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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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



Israel to Take Over Land in West Bank in Its Biggest Seizure in 30 Years

Days after a cease-fire in Gaza was agreed to by Hamas and Israel, the latter announced it was taking over 1.5 square miles of West Bank territory south of Bethlehem as “a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers in the area” this summer.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE


U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?

At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Former U.N. Specialist for Palestinian Rights Suspects War Crimes

Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza. Likewise the claim that Hamas uses human shields is unfounded and Israel’s siege of Gaza is missing from media accounts of the cause of the current conflict, he contends.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Attitudes and Expressions From a Gaza Refugee Camp

At U.N schools-cum-shelters for displaced Gazans, exhausted refugees speak of grief, anger—and some—appreciable pride for the resolve with which fighters led by Hamas respond violently to Israel’s blockade against the movement of people and supplies in and out of the territory and the assault of the past month.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Navi Pillay

The U.N. human rights commissioner’s response to an effort by U.S. lawmakers to smear an investigation of potential Israeli war crimes affirms her role as a major “voice of the victim everywhere.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE



Israel and U.N. Have Been Differing Over Gaza Operations for Years

“A good number of lessons have not been learned,” said a United Nations lawyer who formerly led an inquiry into fatal Israeli military bombings of United Nations facilities in Gaza during a 2009 operation. The study concluded that Israel “breached the inviolability of United Nations premises.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party. Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water, civil war, mass graves, and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



Israel and Hamas 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Collapses (Updated)

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire was scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Shortly after the truce began Friday, however, Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces accused each other of violating the agreement.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE


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