Tag: United Nations

Trump’s Pointless Provocation on the Golan

President Trump’s proposed reversal of decades of American policy on the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights has more to do with Israeli politics than American interests — or good sense. On Thursday, he announced on Twitter that the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty in the disputed Golan Heights, on Israel’s border with Syria, […]

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Radovan Karadzic Sentenced to Life for Bosnian War Crimes

PARIS — A United Nations court on Wednesday increased the sentence of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, from 40 years to life in prison for his role in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, reaffirming his conviction on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Both the prosecution and the defense […]

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Editorial Observer: Who Will Save the Rain Forest?

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon rain forest are the shock troops in the struggle against climate change. “We are the first ones to be affected,” says Sônia Guajajara, one of Brazil’s best known indigenous leaders. “We’re seeing floods that last longer, we’re seeing droughts that are longer, we’re seeing a reduction in fish with […]

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The Amnesia of the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

“Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order.” The Economist’s headline last summer summarized a common refrain within America’s foreign policy establishment. Trump “wants to undo the liberal international order the United States built,” Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution warned on Inauguration Day in 2017. Trump could “bring to an end the United States’ […]

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The Victims of the Ethiopia Plane Crash

One was a lecturer interested in the effective use of computers in the classroom. The other had published papers on the challenges of teaching English as a second language in Kenya. Both excelled at teaching others to teach. The two professors at Kenyatta University in Kenya shared something else in common: They were passengers on […]

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Ethiopia Plane Crash Highlights U.N.’s Work in World’s Trouble Spots

Two days before Joanna Toole, a United Nations fisheries consultant, boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, she tweeted that she was happy to be among an increasing number of women working for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. “Great to be part of the growing number of women” […]

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Dozens of Countries Mourn Those Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

World leaders and citizens from more than 30 countries mourned the loss of those aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday flying out of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. The crash, which occurred shortly after the plane departed for Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least 150 people. The dead included at least 32 Kenyans; […]

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Trump Envoy to Middle East Lashes Out at Palestinian Authority

One of President Trump’s lead Middle East peace negotiators lashed out at the Palestinian Authority on Friday, accusing it of institutionalizing support for terrorism amid a dispute over Israeli tax transfers that make up a significant portion of Palestinian revenues. Under longstanding accords, Israel makes monthly transfers to the Palestinian Authority from certain taxes it […]

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Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away

In fact, more than 30 female leaders — past and present — recently warned in an open letter that progress was eroding, with Susana Malcorra, the former Argentine foreign minister, telling The Guardian that some countries led by “macho-type strongman” leaders are a factor. It was a reminder that global gender parity still remained out […]

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A Peace Plan for India and Pakistan Already Exists

LAHORE, Pakistan — India and Pakistan don’t have to be on the brink of war. Negotiators painstakingly put together a way out of the crisis and a road map for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in the mid-2000s, and we need to get to back to it. Kashmir has been disputed since 1947, with India […]

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A Year After Skripal Poisoning, Russia Offers Defiant Face to Britain and the West

UNITED NATIONS — Far from wishing the world would forget the name Sergei V. Skripal, Russia seems to be emphasizing it. Exactly one year ago, Mr. Skripal, a former Russian spy, was found twitching beside his unconscious daughter on a park bench in Salisbury, England, both poisoned, British authorities later said, with a potent nerve […]

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U.N. Says Israel May Have Committed Crimes Against Humanity in 2018 Gaza Protests

United Nations investigators reported on Thursday that Israeli forces who fired on Palestinians during the mass demonstrations on the border with Gaza, killing more than 100 people, may have committed war crimes. The report, by the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry, was delivered in Geneva to Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for […]

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News Analysis: Troops on the Move as India and Pakistan Face Off Over Kashmir

NEW DELHI — The Kashmir Valley, a disputed territory that has led to war between India and Pakistan in the past, is once again bringing the two archrivals to the brink. In the past few days, hundreds of Kashmiris have been arrested, accused of fueling the insurgency against Indian rule. India has moved thousands of […]

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Trump to Nominate Kelly Knight Craft as U.N. Ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he was nominating Kelly Knight Craft, the United States’ ambassador to Canada, to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, days after his first choice for the position withdrew from consideration. Mr. Trump announced the nomination on Twitter, writing that Ms. Craft “has done an outstanding job […]

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Fixes: A Comeback for African National Parks

The earth’s sixth mass extinction, scientists warn, is now well underway. Worldwide, wildlife populations are plummeting at astonishing rates, and the trend is perhaps most starkly evident in Africa’s protected areas — the parks, game reserves and sanctuaries home to many of the world’s most charismatic species. Between 1970 and 2005, national parks in Africa […]

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Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration as U.N. Ambassador

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump’s pick to serve as ambassador to the United Nations withdrew from consideration on Saturday, citing family concerns. His intended nominee, Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman at the State Department since 2017, said in a statement that “the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is […]

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40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory

Forty countries, led by Japan and the European Union, have agreed to require passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to come equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as 2020. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the new regulation will become compulsory for all countries that adopt it during an upcoming June […]

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The House Finally Acts on Yemen

Congress has long ignored its constitutional war-making responsibilities, evading difficult questions about military engagement and effectively giving presidents a blank check to decide when and how the military should be involved in hostilities. That the House finally took up that duty on Wednesday andvoted to end military support for Saudi Arabia in the catastrophic civil […]

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BBC Cameraman Is Attacked at Trump Rally

A supporter of President Trump attacked a BBC camera operator during a presidential rally in El Paso on Monday night, the broadcaster said. “BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd while covering a President Trump rally in Texas last night,” a BBC spokesman said in an email […]

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