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The notion of alcohol consumers piously demanding that others stop using pot probably makes you think of the beer-swilling World War II generation berating weed-smoking hippies during the 1960s. Now, thanks to the United Nations, that caricature gets an update, and the hypocrisy is at once amusing and depressing.
You may have read the headline-grabbing news that in advance of its conference on drug policy last week, the U.N. issued a report urging the United States government to block Colorado and Washington state from moving forward with voter-approved laws that allow adult citizens to use marijuana as a less harmful alternative to alcohol. What you may not have heard is that on the very same day the U.N. released that report, U.S. ambassador Joseph Torsella slammed his U.N. colleagues for drinking too much on the job. Apparently, binging at the U.N. is so commonplace and excessive that it is hindering the organization from conducting its most basic work.
http://www.alternet.org/hypocrites-un-slams-us-marijuana-legalization-scolded-drinking-job-same-dayThe notion of alcohol consumers piously demanding that others stop using pot probably... more
UN,CJE– More than 20 musicians from across the globe are joining forces with the United Nations to spotlight the importance of empowering women through a song that will be released on International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March.UN,CJE– More than 20 musicians from across the globe are joining forces with the... more
"Artificial Earthquake" Reported in North Korea - United Nations Is Reporting This Was a Nuclear Test.
A United Nations Security Council diplomat says there has been a nuclear test in North Korea, after a magnitude 4.9 "artificial earthquake" was reported.
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U.S. Geological Survey reports a seismic disturbance in North Korea, centered near the site of two prior nuclear tests.
THE NEW YORK TIMES:
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North Korea Is Believed to Have Conducted Third Nuclear Test, South Korea Says
LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Nuclear test by North Korea suspected
North Korea 'quake' amid test fears
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A group of United Nations experts today called on the Russian parliament to discard a draft bill that would ban ‘propaganda of homosexuality among minors,’ stressing that the proposed legislation would undermine human rights in the country.A group of United Nations experts today called on the Russian parliament to discard a... more
If silence is equivalent to approval, then both Republicans and Democrats are silently endorsing President Obama’s undeclared wars using aerial drones to assassinate terrorist targets in other countries. As technologically accurate as the drone missiles are, “collateral damage,” a polite term for the death of innocent women and children, is invariable. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has announced a special inquiry into civilian deaths associated with drone strikes and other forms of targeted killing...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=48285If silence is equivalent to approval, then both Republicans and Democrats are silently... more
Da lo mismo las conferencias que hagamos. En los últimos veinte años, 30 por ciento más de efecto invernadero y en 2011 se batieron récords de emisiones de CO2.
http://www.themalditoroedor.com/la-emision-de-gases-de-efecto-invernadero-bate-records-y-acelera-el-calentamiento-global/Da lo mismo las conferencias que hagamos. En los últimos veinte años, 30... more
There has been a historic shift in the UN climate talks in Qatar, with the prospect of rich nations having to compensate poor nations for losses due to climate change.
The US has fiercely opposed the measure - it says the cost could be unlimited.
But after angry tussles throughout the night the principle of Loss and Damage is now in the final negotiating text.
Small island states at risk from inundation say they will walk out if the US vetoes the proposed deal.
The political stakes are high. The EU's position is not yet well defined, but soundings suggest that it can live with the text.
The US will be seeking support from other big polluters - like Canada - likely to face liability for climate damages.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20650534There has been a historic shift in the UN climate talks in Qatar, with the prospect of... more
Right now at a meeting in Dubai, world governments are pushing to dramatically expand their powers to censor and control the Internet – we have only 7 days left until their meeting ends to stop them.Right now at a meeting in Dubai, world governments are pushing to dramatically expand... more
On Tuesday, the Senate voted to deep-six a United Nations treaty that would have recognized the rights of the world’s disabled citizens. It’s been ratified by 126 nations including – wait for it – China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But because of the Republican nimrods in the Senate and their dickish cheerleaders like Rick Santorum, the United States can proudly say that we don’t give a rat’s ass about the rights of the world’s disabled. So, you might be asking yourself what fiendish reason they could have for opposing the treaty. Well, try home schooling...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=46436On Tuesday, the Senate voted to deep-six a United Nations treaty that would have... more
Bureaucrats from around the world will gather behind closed doors in Dubai next week to plot an end to the Internet as we know it — or so Washington would have you believe.
Hill lawmakers warn that the 120-plus U.S. delegation needs to fend off efforts by China, Russia and developing nations to use a United Nations branch organization to censor or tax the Net. Google is orchestrating an online petition drive, and even Grover Norquist is involved.
The hype is a perfect storm for Matt Drudge: The U.N. will take over the Internet — unless you act fast.
"It was very important for the United States to send a shot across the bow and let countries like China and Russia know that we are onto the games they’re trying to play,” said Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who led a successful effort to pass a resolution against the interference in August. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) backed a companion measure in the Senate.
Full Story: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/the-plot-against-the-internet-84468.html#ixzz2Dw7a6eSfBureaucrats from around the world will gather behind closed doors in Dubai next week... more
Say what? The US gives $3 billion to Israel, mostly for military security and loan guarantees and these unregistered agents of Israel are still running around the US trying to get even more money off US taxpayers?
"Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.
Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.
Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere."
Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance."Say what? The US gives $3 billion to Israel, mostly for military security and loan... more
UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who was weakened by the recent eight days of fighting in Gaza.
The new ranking could make it easier for the Palestinians to pursue Israel in international legal forums, but it remained unclear what effect it would have on attaining what both sides say they want — a two-state solution.
Still, the vote offered a showcase for an extraordinary international lineup of support for the Palestinians and constituted a deeply symbolic achievement for their cause, made even weightier by arriving on the 65th anniversary of the General Assembly vote that divided the former British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab — a vote that Israel considers the international seal of approval for its birth.
The tally, in which 138 members voted yes, nine voted no and 41 abstained, took place after a speech by Abbas to the General Assembly, in which he called the moment a “last chance” to save the two-state solution amid a narrowing window of opportunity.
“The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of Palestine,” he said before the vote.
But in the run-up to the vote, he and Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, blamed the other side for not doing enough to pursue peace.
Full Story: http://www.telegram.com/article/20121130/NEWS/111309654/-1/NEWS06UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted Thursday to grant Palestine the... more
France warned the Palestinians against taking Israel to the International Criminal Court should they win upgraded UN status this week, saying it would it damage peace efforts.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius acknowledged it would be within the Palestinians' rights to join the ICC and pursue Israel should they win recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations.
But such a move would be counter-productive, he added.
Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday the Palestinians were facing "intensive pressure" not to sue Israel for war crimes at the ICC, a day before Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to present the upgraded request to the UN General Assembly in New York.France warned the Palestinians against taking Israel to the International Criminal... more
The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish thePalestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.
A resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority’s U.N.observer status from “entity” to “non-member state,” like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation General Assembly.
Israel, the United States and a handful of other members are planning to vote against what they see as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians, which takes place on the 65th anniversary of the assembly’s adoption of resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been leading the campaign to win support for the resolution, and over a dozen European governments have offered him their support after an eight-day conflict this month between Israel and Islamists in the Gaza Strip, who are pledged to Israel’s destruction and oppose his efforts toward a negotiated peace.
The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and U.S. Middle East peace envoy David Hale traveled to New York on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to get Abbas to reconsider.
The Palestinians gave no sign they were turning back.The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of... more
George Galloway epic rant against Obama administration cutting funds to UNESCO
http://www.newsbooze.com/george-galloway-epic-rant-against-obama-administration-cutting-funds-to-unesco-youtube/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=george-galloway-epic-rant-against-obama-administration-cutting-funds-to-unesco-youtubeGeorge Galloway epic rant against Obama administration cutting funds to UNESCO... more
The United Nations has declared Colorado and Washington in violation of international treaties following ballot initiatives that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
The President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, has voiced “grave concern about the outcome of recent referenda in the United States of America that would allow the non-medical use of cannabis by adults in the states of Colorado and Washington, and in some cities in the states of Michigan and Vermont,” according to an INCB press release. The INCB is a quasi-judicial “control organ” for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions.
Mr. Yans said the referenda in Colorado and Washington state “are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states.” Yans cited the standard nanny-state reasons for dictating what consenting adult Americans put in their bodies, including mental disorders, and cited the welfare of children as a primary concern of the internationalist organization.
“Legalization of cannabis within these states would send wrong and confusing signals to youth and society in general, giving the false impression that drug abuse might be considered normal and even, most disturbingly, safe. Such a development could result in the expansion of drug abuse, especially among young people, and we must remember that all young people have a right to be protected from drug abuse and drug dependency,” the globalist bureaucrat said.
Yans called for the U.S. federal government to “resolve the contradiction between the federal and state levels in the implementation of that country’s obligations under the drug control conventions” and demanded it “take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties within the entire territory of the United States, in order to protect the health and well-being of its citizens.”
In other words, the United Nations insists the federal government perpetuate the destructive and expensive War on Drugs that has fostered a massive prison-industrial complex and ruined countless lives over the last few decades....
http://www.infowars.com/united-nations-moves-to-impose-international-treaties-on-states-legalizing-marijuana/The United Nations has declared Colorado and Washington in violation of international... more
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A severe drop in the world’s grain supply due to this summer’s extreme weather events has driven up food prices and could lead to a major hunger crisis in 2013, UN officials say.
Widespread drought and record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. caused mass soybean and corn crop failures this summer, leading to the worst harvest in more than 50 years. Similar weather is expected to cut grain harvests in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – which together supply a quarter of world’s wheat exports – by 27 percent. These production shortages have led to the U.S. consuming more grain than it produces, running grain stocks down to historically low levels.
And the U.S. isn’t alone: worldwide food consumption has surpassed production for the sixth time in 11 years, and countries have reduced reserves from an average 107 days of consumption 10 years ago to less than 74 days in recent years. This drop in food reserves leaves “no room for unexpected events next year,” Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, told the Guardian.
The low crop yields have caused a spike in food prices around the world, with the UN FAO reporting a Food Price Index rise of 1.4 percent in September, following an increase of 6 percent in July. This price increase hurts the world’s poorest countries, where as much as 60 to 80 percent of household budgets are spent on food. Families in these countries eat less often, buy cheaper, less nutritious and less varied food, and must make cuts in other areas in order to feed themselves. Rising food prices are expected to increase the grain import bill for poor countries to $36.5 billion in 2012-2013 – a 3.7 percent jump from last year’s bill.
Increased food prices could also lead to increased instability around the world. One study concluded that riots become more likely when Food Price Index levels surpass 210 points. Currently at 216 points, Food Price Index levels are 22 points away from those that some say helped spark the riots leading to the Arab Spring. They’ve certainly contributed to instability in the past: food price spikes in 2007 and 2008 sparked food riots in countries across the world, which led to the death of five people and the collapse of the government in Haiti.
In the U.S., consumers don’t often take to the streets to protest the rise in food prices, in part because food makes up so little of our household budgets – in 2011, U.S. consumers spent on average about 7 percent of their income on food, compared to 43 percent in Indonesia. Still, food prices aren’t going unnoticed in America. The price of corn increased 60 percent during the summer, causing some restaurants to cut corn from their menus and serve grain-intensive beef less often. The price of chicken, turkey and eggs is up from last year, and menu prices at Olive Garden, McDonalds, Buffalo Wild Wings have increased in response to higher food prices. And farmers are adjusting too: chicken suppliers are growing larger birds so they have fewer mouths to feed, and this fall, farmers are feeding their cows candy as a cheaper alternative to corn.
During the October 16 Committee on World Food Security 39th session in Rome, the UN focused talks on what can be done to combat the rising price of food. Officials noted that the number of people suffering from hunger has stopped going down over the past several years, and is actually increasing in Africa and the Middle East. During the committee session, which runs from October 15 – 20, the UN is stressing the importance of agricultural cooperatives as key players in ending poverty and hunger.
By Katie Valentine on Oct 16, 2012 at 4:00 pmA severe drop in the world’s grain supply due to this summer’s extreme... more
The UN General Assembly came to New York City, took one look at Syria's civil war, and went right back into their five-star hotels. It'll be awhile before the country has its Arab Spring. As for now, civilians are killed in the crosshairs between opposition and government fighting, and our stubborn superpowers sit pointing fingers at one another.
What is the solution? What's the way forward? Well, I was lucky enough to present my proposal to the General Assembly. Call it crazy, call it far-fetched, but don't call into question my green screen.The UN General Assembly came to New York City, took one look at Syria's civil... more
Leaders talk during the United Nations Meeting