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Report: Trump Will Pull U.S. Out Of Paris Climate Accord

Donald Trump, who has proclaimed his opinion that climate change is a “hoax,” reportedly intends to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord signed by virtually every other nation on earth.

May 31, 2017
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6 Countries Trump Has Already Insulted And Provoked

Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.

February 5, 2017
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: 2017 Is A Year Of Hard Questions

This new year will be marked by change and upheaval across the globe, including new leadership in the United States, and elections in France, Germany, Iran and India. Whatever the outcome, these moments are an opportunity to ask clear, honest questions of ourselves and of our world.

January 4, 2017
Aleppo

Thousands Return To The Freezing Ruins Of Aleppo

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city. Given the appalling conditions, the U.N. is not encouraging people to return.

January 4, 2017
Netanyahu, Obama

Tel Aviv Diary: Why Netanyahu Is Lashing Out At Obama

The majority of Israelis support the idea of two-state solution, and more than half of Israelis do not want to keep occupying Palestinians in the West Bank. The prevailing opinion, on the streets of Tel Aviv, is that Netanyahu had gone way too far in his attacks on all those who supported the resolution and that this might finally endanger his support among his devotees.

December 29, 2016
Israel

Israel Pressing Ahead With Settlements Despite U.N. Vote

The Jerusalem municipality, undeterred by a U.N. anti-settlement resolution, is due to consider on Wednesday requests for construction permits for hundreds of new homes for Israelis in areas that Israel captured in 1967 and annexed to the city.

December 27, 2016
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U.S. Abstention Paves The Way For U.N. To Denounce Israeli Settlements

A U.S. abstention paved the way for the 15-member council to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favor, prompting applause in the council chamber. The action by President Barack Obama’s administration follows growing U.S. frustration over the unrelenting construction of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians want for a future independent state.

December 23, 2016
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What The Trump Administration Means For The U.N.

While much remains difficult to predict, the views of Trump and his advisers—combined with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress—indicate that Washington is poised to adopt a more negative approach toward the U.N. than it has in recent years.

December 22, 2016
Aleppo, Evacuation, Syria

Thousands Still Trapped As Aleppo Evacuation Stalls

Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert after pro-government forces prevented civilians from leaving and deployed heavy weaponry on the road out of the area, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said.

December 16, 2016
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio at Swamp Rabbit Crossfit in Greenville, South Carolina February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Haley Lends Trump Team Diversity But Little Diplomatic Heft

Haley, now serving her second four-year term as governor, has little experience in foreign policy and the diplomatic issues likely to come before the United Nations.

November 24, 2016
Chris Wallace moderates third and final debate

‘Fair And Balanced’ Wallace Parroted Lies About Clinton Foundation

Contrary to the RNC press release, the notion that any Friend of Bill (or Hillary) got “taxpayer money” because they had donated to the Clinton Foundation is entirely untrue.

October 20, 2016
People are treated for cholera in Haiti

How The U.S. and U.N. Created A Major Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

It took six years for the United Nations to publicly acknowledge what the scientific community has long known: the cholera epidemic was introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers. The global failure to swiftly acknowledge the source of the outbreak and take aggressive action to eradicate it, has left the country vulnerable to the new uptick in infections.

October 13, 2016
U.N. Secretary General

United Nations Appoints Portugal’s Guterres As Next U.N. Chief

United Nations General Assembly appointed former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres on Thursday as the ninth secretary-general.

October 13, 2016
Trump, Nuclear Tweets, Russisa

UN Human Rights Chief: Trump Would Be ‘Dangerous’ If Elected

“If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already and unless that changes, I think it’s without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view,” said Zeid Raad Hussein.

October 12, 2016
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Portugal’s Guterres Poised To Be Next U.N. Secretary-General

Guterres described his new role as “acting with humility, without arrogance…but working as a convener, as a facilitator, as a catalyst and behaving like an honest broker, a bridge builder and a messenger for peace.”

October 5, 2016

U.N. Atomic Agency Chief Confirms Iran Is Fulfilling Nuclear Deal

Confirming the findings of a confidential report, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Tehran has observed the deal, opposed by Iran’s hardliners and Western skeptics.

October 1, 2016

U.S., Russia Trade Blows Over Syria As Warplanes Pound Aleppo

The United States accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria on Sunday as warplanes supporting Syrian government forces pounded Aleppo and Moscow said ending the civil war was almost “impossible”.

September 25, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Globalism Is Here To Stay, Obama Argues At The UN

In a sweeping address that touched on the world’s trouble spots, Obama suggested they all are related to each other, and to a drive within the U.S. toward isolationism rather than embracing the rest of the world.

September 20, 2016
Trump tweets, Twitter

Trump’s Rhetoric Mirrors ISIS, UN Leader Claims

“[They all] seek in varying degrees to recover a past, halcyon and so pure in form, where sunlit fields are settled by peoples united by ethnicity or religion – living peacefully in isolation, pilots of their fate, free of crime, foreign influence and war,” al-Hussein said, according to CNBC. “A past that most certainly, in reality, did not exist anywhere, ever.”

September 7, 2016
An Israeli soldier stops a Palestinian woman and her son at the entrance of Yatta near the West Bank city of Hebron June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Is The Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution Slipping Away?

A report released on Friday by the so-called Quartet – United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia – called on Israel to stop its policy of building settlements on occupied land and restricting Palestinian development. Israeli policy “is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution,” it said.

July 4, 2016

Cartoon: The UN Gives In

As long as they keep paying their dues, Saudi Arabia can keep bombing Yemeni children.

June 12, 2016

What’s The Real Significance Of The Paris Agreement?

As the destructive power of global warming became increasingly clear, so too did the international consensus that something must be done about it.

May 1, 2016

Climate Change: World Leaders At UN Ratify Paris Deal

The ceremony comes four months after the deal in Paris and marks the first step towards binding countries to their greenhouse gas emissions promises.

April 22, 2016
The United Nations Security Council votes to approve a resolution endorsing the planned halt in fighting in Syria at the United Nations Headquarters in New York February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Job Interview In Front Of The World

Beginning on Tuesday, three days of “informal dialogues” will take place at UNHQ in New York.

April 11, 2016
Migrants and refugees stand by a fence at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni

Citing Humanitarian Nightmare, Aid Agencies Are Pulling From Europe’s Refugee Prisons

The new deal between the EU and Turkey has transformed refugee “hotspots” into detention centers.

March 29, 2016