Masters of disaster bring cholera to Haiti and polio to Syria

Deliver them from their rescuers …

Haiti and Syria are victims of their rescuers. The two nations are now sites of major disease outbreaks. Cholera in Haiti and polio in Syria didn’t just happen. Through negligence, those who claim to rescue the people imported the disease entities and fostered the conditions for wider outbreaks.

680,000 […]

Syria, Chemical Weapons, Ban Ki-moon, the UN – and the Real Story

When diplomacy fails

The United Nations weapons inspectors report on the August 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus has become a propaganda festival for the Western powers, including the United States.

Since the U.S. and Russia reached their deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, the report will have little impact on military action […]

What President Obama Said and Didn’t Say about Syria

Wishful thinking made me hear things not said in President Obama’s Rose Garden speech on Saturday afternoon.

Said: The U.S. government has made a “powerful case” that the Syrian government was responsible for the recent chemical attacks that killed over a thousand Syrians.

Not said: The case that the Syrian government is responsible for the […]

Obama to appoint Rice national security adviser

(AP) – President Obama will appoint United Nations ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, officials said Wednesday.

Obama also plans to nominate former National Security Council aide Samantha Power to replace Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Shocking report details the UN’s failure to protect the people of Sri Lanka

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, November 16

A United Nations (UN) report alleging the failure of the international body to uphold its responsibilities to protect civilians threatened by massive human rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war was released on 14 November 2012, and quickly spurred impassioned reactions from civil society and […]

de Bellaigue: Sanctions On Iran Cause Economic Strife But Are Not Working

Christopher de Bellaigue on why sanctions on Iran have thus far been, and will likely continue to be, a failure:

The assumption is that the more Iranians suffer, the more their leaders will feel the pressure and either change course or be overthrown in a popular uprising. And yet, there is no evidence to suggest […]