Monthly Archives: August 2011
Fewer Newborns are Dying Worldwide than Ever Before, But USA Ranks Appalingly Low on Global Infant Survival Study
Here in the USA, our infant mortality rate is 4.3 per 1,000 live births. That puts us on par with Croatia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and behind Cuba and Poland.
House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced a particularly nonsensical piece of legislation today that would shift the way the United States pays the United Nations from “dues paying” to a system of line-item voluntary contributions.
David Letterman invited WFP’s super-star spokeswoman Bettina Luescher on his show last night to talk about the famine and drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The continued supply of weapons to repressive regimes is nothing new, but it does highlight the need for a globally binding Arms Trade Treaty that restricts transfers to human rights abusers.
A certain cadre of gun owners and second amendment advocates are unable to be convinced that a proposed UN Arms Trade Treaty has nothing at all to do with their own ability to bear arms. Chuck Norris pens the latest iteration of this paranoid view in the Politico
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”
Middle East: The SG welcomed the humanitarian pause negotiated by Special Coordinator Serry to allow civilians in Gaza to begin repairs on electrical and water infrastructure. WFP used the five-hour pause to deliver emergency food assistance to Gaza. The SG hopes the pause will lead to peace and a sustainable ceasefire.