Tue

05

Jun

2012

America's Rank Hypocrisy

From Reader Supported News

By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet

05 June 12

 

In his penetrating study "Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights," international affairs scholar James Peck observes, "In the history of human rights, the worst atrocities are always committed by somebody else, never us" - whoever "us" is.

 

Almost any moment in history yields innumerable illustrations. Let's keep to the past few weeks.

 


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Sun

03

Jun

2012

War-crimes court sentences Charles Taylor to 50 years

From The Washington Post

 

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Judges at an international war crimes court have sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison following his landmark conviction for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone who murdered and mutilated thousands during their country’s brutal civil war in return for blood diamonds, the Associated Press reported.

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Tue

24

Apr

2012

UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time

Many US Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas plagued with poverty, alcoholism other social problems. Photograph: Jennifer Brown/Corbis
Many US Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas plagued with poverty, alcoholism other social problems. Photograph: Jennifer Brown/Corbis

From The Guardian

Ewen MacAskill in Washington 
Sunday 22 April 2012 12.20 EDT

 

The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history.

 

The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, is scheduled to begin on Monday.

 

 

 

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Wed

04

Apr

2012

Measuring happiness is discussed at the UN

The purpose of development must be to create conditions for the pursuit of happiness and not merely boost the gross domestic product, which does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people, Jigmi Thinley, prime minister of Bhutan, told a high-level United Nations meeting Monday. Jeffery Sachs, an economist at Columbia University who co-edited the UN's First World Happiness Report, said:

 

"The U.S. has had a three time increase of [gross national product] per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn't budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/2), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Dot Earth blog (4/2)

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Wed

14

Mar

2012

ICC convicts Lubanga in historic first verdict

ICC convicts Lubanga in historic first verdict

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga this morning was convicted in the International Criminal Court -- the court's first verdict since its inception a decade ago -- of recruiting and deploying child soldiers under the age of 15 during five years of fighting that ended in 2003, resulting in more than 60,000 deaths. Lubanga could face life imprisonment. Mail & Guardian Online (South Africa) (3/14), Reuters (3/14), BBC (3/14) 

 

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Wed

01

Feb

2012

Ban ups pressure on Russia over Syria violence

February 1, 2012 | News covering the UN and the world

Ban ups pressure on Russia over Syria violence

The UN Security Council "cannot wait any longer" to take measures to end the violence in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Discussions were ongoing over an Arab-European resolution that calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, but Russia said it would veto the measure in current form. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/1),Time.com/Global Spin blog (1/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/31) 

 

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Mon

30

Jan

2012

German Satellite Almost Crashed into Beijing

The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.
The research satellite Rosat, seen here in a computerized reprodution, crashed to Earth last October.

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last October, the German research satellite Rosat plunged into the Bay of Bengal, more than 20 years after it had been launched into orbit. But had it remained aloft for just seven more minutes, it would have landed in Beijing instead, new calculations show.

By Christian Schwägerl


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Tue

17

Jan

2012

UN Food and Agricultural Chief

Somalian refugees at a camp in Kenya: "We need sustainable agriculture tailored to regional conditions."
Somalian refugees at a camp in Kenya: "We need sustainable agriculture tailored to regional conditions."

 

 

UNFAO chief: Battle to end hunger is winnable

Spiegel Online 01/16/2012 

 

Gains in the battle against malnutrition have been made in many countries, but a concerted effort to slash the number of people around the world facing food shortages is still needed, Jose Graziano da Silva, the new head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says in this interview. Da Silva is supporting tighter regulations on speculation, which has been broadly tagged as a major contributing factor to rising food prices.

 

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Sat

07

Jan

2012

UN's Ban outlines priorities for second term

UN's Ban outlines priorities for second term

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says one of his top priorities as he embarks on a new five-year term at the helm of the United Nations is to help ensure that the popular movements toward democracy across the Arab world are sustained. He also plans to do more for young people and women the world over, and influence policies that might narrow the widening gap between rich and poor. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/31)

 

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