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  • The dystopia of North Korea, illustrated in a single photograph.

    11/15/2013 7:12:09 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 15, 2012
    This photo is one of many in the World Press Photo Contest of 2012. Straight out of Orwell's "1984". It shows a picture of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, decorating a building in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
  • Nike Reacts to Racism Claims

    08/19/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 22 replies
    Vogue ^ | 8/19/2013 | Ella Alexander
    NIKE has pulled a pair of leggings after the design was criticized for being racist. The monochrome print, which features on the label's Pro Tattoo Tech Tights, has caused controversy in Australia and New Zealand for its similarity to the traditional Samoan Pe'a male tattoo.
  • Sewage backup causes United Nations evacuation

    12/21/2010 10:42:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 110 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/21/2010
    (Reuters) - A sewage backup caused a big stink at the United Nations on Tuesday, forcing diplomats and their staff to evacuate the Security Council and General Assembly. Spokesman Farhan Haq said the evacuation was a precautionary measure after a strange smell was noticed in parts of the U.N. secretariat building. He said the odor was due to sewage backup possibly caused by high tides in the nearby East River. "There were gases released from the sewage but they're not harmful," Haq said. Firefighters and hazardous materials experts had been called to the scene. U.N. management officials were working to...
  • UN mulls internet regulation options

    12/17/2010 8:03:00 AM PST · by FromLori · 88 replies · 1+ views
    it News ^ | 12/17/2010 | John Hilvert
    WikiLeaks sparks push for tighter controls. The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil. At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would to attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.
  • Climate Change: U.N. in the Last Chance Saloon ( Propaganda Video )

    11/30/2010 1:16:27 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 1+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov. 28, 2010 | AFP produced Video
    Global talks on climate change resume in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Monday. The 12-day meeting climaxes an 11-month effort to focus global attention on the environment after last December's failure in Copenhagen. Video courtesy of AFP.
  • NY bedbug epidemic spreads to the United Nations

    10/27/2010 2:05:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | October 27, 2010 | by Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - New York City's bedbug epidemic has spread to yet another landmark in the city that never sleeps -- the United Nations, officials at the world organization said on Wednesday. The pests appeared at places like the Empire State Building and Bloomingdale's before reaching the city's center of international diplomacy on the East Side of Manhattan. The U.N. press office said a bedbug-sniffing dog had confirmed the presence of bedbugs in furniture in the basement of the Dag Hammarskjold Library, where the offices of the team overseeing the U.N. headquarter's $1.9 billion renovation project are housed.
  • Live at the UN: Gaddafi hijacks the podium

    09/23/2009 10:29:10 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 66 replies · 3,017+ views
    12:35 Mr Gaddafi has just wrapped up his unscripted 94-minute rant, having thrown the General Assembly session into confusion. He got absolutely no applause. Delegates just sat stunned. ... 12:21 Mr Gaddafi has thrown the UN session into disarray. He has now been speaking for 100-odd minutes and seems just to be warming up. He was supposed to speak only 15 minutes. Some UN journalists are now betting he will run on for a Fidel Castro-like seven hours. Of course, the General Assembly president has not got the heart to stop him. Perhaps because the General Assembly president is Ali...
  • Obama wows U.N. crowd. Reason? He's not George W. Bush

    09/23/2009 7:55:53 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 49 replies · 1,794+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 23, 2009 | Johanna Neuman
    President Obama made his first address to the U.N. General Assembly today. He had them at hello. Even his opening -- "It is my honor to address you as the 44th president of the United States" -- got a round of applause. The reason? The latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey of 21 countries found global confidence in Obama’s leadership on foreign affairs at 71% -- far higher than approval ratings at home (in the low 50% range) and even more striking matched against world opinion of George W. Bush last year, which Pew tracked at 17%. To Nile Gardiner of...
  • Obama wows U.N. crowd. Reason? He's not George W. Bush

    09/23/2009 8:45:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 8 replies · 650+ views
    latimes.com ^ | September 23,009 | latimes.com
    President Obama made his first address to the U.N. General Assembly today. He had them at hello. Even his opening -- "It is my honor to address you as the 44th president of the United States" -- got a round of applause. The reason? The latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey of 21 countries found global confidence in Obama’s leadership on foreign affairs at 71% -- far higher than approval ratings at home (in the low 50% range) and even more striking matched against world opinion of George W. Bush last year, which Pew tracked at 17%.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculous Ideas That Made People Millions

    05/11/2009 9:42:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies · 2,210+ views
    yahoo ^ | Friday May 8, 2009, 6:47 pm EDT | Katie Adams
    Have you ever watched an infomercial or seen an item in a department store and thought "I could have thought of that!" Have you wished you had invested money early in a blockbuster invention? Learn the stories behind some (seemingly) ridiculous ideas that have made inventors and investors very wealthy, and find out what you, as a potential investor, should look for and consider before putting up capital for a potential funding opportunity. The Koosh Ball You've may have never heard of Scott Stillinger but somewhere in your home or office you probably have one of his inventions – the...
  • Should U.N. Control Children's Rights?

    04/16/2009 10:55:22 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 19 replies · 835+ views
    Fox News Video ^ | April, 2009 | Fox News Video
    Obama backs the U.N. and their agenda and guidelines on dictating to all children's rights and how to raise our children. Click Here
  • US to seek a seat on UN rights council

    03/31/2009 1:27:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 514+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/31/9 | MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The State Department says the United States will seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Obama administration's latest reversal of President George W. Bush's foreign policies. The department says the Obama administration wants to participate in the council's activities as part of a new era of U.S. engagement with the world.
  • Breaking News: Parental Rights Press Conference

    03/31/2009 8:31:05 AM PDT · by Sopater · 17 replies · 884+ views
    ParentalRights.org email ^ | March 31, 2009 | ParentalRights.org
    This afternoon at 3:00 (EDT), Representative Pete Hoekstra (MI) and Senator Jim DeMint (SC) will hold a joint press conference at Upper Senate Park, next to the Russell Office Building in Washington, D.C., to announce the introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in both houses of Congress. Perhaps you will be able to catch a glimpse of it this evening on the national news! Introducing the Amendment, of course, is only the beginning – and now the clock is ticking. Today’s announcement will no doubt get the attention of opponents to the Amendment, and we will have to stay ahead...
  • UN/Left employing age-old technique to dominate America

    03/30/2009 8:19:52 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies · 526+ views
    me | 30 Mar 09 | me
    Of all this week's news, this is the only life-changing thing I've seen: "Somali Muslims Changing Small Town" (direct) From the (mainly sympathetic) article: Immigrants are chosen from UN refugee camps. The selected refugees then undergo a few days of cultural orientation and are soon on their way to America. Like me, you probably assumed that the one redeeming feature of such "refugees" was that at least they possessed the industriousness to try and make it to America; that at least they had enough of a personal desire to come to America, to try and get to America by themselves....
  • Child sex workers: Nipped in the Bud

    03/29/2009 9:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,390+ views
    Sify ^ | 3/29/09
    She is eight years old, loves to care for people and animals, wants to be a doctor when she grows up and is learning to read and write in her free time - that is, till her "customers" arrive. As this IANS correspondent entered a room at the infamous red light area of Kalighat in south Kolkata, she was greeted by a smiling child who offered a glass of cold water and two pieces of 'sandesh' (sweets). "Please sit... it's 10.15 a.m... no one will disturb us at least till 1 p.m. But after that my customers may land up,"...
  • Dogfight over religious dogma

    03/17/2009 8:41:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | Mindelle Jacob
    The tinpot dictators who dominate the so-called UN Human Rights Council are at it again -- squawking about "defamation of religion" in a seedy attempt to undermine freedom of expression. If this band of political bandits has its way, criticism of religious dogma would be virtually banned as an affront to human dignity. Curiously, only Islam is specifically mentioned in the draft resolution, released by UN Watch last week. Could this have anything to do with the fact that there are so many Muslim countries on the Human Rights Council? Want a laugh? The resolution includes the usual remarks about...
  • U.S. will not attend U.N. conference on racism

    02/27/2009 11:32:41 AM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 627+ views
    Reuters ^ | 27 Feb 2009 | Reuters
    The United States will not attend a United Nations conference on racism that critics say will be a forum to criticize Israel and will no longer attend planning sessions for it, a U.S. official said on Friday. "We will not attend," the official said. A U.S. delegation attended consultations earlier this month on the World Conference Against Racism, scheduled for April in Geneva, Switzerland, although Israel has called for a boycott and Canada has said it will not attend.
  • Gaddafi: Israel, not Sudan, to blame for crisis in Darfur

    02/25/2009 10:49:44 PM PST · by BlueSky194 · 15 replies · 2,011+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/09
    Gaddafi, addressing a meeting on ways to expand cooperation between the United Nations and African Union, urged the Court to stop its proceedings against Bashir: "Why do we have to hold President Bashir or the Sudanese government responsible when the Darfur problem was caused by outside parties, and Tel Aviv [Israel], for example, is behind the Darfur crisis?"
  • NEW WORLD DISORDER - United Nations' threat: No More Parental Rights

    02/05/2009 7:16:11 AM PST · by Maxstake · 18 replies · 777+ views
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE NEW WORLD DISORDER United Nations' threat: No more parental rights Expert: Pact would ban spankings, homeschooling if children object -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 05, 2009 12:00 am Eastern By Chelsea Schilling © 2009 WorldNetDaily A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families' religion is on America's doorstep, a legal expert warns. Michael Farris of Purcellville, Va., is president of ParentalRights.org, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He told WND that...
  • Human rights worker with United Nations ties, Clarence Dias, caught with child pornography

    01/21/2009 8:24:49 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 22 replies · 1,191+ views
    DailyNews ^ | 1/21/09 | BY ALISON GENDAR and NICOLE BODE
    A high-ranking human rights worker with ties to the United Nations was nabbed at Kennedy Airport Tuesday with kiddie porn in his suitcase, officials said. Clarence Dias, 65, president of the International Center for Law in Development, whose offices are located at the UN, had the smut in his carry-on bag as he passed through security on his way to a flight bound for Bangkok, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Transportation Security Administration officials doing a random bag check around 8:20a.m. allegedly found a DVD whose cover featured an apparently underage nude boy and an adult male in
  • United Nations Implicated in Widespread Child Rape, Child Pornography

    01/18/2009 9:49:32 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 31 replies · 1,408+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 1/18/09 | Bill Levinson
    The United Nations, which is currently enabling Hamas terrorists and possibly giving them material support, has been implicated in widespread cases of child rape in Third World countries. As reported by the Washington Times, The United Nation's "sex-for-food" scandal continues to spread. As the human rights group Save the Children documents in a new report, U.N. peacekeepers in the war-torn, refugee-rich Liberia have been accused of selling food for sex from girls as young as 8. They are the latest victims in a growing tragedy that includes girls from Burundi, Ivory Coast, East Timor, Congo, Cambodia and Bosnia, ...Similar to...
  • Why Do The World, UN And Media Support Genocide?

    01/13/2009 9:36:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 663+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | January 13, 2009 | Herb Denenberg
    Put the case of a war between a genocidal, terrorist dictatorship, with its origins in Nazism, that attacks a neighbor that is a democracy, that has been seeking peace, and that is an island of human rights in a region dominated by tyrants. Then ask yourself who the world will be rooting for? You would think the answer would be the democracy fighting in self-defense for its survival against a genocidal, terrorist aggressor. But you would be wrong. Most of the world, almost all of the media, and the United Nations are supporting the genocidal, terrorist, dictatorship. Where Does The...
  • Did the United Nations Set Up Civilians to be Killed to Discredit Israel?

    01/07/2009 12:21:55 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 15 replies · 910+ views
    Israpundit ^ | 1/7/09 | Bill Levinson
    Does the United Nations knowingly and willfully give material support to Hamas terrorists? It is now a proven fact that Hamas terrorists were using a United Nations (UNRWA) school in the Gaza Strip as a position from which to shell Israel. When the Israeli Defense Forces returned the terrorists' fire, a shell struck the terrorists' booby traps and the resulting secondary explosions killed thirty or more civilians who had taken refuge at what they believed to be a noncombatant or neutral building. The information that we have is that there was the launching of a mortar from the school's yard...
  • Video Of Hamas Using Gaza UN School To Fire Mortars

    01/06/2009 9:10:26 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 886+ views
    Arutz Sheva/Yidwithlid ^ | 1/6/09 | Yidwithlid
    Today Israel fired a on a UN School in Gaza killing 40, including some children. According to the IDF early reports suggest that there were mortars fired upon them from the school. Hamas has a history of using this school as a launching point for mortars, and the students as human shields. The video below shows Hamas using the school to fire mortars in October 2007:
  • 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
    postchronicle.com ^ | 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.N. divided over gay rights declaration

    12/18/2008 6:08:20 PM PST · by Tarantulas · 8 replies · 718+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 18, 2008 | Patrick Worsnip
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly split over the issue of gay rights on Thursday after a European-drafted statement calling for decriminalization of homosexuality prompted an Arab-backed one opposing it. Diplomats said a joint statement initiated by France and the Netherlands gathered 66 signatures in the 192-nation assembly after it was read out by Argentina at a plenary session. A rival statement, read out by Syria, gathered some 60.
  • Doctors shocked at hostages's torture(Israelis were killed on the first day)

    11/30/2008 10:05:43 AM PST · by milestogo · 77 replies · 3,593+ views
    The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he said. Corroborating the doctors' claims about torture was the information that the Intelligence Bureau had about the terror plan. "During his interrogation, Ajmal Kamal said they were specifically asked to...
  • UNICEF Propaganda in childrens' books

    11/30/2008 8:22:26 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies · 383+ views
    November 30, 2008 | me
    My wife borrowed from the local public library the book "A Life Like Mine", published in conjunction with UNICEF. The book mixes information about the lives of children in various countries with propaganda for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Amazon reviews http://www.amazon.com/Life-Like-Mine-DK-Publishing/dp/0789488590 say "From Publishers Weekly Presented in conjunction with UNICEF, DK's A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World profiles 18 children and explores what life is like for them and other young people, spanning 180 countries. Organized into four sections-Survival, Development, Protection and Participation-the handsomely designed volume, with a bounty...
  • Thousands of protesters attacking UN in east Congo

    10/27/2008 5:46:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 651+ views
    GOMA, Congo – Thousands of protesters attacked the United Nations' eastern Congo headquarters on Monday, expressing anger that a U.N. peacekeeping force has been unable to protect them from a rebel attack that has forced tens of thousands to flee. Protesters lobbied stones and rocks over the wall surrounding the U.N. offices in the provincial capital of Goma. U.N. spokeswoman Sylvie van den Wildenberg said cars were being damaged and windows were being shattered.
  • Critics Demand Resignation of U.N. Investigator Who Supports Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories

    06/19/2008 10:42:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 152+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/19/2008 | Joseph Abrams
    Critics are calling for the resignation of a U.N. investigator who supports Sept. 11 conspiracy theories and thinks the U.S. government may have planned the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Richard Falk, the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, investigates alleged Israeli violations of human rights law for the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. But the former Princeton professor would also like to investigate whether “some sort of controlled explosion from within” destroyed the Twin Towers, he told FOXNews.com. “I do think there are questions that haven’t been answered, questions about the way...
  • Call to lift UN immunity

    06/18/2008 1:50:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 1,259+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | June 18 2008
    A group comprising survivors and relatives of the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica have called on a court in The Hague to lift the United Nations' immunity. The six thousand Bosnians want to bring charges against the UN and the Netherlands for their role in the fall of the Muslim enclave. But that can only happen if the judge in The Hague makes legal proceedings against the UN possible. The judge will consider the request and deliver a ruling in mid-July. The Muslim enclave in Srebrenica fell on 11 July 1995 into the hands of Bosnian Serb troops who...
  • League of Democracies idea gains steam

    06/01/2008 10:34:46 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 47 replies · 138+ views
    John McCain has proposed that the US should sponsor the creation of a new multilateral organization that includes the world’s legitimate democracies. This League of Democracies would act in the interest of freedom and liberty and would act when the UN gets bogged down in its impotence, especially on Iran and Darfur. Initially rejected, the idea has lately begun to appeal to other democracies, as the AP reports: Gaining ground this political season is a proposed League of Democracies designed to strengthen support for the next president’s overseas agenda and ensure a global leadership role for the United States. John...
  • Charity: Aid workers raping, abusing children

    05/27/2008 7:46:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies · 200+ views
    CNN ^ | May 27, 2008 | By Stephanie Busari
    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. 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 prostitution, pornography, indecent sexual assault and trafficking of children for sex. "It is hard to imagine a more grotesque abuse of authority or flagrant violation of...
  • Kosovo Albanians Throw Sewage at UN Mission in Protest

    05/09/2008 11:55:54 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 17 replies · 122+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 9, 2008 | Staff
    Hundreds of ethnic Albanians in Pristina, Kosovo's capital, have protested against Serbia's plans to hold elections in Kosovo on Sunday. The protesters said the United Nations' interim Kosovo mission (Unmik) and the Kosovo government were responsible for failing to use their powers to prevent the elections from going ahead. During Friday's protest, the demonstrators dumped rubbish in front of the UN mission and government buildings. Albin Kurti, leader of the Self-determination Youth Movement, said the rubbish symbolised what the protesters thought of the Unmik and government decision to ignore the polls. The Serbian government, which staunchly opposes Kosovo's move, is...
  • U.N. Official Calls for Study Of Neocons' Role in 9/11 (MEGA HURL ALERT)

    04/10/2008 11:14:37 AM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies · 157+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 04/10/08 | ELI LAKE
    A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Senate Passes The Global Poverty Act of 2007

    02/14/2008 7:22:00 AM PST · by Tatze · 154 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Watch ^ | 2/14/2008 | Washington Watch
    Global Poverty Act of 2007 - Directs the President, through the Secretary of State, to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the U.S. foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide who live on less than $1 per day.
  • Promoting the Birth of a Supremacist State

    Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, the UN put on display an exhibit paying tribute to the Righteous of Albania who risked all to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. The exhibit arrived at the UN from Yad Vashem, where it was on display for two months. While the Righteous of any nation indeed should be acknowledged and commemorated, the problem with the exhibit is its underlying agenda. Jews, along with the Albanian Righteous of WWII, are being used by the Albanians of today to advance a racially supremacist end game in the Balkans, where world wars start—and cost...
  • What Part Of Not Authorized Did Khalilzad Not Understand? (DES moderator slams John Bolton on video)

    01/30/2008 8:13:35 AM PST · by jdm · 29 replies · 120+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    The State Department reacted angrily to the appearance of UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on a panel at the Davos Economic Forum, along with two members of the Iranian government. The US restricts diplomatic contacts with Iran and requires prior approval for any such interaction. Apparently, Khalilzad took it upon himself to make that decision: An appearance by America's U.N. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, on a World Economic Forum discussion panel — alongside two Iranian officials, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, and a close aide to President Ahmadinejad, Samare Hashemi — was unauthorized by the State Department and angered Secretary of State Rice,...
  • Spanish paper: Mistake called Kosovo

    01/24/2008 12:45:48 PM PST · by kronos77 · 22 replies · 97+ views
    24 January 2008 One of Spain's most influential dailies says that Kosovo's independence is imminent, and wrong. "Kosovo will soon declare independence, with the backing of Germany and the United States, despite the fact that the border change was not in keeping with international law, nor EU practice, and Spain is not heard or listened to by anyone in the EU," ABC's said today in an editorial. "The creation of an independent state for Kosovo Albanians will set a precedent for many parts of Europe with minorities who, often without reason, consider themselves discriminated," the daily wrote. "The self-determination of...
  • Changing light bulbs not enough: Gore

    01/24/2008 12:04:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies · 349+ views
    Changing light bulbs not enough: Gore From correspondents in Davos January 25, 2008 05:23am Article from: Reuters CLIMATE campaigner Al Gore overnight urged world policymakers to change laws "not just light bulbs" in tackling global warming, and a UN official said world market turmoil must not be allowed to delay action. An annual meeting of world political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, this year has scheduled a record number of sessions and workshops on global warming. But a sharp downturn on markets and fears of recession have dominated discussion. "If we get distracted by the aberrations that you see...
  • Gov't official calls anti-racism conference a 'gong show' (UN Durban II conference)

    01/23/2008 1:17:39 PM PST · by Clive · 25 replies · 99+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2008-01-23 | Stephen Thorne,
    OTTAWA - Canada has withdrawn its support for a UN anti-racism conference slated to take place in South Africa next year, the federal government announced Wednesday. The so-called Durban II conference "has gone completely off the rails" and Canada wants no part of it, said Jason Kenney, secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity. "Canada is interested in combating racism, not promoting it," Kenney told The Canadian Press. "We'll attend any conference that is opposed to racism and intolerance, not those that actually promote racism and intolerance. "Our considered judgment, having participated in the preparatory meetings, was that we...
  • George Clooney named U.N. messenger of peace

    01/18/2008 12:34:51 PM PST · by ECM · 54 replies · 637+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:25pm EST | Patrick Worsnip
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named actor George Clooney, who has campaigned for refugees in Darfur, as a U.N. "messenger of peace" on Friday to promote the world body's peacekeeping efforts. Clooney is the ninth U.N. messenger -- people chosen from the fields of art, music, literature and sports who have agreed to help focus attention on the United Nations' work. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Clooney would have a special emphasis on peacekeeping. She said he had been "recognized for focusing public attention on crucial international political and social issues." Clooney, who is currently in Sudan, will...
  • Former congressman charged in conspiracy involving terror fundraising ring (Mark Deli Siljander)

    01/16/2008 11:50:20 AM PST · by james500 · 114 replies · 1,667+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | January 16, 2008 - 1:42 PM
    A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
  • Don't criticise Islam, says UN

    01/03/2008 3:15:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies · 323+ views
    (UK) The Telegraph ^ | 12/31/2007 | Damian Thompson
    It didn’t attract much notice, but the General Assembly of the United Nations ended the year by passing a disgusting resolution protecting Islam from criticism of its human rights violations. Lots of non-Muslims voted for it – a sign that more and more corrupt Third World governments are identifying with the ideology of Islam, even if they don't accept its doctrines. The resolution goes under the innocuous title "Combating defamation of religions" – but the text singles out "Islam and Muslims in particular". It expresses "deep concern that Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism".
  • UN joins forces with Marvel Comics

    12/27/2007 6:02:41 AM PST · by imd102 · 49 replies · 175+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/26/07 | Deborah Brewster
    He has fought against foes ranging from the Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus, but Spider-Man now faces an even more formidable challenge: improving the battered image of the United Nations. In a move reminiscent of storylines developed during the second world war, the UN is joining forces with Marvel Comics, creators of Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, to create a comic book showing the international body working with superheroes to solve bloody conflicts and rid the world of disease. The comic, initially to be distributed free to 1m US schoolchildren, will be set in a war-torn fictional country and feature...
  • Don't Hand Over the Internet to the U.N. - Fred Thompson

    11/16/2007 11:02:12 AM PST · by spacekicker · 27 replies · 46+ views
    Fred File ^ | 11/16/07 | Fred Thompson
    "I’m no tech head, but I think I know a thing or three about the Internet and how it works. And as far as I can tell, it works pretty well. More than 1.4 billion people around the world seem to be emailing each other a lot, and those emails get delivered a lot faster and more reliably than “snail mail.” Lots of people are innovating around the Internet – voice calling over the Internet, e-commerce, blogs, education, employment, and healthcare services, music and video streaming and downloads, and such – and lots and lots of people are profiting from...
  • US Eyes Iraq Oil: Blix

    11/07/2007 10:11:13 AM PST · by gandalftb · 42 replies · 129+ views
    IslamOnline.net & ABC Radio National ^ | Wed. Nov. 7, 2007 | staff
    SYDNEY — Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, here to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, believes the US plans to stay long in Iraq to guarantee the flow of oil supplies and to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran."One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq," Blix told the Australian radio."One reason why they wanted in was that they felt they must leave Saudi Arabia. After the Gulf War in 1991, they left their troops in Saudi Arabia to protect pipelines,". "And when they felt they could no longer...
  • Cuba Expects Big Show of Support at UN

    10/30/2007 8:05:40 AM PDT · by edcoil · 29 replies · 56+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10-30-07 | edcoil
    CNSNews.com) - Tuesday will be a big day for Cuba when the overwhelming bulk of the world's nations side with it against the United States in the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Ahead of a vote on a resolution condemning the 45-year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba, the island's communist rulers and allies are confident that Washington will be more isolated than ever on the issue.
  • War Cries Against Iran (one bag barfer)

    10/24/2007 12:44:29 PM PDT · by pabianice · 1 replies · 91+ views
    Arab News ^ | 10/22/07 | Tahsin
    The image of UN Security Council as an impartial agency to bring peace to the world has been shattered by the American practice of imposing its decisions on the world body. The United States is obviously itching for an attack on Iran over the nuclear issue, ignoring President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s offer to accept the supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency over his country’s nuclear program. The new French President Nicole Sarkozy said, in an apparent bid to proclaim his loyalty to President Bush, that possession of nuclear weapons by Iran was unacceptable. This, according to him, meant a clear threat...