Tag: United Nations

Trump Doesn’t Want Peace. He Wants Palestinian Surrender.

The Trump administration says it has a peace plan for the Middle East. Those behind it claim that they are offering a new approach to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one focused on an “economic vision,” and that it deserves a chance. Yet none of what has been revealed so far has addressed the real issues: […]

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Hungary’s Migrant Abuse Is ‘Matter of Urgency,’ European Agency Finds

Refugees in Hungary have been caged, starved and denied legal representation. Civic organizations that have tried to help them have been harassed and censored. And courts meant to protect the rights of these people are under immense pressure to do the bidding of the country’s increasingly authoritarian government. In a sweeping new report on the […]

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Is War Coming With Iran? We’re Already in One

Is America headed for a war involving Iran? Actually, we’re already mired in one. It’s the unconscionable war in Yemen, where we are complicit in the deaths of almost a quarter million Yemenis so far, many of them children who have starved to death. Just a few days ago, bombs (perhaps American made) killed four […]

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Burkina Faso Wracked by Escalating Violence

DAKAR, Senegal — A mission to rescue kidnapped tourists that went fatally awry. A church burned to the ground, the priest shot at Sunday Mass. A day later, another attack; four more Christians dead. The fury that hit Burkina Faso this month left a dozen people dead and laid bare the yearslong unraveling of a […]

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It’s Time for Saudi Arabia’s and Iran’s Leaders to Talk

We write as citizens and foreign policy veterans of two countries that most Americans presume are locked in mortal combat: Iran and Saudi Arabia. In fact, after decades of proxy conflict and frozen ties between our countries, we believe now is the time to explore a new foundation for a lasting peace in our region. […]

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Surviving Despair in the Great Extinction

NASHVILLE — The gift of springtime is the panoply of new life: gray buds breaking open into bright flowers, gray branches sprouting leaves in a thousand shades of green to make a bower of our common lives. In the treetops, birds throw back their heads to sing their full-throated, body-shuddering songs. An ordinary suburban yard […]

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Their Islands Are Being Eroded. So Are Their Human Rights, They Say.

Want Australia news in your inbox? Sign up here for the Australia Letter. MASIG ISLAND, Australia — Every weekend, Yessie Mosby visits the sandy, washed-out graves of his ancestors to gather their scattered bones. Their shallow burial place, just yards from the shore of Masig Island, north of mainland Australia, has been eroded by rising […]

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Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Say They’re Withdrawing From Vital Red Sea Port

CAIRO — Houthi rebels in Yemen said they had started to withdraw from three strategic Red Sea ports on Saturday, offering a tentative boost to faltering United Nations-led efforts to start talks on ending the four-year war in the country. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said they had started […]

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Leaders Are Failing Human Rights. I Know Because I Was in Charge of It.

Video Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein warns about the moral collapse of global leadership.CreditCreditThe New York Times In the video Op-Ed above, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, argues that world leaders are weak, shortsighted and mediocre, and no longer willing or able to […]

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North Korea Urgently Needs Food Aid After Worst Harvest in Decade, U.N. Says

SEOUL, South Korea — About 40 percent of North Korea’s population is in urgent need of food aid after the country suffered its worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday, even as its regime defied international sanctions in order to keep its nuclear weapons program. The bad harvest left North Korea […]

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U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections

With more and more common medications losing their ability to fight dangerous infections, and few new drugs in the pipeline, the world is facing an imminent crisis that could lead to millions of deaths, a surge in global poverty and an even wider gap between rich and poor countries, the United Nations warned in a […]

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Over 20 Million Children a Year Miss Out on First Dose of Measles Vaccine

LONDON — Nearly 170 million children worldwide, including more than 2.5 million in the United States and half a million in Britain, missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine during the past eight years, opening the door to global outbreaks of the disease, a Unicef report said on Thursday. “The ground for […]

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Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy

President Trump on Friday abruptly reversed American policy toward Libya, issuing a statement publicly endorsing an aspiring strongman in his battle to depose the United Nations-backed government. The would-be strongman, Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise attack on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, more than two weeks ago. Relief agencies said Thursday that more than 200 people […]

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Trump Refuses to Renominate Obama’s Pick for U.N. Committee on Racism, Won’t Name Replacement

Image: Getty Images With a legacy built on undoing progress at every turn, this latest move seems in line with Trump’s established pattern of behavior. Not that it makes it any less ridiculous. Following Trump’s decision to pull the country from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council last June over a so-called “anti-Israel bias,” Trump has […]

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Libyan Forces Fighting for the Capital Disavow Extremists

The United Nations-backed government of Libya sought on Saturday to reassure its Western supporters by distancing itself from terrorists and extremists. Some fighters with extremist ties or who have been targeted by United Nations sanctions have said this week that they were joining the Libyan government’s fight against an attack by a militia leader. The […]

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Hopes Raised During the Arab Spring Are Being Revived Across North Africa

In Sudan, tens of thousands of demonstrators are sitting in to demand the ouster of their longtime ruler. In Algeria, millions of protesters forced out their own octogenarian leader last week. And in Libya, an aging general is battling to establish himself as a new strongman, promising to end the chaos that kicked off when […]

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25 Years Later, Rwanda Grapples With Legacy of Genocide and Questions of Blame

It was a paroxysm that inscribed new chapters in the annals of genocide and turned a spotlight on the failure of international peacekeepers to come anywhere close to living up to their name. Twenty-five years ago, on April 7, 1994, the dominant Hutus of Rwanda turned with well-planned violence on the Tutsi minority whom they […]

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Militia Advances on Libyan Capital, Raising Prospect of Renewed Civil War

A military leader who has vowed for years that he would seize control of Libya ordered his troops on Thursday to march on the capital, Tripoli. By nightfall, they had come within 25 miles of the city and a powerful rival militia was racing to stop them, raising the possibility of renewed civil war. The […]

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Global Health: Scientists Thought They Had Measles Cornered. They Were Wrong.

The measles outbreak thatled to a state of emergency in New York’s Rockland County began far away: in an annual Hasidic pilgrimage from Israel to Ukraine. It is emblematic of a series of fierce, sometimes connected measles outbreaks — in places as diverse as Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and Venezuela — that have shaken global […]

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