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November 2, 2011
In past decades, Palestinian nationalists thought they had to hijack planes or blow up Israeli civilians in order to attract international attention. Some still do, but moderate leaders are lately discovering that the path to recognition might lie instead through the United Nations. On Monday, they won a key victory when Palestine — a state that doesn't technically exist — was granted membership in the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. That's giving the Obama administration fits and angering pro-Israel members of Congress from both U.S. political parties, but regardless of how one feels about the proper borders of Israel, the Palestinian switch to a diplomatic strategy represents progress.
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
March 3, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was foreign minister of South Korea from 2004 through 2006, he experienced directly how entertainment can shape popular perceptions, when not one but two TV networks began airing miniseries about the lives of Korean diplomats. Although the series romanticized diplomat life with requisite dashes of love and conflict, the net effect for the foreign ministry was a burnished public image. "Good storytelling is a very strong tool to change the attitudes and minds of people," Ban recalled in an interview.
February 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan - Toddlers tottering in the dust, elderly men sitting in the shade to escape the sapping heat, clustering flies, the drifting smoke of cooking fires, and the sour smell of far too many people crowded into a small space. If things are bad now at the displaced persons camp near the main U.N. peacekeeping base in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, they'll soon be much worse. The rains are coming. By April or May they'll bring malaria, mud, perhaps cholera, and make life in these camps even more miserable.
May 22, 1990
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council will meet Friday and Saturday to discuss a peace plan for Cambodia, according to U.N. diplomats. Officials from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, Britain and China will hold the session, their fourth on the topic this year, to try to devise a plan for ending the 10-year-old Cambodian civil war.
February 23, 1992
In response to your editorial "Yugoslavia--Pay Now or Pay Later," Feb. 15: I support your advocacy of a United Nations peacekeeping force for Croatia, but I am surprised at your unquestioning acceptance that a "longstanding formula" that requires the United States to bear 30% of the cost. Times change and that longstanding formula should be revised to reflect present-day realities. Japan and Western Europe should now pick up more of the tab for United Nations peacekeeping operations.
December 10, 1988
In his column " 'Freedom for the Thought That We Hate' Should Have Guided Shultz on Arafat" (Op-Ed Page, Dec. 2) Gary Hart is as confused as ever. Secretary of State George Shultz is not trying to keep Arafat from speaking his mind. Arafat can speak all he wants in Geneva or any place else but not in the United States for the simple fact that he can be legally charged as an accessory to the murder of a number of Americans. Arafat has never apologized for these murders or offered reparations to the families of the victims.
December 16, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - With the Syrian humanitarian crisis worsening amid mounting fears of starvation and illness, the United Nations on Monday launched a drive for about $6.5 billion in aid, described as the largest amount ever sought for a single emergency. Speaking in Geneva, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who recently returned from a trip to Syria and Lebanon, cited the plight of “millions of Syrians who are displaced and in urgent need of food, shelter and healthcare both inside the country and across the region.” Aid agencies are seeking donations from governments, private organizations and individuals.
September 24, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter
UNITED NATIONS -- President Obama made a direct personal appeal to Iran's new president Tuesday, issuing an overture for a diplomatic resolution of Iran's disputed nuclear program as a “major step down a long road” toward better relations. “The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said in a lengthy address to the United Nations General Assembly. “Iran's genuine commitment to go down a different path will be good for the region and the world and will help the Iranian people meet their extraordinary potential," Obama said.
September 24, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams and Vincent Bevins
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used her lead-off speech at the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to blast the United States for operating a worldwide spying network that she said violates the sovereignty of other countries and the civil liberties of their citizens. Rousseff had already signaled her nation's outrage over reports of National Security Agency data interceptions in Brazil by canceling a summit and state dinner with President Obama that had been set for late October.
August 28, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A final Western effort to win a United Nations blessing for military action against Syria appeared to collapse Wednesday, but the United States and its allies were still expected to launch a retaliatory attack in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. Despite the apparent diplomatic failure, the White House received an endorsement from the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the key Western military alliance. After a meeting of the allaince's policymaking arm, NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement in Brussels that reports of a chemical weapons attacks by Syria “cannot go unanswered.
May 14, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Finally, a small cadre of busybody bureaucrats has discovered a way to bring this divided country together. Thank you, IRS, for pulling off what no politician has been able to do. Mortal political enemies on both sides of the aisle agree: The IRS badly misstepped when it singled out for scrutiny groups with the words “tea party” and “patriots” in their names who had applied for tax-exempt status. That is a Nixon-worthy no-no. Regardless of whether this practice simply represented a shortcut in the agency's larger effort to evaluate the flood of applications for tax-exempt status in 2010 and 2011, as the agency maintains, it's a ham-fisted way of doing business.
February 8, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Intense fighting between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters continued Friday around Damascus, the capital, and U.N. officials said about 5,000 people were now fleeing the country daily. Activists reported heavy shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad on opposition-held Ghouta to the east of the city and in neighborhoods to the south in response to an offensive this week by rebel groups trying to remove government checkpoints and seize strategic areas on the capital's outskirts.
November 16, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Iran has finished installing centrifuges at a fortified underground facility and can sharply increase production of enriched uranium to a purity that can be quickly improved to weapons grade, the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said Friday in a report likely to stir new concern in the West about Tehran's nuclear ambitions. According to the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has prepared 700 more centrifuges at the Fordow facility for operation since August, doubling the plant's enrichment capacity.
November 12, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Facing a lack of progress in their statehood bid, Palestinian leaders said Monday that they would ask the United Nations General Assembly by month's end to elevate their status in the international body from observer entity to nonmember state. Though largely symbolic, an upgrade could make it easier for the Palestinians to join organizations such as the International Criminal Court, which previously rejected their complaint against Israel over its handling of the 2008-09 Gaza Strip assault.
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