Kris Allen (who won last year's American Idol competition) and UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin travelled to Haiti last week.Â The trip is part of the television show's forthcoming episode dedicated to Haiti, which will air on Thursday and help raise funds UN relief efforts. Â Â
The IAEA published a report todayÂ that expresses concern that Iran may be using its civilian nuclear program to cover up a nuclear weapons program.
Issues surrounding the exploitation of Haiti's orphans are increasingly coming to light in the wake of the January 12 earthquake. Fortunately, we have UNICEF on the ground. The organization is setting up a way of systematically identifying and caring for Haiti's unaccompanied children.Â Here is UNICEF in its own words.
The UN is NOT Trying to Take Your Guns Away. (Unless you are a terrorist or enlist child soldiers, that is)
The Haitian government has not issued a mortality estimate since January 28, when the government said that 112,405 had died. However, on February 3 the government said that as many as 200,000 may have been killed in the earthquake.Â Meanwhile, one of the major new developments of the past week has been a mass exodus from Port au Prince to rural areas.
The U.S. Department of Defense just released its most recent edition of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a Congressionally mandated run down of U.S. defense strategies and priorities.
Steve Clemons lands a really great interview with Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo "Steven" Musyoka, who was in Washington, D.C. this week for the National Prayer Breakfast.Â Â Anyone interested in Somalia and the politics of East Africa should spend the next 8 minutes watching this video.Â
According to the Washington Post, the Taliban leadership council in Quetta is denying that United Nationsâ€™ special representative Kai Eide met with any of its members in Dubai last month.
The United States Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair presented the annual threat assessment of the U.S. intelligence community to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.Â This is tucked into page 37: