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Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Six Nations Hold U.N. Huddle About Iran

On Thursday, President Barack Obama made his case for a fourth round of sanctions
against Iran to send a strong message to Tehran about its nuclear program, but some other global powers aren’t on board with that plan just yet—namely, China and Russia.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / United Nations Photo

Connecting With Cuba

In a meeting that could signify shifting tides between the U.S. and Cuba, Cuba’s foreign minister has met with Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at a U.N. forum on Haiti relief, the first public meeting of such high-level officials in years.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
bbc.co.uk

Karzai Blames U.N. for Election Fraud

Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Thursday that last year’s presidential election had been greatly hindered by fraud, his assessment as to the source of the problem came as a surprise to the president’s main target.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


scalloped hammerhead
Wikimedia Commons / Barry Peters

Shark Protection Proposals Rejected at U.N. Meeting

One hot topic at the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—yes, there is such a thing, and it was going on Tuesday in Qatar—was the protection of certain species of shark that provide the key ingredient in sharkfin soup. Save the spiny dogfish!

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

U.N. Climate Change Head Resigns

Yvo de Boer, the head of the United Nations’ climate change body, has unexpectedly resigned after four years—and after the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks in December—in a move that could significantly set back global negotiations on climate change and emissions.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ashraf Amra

Gaza War Still Stirs Divisions in Israel

A year after the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, divisions between factions within Israel are deepening. One right-wing group has launched a public campaign targeting domestic human rights organizations that assisted U.N. officials investigating Israeli war crimes, accusing them of, wait for it ... treason.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Marco Di Lauro

Adopting From Haiti: Too Soon?

Indeed it is too soon, says actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the wake of allegations of child kidnapping and fears of child trafficking in Haiti, Jolie has come out to make the very uncontroversial assertion that “an emergency is not the time for new adoptions.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE



World Economic Forum

U.N. Puts Bill Clinton in Charge of Haiti Aid

The former president will oversee international aid in Haiti at the request of the United Nations. The U.N. effort has struggled after losing nearly 100 personnel, including the mission chief, to the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Clinton was chosen for his fundraising abilities as much as his administrative touch. (Continued)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Iranian rocket

Iran Launches Rocket, West Looks On With Suspicion

Iran’s launching of a new rocket Wednesday raised concerns in the U.S. that Tehran might have plans in the works beyond a patriotic show of space prowess (read: nuclear ambitions). Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claiming that he’s open to talks about enriching Iranian uranium outside his country.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Talking With the Taliban

News coming out of Afghanistan claims that a United Nations envoy has held secret talks in Dubai with Taliban leaders to discuss peace terms. If confirmed, the meeting would be the first ever between the U.N. and senior Taliban members.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Haitians
AP / Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press

Food Crisis Grows in Haiti

It’s been nearly two weeks since the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, and the life-or-death issue of food distribution looms larger than ever, despite the concerted efforts of various aid organizations—and the efforts of Haitians themselves—to combat starvation.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. troops in Haiti
AP / Gregory Bull

More Troops From U.S. and U.N. Heading to Haiti

It’s been a long and agonizing week for survivors and aid workers since last Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and containing the chaos is seemingly impossible when as many as 1.5 million Haitians are homeless, 200,000 or more have died and supplies are in desperate demand. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


Some of Haiti’s Upper Class Spared Earthquake’s Worst

Natural disasters may not discriminate, but some members of Haiti’s upper class managed to avoid the worst of last week’s earthquake simply by virtue of geography, as many of them live outside Port-au-Prince in the suburban enclave of nearby Petionville, which The Washington Post describes as “Beverly Hills, but with razor wire.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Haitians
AP / Gregory Bull

Thousands of Haitians Flee Port-au-Prince

Hoping to find help among friends or family members, or just hoping to get out of their country’s devastated capital, thousands of Haitians fled Port-au-Prince on Monday by the busload and headed for the countryside. Meanwhile, the top-ranking American commander in Haiti called an estimated death toll of 150,000 to 200,000 a “start point,” according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

U.S. Pledges $100 Million in Haiti Quake Aid

President Barack Obama, declaring that “[t]his is one of those moments that cries out for American leadership,” announced a $100 million aid package for quake-ravaged Haiti. Other nations, meantime, were also jumping on the humanitarian bandwagon.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ashraf Amra

Israel to Pay U.N. for Gaza Incident

The Israeli government, according to The Wall Street Journal, has agreed to pay about $10.5 million to compensate the United Nations for an incident that resulted in the killing of a U.N. driver and the destruction of two U.N. schools and a World Food Program warehouse during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2009.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Eide
Wikimedia Commons / Bjoertvedt

U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan

His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


polar bears
problembear.wordpress.com

Forecast Uncertain at Copenhagen Conference’s End

The world leaders who showed up for the final stretch of the Copenhagen climate summit, perhaps assuming that their lesser representatives would have paved the way for a relatively easy finale, were in for some long hours and tough talks lasting into the night. Things didn’t go as planned, it seems, and rifts between countries weren’t being resolved in time Friday to strike the deals they sorely needed to make. Updated

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Anja Niedringhaus

U.S. Tries to Break Copenhagen Deadlock

In a move to ostensibly “save” the United Nations’ climate talks in Copenhagen, the U.S. has pledged to support a $100 billion multilateral fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change and develop environmentally friendly technologies.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Copenhagen march
thenation.com

Naomi Klein to Danes: Ease Off the Controls in ‘Hopenhagen’

So, author-activist Naomi Klein has spent the last few days in Copenhagen, taking in the developments—and appreciating streamlined and functional Scandinavian design—at the climate summit, but she has a message for her Danish hosts: Cool it on the whole control freak thing, or the “Hopenhagen” conference isn’t going to be a success.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


Copenhagen ticket
landcoalition.org

U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


violence against women report

U.N. Combats Violence Against Women, With Help From Men

On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a network of men tapped to serve as male role models in the fight against gender-based violence.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


penguins
en.cop15.dk

Obama to Make a Cameo in Copenhagen

The United States will take part, after all, in next month’s United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. President Barack Obama will attend the meeting, if only for a day, to do his part for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the White House also announced ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


Hashim Thaci
defenselink.mil

Kudos for Kosovo Elections

A year after declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo has received good marks from European monitors for its first round of local elections, which could lead to wider recognition and acceptance of its newly established status in the international community.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


IAEA
wikimedia.org

IAEA Not Worried About Second Iran Nuclear Site

U.N. inspectors have found “nothing to be worried about” in their first report after visiting a previously clandestine uranium-enrichment site south of Tehran. The clean assessment, which described the site as a “hole in a mountain,” may cause critics to now look for more diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


global warming
tv5.co.th

Danish PM Hopeful About Copenhagen Climate Summit

Even if all the countries slated to show up in Copenhagen for next month’s climate talks are represented around the negotiating table, there remains a huge amount of work to do. For one, a legally binding measure to replace the Kyoto Treaty has yet to be created. Still, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen is “optimistic” about the summit.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Kabul attack
bbc.co.uk

Taliban Target U.N. Workers in Deadly Kabul Attack

United Nations officials said Wednesday that at least five U.N. workers and three Afghans were killed and nine others wounded by three Taliban militants, who were themselves shot dead during the attack at a private residence in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Karadzic
AP / Valerie Kuypers, Pool

Karadzic Misses First Day of Genocide Trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was a no-show Monday at The Hague, where he was scheduled to stand trial on charges of genocide against Bosnian Muslims in the mid-1990s. The proceedings were expected to continue Tuesday regardless of his participation, or lack thereof, in court.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


polar bears
problembear.wordpress.com

Climate Expert to Obama: Come to Copenhagen

President Obama may think he’s skipping December’s United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen, but one Lord Stern of Brentford has a message for him and other world leaders taking a stubborn stance on the subject.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Abdullah
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Karzai, Abdullah at Odds About Afghan Election Official

Considering the outcome of the last presidential election, or attempt at same, in Afghanistan, it’s not surprising that Hamid Karzai’s challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, would balk at the idea of letting the same polling officials head the voting effort during the runoff slated for Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gets a Look at 2nd Iranian Uranium Plant

The continuing drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear program took a daring turn earlier this month when the U.S. revealed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Now U.N.  inspectors have checked out that plant, and will do so again in the next couple days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


global hunger
wfp.org

United Nations: 1 Billion Going Hungry Worldwide

Global hunger is a “world emergency” now, if it wasn’t before, with the number of hungry people rising to a record 1 billion, according to the United Nations. Given this scary statistic, it’s not looking good for a goal, set in 2000, to reduce the number of people going hungry worldwide by half by 2015.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza rubble
AP / Khaled Omar

Gaza War Crimes Report Sparks Conflict

A controversial report about last winter’s war in Gaza, generated by the United Nations and headed up by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, was the subject of debate at the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, largely owing to the fact that the report accuses both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



acus.org

U.N. Official Sees ‘Widespread Fraud’ in Afghan Election

After facing allegations of a cover-up, Kai Eide, the most senior U.N. representative in Afghanistan, acknowledged that “widespread fraud” has tainted the country’s presidential election but denied that he tried to hide evidence of cheating.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE


NATO soldier
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Islamabad bombing
AP / B.K. Bangash

At Least Six Dead in Bomb Blast at U.N. Office in Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Program office in Islamabad, Pakistan, was a suicide bomber’s target Monday, and unfortunately it was a successful strike. The bomber was able to enter the building in the guise of a guard and set off 16 pounds of explosives during a busy noontime at the office, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Ken Denny

Ex-U.N. Official Slams Afghan Elections

A former U.N. diplomat has attacked the process and results of the recent Afghan elections, claiming that almost one in three votes cast for incumbent President Hamid Karzai was fraudulent and that the elections seriously weakened the democratic process in the eyes of the Afghan people. As a consequence, the Taliban is stronger, says Peter Galbraith, who was fired in a dispute over the voting.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ISM Palestine

Under Duress, Palestinians Cave In on Gaza War Report

Under heavy U.S. pressure and threat of being denied critical communication infrastructure by Israel, Palestinian officials have removed their support for a U.N. report that criticized as war crimes some of Israel’s actions during its war in Gaza.

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 READ MORE


5-0
milwoman.com

‘Spiraling Increases’ in Afghan Police Deaths

International efforts to expand Afghanistan’s security forces are being undermined by “spiraling increases” in violent deaths among the nation’s police officers as the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war approaches.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


polar bear
Richard Ellis

Lowered Expectations

President Obama has lowered the bar for December’s Copenhagen climate change conference by talking down the importance of arriving at an agreement on global warming by the end of the year. Obama’s position contradicts the United Nations and others who see the conference in Denmark as a crucial moment for stemming climate change.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


Iran
news.bbc.co.uk

Obama Outs Iranian Nuclear Site

Following Thursday’s U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, President Obama announced Friday that Iran has concealed a partly built second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranians admitted existence of the plant but asserted that it would be used only for peaceful purposes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Indian nuke
AP / Ajit Kumar

Curb Your Nuclear Proliferation

A U.N. Security Council session led by President Obama has adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament, focusing largely on measures aimed at halting weapons proliferation and lowering the risk of “nuclear terrorism.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Turning the Tide on Climate Change

President Obama held forth about the need to move quickly and “together” on the problem of global warming in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations. “Our prosperity, our health and our safety are in jeopardy and the time we have to reverse this tide is running out—and yet we can reverse it,” he said.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


Manuel Zelaya
ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

Ousted Honduran President Makes His Return

After nearly three months in exile, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has reportedly returned to his home turf, although his exact whereabouts were unclear Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is still putting pressure on current leader Roberto Micheletti and his camp to restore Zelaya to power.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


U.S. and Israeli flags

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Stopped in Its Tracks?

Although the Obama administration, in particular Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is maintaining a cautiously positive stance about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there doesn’t seem to be much progress on that front—which, as Al Jazeera English points out in this report, might have to do with all involved parties driving a hard-line approach.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE


Bear Ice Cap
polarice.com

Investors Against Climate Change

We normally think of capitalists as ravaging the Earth with profit in their eyes. While that still might be true, 181 of the world’s largest investors have issued a united call for action against climate change, most importantly a binding treaty to cut pollution and boost funding for low-carbon technologies.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Condemns Israeli Settlement Expansion

In a strong rebuke of Israeli policy, the White House has expressed “regret” over an announcement by Israel that it will expand its illegal settlements in Palestinian areas. Hundreds of new housing units are expected to be approved for construction in the West Bank in a move seen as placating the rightists in power.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


UN Sudan
fresh.co.il

War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Congo
AP / Roberto Schmidt, pool

Clinton Offers $17M in U.S. Aid to Combat Sex Crimes in Congo

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton witnessed the horrific living conditions that many Congolese women and children are enduring in their embattled country on Tuesday and was attentive to their stories about rape and sexual violence. She announced during her visit that the U.S. is extending $17 million in aid targeting sexual brutality.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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