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  • U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency

    11/12/2014 7:24:36 AM PST · by GraceG · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/2014 | Fredrik Dahl
    (Reuters) - Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream. "I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters. Asked whether there was anything...
  • Should The UN Be Moved To A Neutral Location? Out Of The U.S., But With One Caveat...

    04/08/2014 12:53:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    4/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The U.S. has already signaled that Iran's UN envoy pick is a no-go - and for VERY good reason. At the same time we are being entangled in these disputes; we do so and are to some degree continuing this because the UN is on U.S. grounds. The statement "get the U.S. out of the UN and the UN out of the U.S." has been oft-repeated...so here is a possible solution - with one caveat. The UN is moved to neutral territory (if at all possible), so we don't have to shell out a significant chunk for its operating expenses....
  • U.N. to Celebrate ĎWorld Toilet Dayí

    07/25/2013 8:27:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7 25 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    U.N. to Celebrate ĎWorld Toilet Dayí The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark "World Toilet Day." The day will be celebrated November 19.
  • After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks

    11/07/2012 4:50:07 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 7, 2012 6:48pm EST | Louis Charbonnea
    (Reuters) - Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with...
  • International monitors at US polling places draw criticism

    10/20/2012 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Snuph · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Alexander Bolton
    United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, aconcern raised by civil-rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this...
  • Obama skipping face-to-face meetings at the UN

    09/22/2012 5:11:47 PM PDT · by John W · 22 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 22, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON ó The world's leaders are gathering in New York, but President Barack Obama has no plans to meet privately with any of them. He will make time for "The View," a freewheeling TV talk show more likely to reach voters than Obama would with the diplomacy he is skipping at the United Nations. Just six weeks until the election, the realities and priorities of campaign politics hang prominently over Obama's final turn on the world stage before facing voters. Unlike his predecessors, he is skipping the face-to-face meetings with counterparts where much of the U.N. works gets done, leaving...
  • UN chief: Free speech must be protected, unless it provokes or humiliates someoneís beliefs

    09/19/2012 10:52:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Alarming, not because you or I take this stooge seriously but because lots of dopey liberals do, and not just here in the U.S. At a moment when the leftís dimmer lights are taking a second look at blasphemy laws, itís repulsive that a guy charged with defending human rights would equivocate on speech. But not surprising: The Organization of the Islamic Conference has used the UN for years as a platform to push anti-blasphemy resolutions. Thatís textbook Islamism, exploiting an ostensibly liberal institution to advance illiberal goals. Say what you want about Ban, but heís speaking for an awful...
  • Obama To Sign Anti-Second Amendment U.N. Anti-Gun Treaty

    07/10/2012 1:47:25 PM PDT · by no-llmd · 58 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-9-2012 | Investors Business Daily
    The United Nations is putting the finishing touches on an Arms Trade Treaty that transcends borders and may even trample our Constitutional right to bear arms. Every indication is that the president will sign it. Like the New Start and Law of the Sea treaties before it, as well as the Kyoto Protocol and Agenda 21, the Arms Trade Treaty being finalized at the U.N. this month is one of those feel-good, can't-we-all-get-along pieces of parchment whose net effect is to accomplish little except to eat away at American sovereignty and freedom.
  • DRIESSEN AND FLANAKIN: Rio+20ís expensive wish list

    06/24/2012 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
    The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. ďTheFutureWeWantĒ outlines the common vision for ďsustainable developmentĒ throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. ďSustainable,Ē ďsustainabilityĒ and ďsustainable developmentĒ appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like ďabracadabra,Ē these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save...
  • UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

    03/14/2012 3:03:12 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/2011 | Eric Shawn
    The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage. The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely. Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote. Eight...
  • U.N. asks Texas to commute Mexican's death sentence

    07/02/2011 12:24:41 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07-02-11 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Who the hell does the UN think they are telling the state of Texas how to go about their business? "Hey UN, get the hell out of my country!"
  • U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms

    06/07/2011 2:25:53 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 06/07/2011 | Larry Bell
    It may not come as surprising news to many of you that the United Nations doesnít approve of our Second Amendment. Not one bit. And they very much hope to do something about it with help from some powerful American friends. Under the guise of a proposed global ďSmall Arms TreatyĒ premised to fight ďterrorismĒ, ďinsurgencyĒ and ďinternational crime syndicatesĒ you can be quite certain that an even more insidious threat is being targeted Ė our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms.
  • Weapons inspector Scott Ritter convicted over online sex chat with underage girl

    05/11/2011 3:28:01 PM PDT · by South40 · 77 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Apr 2011
    The former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for exchanging explicit messages in an online chat room with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Ritter, 49, exchanged messages with a detective posing as an underage girl and masturbated, even after the undercover officer stressed during the chat that he was a minor, Pennsylvania prosecutors said. A jury found Ritter guilty of a total of six counts including indecent exposure and criminal attempt to corrupt a minor.
  • The Bear's Lair: Back to Westphalia!

    04/04/2011 7:20:52 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 3 replies
    PrudentBear ^ | 28 March 2011 | Martin Hutchinson
    The 1648 Treaty of Westphalia established the principle that nation states could run their internal affairs as they pleased Ė it was no longer acceptable for Catholic states to invade Protestant states because they didnít like their religion (or vice versa). Westphalianism proved a vital organizing principle for the next 300 years, allowing significant periods of peace to appear between all the wars Ė and thus mankindís greatest boon, the Industrial Revolution to become established. We now appear to be abandoning that principle Ė and the economic and political implications of doing so are dire. The Westphalia principle always had...
  • Sharia4America Muslims Call for UN to be Turned Into Massive Sharia Court!

    03/05/2011 5:06:14 AM PST · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3/3/2011 | Logans Warning
    In this never ending war with Islam, Shariah loving Muslims have stepped it up a notch....let me change that. They have taken a giant step forward with their brazen demands to dominate non-Muslims whether we like it or not. The Anjem Choudary/NY Islamic Thinkers Society led Shariah4America movement, is calling for the United Nations to be turned into a massive New York Sharia Court! International Shari'ah Court of Justice (New York) With the uprising against tyranny and oppression gathering pace in the Middle East, each deposed dictator raises more questions about the puppeteers who kept them in power for the...
  • Republicans seek to pressure UN into reform

    01/26/2011 4:26:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 1/26/11 | Lachlan Carmichael
    US President Barack Obama's Republican foes on Tuesday launched a fresh campaign for reform at the United Nations, with a key leader urging Washington to withhold contributions as leverage. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, said the United States contributed more than six billion dollars in 2009 only to see a bloated, inefficient and corrupt body. "We should be conditioning our contributions on 'reform first, pay later," an absent Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement read out by Representative Jean Schmidt, who addressed a committee hearing on UN reform.
  • The World from The Hill: U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans

    01/23/2011 3:15:02 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 54 replies
    thehill.com/news ^ | 01/23/11 05:22 PM ET | Bridget Johnson
    A key House Republican is quickly pressing forward with her goals to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill that oversight would be a key function of the panel, particularly funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) that is "a waste of taxpayer dollars."
  • Ritter's Sex Charges From 2001 Unsealed

    12/28/2010 11:49:06 AM PST · by Dahoser · 128 replies · 180+ views
    Times Union (Albany NY ) ^ | 12/27/2010 | Brendan J. Lyons
    William Scott Ritter Jr., a former United Nations weapons inspector who gained renown for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, contends his online sexual encounters with teenage girls were only fantasy. Nearly two years ago, Ritter, of Delmar, watched his computer screen reveal that an anonymous person who had been exchanging sexually charged messages with him for 80 minutes was not a 15-year-old girl. It was a cop from a small town in northeast Pennsylvania, alone in his station house and trolling the Internet for suspected child predators. Ryan Venneman, a detective for the Barrett Township...
  • 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.
  • BREAKING NEWS! The abdication of the West ó the sting at Cancun ( Global Warming?????)

    12/09/2010 12:20:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies
    JoNova ^ | December 9th, 2010 | joanne
    The power hungry tyrants learnt from Copenhagen. They realized that they have a far better chance of success by underselling the expectations and sliding in long impenetrable documents in front of underling bureaucrats. Due to the importance of this I have reproduced Christopher Moncktonís words in full as reported at SPPI (see below). The UN wants nothing less than 1.5% of our GDP. Thatís $212 billion from the USA every year ($2700 per family of 4). Thatís $32 billion from the UK every year ($2000 per family of 4).Thatís $13 billion from Australia every year ($2400 per family of...
  • UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens (Yes, you read that correctly and no, it's not a spoof)

    09/25/2010 8:09:44 PM PDT · by Stoat · 262 replies · 3+ views
    News.Com (Australia) ^ | September 25, 2010
    THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as EarthÔŅĹs first contact for any aliens that may come visiting. Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN's little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society¬ís Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire. She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before - and that means the UN must be ready...
  • Obama Administration Tells U.N. Itís Committed to Closing Gitmo, ĎFixingí Immigration

    08/24/2010 4:19:56 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 24, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
    In the first ever self-assessment of Americaís human rights record, the Obama administration has informed the United Nations that it remains committed to closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and to ďfixing our broken immigration system.Ē A report delivered to the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Friday and released by the State Department on Monday describes the ďgreat stridesĒ the U.S. has made towards ensuring equality of the law for all Americans. The report also acknowledges that work remains to be done. The report Ė which now goes to the U.N. for review -- was drawn...
  • Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

    05/17/2010 10:50:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies · 1,629+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) Ė The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York. A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected...
  • Spitting in the Face of Everyone Murdered on 9/11 (UN pays for mega-mosque 600ft from Ground Zero!)

    05/17/2010 9:25:56 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 34 replies · 1,151+ views
    Blitz Comprehensive Tabloid Weekly ^ | May 14, 2010 | Gadi Adelman
    The project of a community center /mosque is being proposed by two organizations, the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) and their sister organization, the Cordoba Initiative. This past Wednesday night they made their presentation to the Community Board of lower Manhattan (CB1). Twelve people sit on the board and would you like to guess what the final vote was? Get ready to grab a barf bag Ö the 12 members voted unanimously to support the project. Yes, it's not a typo, it was unanimous, all were in favor and, to give you an idea of how excited the board...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    montrealgazette.com ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA ó As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • US 'may not veto UN resolution on Jerusalem'

    03/28/2010 9:31:04 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 36 replies · 1,150+ views
    BBC ^ | March 28, 2010 | BBC
    The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, the BBC has learned. The US usually blocks Security Council resolutions criticising Israel. But relations between the allies have been severely strained by the announcement of plans to build 1,600 homes in an East Jerusalem settlement during a recent visit to Israel by US Vice-President Joe Biden.
  • 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...
  • Canada to walk out on Ahmadinejad's UN speech

    09/23/2009 2:53:21 AM PDT · by Clive · 86 replies · 3,800+ views
    Canwest News Service via National Post ^ | September 22, 2009 | Steven Edwards
    UNITED NATIONS -- Canada will boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying his outbursts about the Holocaust and Israel are "shameful." Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will be at the world body to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly's annual debate, but officials signal he and other members of the Canadian delegation will vacate the Canadian seats when the Islamic republic's President approaches the podium. Walking out of the chamber is seen as a strong diplomatic show of disgust at the UN -- and since the chamber is generally packed on the first...
  • Why Such Secrecy When North Koreaís Caught Shipping Weapons to Iran?

    08/31/2009 1:16:06 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 9 replies · 597+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 31 | Claudia Rosett
    It has the makings of the opening sequence in an apocalyptic thriller. A ship enters the Gulf, carrying a secret, illicit cargo of munitions, bound for Iran from North Korea. The ship is seized by the United Arab Emirates, where authorities discover that instead of the oil boring equipment listed on the manifest, the cargo includes some 10 containers filled with rocket launchers, ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades and detonators. The UAE seizes the cargo and notifies the United Nations Security Council. But for weeks, the public is told nothing about it Ė not by the UN, and not by Washington. The...
  • Residents Say They're Terrorized By Pit Bulls

    05/01/2009 6:03:45 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 38 replies · 1,310+ views
    Residents Say They're Terrorized By Pit Bulls Posted: 6:16 pm EDT May 1, 2009Updated: 6:33 pm EDT May 1, 2009 SANFORD, Fla. -- Some Sanford homeowners say they're being terrorized by their neighbor's pit bulls. One of the dogs has already attacked a neighbor near Lily Court in Sanford. Eyewitness News has learned the dogs' owners are not keeping their fence secure. Some of the breaks in the fence are big enough for an adult to easily climb through. After many calls to animal control, neighbors say they want the fence fixed once and for all. "Chasing children, attacking children....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:
  • The great carbon bazaar

    06/06/2008 12:47:52 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 7 replies · 90+ views
    Evidence of serious flaws in the multi-billion dollar global market for carbon credits has been uncovered by a BBC World Service investigation. The credits are generated by a United Nations-run scheme called the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The mechanism gives firms in developing countries financial incentives to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But in some cases, carbon credits are paid to projects that would have been realised without external funding. The findings reinforce doubts that the CDM is leading to real emission cuts, which is not good news for the effort to combat climate change. And in one case a company...
  • UN food chief roasts 'overfed' West [Upset $Bn being "wasted" on feeding obese people in the West]

    06/04/2008 9:09:37 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 77 replies · 926+ views
    Livenews.com ^ | 3/06/2008 | staff writer
    UN food chief roasts 'overfed' West 3/06/2008 9:51:00 PM. UN food agency chief Jacques Diouf said today that billions of dollars are being wasted on feeding obese people in the West while millions starve around the world. "No one understands... how over-consumption by obese people in the world costs $20 billion each year," the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation told an international summit on the food price crisis. On top of this, he added, there are "$100 billion in indirect costs resulting from premature deaths and associated diseases." Diouf also highlighted how an estimated $1.2 trillion was spent...
  • 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 worldís 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 presidentís overseas agenda and ensure a global leadership role for the United States. John...
  • UN says USA must be part of climate change agreement

    12/02/2007 2:18:35 PM PST · by ricks_place · 70 replies · 285+ views
    YAHOO ^ | 12/2/07 | Michael Casey
    BALI, Indonesia - World powers meeting at a UN climate change conference in Indonesia this week won't be able to craft a meaningful plan to address global warming without co-operation from the United States, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, the UN's climate chief said Sunday. The United States refused to sign the last major international treaty on reducing greenhouse gases, undermining its effectiveness. Delegates from 190 countries will gather on the resort island of Bali on Monday for one of the largest global warming conferences ever, bringing together about 10,000 people including Hollywood luminaries, former vice-president Al Gore, fishermen...
  • Bolton Blasts U.N. at U.N.

    11/11/2007 9:07:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 160+ views
    NewsMax ^ | November 10, 2007 | Staff
    Former U.S./U.N. ambassador John Bolton returned to U.N. headquarters in NYC on Friday to launch his new book "Surrender Is Not An Option" (Threshold Editions- Simon & Schuster - 486 pgs.) The controversial U.S. diplomat quit his U.N. post in November 2006 when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stalled a vote on his nomination. For the preceding 18 mos. Bolton served as UN ambassador under a temporary Congressional recess appointment that was to expire on January 1, 2007. With a Democratic Congress taking office and a rejected nomination likely, Bolton asked President Bush to withdraw his name rather than face...
  • Will the UN move to Montreal ó and how will it affect the waterfront?

    10/25/2007 7:33:01 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 207 replies · 944+ views
    Spacing Montreal ^ | October 25, 2007 | Christopher DeWolf
    Last week, La Presse reported quite breathlessly that the federal government, which owns the Port of Montreal and much of the land along its waterfront, has been lobbying the United Nations to move its headquarters from New York to Montreal. The rationale, apparently, is that the UNís current headquarters, housed in an iconic complex built in 1949 along the East River, needs nearly $2 billion worth of renovations over the next couple of decades. It would cost a lot less to simply pack up and move to Montreal, where a state-of-the-art new headquarters would be waiting on the site of...
  • Top Secret: Bush Told the Truth About WMD

    09/07/2007 7:01:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 69 replies · 3,800+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/7/2007 | Deborah Weiss
    The secretís out: on August 24th, 2007, UN weapons inspectors found 6 to 8 vials of chemical weapons sitting in an office at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) headquarters in NYC. They found the vials when archiving files due to the fact that UNMOVIC is closing down its mission. They placed the vials in a sealed package and put them in a safe located in a secured room. Subsequently, on August 29, 2007, UNMOVIC employees discovered the inventory list which listed the content of the vials. The vials contained the chemical phosgene, which according to the...
  • U.S. Crusader Odd Man Out at U.N.

    07/31/2007 5:50:56 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 1 replies · 517+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2007 | Colum Lynch
    Last year, John R. Bolton, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recruited Mark D. Wallace as the U.S. representative for U.N. management and reform. Given that Bolton was a longtime critic of the U.N. bureaucracy, no one expected that Wallace would go meekly about his new job. And he didn't. He has met with informants eager to spill bureaucratic secrets, scrutinized internal audits and butted heads with U.N. officials he suspects are blocking his efforts to uncover corruption in development programs in places including North Korea and Burma. (snip) The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad,...
  • U.N. Rights Council Adopts Reforms

    06/19/2007 12:39:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 428+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/19/7 | FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer
    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- Members of the U.N.'s new human rights watchdog formally agreed Tuesday to continue their scrutiny of Israel while halting investigations into Cuba and Belarus ó a move that immediately drew fire from Canada and the United States. The decision was part of a package of reforms adopted by the members of the Human Rights Council to change how it conducts its work, including how and when to launch investigations into some of the world's worst rights offenders. The council, which was formed last year to replace the discredited U.N. Human Rights Commission, passed the compromise package...
  • Austin protest targets toll road 'tyranny'

    03/03/2007 11:01:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 576+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 2, 2007 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN ó A protest against toll roads highlighted a rally on the Capitol steps Friday, but the Texas Independence Day holiday put folks in the mood to raise hell about other grievances as well. Many also complained about a national animal identification tag. Some grumbled about the state's loss of control of its borders. A few warned about the coming "North American Union." And some excoriated the United Nations for wanting "to take your gun," exhorting anyone within earshot to "get us out of the U.N." The "liberty or death" chant of a thousand or more protesters marching up Congress...
  • UN criticizes Saddam Hussein's death penalty (Surprise, surprise!)

    11/05/2006 10:23:03 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 73 replies · 3,102+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-05-06 | JPost Staff
    The UN on Sunday criticized the decision to sentence Saddam Hussein to death, calling upon local authorities to refuse the to hang the ex-leader. UN Human Rights Commission head Louise Arbour said that the "appeal process is reliable and a vital part of the fair judicial procedure." Army Radio reported. She said that "the results of the appeal will what they will be," and Arbour expressed hope that the Iraqi government would suspend its death sentence.
  • America fights to take charge of UN peacekeepers around world

    11/02/2006 11:34:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 503+ views
    The Times ^ | November 3, 2006 | James Bone and Richard Beeston
    The United States is lobbying to put an American, possibly a general, in charge of all UN peacekeeping operations in a move that could offer Washington an exit strategy in Iraq.The unprecedented US bid for the top UN peacekeeping post would place an American in command of the 95,000 UN peacekeepers in trouble spots from Lebanon to Sudan. The American lobbying effort is set to prove hugely controversial. If successful, the change would amount to a radical remaking of the organisation, bringing it closer to its origin in the Second World War as a US-led alliance. It is also stirring...
  • THE US SHOULD STOP SUPPORTING THE UN

    07/23/2006 4:42:19 AM PDT · by BerlinStrausbaugh · 28 replies · 766+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | July 22, 2006 | Klaus Rohrich
    If you had a dog that bit you every time you fed it, or a horse that kicked you every time you groomed it, chances are you would not suffer their abuse very long. So why is that the US should continue to foot 25% of the entire UN budget only to have its interests undermined by the small minds running the shop? One of Americaís self-defined elements of power is its ability to form diplomatic alliances. However that particular engine isnít exactly firing on all cylinders, meaning that most of Americaís efforts at finding international support are thwarted by...
  • Day one of the UN gun ban summit

    06/27/2006 2:19:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 93 replies · 3,020+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Jun 27, 2006 | Cam Edwards
    They‚Äôve gathered in New York City, the best and brightest minds in the global gun ban movement. Oh, they don‚Äôt want you to think for a second that they‚Äôre actually interested in your guns. Kofi Annan as much as said so yesterday, when he told the attendees of the Small Arms Review Conference, ‚ÄúThis Review Conference is not negotiating a ‚Äėglobal gun ban‚Äô, nor do we wish to deny law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance with their national laws.‚ÄĚ Got it, gun owners? There‚Äôs nothing to fear from the UN when it comes to your guns. It‚Äôs...
  • The fall of Mogadishu is a symbolic victory for Al-Qaeda

    06/06/2006 6:49:15 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 38 replies · 857+ views
    Project21 ^ | June 06 2006 | Trueblackman
    The fall of Somaliaís Capital City of Mogadishu is a symbolic victory for the forces of Osama Bin Ladenís Al-Qaeda Terrorist Organization and is yet another setback for the United Nations. The Islamic rebels, who have been links to Al-Qaeda, seized the city in early June following months of heavy fighting between the cityís rival clans. For Bin Laden and his radical followers this victory can only be compared to the Israeli capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. Bin Laden has quoted in saying, ďThat it was Al-Qaeda inspired rebels that caused the United States and...
  • UN Campaign Underway to Ensure Abortion Internationally Recognized as Human Right

    03/08/2006 2:35:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 701+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/8/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    NEW YORK, United States, March 8, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) There is a new desperation at the UN to secure international recognition of abortion as a human right, as abortion advocates increasingly anticipate that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in the United States, says Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women of America.Dr. Crouse is reporting on the 50th Commission on the Status of Women, held at the U.N. headquarters in New York, February 27 to March 10.Writing for The Beverly LaHaye Institute, CWA's think tank, Dr. Crouse said abortion advocates with the Commission are resorting to complex language games in...
  • It's time to evict the U.N.

    02/18/2006 2:11:24 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 58 replies · 1,361+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Saturday, February 18, 2006 | Burt Prelutsky
    My wife would like to see us kick the United Nations out of the United States. I, for one, think itís a swell idea. Whatís more, Iím certain that most New Yorkers feel the same. After all, for the past 58 years, the gang of scofflaws have taken advantage of their diplomatic immunity to be the worst kind of guests. Double-parking is the least of it. Probably the only people who would miss these expense account spongers are the waiters and maitre Ďdís at the more expensive Manhattan eateries. My own reason for wanting the U.N. padlocked is because I...