Let’s Get Out of the Middle East – and the UN

Listen to Rep. Ron Paul deliver this address. The Palestinian Authority’s recent announcement that it would seek U.N. recognition as an independent state dominated the news and the political debate in the United States last week, though in truth it should mean very little to us. Only a political class harboring the illusion it can … Continue reading “Let’s Get Out of the Middle East – and the UN”

UN Recognition of Palestinians Still Far Off

UNITED NATIONS – Despite massive support from the international community, the Palestinian quest for recognition as an independent and sovereign nation is unlikely to materialize soon, say political observers and diplomats here. “That is not going to happen,” an African diplomat who has spent more than a decade at the U.N. as an ambassador told … Continue reading “UN Recognition of Palestinians Still Far Off”

UN Remains Deadlocked on Defining Terrorism

UNITED NATIONS – When Israeli commandos killed nine mostly Turkish activists during a raid on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians last May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the attack as a prime example of “state terrorism.” “Even tyrants, bandits, and pirates have their own rules of ethics,” he said, … Continue reading “UN Remains Deadlocked on Defining Terrorism”

UN Chief May Be Heading for Showdown with Israel

When the Israeli government gave its blessings to a U.N. panel of inquiry probing the military attack on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza last May, there was widespread speculation that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may have struck a backdoor deal over its mandate. Asked at a press conference Monday whether he agreed … Continue reading “UN Chief May Be Heading for Showdown with Israel”

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards

The abolition of nuclear weapons — and a halt to the spread of the deadly armaments — will be a major talking point at the month-long Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), scheduled to take place at the United Nations beginning next week. The conference, held every five years, comes at a time … Continue reading “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards”

UN Chief Doubts Mideast Nuke-Free Zone

UNITED NATIONS – Against the backdrop of a major summit meeting of world leaders on nuclear non-proliferation hosted by the United States, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed strong doubts about the long-standing proposal to create a nuclear-free zone in the militarily volatile Middle East. The proposal has not achieved any progress until now for various reasons, … Continue reading “UN Chief Doubts Mideast Nuke-Free Zone”

Friday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 8 Wounded

Updated at 8:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 23, 2009 As US envoy to the UN Susan Rice visited Baghdad to hold talks with Prime Minister Maliki about ending U.N. sanctions on Iraq, a United Nations spokesman separately said it was concerned that Iraqi refugees in Europe are being forcibly returned to a dangerous, war-torn country. The prayer day has so far been rather quiet. At least five Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned of chaos if January’s national elections are delayed.

Israel Taking Sharp Measures Over Iran

JERUSALEM — Questions about Iran’s nuclear thrust are tumbling out, echoing around the world in several directions. – Is Iran now "either very near or in possession" of enough low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, as a senior U.S. diplomat warned? – Will the six world powers involved in the Iranian nuclear dossier — … Continue reading “Israel Taking Sharp Measures Over Iran”