Alex Lockie, provided by Published 4:50 am, Monday, January 29, 2018 CBS The Grammys featured Hillary Clinton among others reading sections from explosive Trump administration book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, tweeted that she was upset to see the Michael Wolff book and politics brought up during the awards show. Wolff has suggested that Haley had an affair with Trump, something which Haley vigorously denies and finds offensive. 60th Grammy Awards took place in New York City on Sunday night, and while much of the world saw the most popular musicians and performers make light of the event, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was not impressed. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Santa Ana Border Wall Video Lindsey Carnett, San Antonio Express-News Man+killed+by+police+after+stealing+bike%2C+riding+onto+Loop+410 Jacob Beltran Police: Drive-by gunman fires 30+ rounds into home, strikes … [Read more...] about The US ambassador to the UN was upset by the Grammys’ ‘Fire and Fury’ skit after she shot down a ‘disgusting’ rumor in the book
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As the United Nations Security Council neared approval of a resolution on Iraq, it appeared that Council resistance was giving way to rising US pressure. The final resolution is likely to provide Washington with language it will use as tacit approval for a unilateral attack on Iraq if Baghdad’s compliance with inspections is deemed inadequate. It is also likely to include agreement that there should be further Council discussions (though not necessarily a new resolution or even a formal meeting) before any such action is taken. But that qualifier will be largely a fig leaf for those governments opposed to a unilateral US attack, giving them deniability at home. In Colin Powell’s words, “Independent of the outcome of negotiations in the Council, in the end there will be a resolution that leaves the authority and the right to the US President to act in self-defense for the American people and our neighbors.” It’s all too familiar. In early 1998, at another … [Read more...] about The UN, the US and Iraq
António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and raised privileged in Lisbon. He enrolled in a technical institute to study physics and engineering. And then, as he tells the story, he volunteered as a student to work in the slums of his native city, and that decision shattered his views of society and politics and put his life on a new trajectory. He joined protests in the “carnation revolution” of the 1970s, which ended decades of dictatorship in Portugal, he became a Socialist leader and prime minister in a restored democracy, and then he moved into the international arena as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015. On October 5, the Security Council chose him as their choice for the next UN secretary general.1 “Why am I here as a candidate?” Guterres, 67, asked rhetorically when he began campaigning for the job in a speech to the General Assembly and the world in April. “I believe I’m an extremely privileged man. God … [Read more...] about Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?
Last week, 181 member states of the United Nations voted yea in Venezuela’s favor, allowing Caracas to take one of the two non-permanent seats on the Security Council reserved for Latin America. Tongues clucked and fingers wagged. In the run-up to the vote, editorial boards, columnists and members of congress urged Washington to whip together the sixty-five nations needed to block Venezuela’s two-year term. But in the end, Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, could only secure only eleven opposing votes. Venezuela was Latin America’s unanimous choice to replace outgoing Argentina, joining Chile, which has one more year left. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted his concern: “Shameful that Latin America 1) proposes abusive #Venezuela for UN Security Council, and 2) no one else, so no choice.” Power reacted to the vote by collectively scolding the Latin American caucus: The UN Charter makes clear that candidates for … [Read more...] about Venezuela at the UN, Washington At Bay
The testy exchange in early June between Mark Malloch Brown, deputy secretary general of the United Nations, and John Bolton, US ambassador to the UN, is a reminder of what a dangerous game the Bush Administration is playing with the world body. Known within the UN as a pro-US Briton, Malloch Brown broke with diplomatic tradition and took his growing frustrations public–an action that likely reflects an awareness that Washington needs the UN more than the other way around right now, and the fact that his tenure will probably end when Secretary General Kofi Annan’s term expires in December. Malloch Brown criticized Washington’s hypocritical approach as opportunistically using the UN to advance American interests while failing to stand up for it against its US critics. (He described the Administration as having largely abandoned the public discourse that reaches the American heartland to the UN’s “loudest detractors, such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox … [Read more...] about The UN Bites Back
On December 10 Secretary General Kofi Annan and the United Nations were awarded the Centennial Nobel Peace Prize. The citation commends Annan for "bringing new life to the organization," and it expresses the hope that the UN will serve "at the forefront" of the world's efforts to achieve peace and to meet its economic, social and environmental challenges. Whether or not it can hinges heavily on Washington, with which relations have been rocky in the recent past. It is encouraging, therefore, that September 11 and the subsequent war against terrorism have caused the Bush Administration to discover the UN's utility. Annan, the UN Security Council and the General Assembly immediately and unequivocally condemned the attacks, and the Council adopted an antiterrorism resolution requiring all countries to report back regularly on their steps to implement its prohibitions against providing active or passive assistance to terrorists. Lakhdar Brahimi, Annan's special envoy for Afghanistan, has … [Read more...] about The UN: Bush’s Newest Ally?
GOMA, Congo (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has arrived in Congo on her three-country Africa tour and visited a displaced persons' camp in North Kivu province.Local opposition supporters took advantage of Haley's visit to stage demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001. Anger is growing in the vast Central African nation at the delay in holding elections, which were meant to take place late last year to replace Kabila.Haley is expected to meet with Kabila and Congo's election commission before returning to the U.S.She is in Africa to see U.S. and United Nations involvement in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Congo. The Trump administration has sought to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about US ambassador to UN arrives in Congo, to meet with Kabila
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo will not have the help of the international community if elections are not held in 2018, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday as she neared the end of a three-nation Africa visit.Nikki Haley's remarks came after her meeting with the president of Congo's election commission in Kinshasa."If the elections are not organized in 2018, the DRC cannot count on the international community. It is important that the elections be held in 2018," she said, referring to the country's full name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Haley was expected to repeat the message during a meeting with President Joseph Kabila before returning to the U.S.Congo has seen widespread anger over Kabila's stay in power after his mandate ended in December and the election was delayed. The head of Congo's election commission has said the presidential vote cannot take place until 2019 despite a deal struck with the … [Read more...] about US ambassador to UN says Congo elections must occur in 2018
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a U.N. camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Wednesday because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said. Shortly after Haley left the camp, U.N. security guards fired tear gas to disperse the crowd of more than 100 residents who looted and destroyed the office of a charity operating there, an aid worker at the camp said. The aid worker spoke on condition of anonymity out of safety fears. Haley, in the middle of a three-country African visit, met earlier Wednesday with Kiir over the country's long civil war. Speaking later to U.N. station Radio Miraya, Haley said she warned Kiir that the U.S. no longer trusted South Sudan's government and was no longer prepared to wait for change. She did not give details. The United Nations confirmed the incident with Haley, saying camp residents "became upset that she was not able to meet with them, due to time … [Read more...] about US ambassador to UN evacuated from volatile South Sudan camp
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke from the Government of Israel's longstanding policy and stated that UNRWA, the internationally funded UN body dedicated to providing health, education, welfare and legal services to Palestinian “refugees,” should be shut down. This dramatic shift is long overdue in a region where refugee populations have grown enormously but where Palestinians continue to receive overdue attention. Netanyahu's statement, made to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during her visit to Israel last week, came shortly after the discovery of yet another terror tunnel underneath a UNRWA-run school in Gaza. He followed up with a statement to his cabinet that "the existence of UNRWA — and unfortunately its work from time to time — perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem rather than solve it. Therefore, the time has come to dismantle UNRWA and merge its components with the [UN] High Commissioner for Refugees." Though Israeli … [Read more...] about The world must finally awaken to the UN refugee agency’s failures in the Palestinian territories