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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


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

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 ...

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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.

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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

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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 ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE

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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.

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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.

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The Rigged Game of Climate Talks

An NGO report has found that key U.N. climate negotiations are institutionally biased against poorer nations, specifically that underdeveloped countries are less able to send delegates to meetings and often cannot understand what is being discussed at the talks.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Evan Vucci

Hillary Gets Wiki-Served

Hillary Clinton should cut out the whining about what the Obama administration derides as “stolen cables” and confront the unpleasant truths they reveal about the contradictions of U.S. foreign policy and her own troubling performance.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE

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U.N. Study: Forecast Is Grim for Climate Change

Last year’s Copenhagen climate summit was a bit of a bust, so much is riding on next week’s global huddle in Mexico in terms of, you know, the future of our planet and other minor considerations. But a new study by UNEP ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE

Obama Backs India’s Bid for Security Council Seat

India’s future role in the United Nations might just bump up a big notch soon, thanks to Barack Obama’s endorsement. The president officially announced his support for India’s permanent inclusion on the U.N.‘s Security Council on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE

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Richard Ellis

$100 Billion More for Climate Change?

Like a chubby kid doing a chin-up, a group of finance ministers and heads of state has declared that it is “challenging but feasible” to generate $100 billion a year by 2020 to fund a program allowing developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce domestic emissions.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Riccardo De Luca

Iran Joins in for Future Talk About Afghanistan

An Iranian representative is now included in a league of international envoys from the EU, NATO, the U.S. and elsewhere—aka the International Contact Group on Afghanistan—that is engaging in an ongoing conversation about Afghanistan’s future.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ramon Espinosa

Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Schalk van Zuydam

U.N.-Backed Congolese Troops Accused of Rape

Rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out mass rapes in the eastern part of the country in July and August. Now U.N.-backed Congolese “peacekeeping” troops are being accused of murdering and raping villagers in the same area. So ... who are the good guys, again?

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Manu Fernandez

Unemployment: It Ain’t Over Till It’s ... 2015

Those waiting for recovery from unemployment woes might have to wait a bit longer. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization has warned that it may take until 2015 for the global economy to bounce back to pre-crisis employment levels. Meantime, look for more social unrest of the kind now unfolding across Europe.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE

U.N.’s Poverty Goals

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE

Ahmadinejad at U.N.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pier Paolo Cito

Bracing for a New Food Crisis

The U.N. is warning that the world may be on the cusp of a new major food crisis as the result of a wave of recent environmental disasters (heat waves, floods, wildfires) and capitalist disasters (market speculation, inflation) that are pushing up the price of foodstuffs.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Bebeto Matthews

Iran May End Uranium Enrichment

From stinking up his hotel with food to decrying U.S. involvement in 9/11, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made quite the splash in New York this week. And now Ahmadinejad has served up a surprise by declaring his country would consider ending uranium enrichment.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Adam Jones, Ph.D.

U.N. Pitches In for Women and Children

On Wednesday, the United Nations announced the launching of its Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, for which the U.N. has managed to drum up $40 billion from various governmental and private sources, according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Agency for International Development

Checking Up on the Millennium Development Goals

Anyone remember the Millennium Development Goals that nations made at the beginning of this millennium? Well, it turns out some people do, and they are meeting Monday to evaluate the efficacy of efforts to reduce poverty, disease, intolerance and inequality.

Posted on Sep 18, 2010 READ MORE

U.N. Says Global Hunger Is ‘Unacceptably High’

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has released a new report gauging global hunger in 2010, and the FAO surmised that worldwide undernourishment, although slightly improved from 2009, remains “unacceptably high.” This raises the question: Is there ever an “acceptable” level?

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE

AP / ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi

Russia Set to Power Up Iran Nuclear Plant

After 40 years and countless international scoldings, Russia has announced it will begin loading uranium-packed fuel rods into Iran’s first nuclear power plant, officially classifying the reactor as a “nuclear installation.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE

Kang Khek Ieu
AP / Heng Sinith

Court Finds Khmer Rouge Officer Guilty of War Crimes

He was involved in the torture and killing of more than a million people over the course of four years, but key Khmer Rouge operative Kaing Guek Eav, aka “Duch,” got off easy as he was sentenced by a U.N.-affiliated court Monday.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE

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U.N. Court Declares Kosovo’s Split-Off Legit

On Thursday, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice validated Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of separation from Serbia, declaring the move legitimate according to international law.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / U.S. Army

Afghans Plan for Security Takeover By 2014

It’s been a long while since Afghans have had anything resembling autonomy when it comes to protecting their own interests, not to mention their own people. Well, it’s going to be a while longer, too, but on Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

‘Climategate’? Not So Much

A British panel investigating allegations that several scientists studying climate change had massaged their data to prop up global warming claims has largely cleared them of those charges ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE

Yossi Gal

Israel Tweaks Gaza Blockade List

Israel responded to widespread censure and criticism from allies and opponents alike on Monday by modifying its blockade list of supplies allowed into Gaza, but some involved parties aren’t satisfied by the extent of the overall changes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Vahid Salemi

Iran to Shut Out U.N. Nuke Inspectors

Iran made another defiant gesture with regard to its relations with the United Nations on Monday by officially declaring that two U.N. nuclear inspectors will not be granted entry to survey the country’s nuclear plants. Over to you, IAEA.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE

Kyrgyz unrest
AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Kyrgyzstan Braces for More Unrest

After last week’s deadly conflict in Kyrgyzstan, officials are zeroing in on the possibility that the riots were the product of a coordinated group effort and preparing for the possibility that more trouble may be on the way.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

U.N. Votes in Favor of Imposing ‘Toughest Sanctions Ever’ on Iran

Here’s President Barack Obama’s take on the stringent new sanctions the U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to impose on Iran: They’re “the toughest sanctions ever faced by Iran.” Right, now here’s Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the same topic ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Harshil.Shah (CC-BY-SA)

U.N. Leader Wants ‘Credible’ Investigation of Flotilla Raid

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for Israel to accept international participation in an investigation of the deadly flotilla assault that killed nine activists in international waters. Israeli authorities have rejected the idea of an international tribunal and maintained they will conduct an internal investigation.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE

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Wikimedia Commons / Brigadier Lance Mans

U.N. Official: Drone Use May Cause ‘PlayStation Mentality’

What effects might killing by remote, as American soldiers who control drones from afar are charged with doing, have on operators’ mind-sets? One U.N. official is worried that this U.S.-led trend may give practitioners ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE

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Israel: No to Middle East Nuke Talks

Israel has declared it will not participate in a month-long Middle East nuclear nonproliferation meeting, calling a document about the talks “deeply flawed” and “hypocritical” after it singled out Israel for not signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE

Thai Government Rejects Mediation

The Thai government has rejected a U.N.-backed mediation plan aimed at settling the increasingly bloody conflict between protesters and the regime. The plan was to pull troops back from the protesters’ encampment in Bangkok and get some dialogue going.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE

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Dinner at Manouchehr’s

While a dinner party may not be the most agreeable setting for talks on nuclear diplomacy, Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki treated representatives of all 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council to a meal in Manhattan on Friday night in an effort to re-engage the international community regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE

Benazir Bhutto
AP / Mohammed Javed

Pakistani Intelligence Gets an ‘F’ on Bhutto

A new report by the United Nations blames Pakistan’s intelligence services for not taking the proper security measures to protect Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister assassinated three years ago in an ongoing whodunit.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE

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

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