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Bombings in Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda became the target of twin bombings as crowds gathered to watch the World Cup earlier today. If, indeed, al-Shabaab are behind the attack, this would be a major step towards the internationalization of the Somali civil war.

Security Council Takes Action on Sinking of South Korean Navy Ship

The Security Council just passed a "presidential statement" condemning an attack that sunk the South Korean naval ship The Cheonan, killing 46 seamen.

The Security Council just passed a "presidential statement" condemning an attack that sunk the South Korean naval ship The Cheonan, killing 46 seamen.  To secure the support of China, though, the statement did not directly lay blame on North Korea for the incident.  From the UN News Service:

Nine Countries and the EU "Dismayed" By Blockade of UN Office in Sri Lanka

Hot off the presses, ten embassies in Colombo issue a joint statement on the protests that forced the UN to close it's offices in Sri Lanka yesterday. Overall, it's pretty weak sauce.

Hot off the presses, ten embassies in Colombo issue a joint statement on the protests that forced the UN to close it's offices in Sri Lanka. 
STATEMENT BY HEADS OF MISSION OF GERMANY, UK, US, FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, ROMANIA, NORWAY AND THE EU DELEGATION

The Somali Pirates' Business Model

A new UN report gives a concise explanation of how Somali pirates calculate their overhead and declare dividends for their investors.


 

Are Groups like the LRA Really Spreading Across Africa?

In a Foreign Policy piece, Jeffrey Gettleman argues that roving militias are sweeping across the continent. I'm not so sure.

In a Foreign Policy feature, Jeffrey Gettleman describes the kind of roving banditry practiced by the LRA and in Eastern Congo as "Africa's un-Wars."

Tony Lake Picked as UNICEF Chief

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake is named next head of the United Nations Children and Eduction Fund.

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed President Bill Clinton's former National Security Adviser and Obama confidant Anthony Lake to be the next head of UNICEF. Josh Rogin reported a few weeks back that the Obama administration had nominated Anthony Lake for the spot.

Postcards from Nixonland: Reagan and Nixon Discuss the Utility of the United Nations

Newly discovered audio of a 1971 conversation in which Gov. Ronald Reagan suggests to President Nixon that the United States pull out of the UN.

On October 26, 1971, California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Nixon to offer some foreign policy advice: get the United States out of the United Nations. The day before, you see, the General Assembly had voted to give mainland China (The People’s Republic of China) the Chinese “seat” at the UN. This was held previously by United States’ anti-communist ally, Taiwan.

UN Plaza: Talking Peacekeeping in Sudan and Congo

In this edition of UN Plaza, I speak with Erin Weir of Refugees International about her new report on civilian protection in UN Peacekeeping.

How can UN peacekeeping do a better job of protecting civlians in harm's way? Find out in this edition of UN Plaza, in which I speak with Erin Weir of Refugees International about her new report on civilian protection in UN Peacekeeping. Enjoy!
 

The Forward Shows Some Love for the UN

The Forward is the oldest American Jewish periodical. From about the turn of the 19th century to the mid 1980s it published exclusively in Yiddish.

The Forward is the oldest American Jewish periodical.  From about the turn of the 19th century to the mid 1980s it published exclusively in Yiddish. Today it has seperate Yiddish and English editions, though circulation of the English edition dwarfs the Yiddishkite. 

North Korean Defectors Describes Arms Export

A major South Korean newspaper ran an article today about North Korean arms exports. It’s a fascinating view of one of the scariest parts of a frightening economy.

A major South Korean newspaper ran an article today about North Korean arms exports, based on information they received from a North Korean defector. It’s a fascinating view of one of the scariest parts of a frightening economy. North Korea sells everything from small arms to warheads, and it has a whole set of structures set up to support the trade.

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