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US – UNICEF Monopoly

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – New York –  With Henrietta Fore’s decision last week to step down as UNICEF Executive Director, her successor is most likely to be another American since that post has been held– uninterruptedly — by US nationals for almost 74 years, an unprecedented all-time record for a high-ranking job [...]

No Comment Don’t Quote

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2021 (IPS) - When a Southeast Asian ambassador hosted a lunch for journalists, including reporters from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, he told us there was an ulterior motive for the sumptuous lunch at his residence.
“We will soon begin our two-year [...]

UN and Breakaway Nations

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – When the United Nations renovated its building at a cost of over $2.1 billion, as part of a seven-year refurbishing project back in 2014, the seating in the cavernous General Assembly hall was increased from 193 to 204—primarily in anticipation of at least 11 new member states joining [...]

Cuba Survives Sanctions

By Thalif Deen* NEW YORK (IDN) — When Raul Castro decided to retire, both as leader of Cuba and head of the Communist Party last April, it was the end of a politically adventurous era for a country most American leaders loved to hate.
In the late 1950s, it was Raul and his more famous older brother, [...]

Big Powers Double Standard

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2021 (IPS) - When the UN’s annual report on Children and Armed Conflict was released last week, it was expected to “name and shame” some of the world’s worst human rights violators – particularly the abusers of children.
But these violators were protected– and never stigmatized—despite the hundreds of [...]

Nuclear Arms on Alert

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The world’s nine nuclear armed states have downsized their military arsenals, but made up for their loss by increasing the number of weapons on high operational alert, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
As a result, the world is increasingly within striking [...]

UN Losing Battle Against World’s Corrupt Leaders

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - A hilarious anecdote, recounted in the New York Times years ago, related to the widespread corruption embedded in the political culture of a Southeast Asian country where crooked politicians were willing to provide receipts every time they received a bribe—big time bribes.
And in Africa, the late Mobutu Sese [...]

China Rights Abuses Again

By John J. Metzler – Though Beijing is usually able to control or stifle the narrative inside the United Nations and many of its Committees, the oxygen of free speech on the taboo topic of human rights of China’s Muslim minority was able to seep through and be heard.
During a “High Level virtual briefing on the situation of [...]

President Biden supports Cease-Fire in Palestine

WebPublicaPress (New York / Washington / Berlin) – The US president fell short of demanding an immediate end to violence. Meanwhile, Gaza officials say more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and Israel pledges to continue fighting. Follow DW for the latest. And US President Biden tells Netanyahu he backs a cease-fire, DW (Deutsche Welle) reports
quoting [...]

45 Vetoes for Client State

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council (UNSC), the most powerful political body at the United Nations, has largely remained silent or ineffective in resolving one of the longstanding military conflicts in the Middle East involving Israelis and Palestinians.
But, at the same time, several attempts to condemn Israel for its excesses have [...]

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