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Tag: United Nations


‘There’s No Downside’ to Drones, Philosopher Says

A newly hired philosophy professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has become the latest defender of President Obama’s deadly drone program.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Muzaffar Salman

U.N. Suspends Syria Mission as Violence Rises

U.N. observers trying to monitor and report on the situation in Syria will suspend their operations amid an escalating level of violence between the Assad regime and the opposition.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE

Syria Accused of Using Children as Human Shields

U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Updates on the Syrian Conflict

Among the latest developments in the Syrian humanitarian crisis, China and Russia have reaffirmed their opposition to a forced regime change; Turkey and Japan joined 11 other countries in expelling Syrian diplomats, and the U.N.’s Human Rights Council is due to meet to discuss the massacre in the city of Houla.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE

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Children Slaughtered in Government Attack on Syrian Town

The United Nations has confirmed that 32 children and nearly twice as many adults were killed after Syrian government forces attacked the western town of Houla. Locals are furious that U.N. observers, deployed to monitor a cease-fire between officials and the opposition, did not intervene.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria

Violence Persists in Syria Despite Peace Agreement

Despite news of the Syrian government’s acceptance of a peace plan brought in by special envoy Kofi Annan a day before, by Wednesday it was clear that those headlines didn’t mean much in the way of actual progress in Syria.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / PanARMENIAN_Photo

Syria Accepts Annan’s Peace Plan

Former United Nations secretary-general and current U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that his bid to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) and his administration to accept a peace plan Annan proposed has been successful. Enacting it, however, is another matter.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE

The U.N. and Syria

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Misha Japaridze

Russia Changes Stance on Syria

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signaled a shift in his country’s position vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria, indicating that Russia may be willing to cooperate more with the U.N. Security Council’s proposed plan, but with some stipulations.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Richard Drew

Clinton Calls for Unity on Syria at U.N.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to appeal once again to the international community about the crisis in Syria, making pointed remarks in the general direction of China and Russia as she urged all member nations to get with the regime change program, and soon.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE

Håkan Dahlström (CC-BY)

How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE

DAPD / Clemens Bilan

U.N. Team Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s about time. A U.N. panel has concluded that members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are guilty of “gross human rights violations” amounting to crimes against humanity.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / PanARMENIAN_Photo

Russia-Sized Obstacle Blocks U.N.’s Syrian Plan

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council’s attempt to pass a resolution strongly encouraging regime change in Syria, which by definition would mean the end of President Bashar Assad’s tenure in office, was again met with resistance from Russia.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE

Roger Wollstadt (CC-BY-SA)

This Utopia Brought to You by the United Nations

In preparation for the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, the United Nations has released a report titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” complete with 56 recommendations that sound great but will probably never be implemented. (more)

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Local Coordination Committees in Syria

U.N. Considers Syria Intervention

As the crisis in Syria reached new levels of urgency Friday, the United Nations Security Council met to work up a resolution pressuring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. The U.N. group faced a formidable challenge, however, from a prominent and permanent member, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria on the Verge of Civil War

The Arab League and the rest of the international community seem at a loss to prevent rising tension and violence in Syria from driving the country into full-blown civil war.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Shaam News Network via APTN

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


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

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.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

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.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE

Palestine Becomes a Full Member of UNESCO

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

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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

Avinash Kunnath (CC-BY)

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)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE

PLO Blunder

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE

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

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE

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

Flickr / World Economic Forum

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


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.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / ssoosay (CC-BY)

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

Flickr / Gates Foundation

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

Collage from a photo by World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

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

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / UK Department for International Development (CC-BY)

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

United Nations

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)

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Pennello

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)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE

International Help

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Tony Spencer Some rights reserved

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

Flickr / U.S. Navy

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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