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  • The United Nations: World's Leading Purveyor of Antisemitism

    09/18/2014 5:26:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 16, 2014 | Anne Bayefsky
    Anne Bayefsky speaking at the United Nations, New York, on September 8, 2014. Why couldn't the UN... sponsor a conference on combating global antisemitism? In theory the UN Charter demands equality of... nations large and small. In reality the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation. The UN has launched a "legal" pogrom against the Jewish state. A "legal" pogrom is a license to kill. Modern antisemitism targets Israel's exercise of the right of self-defense because self-defense is the essence of sovereignty. My time is short, too short to try to emulate the diplomatic sophistry that passes for...
  • Climate Change Summit No Shows Leave Obama and Clinton out on a Limb on Global Warming Rhetoric

    09/18/2014 7:15:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 09/18/2014
    A United Nations Climate Change Summit entitled "Catalyzing Action" appears to have lost steam before it even starts as the leaders of three influential nations will not attend the world leader's forum, leaving the Obama-Clinton-Kerry triumvirate, who claim global warming is the greatest threat to mankind, out on a limb say Friends of Science.Germany's Angela Merkel will not attend the New York Climate Summit as reported by the German daily TAZ. Germany is presently building some 20+ coal plants as reported by Forbes Aug. 31, 2012 to return grid stability and affordability to power prices for industry and consumers. According...
  • Climate Summit: European Union surprised Tony Abbott will not attend high level climate talks

    09/16/2014 5:57:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-16-14 | Jake Sturmer
    The European Union's climate chief says it is a pity Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not attend a major UN climate meeting in New York next week. World leaders including US president Barack Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron will attend the UN secretary-general's Climate Summit on September 23. Mr Abbott will not be attending, despite the fact that he is due to attend a UN Security Council meeting in New York the next day. EU commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard said it came as a surprise. "It is, of course, I think, a pity that not everyone...
  • UN study denies climate protection precludes growth

    09/16/2014 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/16/2014 | [cjc/sri (Reuters, AFP)]
    At the crossroads of ecology and economy, an international panel said Tuesday investments in climate protection could also bolster growth. “It is possible to tackle global climate change and it is possible to have economic growth at the same time,” said Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderón, who introduced a report compiled by former heads of state, business figures and economists. Unlike past studies that have centered on the risks of inaction, the report sought to allay many people’s fears that aggressive climate protection could undermine jobs and economic growth. It said while a pivot to clean energy from fossil fuels...
  • U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S.

    09/16/2014 5:48:18 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 41 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 15, 2014 | LEO HOHMANN
    Displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to America. Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected more than 200,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq. Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S. In...
  • The UN Is Pulling Most Of Its Peacekeepers Out Of Syria As Situation 'Deteriorates Severely'

    09/15/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 9-15-2014 | Armin Rosen
    Armin RosenSeptember 15, 2014 The UN is quietly pulling back from the parts of the peacekeeper-administered military disengagement zone separating the Israeli and Syrian-controlled sections of the Golan Heights. Reuters quotes an anonymous UN staffer as saying that "Staff in U.N. positions 10, 16, 31 and 37, as well as Camp Faouar on the (Syrian) side are being relocated." Twitter user and Israel-based blogger Judge Dan created a map of these positions based off of the UN's publically-available information on the location of the UN Disengagement Observer Force's various bases:(Click to the site to see the map) According to the...
  • UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

    09/15/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 2014 11:22 AM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told The Associated Press that he doesn’t think every single post has been vacated. The U.N. peacekeepers withdrawn Monday have been moved to the Israeli side of the border. …
  • Egypt trying to reposition itself as bastion of stability

    09/12/2014 7:08:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Ahram ^ | Thursday 11 Sep 2014 | Dina Ezzat
    Next week, when President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrives in New York at the head of the Egyptian delegation to the UN General Assembly he will likely seek to put an end to questions of his legitimacy as head of state. He will also, according to the same diplomatic argument, be ending the “diplomatic isolation” that “some countries” – the reference is always made to Qatar and Turkey – have tried to impose on Egypt. This said, Cairo officials, including the head of the state himself, are aware that when all is said and done, ”the return of Egypt,” as would be...
  • Schabas: I Don’t Hate Israel

    09/11/2014 3:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/11/2014, 12:13 AM | Elad Benari
    William Schabas, the Canadian professor who was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to head a commission of inquiry into Israel’s military operations in Gaza, on Wednesday insisted that he is not anti-Israel, despite the many remarks he has made in the past proving the contrary. Speaking to the Arab-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Schabas claimed that “even if Spiderman was heading the probe, they would’ve attacked him.” “I do not hate Israel,” he declared, but also said, “I will put my prior positions aside.” “This is an investigation that is necessary,” Schabas said. “I will not resign.” …
  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/09/2014 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    PhilStar ^ | September 4, 2014 | Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The Indian commander of the United Nations' (UN) peacekeeping force broke his silence on the Philippine military's accusations that he misguidedly ordered besieged Filipino troops to surrender their arms to rebels in Golan Heights over the weekend. In an interview with a Noida-based newspaper, UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha criticized the defiance of the 40 trapped Filipino peacekeepers as "non-professional." Singha, meanwhile, called what the Armed Forces of the Philippines dubbed the "greatest escape" of 40 troops from Position 68 nothing but an "act of cowardice." "The higher UN echelon as well...
  • UN: $550 Million to Gaza Despite Renewed Terror Tunnels

    09/09/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/9/14 | Ari Yashar
    The United Nations (UN) and Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday called for international donors to supply $550 million to the Hamas terror enclave of Gaza, despite the fact that Hamas has already restarted construction on its terror tunnels to attack Israel. The appeal seeks to repair damage caused in the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, which started in July after Hamas launched a rocket war on the Jewish state. "The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley in a statement, reports AFP. "The crisis is far from over." Rawley and PA...
  • UN Human Rights Council: “Forget Hamas Targeting Israeli Civilians”

    09/09/2014 2:39:51 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | September 9, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Special to Israel News Agency from Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerusalem, Israel --- September 9, 2014 ... Instead of investigating Hamas’ deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, the UN decided to “investigate” Israel, a democracy exercising its legitimate right of self-defense. Throughout the recent conflict Israel has done its utmost to comply with the strictest standards of international humanitarian law, despite significant operational costs. On July 23, while Hamas rocket fire on Israel continued daily, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to appoint a “commission of inquiry” the purpose of...
  • UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

    09/09/2014 5:17:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 2014 6:53 AM EDT | John Heilprin
    Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. In an annual report, the World Meteorological Organization said that carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming, rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades. That’s an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year—and is 42 percent higher than before the Industrial Age, when levels were about 280 parts per million. The 2012 level was itself...
  • UN Defends Refusal to Evacuate Non-Combatants in Gaza

    09/06/2014 11:57:26 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    In its efforts to minimize collateral damage in its campaign against Hamas terrorists who were launching rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) asked UN “peace keepers” in Gaza to help Palestinian civilians evacuate the combat zone. The UN refused this request. UN spokesperson Penelope Ironside explained that “the idea that civilians should be removed from the battle zone conflicted with the explicit strategy of one of the contending sides. For us to have assisted in their removal would have compromised the UN’s position as a neutral party.” “The conflict between Israel and Hamas is asymmetrical,” Ironside...
  • The U.N.: Clueless or Complicit in Gaza?

    09/04/2014 7:07:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/04/2014 | Claudia Rosett
    The United Nations has been quick to launch a special inquiry into Israel for defending itself this summer against Hamas terrorist attacks out of Gaza. But will anyone be investigating the role in this conflict of the U.N. itself? This latest bout of war has underscored alarming questions about the U.N.’s chief agency in Gaza, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA. Officially, UNRWA advertises itself as a strictly neutral party providing humanitarian and relief services — including schooling, health care, construction, loans, and emergency response — to Palestinian refugees...
  • UN Security Council Demands Release of Abducted Peacekeepers

    09/03/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to AFP. The 15 members of the council unanimously approved a declaration condemning "in the strongest terms" the detention of the Fijians. They were captured almost a week ago, when the rebels stormed a Golan Heights crossing. The council "reiterated their call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release," adding in its statement that "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." The government of Fiji also has called...
  • Ethnic Cleansing Occurring in Iraq, Amnesty International Charges (official report)

    09/02/2014 1:37:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    aleteia ^ | September 2, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    It’s difficult to read Amnesty International’s report on ethnic cleansing in Iraq without imagining that you’re reading the script of a movie. Over and over, the report, issued today, relates accounts of men being taken out of their villages in pickup trucks, lined up in a deserted area, and shot. Often they were shot in the backs, many times at the edge of a “wadi” or a large hole in the ground, into which the bodies would tumble. Some were not gravely injured and feigned death so that they could escape—and tell the story. Enough Iraqis—Christians, Shia Muslims, Yazidis...
  • Keeping Calm and Carrying On This Winter

    09/02/2014 9:43:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/14 | Judi McLeod
    Don’t wait for any politician or news media talking head to save you and your family from any barbarians who would make good on their threats With a thousand and one predicted disasters calling the attention of the average citizen, we live in confusing, turbulent times. If Ebola, terrorists or living in a country without borders doesn’t get you, something else will. It’s as if the leaders of some countries want the countries they were elected to serve wiped off the map, leaving the world’s largest bureaucracy called the United Nations to get on with their convenient One World Government....
  • Filipino Soldiers Defied UN Order to Surrender to ISIS

    09/02/2014 7:11:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Good for them. Surrendering to people who practice beheading religiously is ill advised. This whole mess is yet another of the innumerable reminders that international forces placed around Israel to absolutely nothing and surrender or run away at the first sign of trouble. That’s why the touted EU initiative to put international forces between Israel and Hamas is a stupid and destructive venture.The Philippine military said Monday that a UN peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their campGen. Gregorio Pio Catapang...
  • What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know

    09/01/2014 6:58:19 PM PDT · by wtd · 16 replies
    TrevorLoudon.com ^ | Sept 1, 2014 | Trevor Loudon's
    Not too long ago I posted a video produced in the mid-nineties concerning a U.S. Army soldier, SPC Michael New, who refused to wear the UN insignia and uniform, or accept orders from a foreign commander under the auspices of the United Nations. New’s reasoning was simple: he pledged an oath to defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution, not the United Nations and its Charter. The Michael New case received very little press coverage at the time. New was threatened with court-martial, but he decided to fight the charges. Unfortunately, Michael New lost the case and eventually received...
  • UN Chief 'Alarmed' by Israel's State Land Designation

    09/01/2014 3:26:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    inn ^ | 9/1/14 | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned Israel’s decision to declare 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of land in Judea as state land, AFP reports. Ban’s spokesman said that the UN chief is "alarmed" by the Israeli plans and feared they could lead to more “settlement activity”. "The Secretary General is alarmed by yesterday's announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called 'state land' nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank," the spokesman said, according to AFP. "The seizure of such a large swath of land risks paving the way for further...
  • Obama looks to skip Senate on new UN climate change deal

    09/01/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is working to create a new international climate change accord that would get other nations to reduce their carbon emissions, but in a way that would not require the deal to be ratified by the Senate.
  • Filipino's Defy UN order to surrender, fight way out past Islamasists

    09/01/2014 11:27:59 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 34 replies
    times of israel ^ | sept 1, 2014 | jim gomez
    Manila says it ordered its troops to fight back and escape, instead of surrendering to the Syrian Islamists as the UN wished money line from Filipino commander: “I told them not to follow the order because that is a violation of our regulation, that we do not surrender our firearms,
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • UN hosts Historic Counter-Anti-Semitism Confab

    08/30/2014 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/14
    On Monday September 8th, 2014, at 1:15 p.m., the UN Permanent Mission of Palau, and the Engr Aja Eze Foundation are sponsoring a conference on “Global Anti-Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security” at the United Nations Headquarters facility in New York City. The counter-anti-Semitism conference will feature speakers who will explain how the rising tide of anti-Semitism will have a catastrophic effect on the safety and security of the world. The opening statements will be made by H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Amb. UN Perm. Mission of Palau, and H.E. Mr. Ron Prosser, Amb. UN Perm. Mission of Israel....
  • Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official

    08/29/2014 4:57:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/28/2014 | Ben Farmer
    Killer robots programmed to open fire without human control are just a “small step” from the battlefield and military powers should agree to outlaw them, a top United Nations official has said. Angela Kane, the UN’s high representative for disarmament, said governments should be more open about programmes to develop the technology and she favoured a pre-emptive ban before it was too late. She said: “Any weapon of war is terrible, and if you can launch this without human intervention, I think it’s even worse. It compounds the problem and dehumanises it in a way. “It becomes a faceless war...
  • Reports: Syrian Rebels Capture UN Personnel on Golan

    08/28/2014 6:17:05 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-28-14 | Yaakov Levi
    Syrian rebels have reportedly taken UN personnel prisoner after they took over the area near the Quneitra border crossing on the Golan Heights. The UN personnel were stationed on the Syrian side of the border. No confirmation of the story has been issued, and the number of those taken prisoner is also unclear, with some reports saying that “dozens” of personnel have been captured. The reports identified the kidnappers as being members of a group close to Al Qaeda that is fighting soldiers of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
  • Obama’s Desperate Climate Change Plan

    08/27/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 17 replies
    The New York Times has a splashy front page article today that’s sure to warm the hearts of global warming fanatic. It likely will cause opponents of so-called climate change to burn with the rage of a thousand suns. In fact, we should not get excited at all. President Obama is working on a non-binding international agreement on climate change. It would “name and shame” countries that don’t comply with its strict standards. Those pushing this agreement believe it has “legal and political magic.” In reality, it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. Obama cannot get a climate...
  • UN Chief Hopes Ceasefire will Lead to Peace Agreement

    08/27/2014 12:14:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14 | Elad Benari
    In welcoming the long-term ceasefire in Gaza, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope on Tuesday that it will set the stage for talks on a final Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace deal. "The secretary-general remains hopeful that the extended ceasefire will act as a prelude to a political process as the only way of achieving durable peace," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, according to AFP. Ban warned that "a brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire" and that "any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible." .....
  • Vatican Official, Syrian Prelate Call for International Force to Block Islamic State

    08/26/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the mechanisms of the United Nations.” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio that the Holy See has two objectives for its diplomatic efforts regarding the situation in Iraq: to seek international help to stop the violence against Christiand and Yezidis, and to provide international security for refugees returning to their native villages. Questioned about Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria, the archbishop said that the international community should “support the Nigerian...
  • Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty (More Treason. Yawn.)

    08/26/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | AUG. 26, 2014 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of...
  • Abbas to Present 'Deadline' for Israel to 'End Occupation'

    08/24/2014 8:57:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is continuing his quest to unilaterally achieve a Palestinian state. Aides to Abbas on Sunday told The Associated Press (AP) that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 borders and make way for an independent Palestinian state. Abbas is expected to unveil his proposal as part of a "day after" plan following the current war in Gaza, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity. With no end in sight...
  • 'Massacre' Fears In Iraqi Town Spark UN Call

    08/23/2014 9:46:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | 5:32pm UK, Saturday 23 August 2014
    There are fears of a "possible massacre" in Iraq amid a UN warning about the situation in a town besieged by militants. The UN's Special Envoy to the country said immediate action was needed to protect the people of Amerli, which has been overwhelmed by Islamic State (IS) fighters. Nickolay Mladenov said reports "confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions" and there is "unspeakable suffering". Shia Turkmen residents of the town, in the Salaheddin province north of Baghdad, has been cut off from government-held territory for months. Iraq's prime minister designate Haidar al Abadi has promised aid for them....
  • Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site

    08/23/2014 9:37:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 11:19 AM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    Iran’s defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying the IAEA had already been to the site southeast of Tehran and carried out tests there. “Besides, they have accepted that nothing happened in Parchin,” he said. …
  • Lawrence Solomon: The UN’s refugee welfare racket

    08/23/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    National Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Lawrence Solomon
    In UNRWA’s books, a refugee can be just about anyone who wants to be one In the West, it’s known as welfare fraud. In the Palestinian Territories, it’s called refugee relief. In both places, the fraud can become a way of life, seen as an entitlement that children and then grandchildren adopt. Only in the Palestinian Territories, though, does the welfare agency see its goal as putting more people on welfare and keeping them there, the better to keep “the Palestinian refugee crisis” alive. ... When Foreign Affairs Minister Manley offered to resettle Palestinians in Canada, Palestinians responded by burning...
  • Security Council Urges Return to Ceasefire Talks

    08/20/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement quoted by AFP, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire." The statement drafted by France was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence. The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signaled they would be ready...
  • UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage Boys

    08/19/2014 11:33:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | August 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage BoysPosted By Daniel Greenfield On August 13, 2014 @ 6:09 pm In The Point | 54 Comments Here’s a preview of the Islamic Caliphate that ISIS is trying to build. Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.In a joint statement from Baghdad, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence (SRSG) in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura and the Special...
  • Iran tells UN nuclear chief no talks on missiles

    08/17/2014 9:54:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2014 10:29 AM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Sunday that Tehran will not discuss its long-range missile program as part of talks aimed at resolving a decade-long nuclear dispute, official media reported. “Iran’s missile power is not negotiable at any level under any pretext,” Rouhani told Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the official IRNA news service reported. The president added, however, that Iran is prepared to cooperate with the IAEA’s probe into whether its civilian nuclear program has a military component, “since there is no room for using a...
  • Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills two

    08/16/2014 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:45pm EDT | Adama Diarra
    Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday. A vehicle exploded on Saturday morning next to the base in the village of Ber, about 60 km (40 miles) east of the desert city of Timbuktu, the statement said. It did not give the nationalities of the soldiers, although one MINUSMA official said that both the soldiers who died were from neighboring Burkina Faso. …
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • Canadian appointed to chair UNHRC panel investigating Gaza war crimes accused of anti-Israel bias

    08/15/2014 9:50:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/15/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    Chair of the Commission of Inquiry is Canadian William Schabas On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council announced the people who would investigate “purported” human rights violations in the Gaza Strip during the recent fighting. The UNHRC decided to set up the body on July 23, approximately two weeks after the current fighting began.
  • NAACP: Michael Brown Shooting 'Front and Center' at the United Nations

    08/13/2014 7:39:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 13, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    U.S. civil rights advocates aired their concerns about the recent Michael Brown shooting to the United Nations in Geneva, according to a press call from the organizations on Wednesday. “This issue was front and center,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, explained during the call. According to Shelton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton and Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis told their stories about losing their teenage children in shootings in each of the pre-briefings of the process. “I think that everyone was outraged and horrified to hear that, yet again, it had happened in St. Louis, Missouri,”...
  • UN Accuses ISIS Militants of 'Barbaric' Sexual Violence

    08/14/2014 10:39:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-14-2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The United Nations has declared the highest level of humanitarian emergency in Iraq and has accused Islamic State militants of carrying out "barbaric" acts of sexual violence against women and teenage boys and girls belonging to Iraqi minorities. U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov said that the declaration by the UN of a "Level 3 Emergency" in Iraq would "facilitate mobilization of additional resources in goods, funds and assets to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements," BBC News reported on Thursday. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has taken over significant...
  • Netanyahu indicates Israel won’t cooperate with UN probe

    08/14/2014 12:33:18 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 8-13-2014 | Yifa Yaakov
    The UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which this week appointed a commission to investigate Israel’s conduct during the month-long Operation Protective Edge, lends legitimacy to such terror groups as the Islamic State and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. Netanyahu said the commission should look elsewhere, not Israel, for war crimes, and intimated that Israel would not cooperate with its members, although he did not explicitly rule out such cooperation. Most ministers oppose any dealings with the UN team, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said earlier Wednesday that Israel should not cooperate with the probe. Israel’s State Comptroller Yosef...
  • Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

    08/13/2014 1:57:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Trenton Daniel
    Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza. A delegation of 11 Jewish organizations met with the U.N. chief to express their concerns, presenting a letter that listed what they said were 19 violations of international law by Hamas that have gone ignored, said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group with an office in New York. Chief among their demands was a need for the U.N. to investigate rocket attacks by Hamas, which controls the...
  • Hamas ‘Experts’ Kill Foreign Journalist while Neutralizing Tank Shell

    08/13/2014 6:46:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 13th, 2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Hamas' so-called sappers managed to kill themselves and a foreign journalist Wednesday. Hamas terrorists accidentally killed at least four and maybe five of their own members and an Italian photo journalist Wednesday when they tried dismantling what apparently was an IDF artillery shell that did not explode. The Italian civilian was reportedly working for several news agencies, including Associated Press, according to the Greek news service ANSA. Several others, including a Gaza journalist and medics, were wounded in the blast around 11 a.m. in Beit Lahiya, located in northern Gaza. The incident occurred in a civilian neighborhood, one of...
  • Netanyahu: UN Grants Legitimacy to Terrorists

    08/13/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | AFP, Arutz Sheva
    Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lashed out Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council, accusing it of granting "legitimacy to terror organizations" by investigating Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza. "UNHRC gives legitimacy to murderous terror organizations like Hamas and Daash (Islamic State)," he said, accusing the rights body of overlooking "massacres" committed elsewhere in the Middle East in favor of investigating Israel for defending itself against rocket attacks from Gaza. The UNHRC has selected Prof. William Schabas to head an investigation into Operation Protective Edge. Speaking in a 2013 panel, Schabas clearly revealed his great eagerness to bring...
  • Schabas Urged 'Twisting Things' to Get Israel in the Dock

    08/13/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | Gil Ronen
    Speaking in a 2013 panel, Prof. William Schabas, who has been tapped to head the United Nations' investigation into Operation Protective Edge, clearly revealed his great eagerness to bring about the prosecution of Israel over its actions in Gaza, even if that involved “twisting things and maneuvering” in the international legal arena. He said that it is his “profound belief, that international law can be used to demonstrate and underscore the violations committed by the state of Israel, and moreover can be used to hold accountable individuals who have perpetrated international crimes against the people of Palestine.” Asked about various...
  • Hamas Detonates IDF Dud, Kills Italian AP Reporter

    08/13/2014 9:03:39 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | Ari Yashar
    Hamas sources in Gaza report that a dud IDF missile exploded on Wednesday, killing five including an Italian journalist, after Hamas terrorists clumsily tried to dismantle the missile. Hamas emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra stated that in addition to the five dead, there are several more who are seriously wounded. "A number of explosives experts were killed while dismantling a missile in Beit Lahiya. Among them was a foreign journalist," Hamas Interior Ministry spokesperson Iyad al-Buzam told AFP. The Italian government shortly thereafter named the dead journalist as Simone Camilli, a cameraman for Associated Press. AP confirmed the 35-year-old Italian...
  • How the UN Oppresses the Islamic World

    08/13/2014 8:06:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/13/2014 | Roger Simon
    People reading the title of this article should be excused for doing a double-take. To most of us the United Nations has been — especially in the last few decades — a debating society dedicated to the promulgation of anti-Semitism. It seems all the organization does is pass resolutions condemning Israel, that is when they’re not launching investigations of the same country via their Human Rights Council, a latter-day branch of the Wehrmacht, led by posturing Third World bigots, that usually meets at beachfront resorts. Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been a tiny bit perturbed of late by...