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United Nations General Assembly Suggests Future Diplomacy with Iran

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three decades of icy relations between the U.S. and Iran may finally be starting to thaw. In his address yesterday on the first day of the U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama tasked Secretary of State John Kerry with diplomatic efforts moving forward. Joining The Takeaway to explain is journalist Laura Secor, who has covered Iran for The New Yorker since 2005, and is the author of a forthcoming book about Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.N. General Assembly Dynamics

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the book How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, discusses President Obama's address at the U.N. General Assembly and the dynamics animating this year's gathering.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US and Iran: United Nations?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Iran is indicating it is willing to curb its nuclear weapons program -- but at the UN General Assembly this week Israel is expected to warn that it considers the proposal a trap. David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of  Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), discusses the prospects for better relations between the U.S. and Iran, Syria and other international news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East at the U.N.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rami Khouri, director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, talks about the Netanyahu and Abbas speeches at the U.N. and other news from the Middle East.

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WNYC News

Former NYC Mayor Protests Near UN

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has told thousands of protesters near the United Nations that the Obama administration has "betrayed" the people of Iran.

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WNYC News

Watch Live | World Leaders Address the UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi made his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, celebrating himself as the nation's first democratically elected leader who was swept into office after what he called a "great, peaceful revolution."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Arab Spring at this Fall's General Assembly

Monday, September 26, 2011

United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar, talks about how representatives from countries affected by the Arab Spring are being received at the U.N. this week, and how the Palestine bid for statehood overshadowed that wave at the General Assembly this year.

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WNYC News

Abbas Seeks UN Recognition, Despite US and European Pressure

Friday, September 23, 2011

Israeli and Palestinians officials showed no sign of narrowing the gaps that have stalled negotiations between the two, setting the stage for showdown over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The UN General Assembly

Friday, September 23, 2011

The General Debate of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is happening in New York through September 30. The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations, comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations. On this week's Please Explain we start off with Warren Hoge, Senior Advisor for External Relations for the International Peace Institute in New York and former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, covering the UN. Then we're joined by Vera Jelinek, Divisional Dean and Director of the Center for Global Affairs at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Stanley Meisler, author of  The United Nations: The First Fifty Years, and  United Nations: A History, will tell us how the General Assembly works and what comes out of the sessions.

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The Empire

Turner rallies with GOP Prez hopeful Perry in Manhattan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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It's a Free Country's Anna Sale caught up with the newest New York congressman earlier today. Congressman Bob Turner was stumping with GOP presidential hopefully Rick Perry, who's in town doing some fundraising. Both Perry and Turner took the Obama administration to task over (what else?) Israel, as the UN gears up for the issue of Palestinian statehood:

The vote on Palestinian statehood is scheduled for Friday at the United Nations. It comes a week after Republican Bob Turner won a special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacant seat in New York’s heavily Jewish and heavily Democratic Ninth Congressional district. Rep. Turner stood with Perry, who called the new Congressman “a leading voice” on the Israeli Palestinian issue.

Rep. Turner picked up on that, explicitly warning that his victory in New York shows President Obama’s position on Israel will make him vulnerable at the polls.

“The message that the voters sent is that this administration has been vacillating and at times even hostile to Israel, and it is not accepted and it is not acceptable,” Bob Turner said. “And if it continues there will be a very high price to pay.”

Check out the full post over at It's a Free Country.

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Watch Live: UN General Assembly Meetings

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This week the UN convenes its 66th General Assembly meeting, where all 193 Members of the United Nations, will hold multilateral discussions of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter. Read a full agenda for this week's meetings here.

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WNYC News

NYPD Plays Key Role in Securing UN for General Assembly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The NYPD plays a central role in helping secure the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, including working closely with the Secret Service and policing dozens of protests sponsored by a myriad of groups all looking to make their case in the court of international public opinion.

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WNYC News

In NY's Little Palestine, Few Have Hope That Statehood Bid Will Make a Difference

Monday, September 19, 2011

As the U.S. scrambled to avoid a showdown at the United Nations over the Palestinian bid for statehood, belief that the new initiative will not bear any fruit prevailed in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, home of New York’s Little Palestine.

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WNYC News

Palestinians Seek UN Membership, US and Israeli Leaders to Meet at UN

Friday, September 16, 2011

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The Middle East Peace Process will face a major hurdle at the United Nations next week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council next week to recognize a Palestinian state, a move the U.S. has pledged to veto.

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WNYC News

Activists Add Spin to United Nations Debates

Monday, September 20, 2010

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As world leaders descend on New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, activists and advocates arrive, too, hoping to grab the attention of world leaders -- and the media -- so they can take part in the global conversation.

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Police Department Providing Millions of Dollars Worth of Security Detail for UN General Assembly

Monday, September 20, 2010

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city spends between five to seven million dollars each year protecting dignitaries who attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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WNYC News

UN General Assembly to Discuss Poverty, Education and Biodiversity

Monday, September 20, 2010

The United Nations General Assembly is holding its 65th annual meeting this week with representatives from 192 countries in attendance.

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United Nations General Assembly Opens Annual Meeting

Monday, September 20, 2010

It comes around once a year -- the week when New York really does become the center of the world and representatives from 192 countries convene at the United Nations.

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