'Smart' people are dumb

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I can’t begin to describe the level of stupid in this: Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders — could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest […]

International joke

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From the “I can’t make this stuff up” files: The Conference on Disarmament held a plenary meeting this morning in which the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea assumed the presidency of the Conference and members bid farewell to the departing ambassadors from Canada and the United Kingdom. In his initial address to the Conference as […]

Human rights commission

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The Bush administration refused to be part of the United Nations’ human rights commission because it was a joke. Members include China, Cuba, Libya, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Obama administration insisted that it could be a force for good. Bolshevik Storytelling. The U.S. delegation earlier this year submitted its report on human rights in […]

Obama and Israel

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I hate to say it, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that the man who sat in the pews at Jeremiah Wright’s church for two decades would have imbibed some of the anti-Semitism that was preached from the pulpit. In this, President Barack Obama follows the lead of noted useful idiot and […]

Evil

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I don’t know how else to describe this report from Military.com. The former military captain says it was in the early 1990s, that he watched his then commander wrestle with giving up his 12-year-old daughter who was mentally ill. The commander, he says, initially resisted, but after mounting pressure from his military superiors, he gave […]

Honduras again

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Ex-president Manuel Zelaya of Honduras appeared at the United Nations and got the approval of that undemocratic cabal to return to power. Getting removed from power has apparently given Zelaya a new respect for the law. Zelaya — whose elected term ends in January 2010 — had defied the Supreme Court and called a referendum […]

Unaccountable and corrupt

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The problem with the United Nations is that it is accountable to no one and therefore corruption is practically encouraged. (via Commonsense&Wonder) One of the UN’s largest international relief efforts is under investigation after it emerged that thousands of sacks of food aid were being diverted from starving refugees and openly sold for profit. The […]

Killing Africans

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The U.N. is reversing its position supporting the use of indoor spraying of DDT to prevent malaria in Africa. In 2006, after 25 years and 50 million preventable deaths, the World Health Organization reversed course and endorsed widespread use of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria. So much for that. Earlier this month, the U.N. […]

An inconvenient study

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An article in Middle East Quarterly purports to show the amount of foreign aid given to the Palestinians tracks with the number of homicides committed there. In the midst of the effort in Paris to bestow unprecedented sums of foreign aid on the Palestinians, there was little discussion of the unintended consequences — often deadly […]

Is this bizarro world?

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Radio talk show host Dennis Prager mentioned this editorial in the Los Angeles Times as evidence that editorial writers don’t inhabit the same reality as the rest of us — and he’s right. Yet [the United Nations is] also utterly indispensable. Warts and all, it is the world’s only meaningful bulwark against nuclear proliferation, human-rights […]