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  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • New UN stamp supports gay rights

    02/04/2016 8:56:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 5:56 PM EST
    The United Nations Postal Administration on Thursday released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The colorfully designed stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body's post office has issued stamps with an LGBT theme. The stamps were unveiled in a ceremony at the U.N. General Assembly building that included a performance by the New York Gay Men's Chorus. ...
  • In NYT op-ed, Ban insists he 'didn't justify' Palestinian terror

    02/01/2016 11:22:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2016, 5:33 PM | Cynthia Blank
    In an effort to ameliorate Israeli anger over recent comments in which he appeared to express sympathy for Palestinian terror attacks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon published an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, pleading, “Don’t shoot the messenger, Israel." "In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories," Ban writes, "2016 has begun much as 2015 ended - with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse." According to Ban, that polarization was evident in the United Nations last week when he pointed out the so-called "simple truth" that "history proves that people will always resist occupation." ...
  • UN group recommends 'reparatory justice' for African Americans

    02/01/2016 11:08:13 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    A United Nations working group visiting the United States walks away "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans," members said in a preliminary report released Friday, in which they urged the US government to address the legacy of slavery with "reparatory justice," a national human rights commission, and ongoing criminal justice reform. "The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent," wrote members of...
  • Danon: I experience anti-Semitism daily in the UN

    01/31/2016 3:05:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/1/16
    srael's United Nations (UN) Ambassador Danny Danon participated Sunday evening at the "Modern Anti-Semitism: BDS" conference, hosted by the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism of the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Danon spoke to the dozens of attendees at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, revealing to them that "unfortunately I experienced anti-Semitism and BDS every day, every hour.” "My family and I represent Israel at the United Nations in New York, a strong Jewish city. We cross one street to the UN building and it is a different world." Danon said that ''it is a source of great pride to represent...
  • UN appeals for $861 million to help Iraq

    01/31/2016 7:26:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 31.01.2016 | [ksb/cmk (Reuters, AFP)]
    The United Nations has launched an appeal for $861 million in international humanitarian aid for Iraq. The country is struggling to cover humanitarian costs amid falling oil prices and the fight against "Islamic State." Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said Sunday that $861 million (795 million euros) in aid was needed to reach Iraq's "most vulnerable," some 7.3 million people. [...] The already huge number of displaced Iraqis is expected to increase further in 2016 as Iraqi forces fight to retake areas from jihadist militants in the Anbar and Nineveh provinces. Iraq's revenues have also been hit...
  • UN working group suggests US work on racial reconciliation

    01/29/2016 1:43:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2016 4:36 PM EST | Jesse J. Holland
    The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity, a United Nations working group said Friday. The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released its preliminary recommendations after more than a week of meetings with black Americans and others from around the country, including Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, the District of Columbia and Jackson, Mississippi. After finishing their fact-finding mission, the working group was "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans," chair...
  • UN chief blasts Israel's 'stifling occupation' of Palestinians

    01/27/2016 7:04:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 1/27/16 | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday once again criticized what he called Israel's "stifling occupation" of Palestinians, just one day after appearing to express sympathy for Palestinian Arab terrorists. The UN chief made clear that he would not retreat from his remarks directed at Israel a day earlier, AFP reported. UN diplomats said privately that Ban had upped the pressure on Prime MInister Binyamin Netanyahu in a final bid to revive hopes for peace before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year. "After nearly 50 years of occupation -- after decades of waiting for the fulfilment...
  • In speech, Ban Ki-Moon exhibits contempt for Syrian agony

    01/27/2016 2:38:54 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/16 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which the UN chief expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks. "The UN Secretary-General's words give encouragement to terror," Netanyahu fired in response. Another aspect of the speech, which was held at a Tuesday UN Security Council Session devoted to "the Situation in the Middle East," is the proportion devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, as opposed to other conflicts that are ongoing – most markedly, the one in Syria. Over 55,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in 2015 alone, according to the Syrian...
  • The Antichrist and President Obama

    01/26/2016 4:31:51 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 62 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/25/2016 | Daymond Duck
    The end of the age will be marked by a one-world government ruled by an evil man that Christians call the Antichrist (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7-8). Some think Pres. Obama is the Antichrist. Others think he is a type (a picture or a forerunner) of the Antichrist. This writer has long believed that Pres. Obama might seek to become one of the 10 kings (the first head of the North American Union), but he appears to want more than that. He appears to want to rule the world. There was a report on Jan. 8, 2016 that Pres. Obama wants...
  • Holocaust survivor to represent Israel at the UN

    01/25/2016 1:43:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 1/25/2016, 10:45 PM | Nitsan Keidar
    The United Nations General Assembly will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day at its headquarters in New York on Wednesday. In an unprecedented move, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon has relinquished his seat and invited Holocaust survivor Martha Weiss to represent Israel in his stead. ...
  • UN to Consider Emergency Aid to Islamic State [semi-satire]

    01/22/2016 10:36:48 PM PST · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2016 | John Semmens
    A report that the Islamic State has been forced to cut the pay of its fighters in Iraq and Syria has sparked interest in a possible aid package for the beleaguered infant state. "It's a simple matter of fairness," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon observed. "With both Russia and the United States taking military action against them the Islamic State is in deadly peril. Maintaining the necessary fanaticism for those it sends into battle absent adequate financial rewards may be too big of an obstacle for them to overcome. It may be appropriate for us to provide some funding to...
  • UN Chief Ban Ki-moon ‘Congratulates’ Venezuela on Re-Election to Human Rights Council

    01/22/2016 9:01:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 21, 2016 | 4:30 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "congratulated" Venezuela on winning a new three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the socialist government reported Wednesday. Venezuela's mission to the U.N. said Ban offered his congratulations during a meeting Tuesday with Venezuelan ambassador to the HRC Jorge Valero in Geneva, the Swiss city that is home to the U.N.'s top human rights body. Ban's reported congratulations came despite the fact that the ongoing election onto the HRC of countries with poor human rights records has long outraged human rights advocates and frustrated democratic governments. ...
  • Revealed: Who's funding Israel's far-left?

    01/21/2016 2:35:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 1/21/2016, 3:48 PM | Ari Yashar
    As radical leftist NGOs continue to garner attention for their politicized impact on public discourse, Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor this week released a database revealing just where they get their massive funds from. [...] A staggering total of over 261 million shekels ($66 million) was received by the 27 NGOs in the course of the two years, and of that amount 65% - consisting of nearly 170 million shekels - came from foreign governments. Another 34%, nearly 89 million shekels, was raked in from private donors and foundations, while the last 1%, over two-and-a-half million shekels, came from unclear...
  • UN chief alarmed at prospect of rising global unemployment

    01/20/2016 9:29:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2016 7:20 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman said Wednesday that projections for rising global unemployment over the next two years are "alarming" and the U.N. chief will keep pushing for job opportunities, especially for youth. The comments from deputy spokesman Farhan Haq were in response to a new report from the U.N. labor agency projecting that the number of unemployed people will increase by nearly 2.3 million in 2016 and 1.1 million in 2017 as a result of the global economic slowdown last year. Haq said Ban has been raising the need for new jobs in discussions with business leaders and others at...
  • Canadian News Anchor Gives Warning To American Gun Owners

    01/20/2016 6:28:34 PM PST · by Baynative · 4 replies
    I posted this a year ago and received minimal interest. The warning speaks for itself.
  • Secret 1970 agreement between Swiss, PLO revealed

    01/20/2016 11:12:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2016, 6:10 PM | Matt Wanderman
    A secret deal between Switzerland and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1970 has recently come to light. The Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung reports that then-Foreign Minister Pierre Graber offered to support Palestinians diplomatically in exchange for assurances the PLO would not carry out terror attacks against Swiss targets. [...] The meeting between the Swiss government and the PLO was arranged by long-time Israel hater Jean Ziegler, who was a member of the Swiss parliament at the time. Within diplomatic channels, he has encouraged the International Criminal Court in the Hague to charge Israel with war crimes and referred...
  • A Time of Trouble and Distress

    01/18/2016 3:40:27 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 4 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 18 Jan 16 | Daymond Duck
    "A time of trouble and distress" is a description of the Tribulation period (Zeph. 1:14-18). The information below appears to indicate its approach. Economic Collapse Sept. 25, 2014 through Sept. 13, 2015 was a Shemitah year. Jonathan Cahn caused quite a stir when he warned that there could be economic problems as the end of the year approached. Many questioned his theology, but in late June and early July of 2015 China's stock markets lost about 35-40%. A few weeks later (mid-Aug. of 2015), China devalued its currency three days in a row. Less than five months later (early Jan....
  • UN eyes tax on football tickets to pay for humanitarian aid

    01/17/2016 10:07:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan. 17, 2016 | André Viollaz
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A UN study of new sources of financing for its multi-billion-dollar aid operations is recommending a voluntary tax on football matches or concerts as one option to raise funds. The report released Sunday in Dubai also recommended tapping into Islamic social finance and mandatory alms-giving (zakat) as well as improving the transparency of relief operations to cut costs. More wars and natural disasters over the past decade have sent the price tag for global UN aid efforts skyrocketing, from $2 billion in 2000 to $ 24.5 billion in 2015, according to the nine experts...
  • UN panel: $40 billion needed to aid people in war, disasters

    01/17/2016 8:55:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2016 10:41 AM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters - and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion funding gap is a small voluntary tax on tickets for soccer games and other sports, concerts and entertainment events, airline travel, and gasoline, a U.N.-appointed panel said. The panel's report on humanitarian financing, launched Sunday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at an event in Dubai, says the world is spending around $25 billion today to provide life-saving assistance to 125 million people devastated by...
  • In Climate Move, Obama to Halt New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

    01/15/2016 7:06:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 14, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will announce on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry. President Obama telegraphed the step in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying, "I'm going...
  • US turns to UN to screen refugees from Central America

    01/14/2016 7:59:24 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will now conduct initial screenings to see whether migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala may qualify as refugees eligible to come to the United States legally. "I am pleased to announce plans to expand the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to help vulnerable families and individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and...
  • WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths

    01/14/2016 8:28:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2016 10:23 PM EST | Jamey Keaten and Krista Larson
    The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years. Thursday's success comes after a harrowing toll: Nearly 23,000 children lost at least one parent or caregiver to the disease. Some 17,000 survivors are trying to resume their lives though many battle mysterious, lingering side effects. Studies continue to uncover new information about how long Ebola can last in...
  • NORTH KOREA SAYS NUCLEAR TEST SHOWS IT COULD 'WIPE OUT' US

    01/13/2016 4:07:52 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 13, 2015 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea's U.N. mission claimed Wednesday that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now "wipe out" the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.
  • Obama, King Of The World? It's Quite Possible

    01/13/2016 6:16:36 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/12/2016 | THOMAS MCARDLE
    IBD warned over a year and a half ago that President Obama wasn't about to spend his post-presidency building houses, like Jimmy Carter, but that there were discernible signs that he would seek to become secretary-general of the United Nations. In the West Point speech he gave in May 2014, IBD pointed out that the president denied the reality of the American global decline he has engineered. "Think about it," he told the assembled cadets. "Our military has no peer." It was disturbingly similar to Carter's pathetic 1979 "malaise" speech, in which Carter boasted of "the outward strength of America,...
  • Ex-Israeli diplomat suggested getting Israel booted from the UN

    01/13/2016 6:05:16 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/1/16 | Gil Ronen
    More details emerged Tuesday morning regarding a secret recording of a meeting between ex-diplomat Alon Liel and about five central activists in Breaking the Silence, a group that besmirches the IDF abroad. The meeting took place in the Tel Aviv offices of Breaking the Silence – which receives funding from the New Israel Fund, among other sources – on December 17, 2015, and was recorded by a "secret agent" from nationalist group Ad Kan. According to Yifat Erlich of Yediot Aharonot, who saw the entire recording, Nadav Weiman, Breaking the Silence's coordinator of activists, started the conversation by explaining that...
  • Yet another UN peacekeeping force child sex ring uncovered

    01/12/2016 10:27:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/12/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Let’s just get one thing out of the way right up front here: when, if ever, are these stories going to stop? I feel like something of a monster for even putting these words into writing, but I don’t think I really even experienced any shock or sense of betrayal when I saw yet another headline at the Washington Post today recounting the story of more United Nations peacekeeping forces in Africa turning out to have been exploiting children for sex. It’s just become so commonplace now that it’s akin to reading about another meth lab being discovered on...
  • Report: The UN, Not the State Dept, Makes First Pick About Which Syrian Refugees Can Come to America

    01/11/2016 6:04:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    If Americans were already concerned about the U.S.'s vetting process for Syrian refugees, they're really not going to like to hear what a new report says about how those refugees are initially selected in the first place. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. relies on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to make first selections about who has the potential to come to America, as well as carry out the pre-screening process. "Out of the four million-plus registered Syrian refugees in the region, UNHCR has so far submitted 22,427 cases to the United States for...
  • Iran disputes UN finding that it worked on nuclear arms

    01/11/2016 3:07:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 4:56 PM EST | George Jahn
    Iran has rejected an assessment by the U.N. nuclear agency that it did past work on nuclear arms but is praising some aspects of the agency's investigation of the issue, reflecting satisfaction that the more than decade-long probe has ended. Closure of the file means that some questions about the alleged weapons work may never be resolved. Before the 35-nation board of the U.N's International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution last month ending the investigation, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the meeting that his investigation couldn't "reconstruct all the details of activities conducted by Iran in the past." But...
  • Netanyahu leading effort to thwart Obama bid for U.N. Chief

    01/11/2016 10:56:34 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 01/08/2016 | L. Todd Wood
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly is planning payback for President Obama's dismissing Mr. Netanyahu's objections to the Iran nuclear deal last year. Mr. Netanyahu is said to be rallying moderate Arabs to thwart Mr. Obama’s bid to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations after he leaves the White House next year. Mr. Obama has already discussed the issue with Republican, Democratic and Jewish officials in the United States, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. Mr. Netanyahu recently is said to have gotten wind of Obama’s plans which he calls the Obama Project. "Wasn't eight years of having Obama in...
  • Report: Netanyahu to lead effort in thwarting Obama bid for UN chief

    01/08/2016 12:21:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/8/16 | YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembers well just how US President Barack Obama brushed aside Israeli objections and went ahead with the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. Now, Netanyahu is reportedly planning some personal payback. According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, Netanyahu will make common cause with moderate Arab governments in order to sabotage Obama’s plan to succeed Ban Ki-moon when the South Korean diplomat ends his term as United Nations secretary-general on December 31 of this year. Al-Jarida quoted sources as saying that Obama has already discussed the issue of running for secretary-general with Democrats, Republicans, and Jewish officials in...
  • Google translated Russia to 'Mordor' in 'automated' error

    01/08/2016 6:21:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 January 2016 | BBC
    Google has fixed a bug in an online tool after it began translating "Russian Federation" to "Mordor". Mordor is the name of a fictional region nicknamed "Land of Shadow" in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. In addition, "Russians" was translated to "occupiers" and the surname of Sergey Lavrov, the country's Foreign Minister, to "sad little horse". The errors had been introduced to Google Translate's Ukrainian to Russian service automatically, Google said.
  • UN human rights investigator resigns after Israel refuses visa request

    01/04/2016 3:16:16 PM PST · by Lera · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/04/2016 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Israel is the only country for which the UNHRC has assigned a permanent special investigator. A United Nations special investigator into alleged Israeli human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories resigned Monday citing Israel’s two-year refusal to grant him a visa to the West Bank so he could see the situation first-hand. “I took up this mandate with the understanding that Israel would grant me access as an impartial and objective observer,” Makarim Wibisono said. Wibisono, of Indonesia, was appointed to the post of special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories in 2014. He replaced...
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Says He’s Spent Most ‘Time and Energy’ on Climate Change

    12/31/2015 1:42:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2015 | 10:59 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    One year before the end of his second and final term in office, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he has spent "most of my time and energy" at the helm of the global body focused on one issue -- climate change. "I have spent real passion ... and most of my time and energy on this issue," Ban told the Associated Press in an interview focusing on his work in that area, culminating in the recent Paris climate conference. And he told the wire service that climate change, including follow-through on the global deal reached in Paris, will remain...
  • $2,957,000,000: U.S. Taxpayers Will Fund Lion’s Share of UN Budget Again in 2016

    12/28/2015 7:42:36 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Patrick Goodenough
    American taxpayers will once again be liable for more than one-fifth of the United Nations' regular budget next year, as well as more than one-quarter of the much-larger peacekeeping budget - a total of approximately $2,957,000,000. The U.N. General Assembly just before Christmas approved a regular operating budget of $5.4 billion for the 2016-17 period. (That budget is calculated biannually.) Of the $2.7 billion earmarked for 2016, the U.S. will account for 22 percent, or $594 million. Of the separate peacekeeping budget - $8.27 billion for the year ending June 30 - the U.S. is liable for 28.5783 percent, or...
  • Evacuation of Damascus militants delayed after rebel leader killed

    12/26/2015 11:46:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Dec 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    A U.N.-brokered deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Saturday has been delayed after the killing of an insurgent leader, an organization that monitors the Syrian war said. The United Nations said it aimed to convene peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 25 to try to end nearly five years of civil war and it appealed to the warring parties not to allow events on the ground to derail the process. The evacuation from Damascus had been expected to take place early on Saturday but was delayed as there...
  • U.N. Brokered Deal For Buses to Ship Out 2,000 besieged ISIS fighters

    12/25/2015 9:42:35 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 25 Dec 2015
    Two thousand Syrian Islamist fighters are expected to be evacuated soon from besieged, rebel-held areas of southern Damascus in a deal brokered by the United Nations, a Hezbollah TV station said on Friday. The deal marks a success for the government of President Bashar al-Assad, increasing its chances of reasserting control over a strategic area just 4 km (2.5 miles) south of the center of the capital. It also highlights the increasing efforts of the U.N. and foreign governments to bring about local ceasefires and safe-passage agreements as steps toward the wider goal of ending Syria's civil war, in which...
  • Vatican Aligning Itself With Socialists For Population Control And Governmental Tyranny

    12/22/2015 10:08:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | December 22, 2015 | restore DC Catholicism
    About six months ago, I mentioned how Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) paved the way for socialists to influence Laudato Si. My remarks concerning Archer were rather perfunctory. Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute has released a piece in which he delves into Archer's past career, revealing her own Marxist mindset. He also exposes the same in several other members of the PASS. How is it that all these people, who espouse and promote ideologies at odds with Church teaching, were granted admittance to positions of influence? Remember the plane interview that the pope gave...
  • UN Officials Aghast at Unwarranted Reaction to Muslim Violence [semi-satire]

    12/20/2015 9:36:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2015 | John Semmens
    The UN's Adama Dieng, special adviser on the prevention of genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, special adviser on the responsibility to protect civilians warned against the unwarranted reactions of non-Muslims to recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. "Every religion has its own idiosyncratic beliefs and behaviors," Dieng pointed out. "What may seem bizarre, incomprehensible and inexcusable to one faith may be the epitome of devout observance to another. For Muslims it is important to show ones faith by taking up arms against unbelievers. For Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or whatever, to object evinces a shameful intolerance." Welsh concurred and...
  • UN Security Council Approves Resolution on Syrian Peace Process

    12/19/2015 12:12:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | December 18, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by the United States and Russia that endorses an international roadmap for a Syrian peace process. A resolution's text was hammered out at a New York hotel during a December 18 meeting of 20 foreign ministers that was convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura. The resolution calls on the United Nations to bring together representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and moderate opposition groups that have been fighting Assad's regime for nearly five years. It...
  • Rubio, Cruz and US Global Leadership

    12/18/2015 12:20:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 18, 2015 | Caroline Glick, Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project...
    At some point between 2006 and 2008, the American people decided to turn their backs on the world. Between the seeming futility of the war in Iraq and the financial collapse of 2008, Americans decided they'd had enough. In Barack Obama, they found a leader who could channel their frustration. Obama's foreign policy, based on denying the existence of radical Islam and projecting the responsibility for Islamic aggression on the US and its allies, suited their mood just fine. If America is responsible, then America can walk away. Once it is gone, so the thinking has gone, the Muslims will...
  • The Rise of ISIS in America

    12/17/2015 8:14:07 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The George Washington University Center on Extremism recently published a study on Islam-based extremism by sympathizers of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, Daesh, or as the Obama administration says, ISIL). The study's executive summary noted that this recent trend of "ISIS-related mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented." Some of the major findings from their report were the following: ~ 250 Americans have traveled to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS, or have tried to. ~ 900 active investigations against ISIS sympathizers in all 50 states. ~ 71 individuals have been charged with ISIS-related activities since March...
  • UN closes the books on decade-long nuclear probe of Iran

    12/15/2015 8:33:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2015 11:31 AM EST | George Jahn
    The U.N. nuclear agency closed the books Tuesday on its decade-long probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms, and Tehran proclaimed that it would implement commitments within weeks to cut back on present nuclear programs that could be used to make such weapons. The probe had to be formally ended as part of a deal between Iran and six nations that involves the removal of economic sanctions. A resolution was approved by consensus of the 35-nation board of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. The move means that some questions about the alleged weapons work may never be...
  • UN officials sickened by public hatred against Muslims

    12/14/2015 4:36:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2015 6:35 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Two senior U.N. officials said Monday they are "sickened by blatant manifestations of hatred and intolerance" by public figures and others, particularly against Muslims, in response to recent extremist attacks. Adama Dieng, the special adviser on the prevention of genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, the special adviser on the responsibility to protect civilians, said any "advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence" is prohibited by international human rights law and laws in many countries. In a joint statement, they denounced "the deliberate and dangerous spread of misinformation and the manipulation of people's fears...
  • American UN ambassador criticizes Israeli 'settlement growth'

    12/13/2015 8:33:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    inn ^ | 12/13/15 | Elad Benari
    The United States ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, spoke at the Haaretz Conference in New York on Sunday, where she criticized Israel for "continued settlement growth" and urged both Israelis and Palestinians to renew peace efforts. "We are under no illusion that achieving peace is easy - it takes tough choices by both sides," she said before criticizing both sides and adding that "we have not seen sufficient commitment from either side to create conditions for peace." Specifically with regards to Israel, Power claimed that "continued settlement growth raises questions about Israel’s long-term objectives," according to remarks quoted by...
  • U.S., Russia Spar Over Ukraine Conflict At UN Meeting

    12/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    T he United States and Russia traded accusations on December 11 over the conflict in Ukraine at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Russia delayed the meeting for an hour and a half with an attempt to block testimony by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, prompting Washington to accuse the Kremlin of trying to suppress public discussion of facts about Ukraine's war with pro-Russian separatists in the east. In the end, Simonovic spoke at the meeting despite protests from Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who said human rights discussions should take place in Geneva at...
  • Near unanimous UN support for Israel 'an important achievement'

    12/10/2015 4:06:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/15 | Raphael Poch
    In a rare turn of events, Israel received almost unanimous support at the United Nations last week for its proposal to further the dissemination of agricultural and farming technology to developing African nations. Despite of the humanitarian nature of the proposal, it was met with vehement opposition from representatives of Arab nations, including some that will be helped by the proposal. Regardless of the aid the proposal would provide to African countries who are suffering from drought and malnutrition, Arab nations, some of whom sit on the United Nations human rights council, did not vote in favor of the proposal...
  • Trump’s ‘Racist’ Entry Restriction Policy Not Novel, But Response Is

    12/09/2015 5:54:23 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 27 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    With the country, and now, slowly parts of the rest of the world, in a state of outrage over presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statement to cut off immigration and visits by foreign Muslims to the U.S., it is worth noting that Trump is not the first major figure to suggest that a certain class of humans be barred from entry into a country. Of the following examples, however, there are two significant differences between Trump’s call and that of all the others. See if you can come up with the two differences by the end of this article. First,...
  • Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

    12/08/2015 10:19:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 8, 2015; Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I thought I could just let it pass...but I can't. On 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at 7 pm climate-change zealots will be allowed to project a light show entitled "Illuminating Our Common Home” onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in order to "educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class," a press release states. On the opening of the Year of Mercy? Why not rent out the Sistine chapel too, while they're at it? The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building. This is a non-sacred use - in fact...
  • UN believes Iran worked on developing nuclear weapons

    12/02/2015 5:00:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2015 7:14 PM EST | George Jahn
    Iran did work related to developing nuclear arms in the past, the U.N. atomic agency concluded in a report Wednesday that wraps up a near decade of investigations and opens the way to implementing a landmark deal aimed at reducing any future nuclear threat from Tehran. Iran has consistently denied any interest in nuclear arms or past work on such weapons, and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqhchi told Iranian television that the International Atomic Energy Agency report "confirms the peaceful nature" Iran's nuclear program. But the report contested that view and came down on the side of U.S. allegations,...