United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own workplace. The UN has come under fire for union-busting, and the labor standoff could undermine its ability to uphold the rights of others around the globe.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 10, 2013 8:30 am|
Rice’s speech came on the same day as news broke of a Pew Research Center poll indicating that American opposition to striking Syria has surged. It contained many myths the administration has been propagating—and apparently intends to continue propagating—in order to keep pressing its public relations offensive for war.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 9, 2013 6:30 pm|
National security advisor Susan E. Rice was sent by the administration of President Barack Obama to deliver a speech making the case for war on Syria at the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, DC.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 8, 2013 2:00 pm|
Struggling to win support for United States military strikes on Syria, the administration of President Barack Obama has launched an information operation on members of Congress and citizens of America, who still refuse to support engaging in an act of war in response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 7, 2013 10:15 am|
Reading the 2009 announcement from the Nobel Peace Prize committee and Obama’s Nobel Laureate lecture, and then listening to the news today is an exercise in mental whiplash.
As the fourth anniversary of that announcement approaches, Obama might want to return his Nobel medal to Oslo. It’s not as if it means a lot to him any more.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 28, 2013 6:35 am|
As US forces prepare a punitive strike on the Assad regime over alleged chemical weapons use, the United Nations envoy refused to claim that sarin gas was used merely saying some chemical “substance” was involved.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 10, 2013 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s documentary, Call Me Kuchu, follows a pivotal time in the lives of Uganda’s LGBT population. Our guests tonight, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, were given unprecedented access to LGBT activists, the kuchu community in Uganda, their families, supporters, and detractors as they made this moving, inspiring film.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 2, 2013 5:55 am|
The indefinite detention of individuals at Guantanamo Bay prison, “most of whom have not been charged, goes beyond a minimally reasonable period of time” and “constitutes a flagrant violation of international human rights law,” the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and a United Nations (UN) working group on arbitrary detention stated today.
The condemnation also came from Juan Mendez, a UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Anan Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday April 3, 2013 1:30 am|
Oh dear, here comes the nutjob conspiracy screamers…
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 21, 2013 1:30 pm|
President Barack Obama, during his visit to Israel, spoke at the Jerusalem Convention Center to Israeli students. It was a typically pragmatic speech, reminding the audience that US will defend the country against those who oppose its “right to exist” while at the same time outlining how Palestinians deserve a state of their own.