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The long-awaited January 27 report of United Nations inspection chiefs
Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, as anticipated, did not include a
clear-cut finding of success and readiness to close the

At a press conference on January 20, only two days after thousands of
Americans marched in cities and towns across the nation to oppose going
to war with Iraq, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld warned

Bush's handpicked delegates disrupt global conferences on women's
rights.

For a brief moment one could almost believe that the US march toward war
with Iraq had paused.

Alfred Hitchcock was fond of McGuffins--meaningless plot devices on
which the characters obsess while the real, gruesome story moves on
elsewhere.

If nothing shows in spyplane pics
And Blix finds nothing in the sticks,
That still won't put us in a fix.
We'll blame it on Iraqi tricks,

In 2000, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan posed a question to
the Millennium Summit of the UN: "If humanitarian intervention is,
indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how s

Iraq's decision to accept the United Nations Security Council
resolution, passed unanimously on November 8, sets in motion a tightly
scripted plan for UN arms inspectors to return to Iraq.

The night after the Bush Administration announced its refusal to grant the United Nations Population Fund $34 million dollars, Jane Roberts was so outraged she couldn't sleep.

Blogs

The new UN sanctions on Iran mark the fourth time that the United States has tried this approach—President Bush tried it thrice. It didn't work then, and it won't work now.

June 9, 2010

A UN panel issues a blistering attack on the American policy of "extrajudicial killings," i.e., the drone attacks. Its author says that the US is opening a Pandora's Box that could lead to a lawless world in which states kill people they don't like at will.

June 3, 2010

Last Friday I wrote about the IMF's new $100 million loan to Haiti. I cited debt relief activists who told me that the new loan would be an extension of the IMF's existing loan of $165 million. This information was confirmed by the IMF's press release, which stated that "emergency financing would be provided as an augmentation to the existing IMF-supported arrangement with Haiti under the Extended Credit Facility [ECF]." The IMF's announcement provided no further information about conditions that may or may not be attached to the loan and made no mention of future debt relief for Haiti.

January 20, 2010

The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the country struck Haiti yesterday, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere's poorest nation.

January 13, 2010

Progress on REDD. But little hope for forests without greater rich country commitments on emissions cuts and finance.

December 16, 2009

An explanation of market-based solutions to climate change by Carbon Trade Watch's Oscar Reyes.

December 15, 2009

An update on deforestation negotiations at COP15

December 15, 2009

Are COP15 talks lurching toward the precipice of collapse?

December 14, 2009

Every cloud has a silver lining -- except in Copenhagen.

December 14, 2009

The Alliance of Small Island Nations roils summit with call for huge emissions reductions as activists prepare for global day of action tomorrow

December 11, 2009