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  • Thousands march in Brussels against U.N. migration pact

    12/17/2018 9:21:19 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    Reueters ^ | 12/17/18 | Staff
    Thousands of people marched in Brussels on Sunday against a U.N. pact aimed at fostering cooperation on migration, eclipsing a smaller demonstration in support of the deal, the signing of which brought down Belgium’s government last week. Police said some 5,500 people marched in the bigger protest, organized by Flemish right wing parties in the part of the capital where main European Union institutions are located. A separate counter-demonstration of around 1,000 people, organized by left-wing groups and non-governmental organizations, took place in the city center. Belgian right-wing N-VA, which is the biggest party in parliament, pulled its ministers from...
  • Germany mulls crackdown on social media bots

    12/16/2018 2:14:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.16.2018 | dj/rc (AFP, dpa)
    Many German lawmakers were flooded with messages during the recent debate on the UN migration pact, in what appeared to be the work of social media bots, said Ralph Brinkhaus, the head of the parliamentary group of the ruling conservative CDU party. The emails “often had same blocs of texts”, Brinkhaus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview published on Sunday. “But most of all, this wave of untruths and defamation was unleashed online and on social media,” he added, urging a series of measures to fight disinformation. On social media, a “bot” is a label used for automated programs...
  • They lied: The UN Migration Pact IS legally binding and could be valid FOR ALL countries

    12/15/2018 6:49:41 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 69 replies
    They lied. For months proponents of the UN Migration Pact told us that the pact was non-binding. The response to the many citizens of nation states worldwide having signed country specific petitions was that it was non-binding so there was nothing to worry about, it was going to be good. The immensely opposed and disastrous document declares unlimited migration to be treated as a human right, thereby deprecating the term ‘illegal migrants’, and criminalises any criticism of migration as hate speech. The points that raised alarm for most was that it seeks to eliminate all forms of dissent. Media organisations...
  • Climate change talks agree details to implement Paris deal

    12/15/2018 1:39:50 PM PST · by goldstategop · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/15/2018 | N/A
    Nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. After marathon talks in Katowice, Poland, the rulebook was approved unanimously on Saturday evening. The agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C. The final session was delayed by more than 30 hours amid an ongoing stand-off over carbon markets to reduce emissions. Some accused the hosts of not shepherding the agreement through.
  • How a World Order Ends And What Comes in Its Wake

    12/14/2018 8:08:11 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    foreignaffairs.com ^ | 12/14/2018 | Richard Haass
    A stable world order is a rare thing. When one does arise, it tends to come after a great convulsion that creates both the conditions and the desire for something new. It requires a stable distribution of power and broad acceptance of the rules that govern the conduct of international relations. It also needs skillful statecraft, since an order is made, not born. And no matter how ripe the starting conditions or strong the initial desire, maintaining it demands creative diplomacy, functioning institutions, and effective action to adjust it when circumstances change and buttress it when challenges come. Eventually, inevitably,...
  • Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

    12/10/2018 9:01:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2018 | Amira El Masaiti and Jamey Keaten
    Defying fierce opposition from the United States and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of the countries at the U.N. agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has proven to be a pivotal test of the U.N.-led effort to crack down on the often dangerous and illegal movements across borders that have turned people smuggling into a booming worldwide industry. “Unregulated migration bears a terrible human cost: a cost in lives lost on perilous journeys across deserts, oceans...
  • Breaking: Trump Announces Nikki's Haley's Replacement For US Ambassador to UN

    12/07/2018 8:34:12 AM PST · by rktman · 46 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/7/2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    President Trump on Friday announced that he is nominating Heather Nauert to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations. She "has done a great job working with Mike Pompeo and others at the State Department," he told reporters. "She's very talented, very smart, very quick and I think she's going to be respected by all." Nauert, 48, is the acting under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Before joining the State Department she worked as an anchor for Fox News and correspondent for ABC News.
  • UNAIDS plagued by 'failed' leadership: expert report

    12/07/2018 7:23:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    UNAIDS, under fire over a mishandled sexual assault investigation, suffers from “a broken organizational culture,” where leaders fail “to accept responsibility” and fear among staff is rampant, an expert report said Friday. The Independent Expert Report was created by UNAIDS’ oversight body following a public uproar triggered by the agency’s handling of sexual assault allegations against former deputy executive director Luiz Loures. The findings, based on dozens of interviews and hundreds of staff surveys, said the agency tasked with coordinating the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is led by a secretariat engulfed in “a crisis which threatens its vital...
  • U.S. fails to win enough support at U.N. to condemn Hamas

    12/06/2018 7:17:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | December 6, 2018 6:47 PM | Michelle Nichols
    A U.S. attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly. The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight. The U.S. text received 87 votes in favor, 58 against, 32 abstentions and 16 countries did not vote. In an earlier procedural move requested by Kuwait, the 193-member body narrowly voted to require two-thirds support and not a simple majority for adoption of the draft resolution. Outgoing U.S....
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • LIST OF 18 Countries Currently Rejecting #UN #MigrationCompact

    12/05/2018 5:23:08 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 14 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/02/2018 | Manny_Ottawa ‏
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  • Bush came as close to the ideal of the presidential office as anyone in our lifetimes has(?)

    12/02/2018 1:51:16 PM PST · by rktman · 150 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/2/2018 | Dan Quayle
    Our 41st president was the most honorable, decent and capable of gentlemen—as close to the ideal of the office as anyone in our lifetimes. If you’re looking for a role model, I told my children when they were growing up, start with George Bush.
  • U-turns on Global Compact ‘reflect poorly’ on countries concerned: senior UN migration official

    12/01/2018 9:58:19 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    U.N. News ^ | 27 November 2018 | Louise Arbour
    In an exclusive interview with UN News, Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, said on Tuesday that the stated intention of several countries (including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria) to pull out of the Global Compact for migration has seriously affected the spirit of multilateralism. Ms. Arbour pointed out that the text was agreed following extensive negotiations – involving all Member States apart from the United States – that lasted for months, during which each country advanced their own interests and extracted concessions from others, adding: “I think it reflects very poorly on those who...
  • George H.W. Bush dies at 94.

    11/30/2018 8:59:05 PM PST · by Pelham · 274 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-30-2018 | WaPo Staff
    Politics George H.W. Bush dies at 94. The 41st president of the United States helped guide the world out of a four-decade Cold War. By Washington Post Staff November 30 at 11:52 PM Bush was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993. The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, Bush came to be seen as a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation...
  • Measles cases rise 30 percent worldwide: UN

    11/30/2018 9:42:44 AM PST · by JonPreston · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 11/29/18 | Ben Simon
    Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 percent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high, the UN said Thursday. The World Health Organization said the worrying trend of resurgent measles cases was a near global phenomenon, but the causes varied among regions.
  • Hamas seeks assistance from the UN

    11/28/2018 10:45:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 11/29/18 06:43 | Elad Benari
    Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of the Hamas terrorist organization, on Wednesday night wrote a letter to the United Nations General Assembly president, Maria Fernanda Spinosa, in response to the US and Israel’s efforts against Hamas in the UN. The United States has been leading a push at the United Nations to win backing from European countries for a resolution condemning Hamas. The General Assembly is expected to vote in the coming days on the proposed resolution, which will condemn rocket firings into Israel and demand that Hamas end its use of violence. […] Israel’s Ambassador to...
  • U.N. reaffirms refugees' right to seek asylum in U.S.

    11/28/2018 2:50:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 27, 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay,Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States to obtain sanctuary there, U.N. agencies said in a fresh attempt to shield migrants from tough U.S. immigration policies. United Nations officials have repeatedly urged Washington to ensure asylum seekers are protected, but U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Mexico should send migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their home countries. U.S. authorities fired tear gas canisters toward migrants in Mexico - near the border crossing separating Tijuana from San Diego, California - on...
  • UN accuses Italy of anti-migrant “smear campaign,” fostering “climate of hate”

    11/27/2018 1:25:09 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 22 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | NOV 27, 2018 | BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    Italy has stood against the hijrah, and is now being demonized as hateful and exclusionary for doing so by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is the standard accusation against any country which resists Islamization. The UN is on an aggressive campaign to force Western nations to accept open borders. It devised the UN Migration Plan, which would hand over border control of sovereign states to the UN. The U.S., Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Australia have withdrawn from the Plan, and Italy will likely follow. ================================================================================= “UN says Italy ‘criminalising’ NGOs,” ANSA, November 26, 2018:The UN...
  • Supreme Court reins in the feds' land grab for endangered species

    11/27/2018 9:42:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The federal government can’t designate land as a habitat for an endangered species on the mere prospect that the species might eventually move there, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, delivering a victory to property owners. In a unanimous ruling the justices rejected the federal government’s attempt to designate roughly 1,500 acres in Louisiana as critical space for the dusky gopher frog.
  • Trump is considering this former Senate candidate to replace Nikki Haley at the UN: report

    11/26/2018 8:25:52 PM PST · by TBP · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 26, 2018 | Aaron Colen
    With Nikki Haley stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering former Michigan Senate candidate and Iraq War veteran John James to fill the post, according to Bloomberg. Haley surprisingly announced her resignation in early October, possibly to pursue greater income opportunities in the private sector. Trump praised Haley’s service at the time, and said there were “many names” of potential replacements to consider. Who is John James? James ran for Senate in Michigan, losing 52 percent to 46 percent against Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow....