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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.

The UN is NOT Trying to Take Your Guns Away. (Unless you are a terrorist or enlist child soldiers, that is)

A new online petition circulated by a gun owners advocacy group mongers in conspiracy theory.

Haiti Earthquake Facts and Figures, Latest Update

The UN gives the latest facts and figures on Haiti recovery efforts, including mortality and displacement estimates.

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.  Meanwhile, one of the major new developments of the past week has been a mass exodus from Port au Prince to rural areas.

What the QDR Says about the UN

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense, by Congressional mandate, is required to publish its strategies and priorities in a document known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Your guide inside.

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.

Kenyan VP In D.C. To "Raise The Red Flag" on Somalia

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.

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.   Anyone interested in Somalia and the politics of East Africa should spend the next 8 minutes watching this video. 

Did UN Envoy Actually Meet With the Taliban?

According to the Washington Post, the Taliban leadership council in Quetta is denying that United Nations’ special representative Kai Eide met with any of its members in Dubai last month.

According to the Washington Post, the Taliban leadership council in Quetta is denying that United Nations’ special representative Kai Eide met with any of its members in Dubai last month.

U.S. Intelligence Official Warns of Genocide in South Sudan

A document from the top U.S. intelligence official says genocide is most likely to occur in south Sudan.

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.  This is tucked into page 37:

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