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  • Op-Ed: NYT Editorial Actually Condemns the World, not Israel

    11/26/2014 10:06:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/14 | Hillel Fendel
    The New York Times published a most unfortunate editorial on Tuesday based entirely on an inaccurate premise.... "It is heartbreaking," the paper's editorial board wrote, "to see the Israeli cabinet approve a contentious bill that would officially define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, reserving 'national rights' only for Jews." The paper implicitly refers to the bill as one that "diminishes the rights of [Israel's] people" and "[denies] full rights to minorities." The proposed bill does neither of these. By granting the Jewish People exclusive "national rights" in Israel, the new bill does not deny civil or democratic...
  • UN Chief: More Countries Will Recognize 'Palestine'

    11/24/2014 5:18:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicted on Monday that the “momentum” of countries recognizing the “state of Palestine” will grow. Ban, who spoke before a UN committee on Palestinian rights, urged Israel and the Palestinian Authority to "step back from the brink" and return to peace talks. "The Israeli and Palestinian people face a shared fate on shared land. There is no erasing the other," Ban said, according to the AFP news agency. "Governments and parliaments are taking action. That momentum will grow," said Ban, referring to recent moves by governments in Europe to recognize “Palestine”. British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly...
  • North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official

    11/22/2014 1:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kim Kwang-tae
    North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official November 21, 2014 Kim Jong-un asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, according to a South Korean official. By Kim Kwang-tae SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed hope of forging an alliance with Moscow as he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, a South Korean official said Friday. The rare move represents Pyongyang’s desperate attempts to find a diplomatic exit...
  • NRA: Obama Support of UN Gun Treaty 'an End-Run Around Congress'

    11/20/2014 6:49:56 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/17/14 | Newsmax
    The National Rifle Association is warning that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty set to take effect on Dec. 24 could lead to increased gun control if President Obama implements it via executive order. "We are worried about an end-run around Congress," NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told The Blaze. "Barack Obama or a future anti-gun president could use [the treaty] and international norms compliance to rationalize enacting gun control politics through executive actions, especially in the import and export realms." Under the terms of the U.N. treaty, participating nations must set up export and import controls for combat vehicles, aircraft,...
  • Obama Gives $3 Bil to U.N. Climate Fund Run by Communist, Terrorist Nations

    11/20/2014 7:32:44 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2014
    resident Obama has committed a mind-boggling $3 billion to a new United Nations Green Climate Fund run by officials from Communist nations, a country that appears on the State Department’s list of terrorism-sponsors and an Arab oil-industry chief. As if it weren’t bad enough that our commander-in-chief is giving away money while the nation suffers through a colossal budget deficit, there are countless reasons why this is a lousy idea. First of all, the United Nations is a famously corrupt organization that is already largely funded by Uncle Sam to the tune of billions annually. The exact figure is tough...
  • North Korea responds to UN with nuclear test threat

    11/20/2014 4:12:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 November 2014
    20 November 2014 Last updated at 04:44 North Korea responds to UN with nuclear test threat North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations. Its foreign ministry on Thursday accused the United States of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation. North Korea previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Its threat comes as new satellite images emerge indicating fresh activity at a North Korean nuclear facility. A UN human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on...
  • Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes: U.N.

    11/14/2014 9:05:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    ARY ^ | 11-14-2014
    Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria, where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday. Their report, based on over 300 interviews with witnesses and victims, called on world powers to bring the commanders before the International Criminal Court for both war crimes and crimes against humanity. “In carrying out mass killings of captured fighters and civilians following military assaults, ISIS (Islamic State) members have perpetrated egregious violations of binding international humanitarian law and the war crime of murder on a massive...
  • Michael Brown’s parents make ABSURD demand about Officer Darren Wilson to the United Nations

    11/14/2014 11:05:07 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 45 replies
    It requests that the U.N. panel recommend the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, as well as an end to “racial profiling and racially-biased police harassment across the jurisdictions surrounding Ferguson.” As our friends at Downtrend say, “Just try to imagine if the UN sent police or troops into Missouri to arrest Officer Wilson. You think there’s unrest in Ferguson now; it would be a full-blown war zone with armed Americans repelling a foreign invading force.”
  • Gay activists urge UN to declare ‘reparative therapy’ a form of torture

    11/14/2014 3:56:45 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | November 14, 2014 | AustIN RUSE
    American activists against “reparative therapy” asked the UN Committee on Torture to define the practice as a form of torture and a violation of international law. At issue is the treatment sought by persons who struggle with unwanted same-sex desires. Many therapists still offer the treatment to those who ask for it, even though professional organizations for the therapeutic community say same-sex desire is not a form of mental illness and discourage this kind of therapy. There is a movement in the United States to ban all such therapy by law. Already, New Jersey and California have banned reparative therapy...
  • 'We crossed the line', US admits to UN anti-torture body (Abu Ghraib)

    11/13/2014 10:28:09 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    The International New York Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | AFP
    GENEVA: The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had “crossed the line” following the September 11 attacks. “The US is proud of its record as a leader in respecting, promoting and defending human rights and the rule of law, both at home and around the world,” acting US legal advisor Mary McLeod told the 10-member UN Committee on Torture. “But in the wake of 9/11 attacks, we regrettably did not always live up to our own values,” she said. “We crossed the line and we take...
  • UN Celebrates Palestinian Fashions While Palestinians Celebrate Murder of Jews

    11/13/2014 9:30:59 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | Joseph Klein
    Speaking the truth regarding the Palestinians’ Jew-hating cult of death has never been in fashion The United Nations hosted a fashion show on November 10th celebrating the UN’s international year of solidarity with the Palestinian people. The event was held on the same day that Palestinians, incited by their leaders, murdered two Israelis in cold blood. Six Israelis have died at the hands of Palestinian thugs in the last 30 days, including a baby girl who was run over and killed by a member of Hamas on October 22nd. As Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor asked rhetorically regarding the fashion...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN

    11/13/2014 4:53:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters(via The Guardian) ^ | 13 November 2014
    Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN Comments by special rapporteur in North Korea are strongest yet about supreme leader’s responsibility for abuses Reuters in Seoul The Guardian, Thursday 13 November 2014 08.30 GMT A UN investigator has said there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities committed by the state. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, are some of the strongest yet from the UN about Kim’s responsibility for what they say are widespread abuses. A UN inquiry concluded in...
  • Michael Brown's parents speak at UN

    11/12/2014 4:25:13 PM PST · by digger48 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2014 | Rick Moran
    The parents of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Missouri man who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation, spoke before a UN Committee yesterday, pleading for the world to note what was happening in Ferguson and around the country. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel or degrading treatment or punishment by government authorities. CNN: "We need the world to know what's going on in Ferguson and we need justice," McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. "We need answers and we need action. And we have...
  • Michael Brown's Parents Tell U.N. His Death Amounts to Torture

    11/11/2014 11:13:08 AM PST · by PROCON · 64 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The parents of Michael Brown are in Geneva, Switzerland Tuesday to tell the United Nations Committee Against Torture about the police "murder" of their son and the "excessive use of force" by Ferguson police against "peaceful protesters" following the August 9 shooting. "Both issues represent violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," said the 13-page statement submitted to the U.N. Committee Against Torture by the Brown family and the family's various support groups. The U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment is a U.S.-ratified treaty that...
  • Missouri police respond to Ferguson Protest Leadership’s ground rules

    11/10/2014 7:08:07 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    Call the Cops.net ^ | 11/10/2014
    Protest leaders from Ferguson have created a 19 point set of ground rules they expect police to follow. These rules are for when they re-start the riots after the Grand Jury makes a decision about charging officer Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. In response Missouri police have released 9 point set of rules for protestors 1. The first priority will be for protestors to remember “don’t break the law” 2. Protest leaders will communicate to all protesters the need for non-violence. Leaders will accept responsibility for any acts of violence any protesters engage in. 3. Protesters shall give...
  • Ferguson Cop ALWAYS known he won't be charged for shooting Michael Brown-his parents'll tell the UN

    11/10/2014 6:52:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2014 | Daniel Bates
    * Relatives of Brown, including parents, attack police officer who killed teen * Say his 'brazen confidence' meant he was sure he would not be punished * Darren Wilson, 28, killed Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, this August * Brown family complained about treatment of his body in report for UN * The Browns will fly to Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver document tomorrow The family of the black teenager shot dead by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, have claimed that he knew all along he would get away with it. Relatives of Michael Brown said that Darren Wilson had...
  • UN: No immediate proof found of mass Darfur rape

    11/10/2014 5:32:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 7:37 PM EST
    The joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said Monday an initial investigation has turned up no evidence of a claimed mass rape in a village there, but a U.N. envoy said there was a heavy military presence during the visit which could have affected the findings. […] Allegations first surfaced earlier this month of a mass rape of 200 women in Tabit and UNAMID said it intends to conduct further investigations. […] (Australia’s U.N. Ambassador Gary) Quinlan said (the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa) Bangura raised questions about whether “a wall of...
  • The most accurate photo of the UN ever taken

    11/08/2014 12:16:47 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 23 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-8-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Intentional or not, some photographer has capture one of the greatest truths of our time...
  • UN Secretary General: Provide Abortions to Women in ‘Conflict-Affected Countries’

    11/08/2014 10:31:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 7, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr
    In a report issued in September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that the United Nations provide women with “comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services” in refugee camps in Syria, Iraq and Sudan, including abortion. “I call upon all actors to support improved access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services in conflict-affected settings,” Ban said. “This must include access to HIV counseling and testing, which remains limited in many settings, and the safe termination of pregnancies for survivors of conflict-related rape.” …
  • ‘A mass sterilization exercise’: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine

    11/07/2014 9:16:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 157 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/6/14 | Steve Weatherbe
    Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine. “We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame...
  • 3rd Count;They Cast Lots For My People...Joel pt 9

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:1-3)The prophet Joel saw the Last days as an international trial , with the nations...
  • Michael Brown’s mom taking son’s case to the UN Committee Against Torture

    11/04/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 10/4/14 | Allen West
    I just have to put this one down in the “no, this can’t be really happening” category. However, I did everything to examine if this was a hoax but it appears not. According to Vice News, “Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy (Michael Brown) whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the United Nations. Mike Brown’s killing is still under investigation by federal officials, while a local grand...
  • Michael Brown’s mom taking son’s case to the UN Committee Against Torture

    11/03/2014 12:18:09 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 62 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | 11/3/14 | Allen West
    Michael Brown’s mom taking son’s case to the UN Committee Against Torture Written by Allen West I just have to put this one down in the “no, this can’t be really happening” category. However, I did everything to examine if this was a hoax but it appears not. According to Vice News, “Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy (Michael Brown) whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • New IPCC Climate Report: Buy Our Snake Oil or the World Gets It

    11/03/2014 7:23:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 3, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Climate change is real, predominantly man-made and more urgent a threat than ever before, claims the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side," said the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon at the launch of the report yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark. "Those who choose to ignore or dispute the science so clearly laid out in this report do so at great risk for all of us and for our kids and grandkids," said US Secretary of State, John Kerry. What...
  • Invest now or face 'irreversible' effects of climate change, U.N. panel warns(Cute Polar Bears;)

    11/02/2014 10:42:33 AM PST · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/2/14 | CNN
    The cost of fighting climate change will only climb if industrialized nations don't take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations' panel on the matter warned Sunday in its wrap-up report. In its "synthesis report," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that the hundreds of authors involved in the study were even more certain than before that the planet is warming and humans are the cause."If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems," the report said.The report said there are solutions to keeping the rise in...
  • Mike Brown’s Mom Is Taking Her Son’s Case to the UN in Geneva

    11/01/2014 7:07:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Vice.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | 3:55 pm | By Alice Speri
    The mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer during an altercation in Ferguson, Mo., is going to Geneva, Switzerland to address the United Nations on police brutality. Never mind that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and it has yet to be determined that Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of any such brutality. In fact, according to The Washington Post, Justice Department investigators “have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.” Nevertheless, Lesley McSpadden will be in Switzerland...
  • UN Ebola patient being treated in French hospital

    11/01/2014 6:33:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 11-1-2014 | Guardian
    France is treating a UN employee who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, the health ministry said on Sunday. “This person, who worked in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, has undergone a secure medical evacuation by specialised aircraft,” the ministry said in a statement. The victim has been placed in isolation under high security in an army training hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris.
  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    10/31/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
    Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease. […] Australia’s similar move was slammed Thursday by Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, who said closing borders will not stop spread of the Ebola virus. …
  • Obama Administration Joins UN in Hostility Against Israel

    10/30/2014 2:57:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Joseph A. Klein
    Republicans are the adults in Congress while the Democrats, liberal to the core, will never admit we are being set up for another financial crisis It is a cliché, but true, that history repeats itself. This is largely due to the failure of each new generation to learn anything from the past as well as the human tendency toward the bad habits of greed and power-seeking. Only the names and faces change. That is why the next financial crisis is entirely predictable. On October 23, The Wall Street Journal had an article, “Relaxed Mortgage-Lending Rules Clear Final Hurdle.” The financial...
  • Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality plan ( Montana )

    10/29/2014 5:36:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | Oct . 29, 2014
    Montana wildlife officials are dropping a proposal to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife in Montana. ... That information is now available under the state's right-to-know laws. Some hunters and trappers had claimed they were being harassed by people who had obtained the information.
  • Australia's Ebola Travel Ban Criticized By UN, Liberia, Sierra Leone

    10/29/2014 9:15:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/29/2014 | By Sneha Shankar
    Sierra Leone, Liberia and the United Nations have condemned Australia's decision to suspend entry visas for those travelling from Ebola-infected countries, and called the move "counterproductive" and “discriminatory.” Australia's travel ban, issued Monday, closely followed the U.S.'s decision to isolate its military personnel returning from Ebola-hit countries. Australia’s decision has also reportedly been criticized by Amnesty International while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that travel restrictions would severely hamper efforts to curb the virus' spread. The World Health Organization, or WHO, has also warned that travel bans and restrictive quarantine measures could discourage health workers to travel to Africa...
  • U.S. Announces It Intends to Move Tons of Uranium From Baghdad

    05/24/2004 6:50:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies · 1,081+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2004 | JAMES GLANZ
    IENNA, May 21 — The United States has informed an international agency that oversees nuclear materials that it intends to move hundreds of tons of uranium from a sealed repository south of Baghdad to a more secure place outside Iraq, Western diplomats close to the agency say. But the organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has taken the position that the uranium is Iraqi property and that the agency cannot give permission to remove it, a diplomat said. The diplomat said that the United States was unlikely to be deterred by that position and that American officials had contacted the...
  • China opposes sending North Korea to int’l court

    10/23/2014 2:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:28 AM EDT
    China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North’s dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions. …
  • The UN’s got the money, the UN’s got the water

    10/22/2014 11:45:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Judi McLeod
    Message to Detroit: The UN’s got the money, the UN’s got the water No one, and most especially Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, should be surprised that two United Nations lawyers came to town to scold city officials for cutting off water to delinquent customers, sanctimoniously describing the water shut-offs as a “human rights” violation. The United Nations virtually owns cities and towns of North America like Detroit. They’re just not usually that open about it. The UN ownership of cities and towns is called Agenda 21.
  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    10/21/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. “Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,” Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. “A purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a...
  • UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

    10/20/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    United Nations human rights experts described Detroit’s mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit’s officials said the two lawyers’ actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city’s progress in helping residents keep or regain service. Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable—and particularly discriminate against Detroit’s majority black population. …
  • Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

    10/20/2014 4:27:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Roger Harrabin
    Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says. Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts. The Commission rejected the claim, saying the 40% target puts Europe on track for long-term climate goals. Prof Skea believes governments are setting targets by what appears to be politically achievable rather than what is necessary to transform the way we make...
  • World Ignores as Hamas Boasts of Continued Tunnel-Digging

    10/19/2014 11:43:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/2014, 7:25 AM | Hillel Fendel
    The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an “offensive tunnel”—a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or—as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit—by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into...
  • WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

    10/18/2014 9:05:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2014 10:55 PM EDT | Maria Cheng and Adam Geller
    The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic. The stepped-up scrutiny of the international response came as U.S. officials rushed to cut off potential routes of infection from three cases in Texas, reaching a cruise ship in the Caribbean and multiple domestic airline flights. Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration debated the value of restricting travelers from entering the U.S. from countries where the outbreak began, without a resolution....
  • MUSTARD GAS IS FOUND IN IRAQ

    12/05/2002 1:03:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 153+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/02 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>December 5, 2002 -- U.N. weapons inspectors found mustard gas yesterday inside Iraqi artillery shells at a military complex north of Baghdad.</p> <p>The inspectors had already known the gas and shells were stored at the Muthanna military site but hadn't yet been destroyed when the previous inspection team left Iraq in 1998.</p>
  • UN: We Botched Response to the Ebola Outbreak

    10/17/2014 7:00:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014 | By MARIA CHENG
    The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall," WHO said in a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press, noting that experts should have realized that traditional containment methods wouldn't work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems. The U.N. health agency acknowledged that, at times, even its own bureaucracy was a problem. It noted that the heads...
  • U.N. Human Rights Chief Denounces Funding Shortage for His Office

    10/16/2014 8:17:40 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | OCT. 16, 2014 | NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
    GENEVA — The United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, voiced outrage on Thursday that a shortage of funds might force his office to cut back on its activities at a time when he was under pressure to deal with Islamic extremists and a deadly epidemic. Mr. Zeid identified the Ebola epidemic and the onslaught by the Islamic State as “twin plagues” that had been allowed to foment by other nations that had misread their potential to cause huge losses of life. “I have to say I am shocked, shocked that just six weeks into the job I am...
  • Ebola: Tear gas fired in Freetown after body left on street

    10/15/2014 8:33:26 PM PDT · by boycott · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 October 2014 | Richard Lister
    Police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, have fired tear gas as people took to the streets to complain about the authorities' handling of the Ebola virus. They were angry that the body of a woman who died from the disease was left on the street for two days. US, British, French, German and Italian leaders are due to hold a video conference to talk about what to do next to prevent the spread of the disease. Richard Lister reports.
  • UN says Ebola must be contained by Christmas or it will be out of control

    10/15/2014 7:59:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2014 | Rick Moran
    UN officials admit that unless the international community can get Ebola under control by Christmas, the world will face an "unprecedented" situation for which there are no plans to deal with. From Sky News: "The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection," said Anthony Banbury, the UN's deputy ebola coordinator. "We need to do that within 60 days from 1 October. If we reach these targets then we can turn this epidemic around." But Mr Banbury told the UN Security...
  • Sixty Days To Beat Ebola, United Nations Warns

    10/14/2014 4:12:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10-14-2014 | Sky News
    The UN says the ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an "unprecedented" situation for which there is no plan. The United Nations made the stark warning as it warned that the disease "is running faster than us and it is winning the race". Nearly 9,000 cases of ebola have been reported so far in West Africa, including 4,447 deaths. "The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection," said Anthony Banbury, the UN's deputy...
  • Ban Ki Moon to Visit Gaza Tuesday; Qatar Donates $1 Billion

    10/12/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Qatar promised $1 billion in reconstruction aid for Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday, topping US and European pledges for the devastated Palestinian terror enclave. "Qatar announces its participation with $1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza," said Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, the foreign minister of the gas-rich country. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told the donor conference Sunday that he would visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. "I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza," he said, adding he would also visit Israel "shortly." The international community insisted that Hamas's...
  • UN envoy: ISIS could massacre 500 trapped in Kobani

    10/10/2014 6:22:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    AP via Haaretz ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Heilprin
    AP - The new UN envoy to Syria said Friday that at least 500 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani besieged by the Islamic State group, warning that they were likely to be "massacred" if it falls to the extremists.
  • O'Malley calls Wi-Fi 'a human right'

    10/09/2014 6:02:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic White House contender, said in an interview published Wednesday that "Wi-Fi is a human right." O'Malley, a two-term governor who has fundraised vigorously for Democrats running in midterms races this year, said in an interview with CNN that he can relate to his 20-something daughters. "I am noticing a generational shift. While baby boomers were led to believe that sometimes our prosperity comes from separating from other[s], people under 40 believe that it will come from being closer to others," he said. O’Malley said young people are no longer following the path of...
  • Ebola strikes UN mission in Liberia

    10/09/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT · by Prospero · 19 replies
    The New Dawn (Liberia) ^ | 10/9/2014 | Bridgett Milton
    The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of UNMIL, Ms Karin Landgren, has confirmed here that an international staff of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has tested positive of the deadly Ebola virus. The staff member, who works for UNMIL medical team, is currently receiving treatment. According to a press statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday, SRSG Ms. Karin Landgren said this is the second case of Ebola within the mission. An earlier probable case resulted to the death of a staff member on 25 September 2014... Meanwhile the Mission is extending the robust review...