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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.

Somalia: What Happens When Political and Humanitarian Goals Collide?

A New York Times report on alleged malfeasance in the distribution of food aid in Somalia raises important moral and political questions about the provision of aid in conflict zones.

One Senator is Blocking a Bill to Support Peace Efforts in Northern Uganda

Senator Tom Coburn versus victims of war crimes.

Courtesy of Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, millions of Americans have seen how a single United States senator can use procedural chicanery to prevent important legislation from moving forward.  By withholding his "consent" from a resolution extending unemployment benefits to out of work Americans last week, Bunning prevented social security checks from reaching many thousands of people in need. 

One-Third of Yemen's Population May Go Hungry. Still, Money For Weapons But Not Food.

At what point does the focus on military aid to the exclusion of humanitarian relief become yet another example of our myopic focus on the former to the detriment to our long term goals?

A few days ago there was an odd juxtaposition of Yemen-related news.  On the one hand, U.S.

Presidential Decree De-Fangs Afghanistan’s Election Watchdog

A move by Hamid Karzai threatens to undermine the Afghan election process. A view from our correspondent in Afghanistan.

Eleven days ago, I heard a rumor that the office of President Hamid Karzai had re-written Afghanistan’s Election Law in ways that would deal a blow to the country’s beleaguered democrats. The changes had gone into force through a presidential decree, I was told.  While the international press was still quiet, ripples of alarm were already spreading through Kabul-based civil society.
The story is out now, and the worst has been confirmed.

"My Camera is My Gun"

Frontline embeds a journalist with insurgents attacking the northern supply route into Afghanistan. The results are breathtaking.

Last night, on Frontline, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi gave us a peek at the inner workings of insurgents operating in northern Afghanistan.

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