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SAHEL Sinking into Chaos

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — The recent killing of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Niger tragically highlighted a quiet but lethal conflict in sub-Saharan Africa’s Sahel region.
Here in the confluence of the arid and largely forgotten lands of Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania lay a vast land plagued by endemic poverty [...]

Arab Media Sustain in UN

– The day-to-day news coverage by the UN press corps represents a virtual political barometer of the outside world – from a UN perspective.
Since most news organizations in the developing world cannot afford either a fulltime or a part-time correspondent at the UN, they have traditionally relied on the mainstream wire [...]

UN Lip Service to Women

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS – A UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution adopted on 31 October 2000, underlying the role of women in peacekeeping, has long been described as both historic and unprecedented.
But 17 years later, there are widespread expressions of disappointment over the mostly non- implementation of the resolution known by its symbol UNSCR 1325.
Mavic [...]

Russian and US Vetoes

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS – The vote on the latest American-sponsored resolution in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Syria was predictable: of the five big powers, China abstained and Russia vetoed, while the US, UK and France voted for it.

Not surprisingly, the 15-member UNSC continues to lose its political legitimacy as its five veto-wielding [...]

Human Rights UN Farce

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. Indeed elections for new members of the UN’s 47-member Human Rights Council proved yet again that some of the least qualified and most repressive regimes would win coveted seats on the watchdog committee tasked with monitoring human rights and freedoms globally.
The annual vote was [...]

UN to Smoke Out Tobacco

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).
A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide is [...]

UN Nuclear War Warning

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) UNITED NATIONS New York – Pyongyang wants a nuclear-free world, but a nuclear war might still start due to “extreme and direct” US threat, North Korean deputy UN envoy Kim In Ryong said. Separately, the US hinted at direct talks with North Korea, Radio Deutsche Welle (RDW) reported quoting other agencies.

The situation on the [...]

Syria Sidelined at UNGA

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — Perhaps it’s the dangerous global threat from North Korean nukes. Maybe it’s political fatigue and crisis overload. Or it could be the escalating ethnic cleansing in Burma.
But the long running and brutal Syrian civil war has become largely an afterthought for many delegates at the current UN Assembly session.
Last year [...]

US Call For Arms Embargo

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – When US Ambassador Nikki Haley called for a virtual arms embargo against the repressive and much-maligned military regime in Myanmar, she took a passing shot at two of her fellow veto-wielding, permanent members of the Security Council – namely China and Russia – who are primary arms suppliers [...]

Nervous Assembly at UN

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — Truth has become stranger than fiction even here at the United Nations where the recently concluded annual debate of world leaders was both clouded by threats of conflict in Korea and to a backdrop of natural calamities from Caribbean hurricanes to earthquakes.
Clearly a week of diplomatic drama highlighted the North [...]

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