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Russia Blocking ‘House Of Cards’ From Filming In Security Council Chamber

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The producers of Netflix’s House of Cards are trying to get permission from the United Nations to film in the chamber of the U.N. Security Chamber as they film their third season, but Russia appears to be blocking them: Russia just made a decision that most pay a heavy price for: The Kremlin said “no” to […]

Syrian Chemical Weapons Equipment Destroyed Says Syria

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The Syrian regime has declared its ability to make chemical weapons destroyed.

Saudi Arabia Turns Down Seat On U.N. Security Council

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has turned down an invitation to take one of the ordinarily coveted rotating seats on the United Nations Security Council, citing as their primary reason the failure of that body to do anything about the situation in Syria: LONDON — Assailing what it called double standards at the United Nations, […]

U.N. Report: Atrocities On Both Sides Of Syrian Civil War

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A new report from the United Nations finds that both sides in the Syrian civil war have engaged in human rights abuses: A new United Nations report asserts that both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed grave crimes in violation of international law. Government forces continue to attack civilian populations in what amounts […]

If This Samantha Power Video Is The Next “Big Controversy”, Will It Be The Right Controversy?

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Some thoughts on a decade old video in which Samantha Power speculates on actions to take against an unfolding genocide.

Should UN Ambassador Have Cabinet Rank?

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David Bosco wonders, “Why is the United Nations Ambassador in the Cabinet?”

Susan Rice To Replace Tom Donilon As National Security Adviser

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Denied her chance at being Secretary of State, Susan Rice will be moving to a position that is arguably just as important in shaping American foreign policy.

Syrian Rebels, Not Government, Used Chemical Weapons Says UN

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The infamous “red line” may not have been crossed after all. At least not by the Assad regime.

U.S. Diplomat: Too Many Drunks At U.N. Budget Debates

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An American diplomat stationed at the United Nations is upset with his colleagues’ level of inebriation: The United States called on Monday for a ban on drunk diplomats at budget debates at the United Nations. “We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone,”Joseph Torsella, deputy U.S. ambassador […]

President Obama Capitulates On Freedom Of Speech Before The United Nations

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President Obama’s remarks before the United Nations were, at least in one particular part, disappointing.

Kofi Annan Resigns As U.N. Peace Envoy To Syria

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After months of largely failed efforts to broker at least a cease fire between the Syrian government and rebel forces, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is giving up: Kofi Annan, the special envoy of the United Nations and Arab League who has sought unsuccessfully for months to resolve the Syria conflict, has submitted his […]

Robert Mugabe Not UN Tourism Ambassador, A Position That Doesn’t Exist

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An Internet meme that Robert Mugabe has been named UN Tourism Ambassador is untrue.

Russia, China Block U.N. Resolution To Curb Syrian Violence

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With the attacks on Syrian civilians seemingly getting worse by the day, the United Nations Security Council took up a resolution that would back efforts by the Arab League to bring an end to the crackdown, an effort that collapsed in failure as both Russia and China exercised their veto power: UNITED NATIONS — A […]

Rick Perry Calls for Syria No-Fly Zone

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Rick Perry wants a no-fly zone in Syria to prevent ground forces from harming civilians.

Syria and the Responsibility to Protect

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We’re running out of excuses.

Palestinians Present Statehood Application To United Nations

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We may have entered a new and dangerous phase of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At U.N., Obama Says There Are No Shortcuts To Peace

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President Obama explained his position on the Palestinian statehood resolution today, but one wonders if anyone listened.

Michele Bachmann Urges President Obama To Violate International Treaty Obligations

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It’s General Assembly time again in New York City and, along with the ongoing controversy over the Palestinian statehood bid, that means a return visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahdmedinejad, who never ceases to find something offensive or idiotic to say when he addresses the world body. This year, though, there’s a Presidential election going […]

Palestinians To Go Forward With U.N. Statehood Resolution

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Foolishly, the Palestinians are going forward with their effort to get Palestinian statehood recognized by the United Nations.

Syrian Crackdown Continues, International Options Limited

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International options with respect to Syria are limited and likely to have little impact on the governments treatment of civilians.

Libyan Rebels Accused Of Attacking Civilians

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According to The New York Times, Libyan rebels are being accused of attacking civilians in several captured towns: Rebels in the mountains in Libya’s west have looted and damaged four towns seized since last month from the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, part of a series of abuses and apparent reprisals against suspected loyalists that […]

Humberto Leal Garcia Execution and International Law

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The US Supreme Court declined to stay the execution of a child raping murderer over a technical violation of a treaty.

North Korea Assumes Presidency Of U.N. Arms Control Commission

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Sometimes, you just can’t make stuff like this up: In the latest ‘you’ve got to be kidding’ news from the United Nations, North Korea assumed the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament Tuesday. “Bare months after the U.N. finally suspended Libya’s Col. Muammar Qaddafi from its Human Rights Council, North Korea wins the propaganda coup […]

Syria To Be Appointed To U.N. Human Rights Commission After Brutally Killing Civilians

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If you needed any additional evidence of the irrelevance of the United Nations, this would be it: The brutal crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad may finally be getting the attention of world leaders — but apparently not enough to stop Syria from becoming the newest member of the U.N. Human Rights Council. And despite […]

Arab League Asking United Nations For No-Fly Zone Over Gaza

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One wonders if it’s their success at getting the U.N. to intervene in Libya that is causing the Arab League to make this request: CAIRO, April 10 (Reuters) – The Arab League called on the United Nations on Sunday to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza and lift an Israeli siege of the territory after […]

NATO Warns Libyan Rebels Not To Attack Civilians

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The conflict between the stated desire to see Muammar Gaddafi removed from power and the actual authority granted by UNSCR 1973 is becoming readily apparent: WASHINGTON — Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to […]

Report: Obama Signs Secret Order To Covertly Arm Libyan Rebels

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Reuters is reporting that the U.S. is now going to start arming the Libyan rebels: (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, […]

The Obama Doctrine: Humanitarian Imperialism

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The “Obama Doctrine,” such as it is, seems to boil down to moral self-certainty combined with a glaring ignorance of reality. That’s a dangerous combination.

Public Still Skeptical Of Libya Intervention

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One week in to Operation Odyssey Down, public opinion is, to put it as nicely as possibly, ambivalent.

Libyan War Coalition One Of The Smallest In Decades

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President Obama’s grand coalition against Libya is a lot less than meets the eye.

Qatar The Only Arab Nation Taking Part In Libya Operations So Far

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So far only one Arab nation has provided material support to the mission in Libya: WASHINGTON — As America’s NATO allies shoulder a greater share of the mission in Libya, the Arab countries that urged the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone are missing from the action. Except for the small Persian Gulf […]

How Strong Are The Libyan Rebels? Not Very, Which Makes Ground Troops Almost Inevitable

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The Libyan rebels probably aren’t strong enough to defeat Gaddafi on their own, and the no-fly zone isn’t going to be enough either. Which means this operation is going to be far more extensive than President Obama is willing to admit publicly.

Libya And The White House: What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

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The public, and Congress, are skeptical of the mission in Libya, and the reason for that is because the President has failed to tell us exactly why we’re there and what we’ll be doing.

The Plan In Libya? There Is No Plan

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It has become quite apparent that neither the White House nor our coalition partners have any idea what the path to an endgame in Libya even looks like. That’s not good.

What Lesson Will Iran Learn From Libya?

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My co-blogger Steven Taylor makes this observation about where Libya finds itself eight years after surrendering ts nuclear weapons research program: It struck me as ironic that just under eight years ago Gaddafi specifically engaged in a course of action clearly intended to forestall US military action against his regime and that, despite that, he […]

George Will: We Have Intervened In A Civil War In A Country We Do Not Understand

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This morning, it took George Will about a minute to lay out the case against Operation Odyssey Dawn: CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: “George. Do you think this was the right thing to do?” GEORGE WILL: “I do not. We have intervened in a tribal society in a civil war. And we’ve taken sides in that civil war […]

Baharaini Opposition Asks For Help From U.S., U.N.

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It didn’t take long for others in the world to see the intervention in Libya as an opportunity to plead their own case: Bahrain’s opposition asked for U.N. and American intervention in the government crackdown on the Shiite protests trying to loosen the monarchy’s grip, in a brief protest Sunday in the capital that disbanded […]

Anti-Gaddafi Rebels Include Groups Linked To Islamic Extremism

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There hasn’t been much talk over the past month about just who the people fighting to overthrow the Gaddafi regime actually are. Undoubtedly, a large part of the uprising is a genuine revolt by the people of Libya against a brutal dictator. However, the rebels also include those whose vision of a post-Gaddafi Libya would […]

Arab League Condemns No-Fly Zone They Called For

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A mere week after calling for a no-fly zone over Libya, the Arab League is now criticizing the nations implementing a no-fly zone over Libya: CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths. The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week […]

If Gaddafi Stays In Power, Then What’s The Point Of Intervention?

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U.S. officials are making clear that the current mission in Libya may not lead to the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. If that’s the case, then why are we there in the first place?

U.S. Cruise Missiles Hit Libyan Air Defense Targets

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As the opening hours of the U.N. sanctioned action against Libya, the United States has taken its first offensive military action against Libya since the bombing attacks in 1986: U.S. military officials have confirmed the first American tomahawk cruise missiles have been fired at targets inside Libya from ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The move […]

Libya Orders Cease Fire, Halts Military Operations

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Faced with a United Nations Security Council Resolution and the threat of international military action, Libya announced today that it was halting all military action against the rebels in the eastern half of the country: Hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action and the imposition of a no-flight zone, Libya […]

United Nations Authorizes Military Action Against Libya

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Late today, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorizing military action in support of the Libyan rebellion: UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council approved a measure on Thursday authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from harm at the hands of forces loyal to Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi. The measure allows not […]

U.S. Pushing U.N. Security Council To Authorize Direct Intervention In Libya

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The Obama Administration is asking the U.N. Security Council to authorize direct military intervention in Libya. The question is, why now?

Violence Continues To Rage In Cairo

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Egypt entered a second day of chaos with all signs pointing to things getting worse before they get better.

A Right Wing Fever Swamp Feeding on the Delusions of a Lefty

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Let’s keep our eye on the ball, people.

New Security Council Members (and a Discussion Question)

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Should the UN expand the number of permanent Security Council members?

U.N. To Appoint Obscure Scientist As Official “First Contact” Representative

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If the United Nations has its way, E.T. will be meeting an obscure Malaysian astrophysicists if he arrives.

North Korea Warns Of Consequences If U.N. Condemns Attack On South Korean Warship

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More bluster from the Pyongyang regime: UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that his country’s military would respond forcefully to any Security Council condemnation over the sinking of a South Korean warship, warning that “our people and army will smash our aggressors.” In a rare news conference, the envoy, […]

Is The World Ready For A North Korean Collapse?

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With tensions continuing to rise on the Korean Peninsula and the latest round of talks in China seemingly ending with no real progress, some analysts are wondering if the world is prepared for the effects of a collapse of the Pyongyang regime: [G]iven the worsening economy, the inexperience of the putative successor and the unknown […]

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