July 2013

PAHO antimalaria campaign, Paraguay

America and the West Should Invest More in the UN, Not Less

Institutions of global governance are weak by design not default. As Singapore’s permanent representative in New York, I encountered senior members of the American establishment who lamented the United Nations’ poor condition. The explanation was the domination by the poor and weak states of Africa and Asia and the poor quality of its bureaucrats. To …

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Nuremberg trial

UN War Crimes Archives Trove Released to International Court

The International Criminal Court has just acquired a huge trove of nearly all the unrestricted records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission and is now making them available to the public. The records include more than 2,240 documents, totaling about 22,000 pages of meeting minutes, working documents, research documents and war crimes trial reports …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Hina Jilani

The Elders Group Expand Its Membership

The Elders, a unique group of former heads of government and other global leaders, founded in 2007 under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, has added a former president of Mexico and an internationally known Pakistani human-rights advocate to its membership. The inclusion of Ernesto Zedillo, president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, and Hina Jilani, …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

New UN Women Chief Is Named, a Surprise Choice

In a surprise move for many observers of United Nations top appointments, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa has been named the executive director of UN Women, the lead agency for promoting gender equality and women’s rights worldwide. She replaces Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile who returned to her country in March 2013 to …

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Security Council meets on women, peace and security: June 24, 2013

Rape as a Weapon of War? It’s Still in Business

The newest United Nations Security Council resolution that continues to build a stronger framework to prevent and end sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations sends a strong signal that such offenses will be punished as war crimes under international law. The resolution, agreed by a unanimous vote after difficult negotiations, passed on June 24 …

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Mohamed ElBaradei

Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian Nobelist, Named Deputy President

After a week of political jockeying involving Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mahmud Mansour, the country’s military and a radical Islamist party that refused to accept Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister, the former head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency was finally appointed deputy president for foreign affairs on July 9. In a compromise, …

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Demonstration against land confiscation, Beit Ummar

Shocking! Uncle Sam Is Not an Honest Broker

  You shouldn’t need a book to tell you that the Palestinians have gotten pretty much zilch out of the Middle East peace process. So readers of “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East” are unlikely to be astonished by what they find there. The core argument of the …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Nafis Sadik

A UN Expert on Women Who Refused to Be Silenced

In the global annals of women’s rights defenders over the last half century, Nafis Sadik’s name will always rank high, though little may be known about her among the broad American public, focused as it usually is on Western feminists with Western issues. As head of the United Nations Population Fund in 1994, Sadik marshaled …

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Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan

Dee Daa: A Party in Your Mouth

Thai fast food in Midtown: Five words that conjure up soggy stir-fries aging on steam tables or bland fusion fodder. But Dee Daa, a perky place that just opened on East 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, is actually turning out tasty dishes cooked largely to order and pretty much in the spirit of …

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