Category: United Nations

Aug 28 2015

Speaking of Diplomacy

Russia Today carried an article today saying that the Russian Duma is outraged because the United States refused to provide a visa to a high level member of the Russian government to enter the U.S. to meet with Ban Ki Moon and attend a UN sponsored conference.   Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko was not …

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Jul 21 2015

Stop the War on Yemen

Even antiwar activists are now calling this a civil war.  But that is not the way it began.    This is a war against the people of Yemen, not between the political factions in Yemen.   Violence is self perpetuating so ever more factions will take up arms as long as the fighting continues.     Who will put an end to it?  I believe that instead of giving up on international institutions, we should demand that they do their job in a just and equitable manner.

I delivered this petition [Stop the Saudi War on Yemen], as advertised, to the UN Security Council in mid April.  I was very disappointed because the day before I delivered it, the United States was able to pass a resolution in the UN SC to condemn the Houthis rather than the  Saudi invaders.   There was, at the time of the Saudi aggression no reason why the political differemces in Yemen could not be resolved without destroying the country.  UN negotiatiors were working with the vaious parties and negotiations were ongoing when ex-President Hadi first resigned, and then fled to Aden in an attempt to assert supremacy from a new base, and then on to Ryadh, triggering the Saudi aggression.

Since then, Saudi led air attacks have not ceased but continued, resulting in thousands more civilian deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and the destruction of  the civil and material infrastructure of the country.  With western assistance, the Saudi regime has maintained a blockade that has driven the people of Yemen to the brink of famine, has left them without adequate supplies of water and medicine.

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Jan 29 2015

Bombs Dropped on Vietnam

From Mother Jones: Bombs Dropped on Vietnam Between 1965 and 1973 Notice the red dots. 107 Countries signed the United Nations Cluster Munitions Convention in May of 2008. The United States was not one of them.

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Nov 02 2014

Cultural Racism and Ferguson

An Ugly Truth Surfaces in Ferguson It was a long hot summer for the black youth of St. Louis this year.  After 18 year old Michael Brown was killed by a white Police Officer in a St Louis Suburb, the people in the neighborhood stood up and said a resounding ‘NO’ to racists violence perpetrated …

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Oct 02 2014

A Brief Report on Syria’s Presence at the UNGA

Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem, spoke before the United Nations General Assembly.   Like President Rouhani of Iran, he spoke to a sparse audience in the hall.   However,  those present showed a deep interest in his words.    I will post a transcript below.   He spoke at some length about the Syrian effort to restore order within …

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Oct 02 2014

President Rouhani of Iran in New York

About a week ago, I received an invitation to a meeting with Dr. Hassan Rouhani, the current President of Iran.   I have been to 2 other meetings that Iranian President Ahmadinejad held with American peace activists and the US interfaith  community, when he was in New York for the meeting of the United Nations General …

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Oct 17 2013

Echo of Silence, re. Iranian Chemical Weapons Victims

The film below was recently posted on the Fellowship of Reconciliation Blog by Leila Zand.   It appears to have been recently distributed, though the Chemical Weapons attacks visited on Iran and her people are now nearly 30 years in the past.   Perhaps the event was triggered by the global discussion around Chemical Weapons attacks in …

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Oct 12 2013

Chemical Weapons Update

The Nobel Peace Prize, it’s luster dulled by the wars of Barack Obama and the EU,  and Henry Kissinger’s lifetime record of supporting massacres, dictators and Israeli exceptionalism, was presented to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons this year.   According to Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award was not …

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Sep 28 2013

Obama-Rouhani Dialog at the UNGA

I’ve taken US President Obama’s speech [1] at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Rouhani’s speech [2] at the UN General Assembly and interwoven them as a dialog of sorts.   It appears that President Rouhani did not attend President Obama’s speech, but he says that he did listen to it.   Perhaps he sat outside …

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