United Nations

Soft Power finds a perfect home

Featured image It was always just a matter of time until President Obama, once elected to a second term, handed a major position to his favorite foreign policy analyst, Samantha Power. Now, with Susan Rice moving from the U.N. to the White House as National Security Adviser, Obama is set to nominate Power as ambassador to the U.N. Power’s selection for a highly visible position had to await Obama’s second term because »

Did Boston Have It Coming? The United Nations Says Yes

Featured image Early this morning, Scott linked to this article by Anne Bayefsky. I want to give it some further attention. Anne pointed out, and responded to, a repellent column in Foreign Policy Journal by a man named Richard Falk, titled “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders.” You almost have to read it to believe it, but here are a few excerpts: [T]he neocon presidency of George W. Bush was in 2001, »

Lessons of Boston

Featured image In a New York Post column Ralph Peters draws five “Lessons of Boston,” all of them worthy of discussion. Lesson no. 3: “Our immigration system is one of terrorism’s best allies.” Victor Davis Hanson elaborates at length in the course of his NRO column “Obama’s psychodramas.” Analyze this: The checkered immigrant family of the two Boston bombers is a tragic advertisement of almost everything wrong with our current immigration policy. »

“Torture” — the new “racism”

Featured image If waterboarding, a procedure we inflicted on our own troops, can be considered torture, I suppose that almost anything one doesn’t approve of can be so deemed. And given the proven effectiveness of throwing the term torture around, the temptation to apply it to anything one doesn’t approve of must be difficult for the intellectually dishonest to resist. Thus, sure enough, we find U.N. bureaucrats attempting to define “torture” in »

UN Bureaucrats Would Have More Moral Authority If They Sobered Up

Featured image This is one of the litmus tests for liberalism: if you think the United Nations has more moral authority than the United States, you are a liberal. That thought was prompted by this brief AP story, which I’m guessing will not see the light of day in a lot of newspapers: Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, who represents the U.S. on the U.N.’s budget committee, said in remarks Monday that the »

From the mixed-up files of Obama’s trusted friend

Featured image In his most recent verbal assault against Israel, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has characterized Zionism as a crime against humanity along with anti-Semitism, fascism, and, of course, Islamophobia. Isn’t leaving homophobia off such a list itself a crime against humanity? Prime Minister Netanyahu has issued this concise response: “This is a dark and mendacious statement the likes of which we thought had passed from the world.” Netanyahu is constrained by »

Moynihan’s Moment, with a Minnesota twist

Featured image Having read Suzanne Garment’s column “With words we govern men,” inspired by Gil Troy’s new book on Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the American opposition to the UN’s 1975 “Zionism is racism” resolution, I invited Professor Troy to write something for us following up on his book. He has graciously obliged with a column that highlights the local Minnesota connection to the story. Professor Troy writes: With President Obama’s announcement that »

Coming soon: Moynihan’s Moment, with a Minnesota twist

Featured image Suzanne Garment’s excellent column “With words we govern men” alerted me to Gil Troy’s new book, Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism As Racism. Moynihan’s moment was his moment of greatness at the United Nations opposing the adoption of the Soviet-inspired “Zionism is racism” resolution by the General Assembly in 1975. The damage lives on, but the resolution was undone at the insistence of the United States in the administration »

Not Enough Buns for All the Green Weenies in Doha

Featured image The latest UN climate change meeting has followed the predictable script laid out here a week ago: the meeting had to go into overtime to “save” the talks from collapse.  I especially like reading the weenie-friendly UK Guardian‘s coverage of these meetings, because their attempt at earnest coverage ironically underscores what a complete farce the whole thing is.  From the latest dispatch: Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight »

Climate Change Talks To Be Saved Again!

Featured image The annual UN Climate Change farce circus conference is meeting again right now over in Doha, and once again all the talk is about how the talks are on the “brink of collapse,” but once again you can be sure that an 11th hour agreement will be reached that promises to save the planet, but in reality just means we’ll all keep meeting because. . . well, what else do »

Meet the new nonmember observer state

Featured image The United Nations General Assembly voted 138-9 (with 41 abstentions) on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer state of the United Nations. The New York Times story is here; the Washington Post story is here. The UN has posted an announcement here. From its new perch the Palestinian Authority will have a few more tools to harass the legitimate government of Israel, but you can see why UN »

Behind the UN Gun Treaty

Featured image There’s a lot of commotion right now about the forthcoming UN treaty proposing to regulate the international arms trade that critics think, with justification, would be the handgun equivalent of the Kyoto Protocol for the United States.  Despite well-founded fears that the treaty might “grow” or “evolve” (since international law is even more “alive” than our Constitution), the Obama Administration indicates it will sign the treaty.  Then it will require »

CRB: Against the Globalistas

Featured image This morning we continue with our preview of the new (Spring) issue of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here). Yesterday we took a look at Professor James Ceaser’s essay “Restoring the Constitution,” the first wallop in a one-two punch that is followed by John Marini’s “Abandoning the Constitution.” John Fonte’s book Sovereignty Or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves Or Be Ruled By Others? considers the epic struggle between the »

U.N. to Investigate U.S. Voter I.D. Laws

Featured image This is really the last straw. It is time to get out of the United Nations: “UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws.” The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and »

Footnote to failure

Featured image In his memoir Surrender Is Not An Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad, John Bolton recalls his appointment as assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs by President Bush (I) following the 1988 election. The position made him responsible for overseeing the entire UN system. It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it, and no one better than John Bolton. In early 1989, Bolton writes, »

Population Bomb Epic Fail

Featured image On Monday, the world’s 7 billionth person is expected to be born.  Somewhere.  Look for the media and the usual worn-out handwringers to strike up the usual dirge.  I’m sure Paul Ehrlich has a full dance card for the day.  The “Tom Friedman Random Column Generator” app can retire early for the day, after disgorging “Hot, Flat, and Even More Crowded, Oh, And By The Way, Did I Mention That »

Watch DurbanWatch

Featured image PJTV explains: On September 22 foreign ministers and heads of state attended the Durban III Conference at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York City. It was the third in a series of international events sponsored by the UN whose stated purpose is to combat racism. However, history has shown that the Durban events promote, rather than combat, racism. The Hudson Institute and Touro College organized an event across the »