Category Archives: UN

New Challenges, New Opportunities

by matttbastard The most recent edition of openDemocracy’s 50/50 quarterly features an interview with Dr. Yakin Erturk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, on how the global economic crisis is affecting women.  Dr. Erturk also notes the … Continue reading

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Der Spiegel: Former Peace Negotiators Call for End to Hamas Boycott

by matttbastard This is big: They were part of the peace settlements in Cambodia, Somalia and Bosnia, they negotiated with militant groups like the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or the IRA in Northern Ireland and a few of them … Continue reading

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AFP: Obama’s UN Ambassador Pick Says Administration Will Confront Mugabe

by matttbastard Let’s hope Susan Rice is being forthright here: At her Senate confirmation hearing, Rice pledged to confront the regime of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, urging China, Russia and southern African countries to join the Obama administration in isolating … Continue reading

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Taking it to Tehran Via Tel Aviv?

by matttbastard With the publication of Sy Hersh’s recent New Yorker article detailing how Bush administration officials have ramped up US special forces activity in Iran, all eyes are once again fixated on the contentious Gulf state–and the potential of … Continue reading

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The Real News: Myanmar death toll climbs over 70,000 UPDATED

by matttbastard The Real News reports on the rising death toll and ongoing aid efforts in Myanmar (Burma) following the devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Nargis: Related: UN suspends aid flights to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies: NY Times. UPDATE: … Continue reading

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“An Act of Criminal International Misogyny”

by matttbastard Via Feminist Peace Network, The Nation recently published a blistering speech from former UN AIDS envoy (and current co-director of AIDS-Free World) Stephen Lewis that highlights the lackluster, indifferent international response to endemic rape and sexual violence against … Continue reading

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Bob Watson on Reforming Agriculture

by matttbastard Related: International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report calls for “world leaders to urgently reform farming rules to boost the state of global agriculture and prevent a food crisis that could threaten international security … Continue reading

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On Outsourcing Darfur

by matttbastard Shorter Michael Walzer: “We simply must do something in Darfur–even if that ‘something’ is absolutely wrong, to say nothing of stupid and counterproductive.” Remember: Walzer’s supposedly one of those decent Leftists (Eustonites reprazent!), even though he was kinda-sorta … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Splitting the Binary

by matttbastard The truth, though disappointing from the point of view of journalism, is that the most promising humanitarian elements of foreign policy tend to be the boring ones. Timely and effective diplomacy can often avert humanitarian catastrophes before they … Continue reading

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5 Years Already?

by matttbastard 5 years ago today, then-Secretary of State (and token ‘moderate’) Colin Powell chose (whether knowingly or with willful indifference) to blow all his accrued political capital in front of the UN Security council with an audacious performance filled with Power-Pointed propaganda, magical mobile bioweapons labs and … Continue reading

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