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Tony Lake Picked as UNICEF Chief

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed President Bill Clinton's former National Security Adviser and Obama confidant Anthony Lake to be the next head of UNICEF. Josh Rogin reported a few weeks back that the Obama administration had nominated Anthony Lake for the spot. And since UNICEF chief is a job that typically goes to an American, it was all but assured that Lake would replace former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venemen when her five-year term expires. 

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Postcards from Nixonland: Reagan and Nixon Discuss the Utility of the United Nations

On October 26, 1971, California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Nixon to offer some foreign policy advice: get the United States out of the United Nations. The day before, you see, the General Assembly had voted to give mainland China (The People’s Republic of China) the Chinese “seat” at the UN. This was held previously by United States’ anti-communist ally, Taiwan.

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Video: Women in the World 2010, “The Lives of Girls”

The Daily Beast's Women in the World conference featured a panel discussion about the challenges faced by girls and adolescents in the developing world.  Katie Couric moderated the panel, which included Queen Rania of Jordan; UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin; Kakenya Ntaiya of the Kakenya Center for Excellence; Helen Amdemikael, Assistant Representative for the United Nations Population Fund, Ethiopia; and an amazing 16-year-old student from the Philippines, Donnady.  The panel also kicked off the UN Foundtion's new

Teach for the World? No.

Like many people who work in international development, I am grateful for the way that Nicholas Kristof brings attention to global inequalities. His columns are an important tool to get people thinking about international development. But you can’t get it right every time, and his recent column on a “Teach for the World” program is a big loser.

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The Forward Shows Some Love for the UN

The Forward is the oldest American Jewish periodical.  From about the turn of the 19th century to the mid 1980s it published exclusively in Yiddish. Today it has seperate Yiddish and English editions, though circulation of the English edition dwarfs the Yiddishkite

The point is, it's got major street-cred among American Jews.  Natutally, I was very pleased to see this commentary about the United Nations from Jack Rosen, Chairman of the Council of World Jewry, found in the pages of The Forward: