilians in the struggle between two national leaders, has been so severe of late that the United Nations has once again gotten involved in the roiling regional conflict.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Surveillance ‘Worse Than Orwell,’ Says U.N. Privacy Chief

Joseph Cannataci, recently appointed as the first U.N. digital privacy chief, has called British oversight a “bad joke” and says the world needs a “Geneva Convention” for the Internet to safeguard personal data.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

If We Stopped Wasting Even Just a Bit Less Food, We Could Feed Everyone on Earth

According to the United Nations, it wouldn’t take much to keep the world’s most vulnerable from going hungry.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes

“The scale of the devastation was unprecedented” in Gaza, according to an independent commission convened by the United Nations.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Why Israel Deserves to Stay on the United Nations’ Child Rights ‘Blacklist’

The United Nations’ decision—under pressure from the U.S. government—to remove Israel from its list of children’s rights violators should not blind us from the truth: Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinian children last summer, and its continued occupation of Palestine undermines children’s basic human rights.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. ‘Transactional Sex’ Scandal: More Than 225 Haitian Women Reported Abuse

Representatives of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti have become embroiled in an international diplomatic incident after The Associated Press released information from a report detailing sexual abuse allegations involving U.N. workers and local women seeking their aid.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Scholar: ‘Yemen Has Not Shot a Single Bullet at the Saudi Government’

Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a human rights advocacy think tank, explains why the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Can Uber’s U.N. Partnership Fix Its Gender Problem?

In a bold move to reform its image, ride-share giant Uber has announced it will create 1 million jobs for women in the next five years.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Approves Palestine’s Bid to Join International Criminal Court

The United Nations has given Palestine the go-ahead to become the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court, effective April 1 of this year.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE

Did Iran Win 2014? Top 6 Iran Developments This Year

In 2014, Iran made news on a number of important fronts.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Edict on Climate Change

Could the pontiff achieve a feat that has eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

1.7 Million Syrian Refugee Food Crisis Risks Regional Instability

A funding crisis at the U.N.’s World Food Program has left more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt without food vouchers as a “disastrous” winter approaches.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE

Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Frontline Ebola Responders

Doctors Without Borders was on the scene in West Africa six months before the U.N. declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016

Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an apartheid state.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Won’t Offer Poor Nations Aid at U.N. Climate Summit

The United States won’t pledge any support to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations meeting this week on climate change, the organization’s social envoy on climate change said Friday.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Klein

The aim of her new book on capitalism and climate change—to rapidly get large numbers of previously unengaged people to agree that the leading wisdom is the very thing that is preventing humanity from saving itself—is quixotic and urgent.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE

Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE

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