Is this taking so-called morality too far?
The Kyoto agreement's one thing ... but this?
U.S. Declares Itself Above the Law.
Powell says that a groundbreaking United Nations International Criminal Court
would be harmful towards maintaining U.S. military action. But what does skipping out on such niceties as genocide and human rights abuses say to the rest of the world about accountability in Washington? Discuss.
Call for permanent Jenin presence
The disbanded United Nations fact-finding mission to Jenin has written to Secretary General Kofi Annan calling for a constant international presence in Palestinian refugee camps.
Alas, it was the UN that ran the refugee camp that was known as the bomb factory and home of the suicide bombers. Wouldn't an armed forcez be more effective?
Anti-Idiotarian Coalition/United Blogging Nation?
It seems all this talk of UN bias has has some bloggers so frustrated and angry that they feel it's time to band together as a political force, and the beginnings of a movement are taking shape
. Legal actions, media attention, and even a full fledged political party are all ideas that have been bandied about. They already have a couple of legal eagles and prominent blogging figures
offering services/resources. All they need now are t-shirts.
Oh wait, they have those
too. One Nation, under Blog...
The United Nations: Non partisan independant arbiter of international matters or hyper-politicized arena? You make the call
Chief of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sacked
, after intense US pressure. The whole thing was predicted a few days ago by Georges Monbiot
. It seems that the succesful head of the OPCW wanted to restart UN chemical weapons inspections in Iraq. Washington has other plans in mind.
"horrific beyond belief"
says United Nations envoy. Strong stuff from the BBC this time. Personally I suspect Jenin may end up being a turning point, i just wish I knew towards what.
The International Criminal Court
is now a reality after a group of 10 countries signed the treaty at a ceremony at the U.N. today
, bringing the number of signatories to 66. According to Kofi Annan "the missing link in the international justice system is now in place," but without the participation of the U.S., Russia or China, how effective can it be?
Plot to undermine global pollution controls revealed
"A secret group of developed nations conspired to limit the effectiveness of the UN's first conference on the environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. "
The US dedication to blocking peace.
“It was the second time in less than a year that the United States had used its veto power to effectively kill a resolution that would create a monitoring mechanism for the protection of Palestinian civilians.”
Kofi Annan mediates between muppet rivals
and says that "diplomats could learn a thing or two from its
characters." Muppets in politics seem to be emblematic of the current conflicts these days...
"The United States is putting at risk a key United Nations conference on deadly biological weapons which gets under way in Geneva on Monday."
UN warning over plundered Earth EARTH is being plundered at an unprecedented and unsustainable rate which needs to be curbed quickly to avoid disaster, the United Nations says.
Will the conflicts of the 21st century be based around the control of water, the needs of food production and economic inequality? Maybe it's time to consider these issues. We can't totally blame the poor and weak for their own circumstances.
An article by Oliver North
discusses how the celebration of the Marine Corps' founding in Philadelphia and the president's U.N. discourse on the same day are perversely related in an interesting twist of irony.
One of the battles that will be recalled during the Corps' birthday celebrations on Nov. 10 is the 1804-1805 campaign by Marine Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon against the Barbary pirates. They were terrorists, and they were Muslims. The naval and land campaign continued through Ramadan, and the pirates were hunted down and hung.
Thomas Jefferson ignored the critics and whiners of the day until success was achieved. And nobody accused the United States of pursuing a "war against Islam." But O'Bannon reportedly underlined in the Bible he carried with him the consoling words of John's Gospel (15:18), "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."
Oh, Those Crazy United Nations!
They hate Kofi Annan. They're starving for Iraq. Yep, it's those crazy UN non-governmental organizations doing their damnedest to give decent liberals and lefties a bad name.
from this unbelievable official site: All behavior is caused! There is a reason/reasons why people hate us.
We can start killing some of them, but we had better also start understanding the rest of them.
Four UN aid workers killed in attacks on Afghanistan
I am surprised this hasn't posted yet. Has ennui settled in already?
Syria Wins Seat on Security Council
Despite Being on U.S. List of Terrorism Sponsors. First the U.N. Human Rights Commission Boots the U.S.
, then there was the U.N. conference of racists, and now this... Is the U.N. rendering itself increasingly irrelevant? (Syria Daily reports
| Info on Syria: The Heart of Terrorism
| Testimony on Syrian Support for Terrorism
Fundamentalism Reaches Fever Point on U.S. Soil.
Extremism is spreading and is now affecting our very own. Or as Greta Garbo's famously didn't say "I vont to be alone!". The question is: do you?
Elian Gonzalez may return to the US. with Castro
May show up at UN for Children's Day, with Castro. Will Bush show up with Michael Jackson?
"we will have no representative there, so long as they pick on Israel"
(exact Bush quote
) Is it better to just not show up, or to go there and talk? Then we may be skipping another
U.N. conference because they mention "children's rights & abortion". This seems more like the kid taking his ball and going home as opposed to the most powerful country on earth...
The U.S. and the U.N. and small weapons.
We seem once again at odds with the world as we defend the right to bear arms.
College Students are massing to go to Europe to protest about the Kyoto treaty.
While this may seem to be a non-story, the kids aren't protesting against Bush or Blair for not signing on, but to the attendees of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for thinking that Kyoto would work in the first place.
Bad and lack of recent karma sees USA voted out of the United Nations Human Rights Commissionl;
while Sudan and Sierra Leone stays on board
the 53-nation commission
running uncontested in geographic quota. Besides being a sign of Dubya's lacking diplomatic leadership, falling three votes short
of securing one of the three seats reserved for the Western nations also means that, for the first time since 1947 America will no longer be a member of UNCHR
Sanctions Born Of Indifference
The United Nations' sanctions against Iraq - which would have been lifted long ago, if not for America - have been killing 4,500 children a month for nearly 10 years now. A million people in all so far, half of them kids.
The Iraqis die because America insists the sanctions continue - despite their illegality under the principles of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, the United Nations Convention Against Genocide Convention and particularly the Geneva Convention: (Protocol 1 Additional to the Geneva Conventions - 1977 Part IV, Section 1, Chapter III, Article 54)
1. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited.
2. It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.
The last message of Carlos Caceras, Killed in West Timor
"Three [United Nations High Commission for Refugees] colleagues - Samson Aregahegn, Carlos Caceras and Pero Simundza - have been savagely lynched in West Timor (Indonesia) and their bodies burned by an armed mob." [continued...]
Freedom of the press? You won't be needing that,
says the United Nations!