The Time to End Sex Discrimination

September 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

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...

For the United Nations, Multilateralism Is the Way Forward

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the president of the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.  The United Nations is often criticized for bureaucratic inefficiency, with its more passionate critics disparaging the organization’s...

Climate Change: Yep, Still Happening

September 21, 2016

How did climate change become a partisan issue in America? Do you remember Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth? Was it the first time you were shocked into realizing that our planet is undergoing major climatic changes you might be responsible for? Were you frightened back then? The truly scary...

Can There Be An Iran Nuclear Breakthrough in New York?

September 22, 2014

The US and Iranian negotiating positions can both be faulted, but there is potential for them to find common ground. As heads of government arrive in New York for the this year’s United Nations General Assembly — where the US, European Union, Russia, China and Iran have resumed negotiations...

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

October 08, 2013

Hope for a real improvement in US-Iranian relations is not far-fetched.  Observers of the relationship between the US and Iran recently lived through one of those rare weeks when the colored glass in the kaleidoscope shifts and the outlook changes. It was a momentous week, possibly a...