The UN Faces a Crisis

October 01, 2021

Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech at the UN General Assembly last month. It was full of the usual misstatements and exaggerations for which the Brazilian leader has become notorious. But the most noteworthy part of the speech had nothing to do with its contents. It was Bolsonaro’s refusal to take a...

Tensions Mount in the Gulf as World Leaders Gather at UN

September 23, 2019

On the morning of May 12, unidentified perpetrators attacked four oil tankers off the Fujairah port in the Gulf of Oman. Two of the tankers belonged to Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. The attacks occurred during Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s state visit to Tehran, which...

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

August 19, 2019

In a regional environment where the slightest miscalculated move on one side can trigger an equally miscalculated reaction from the other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions on August 5 over Jammu and Kashmir are simply bizarre. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had...

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in America

September 09, 2016

The US is falling short of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2015, the United States and 192 other nations adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These 17 goals and 169 targets set a development agenda for all countries, including the US,...

The UN Stays Silent on Press Freedoms

June 28, 2016

How can the body stand up for free expression when those freedoms are anathema to a sizeable part of its membership? In celebration of World Press Freedom Day in May, the United Nations (UN) released a statement extolling the virtues of an unrestricted press. A free media, it said, “can...

Better Education Can Decrease Wealth Inequality

April 22, 2016

Inequality in education is at the forefront of the global wealth gap. Today the world is doing a lackluster job of finding sustainable solutions to global inequality. This crisis is evident in cities like Lima, Peru, where a “wall of shame” separates the wealthy neighborhoods from the poor...

Ukraine is Part of Russia’s Superpower Ambition

March 03, 2014

Russia wants to restore its position as a world superpower. Last weekend, as Ukrainians commemorated over a hundred dead protesters, Russian troops entered the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea, taking advantage of the country's mourning. The international community, including the United...

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: What if Kerry Fails?

March 03, 2014

Failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement could be catastrophic.  In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his opinion on the necessity of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, elucidating his dedication to the current negotiations. He...

Correcting the Course of Libya’s Revolution (Part 2/2)

February 14, 2014

Libya's elected parliament became a base where different factions manipulated other arms of the state. Of the proposals for dealing with the expiring mandate of the General National Congress (GNC) and rectifying the larger political problems which have...

Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

January 05, 2014

US policy on Western Sahara constitutes nothing less than a rejection of international law. In November 2013, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights...

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