The UN has upheld Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. The battle for Kosovo may have been lost, writes Simon Tisdall, but this legal decision sets an important precedent for other separatist groups.
More conflict between Iran and the U.N. has ensued following the ban of two nuclear inspectors from Tehran. Iran officials allege the inspectors leaked false information about experiments conducted at a research laboratory.
News that half of the food aid sent to Somalia ends up in the hands of contractors, militants and UN staffers is just the latest scandal in a long history of corruption in the UN’s World Food Programme.
How a UN and World Bank-backed scheme to bring clean drinking water to millions of Bangladeshis went horribly wrong, resulting in what the World Health Organisation has labeled “the largest mass poisoning of a population in history”.
A Chinese think-tank report from the Copenhagen climate summit leaked to the Guardian reveals the government didn’t set out to spoil the talks, just to avoid rich nations’ “conspiracy to divide the developing world”.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon tells of his experiences in Haiti in an op-ed for the Washington Post and makes his plea: helping Haiti swiftly and effectively in its hour of need will give hope to the entire world’s poor.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has egg on its face after its long-held claim that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 has been revealed as pure speculation published in a non-academic pop-science magazine.
Ousted former senior UN official Peter Galbraith says a NYT piece accusing him of plotting to oust Afghan President Hamid Karzai was false: the UN is just trying to distract people from its terrible mishandling of the country’s elections.
Following revelations of wide-spread fraud in the Afghan election, fired senior UN official Peter Galbraith planned to enlist the US’s help to replace President Hamid Karzai with “a more Western-friendly figure”. Is that the real reason he was given the boot?
Documents leaked to the Times reveal the United Nations has been negotiating with Iranian officials to lift the country’s nuclear sanctions, allowing it to retain most of its nuclear program, in return for co-operation with UN inspectors.
Iran may be using a UN agency, intended to facilitate financial payments between Asian countries, to route billions of dollars offshore and circumvent American sanctions, a former US Treasury official alleges.
The Hague has a long history of overseeing international law, the latest being the trial of Serbian Radovan Karadzic, accused of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. Too bad he was a no show, writes Grant Doyle.
Let’s be honest with Australia’a immigration policy, says Keane Shum. Being white and having money makes it far easier to get a visa to Australia than if you are black or brown and your life is at serious risk. People need to be aware of this.
Peter Galbraithwas fired from his post as the UN’s deputy special representative in Afghanistan last week, after refusing to keep quiet about the massive fraud in the country’s elections. Now he’s spilled all in the Washington Post.
In a promising step forward, Iran has pledged to let the UN in to inspect its newly disclosed nuclear facility. But if that one was kept secret for years, how many others are there we don’t know about?
The United Nations is nothing more than a “theatre for the absurd”, says Alex Castellanos, where “terrorists and madmen” stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the leader of the free world — and the US foots almost a quarter of the bill for the privilege.
China has only recently come back into the UN’s good books. So why doesn’t it support sanctions against Iran in light of its secret nuclear facility? What is the nature of China and Iran’s relationship?
Muammar Gaddafi may be copping it for his UN tirade last week, but he’s not the first world leader to get controversial at the UN General Assembly. Like, when Castro labelled JFK a “millionaire, illiterate, and ignorant”.
The acceptance of the G20 as a rule-maker for the conduct of the world’s financial systems quite literally ushers in a new world economic order: a genuine democratisation that directly includes two-thirds of the world’s population and indirectly gives a voice to the rest.