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  • UN's Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    No country would accept rockets raining down on its civilians, and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Ban, who arrived in Israel as part of his effort – together with US Secretary of State John Kerry – to broker a cease-fire, said at a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the UN position was clear: “We condemn strongly the rocket attacks, and these must stop immediately.” Furthermore, he said, “we condemn the use of civilian sites, schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities for...
  • UN chief arrives in Israel, but no cease-fire expected

    07/22/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Barak Ravid
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to land in Israel 2 P.M. Tuesday in an attempt to push for progress on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Ban's attempts to secure an hours-long humanitarian cease-fire over the course of the morning failed, however, after Israel rejected the proposal. Immediately after landing in Israel, Ban will be taken to the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he will meet with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ban and Netanyahu are expected to hold a press conference at 4 P.M., after which Ban will head to Ramallah...
  • Diplomat: UN Gave Hamas Rockets to the Palestinian Government

    07/21/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    United Nations officials handed Hamas missiles found last week in a U.N.-run school in Gaza to the Palestinian government, according to a Western diplomat familiar with the case who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. At least 20 rockets were discovered last week in a Gaza school run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates several schools in Gaza and elsewhere. Israeli officials claimed on Sunday that the weapons were given back to Hamas, but Western sources familiar with the case say that they were turned over to “local authorities” working under the Palestinian unity government
  • UN Chief: Gaza is “An Open Wound’

    07/20/2014 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2014, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Sunday to “exercise maximum restraint” and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, AFP reports. He also condemned what he called the “atrocious action” of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, where 62 people were killed in an Israeli attack on Hamas terrorists. […] “Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now,” said Ban, adding that beyond a ceasefire the “root causes of the conflict” must be addressed. …
  • Christians in Imminent Danger Across the World Are Refused Refugee Status While Muslim

    07/19/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlus Shrugs ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    US policy regarding the UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution. It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which...
  • UN Committee Demands Change in Irish Abortion Law

    07/17/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The UN’s Committee on Human Rights has condemned Ireland’s ban on abortion as “unacceptable cruelty,” and demanded liberalization of the law. Following testimony by several pro-abortion organizations, the UN committee pressed Irish justice minister Frances Fitzgerald to defend the country’s law, with one member claiming, inaccurately, that under existing international law, legal access to abortion is “an absolute right.”
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • The UN Plot to Confiscate American Guns

    07/17/2014 12:40:06 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 21 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | July 17 2014 | Dave Hodges
    UN Document Or Not, the Plot to Disarm America Is Commencing The evidence is mounting that Obama and his colleagues at the United Nations are preparing for complete gun confiscation of civilian-owned American guns. There is a new document, previously held secret, which has surfaced and clearly signals the intention of the United Nations to engage in gun confiscation in the relatively near future. The document is damning, however, the existence of the document is not even needed to prove the point that there is a major confrontation, brewing between the American people and an international peace-keeping UN force, right...
  • UN finds Hamas rockets hidden in Gaza school building during ceasefire

    07/17/2014 11:55:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 17 2014 | The Right Scoop
    While the short-live ceasefire was in effect, the United Nations went into Gaza and ended up confirming one of Israel’s claims, that Hamas does indeed store rockets in school buildings: DC EXAMINER – A United Nations agency, over the course of doing relief work on Wednesday, found rockets being stored in one of its schools in Gaza, providing further evidence of Israel’s claims that Palestinian terrorists have been using civilian areas to store and fire rockets. “[I]n the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,”...
  • 20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza

    07/17/2014 9:06:22 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    The Times of Isreal ^ | July 17,2014 | RAPHAEL AHREN
    Some 20 rockets were found Wednesday in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization confirmed Thursday. The weapons were found in “the course of the regular inspection of its premises,” UNRWA said in a statement, adding that the school was vacant. “UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement read. The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use...
  • Israel Accepts UN Request for Six-Hour 'Humanitarian Ceasefire'

    07/16/2014 12:19:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israel has accepted a request by UN envoy Robert Serry to enact a six-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" starting Thursday morning. Serry submitted the request to both the Israeli government and Hamas on Wednesday evening in order to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip; while Israel accepted immediately, Hamas has yet to respond. It comes as efforts continue to broker a more long-term truce after Hamas rejected an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement Tuesday morning, and responded by escalating its rocket fire against Israeli civilians. One Israeli man, 38-year-old father of three Dror Hanin, was killed in a mortar attack near the Erez...
  • UN Chief Warns Against Ground Operation in Gaza

    07/13/2014 7:53:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/14 | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday night urged Israel to scrap plans for a ground operation in Gaza, saying that "too many" Palestinian Arab civilians have been killed, AFP reported. Repeating his call for a ceasefire, the secretary-general said he "feels a sense of responsibility for the Palestinians who, especially in the Gaza Strip, have long been denied the sense of freedom and dignity that they deserve," according to a statement released by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The situation in Gaza "appears to be worsening," Ban said, noting that the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire had...
  • Are Beck and Company Funding Lawlessness in the Name of Jesus

    07/12/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 353 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Glenn Beck has set up Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund to help illegals coming into the United States. He’s already raised $600,000. Beck stated that Obama would not have to step in and ask for $3.7 billion if private charities would pick up the slack and give to the swarm of illegals crossing the border.Is he kidding?  Do we really need more churches and non-profits enabling this blatant attack on America? Rich people and liberal elite billionaires have no skin in the game when it comes to the consequences of illegal immigration so what do they care?It’s the working...
  • U.N. evacuates dozens of foreign staff from Libya

    07/11/2014 5:06:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:35am EDT | Feras Bosalum
    The United Nations has evacuated dozens of foreign staff from its mission in Libya due to a deteriorating security situation in the North African country, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday. “They will return if the security situation improves,” said Samir Ghattas, spokesman for the U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), without saying how many had left the country. Libya has been in a state of near constant turmoil for three years, with successive governments struggling for legitimacy and unable to tame various armed groups that helped overthrow veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but are now defying state authority....
  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    07/11/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Heilprin
    Israel’s air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Friday. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law. […] Pillay says she’s seen for herself in Gaza how traumatic the airstrikes and rocket attacks are for civilians, particularly children. Her office says civilians bear the brunt of the conflict...
  • UN pushes for migrants to be called refugees

    07/08/2014 2:03:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Alberto Arce and Marcos Aleman
    United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees. …
  • UN recognizes gay marriages for staffers

    07/07/2014 1:16:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:43 PM EDT
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations is recognizing the gay marriages of all its staffers. Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday. …
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • United Nations Seeks US-based Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Specialists

    06/24/2014 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    United Nations Career Opportunities page: Posting Title: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P4 Job Code Title: DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER Department/ Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations Duty Station: NEW YORK According to the United Nations information page on ‘DDR’ operations, the New York post will involve various aspects related to the process by which a governing organization would confiscate firearms, all of which target what the U.N. calls “small arms.”
  • Syria Asks UN to Take Action Against Israel

    06/22/2014 10:12:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/6/14 | Elad Benari
    Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, on Sunday asked the United Nations to take actions against Israel, claiming it violated the 1974 ceasefire agreement in the Golan Heights. According to Syria’s SANA news agency, Mekdad spoke with the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, who is visiting Syria to inspect the status of the peacekeeping force in Syria. Mekdad reportedly cited Israel’s “direct ties with terrorist groups” and its attack in Syria in March. Syria uses the term “terrorists” when referring to the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. .....
  • Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

    06/22/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies
    AlJezeera ^ | June 22, 2014 12:51PM ET | by Peter Moskowitz @ptrmsk
    Detroit has too much of some things – stray dogs, abandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills. The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt. The announcement sparked outrage among activists groups, who say the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is going after the city’s most vulnerable citizens to shore up its bottom...
  • UN Chief 'Concerned' Over Israeli Arrests of Terrorists

    06/22/2014 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/6/14 | Elad Benari
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed “solidarity” with the families of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but also hit out at Israel for arresting Hamas terrorists as part of its operation to locate the three teens. In a statement outlining Ban’s conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the day before, the UN chief stressed “the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and the increased violence and mass arrests in the West Bank.” According to the statement, in Saturday’s phone call with Netanyahu, Ban “conveyed his sympathy for...
  • Israel Says UN Envoy Serry Tried to Funnel Cash to Hamas

    06/21/2014 3:22:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/6/14 | Ido Ben Porat, Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is demanding the eviction of UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry from Israel, on suspicion that he has been trying to assist Hamas. Liberman intends to declare Serry persona non grata, the most serious form of censure which a country can apply to foreign diplomats. Channel 2 reported that the Foreign Ministry has received information according to which Serry is attempting to transfer millions of dollars to Hamas. Serry reportedly asked Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas to transfer $20 million from Qatar to Gaza – a request Abbas turned down. He then asked Israel to be...
  • Into the fray: Israel’s loony, lethal Left

    06/20/2014 12:54:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/19/2014 22:55 | Martin Sherman
    Since signing the Oslo agreement in 1993, Israel has made a series of astounding concessions, which did nothing but produce further Palestinian demands for even more far-reaching concessions. Indeed, as Jonathan Tobin rightly points out (Commentary, June, 16), the claim that “Israelis have blocked all other paths for the Palestinians except violence…is, to put it bluntly, a lie. It is the Palestinian Arabs who have consistently and repeatedly rejected offers of peace and statehood…” In an opinion piece “Terror apologists blame Israel for abduction”, Yedioth Aharonot’s Ben Dror Yemini, echoed Tobin’s assessment. …
  • U.N. chief (Ban Ki Moon) warns against airstrikes on militants in Iraq

    06/20/2014 9:19:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq could be counter-productive unless moves were made to create an inclusive government.
  • UN ‘Unsure’ If Kidnapping Really Happened (Israeli students by Hamas)

    06/18/2014 2:09:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 6/18/2014, 8:46 AM | Ari Yashar
    A spokesperson for United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday night that the UN has no “concrete evidence” that Eyal Yifrah, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gilad Sha'ar, 16, were “actually” kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday. The spokesperson, Farhan Haq, was quoted by Voice of Israel public radio as saying the UN does not have an independent investigative unit that could confirm the kidnapping. Making Haq’s words more confusing is the fact that Ban already condemned the kidnapping on Saturday, noting particularly that two of the kidnapped Israeli students are minors. …
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • Russia to submit draft U.N. resolution on Ukraine

    06/12/2014 7:46:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:38am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia plans to submit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council to put pressure on Ukraine to implement a "road map" to peace, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.
  • UN Taps Israel Critic for Top Human Rights Post Experts concerned about continued anti-Israel

    06/09/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/9/14 | Adam Kredo
    The United Nations has tapped as its next High Commissioner for Human Rights a Jordanian prince who has said that Palestinian suicide bombings are “no less horrific” than Israel’s efforts to prevent civilians from terror attacks. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced over the weekend that he has nominated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, a member of Jordan’s royal family and its current UN ambassador, as the next high commissioner, a senior official who monitors human rights across the globe. The post has been used in the past as a bully pulpit to target Israel for criticism over its...
  • UPDATE 5-Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva -U.S.

    06/07/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Jun 8, 2014 12:27am IST
    The United States said on Saturday it will send its No. 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, will head a U.S. delegation. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff. The...
  • GAZPROM: Activists painted fence near Bulgaria Parliament of "Vaughn, servants of Gazprom!" 2 VIDEOS

    06/07/2014 6:54:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Bulgarian media report: activists painted the fence near the Parliament of Bulgaria inscriptions "Vaughn, servants of Gazprom!". Action against the attempts of certain political forces in Bulgaria to resume participation in the Russian "Southern stream". Two protesters arrested at 12:0 am. The link below is a video of the protest and detentions. Thank you sweet friends! We are now seeing who really supports Ukraine and who's just pretending. http://noresharski.com/zad-rzhaha-dvama-za-aktsiyata-v-n-slugi-na-gazprom-video/ (Translated by Bing) Detained two of the action "Out, servants of Gazprom" (video) Posted on 06/06/2014 | no comments Noresharski TV Highlights Two members of the protest network were arrested by...
  • UN, EU back Palestinian unity government

    06/04/2014 12:21:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    The European Union and United Nations on Tuesday offered public backing for the Palestinian unity government sworn in a day earlier in Ramallah. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said during a meeting with PM Rami Hamdallah that the UN backs the unity government and hopes it will meet the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank Gaza and East Jerusalem. Hamdallah assured Serry that the government would commit to all previous agreements signed by the PLO. The office of the EU High Representative said in a statement that the government was an “important step in...
  • UN Chief Welcomes Hamas-Fatah Government

    06/03/2014 2:31:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2014, 11:50 PM | Elad Benari
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Tuesday the formation of the new Palestinian “unity government” which includes the Hamas terrorist group. In a statement, Ban expressed hope that new opportunities for progress towards a two-State solution with Israel will emerge soon, saying the UN had received assurances that the Hamas-Fatah deal would be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence. …
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • GOP: Water rule is murky. EPA is urged to make revisions

    05/30/2014 6:48:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Herald ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mary Bowerman
    Members of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives urged the Environmental Protection Agency to go back to the drawing board on a proposed rule aimed at clarifying bodies of water that fall under the Clean Water Act. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to define what “waters of the United States” fall under federal jurisdiction. The rule would include smaller bodies of water including streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains that may have access to larger bodies of water. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule since its inception, saying the...
  • Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

    05/23/2014 2:31:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | May 23, 2014
    United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Credit: UN Photo/John Isaac. Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the Convention Against Torture.” The U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture released an advanced unedited...
  • UN accused of 'knee-jerk' reaction to Israel over video of Palestinian deaths

    05/21/2014 11:25:03 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    CBC News ^ | 5/21/14 | Mark Gollom
    Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs defends Israel's investigative processes The head of a Canadian Jewish advocacy group is slamming the United Nations over its "knee-jerk" reaction to a video that human rights groups claim shows two unarmed Palestinian teenagers being shot by Israeli soldiers. "Frankly, Israel really doesn't need to take instructions from the UN about the proper followup to incidents involving fatalities," Shimon Fogel, head of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, told CBC News. "There's a long established process by which every such incident is thoroughly investigated by an arm's length body within the national policing...
  • UN Warns Somalia on Verge of Humanitarian Crisis

    05/19/2014 4:55:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Sun ^ | MAY 19, 2014
    Somalia could experience massive humanitarian crises against a backdrop of dwindling funds to support life-saving interventions, a senior UN relief official for Somalia said on Monday. Humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, told a news conference in Nairobi that Somalia risked drifting into a humanitarian crisis due to fragile food situation, a spike in diseases and insecurity. “The humanitarian needs in Somalia remain vast based on credible assessment on the ground. An estimated two million people are grappling with food stress, malnutrition and communicable diseases,” said Lazzarini. He warned that the humanitarian crises experienced in 2011 could repeat itself in...
  • German Govt Falsifies Climate Report Translation To Hide Green Policy Failure

    05/19/2014 1:44:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 5/19/2014 | M.E. SYNON
    The German Ministry of Environment has falsified the conclusions of a UN climate change report in the German-language version released last week, in an attempt to hide the fact that the country's 'green policies' are useless. The ministry’s four-page summary of the report contains outright contradictions and falsifications of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations, apparently made to hide UN criticism of the way the German government has turned emissions-trading into a cash cow for futile renewable energy projects. Die Welt said on Sunday that parts of the thousands of pages-long English-language report which the ministry found embarrassing were...
  • U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians

    05/19/2014 12:38:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2014 3:30pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeeping missions routinely avoid using force to protect civilians who are under attack, intervening in only 20 percent of cases despite being authorized to do so by the U.N. Security Council, an internal U.N. study found. "There is a persistent pattern of peacekeeping operations not intervening with force when civilians are under attack," the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services said. "Peacekeepers are absent from many locations when civilians come under attack, and when they are present, are unable or unwilling to prevent serious physical harm from being inflicted," the 26-page report said. :snip:...
  • NATO Secretary-General believes that because of the Crimea Russia can no longer be believed

    05/17/2014 2:25:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 36 replies
    InfoResist ^ | 10 hours ago | InforResist
    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen believes that no one will longer believe Russian guarantees of security. He said about this on a press conference in Bucharest, where he arrived to commemorate an anniversary of Romania’s accession to the Alliance, reports Radio Svoboda. The Head of NATO stated that in 1994, where an international agreement was reached about the non-nuclear status of Ukraine, Russia as one of the participant of the agreement pledged to support Ukrainian sovereignty. However, after the annexation of the Crimea, according to Rasmussen, there is no longer possibility to trust Moscow’s guarantees. In Bucharest Rasmussen had negotiations...
  • Israel seeks to make Yom Kippur a UN holiday

    05/16/2014 3:46:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2014 6:03 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Israel has launched a campaign calling for the United Nations to recognize Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday. Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor sent a letter to all U.N. member states, saying there are three major monotheistic religions, but only two—Christianity and Islam—are recognized by the U.N. calendar. “Such discrimination at the U.N. must end,” Prosor said in an excerpt of the letter sent to journalists Friday by Israel’s U.N. Mission. …
  • Palestinians mark their 1948 displacement (AP pushes the lie)

    05/15/2014 4:35:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Palestinians marched in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday to commemorate their displacement in the 1948 Mideast war that followed the establishment of the state of Israel. Sirens wailed at noon in Ramallah and elsewhere across the West Bank for 66 seconds to symbolize the number of years since the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” in Arabic—the term Palestinians use to describe their defeat and displacement in the war. Israel overcame the armies of surrounding Arab states as well as local Arabs who attacked after the Jewish state was declared on May 15, 1948. […] “It is time for the leaders...
  • UN environment program aims to boost influence in the push for a global green economy

    05/14/2014 11:41:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2014 | George Russell
    The United Nations Environment Program aims to dramatically increase its role in running the world according to nebulous environmental principles, according to a strategic plan that will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly this fall. The principal objective of the plan is to “catalyze a transition” to a radical new global green economy, based on “low-carbon, low-emission, resource-efficient and equitable development”—a theme that will dominate the opening of the General Assembly in September, and culminate in yet another U.N.-sponsored summit of world leaders a year later, to endorse what the organization calls its “post-2015 development agenda.”
  • Ukraine Crisis: UN-Marked Combat Helicopters Used in Government Offensive Against Separatists

    05/14/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Moore
    Footage has emerged of a white Mil Mi-24 helicopter allegedly being used in Ukraine's antiterror operation against pro-Russian separatists near the Donetsk Oblast city of Kramatorsk. Three further combat Mi-24 helicopters and one transport Mi-8 helicopter bearing the UN logo were spotted in the region by the Russian news outlet Life News. The UN has distanced itself from the footage below [video at URL], stating that, as Ukraine is a contributor to the organisation's forces, it must remove any UN insignia when the materials are returned. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said that any use of peacekeeping equipment,...
  • Will the UN Criminalize the Pro-Life Movement as “Torture”?

    05/12/2014 4:51:32 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | May. 12, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    Last week, questioners on United Nations Committee Against Torture called pro-life speech “torture.” This move is part of a broader push by the radical abortion lobby to essentially criminalize the pro-life movement. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) – an extremist international abortion syndicate that is spearheading the anti-life push – sent a letter last month to the U.N. body on torture claiming that Church leaders in the pro-life movement have “perpetuated torture” by taking a stand against abortion.
  • Catholic Church’s Right to Oppose Abortion Challenged

    05/11/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 May 2014 | John Semmens
    In a hearing before the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) , the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) argued that the Catholic Church’s campaign against abortion is tantamount to mental torture. In testimony before the UNCAT, CRR Vice Chairperson Felice Gaer maintained that “the Church’s uncompromising opposition to abortion is out-of-step with the values shared by all progressive nations. By characterizing abortion as the taking of a human life they are, in effect, accusing every woman who has an abortion of murdering her own child. This type of mental abuse is among the list of tortures this Committee has the...
  • UN Urged to Tell Catholic Church it Has No Right to Oppose Abortion

    05/08/2014 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2014 - 1:50 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-governmental organization that advocates for legalized abortion, is urging the United Nations Committee Against Torture to tell the Catholic Church that “the freedom of speech and of religion” do not give the church the right to advocate against abortion. When the committee met in Geneva on Monday for a hearing on the Vatican’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture, Vice Chairperson Felice Gaer, an American, said in her opening statement that laws that ban all abortion—which is the position of the Catholic Church—may violate the convention. She also repeated verbatim some language that had...
  • Vatican Blasts UN After It Calls Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings “Promoting Torture”

    05/07/2014 3:05:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | May 7, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Vatican officials are blasting the Untied Nations after a UN panel made wild-eyed claims that the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings “promote torture.” The UN panel is expected to release its report on the Catholic Church at the end of the month.As international pro-life leader Austin Ruse writes as Breitbart: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told committee members, “The Holy See condemns the torture of anyone, including those tortured and killed before they are born.” This was a pointed comment to a committee manned largely by outspoken abortion advocates.“Late-term abortion constitutes torture,” he said to Felice Gaer, an American and vice-chairman of the...
  • The Holy See is not the Catholic Church and is not responsible for every act committed by Catholics

    05/06/2014 3:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 5, 2014
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Holy See has responsibility for the Vatican City State. It "has no jurisdiction [. . .] over every member of the Catholic Church", but it does "foster [in each of them] an interior conversion of hearts to love God and one's neighbour." In view of this, notwithstanding their affiliation with any Catholic institution, individuals are "subject to a particular State authority. [And] The obligation and responsibility of promoting justice in these cases resides with the competent domestic jurisdiction." In presenting the Initial Periodic Report of the Holy See to the Committee on the Convention against...