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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.

Money Going to Yemen's Military, but Not to Civilians Displaced by Military Action

The United States is spending millions of dollars to assist Yemen's military. Why is it so hard to scrape together funds for civilians displaced, in part, by the military?


The UN Refugee Agency warned today that it is facing an acute shortfall of funds for its Yemen operations: 

NewsBusters Makes Stuff Up About Netroots Nation

A fringe site makes stuff up about the Netroots Nation panel I moderated last summer.
  • Tearing down the wall between church and state to advance "faith based" progressive agendas.
  • Stacking SCOTUS with progressive judges to circumvent the Constitution.
  • Why Democrats are not pro-abortion enough.
  • A panel sponsored by the United Nations Foundation to criticize America for taking the world's food supply.
  • American Idol Kris Allen Visits Haiti (Video)

    American Idol Winner Kris Allen visited Haiti with the United Nations Foundation. UN Dispatch gets first dibs at some hot-off-the-press videos of the trip.

    Kris Allen (who won last year's American Idol competition) and UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin travelled to Haiti last week.  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.    

    IAEA Thinks Iran May Be Working on Nukes

    The IAEA published a report today that expresses concern that Iran may be using its civilian nuclear program to cover up a nuclear weapons program.

    The IAEA published a report today that expresses concern that Iran may be using its civilian nuclear program to cover up a nuclear weapons program.

    How UNICEF is Helping Haiti's Orphans

    Issues surrounding the exploitation of Haiti's orphans are increasingly coming to light in the wake of the January 12 earthquake.

    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.  Here is UNICEF in its own words.

    UN Peacekeepers in Darfur Finally Get Some Helicopters

    UN peacekeepers in Darfur received their first five military helicopters on Tuesday after a 2-year wait. Neighboring Ethiopia supplied the tactical aircraft.

    UN peacekeepers in Darfur received their first five military helicopters on Tuesday after a 2-year wait. Neighboring Ethiopia supplied the tactical aircraft.

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