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Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid Categories: Australasia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Australian Budget was announced on May 8, and in order to bring the budget into surplus the Government decided to delay its promise to raise foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015/16, pushing this goal back until 2016-2017. This blog post looks at highlights

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The UN Human Rights Council has long had a well-deserved image problem - due in no small part to the fact numerous egregious human rights offenders are regularly elected to serve on it, where they block effective scrutiny of themselves and their non-democratic allies. The latest episode in this sorr

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Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

We've seen this movie before. Coming soon from the same producers of the discredited Goldstone Report on the 2009 Gaza War - the UN Human Rights Council - is a sequel: A "fact-finding" mission to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements in the West Bank on Palestinians. Co-sponsors of the reso

 UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation

UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has done it again - in its annual session it condemned only one country - Israel, while ignoring the human rights violations of women around the world, including especially the current crisis in Syria - where women are being raped and murde

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus Categories: International Security, Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Michael Immerman

In the latest development from the ongoing saga surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN will be holding off on the prosecution of the suspected assassins for the time being. As reported, legal proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, Salam Ayyash, Hussein

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