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United Nations General Assembly

Netanyahu Is Driving Israel Towards Dark Times

Carlo Strenger | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

For us Israelis who want a democratic homeland for the Jews, we have an important task. We need to nurture the pillars of Israel's civil society; its legal system; its higher education; its professional associations; its culture and its art.

Salvaging the United Nations

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

If the UN is to serve as an organ of morality, some serious restructuring is in order. It certainly can't be achieved within the current framework.

Urging World Leaders at Davos to Focus on the Crisis of Chronic Diseases

Nalini Saligram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nalini Saligram

For far too long, global health attention has focused on diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria and must go beyond them to far more common life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic lung disease.

WikiLeaks: Getting Under Qaddafi's Skin

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

One of the more interesting revelations in the Wikileaks diplomatic disclosures was Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi's extreme consternation at being prevented from pitching his tent in New York.

A Bit of Gay Bashing at the United Nations

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

African and Arab nations have just succeeded by a whisker in deleting three words from a resolution that would have included gays in a denunciation of arbitrary killings. Europeans protested in vain.

Will Adam Bush Have Died in Vain?

Susan Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Morgan

The international community, in its desire to focus on the upcoming referendum, is offering its approval for a government strategy that will likely lead to more suffering among the displaced.

New Serbia-Kosovo Talks Expected; Solutions Still Elusive

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Serbia settled for a watered-down UN resolution and agreed to a European Union-backed dialogue with Kosovo that gave some hope of unfreezing the conflict, although it was clear the wounds of the 2003 civil war were far from being healed.

The Human Right to Water (and Sanitation)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter H. Gleick

The United States, which has been a world leader on protecting and enhancing political human rights, has always had a flawed position on "economic and social" rights, including the human right to water.

Elemental War

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Our UN delegation is worried about the legal implications if access to water is defined as an inalienable right. Let's get the moral principle down on paper that water will not be denied to those who can't afford to pay.

PHOTOS: A History Of Royal Visitors In NYC

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Queen Elizabeth is in town today, unfortunately making her grand entrance on what could be the hottest day of the year. The 84-year-old monarch will ...

Africa's Seat at the Table

President Abdoulaye Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
President Abdoulaye Wade

Battling global warming, the economic crisis, food and energy shortages, and AIDS and malaria requires co-partners, not post-colonial relationships.

Wanted Now: A Pragmatic and Visionary Leader for the Improved U.N. Entity for Women

Nandini Oomman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nandini Oomman

Ban Ki-moon must move quickly to appoint an Under Secretary General to lead a new UN women's agency. Selecting a leader should be based not on national quotas, politics or horse-trading.

Building Momentum for Mid-East Peace: Bring Back the Multilaterals

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Obama provided the direction for a new approach to foreign affairs, calling for regional initiatives with multilateral participation. We have an idea for just such an initiative.

While Leaders Meet, American Tourists Detained and Forgotten

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

Since September 4th, six Brooklyn tourists have been detained in Antigua, where a trial that is hugely slanted against them continues with no end in sight, and without help from the Obama Administration.

Balancing Your Life and Human Rights

Ellen Susman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ellen Susman

Gabriele said that over time some prisoners would find ways to illustrate their stay. They would draw stars, birds, and trees to remind them of freedom. She said they could often smell the roses outside.

Update: Gaddafi Hijacks UN General Assembly Podium

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Only a few blocks from Broadway, Colonel Gaddafi rambled on for more than an hour and a half, tearing out pages of the U.N. Charter and shaking his hands in anger before the UN General Assembly.

The Waldorf Astoria Presidential Suite: President Obama's Hotel Room In New York (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The presidential suite at the Waldorf Astoria hotel is really living up to its name this week. President Obama checked in Monday and will be there ...

New York, New York: My Kind of Town

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

It won't surprise Ahmadinejad that the largest gathering of Iranians in exile in thirty years will be waiting for him here in New York City with green bandanas -- but the sight of rabbis next to them might.

Netanyahu's Speech At UN General Assembly To Be 'Dramatic'

Jerusalem Post | JPOST.COM STAFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Prime Minister's Office said Monday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations' General Assembly on Thursday will be a "dram...

Ahmadinejad To Deliver "Peace" Message To UN Assembly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who sparked outrage last week by again calling the Holocaust a "myth," will bring a message of peace to the Uni...

President Obama To Set Up Private Meetings With Country Heads At UN Assembly To Speed Negotiations | By Richard Sisk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - The big noise at this week's UN General Assembly session will come from the podium, but the action is on the sidelines. President Obama ...

Ahmadinejad: Holocaust Denial A Source Of Pride

AP | NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's president said Monday he is proud to stoke international outrage with his latest remarks denying the Holocaust as he heads...

The InterContinental Must Decide Between the International Community and President Ahmadinejad

Kimmie Lipscomb | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kimmie Lipscomb

By accommodating the Iranian delegation, the InterContinental not only endorses President Ahmadinejad's election, but continues to turn a blind eye to the regime's flagrant violations of human rights.

6 Nations To Hold Meeting On Iran's Nuclear Program

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Germany and France on Monday reinforced a call for Iran to respond to concerns about its nuclear program in September or face tougher s...

Few Watch Ahmadinejad on Kimmel

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reportedly "furious" that few viewers watched his appearance last night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.