Updated at 8:49 EST, Dec. 2, 2010 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the U.S. drawdown is making it harder for the U.N. to carry out it’s own operations. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is troubled by the porous Iranian border and lack of functioning security there, which allows for weapons and fighters to stream in. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded in the latest violence. An Arab man of unknown nationality was also killed.
When the Security Council condemned the killings by Israeli military forces of nine Turkish civilians on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza last May, it also released a presidential statement "taking note" of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposal for an international investigation of the incident. But nearly two months later there are no … Continue reading “UN Chief Dilly-Dallying on Panel to Probe Israeli Killings?”
International human rights groups have raised concern over a proposed non-binding resolution in the U.S. House Representatives which would call on the White House to oppose any future endorsement or consideration of Judge Richard Goldstone’s "Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict." The Goldstone Report, which detailed the laws-of-war violations … Continue reading “Rights Groups Condemn Bid to Quash Goldstone Report”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday called for strengthening the authority of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect suspected nuclear-related facilities and ruled out lifting sanctions against North Korea until it took "verifiable and irreversible" steps toward denuclearization. In what was billed as a major policy address, Clinton also called for Iran … Continue reading “Clinton Calls for Strengthened IAEA Powers”
U.N.-supported military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have had an "unacceptable" cost for the civilian population, said a coalition of rights groups Tuesday. The call to action by the Congo Advocacy Coalition said 1,000 civilians have been killed, 7,000 women and girls have been raped, and nearly 900,000 people have been forced to … Continue reading “Rights Groups Urge UN to Rein in Congo Army”
Gordon Prather on UNSCR 1887