Pedantic Name Dispute Makes its Way to the General Assembly

One of the most inane international disputes today is over the name of a country that is referred to in official documentation as "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (FYROM)."  Understandably, the government of this country prefers to simply be called, "The Republic of Macedonia." (Who wants to be associated with Yugoslavia, anyway?)

What Got Accomplished at the UN Last Week

As usual, the sideshows like Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's 9-11 Trutherism sucked up much of the mainstream media attention around UN week.  But beyond the sideshows, last week brought some very real, substantive accomplishments that could potentially transform the lives of millions of people around the world.  Here are three of them:

Digging Deeper into Obama’s UN Speech

President Obama is drawing attention mostly for his remarks on Middle East peace. But lest other elements of his UN speech be forgotten, at a press conference earlier today Samantha Power urged people to examine his pronouncements on good governance. As Power explained, the second half of his speech was largely a reaction to a disturbing trend in which governments are increasingly clamping down on civic rights.