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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20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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11 Jul 2018

Stop the $50bn illegally leaving Africa annually, UN chief tasks international community

$50 billion leaves Africa illegally every year through activities like money-laundering, tax evasion, and misinvoicing. The UN Secretary-General has highlighted this statistic and urged the international community to implement better policies to help curb the issue that is closely connected to development struggles.   Source: Stop $50bn illegally leaving Africa

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25 Jun 2018

Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds

In a recent UN report dismissed by the Venezuelan government as lies, the UN accuses Venezuelan security forces of carrying out hundreds of killings under the pretense of fighting crime. Accountability and the rule of law in the country has been described as “virtually absent” by the UN human rights

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