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  • US set to announce departure from UN Human Rights Council: reports

    06/19/2018 11:37:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.19.2018 | es/aw (AFP, AP, Reuters)
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will tell the organization on Tuesday evening at a joint press conference in Washington that their nation plans to leave its main human rights body, UN officials have confirmed. The announcement would come just one day after the UNHRC condemned the Trump administration for its policy of separating children from the families at the US-Mexico border. Haley had already threatened the exit, citing concerns that the council is biased against Israel. She said that the UNHRC was a “forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion,” that included major human...
  • U.S. to pull out of U.N. human rights body: source

    06/19/2018 10:48:36 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Jun 2018 | Lesley Wroughton, Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters. The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the main U.N. rights body and had long threatened to quit if it was not reformed, accusing the 47-member Geneva-based body of being anti-Israel. Reuters reported last week that activists and diplomats said talks with the United States on reforms had failed to meet Washington’s demands, suggesting that...
  • Nikki Haley is killing it at the United Nations

    06/17/2018 5:43:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is just about killing it at the global body. In recent remarks to the General Assembly, Haley first condemned the anti-Israel faction of the bunch for using the global body for politics, not peace promotion. And then, dramatically enough, she brought to vote a U.S.-penned measure that explicitly faulted Hamas for violence at the Gaza border — a measure that was tacked on as an amendment to an anti-Israel resolution and that actually received the thumbs-up from the majority of the voting parties. Did you get that? It actually received a majority...
  • US to finally withdraw from wildly misnamed UN Human Rights Council

    06/16/2018 5:27:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2018 | Rick Moran
    A report published by Reuters says the U.S. will finally withdraw completely from the misnamed U.N. Human Rights Commission. A diplomatic source told Reuters that the withdrawal was "not a question of if but of when." The Hill: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has clashed with the council over its treatment of Israel and has repeatedly voted against U.N. measures that were critical of that country. Most recently, the U.S. and Australia were only two members to vote against a proposal to investigate Israel's alleged use of excessive force in Gaza. Haley has criticized the council over what she called a "chronic...
  • How Nikki Haley brought Trump's maximum pressure campaign down on North Korea at UN Security Council

    06/14/2018 6:14:43 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Fox News | June 2018 | Bill Evansky
    “Ambassador Haley’s diplomacy behind the scenes, in particular with the Chinese ambassador here, as well as the Russian ambassador, made it very, very clear that we were not kidding around,” the official said. “We were literally just one more provocation away from some kind of a military action that would bring great harm to the entire region, and that the threat we perceived from North Korea’s development was no longer theoretical by any means.” Wachtel said that in refusing “to accept the obstructionist position of her recalcitrant Russian and Chinese counterparts, Ambassador Haley made it clear that the U.S. was...
  • Netanyahu praises Nikki Haley for strong defense of Israel at U.N.

    06/13/2018 8:30:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 2018 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised US ambassador Nikki Haley for Wednesday night her spirited defense of Israel in the U.N. and her efforts to get an amendment to the resolution added that would condemn Hamas violence. "Israel appreciates the firm support of the Trump administration in Israel at the United Nations and Ambassador Haley's resolute statement today, which exposed the hypocrisy of the bias against Israel at the U.N.,” he said in a statement
  • Germany elected to UN Security Council

    06/09/2018 5:24:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.08.2018 | dm/kms (dpa, AP)
    Germany was voted onto the United Nations Security Council for the sixth time on Friday, after it secured a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly. The place was effectively guaranteed going into the vote: Germany and Belgium ran unopposed for the two spots in the Western European and Others category. Israel was initially also in the running, but withdrew its bid last month. Germany received 184 votes from the 190 cast ballots. […] In a tweet, the German Foreign Office in Berlin said: “We are looking forward to this huge task and responsibility. Many thanks to all those who placed...
  • Jerusalem a factor as Ecuador minister beats Honduran for UNGA presidency

    06/06/2018 7:03:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger
    www.timesofisrael.com ^ | 06/06/2018 | By Edith M. Lederer
    Honduras's support for US embassy move thought to play role in Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces winning contested vote and becoming only fourth woman to head General Assembly The UN General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly elected Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces as its next president, making her only the fourth woman to lead the 193-member world body in its 73-year history. She defeated another woman — Honduras’ UN Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake — by 128-62 with two abstentions in the secret-ballot vote. Honduras’s and Ecuador’s diverging stances on a resolution condemning the US for moving its embassy to...
  • The United Nations says Trump is making life harder for the poor

    06/03/2018 9:19:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 3, 2018 | Amanda Erickson
    The United Nations has never been shy about attacking the United States. In recent years, U.N. officials accused the Obama administration of failing to address police brutality and sexual assault in the military. After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year, the U.N. team tasked with monitoring the implementation of the global convention against discrimination called on high-level U.S. politicians and public officials to unequivocally reject racial hate speech. Also last year, the world body called President Trump's attacks on the media "dangerous." Now, a top human rights investigator is criticizing the United States for failing the poor. Philip...
  • America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert

    06/03/2018 8:13:19 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Jun 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found. Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty, called on U.S. authorities to provide solid social protection and address underlying problems, rather than "punishing and imprisoning the poor". In a report, Alston said that as welfare benefits and access to health insurance were being slashed, President Donald Trump's tax reform awarded "financial windfalls" to the mega-rich and large companies,...
  • US vetoes UN resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

    06/02/2018 3:26:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwaiti-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, underlining Washington's differences with friends and foes alike over the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Later, a second, US-drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. Blasting the council majority, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the two votes showed it was willing to blame Israel and unwilling to blame Hamas, the Islamist group that...
  • UN: US inequality reaching a dangerous level due to Trump's 'cruel' measures

    Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned. Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the state of America today. Trump is steering the country towards a “dramatic change of direction” that is rewarding the rich and punishing the poor by blocking access even to the most meager necessities. “This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare...
  • Anger Spreads as Syria Leads Global Disarmament Body

    05/29/2018 9:55:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/28/2018 | Nick Cumming-Bruce
    The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons, barrel bombs and torture against its own people during a seven-year civil war. On Monday, it took up the rotating presidency of the United Nations-backed Conference on Disarmament. The move was met with outrage from Western governments, but there was little they could do to prevent Syria from taking over the world’s only permanent multilateral body for negotiating arms control agreements for four weeks.
  • Utah Sen. Lee targeting powers of BLM, Forest Service ( Dan Love vs Cliven Bundy .. )

    05/21/2018 5:51:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 21, 2018 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Dan Love .. led Operation Cerberus ... Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wants to rein in the law enforcement authority of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service and is crafting legislation he says will either restrict or abolish their authority. Lee said Monday he aims to hem in powers he says were never envisioned under the Federal Land Management Policy Act of 1976. "Our federal land management agencies have drifted far from their intended purposes.. The BLM has expanded its operations far from public lands." ... The senator added federal land agencies exercise police powers on private land...
  • Colonel Richard Kemp: UN Encourages Terrorism Against Israel

    05/21/2018 4:15:35 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 21, 2018 | Joel Leyden
    Colonel Richard Kemp: UN Encourages Terrorism Against Israel By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — May 21, 2018 … Speech made by Colonel Richard Kemp at the emergency session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation in Gaza on 18 May 2018. Col. Kemp, decorated for his bravery with the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, tells the United Nations Human Rights Council: “Your failure to admit Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt encourages their violence and use of human shields, makes you complicit in further bloodshed.” VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED AT: http://israelnewsagency.com/un-terrorism-gaza-hamas-iran-jihad-human-rights-israel-idf/...
  • Lindsey Graham Says Kim Jong Un Should Meet With Trump If He Wants to 'Survive

    05/17/2018 1:48:34 PM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/17/2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a message for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Wednesday during an interview with Fox’s Martha McCallum. “Here’s what’s crazy,” Graham said, “to keep building ICBMs that can deliver a nuclear weapon to America and believe that Donald Trump won’t do anything about it, that probably worked with Obama but I’m here to tell North Korea that our president has drawn a red line.” “If you keep threatening the American homeland with a nuclear weapon we’re going to destroy your regime,” he warned. “It's that simple.” “So if you want to survive, Kim Jong Un,...
  • U.S. blocks call for probe of Gaza violence

    05/14/2018 4:48:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 15 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva 7) ^ | May 15, 2018 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, diplomats said, according to an AFP report. "The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest," read a draft of the statement, a copy of which was seen by the news agency.
  • United Nations Quietly Pushes International Gun Control

    05/14/2018 5:46:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/14/2018 | Beth Bauman
    The United Nations' International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is finishing up their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. According to IANSA, the goal of the week-long meeting is "for us to advocate collectively for an end to illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons." Under the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA), governments agreed to improve national small arms laws, import/export controls, and stockpile management – and to engage in cooperation and assistance. In 2005 they also adopted...
  • 5-year-old girl suffers serious injuries in Colorado bear attack

    05/13/2018 12:34:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    Scripps Media ^ | May 13, 2018 | Blair Miller
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A 5-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear overnight in east Orchard Mesa. The girl had gone outside around 2:30 a.m. early Sunday to investigate noises she thought were being made by her dog, the girl’s mother told Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. But the girl’s mother heard her daughter screaming and went outside to see a “large black bear” dragging her daughter, CPW officials said. The bear dropped the girl after her mother screamed at it. Their home is in the east Orchard Mesa area, above the Colorado River corridor,...
  • UN nuclear watchdog’s chief inspector resigns without explanation

    05/11/2018 8:16:49 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 47 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/11/2018 | AFP
    VIENNA, Austria — The chief inspector of the UN’s nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resigned Friday, a spokesperson for the agency said. No reason was given for Tero Varjoranta’s sudden departure, which comes days after US President Donald Trump took America out of the deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program.