International Organizations

U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

December 5, 2012

“The Senate has failed to ratify an international treaty intended to protect the rights of those with disabilities, as a bloc of conservatives opposed the treaty believing it could interfere with U.S. law.”

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Report: Mortar Shell Strikes Syrian School, Killing 29 Students and a Teacher

December 4, 2012

“Although the attack was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the identity of the attackers remains unknown. Syria’s state news agency reported that an unspecified group of rebels shelled the school.”

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NATO Votes to Deploy Patriot Missiles to the Turkish Border with Syria

December 4, 2012

“”NATO’s position is clear. Any deployment would be to protect turkey. It would be purely defensive in nature. It will in no way support a no fly zone or any offensive operation,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.”

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Spanish Government raids Business accused of Exporting Goods to Iran

November 29, 2012

“Spain’s tax agency said the company had managed to send over seven machines designed to make parts for turbines used in energy plants, in a scheme that violated United Nations security council sanctions against Iran.”

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Former Kosovo Rebel Chief Ramush Haradinaj Acquitted of War Crimes

November 29, 2012

“A United Nations war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo for the second time of charges of torturing and killing Serb civilians while he was a commander of the NATO-backed Kosovo Liberation Army during its fight for independence in 1999.”

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European Commission Approves 37 Billion Euro Eurozone Bailout for Four Spanish Banks

November 29, 2012

“The European Commission on Wednesday approved a payment of 37 billion euros, or $48 billion, from the euro zone bailout fund to four Spanish banks on the condition that they lay off thousands of employees and close offices.”

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United States sets March 2013 Deadline for Iran to Cooperate with the IAEA

November 29, 2012

“The comments by U.S. diplomat Robert Wood to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency signaled Washington’s growing frustration at a lack of progress in the IAEA’s inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear program.”

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United Nations General Assembly Passes Resolution Upgrading Palestine’s Status to Non-Member Observer State

November 29, 2012

“The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body — a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.”

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Google criticizes the United Nations’ Internet Treaty Conference, calling it a “threat” to the “free and open” Internet

November 22, 2012

“Google added that it was concerned that “only governments have a voice at the ITU” and not companies or others who had a stake in the net.”

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General John Allen resumes his duties as the Top U.S. and NATO Commander of the War in Afghanistan

November 21, 2012

“At the time Panetta announced that the Pentagon inspector general is reviewing as many as 30,000 pages of Allen’s correspondence with Kelley, Panetta said he had determined that Allen should remain in command in Kabul, pending the outcome of the probe.”

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Middle East Foreign Press Association demands Israel explain why their Air Force targeted Media Buildings

November 18, 2012

“On the December 23 2006 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1738 which ‘condemns attacks against journalists in conflict situations.”

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Protests erupt in Jordan in response to rising fuel prices related to the country’s $2 Billion IMF Loan

November 14, 2012

“Street protests against autocracy, corruption and mismanagement of funds have led to the overthrow of several long-serving Arab leaders, including those of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.”

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Internal Probe: United Nations “failed in its mandate to protect the civilians of Sri Lanka”

November 14, 2012

“The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.”

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Suspected Missile Parts from North Korea were seized last May en route to Syria

November 14, 2012

“South Korean officials seized the shipment of 445 graphite cylinders, which had been declared as lead piping, from a Chinese vessel called the Xin Yan Tai, U.N. Security Council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.”

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United States backs a United Nations call to continue to draft an International Treaty to Regulate Global Conventional Arms Trade

November 8, 2012

“U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies.”

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