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Stop the Killer Robots Before They Are Born

The U.N.’s special investigator into human rights will call Thursday for a ban on “killer robots” that could attack targets without human direction, before such devices come into existence.

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Pakistani Court: U.S. Drone Strikes Are War Crimes

The Peshawar High Court declared U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt illegal Thursday and ordered the government to initiate a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the White House’s belief that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. How should President Obama respond if such a red line has been crossed?

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Half of Syria ‘Will Need Aid by End of Year’

More than half of the population of Syria will likely need aid by the end of the year, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees has warned, adding that the civil crisis is the most serious the global body has ever dealt with.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

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Poorest Nations Say Yes to Emissions Cuts

The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, is willing to agree to the industrialized world’s core demand on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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‘World Can End Poverty and Limit Warming’

A U.N. scheme to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help keep global temperature rise below 2°C, but only with sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases.

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Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dream of a Global Climate Deal Is Over, Experts Say

The results of negotiations over the last decade have given observers virtually no reason to believe in a process that is counted by governing leaders as successful for simply surviving.

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U.N. Conference Produces No Internet Treaty

The failure to concur on a global Internet treaty at the end of a two-week summit Friday “seems to safeguard the role of the Internet as an unregulated, international service ... free of direct interference by national governments,” The Guardian reports.

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Landmark U.N. Climate Report Leaked Online

A little-known U.S.-based climate change denier named Alec Rawls leaked an early draft of a major global warming report, claiming that a single sentence about the influence of cosmic rays on the earth’s climate “completely undercuts the main premise and the main conclusion of the full report.” Other report reviewers say he is wrong.

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Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation

The real threat to Israel comes not from tiny, impoverished Gaza, but from the policies of the country’s increasingly right-wing politicians.

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GOP Senators Kill Treaty That Would Have Protected Disabled

The international treaty forbids discrimination against those with disabilities. So why didn’t Republicans want to pass it?

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For Bradley Manning

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GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

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Israel’s Settlements

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An Open Letter to America’s Climate Envoy

For activists, negotiators and journalists interested in a prosperous human future, the U.N. climate negotiations held each year are grueling, emotionally draining events. In a letter to Todd Stern, Obama’s representative at talks going on now in Doha, Qatar, Nikki Hodgson of the Adopt a Negotiator Project captures the mood well.

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Palestine U.N. Status

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U.S. Climate Curbing Pledges Inadequate, Study Says

Despite climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing’s insistence that the U.S. deserves credit for its “enormous” efforts to stall global warming and help poor countries prepare for it, a scientific scorecard showed that the opposite is true.

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U.N. Calls Palestine a State

Flouting opposition from Israel and the U.S., the United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday to elevate the status of the Palestinian territories to “nonmember observer state.” The boost from “nonmember observer entity” marked a diplomatic victory for embattled Palestinians.

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U.S.-Size Ice Cube Melts

In a report released at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, this week, the World Meteorological Organization said an area of Arctic ice bigger than the United States disappeared under warmer temperatures this year.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning to Address the Court

The alleged source behind the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history is expected to speak publicly for the first time since his arrest in May 2010 at a pretrial hearing Tuesday afternoon. 

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A Brief History of Climate Science

In 300 B.C., a student of Aristotle observed that humans could change regional temperatures by draining marshes and clearing forests. More than 2,000 years later, a Swede quantified carbon’s role in keeping the planet warm.

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U.N. Conference May Reveal Obama’s Commitment to Climate

If President Obama is serious about confronting global warming, he’ll have the opportunity to show it through the actions of U.S. representatives at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar,  next week.

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To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. to Probe Legality of U.S. Drone Campaign

The United Nations will establish an investigative team next year to probe the legality of America’s generalized drone war abroad. The inquiry could find U.S. leaders guilty of war crimes in Pakistan and elsewhere.

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World Hunger

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Assange, Potential Enemy of the State, Speaks to U.N.

Speaking from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, a weary Julian Assange denounced the Obama administration for exploiting the Arab Spring for political gain during an address to the United Nations via video link on Wednesday morning. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and attorney Michael Ratner comment.

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Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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Ayatollah Reaffirms Iran’s Peaceful Nuclear Intentions

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told heads of state from nonaligned countries that Tehran “has no interest in nuclear weapons but will keep pursuing peaceful nuclear energy.”

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11 Percent of the World’s Population Still Without Clean Water

The United Nations’ highest policymaking body declared access to water and sanitation to be a basic human right two years ago. But a coalition of “water justice activists” in late July said that goal remains little more than a good intention.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The U.N. and Syria

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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.

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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



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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.

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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.

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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



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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)

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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