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Angelina Jolie Visits Afghan Refugees

"United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie today saw off a convoy of trucks carrying Afghans home from Pakistan, pushing the total number of those repatriating with help from the UN refugee agency past the 50,000 mark for the year. The Academy Award-wining actress arrived yesterday in Pakistan for a four-day visit to focus world attention on the plight of Afghan refugees. The 500 refugees who left Attock in the 35-vehicle convoy were all skilled carpet weavers carrying their talents back to their original homes in the northern Afghan provinces of Balkh and Jozan." Read more...
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Blog Roundup #6

A sampling of United Nations related blog commentary Betsy's Page: "Joel Mowbray, who does some of the more interesting investigative journalism of any columnist, reminds us of the love fest that Richard Holbrooke faced before a GOP Senate Committee when he was nominated to be Ambassador to the UN." Blog Critics: "Is the United Nations necessary in spite of its failures? The answer is yes and the reason is because there is no other international forum of comparable importance and almost global representation." Dead Pool: "Uncle Walter waves his NO NUKES sign a bit higher in the face of the old news networks... "When it comes to reporting on nuclear arms, the U.S. news media let readers and viewers down, giving them only part of the story, former news anchor Walter Cronkite said Wednesday. The celebrated CBS retiree, joining in a panel discussion on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty." Knitting for Boozehags: "Surely we can find a nominee for UN Ambassador that America can support and get behind -- not someone who divides our country and alienates our allies."
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Blog Roundup #5

A sampling of United Nations related blog commentary Pardon My English: "United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan: "In addition to actions already proscribed by existing conventions, any action constitutes terrorism if it is intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organisation to do or abstain from doing any act." A clear definition of terrorism." Stygius: "Considering that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has named a Special Adviser on UN Reform, who reports "directly to the Secretary of State," there's little weight to the "sky is falling" arguments that the UN is somehow unreformable if John Bolton's nomination fails." Watchblog: "UN member nations are meeting to assess the state of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The consensus seems to be that it's inadequate, if not a disaster."
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Prestigious EPA Prize Goes to UN

"For the first time ever a UN program, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has won the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award." LINK
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Blog Roundup #4

A sampling of United Nations related blog commentary Brothers Judd: "U.S. Lambastes Iran, N. Korea at U.N. Meeting" ... Good thing John Bolton hasn't been confirmed or they'd be feeling lambasteder." Lucianne: "Sit-ins, human-chain demonstrations and a U.N. conference were underway or scheduled in countries from the Philippines to Senegal for the 15th annual World Press Freedom Day." Polianna: "By simply pursuing the United Nations website one can find a multitude of sub-organizations that do everything from research on agriculture to preserving global culture to some of the best anti-poverty work being done today." Sudan: The Passion of the Present: "Even though both the Bush administration and the United Nations have spoken out on the situation in Darfur, with U.S. officials even terming it a case of genocide, the Khartoum government has remained entrenched." [Washington Post]
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