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Sri Lanka Injuries
wn.com

U.N. Warns of Sri Lankan War Crimes

After an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths or injuries in only two months, the U.N. has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately suspend fighting, suggesting that actions by both parties may constitute violations of international human rights law.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


Sudan's Al-Bashir
breakfornews.com

The ICC’s First Tooth

The International Criminal Court is getting its teeth, as judges have ordered the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity—including murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape—marking the first time the ICC has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


Environment Probs
DFID / Hassan Bipul

Rich Nations Truant on Climate Pledges

Analysis is finding that, amid the historic neglect that rich nations show toward the poor, developing countries have received less than 10 percent of the funds promised to them by the developed world. This comes as countries in the global south struggle to respond to the myriad concerns about global warming.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE


UN Aid
Maan Images / Hatem Omar

Halt! Who Goes There? Well, Not Aid

Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from U.N. trucks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U.N. shipments for food.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza rubble
AP photo / Fadi Adwan

When Did We Stop Caring About Civilian Deaths During Wartime?

I wonder if we are “normalizing” war. It’s not just that Israel has yet again gotten away with the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 READ MORE


Israel Soldiers Shells
guardian.co.uk

Israel Admits It ‘May Have Used’ Chemical Weapon

Following accusations by human rights groups last week, Israel has finally admitted that its troops “may have used” white phosphorus shells—a chemical agent that wreaks havoc on the skin—in contravention of international law.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon in Gaza
AP photo / Ben Curtis

Ban Ki-Moon Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Gaza Bombing

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured several decimated sites in Gaza on Tuesday, including the remains of the U.N. compound in Gaza City destroyed last Thursday in an attack. The Israeli shelling of the compound has drawn strong international criticism—not the least of which came from Ban himself both before and during Tuesday’s visit.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE


Ki-Moon
AP photo / Hussein Malla, Pool

Time for a War Crimes Tribunal?

It’s a wrap, a doddle, an Israeli cease-fire just in time for Barack Obama to have a squeaky-clean inauguration with all the world looking at the streets of Washington rather than the rubble of Gaza.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


UN school
AP photo / Khalil Hamra)

Israel Under Fire for Gaza Killings

As Israel’s Security Cabinet prepared to vote Saturday on a possible cease-fire in Gaza, the Israeli army drew criticism for the killing of two boys who were taking cover at a United Nations school in northern Gaza, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza UN fire
AP photo / Ashraf Amra

Hamas Official Killed, U.N. Compound Hit in Gaza

Another high-ranking Hamas official, Interior Minister Said Siyam, was killed on Thursday near Gaza City, according to Israeli and Hamas sources. Israeli leaders faced international criticism after their forces also struck both the United Nations compound and a high-rise in Gaza City where several media organizations are based.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza City
AP photo / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Troops Push Into Gaza City

The war in Gaza has taken on another deadly dimension, as Israeli troops have moved into several districts of Gaza City, the BBC reported Tuesday, sparking street fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


Relaxing
The New York Times

Israel Resumes Attack

Following a three-hour pause in its aerial bombardment to allow those in the Gaza Strip to “get medical attention, get supplies ... whatever they need,” Israel has resumed its attack, although it promised additional halts amid reports that Hamas and Israel are working out details of a cease-fire. Overall, 660 Palestinians have been reported killed, including more than 200 children.

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 READ MORE


UN peacekeepers
AP photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Bring In the Peacekeepers?

Can it be that yet another Israeli failure in Gaza will change the dynamics of “peacekeeping” in the Middle East, that at last the ghost of Arafat will watch the “internationalisation” of the Israeli-Palestinian war?

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE


Israeli soldiers
AP photo / Sebastian Scheiner

Israel Begins Ground War in Gaza

Israeli forces crossed into Gaza on Saturday night, launching ground attacks and seriously ratcheting up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a week of bombardment from intensive airstrikes. The United Nations Security Council met that evening in New York about the mounting Mideast crisis.

Posted on Jan 3, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Protest In West Bank
Ma'an Images

Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’

The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle East

Mosaic: Palestine, Israel Waiting for Obama

Once again, the cease-fire is off between the Israelis and Palestinians, and even though the United Nations has again weighed in with Security Council Resolution 1850, which supports a two-state solution, the new measure is not likely to change things in the near future. Over to you, Mr. President-elect.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Palestinian gunmen
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

One Missing Word Sowed the Seeds of Catastrophe

No one in 1967 dreamed that the Israeli-Arab conflict would still be in ferocious progress 41 years later, but the wording in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 has something to do with this ongoing clash.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


General Assembly
Flickr / Patrick Gruban

U.S. Refuses to Back U.N. Gay Rights Measure

The issue of gay rights was not just front-and-center on a national scale in news and politics this week; it was also a topic of concern for the United Nations General Assembly. Unfortunately, the U.S. didn’t exactly blaze the trail for civil rights in that arena either.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Falk
iphone.foxnews.com

Israel Blocks U.N. Envoy at Airport

There was no doubt as to Israel’s take on recent comments about Israeli-Palestinian relations made by United Nations official Richard Falk when he arrived Sunday at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, only to be denied entry and sent immediately back to Zurich.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


Beard!
nytimes.com

And Commerce Secretary Goes to ...

Bearded political renaissance man and current governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson was picked Wednesday morning to be Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce. The unsurprising move makes Richardson the latest politician drafted by Team Obama, who point to Richardson’s experience at the U.N., as governor, and as energy secretary.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


Cluster Bombs Feet
lemonodor.com

Cluster Bomb Treaty Steps Forward

It looks like a pact to ban current cluster bomb designs will take another step forward, with more than 100 countries slated to sign the treaty in the next couple of days. However, the U.S., Russia and China—the largest cluster bomb manufacturers—so far have refused to sign on.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


DRC Camp
bbc.co.uk / Kate Eshebly

Congolese Ethnic Violence Worsens

The chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo escalated Friday as a refugee camp of 50,000 people reportedly was looted and burned, probably by Tutsi rebel groups. The violence is rooted in the colonial ethnic divisions that led to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Baghdad protest
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, with remote guidance from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, joined in a demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday to implore the Iraqi parliament to reject a security pact with the U.S. before the year’s end.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and Zardari
AP photo / Henny Ray Abrams

Fatwa Issued Against Pakistani President for ‘Flirting’ With Palin

Tina Fey, in character again as Sarah Palin for last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” made light of how the Republican vice presidential candidate was “literally” embraced by “a couple of them Pakistani guys” she met at the United Nations last week. Unfortunately for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, though, the prayer leader of Islamabad’s Red Mosque isn’t laughing about Zardari’s encounter with Palin last Thursday.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Fey as Palin

Fey Takes On Palin, Take Two

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Tina Fey returned once again to fulfill her comedic duty on the Sept. 27 episode of NBC’s comedy show, spoofing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s one-on-one interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric earlier in the week. Fey’s fellow “SNL” comedian Amy Poehler dropped her Hillary Clinton act to play Couric in this clip.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Palin y Uribe
AP photo / Henny Ray Abrams

Palin Enrolls in International Relations 101

After weeks of embarrassing displays of political incompetence and general ignorance of current events, Sarah Palin participated in a daylong tour de force of international relations at the United Nations. Henry Kissinger, Hamid Karzai and Alvaro Uribe were among the officials she encountered on a day during which she “largely listened.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


Azizabad mourners
AP photo / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Footage of Slain Afghan Civilians Revives Inquiry Into U.S. Raid

Cell-phone footage shot by a doctor in a makeshift morgue in Azizabad, Afghanistan, showing rows of dead Afghan civilians, including several children, has led to a renewed inquiry into an American-led airstrike that occurred on Aug. 22. American officials had previously insisted that only seven civilians had been killed in the attack, but they’re now having to face the possibility that the actual figure could be as high as 90.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


aftermath in Georgia
AP photo / George Abdaladze

Crisis Mounts in Georgia as Russian Bombing Intensifies

Despite calls from international officials late in the week urging Russia to hold its fire against neighboring Georgia, Russian forces showed no sign of backing off over the weekend, nor had the United Nations managed to make headway in curbing the conflict. Update

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Wiki Commons

Serb War Crimes Suspect Arrested

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the murder of civilians in Sarajevo and Srebrenica during the Bosnian war, has been arrested in Serbia after being underground since 1997. Seems the lure of EU membership is getting the government there to turn up some old stones.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE



commons.wikimedia.org

Zimbabwe Leaders Inch Toward Talks

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have taken a step toward reconciliation, albeit a sluggish one. According to a U.N. envoy, the two sides have tentatively agreed to an outline of conditions for negotiations. Update 2.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi army patrol
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Bush Considering ‘General’ Withdrawal Timetable

In what The New York Times is calling a “significant concession,” President Bush allowed the topic of U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq to enter a discussion about America’s long-term strategy in the region. This occurred Thursday during a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Lebanon mourners
AP photo / Darko Bandic

Dramatic Return for the Living and the Dead

Yesterday [July 16] was the last day of the 2006 Lebanon war, the final chapter of Israel’s folly and Hizbollah’s hubris, a grisly day of corpse-swapping and refrigerated body parts and coffin after bleak wooden coffin on trucks crossing the Israeli border, which left old Ali Ahmed al-Sfeir and his wife, Wahde, stooped and broken with grief.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
thewe.cc

World Court Fights U.S. Executions

The International Court of Justice on Friday requested the U.S. not execute five death-row inmates in a decision that will put both the U.S.‘s controversial capital punishment policy and its historic rejection of international legal bodies in the global spotlight.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


bashir
AP photo / Abd Raouf

Sudanese President Rejects Genocide Claims

Although an International Criminal Court prosecutor has accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of genocide in Darfur, Bashir begs to differ and Sudan is refusing to cooperate with the court. Meanwhile, some United Nations representatives are preparing to leave Sudan as concerns build about a potential violent backlash to the charge.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Africa Summit Plays Nice With Mugabe

If Zimbabwe’s Thug-for-Life Robert Mugabe had any worry about the reception he would face at the African Union summit at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort on Monday, he can exhale. Mugabe received a leader’s welcome and only modest challenge as he sailed through his first international meeting since being reinstalled as Zimbabwean president after a sham election. Updated

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il and soldiers
AP photo / Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

Food, Not Bombs

Remember when North Korea loomed menacingly as the next big nuclear threat on the world stage, with cognac-swilling Communist Kim Jong Il starring as the latest dictator du jour? What a difference a few years can make: The North Korean government has now demonstrated its willingness to halt the country’s nuclear weapons program and has begun accepting food shipments from the U.S. and increased aid from the World Food Program.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


MIR Bush options

Bush’s ‘All Options on the Table’ Means Only One Thing

In this installment of Link TV’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report,” host Jamal Dajani looks closely at the true meaning of President Bush’s pronouncement on the U.S. stance vis-à-vis Iran, that “all options are on the table.” Could it mean he intends to follow U.N. protocol? Well, no—not from the Middle Eastern perspective, at least.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Agency: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ Nuclear Inspectors

Iran’s nuclear program is once again raising concerns among members of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who claim in a new report that, despite earlier signs of cooperation this year, Tehran is leaving key questions unanswered about possible plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment capabilities by the end of this summer.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Ban in Burma
AP photo / Stan Honda, pool

U.N. Head Surveys Burma Damage

After putting pressure on Burma’s ruling military junta, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has traveled to Burma, where he is taking stock of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis on May 2. Ban also met with Prime Minister Thein Sein, who told him that the storm-ravaged country is out of the relief phase and into reconstruction.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Burma cyclone aftermath
AP photo

U.N. Envoy Heads to Burma With Urgent Relief Message

More than two weeks have passed since Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, killing 78,000 people and leaving tens of thousands more unaccounted for. Now the U.N. is pushing Burma’s ruling junta to cooperate with international aid efforts, sending an envoy with a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in hopes that a more personal approach will produce lifesaving results.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


cyclone aftermath
AP photo

Crisis Deepens in Burma as Cyclone Toll Passes 22,000

As more details of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis in Burma emerge, it’s becoming clear that the storm is one of the worst disasters in years. The Burmese government is being criticized for responding inadequately and too slowly to the crisis, and President Bush, himself no stranger to this kind of criticism, is calling on Burma’s “military junta ... [to] allow our disaster assessment teams into the country” in order to help.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Top Al-Qaida Operative Killed in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out an overnight airstrike in Somalia, targeting the country’s primary al-Qaida cell—and by Thursday morning the man considered the group’s leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, was confirmed dead, along with 10 others.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Jeff Zelevansky, pool

A Papal Primer on Global Diplomacy

Pope Benedict XVI’s latest major stop on his U.S. tour took him to the United Nations, where he held forth about the need to prioritize human rights for all and pointed out how the majority of power to impact global events still remains in the hands of very few key players.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Pickering
bbc.co.uk

Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi refugees

Mosaic: What Petraeus Didn’t Tell Us

The latest “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes a look at the “massive humanitarian crisis” that Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker failed to address in their update meetings with Congress about the Iraq war.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Old Bailey statue
churchtimes.co.uk

British Lawmakers Strike Down Blasphemy Law

Following a heated debate, the British House of Lords approved an amendment that does away with the UK’s long-standing common law against blasphemy—a watershed moment that some believe was too long in coming.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


US embassy fire
AP photo / str

Protesters Set Fire to U.S. Embassy in Belgrade

A demonstration of about 150,000 people near the American Embassy in Belgrade turned riotous Thursday when protesters opposed to Kosovo’s bid for independence from Serbia stormed the embassy and set fire to its façade.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg: Climate Threat Deadlier Than Terrorism

Although some politicians and media pundits who lean toward the right of the political spectrum regard global warming as an overhyped pet issue that mostly gets liberals hot under the collar, New York City mayor and media baron Mike Bloomberg (who’s moved around quite a bit on said spectrum) suggests that it is potentially much worse than the threat of terrorism. He made the comment Monday at a U.N. climate change conference.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Hamas mourners
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

The Lessons of Violence

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief warns that the actions that led to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will not bring peace to Israel but will instead create a new generation of Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


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