United Nations

Obama’s parting shot at Israel [UPDATED]

Featured image Donald Trump’s success in blocking a U.N. resolution condemning Israel was short-lived. Yesterday, as we discussed here, Egypt pulled the resolution in response to Trump’s expression of disapproval. Today, however, four Security Council members revived it for consideration. They were New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela, a failed socialist state. President Obama opted not to block resolution. The U.S. abstained. Therefore, it passed. Scott has more about this here. Obama’s »

Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel

Featured image President Obama checked off another item on his “rhymes with bucket list” today in the United Nations. The United States abstained in a 14-0 vote by the UN Security Council condemning all Israeli building and activity in the West Bank as “illegal,” including building in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and Israel’s sovereign access to the Western Wall. The Security Council resolution had been put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, »

Israel Denounces “Shameful” Obama Administration

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday about how President-elect Trump went to bat for Israel, opposing an anti-settlement United Nations resolution that the Obama administration had decided not to veto. Today Israel’s government shed more light on what happened, and made clear its feelings about the Obama administration: An Israeli official on Friday accused President Barack Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a “shameful move against Israel at the U.N.” after learning »

Time to Put the United Nations Out of Business?

Featured image What, exactly, is the U.N. good for? Hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered in Syria, and no one looks to the U.N. for a solution, just as no one expects the U.N. to do anything about ISIS or al Qaeda. Wars have raged in Congo and across much of Africa, and the U.N. has done little but embroil itself in an unending series of sexual exploitation scandals. The Middle East »

Netanyahu: The UN is a moral farce

Featured image Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his annual address to the UN General Assembly yesterday (text here, video below). There is something thrilling about hearing the truth about important matters blurted out before a largely unfriendly audience that knows every word is true. In this crowd Netanyahu is the little boy who cried that the emperor has no clothes. Whether in text or video form, the speech in its entirety is »

Obama bestrides the narrow world

Featured image President Obama is the devotee of an incredibly delusional and destructive ideology, and he is also a very small man. I believe him to be the smallest man ever to occupy the office of the president, though I may be overlooking some nineteenth century president whom I don’t know sufficiently well. Obama put his ideological claptrap, his arrogance, his pettiness and his vanity prominently on display yesterday in his final »

Climate: The Road to Paris

Featured image The world will gather in Paris at the end of this month to attempt to craft a successor climate change treaty to the failed Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2020. We’ll have a lot to say about this as it gets under way, but for now, get a load of Article 11 of the draft treaty that has been under discussion in Bonn, Germany last month. As is usual procedure, »

Obama’s U.N. message — kick me, I won’t feel a thing

Featured image “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. . .What if that nightmare gave you a back kick?” This passage from Ulysses captures the Obama presidency in the realm of foreign policy. History, the nightmare from which the president is trying to escape, has given him a “back kick” — in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and Yemen for example — and he risks becoming a »

Putin to Obama: Kiss my…

Featured image It was the cover the New York Daily News that condensed President Ford’s denial of federal aid to New York City in the classic headline: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD. Somewhat more fairly, but equally concisely, today’s Daily News cover condenses the action at the United Nations yesterday between Presidents Obama and Putin. It’s a sort of PUTIN TO OBAMA moment. Cameron Joseph’s cover story is here. Like everyone else »

Analyze this

Featured image Lou Dobbs invited Rep. Ed Royce to discuss the Iran deal on his FOX Business show last night. The interview touches on a few points in its roughly five minutes, but it most notably raises an overlooked issue at the end (video below, about 4:00). Will Obama submit the deal for approval to the United Nations for approval by the Security Council to unravel UN sanctions before the United States »

Anne Bayefsky explains

Featured image The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body whose essential purpose is to stigmatize the Jewish state for imaginary crimes. The Obama administration therefore deems it important for the United States to fund and participate in the work of the body, such as the farcical investigation of alleged war crimes conducted by its Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. Having concluded its investigation and issued its report, the commission concluded »

Marie Harf explains

Featured image State Department spokesman Marie Harf makes me barf. Harf is the deputy to State Department spokesman Jen Psaki; Psaki makes me barf too, even though her name lacks the clue of the perfect rhyme. Together the two of them give the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of twist. With them we can smile through the apocalypse. In the video below, Harf »

Evil at the United Nations

Featured image I don’t believe we have written about Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped, apparently by Hamas, while hitchhiking home from school on June 12. [UPDATE: Scott did write about it, see below.] Frankel, 16, is a dual Israeli-American citizen. The boys have not been seen since they were abducted and may or may not be alive. The kidnapping was generally viewed by »

Now playing at the UN

Featured image At the UN, they are observing International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I bet you thought every year at the UN was in solidarity with the “Palestinian people,” but no. Two thousand fourteen is special. Stop the UN — I want to get off. They are observing the International Year of Solidarity in a big way at UN headquarters in New York City. Anne Bayefsky writes to draw »

Robert Wistrich: UNESCO and the padlocking of Jewish history

Featured image We have proudly featured the work of Robert Wistrich in three Power Line posts (the three posts are accessible here). Wistrich is the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He is also the leading academic authority on the history of anti-Semitism. Witness his monumental histories A Lethal Obsession: »

UNESCO Cancels Israel Exhibit

Featured image The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been working with UNESCO since 2011 on an exhibit titled “The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.” The exhibit was scheduled to open in Paris on Tuesday, but it was canceled last week by UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova. Why? Arab members of UNESCO wrote a letter claiming that the exhibit would »

UN Climate Talks: Beyond Farce

Featured image If the second time is farce, what is the 19th? The U.N.’s “Conference of the Parties” is holding its 19th session of global warming talks in Warsaw. The purpose of these talks is to produce agreements. The purpose of the agreements is to transfer your money to someone else. The Warsaw event was scheduled to end yesterday, but no agreement had been reached–the horror!–and it was feared the talks might »