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Human Rights Council Targets ISIS Crimes

Will ISIS war criminals ever be held accountable?


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Why is the UN raising concerns about Detroit?

The UN issues a warning about the right of the people of Detroit


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Lessons from the UN on the Iraq War

Ten years ago, the US flouted the UN Security Council and invaded Iraq without an international mandate.


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How Sanctions on Iran Hurt Ordinary Afghans

The US and EU sanctions on the Iranian economy, which have taken a hard toll on common Iranians, have also adversely affected Afghans – both in the refugee community in Iran and families in Afghanistan dependent on income from their breadwinners working in the Islamic republic next door.


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Palestine Will Get Upgraded Status at UN. Then What?

Later this month, the Palestinians will ask the UN General Assembly to upgrade their status at the United Nations to become a non-member observer state.  This would put them on the same membership level as the Vatican. It would not change very much about how the UN operates.


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Live-Blogging Susan Rice Confirmation Hearing

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12:22. Kerry concludes, “the UN is too valuable, and the issues are too urgent.” He expects to have Rice sworn in by next Wednesday at the latest.

12:20. Kerry’s message to the UN: “this is a new moment,” and it’s time for the UN to reform. He seems to be addressing those few countries that frustrate reform efforts to “stick it in the eye of the UN.” It’d be important to remember that this “new moment” may decrease the numbers of those countries.

12:13. Senator Casey brings up the General Assembly vote on decriminalizing homosexuality. Good for him.

12:06. Casey says “Lugarrrr” a day after Clinton does. A mutiny in the SFRC?

12:02. This is newsworthy: Rice says the incoming administration has not yet made a decision on whether or not to join the Human Rights Council.

12:00. “What might have been different with U.S. participation and leadership” in the Human Rights Council? A worthwhile question.

11:53. Wyoming Senator Barrasso asks the black helicopter questions on guns and global taxes. Rice responds that the UN can’t change the U.S. constitution nor impose taxes on American citizens absent the consent of Congress. So your guns are safe, Senator Barrasso, and a UN “global tax” is about as likely as a UN attempt to raise an army of giant green swamp monsters.

11:50. Rice navigates a tricky answer about involving U.S. personnel in UN operations; they will not operate under UN “command responsibility,” but can contribute to UN missions.

11:47. Boxer likes her International Human Rights Convention on the Rights of the Child. Rice calls it a ” shame” that the United States stands only with Somalia in not ratifying the treaty. READ MORE

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