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  • Iran must halt execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, say UN rights experts

    07/17/2018 8:24:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    GENEVA (18 June 2018) – UN human rights experts* have made a fresh call to Iran to annul the death sentence imposed on Iranian Kurd Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid reports that he will be executed after the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The execution of Mr. Panahi was previously set for 3 May, but was postponed. It is understood that a request for a judicial review was rejected by the Iranian Supreme Court in late May, and the sentence against him was then referred to the office responsible for carrying it out.“The Iranian authorities must now halt the...
  • [Originally published 2017] Germanys Russian gas pipeline smells funny to America

    07/12/2018 5:02:38 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 8 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 22nd 2017 | Staff Writer
    LIKE vinyl records and popped collars, rows between the United States and Europe over Russian energy are making a comeback. In the early 1980s Ronald Reagans attempts to thwart a Soviet pipeline that would bring Siberian gas to Europe irritated the West Germans and drove the French to proclaim the end of the transatlantic alliance. The cast of characters has shifted a little today, but many of the arguments are the same. In Nord Stream 2 (NS2), a proposed Russian gas pipeline, Germany sees a respectable project that will cut energy costs and lock in secure supplies. American politicians (and...
  • [Originally published 2014] How reliant is Europe on Russian gas?

    07/12/2018 4:57:30 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 3rd 2014 | E.S.L. and A.C.M.
    THE crisis in Ukraine has alarmed the rest of Europenot just because of the prospect of war, or chaos on its borders, but because a row with Russia over Ukraine's unpaid gas bill threatens energy security in the rest of the continent. Europe could survive a short interruption of a few weeks to the pipelines across Ukraine, assuming that other Russian gas kept flowing. The European Union has built in more resilience since the last upset in Ukraine, in 2009. Now it is hurrying to reduce its reliance further. But measures such as better storage, more interconnectors and diversification of...
  • Report: Obama 'shocked' by settlement expansion

    07/10/2018 12:48:09 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/7/18 | David Rosenberg
    A series of maps of Judea and Samaria, focusing on the placement of Jewish communities and Israeli military facilities in the area, provoked a dramatic change in the Obama administrations policies vis--vis Israel, a report by The New Yorker claims. According to the report Monday, a presentation by then-Secretary of State John Kerry to President Barack Obama in the waning days of the administration shocked the president into taking a more aggressive stance towards Israel, withholding Americas veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria. The Obama administration, like its predecessors, had...
  • President Trump Hammers the NYTimes For Fake News Story About UN Breastfeeding

    07/09/2018 10:42:24 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 29 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7-9-2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we dont believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.
  • U.N. official calls for 'ark' to save world from global warming

    07/07/2018 5:34:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    WND ^ | July 7, 2018 | Bob Unruh
    A United Nations official is calling for an ark to save the world from global warming. Climate-change skeptic Marc Morano of the Climate Depot site noted Espinosa urged the world to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary to fight global warming. The Vaticans International Conference was titled Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth. If we truly want to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary to combat climate change, perhaps what we need then is not a physical ark, but an ark of ambition for #climateaction, she said on social media. Espinosa echoed former U.N. climate...
  • [Barf Alert] Cardinal warns of 'possible collapse' of Earth's livability at Vatican event

    07/06/2018 11:03:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | July 5, 2018 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Vatican City — The Vatican's secretary of state warned July 5 that humanity is facing a "possible collapse" in the Earth's ability to sustain life, as part of a two-day conference hosted by the Catholic Church to urge global leaders to mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change. In an address opening the "Saving Our Common Home" event, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there is a "clear urgency" to the task and that people around the world, "as members of the common household, need to come together." The Vatican's Dicastery for Integral Human Development is hosting the July 5-6 event among...
  • Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority [but sends it to UN Humanitarian Fund instead]

    07/03/2018 2:35:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.02.2018 | law/kms (AFP, AP, dpa)
    Australia on Monday announced it had ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) government over concerns the funds could be used to assist Palestinians convicted of political violence. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia would no longer be giving its yearly funding of A$10 million (6.9 million, $7.5 million) to the World Banks trust fund for Palestinian recovery and development. I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence, Bishop said in a statement. I am confident that previous Australian...
  • The Ten Dumbest Things I Heard About Guns At The United Nations

    07/02/2018 10:07:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 6/28/2018 | Ted Bromund
    For the past two weeks, Ive been attending the Third U.N. Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects mercifully abbreviated as RevCon 3 for the PoA. In theory, the purpose of the PoA which is a political instrument, not a treaty is to encourage cooperation on the illicit international trade in small arms. If the PoA stuck to this, it might be modestly useful. It can only be modestly useful because far too...
  • Parents who share pictures of their children on social media putting their human rights at risk, UN

    06/29/2018 5:10:15 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 6/29/18 | Olivia Rudgard
    Parents who share pictures of their children on social media are putting their human rights at risk, the United Nations has warned. The UN's special rapporteur Joseph Cannataci said that "strong guidelines" were needed to preserve the rights of children whose parents upload video and images of them. During a mission to the UK to assess the privacy situation he also found that kindergarten-age children were being surveilled using CCTV at school and in their bedrooms. At a press conference on Friday he suggested there could be a rising number of cases involving children who argue their rights have been...
  • UN Continues Fight To Disarm All Americans

    06/25/2018 3:47:46 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 31 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 25, 2018 | Mac Slavo
    The United Nations is gearing up for round two in the fight to disarm the American public. Last month, the United Nations International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) held a week-long conference geared towards making gun control an international priority. Wanting world domination, the global elites are seeking to prevent Americans from being able to escape the slavery they have planned for everyone by enacting global gun control. According to Townhalls Beth Baumann, during RevCon3, the conference on the program of action on small arms and light weapons, the UNs Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres had a message delivered on his...
  • Round 2: UN Continues Their Push To Disarm Americans

    06/24/2018 6:41:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/23/2018 | Beth Baumann
    Last month, the United Nations' International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) held a week-long conference geared towards making gun control an international priority. Now, the UN's Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is wanting to regulate and control small arms. During RevCon3, the conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons, Guterres had a message delivered on his behalf (emphasis mine):
  • Whos Funding Irelands Abortion Lobby?

    10/01/2017 4:54:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/28/17 | David Quinn
    Numerous international groups are trying to influence Ireland into legalising abortionThe great and the good internationally have a big interest in the outcome of Irelands looming abortion referendum, planned for next year. They want Irish voters to erase from their constitution the so-called Eighth Amendment, which gives the unborn child the same right to life as every other human being. Abortion is only permitted in Ireland when the life of the mother is at real and substantial risk. This amendment was inserted into the constitution following a referendum in 1983 which passed by a two-to-one margin. Ever since then secular...
  • As U.S. Withdraws, Russia Seeks UN Human Rights Council Seat

    06/21/2018 8:42:20 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Reuters - Moscow Times ^ | June 20, 2018
    Russias mission to the UN accused the U.S. of attempting to turn the council into a tool to promote only their interests, and said it would continue to work with the 47-member body. It was in that spirit that Russia nominated its candidacy for the 2021-2023 HRC membership elections, the mission said in a statement. Russia has put forward its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) after the United States withdrew from participation in the Geneva-based body halfway through its three-year term. Russia lost its reelection to a seat on the council in 2016,...
  • UN poverty report blasting Trump uses data from last year of Obamas presidency (TR)

    06/21/2018 6:52:06 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/2018 | Chuck Devore
    A recent United Nations report blasting President Trump and America in general for harboring contempt and hatred for the poor is based on highly inaccurate data that cant easily be used to compare the U.S. to other nations. The U.N. reports main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party: America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are cruel and inhuman; the Trump tax cuts arent working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation...
  • US set to announce departure from UN Human Rights Council: reports

    06/19/2018 11:37:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.19.2018 | es/aw (AFP, AP, Reuters)
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will tell the organization on Tuesday evening at a joint press conference in Washington that their nation plans to leave its main human rights body, UN officials have confirmed. The announcement would come just one day after the UNHRC condemned the Trump administration for its policy of separating children from the families at the US-Mexico border. Haley had already threatened the exit, citing concerns that the council is biased against Israel. She said that the UNHRC was a forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion, that included major human...
  • U.S. to pull out of U.N. human rights body: source

    06/19/2018 10:48:36 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Jun 2018 | Lesley Wroughton, Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters. The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the main U.N. rights body and had long threatened to quit if it was not reformed, accusing the 47-member Geneva-based body of being anti-Israel. Reuters reported last week that activists and diplomats said talks with the United States on reforms had failed to meet Washingtons demands, suggesting that...
  • Nikki Haley is killing it at the United Nations

    06/17/2018 5:43:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is just about killing it at the global body. In recent remarks to the General Assembly, Haley first condemned the anti-Israel faction of the bunch for using the global body for politics, not peace promotion. And then, dramatically enough, she brought to vote a U.S.-penned measure that explicitly faulted Hamas for violence at the Gaza border a measure that was tacked on as an amendment to an anti-Israel resolution and that actually received the thumbs-up from the majority of the voting parties. Did you get that? It actually received a majority...
  • US to finally withdraw from wildly misnamed UN Human Rights Council

    06/16/2018 5:27:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2018 | Rick Moran
    A report published by Reuters says the U.S. will finally withdraw completely from the misnamed U.N. Human Rights Commission. A diplomatic source told Reutersthat the withdrawal was "not a question of if but of when." The Hill: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.Nikki Haleyhas clashed with the council over its treatment of Israel and has repeatedly voted against U.N. measures that were critical of that country. Most recently,the U.S. and Australia were only two members to vote against a proposal to investigate Israel's alleged use of excessive forcein Gaza. Haley has criticized the council over what she called a "chronic...
  • How Nikki Haley brought Trump's maximum pressure campaign down on North Korea at UN Security Council

    06/14/2018 6:14:43 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Fox News | June 2018 | Bill Evansky
    Ambassador Haleys diplomacy behind the scenes, in particular with the Chinese ambassador here, as well as the Russian ambassador, made it very, very clear that we were not kidding around, the official said. We were literally just one more provocation away from some kind of a military action that would bring great harm to the entire region, and that the threat we perceived from North Koreas development was no longer theoretical by any means. Wachtel said that in refusing to accept the obstructionist position of her recalcitrant Russian and Chinese counterparts, Ambassador Haley made it clear that the U.S. was...