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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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Global Nuclear Meeting Opens at U.N.

"The voice was soft, calm, familiar. But the scenario Kofi Annan sketched out was chilling. A nuclear bomb goes off in a great city. Chaos ensues, and a frightened world asks, "Was this an act of terrorism? Was it an act of aggression by a state? Was it an accident?" Tens or hundreds of thousands would be dead, the U.N. chief said, and questions, implications and dread would consume world leaders. Treaties might collapse, trade and economies totter, human rights and freedoms come under threat. And statesmen would ask: "How did it come to this?" It was Monday's arresting opening to a monthlong conference reviewing the workings of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, at a moment of rising nuclear tensions in the world, on a day when speakers called for concessions from many sides - Iran, North Korea, America, Russia - to move toward a world free of the nuclear threat." More...
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