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Arab League Pushes for Progress in Syria

The presence of delegates from the Arab League hasn’t eradicated the deadly clashes between governmental forces and civilians in Syria, although some of the more obvious signs of strife had diminished by Monday. According to the head of the visiting coalition, the violence persists from behind the scenes as snipers continue to claim lives. 

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Durban Climate Talks in Tatters

John Vidal and Fiona Harvey with The Guardian describe the latest collection of blowups at the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, where negotiators from 194 countries, in their third consecutive round of all-night talks, seem powerless to come to any sort of agreement.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Seymour Hersh on the IAEA’s Racket in Iran

Last week, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency expressed “serious concerns” over Iran’s nuclear program in a strongly worded report that claimed that there is evidence that Iran might be developing an atomic weapon. This is the stuff of “fantasyland,” according to The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh.

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U.N. Zeroes In on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Despite the Iranian government’s insistence to the contrary, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog group, the IAEA, remains suspicious about Tehran’s intentions for the country’s nuclear program, passing a resolution Friday registering its “deep and increasing concern” that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.

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Irrational Israel Intimidates Iran

Israel’s attempts to threaten Iran are insane; the Sky Watch tower in Zuccotti Park causes more than a little unease; and a new app hints at a future in which phones will replace cash and credit cards. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Palestine Becomes a Full Member of UNESCO

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NATO Declares Libya Mission Officially Over

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Libya to announce the end of the military campaign that began seven months ago and culminated in the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20.

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Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Fidel Castro Surfaces to Criticize Obama

Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?” (more)

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PLO Blunder

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Netanyahu Responds to Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Less than an hour after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas finished speaking before the United Nations General Assembly about his wish for statehood, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern to give his side of the story. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE


Palestinian Statehood

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Watch Abbas’ Full Speech to the U.N.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made his official request to the Security Council on Friday, asking it to grant Palestine full membership in the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Karp

Abbas Requests Full U.N. Membership

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made his formal request to the Security Council on Friday for full membership in the United Nations, a request that, if granted, could lead to the official declaration of a Palestinian state.

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Ahmadinejad’s U.N. Speech Prompts Another Delegate Walkout

Delegates from the United States and Europe walked out of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday afternoon in the middle of a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he began expressing anti-Israeli sentiment.

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Obama’s Contradictory U.N. Speeches

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. His message—that Palestinians should return to the peace negotiations of 1979—seemingly contradicted his speech from a year ago.

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AP / Seth Wenig

Obama’s Palestine Solution: More Talk

One year ago, President Obama stood before the U.N. General Assembly and called for international recognition of a Palestinian state. On Wednesday, to the exasperation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and millions struggling for democracy in the Arab world, he declared his opposition to that idea. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Turkey Ousts Israeli Ambassador

Turkey downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel on Friday, announcing that the Israeli ambassador is no longer welcome and that it would sever military ties between the two countries. (more)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE



U.N. Report Mostly Exonerates Israel in Flotilla Raid

Fifteen months ago Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying aid, killing nine civilians in the process. A U.N. report, which acknowledges that its sources are limited and its conclusions are not definitive, has found that Israel’s blockade in international waters was legal. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

The U.N. in Haiti: Time to Adapt or Time to Go

After seven years in Haiti, it is time for the U.N. peacekeeping mission to either significantly refocus its mission or close its operation and leave the business of governing and reconstruction to the Haitians themselves.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 18 in Attack on United Nations Headquarters in Nigeria

Eighteen people were killed and dozens more injured when a suicide bomber drove his car into the U.N. headquarters in the Nigerian capital Friday.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Howard Buffett’s Hope for Africa’s Future

Earlier this month, Howard Buffett—the philanthropist son of the “Sage of Omaha”—penned a Huffington Post article defending a project within the U.N.’s World Food Program called “Purchase for Progress” and offered his vision of an ideal future for farmers in the global south. (more)

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel OKs Major Housing Development With More to Come

Israel’s Interior Ministry has approved a 1,600-unit housing complex in East Jerusalem. It’s the same complex that was announced last year, embarrassing a visiting Vice President Joe Biden, and it comes with the promise to build an additional 2,700 units of housing in the occupied Palestinian area of the city.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


U.N. Food Agency Crisis Talks

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Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia

The U.N. on Wednesday declared the first official famine of the 21st century. The designation was applied to war-torn Somalia, where tens of thousands of people—mostly children—have died of malnutrition.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



Return of the Zapatistas

The Zapatistas in Mexico mobilize against the drug war; the AOL-HuffPo merger is starting to lose its charm; and Google’s Internet monopoly is threatened by Facebook. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Report Deems Internet Access a Basic Human Right

Months after the start of the uprisings that are roiling the Middle Eastern and Arabic world, the United Nations has recognized the essential role the Internet plays in human aspirations, deeming unhampered Internet availability a basic human right. (more)

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Israelis and Palestinians Expect Third Intifada

Two separate polls found that the majority of Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza see another intifada on the horizon if negotiations don’t yield progress soon. (more)

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Industrial Capitalism Still on Course to Consume the World

Echoing the now-weary warnings of scientists, environmentalists and other well-meaning people, a United Nations report released Thursday says: “By 2050, humanity could devour an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year—three times its current appetite—unless the economic growth rate is ‘decoupled’ from the rate of natural resource consumption.”

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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NATO Loses Confidence in Libyan Rebels

Having accepted that the rebels can’t defeat Moammar Gadhafi themselves, NATO is aggressively expanding its list of targets in Libya.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Western Leaders Say Gadhafi’s Got to Go

Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Staffers Killed in Afghan Protest

The threatened, and now fulfilled, Quran-burning gesture by Florida pastor Terry Jones (pictured) sparked fatal consequences in Afghanistan on Friday, when protesters in the northern city of Mazir-e-Sharif stormed a United Nations compound and killed at least 20 employees.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Showdown Takes Shape in Ivory Coast

The West African nation of Ivory Coast is under crisis as troops supporting the United Nations-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, move for a final push to oust Laurent Gibagbo, the sitting president.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Land of War and Honey

For the scores of journalists and aid workers who poured into Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the terrible food in Baghdad’s hotels was a shock—greasy minced meat, mayonnaise-soaked vegetables and an obsession with Pepsi.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Libyan No-Fly Zone in Place, U.S. Says

As a NATO-led international effort to “protect the Libyan people” enters its second day, the U.S. says its no-fly zone is now in place while Russia and the Arab League have condemned the joint attack.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Libyan Quandary

Onward ride the old familiar horses of colonialism. France and Britain have enthusiastically endorsed the U.N. resolution calling for a “no-fly zone” over Libya.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama to Gadhafi: ‘All Attacks Against Civilians Must Stop’

In this speech from the White House on Friday, President Obama laid out what Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must do in order to avoid “consequences,” thus far in the form of a no-fly zone, from the international community. Obama also spelled out what the U.S. would not ...

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Approves ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Libyan Civilians

On the same day that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhadi told the people of rebel Benghazi he would show “no mercy,” the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution brought by the U.K., France and Lebanon to allow “all necessary measures” except invasion to protect Libya’s civilian population.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


U.S., U.N. Consider Action in Libya

What role should the U.S. take in Libya, as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue their assault on rebel strongholds with no clear resolution in sight? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some ideas, and they don’t involve the word unilateral ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


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White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya

President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Libyan Rebels Hold Off Pro-Gadhafi Forces

Although Col. Moammar Gadhafi announced on national television Wednesday that he will “fight until the last man and woman,” the outcome of fighting in the town of Brega between troops still going to battle for the Libyan leader and rebels ...

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Two U.S. Ships En Route to Libya

As tens of thousands of Libyans look to leave their homeland or have already fled, the United Nations on Tuesday called for aid in response to the crisis, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed the kind of help ...

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Backlash Mounts Against Gadhafi

Support for Col. Moammar Gadhafi in the midst of a Libyan uprising, however much he had, was dwindling Tuesday as former members of his own government joined outside critics in condemning violence against protesters as Gadhafi held fast to his position.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libyan State Television

Libya Brings in the Big Guns Against Protesters

Longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s grip on power has been significantly shaken by protesters in recent days, but Col. Gadhafi made it clear Monday that he wasn’t ready to go the way of his former counterparts in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt by ...

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

The U.S. has vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, saying its passage would “harden the positions of both sides.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Israel Leal

Climate Deal Is Struck in Cancun

Climate talks in Mexico wrapped up with a bare-bones compromise. As with every other international climate negotiation, some see the pact as a big step forward, while activists claim the deal doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE


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