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Syrian Army Agrees to Food Aid Deliveries to Starving Madaya (Video)

The Syrian government agreed Thursday to allow humanitarian aid into Madaya and two other besieged towns near the Lebanese border northwest of Damascus. But it should do more.

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A Double Dilemma for the Paris Climate Deal

The U.N.’s achievement last month in persuading world leaders to agree on measures to tackle climate change leaves two prominent climate scientists far from convinced.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



A Christmas Plea to the World From the Father of Drowned Syrian Child

“Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

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After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

The accord reached at COP21 does not require emission cuts to be made within a framework of climate justice. That is why grass-roots activism is now more important than ever.

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After the COP21 Paris Climate Accord, What We Need Is an International Climate Court

The climate pact forged at Paris lacks real teeth and so in and of itself will not solve our carbon dioxide and methane problem.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Scientists Post Extreme Weather Warning

Climate change means that temperate Europe faces the twin threat of life-threatening heat waves and periods of bitter cold over the next 20 years.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’

One of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has warned U.N. negotiators that their current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Positive Vibes Flow at Climate Talks

At the midway point of the U.N. climate conference, a rare optimism pervades the negotiations—tempered only by those who say the hard decisions still lie ahead.

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Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” the pontiff said at the start of his first visit to Africa.

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Rich Praise for Poor Nation’s Emissions Targets

Analysts say the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries, has more credible plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from forestry than several more-developed states.

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Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

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France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is on Cuba

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of American efforts to strangle its economy. So they might have been puzzled by the U.S.’ opposition to a recent U.N. resolution.

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World Health Organization Places Processed Meat Alongside Smoking as Cause of Cancer

A United Nations health body says bacon, sausage and ham rank right up there with cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos as top carcinogens. But not all experts are convinced.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



After Upset Election, Canada’s New Leader Wants to Legalize Marijuana

This represents a 180-degree turnaround from Canada’s previous right-wing government and a seismic shift for North America.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

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A Spectacle of Life - Affirming News on the Cusp of the U.N.’s 70th Birthday

The convergence of a papal tour, a Chinese president’s visit, an auto executive’s resignation and a House speaker singing “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” has stirred the winds of civility.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Palestinian Flag Is Raised at United Nations Headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Obama and Putin Are Both Wrong on Syria

President Obama seemed awfully defensive in his speech at the United Nations on Monday. It’s because while his own plans to defeat Islamic State have failed, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has gotten militarily involved in the fight against the group—with the help of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Saudi Arabia has been accused of human rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why has it been appointed to head a U.N. human rights panel?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Will Rich Nations Pay Reparations to Developing Countries for Extreme Weather?

Nations suffering from climate change-induced disasters, including some that have displaced people from their homes, are asking for more than the annual $100 billion allotted as “climate change mitigation measures” by the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Official: ‘Syrian Conflict Will Displace Another Million People’

“Unless something big is done to resolve this conflict through political means, the human train that has started moving out of Syria and the neighborhood will continue to be running for many months to come,” United Nations humanitarian chief Yacoub El Hillo said.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Headquarters to Fly Palestinian Flag After General Assembly Vote

One hundred nineteen of 193 U.N. member states approved the resolution in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



Israel Plans to Demolish Up to 13,000 Palestinian Structures in West Bank, U.N. Says

A record number of demolition orders has been issued against Arab buildings in Area C, mostly on privately owned Palestinian land that is under full Israeli control, leaving residents and homes “in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat,” according to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Icelanders Who Opened Their Hearts and Homes to Syrian Refugees

Citizens of the country that is the most peaceful in the world, according to a recent Global Peace Index, have reached out to refugees from one of the least peaceful countries. Their acts of kindness have left their mark in unexpected ways.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Dangerous Effort to Wipe Out Humanity’s Past

The militant group’s destruction this week of the ruins of a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra is an attempt to reduce history to a mere digital memory, the epistemological equivalent of a LOLCats meme or a Vine prank.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE



South Sudanese Troops Brutalize Civilians; U.N. Intervenes

Violence in the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, in which government forces have viciously targeted civilians in the struggle between two national leaders, has been so severe of late that the United Nations has once again gotten involved in the roiling regional conflict.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Surveillance ‘Worse Than Orwell,’ Says U.N. Privacy Chief

Joseph Cannataci, recently appointed as the first U.N. digital privacy chief, has called British oversight a “bad joke” and says the world needs a “Geneva Convention” for the Internet to safeguard personal data.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



If We Stopped Wasting Even Just a Bit Less Food, We Could Feed Everyone on Earth

According to the United Nations, it wouldn’t take much to keep the world’s most vulnerable from going hungry.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes

“The scale of the devastation was unprecedented” in Gaza, according to an independent commission convened by the United Nations.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Why Israel Deserves to Stay on the United Nations’ Child Rights ‘Blacklist’

The United Nations’ decision—under pressure from the U.S. government—to remove Israel from its list of children’s rights violators should not blind us from the truth: Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinian children last summer, and its continued occupation of Palestine undermines children’s basic human rights.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. ‘Transactional Sex’ Scandal: More Than 225 Haitian Women Reported Abuse

Representatives of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti have become embroiled in an international diplomatic incident after The Associated Press released information from a report detailing sexual abuse allegations involving U.N. workers and local women seeking their aid.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


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