Newsmax – June 19, 2018
The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel.
“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. She said the decision was an affirmation of U.S. respect for human rights, a commitment that “does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights. ”
The 47-member council, created in 2006 and based in Geneva, began its latest session on Monday with a broadside against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights. He called the policy of separating children from parents crossing the southern border illegally “unconscionable.”
Jordan Schachtel – June 15, 2018
The Trump administration may decide to depart from the highly corrupt United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), U.S. sources told Reuters.
“Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council,” the Reuters report said, adding that a U.S. official said that withdrawal appeared to be “imminent.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to observers of the activities at the United Nations. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has threatened to leave the UNHRC on numerous occasions, often citing its “obsession” with the State of Israel, along with its institutional coziness with dictatorial regimes.
What is supposed to be a body that calls attention to human rights has instead been warped into a U.N. agency that provides cover for the atrocities committed by corrupt member states. Look no further than the UNHRC’s membership roster to understand why this body could never take a legitimate interest in defending human rights. Its current membership roster includes authoritarian states and Islamic supremacist regimes such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, Qatar, and Venezuela, among many others.
And it seems the only thing that these totalitarian UNHRC members can agree on is how much they hate Israel.
DW – June 8, 2018
Germany was voted onto the United Nations Security Council for the sixth time on Friday, after it secured a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.
The place was effectively guaranteed going into the vote: Germany and Belgium ran unopposed for the two spots in the Western European and Others category. Israel was initially also in the running, but withdrew its bid last month.
Germany received 184 votes from the 190 cast ballots.
Germany’s diplomatic mission to the UN posted a video of its representative celebrating its election to the Security Council.
In a tweet, the German Foreign Office in Berlin said: “We are looking forward to this huge task and responsibility. Many thanks to all those who placed their trust in us. Now let’s get to work!”
Sputnik News – June 1, 2018
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States on Friday vetoed a Kuwait-authored resolution condemning Israel for the continuing violence in its clashes with Gaza protesters.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley cast the only vote on the 15-member Security Council to oppose the resolution, welding the US veto as a permanent council member. Ten nations voted in favour of the resolution, with four including the United Kingdom abstaining.
Meanwhile, the draft, rolled out by the United States, which suggested condemning the Gaza-based Hamas militant group, which Israel accuses of stoking tensions in the exclave during weeks of deadly protests by Palestinians, also hasn’t been supported by the Security Council, only getting support from its creators while three members of the council voted against it and 11 abstained.
Tovah Lazaroff – May 9, 2018
Iran threatened to nix its nuclear deal unless the three European signatories to the nuclear deal — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — offer Tehran strong incentives.
“We do not trust the three European countries, like we don’t trust the US; without receiving a strong guarantee from these three European countries, we won’t stick to the nuclear agreement [the JCPOA],” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in Tehran.
An English version of the speech he gave in the aftermath of the US decision to nix the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran was posted on his web site.
The E3 countries have been hopeful they can sway Iran to remain in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action under which Tehran agreed to curb is nuclear program in exchange for an agreement from the six world powers that they would lift their economic sanctions.
Mac Slavo – April 18, 2018
Citing increasing tensions with Russia, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has begun to prepare 35,000 troops for combat. The troops will participate in the largest training exercise conducted since the end of the Cold War.
NATO commanders revealed the thousands of soldiers from 30 different countries are expected to take part in the Trident Juncture drill in Norway. Massive parts of the Scandinavian country will be impacted by the influx of around 130 warplanes and 60 warships, reported The Daily Star. Trident Juncture will be aimed at rehearsing for any potential threat posed by Russia when it kicks off in October.
The United States Marines also maintain a constant presence in Norway, with tanks and other military hardware stashed away in frozen caves.
War games of this scale have not been seen in decades as United Nation chiefs admitted the Cold War is back “with a vengeance” and NATO forces will take part in what has been described as a “big important exercise.” But some, such as former Soviet Union general think tensions are now much tighter since the Cold War and a nuclear conflict is inevitable.
Debkafioles – April 18, 2018
Independence Day in Israel beginning Wednesday night is traditionally celebrated with music and bright lights across the country’s towns and villages at the end of Memorial Day. Quadcopters with LED bulbs create multicolored Star of David images on the walls of Jerusalem. The air force stages a spectacular fly-past Thursday. Many people will visit the army and police sites which are opened to the public, along with outdoor picnics and family gatherings. Forty ambassadors to the United Nations have arrived to take part in Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations. They hail from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. Accompanying the diplomats is Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN.
In Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry contest, the public ranked as the greatest Israeli inventions of all time, the Iron Dome missile-defense system, followed by Waze international navigation, drip irrigation and Disk On Key data storage (Memory Stick.)
DW – April 14, 2018
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday rejected a Russian resolution to condemn Western strikes on Syria.
Moscow called the emergency Council meeting after the US, France and the UK fired scores of cruise missiles at what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Damascus last week.
How the meeting went
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint and asked states to avoid any escalation.
- Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack.
- Russia filed a draft resolution condemning the missile attack as a violation of international law and the UN Charter, and demanding the US and its allies cease aggression against Syria.
- Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor. Eight countries voted against the draft. Four abstained.
DW – April 9, 2018
The UN Security Council on Monday opened an emergency session following Saturday’s alleged poison gas attack on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, which killed at least 49 people and injured hundreds more.
The EU and Western countries on the Security Council blamed the attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is backed by Russia and Iran.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, told the session that “the United States will respond” to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.
“We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,” said Haley. “History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.”
After the meeting, US President Donald Trump vowed to “forcefully” respond to the attack.
Virginia Kruta – April 8, 2018
U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the U.S. had joined with eight other nations to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
The purpose of that meeting, which will take place on Monday, is to address the chemical attack that has been reported in Douma, Syria.
Haley’s statement included in the press release was unequivocal.
Yet again, there are reports of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Unfortunately, chemical weapons use to injure and kill innocent Syrian civilians has become all too common. The Security Council has to come together and demand immediate access for first responders, support an independent investigation into what happened, and hold accountable those responsible for this atrocious act.