Is Russia Planning Nuclear

By Thalif Deen -UNITED NATIONS  — Russia’s military setbacks in Ukraine have triggered widespread speculation in the US that Russian President Vladimir Putin may unleash his stockpile of “tactical nuclear weapons”, which may be less devastating than the deadly US weapons that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in August 1945.
In the [...]

Ukraine War Dominates UN Debate 77th Session

By John J. Metzler - Amid a swirl of ongoing and upcoming international crises, the Ukraine war overwhelming dominated debate at the United Nations General Assembly.  Most speakers decried Vladimir Putin’s widening war against Ukraine and equally viewed the dangerous regional and global ramifications from this European conflict which could see Moscow’s use of nuclear weapons.
 
UN Secretary General [...]

West & Russia Over Ukraine

Viewpoint by David C. Speedie - This article was produced by Globetrotter in partnership with the American Committee for U.S.-Russia Accord. David C. Speedie, a board member of ACURA, was the former chair of International Peace and Security at Carnegie Corporation.
MONTCLAIR, New Jersey, US (IDN) — The seven-month war in Ukraine, and the role of NATO, especially the Atlanticist powers, [...]

Russia Being Rebuked at UN

By John J. Metzler - For the third time in a month, the UN General Assembly has resoundingly rebuked Russia for its actions in Ukraine.  A tough resolution supported by 93 countries versus 24 backing   Moscow, suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council.  The move was as overdue as it proved poetic justice to oust Putin’s Russia from its [...]

UN Goal to Eradicate Extreme Global Poverty by 2030 Questioned & Doubted

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A projected rise in global poverty this year—with over a quarter of a billion more people joining the ranks of the world’s poor—threatens to undermine the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the General Assembly back in 2015.
One of the primary goals, listed high-up as number [...]

UN – Less Care on Yemen

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country ushering in the Republic of Yemen back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: “Two poor countries have now become one poor country.”
Described as the poorest in an oil-blessed Middle East, Yemen continues [...]

Winners in Ukraine – World’s Arms Merchants

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS — The war in Ukraine may not be a head-on conflict between Russia and the United States but it is certainly a battle between the heavily-stocked military arsenals of two of the world’s major military and nuclear powers.
At a press briefing March 22, UN Secretary-General António Guterres was forcefully explicit [...]

A Way Forward for Ukraine

By David L. Phillips - Humanitarian and security concerns are urgent priorities, as Russia tightens the noose on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, killing thousands and causing widespread displacement. As violence escalates, President Volodymyr Zelensky will eventually have to consider leaving the country and establishing a government in exile to carry on an insurgency against Russian occupation.
Anticipating the next phase [...]

Gossip or Reality – Could Russia Get out of UN

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - The overwhelming condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine—which triggered a veto from Russia and an abstention from China last week – has raised a challenging question about the legitimacy of UN memberships of both countries which are permanent members of the Security Council.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic [...]

Putin’s Russia UN Setback

By John J. Metzler - Russia has suffered a stunning political setback from the United Nations as
Vladimir Putin pursues his ruthless attack against Ukraine.  The diplomatic rebuff came amid Moscow’s widening military aggression on Ukraine which has created widespread civilian casualties and triggered a tragic refugee exodus from the East European country.
In a rare Emergency Special Session [...]

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