United Nations Articles

Hillary Clinton's UN Human Rights Council Problem—and Opportunity

9:24 AM, Aug 13, 2014

The new inquisitor has just been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to “investigate” Israel’s conduct of Operation Protective Edge, following in the footsteps of Richard Goldstone, who famously, incompetently, and unjustly “investigated” Israel's 2009 Operation Cast Lead.

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Kristol Podcast: US out of UN!...and more on Israel, Ukraine, and Immigration

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:05 PM, Jul 25, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the United Nations, the conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, and the crisis at the southern U.S. border.

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U.S. Cosponsors U.N. Resolution to Fight Texting and Driving

6:02 AM, Apr 11, 2014

While crises continue in Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and the Central African Republic, the United Nations turned its attention to a different kind of crisis 

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Sanctions Take Time

11:59 AM, Apr 01, 2014

The non-military measures taken against Russia for its actions in Crimea and against its threatened invasion of Ukraine has not, as yet, had any discernible military effect. Reuters reports that NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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U.N. Secretary General: Bloomberg Made NYC a 'Carbon-Free City'

12:41 PM, Feb 21, 2014

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters today for Bloomberg's new role as United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change.  At the photo op, the secretary general was effusive in his praise of Bloomberg, even crediting him for transforming New York City into a "carbon-free city" [emphasis added]:

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U.N. Secretary General: 'Give Peace a Chance' in Syria

12:33 PM, Aug 28, 2013

Even as United Nations personnel are in Syria trying to investigate chemical weapons claims that have further exacerbated that country's bloody civil war, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was incongruously tasked with the celebration of the centennial of the Peace Palace in The Hague.

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Samantha Power and the Art of Tweeting

6:01 AM, Aug 22, 2013

At 5:09 pm on August 21, Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted this:


Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice.

— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) August 21, 2013


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U.S. to U.N.: 'The United States Does Not Operate Any Secret Detention Facilities'

11:51 AM, Aug 13, 2013

In a report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the Obama administration unequivocally denies the existence of secret detention facilities operated by any part of the U.S. government.

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U.N. to Celebrate ‘World Toilet Day’

12:22 PM, Jul 25, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark "World Toilet Day." The day will be celebrated November 19.

"The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as 'World Toilet Day' would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open, the General Assembly heard today," a U.N. press release reads.


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U.S. Will Not Sign U.N. Treaty to Control Internet

2:24 PM, Dec 13, 2012

The United States announced today that it “cannot sign” a proposed treaty that would cede some control of the Internet to the United Nations. The details of the treaty have been the subject of more than a weeklong conference in Dubai.

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U.N. Conference Slyly Introduces Resolution to Gain Control of Internet—in Middle of Night

10:48 PM, Dec 12, 2012

In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval.

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U.S.: 'This Resolution Does Not Establish that Palestine Is a State'

5:44 PM, Nov 29, 2012

America's ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, stated that today's resolution on the status of Palestine as an observer state "does not establish that Palestine is a state."

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U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet

2:48 PM, Nov 26, 2012

Next week the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports.

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'United Nations Wants to Use Drones'

1:52 PM, Nov 23, 2012

The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. "The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels," says the report, quoting U.N. officials.

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Dangerous Liaisons: Europe Should Cut Off Hezbollah

12:54 PM, Nov 19, 2012

After a year and a half of conflict, and despite some 40,000 deaths, the world still stands impotent to end the bloodshed in Syria.

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Chavez's Venezuela Now on Same U.N. Human Rights Council as U.S.

Susan Rice praises council for "increasingly proving its value."
3:01 PM, Nov 12, 2012

The United States and Venezuela will now serve together on the United Nations Human Rights Council, after both countries won elections today to serve together. Venezuela received 154 votes and is in the Latin American group, while the U.S. received 131 and is in the Western group.

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Netanyahu's 'Lousy Idea' Makes Front Pages

How we learned to stop worrying and love Bibi's bomb chart.
10:59 AM, Sep 28, 2012

During his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a drawing of a bomb to illustrate the threat of Iran's nuclear program. Several media types pooh-poohed Netanyahu's chart, including the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "It is precisely because Iran's nuclear program is such a threat to Israel that turning to cartoon bombs to explain the issue is a lousy idea," Goldberg tweeted yesterday.

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Full Text of Netanyahu's U.N. Address

3:51 PM, Sep 27, 2012

Here's the full text of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's United Nations address:

Thank you very much Mr. President.

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Netanyahu to Respond to 'Black Day' at U.N.

9:08 AM, Sep 27, 2012

In a message to Israeli citizens yesterday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd use his remarks at the United Nations to respond to the "black day" at the international body. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak later today.

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Obama: Attacks on America an Assault on U.N. Ideals

9:43 AM, Sep 25, 2012

In a speech at the United Nations this morning, President Obama says the attacks on America across the Muslim world over the last two weeks are also an "assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded."

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Obama Adviser: 'If He Met With One Leader, He Would Have to Meet With 10.'

9:00 AM, Sep 25, 2012

The reason why President Obama is not meeting with any foreign leaders during this week's United Nations General Assembly in New York is, as one aide to the president explained, because "If he met with one leader, he would have to meet with 10."

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CNN: 'Error in Judgement' for Obama to Skip Meetings with Foreign Leaders, Appear on The View

6:41 AM, Sep 25, 2012

CNN blasted President Obama this morning for skipping meetings with foreign leaders this week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City and instead appearing on daytime TV talk show The View:

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Israel Walks Out, While U.S. Stays to Listen to Iran's Ahmadinejad

9:24 PM, Sep 24, 2012

While Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations, "Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor walked out of the General Assembly hall," according to the Associated Press.

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Iran Elected to Top U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Post

9:49 AM, Jul 08, 2012

The nation of Iran has been elected to serve on a top U.N. Arms Trade Treaty post, the monitoring group U.N. Watch reports

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The U.N. Excuse

10:28 AM, Jun 01, 2012

From the Washington Post: "Asked Thursday whether he could envision a situation in which the United States would take military action in Syria without U.N. authorization, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, 'No, I cannot envision that because, look, as secretary of defense, my greatest responsibility is to make sure when we deploy our men and women in uniform and put them at risk, we not only know what the mission is, but we have the kind of support we need to accomplish that mission.'"

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U.N. to Condemn Israel Over Treatment of Women, Ignore Syria

4:42 PM, Mar 08, 2012

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women “is expected to pass a resolution condemning Israel's part in the degrading of living conditions for Palestinian women, while failing to mention the mistreatment of women in the ongoing crisis in Syria,” Haaretz reports.

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Hugo Chávez Seeks Seat on U.N. Human Rights Council

9:46 AM, Feb 22, 2012

Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez is seeking a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, the group U.N. Watch reports. The independent watchdog group also says that Pakistan is additionally “slated to run unopposed for seats on the UN’s 47-nation Human Rights Council this year.”

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Palestine Melts Iceland

5:00 PM, Dec 16, 2011

On November 29th the Icelandic parliament voted to recognize Palestine as a state. Yesterday, a ceremony was held in Reykjavik in the presence of the Icelandic and PLO foreign ministers.

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Rumors of the U.N.’s Benefits Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

10:01 AM, Dec 07, 2011

Portraying President Obama’s U.N.-centered foreign policy as consistent with American values or pro-Israel has become increasingly difficult for administration officials. The result has been a steady stream of inaccurate accounts of goings-on at the organization.

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The UNESCO Lesson

1:05 PM, Nov 03, 2011

Earlier this week, the majority of member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—whose self-stated mission is “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”—voted to accept the Palestinians’ application to become the newest member of the organization. The vote was not even close—107 voted in favor of the Palestinians, while 14 states voted against (52 abstained)—for “Palestine [to become] the 195th full member of UNESCO,” as the New York Times reported.

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