More shenanigans from Arms Trade Treaty opponents.
Budget battles in the US Congress threaten to undermine a key counter-terrorism priority
Last week during the confirmation hearings for John Brennan as Director of the CIA, Senator Rand Paul launched into a filibuster against Brennan, bringing up the United States’ drone program as a reason to oppose the appointment. It’s a shame that Senator Paul missed some of the major issues involved in it.
From defeating HIV/AIDS to promoting peace-through-diplomacy at the United Nations, the budget shenanigans on Capitol Hill are casting an ominous shadow over some of the best things the USA does in the world.
Senator Patrick Leahy, a leading United States Senator who chairs the powerful judiciary committee, is calling for an end a self-defeating policy.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.
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.”