U.N. Watch

…TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI

March 21 2011
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Why is Obama so intent upon killing Libyans? Enough of TV pap. Gendin will give you the LONG ANSWER. Why bother with pictures or a few words when an essay is always better? We [a euphemism for the U.S. government under the pretext that it is for, by, and of the people] began our campaign…

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THOSE DAMNABLE FLOTILLAS AND THE NON-NEUTRALITY OF THE U.N.

June 13 2010
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The NY Times weighs in with an unenlightening editorial. Israel’s government has decided to tough out the criticism of its attack this week on a six-ship flotilla trying to run the Gaza blockade. The story, and the anger, aren’t going away…..Israel’s charges that its commandos were attacked and shot at by some of the ship’s…

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NO PLACE TO WORK, NO PLACE TO VISIT

January 22 2010
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Jerusalem Post - Thirty-six UN personnel have been killed in the Haiti earthquake, nearly 200 are still missing and eight have been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings, UN officials said Thursday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters a UN security guard was pulled out alive from the collapsed UN headquarters building in Haiti’s…

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GOLDSTONE CHALLENGES OBAMA’S LIES

October 26 2009
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Haaretz.com………………..South African jurist Richard Goldstone, who led a damning United Nations probe into Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter, has challenged Barack Obama’s administration to justify its claims that the report is one-sided and flawed. Goldstone’s report, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes in…

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SRI LANKA MILITARY PROUD OF ITS KILLS

April 7 2009
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The Tamil Tigers are regarded as militants, terrorists and just a damned nuisance by the Sri Lanka government. In truth, the Tigers are a group of separatists. They ask for a small piece of this very large country to be set aside for them because they think they have little in common culturally with the…

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WHO’S SORRY NOW?

March 31 2009
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Having supervised the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent persons, Kaing Guek Eav, one of the resident madmen of the Khmer Rouge, said “Gee, I’m sorry.” “My current plea is that I would like you to please leave an open window for me to seek forgiveness.” Actually, we would like to open a window…

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UN VOTE TO CURB FREEDOM TO CRITICIZE RELIGIONS

March 31 2009
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The U.N.’s top human-rights body approved a proposal backed by Muslims nations Thursday urging the passage of laws around the world protecting religion from criticism. The proposal by Pakistan had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners and liberal democracies. A simple majority of 24 members of the 47-nation Human Rights Council voted in favor of…

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TRACKING “TERRORIST” FUNDS

November 21 2008
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November 21, 2008 The assets of various organizations are frozen because they are on blacklists. Although no one has any reason to think they are criminals, it is ever so nice to make life miserable for them. On the U.N. list of “This money you can no longer touch” are 391 individuals and 112 businesses/groups.…

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BAILING OUT THE BAILOUT

October 6 2008
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October 6, 2008 The much ballyhooed bailout is only a few days old and already it is clearly a failure. It will not address the general economic woes of the U.S. or the world at large and will have only a small effect on the financial markets. Worse yet, it has antagonized people the world…

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CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE

September 12 2008
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September 12, 2008 This, the “Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” is the third and concluding essay enumerating the historical, major documents presented to and ratified by the General Assembly of the UN as resolution 39/46 of 10 December 1984 and entered into force 26 June 1987, in accordance…

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INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

September 11 2008
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September 11, 2008 This is the 2nd of our three-part enumeration of the profound documents presented to and accepted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The ICESCR resolution 2200A (XXI) was ratified on December 16, 1966. Preamble The States Parties to the present Covenant, Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in…

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UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

September 10 2008
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September 10, 2008 In exactly two months to the day – December 10 – we celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the great documents of world history – the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, signed to by the 48 original UN members. Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of…

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DOWNTOWN EUROPE

August 4 2008
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August 4, 2008…….All these articles are from today’s European Voice 1. The EU’s top court has ruled against the regional government in Bavaria for failing to take measures to lower car pollution along Munich’s central ring-road. The European Court of Justice’s ruling, made on 25 July, stated that local authorities must take steps when legal…

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THE REFUGEE PROBLEM

June 20 2007
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It seems that not only doesn’t the U.S. want to help Latino immigrants but it won’t do much for displaced refugees from the Middle East or Asia. The number of refugees world-wide seeking refuge in any country where they could get it at end-2005 (8.7 million) was the lowest since 1980, when 8.4 million persons…

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DESMOND TUTU ON SOUTH AFRICA AND MYANMAR

February 12 2007
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There has never been any question, I hope, in anybody’s mind that retired Archbishop Tutu, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a man of the greatest integrity, moral courage, and sagacity, Nothing and no one has ever forced him to compromise on his opinions. Let us face it, as the song goes, “He’d…

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UN RESOLUTION ON NORTH KOREA

October 27 2006
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un.org “The Security Council, “Reaffirming its resolutions 825 (1993) of 11 May 1993 and 1540 (2004) of 28 April 2004, “Bearing in mind the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, “Reaffirming that proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of…

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EDMONTON JOURNAL HEADLINE

July 26 2006
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(1) UNITED NATIONS – An Israeli air strike Tuesday killed four United Nations military observers one of them Canadian in what UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called an “apparently deliberate” attack.…………..UN officials said the post was clearly marked and that the Israelis were aware of its location. “I am shocked and deeply distressed by the…

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WHO’S WHO

June 21 2006
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African Union (AU) – aim – to achieve greater unity among African States; to defend states’ integrity and independence; to accelerate political, social, and economic integration; to encourage international cooperation; to promote democratic principles and institutions. 53 member states. Maintains an army. Big 7 – aim – to discuss and coordinate major economic policies members…

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NY TIMES TOP STORIES

May 5 2006
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NY Times…………………....World Briefings: Asia, Americas NEPAL: REBELS AGREE TO PEACE TALKS Maoist rebels agreed to peace talks with the new government. The two sides, which have just declared cease-fires, have tried twice before to negotiate a peace deal, but the talks, in 2001 and 2003, broke down after several months. (AP) CAMBODIA: JUDGES APPROVED TO…

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IRAN REASONABLE OR NOT?

April 29 2006
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Haaretz [Israel]………………Iran to allow snap atomic inspections if case returned to IAEA Iran’s deputy nuclear chief said Saturday that Tehran would agree to United Nations supervision of its uranium enrichment process and intrusive inspections of its atomic facilities if its case was referred back to the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. But…

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THE CHARLES TAYLOR WATCH

April 4 2006
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Outside the United States, this trial is bigger than O.J. Simpson’s. In fact, Taylor’s crimes outstrip in sheer numbers those of Saddam Hussein and so the world is watching. Here are just a few of the hundreds of stories. ITV News……….“Taylor rejects court’s authority” Newsday……….“Taylor trial spurs international justice” Time Magazine……….“How the Liberian warlord almost…

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KOFI ANNAN WANTS TO OUTSOURCE

March 8 2006
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Is nothing immune from the outsourcing game? Aljazeera Kofi Annan is planning to shake up the UN by radically altering recruitment, training, and job locations. Hundreds of jobs in NY would be done away with and the initial switch will cost $500 million. Thereafter, all is incoming gravy. Kofi also doesn’t want to seek UN…

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U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UN WOULD ENJOY KILLING IRANIANS

March 7 2006
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Make no mistake about it, John Bolton is a man who goes his own way. His diplomatic skills have long been in question and his appointment as U.S. ambassador to the UN shocked many. He does not bother to get clearance for his stances. Deccan Herald (India) John Bolton told British officials that the U.S.…

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THE DESTRUCTION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

February 24 2006
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United Nations.org/Depts/dda/WMD/cwc/ In 1992, the 10-year struggle to formulate the text of the Chemical Weapons Convention concluded and CWC came to fruition. By 1993 it had 130 nations as parties and by 2000, 140, including the USA and Russia. CWC calls for an end to the production and stockpiling of chemical weapons and, just as…

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