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Top UN News: A Week in Review

Maj. Ahlem Douzi of Tunisia, a UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, received the annual Trailblazer Award for Justice and Corrections Officers, May 7, 2024. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO By Arthur Bassas / PassBlue On May 10, 2024, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to enhance the status of Palestine in the UN, taking it one […]

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Is the UN Failing in Gaza?

In Gaza, access to water is so restricted that in Khan Younis, a city in the south of the enclave, 600 people are said to be sharing one toilet. The United Nations remains the main lifeline in the Palestinian territory since the Israeli-Hamas war began, but could the organization be doing more to end the […]

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UN Puts Spotlight on Attacks Against Indigenous Land Defenders

Indigenous Peoples protest in Washington. Photo from Wikimedia Commons from January 20, 2017. By Sarah Sax / Grist When around 70,000 Indigenous Maasai were expelled from their lands in northern Tanzania in 2022, it didn’t happen in a vacuum. For years, the Tanzanian government has systematically attacked Maasai communities, imprisoning Maasai leaders and land defenders on trumped-up charges, confiscating livestock, […]

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Is Washington’s Defense of Israel’s War destroying the Edifice of the Liberal International Order?

Eau Clare, Wi. (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – We are in an age of firsts. The October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel set off a conflict in which non-state actors have played an unprecedented role. In the aftermath, Israel replied with massively disproportionate force, such that its actions have been found plausibly to […]

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Nicaragua Sues Germany at Int’l Court of Justice to Halt Weapons to a “Genocidal” Israel

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Nicaragua’s opposition online newspaper, La Prensa , reported Monday that proceedings began at the International Court of Justice in Managua’s complaint against Germany for abetting Israeli genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza with its weapons shipments. Nearly half of arms shipments to Israel during the past six months have come […]