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  • U.N. Alliance of Civilizations: Not Doing Much to Promote Tolerance

    At the fifth Global Forum of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) this week in Vienna, Austria, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism, and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity.” The video of his statement is viewable … More

    House Hearing Takes a Stand for Internet Freedom

    Earlier this week, three House subcommittees announced a joint hearing on February 5 to discuss the importance of keeping the Internet free from U.N. governance, which threatens U.S. economic interests and global Internet freedom. The U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has sought for years to expand its authority over the … More

    U.S. Makes Right Call on U.N. Internet Treaty

    Governments eager to use the recently concluded International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference to bolster their efforts to censor and govern the Internet successfully inserted a provision to aid their cause. Although the Obama Administration is known to support most international treaties, this proved to be a bridge too far. As … More

    Implications of the U.N. Decision to Upgrade Palestinian Status in the General Assembly

    The Palestinian Authority, which has been pushing to be recognized as a state in the United Nations, has won a symbolic victory—an upgrade of its status. Despite the fact that the Palestinian push for unilateral statehood violates all existing internationally agreed frameworks for negotiating a peace between Israel and the … More

    United Nations Day Is Here Again, Huzzah

    You may be forgiven if you’ve never heard of the “holiday” established by the U.N. General Assembly to honor the founding of the organization, but for U.N. devotees it is a celebration of the ideals and principles set forth in the 1945 U.N. Charter. Regrettably, the organization has fallen far … More

    United Nations Conceals Inconvenient Salary Data

    The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) recently updated its information on salaries for U.N. personnel, but it is concealing some very important information. Earlier this week, I wrote a paper using U.N. information detailing how net remuneration for U.N. professional staff is 31.3 percent higher than that of theirU.S. equivalents … More

    Libya Security Lapse: The Budget for Embassy Security Is Not Responsible

    There has been some back and forth between Republicans and Democrats over funding for security in Libya in the wake of Ambassador Chris Stevens’s death. Republicans have questioned whether the State Department had adequate security to protect the ambassador, and Democrats have countered that Republicans tried to cut funding for … More

    Obama's Remarks to the U.N. Were Damaging to Free Speech

    On Tuesday, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson characterized free speech not as a fundamental right, but as a “privilege” given to us by the U.N. Specifically, he referred to “the freedom of speech, the freedom of expression” as a: gift given to us by the [Universal] Declaration of Human Rights, but … More

    Obama’s Appeasement

    The attacks on United States embassies in the Middle East raise questions about President Obama’s policy in the region. But the administration’s reaction to these events is troubling as well. Its strong condemnation of a video it claims incited the violence, its attempt to censor the video, and its weak … More

    U.N. Review of Tech Transfers to Iran, North Korea Underscores Need for U.S. Action

    As reported by Fox News earlier this year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) approved the transfer of computers and other equipment to Iran and North Korea—both of which are under sanction by the U.S. and the United Nations—without notifying WIPO member states or the U.N. sanctions committees. In response, … More