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07.06.2017

A New UN Nuclear Convention Is In The making

A New UN Nuclear Convention Is In The making

By Sergio Duarte, Ambassador, former High Representative of the UN for Disarmament Affairs* The timely release of the draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by President Elayne Whyte-Gómez well in advance of the start of the second part of the negotiations will permit delegations from Member States and… »

28.05.2017

UN concern about civilian casualties of anti-terror bombings in Syria

UN concern about civilian casualties of anti-terror bombings in Syria

United Nations, May 26 (Prensa Latina) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra”ad Al Hussein today expressed concern over the impact on the Syrian civilian population of the bombings against positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. More and more men, women and children are being killed for… »

29.03.2017

Defending the UN against Trump’s erasing the UN

Defending the UN against Trump’s erasing the UN

By Richard Falk Donald Trump has articulated clearly, if somewhat vaguely and incoherently, his anti-globalist, anti-UN approach on foreign policy. For instance, in late February he told a right-wing audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that “there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, or… »

14.03.2017

Asking Foolish Questions about Serious Issues

Asking Foolish Questions about Serious Issues

By Richard Falk When the Clinton campaign started complaining about Russia interfering in US elections by hacking into the DNC I was struck by their excesses of outrage and the virtual absence of any acknowledgement that the United States has been interfering in dozens of foreign elections for decades with… »

04.01.2017

Yes, Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Populism

Yes, Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Populism

By David Swanson Eight years ago Yes! Magazine published a political platform of progressive policies, along with polling showing strong majority support for each proposal. Now, eight years later, we can show almost total failure to advance any of the proposals, most of which were focused on the U.S. »

01.01.2017

US Legislators Place Atheists on Equal Footing with Faith Groups

US Legislators Place Atheists on Equal Footing with Faith Groups

A United Nations human rights expert on freedom of religion or belief has welcomed the United States’ legislative amendments aimed at protecting non-believers and atheists. “This is an important development, as believers, atheists and non-believers must all be equally protected,” on 28 December 2016 said the newly appointed Special Rapporteur… »

29.12.2016

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Response to the UN Resolution on Palestine Is ‘Hysterical’

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Response to the UN Resolution on Palestine Is ‘Hysterical’

Israel’s suspension of relations with the UN Security Council member nations that voted for the resolution—powerful countries including the U.K. and France—has effectively realized a goal of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. By Ken Klippenstein / AlterNet December 28, 2016       The United… »

17.12.2016

Australia’s No to Prohibit-Nukes Resolution Triggers Debate

Australia’s No to Prohibit-Nukes Resolution Triggers Debate

By Neena Bhandari As the curtain falls on 2016, the year that marked the fifth anniversary of Fukushima and the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disasters, sending a sombre reminder of the devastating humanitarian and environmental consequences of these weapons of mass destruction, the resolve to free the world of… »

17.12.2016

‘Aleppo Now Synonym for Hell’ – Ban Ki-Moon

‘Aleppo Now Synonym for Hell’ – Ban Ki-Moon

In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on 16 December 2016 delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the… »

14.10.2016

Nuclear Disarmament – A challenge for the New UN Chief

Nuclear Disarmament – A challenge for the New UN Chief

Analysis by Alyn Ware* NEW YORK (IDN) – The United Nations General Assembly has on October 13 affirmed António Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG). The UN Security Council had on October 5 nominated him for… »

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