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  • Sexual-Harassment Cases Plague U.N.

    05/21/2009 10:27:26 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/21/09 | By STEVE STECKLOW
    The United Nations, which aspires to protect human rights around the world, is struggling to deal with an embarrassing string of sexual-harassment complaints within its own ranks. Many U.N. workers who have made or faced accusations of sexual harassment say the current system for handling complaints is arbitrary, unfair and mired in bureaucracy. One employee's complaint that she was sexually harassed for years by her supervisor in Gaza, for example, was investigated by one of her boss's colleagues, who cleared him.
  • China says rich nations must cut emissions by 40 pct

    05/21/2009 9:32:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,218+ views
    AFP on ^ | 5/21/09 | AFP
    China confirmed Thursday that it will demand rich nations cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 in upcoming global climate change negotiations. In a position paper published for negotiations to be held in Copenhagen in December, China -- one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases that cause global warming -- did not commit to any legally binding reductions. "Developed countries shall undertake to reduce their GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in aggregate by at least 40 percent below their 1990 level by 2020," said the paper, posted on China's planning agency's website. "Developed countries...
  • World's Biggest Debtor Nations

    04/22/2009 10:20:02 AM PDT · by Snoopers-868th · 30 replies · 1,513+ views
    CNBC ^ | April 20, 2009 | By Paul Toscano
    snip... So, how does the US debt position compare to that of other countries? A useful measure of how a country's debt position is by comparing gross external debt to GDP, which offers a direct relation of a country's debt to the size of its economy. In this report, all countries are among the world's 50 largest economies, and are ranked by current external debt as a percentage of 2008 GDP. Who are the world's biggest debtor nations? The rankings may surprise you!
  • United Nations'Climate Change' Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy

    03/27/2009 3:37:27 PM PDT · by rgr · 61 replies · 3,239+ views ^ | Friday, March 27, 2009 | George Russell
    United Nations'Climate Change' Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body. Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations "information note" on potential consequences of...
  • Financial crisis sparks concern over climate change funds - United Nations (Give tax money away)

    02/21/2009 2:02:31 PM PST · by shielagolden · 6 replies · 1,117+ views ^ | 19 Feb 2009 | Nita Bhalla
    Financial crisis sparks concern over climate change funds - U.N. 19 Feb 2009 16:52:00 GMT Written by: Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (AlertNet) - Funds pledged by rich countries to help developing nations adapt to the impacts of climate change are at risk from the global credit crunch and economic downturn, the United Nations has warned. Deirdre Boyd, country director for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India, told AlertNet financing must be made available to help countries like India deal with hazards caused by global warming, such as rising seas and melting glaciers. But she warned the global financial...
  • LOST: Law of the Sea Treaty

    02/18/2009 5:19:25 PM PST · by shielagolden · 17 replies · 1,834+ views ^ | 02/18/09 | William F. Jasper
    The United States Senate may vote very soon on one of the most far-reaching and dangerous treaties our government has ever considered for ratification: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST). The treaty, which has simmered on the back burners of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for decades, would give the United Nations control and jurisdiction over the world's oceans, nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and...
  • Global Television for Our Future Global Leader

    02/09/2009 8:32:32 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 9 replies · 1,094+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Surprise and even shock were among the reactions to my recent column about how elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, were considering a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of "global governance." It sounded authoritarian, even totalitarian, to some. Here are more of the troubling details. The media proposal, which was included in "The Global Agenda 2009" report, is to create "a new global network" with "the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each...

    02/11/2009 9:07:57 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies · 527+ views
    Babelology is the delusional, godless ideology and philosophy (religious or political) that is outworked and practiced here in time by unregenerate (i.e., Fallen) man (see Romans 7:15-24; 8:5-8). This vain ideology seeks to exclude the reality of Almighty God - His Word, His Attributes, His Absolutes, His Natural Laws, His Righteousness, His Salvation, His Judgment and His Sovereignty as Creator - from one’s thoughts and actions. It is manifested in a life led by self-will, ruled and dominated by man's fallen nature marred by sin (Romans 5:12,19; 8:5-8; Gal. 5:16-17) and a deceived heart (Jer. 17:9). Unbelief (godlessness) is one...
  • United Nations forbids defaming religion, specifically Islam

    01/29/2009 10:06:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies · 889+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-29-09 | Nat Hentoff
    On Inauguration Day, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, in a New York Times ad ("An Invitation to a New Partnership"), told "Dear President OBAMA" that Muslims "have compelling strategic and moral reasons to cooperate and peacefully co-exist with the United States in particular, and with the West in general." Many Muslims here and elsewhere want that partnership; but some, jihadists in the name of Islam, disagree violently. In its address to our new president, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (which has permanent status at the United Nations) made no mention of its own strategic skills that resulted, on...
  • First Trial Opens At International Criminal Court (United Nations)

    01/26/2009 9:08:09 AM PST · by shielagolden · 25 replies · 680+ views ^ | January 26, 2009 |
    First Trial Opens At International Criminal Court Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga at a 2007 hearing in The Hague January 26, 2009 (RFE/RL) -- The first-ever trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent war-crimes tribunal, has opened in The Hague. Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga is in the dock on charges of recruiting children as young as 10 years old to become soldiers in his country's bloody internal conflicts. Lubanga denies that he used underage fighters in the military arm of his Union of Congolese Patriots, and he says he was waging a violent campaign only...
  • United Nations messin' with guns

    01/22/2009 4:46:10 PM PST · by shielagolden · 50 replies · 2,277+ views ^ | Jan 22 09 | John Barrasso
    U.N. messin' with guns Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) instructed United Nations Ambassador nominee, Susan Rice, to ensure she preserves the gun rights of United States citizens while serving as U.S. representative to the U.N. “As our nation’s top representative to the United Nations, the next United States U.N. Ambassador has an important responsibility to defend and protect our citizens’ second amendment rights from international gun control.” An “Arms Trade Treaty” that could threaten U.S. citizens’ right to keep and bear arms doesn’t recognize a county’s sovereignty has been introduced in the U.N. The treaty could impose restrictions on gun ownership...
  • Inaugural emotions take hold of nation

    01/20/2009 7:12:13 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 67 replies · 1,656+ views
    The Washington TImes ^ | 1/20/09 | Jennifer Harper
    So how do you feel on Inauguration Day? The nation is awash with mixed feelings about this super-combo of politics, culture, out-of-control media. Link tells you why...
  • Bush Signs Off on New U.S. Arctic Policy (Law of the Sea)

    01/13/2009 1:31:00 PM PST · by shielagolden · 42 replies · 2,076+ views ^ | January 12, 2009 | Thomas Omestad
    Bush Signs Off on New U.S. Arctic Policy The White House on Monday released a long-awaited document broadly laying out U.S. policy toward the Arctic, a region whose potential for oil, gas, and mineral exploitation is for the first time being unlocked by a historic ice melt driven by climate change. The presidential directive was issued with just over a week to go in the Bush administration, but the policy review behind it lasted about two years. The last such review was completed in 1994. "The United States is an Arctic nation, with varied and compelling interests in the region,"...
  • Kyoto Redux: Clinton Vows to Use Cabinet Position to Push for Climate Treaty

    01/13/2009 1:18:47 PM PST · by shielagolden · 37 replies · 930+ views ^ | 1/13/2009 | Jeff Poor
    Kyoto Redux: Clinton Vows to Use Cabinet Position to Push for Climate Treaty Secretary of State nominee and Senate Foreign Relations Chair both call global warming a 'security threat.' \ Change we can all believe in? How about the same song and dance, but just a different day? In opening remarks at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 13, President-elect Barack Obama’s Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations committee she would use the office to shape foreign policy that would fight climate change “You Mr. Chairman [Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.] were among the very first in...
  • HOME-SCHOOLING: U.N. treaty might weaken families

    01/10/2009 6:11:07 PM PST · by shielagolden · 35 replies · 1,716+ views ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Michael Smith
    HOME-SCHOOLING: U.N. treaty might weaken families Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (Courtesy of One of the issues American families could face this year is the ramifications from a treaty called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). You may ask, "How could a treaty directly affect internal decision-making by American families?" We generally think of treaties as agreements affecting international relations between countries. The U.N., however, has initiated treaties that not only affect international relations, but also the domestic relations of member nations as well. These treaties, sometimes called "conventions,"...
  • BP names Russia troubleshooter as U.S. boss

    01/07/2009 3:24:23 PM PST · by shielagolden · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 6, 2009 | Tom Bergin
    BP names Russia troubleshooter as U.S. boss British oil major BP Plc (BP.L) appointed the man who led negotiations with its oligarch partners in Russian joint venture TNK-BP (TNBPI.RTS) as head of its U.S. unit. BP said on Tuesday Lamar McKay, formerly leader of the company's Special Projects Team, had been appointed chairman and president of BP America. He succeeds Bob Malone, who was appointed to the expanded role in 2006 to repair BP's reputation in the United States which had been battered by an oil spill in Alaska and a refinery explosion in 2005 killing 15 workers. Malone is...
  • Bush nominates Hawaii marine monument for UN honor (concerns about sovereignty)

    01/07/2009 11:08:42 AM PST · by shielagolden · 39 replies · 828+ views ^ | 01/07/09 | Associated Press
    <p>President Bush announced today that he has nominated the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Centre for consideration to the World Heritage List.</p> <p>The monument includes the islands and waters of the northwestern Hawaiian archipelago and is the nation’s largest protected area. The Mount Vernon, Va., home of George Washington was also nominated to the list. These are the United States’ first nominations to be forwarded for consideration on the World Heritage List since 1994, according to Gov. Linda Lingle.</p>
  • United Nations' Power Will Grow Under President Obama(Global Poverty Act S.2433)

    01/01/2009 10:44:22 AM PST · by shielagolden · 56 replies · 1,749+ views ^ | Dec 31, 2008 | Vincent Gioia
    United Nations' Power Will Grow Under President Obama Our incoming president has many plans that will drastically affect our country but few are more insidious and far reaching than his legislation to address "global poverty." Obama said "Eliminating global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges we face, with billions of people around the world forced to live on just dollars a day. We can – and must – make it a priority of our foreign policy ..." While in the senate our president-elect Barack Hussein Obama (it's ok to use his middle name now) joined with RINO U.S. Senator...
  • U.S. pledges Palestinian aid ($85 million to the United Nations)

    12/31/2008 12:12:28 PM PST · by shielagolden · 72 replies · 1,635+ views ^ | December 30, 2008 | State Department
    U.S. pledges Palestinian aid WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States will contribute $85 million to the United Nations agency providing aid to Palestinian refugees. The State Department announced Tuesday that $25 million of the funds would go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza. Those funds will be used for "urgently needed food, medicines, and other critical humanitarian assistance," according to a statement. The other $60 million will be given to UNRWA's General Fund, which "will support the provision of basic and vocational education, primary...
  • Global governance here we come!

    12/13/2008 10:28:09 AM PST · by thetru · 21 replies · 737+ views ^ | December 13, 2008 | henry lanb
    Global governance here we come! For more than 20 years, the politically correct liberal elitists have ridiculed the "black helicopter crowd" whenever the words "world government" were uttered. Global governance, however, is a perfectly acceptable term the U.N. says is somehow different from world government. According to the U.N., "Governance is not government – it is the framework of rules, institutions and practices that set limits on the behavior of individuals, organizations and companies" (UNDP Human Development Report, 1999, page 34). Any institution that has the power to issue rules and that limits the behavior of individuals, organizations and companies...
  • Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change(Al Gore&John Kerry climate conference)

    12/12/2008 12:22:45 PM PST · by thetru · 24 replies · 763+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/08 | ARTHUR MAX
    Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe droughts, floods and other effects of global warming. "This could be the one thing to come out of Poznan," said Kit Vaughan of WWF-Britain. The decision in the final hours of the two-week conference could begin to release some $60 million (euro45 million) within months, according to delegates and environmentalists following the closed-door talks. "This is an important step," said delegate Mozaharul Alam of Bangladesh.
  • Sen. Kerry expects swift new US policy on climate(draft treaty)

    12/11/2008 5:12:48 PM PST · by thetru · 29 replies · 1,001+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/08 | ARTHUR MAX
    Sen. Kerry expects swift new US policy on climate By ARTHUR MAX – 2 hours ago POZNAN, Poland (AP) — Sen. John Kerry said Thursday that a new draft treaty on global warming should be possible even if the United States does not impose mandatory limits on greenhouse gases before the next pivotal climate conference. Kerry said in an interview with the Associated Press that he expects the United States to have a climate policy in place within a year that will allow it to join the worldwide effort to combat global warming.
  • Nancy Sutley to Head White House Council on Environmental Quality

    12/10/2008 9:30:03 AM PST · by thetru · 17 replies · 899+ views ^ | December 10, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Nancy Sutley to Head White House Council on Environmental Quality December 10, 2008 10:46 AM Democratic sources tell ABC News that President-elect Barack Obama will name Nancy Sutley, Los Angeles's deputy mayor for energy and environment, to chair his White House's Council on Environmental Quality. The CEQ advises the President and Vice President on national and international environmental policy matters and works to ensure that federal agencies operate efficiently and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned to Sutley to help him in his goal to transform L.A. into “the greenest big city...
  • Kyoto Carbon Emission Credits Not For Sale (Russia)

    12/08/2008 5:59:34 AM PST · by thetru · 21 replies · 507+ views ^ | 04 December 2008 | Mathew Carr
    Kyoto Carbon Emission Credits Not For Sale 04 December 2008 By Mathew Carr, Alex Morales / Bloomberg POZNAN, Poland — The country will refuse to sell carbon-emissions credits to other nations, removing from the market the biggest single pool of licenses to release greenhouse gases under the Kyoto global-warming treaty, a government official said. The country will hold the credits beyond the Kyoto Protocol's 2012 deadline, Viktor Blinov, deputy chief of Russia's delegation to United Nations climate talks in Poland, said Tuesday. Instead, Russia will use them to comply with a successor treaty that is being negotiated. The comments may...
  • United Nations Sect'y General Calls For Green Jobs

    11/26/2008 4:02:53 PM PST · by thetru · 11 replies · 418+ views ^ | 11/26/08 |
    I would be remiss if I didn't point you to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's op-ed in today's Chronicle, making an economic case for U.S. investment in green jobs. Here it is, in full: Amid the pressures of the global financial crisis, some ask how we can afford to tackle climate change. The better question is: Can we afford not to? Put aside the familiar arguments - that the science is clear, that climate change represents an indisputable existential threat to the planet, and that every day we do not act the problem grows worse. Instead, let us make the...
  • The Bretton Woods,officially known as the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference

    11/14/2008 11:33:29 AM PST · by thetru · 4 replies · 542+ views ^ | 11/13/08 |
    The Bretton Woods Conference, 1944 The Bretton Woods Conference, officially known as the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, was a gathering of delegates from 44 nations that met from July 1 to 22, 1944 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to agree upon a series of new rules for the post-WWII international monetary system. The two major accomplishments of the conference were the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The lessons taken by U.S. policymakers from the interwar period informed the institutions created at the conference. Officials such as President...
  • He Laughs [Devotional]

    11/10/2008 3:57:54 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | November 10, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Psalm 2:3-4 As I’ve been discussing for the past week, God is in control. Consider the story of a five-year-old playing basketball with his 6’10” brother. When the little boy says to his older brother, “I’m gonna stomp on you,” the older brother has little reaction but to laugh. It’s totally preposterous that a boy who cannot even tie his shoes can win against his older, taller brother. But, isn’t it amazing when the enemies of God...
  • Why DO the Nations Rage?

    11/09/2008 7:42:19 PM PST · by tenger · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | November 9, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Psalm 2:1-2 There are many in this world who would shake their fists at God. They’re angry. Before we become self-righteous about their anger at God, I think we need to take a close look at our house as well. Could it be that they look at us and see a lack of devotion to Christ and his teachings? Consider the areas that this might display itself. You...
  • U.S. airlines cry foul over new EU rule(EU banned U.S aircraft climate change)

    11/09/2008 2:10:42 PM PST · by thetru · 28 replies · 278+ views ^ | Saturday, November 08, 2008 | By Shelley Emling
    U.S. airlines cry foul over new EU rule Regulation that places tough pollution standards on air carriers may spur legal action against the European Union. By Shelley Emling Cox International Correspondent Saturday, November 08, 2008 London —- A new European Union rule imposing tougher pollution limits on U.S. airlines violates international law and will likely result in a legal challenge, U.S. government officials say. All airlines flying in or out of the EU will have to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas considered a major contributor to global warming, by 3 percent in 2012 and by 5 percent starting...
  • The U.N.: Even More Expensive Than It Looks

    11/07/2008 8:39:01 AM PST · by thetru · 3 replies · 554+ views ^ | Thursday, November 06, 2008 | George Russell
    The U.N.: Even More Expensive Than It Looks How much does the United Nations cost? Rich countries, led by the United States, take note: you already pay about three times as much for the U.N. as appears on your own books — about $17.2 billion in 2006, according to figures newly pulled together in a U.N. report. And that number includes a whopping $800 million surplus for the sprawling U.N. system. What the U.N. did with the extra cash isn't covered in the document that for the first time reveals the full extent of U.N. anti-poverty contributions and spending across...
  • Nations ‘Band’ Together in Afghanistan

    07/18/2008 4:44:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 43+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Zachary Otto, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 18, 2008 – The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and Afghan National Army bands met this week for a four-day training event here. U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Hager, commander of the 101st Airborne Division band, conducts the Afghan National Army band and 101st band during a training event at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan recently. The two units worked together to learn music and foster relationships. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Otto, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The two units worked together to learn music and foster relationships. The...
  • De Gaulle understood that only nations are real

    06/03/2008 1:35:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 129+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 28th May 2008 | Robin Harris
    Few may celebrate the half-century since Charles de Gaulle’s triumphs of 1958, says Robin Harris, but this realist genius understood that, in geopolitics, the nation-state was all Almost exactly half a century ago, on 1 June 1958, Charles de Gaulle became the last Prime Minister of the French Fourth Republic and immediately began the construction of the Fifth. The Fourth Republic, be it said, was not as bad as it was painted, not least by de Gaulle. The economy had grown, the communists were kept out, and France took the first steps to becoming a nuclear power. But the system...
  • The United Nations is Molesting Children Again

    05/29/2008 10:33:26 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 134+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 05/29/08 | Bill Levinson
    Charity: Aid workers raping, abusing children [] “LONDON, England (CNN) — Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said.” Circulation of the following pictures is encouraged. Please copy as opposed to linking, as it uses this site’s bandwidth. Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food and money, Save the Children UK said in a report released Tuesday. After interviewing hundreds of children, the charity said it found instances of rape, child...
  • Iceland tops list of peaceful nations, U.S. 97th (The "Global Peace Index")

    05/20/2008 1:23:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 289+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/08 | Sue Pleming
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iceland is the world's most peaceful nation while the United States is ranked among the bottom third, according to a study released on Tuesday. The "Global Peace Index," compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the United States 97th out of 140 countries according to how peaceful they were domestically and how they interacted with the outside world. The United States slipped from 96th last year, but was still ahead of foe Iran which ranked 105th. It, however, lagged Belarus, Cuba, South Korea, Chile, Libya and others which were listed as more peaceful. Iraq, which the United...
  • Here in Transylvania, it feels okay to be proudly English

    04/23/2008 10:15:44 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 75+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 16th April 2008 | Ron Liddle
    Excerpt - If the EU wishes to become a superstate then, of course, the nation state — its natural enemy — has to go. In its place comes a vast phalanx of somewhat ill-defined racial types, clamouring for recognition — from Catalonia, the Basque region, Flanders and the two Galicias, from Transylvania, from Friesland, Brittany, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, ad infinitum. And lastly, not quite sure why they are there at all, or how they might be defined, that quietly clamouring horde from England. The English. Do you have a St George’s flag to hand? They have become most fecund...
  • Blair: poor nations must cut emissions

    03/15/2008 10:49:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 369+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/08 | Joseph Coleman - ap
    CHIBA, Japan - China, India and other developing nations must join industrialized countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avert a global warming disaster, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said at a climate change conference Saturday. An agreement to succeed the Kyoto global warming pact that expires at the end of 2012 will have to find a way to include developing nations, while allowing them to grow their economies, Blair told the meeting of 20 nations. "The dilemma is this: how to cut a deal that has both the developed and developing in it, recognizing...
  • Connery: Scots independence close

    02/24/2008 7:08:31 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 135 replies · 667+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2008
    The 77-year-old former James Bond actor, who lives in the Bahamas, says Scotland is "within touching distance" of achieving independence. Writing for the Scottish Sunday Express, Sir Sean praises the work of the SNP government which gained power in the devolved parliament last year. He has been the SNP's most high-profile supporter, donating thousands to funds. Sir Sean, who was born in Edinburgh, has previously sworn not to return to the country until it is independent. In the article, Sir Sean praises Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and the work of the SNP government since it came into power in...
  • Nations Agree South American Highway

    12/17/2007 1:23:11 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 116+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-27-2007
    Nations agree S American highway The three leaders hailed the deal as a boost to trade The presidents of Brazil, Bolivia and Chile have agreed to build a highway by 2009 that will link the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America. Much of the route is already paved but the leaders agreed to invest a further $600m (£300m) to complete the road. The highway is to run from Santos in Brazil to Arica and Iquique in Chile. The meeting in the Bolivian city of La Paz was seen as a chance to improve strained ties between Bolivia and Chile...
  • Guardsman Goes Full-Time to Answer Nation’s Call

    10/26/2007 4:53:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 123+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Cpl. Nathan Hoskins
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 26, 2007 – It didn’t matter that he already had a good job that paid well, and his convictions weren’t shaken after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Tom Jessee wanted to join the Army full time. He wanted to become a full-time warrior. Army Lt. Col. Tom Jessee, executive officer for the 1st Air Cavalry “Warrior” Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, sits on the flightline at Camp Taji, Iraq, in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he’ll be flying during missions that day. Photo by Cpl. Nathan Hoskins, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Nations Must Unite Against Terrorism, Bush Says

    09/25/2007 5:28:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 160+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2007 – Nations of the world must unite against terrorism, which denies fundamental rights, President Bush told the United Nations General Assembly today. Terrorists are a threat to all civilized people, Bush said at the opening of the assembly’s 62nd session. “All civilized nations must work together to stop them by sharing intelligence about their networks and choking off their finances and bringing to justice their operatives,” he said. “In the long run, the best way to defeat extremists is to defeat their dark ideology with a more hopeful vision, a vision of liberty that founded...
  • Bush invites nations to climate change summit

    08/03/2007 1:47:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 421+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/3/07 | Deb Riechmann - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Bush invited representatives of major industrialized and developing countries to a climate change summit in September at the same time that the United Nations is holding a similar conclave. “In recent years, science has deepened our understanding of climate change and opened new possibilities for confronting it,” Bush said in his invitation letter Friday, asking other nations to take part in discussing a long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions. Under international pressure to take tough action against global warming, Bush last May had called for a meeting of nations to talk about how to reduce global greenhouse...
  • Republicans say UNITED NATIONS agency fired whistle-blower

    07/05/2007 8:59:32 PM PDT · by thenatural · 5 replies · 949+ views ^ | 07/06/2007 | Evelyn Leopold
    By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress are accusing the U.N. Development Program of firing a whistle-blower connected with the agency's North Korea program, a target of the Bush administration. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, who last week sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Artjon Shkurtaj, chief of operations in North Korea in 2005 to 2006, was dismissed for criticizing the UNDP. On Thursday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida also sent a letter to Ban, urging him to intervene to protect Shkurtaj, who she said had uncovered "significant irregularities." The Bush administration...
  • Are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama anti-Semites?

    04/25/2007 11:06:48 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies · 1,562+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 4/25/07 | Bill Levinson
    arack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's recent attendance of Al Sharpton's National Action Network raises some disturbing questions, especially given allegations about Clinton's past record of making anti-Semitic statements. Jews Divided on Hillary Slur reports an allegation that, in 1974, she called Bill Clinton's campaign manager Paul Fray, whom she apparently blamed for losing a Congressional race for her husband, a "f**king Jew bastard." Meanwhile, stories about Obama's attendance at a madrasa, and his connection with a Black separatist minister, take on added seriousness in light of his recent visit to Al Sharpton's racist and anti-Semitic hate group. Under standards set,...
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    04/11/2007 2:34:57 PM PDT · by Tarkus2040 · 311 replies · 2,576+ views
  • EU nations move towards common energy policy (Can eUSocialists here be far behind with their plans?)

    02/15/2007 10:30:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 181+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/07 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - The 27 EU nations were moving towards a common energy policy, agreeing on cleaner fuel targets while watering down a proposal to force the break up of the sector into production and distribution operators. "We have made a breakthrough and we have now adopted a draft energy action plan," said German Economy Minister Michael Glos, who chaired Thursday's meeting. The energy ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels that bio-fuels should constitute at least 10 percent of fuels used in new vehicles by 2020. But that 10 percent target will be subject to bio-fuels being available in...
  • Developing Nations To Test New $150 Laptops

    02/13/2007 8:31:42 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 1,194+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-13-2007
    Developing nations to test new $150 laptops 15:43 13 February 2007 news service From Brazil to Pakistan, some of the world's poorest children will peer across the digital divide this month – reading electronic books, shooting digital video, creating music and chatting with classmates online. The non-profit "One Laptop per Child" project, founded by MIT academics, will roll out nearly 2500 of its $150-laptops to eight nations. The experiment is a prelude to mass production of the kid-friendly, lime-green-and-white laptops, scheduled to begin in July 2007, when five million will be built. Its technological triumphs include a hand crank...
  • Gore: Nations must take lead in warming

    02/07/2007 9:26:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 698+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/07 | Daniel Woolls - ap
    MADRID, Spain - Emerging economies such as China are justified in holding back on fighting greenhouse gas emissions until richer polluters like the United States do more to solve the problem, former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday. The world's top climate scientists warned in a report last week that global warming was very likely caused by humanity and would last for centuries. Chinese officials said they would act after industrial countries such as the United States and others make changes themselves, Gore said, addressing a conference in Madrid on global warming. "They're right in saying that. But we have...
  • America Supports You: Massachusetts Teens Ask for Nation’s Support

    01/31/2007 3:58:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 225+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Gleason
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2007 – With only a few days left before the voting comes to a close, one troop-support group is asking for assistance in putting it as a forerunner in winning $50,000 to support the men and women of the armed forces. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” founders Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., are in the running to win the grand prize in a Volvo-sponsored awards program that highlights the generosity of citizens throughout the nation. The deadline for voting is Feb. 4. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a member of America Supports You, a Defense...
  • Republicans, This Is Why You MUST Vote!

    11/05/2006 3:32:05 PM PST · by DocFarmer · 61 replies · 2,298+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 11/06/2006 | Doc Farmer
    Republicans, This Is Why You MUST Vote!Written by Doc FarmerMonday, November 6 Tomorrow is Election Day. The miracle provided to you by the Founding Fathers in 1776, and protected and preserved for you by the blood of our best. A miracle that most Americans, sadly, take for granted. Don't be one of those who take it for granted. Especially if you're a rep/con/tair -- my more accurate term for the so-called "right". An amalgam of the core political constructs of Republicans, conservatives and libertarians. For many, many months, you've been told that the lib/dem/soc/commies (my more accurate term for...
  • North American Union threat gets attention of congressmen

    10/02/2006 3:55:59 AM PDT · by Man50D · 356 replies · 4,584+ views ^ | October 1, 2006
    WASHINGTON – While several members of Congress have denied any knowledge of efforts to build "NAFTA superhighways" or move America closer to a union with Mexico and Canada, four members of the House have stepped up to sponsor a resolution opposing both initiatives. Rep. Virgil Goode Jr., R-Va., has introduced a resolution – H.R. 487 – designed to express "the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union (NAU) with Mexico and Canada." "Now that Congress is preparing...