Selection of a new UN Secretary General is too important to be
engineered by the whims and prejudices of John Bolton. It's time for
saner voices in the Administration to tell the UN ambassador his time is up.
If the United Nations is to keep its promise to grant people with AIDS universal
access to treatment by 2010, it will be because activists are holding
world leaders accountable.
If the Bush Administration is serious about UN reform, it should
replace Ambassador John Bolton and stop linking payment of dues to
action on reform.
UN Deputy Secretary Mark Malloch Brown's measured reprimand of the Bush Administration was not an attack. It was a call for real US leadership instead of the bullying tactics of John Bolton.
Two new books explore Turkey's place in the world and what EU
membership would imply for international affairs.
Slobodan Milosevic died without a definitive judgment of his
responsibility for war and crimes against humanity. Now others will
judge him, precisely what he wanted to avoid.
John Bolton's grandstanding vote today opposing the establishment of a UN Human Rights Council might please hard-core isolationists. But no one else.
The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.
Many Bolivians have faith in Evo Morales, the former coca farmer who
became the first indigenous president in the country's history last
month. But will Morales be able to keep his promises to nationalize the
energy industry and protect indigenous culture and the livelihood of farmers?
Long-awaited reform efforts at the United Nations have
fallen far short of Kofi Annan's original vision. But despite John
Bolton's antagonism, there has been progress.