03 Feb 2020

UN hacked: Attackers got in via SharePoint vulnerability

Last summer the UN’s database was compromised when hackers broke into 40 UN servers in offices located in Geneva and Vienna, obtaining access to sensitive data that could result in serious and far-reaching repercussions for staff and individuals associated with the UN. However, the UN failed to share the implications

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21 Jan 2020

Sri Lanka civil war: Rajapaksa says thousands missing are dead

For the first time, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa acknowledged that roughly 20,000 people who disappeared during the country’s civil war are dead. The remark was made during a meeting with the UN in the capital, Colombo. Rajapaksa ‘s office stated that steps to issue death certificates for those formally

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03 Dec 2019

U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel,

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03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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10 Dec 2018

Nikki Haley used Donald Trump’s harsh North Korea rhetoric as leverage

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently shared remarks on her ability to use President Trump’s aggressive and unpredictable rhetoric as a beneficial bargaining tool with world leaders. The ambassador claimed that her hand was strengthened through the uncertainty of world leaders during the high point of tensions

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18 Oct 2018

How Russia moved into Central Africa

“When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to

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15 Oct 2018

How is the UN funded? A simple explanation of a complex system

The US provides a significant portion of all UN funding, around 22% of the general budget and 28% of its peacekeeping budget. For decades, these contributions have been a source of both national and international conflict as actors argue about how this spending should be reflected in terms of influence

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31 Aug 2018

U.N. calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

“United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the ‘pretext of countering terrorism’. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination cited estimates that up to one million

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29 Aug 2018

Mattis: US Troops Can’t Leave Syria Until UN Peace Talks Advance

“In March, President Donald Trump said that ‘very soon’ he would bring U.S. troops home from Syria. Today, his defense secretary suggested any such drawdown remains far off. In a rare Pentagon press conference, James Mattis said a drawdown must wait for more diplomatic progress toward a United Nations-negotiated peace in

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14 Aug 2018

China May Be Holding 1 Million Uighurs in Camps, UN Experts Say

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has cited reports indicating that China is holding up to 1 million Muslim Uighurs in “something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy.” The Western Chinese region of Xinjiang is the size of Alaska and among the most strictly policed

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