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Ian Williams

Ian Williams, formerly UN correspondent for The Nation, is the author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776The Deserter: Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past; The Alms Trade; and The UN For Beginners.

  • Global OrganizationsSeptember 21, 2006

    Bush’s Selective Perception

    President Bush’s address to the UN General Assembly was less disdainful than earlier speeches, but it shined a light on the President’s willful blindness to the complexity of the problems facing the Mideast and the world.

    Ian Williams

  • Global OrganizationsAugust 13, 2006

    Cease-Fire and Frustration

    After thirty-one days of war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and more than 1,000 dead, the United Nations has finally passed a cease-fire. Now what?

    Ian Williams

  • MediaAugust 12, 2006

    The Semantics of Terror

    The easy invocation of “terrorism”–whether by pundits or political leaders–is not just sloppy use of language. It is precisely targeted phrasing intended to terrorize dissent.

    Ian Williams

  • Global OrganizationsJuly 20, 2006

    The UN’s Mideast Mission

    The United Nations can be a useful tool in settling the current crisis in Lebanon and Gaza, but only with US support. It is up to President Bush to get on the phone to Ehud Olmert and tell him to stop.

    Ian Williams

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  • Foreign PolicyJune 26, 2006

    Say Goodbye to Bolton

    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.

    Ian Williams

  • Foreign PolicyJune 8, 2006

    UN to US: End the Abuse

    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.

    Ian Williams

  • Global OrganizationsMarch 16, 2006

    The Bolton Archipelago

    John Bolton’s grandstanding vote today opposing the establishment of a UN Human Rights Council might please hard-core isolationists. But no one else.

    Ian Williams

  • CorporationsNovember 22, 2005

    The Secret History of Rum

    Long before oil dominated geopolitics, rum was the original global commodity, tying Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean in a complex web of trade and credit. And Bacardi was the original multinational.

    Ian Williams

  • October 6, 2005

    Oil-for-Food: It Worked!

    Conservatives have undermined the credibility of the United Nations by exposing corruption in its oil-for-food program. But the inquiry led by Paul Volcker didn’t look at the mishandling of billions of dollars in oil-for-food surpluses given to US occupation forces or the alleged looting of such funds by US companies.

    Ian Williams

  • Global OrganizationsAugust 2, 2005

    Bolton Sent to UN

    The conservatives who applauded the President’s courage in making a recess appointment are normally strict constructionists, and although Bush is not the first President to abuse the prerogative, it is clear that recess appointments were meant to be be used in cases of unexpected emergencies, not to bypass the confirmation process. Ian Williams reports.

    Ian Williams