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    Obama Administration Finally Recognizes Annan's Failure in Syria

    After several weeks of continuous carnage, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that “If the regime’s intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat.” But the “international community”—which often amounts to little more than an empty euphemism on many critical issues—remains divided. Russia, China, and … More

    Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is lobbying for the Senate to ratify a treaty that would undermine American sovereignty and damage the country economically – incidentally, characterizations that Lott himself has advanced. During his time in the Senate, Lott vehemently opposed the U.N. Convention on the Law of … More

    The U.N. vs. George Zimmerman: Is this What "International Justice" Would Look Like?

    One would think that Harvard Law School-educated Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, a South African jurist and current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would have better things to do than get involved in the affairs of a democracy like the United States. Yet Pillay, who has served as a judge … More

    Latest U.N. Security Council Act Won't Stop Assad

    The U.N. Security Council finally reached an agreement on Syria yesterday. In typical U.N. form, it amounts to more talk than action. Russia and China acquiesced to a non-binding presidential statement calling for “a ceasefire in Syria and opening conflict areas to humanitarian aid.” The statement contains no ultimatum for … More

    International Climate Change Lawsuits?

    If the U.S. reverses its 30-year policy and joins the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), it will certainly be exposed to climate change lawsuits in the tribunals established by the convention, as detailed in a new Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Accession to U.N. Convention on the Law … More

    Global U.S.–Russian Rivalry Fuels Syria Clash in the U.N.

    On Monday, Washington and Moscow clashed yet again in the U.N. Security Council over what to do about the bloody conflict in Syria. Neither side came up with a solution the other one agrees to. But this rivalry is about much more than just Syria. According to the AP wire … More

    Light Bulb Giants Hope U.N. Will Guarantee Their Market Share

    A pair of major light bulb manufacturers is teaming up with the United Nations in an attempt to pressure countries into participating in “a global transition” to more energy-efficient light bulbs. The two companies are both major manufacturers of the types of bulbs that would replace incandescents under the plan. … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting to the Death in Syria

    Fifty-five explosions rocked the city of Homs, Syria, in the span of 15 minutes. Artillery and automatic gunfire pound neighborhoods. Snipers perch on rooftops, firing at civilians. Families crowd in makeshift basement shelters to avoid the violence, and the military is reportedly on a campaign to flatten every single neighborhood … More

    Assad Regime Escalates Repression in Syria After Russia Blocks U.N. Action

    The embattled Assad regime escalated its horrific attempts to crush Syria’s opposition movement this week after Russia, one of its few allies, blocked action by the U.N. Security Council. On Friday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against any foreign intervention, saying that other countries should “not interfere under any … More

    In the U.N. Budget, Personnel Costs Rule

    Earlier this year, the Obama Administration trumpeted the recently passed United Nations regular budget as a triumph of fiscal discipline. To some degree, it is justified in that claim. The initial appropriations for the 2012–2013 budget (at $5.15 billion) are $263 million lower than the final expenditures for the 2010–2011 … More