1:42 PM, Sep 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State John Kerry will make "climate change ... a foreign policy priority," the State Department announced in press release. "Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly," the press release is titled.
"Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York," reads the release.
On September 21, Secretary Kerry will host the first-ever Major Economies Forum Foreign Ministers meeting. The meeting seeks to build political will and a sense of common cause to address climate change as a foreign policy priority. He will encourage countries to put forward robust climate targets next year to help reach an ambitious international climate change agreement in 2015 and explore fresh ideas to capture climate co-benefits.
On September 22, Secretary Kerry will deliver keynote remarks at the opening event of Climate Week NYC, “Toward a Vibrant, Low Carbon Economy.” He will showcase the bold climate action that the United States is taking at home and present his vision for advancing a global low carbon economy.
On September 24, Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks at a reception celebrating the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. He will discuss the Alliance’s efforts to respond to climate change impacts in the agriculture sector, while increasing food production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary Kerry previously announced the United States’ commitment to join the Alliance at a signature event during the Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on August 4, 2014.
On September 25, Secretary Kerry will host an event, “Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas.” The event will forge a path forward on a range of ocean conservation measures including sustainable fishing and its relationship to food security, promoting marine protected areas and coastal adaptation, and resilience to climate change.
Additionally, U.S. Special Envoy Todd Stern will participate in several climate change-related events, including the Major Economies Forum and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly, which will discuss international actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and launch a new partnership of oil and gas companies to reduce harmful methane pollution.
Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
During the siege of Bastogne in December 1944, the German general Heinrich von Lüttwitz sent his American adversaries a note, explaining how “the fortune of war is changing” and that “there is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town.”
The note was received by Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe of the U.S. Army, who famously replied: “NUTS!” The siege went on, but the Americans prevailed.
12:29 PM, Aug 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The man who is described by his mouthpiece as “the constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office” is increasingly bored with the routine demands of his job (so much so that even Maureen Dowd has noticed) and finds the Constitution a darned nuisance and an obstacle.
3:06 PM, Aug 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Bolton, in a fundraising email, makes the case for defunding UNRWA--and more:
As the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, my eyes have long been open to the dangerous biases and political agendas in play at the U.N. It is at the core of my mission to share these facts with the American people, and why I am writing today.
The United Nations has lost its way, and now we MUST take action.
7:02 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
While crises continue in Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and the Central African Republic, the United Nations turned its attention to a different kind of crisis
10:18 AM, Apr 3, 2014 • By NOAH POLLAK
It is a cliché at this point to remark that John Kerry is operating in a fantasy world. But sometimes there is no other word to describe the enormous distance between his perception of what is happening and what is actually happening.
Courtesy of the U.N.Dec 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 16 • By CLAUDIA ROSETT
It's well over a year since the United Nations intellectual property agency got caught undermining the U.N.’s own sanctions—shipping U.S.-origin computers and related high-tech equipment to North Korea and Iran. In classic U.N. fashion, the World Intellectual Property Organization, known as WIPO, stiffed congressional inquiries and arranged its own narrow and “independent” investigation of itself. Thanks to U.N. privileges and immunities, WIPO was ultimately judged by the U.N. to have stayed within the letter, if not the spirit, of U.N. sanctions.
Saudi Arabia would prefer not to. Nov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08 • By JOHN BOLTON
On October 17, Saudi Arabia was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council.
Behind the curtain at the IPCC.Oct 14, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 06 • By STEVEN F. HAYWARD
Thought experiment: Imagine you are a national security reporter, covering the release of a massive, 2,000-page report on domestic intelligence gathering activities and future threat assessment from the National Security Agency. But instead of issuing the full report, the NSA issues a 30-page “Summary for Policymakers” (SPM) written by political appointees at the Justice Department, promising that the full 2,000-page report will be released a few days later. Would you print a front-page story based only on the 30-page summary, or would you demand to see the full report?
7:35 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In his big speech to the U.N. General Assembly last week, President Obama pointedly avoided one particular subject: himself. Just kidding! The famously self-regarding Obama alluded to himself almost 50 times in his remarks. (That’s 7 mys, and 42 Is for those keeping track at home.)
12:15 PM, Sep 24, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
In his speech today at the United Nations, President Obama continued his administration’s odd and somewhat schizophrenic policy with respect to freedom, human rights, and democracy.
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Syria has receded from the front pages. A long and winding road of failed diplomacy lies ahead, and who wants to bother covering that? Meanwhile, Bashar al-Assad is more firmly in power than before, al Qaeda is stronger among the Syrian rebels, the United States has lost credibility, and Iran and Russia have gained in stature and influence. This is the product of an irresolute president—and of shortsighted behavior by representatives of both parties in Congress.
How not to be a war president.Sep 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 03 • By FRED BARNES
When President Obama abruptly called off the bombing strike on Syria and decided to seek the approval of Congress, he surprised no one more than French president François Hollande. France, the only country set to join the United States in the raid, was left in the lurch. Hollande was humiliated and isolated. Now, if an assault on Syria occurs, France is unlikely to participate.