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Day 4: Coalition-Led Intervention in Libya

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It’s the fourth day of allied attacks against Colonel Moammar Gaddahfi’s loyalist forces in Libya. Correspondent for The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick reports from Tripoli on the rebel fighters and their intended goal. While the rebels fight on, the question remains as to what the future leadership might look like, and whether the country is experiencing a civil war. Is it a fight for democracy or just one side against the other?

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Lebanon UN Ambassador Scrutinizes Libya Intervention

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lebanon was one of the sponsors of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized the no-fly zone over Libya. Lebanese ambassador to the UN Security Council, Nawaf Salam was the only Arab voice on the Security Council. Amb. Salam talks about the point of view of Arab nations as American and European forces continue their barrage of cruise missiles against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. He says he had hoped that the "mobilization of force would deter Gadhafi's forces."

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Gauging US Military Strategy in Libya

Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S. and European allies attacked Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces by air and sea throughout the weekend. The allies also instituted a no-fly zone over Libya, allowing rebel forces to strengthen their hold on the eastern city of Benghazi. But the long-term implications of American military intervention are unclear. Although the Obama administration has called for Gadhafi’s ouster, the U.N. Resolution that authorized intervention did not. And the U.S. is already fighting two wars. How long will the conflict in Libya last?

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Libya: The Politics of Intervention

Friday, March 18, 2011

Following the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya by the UN Security Council, President Barack Obama gave a speech Friday outlining what the United States will and will not do to counter Moammar Gadhafi's brutal regime, and the factors influencing his administration's decision.

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Ivory Coast Leader Defies UN's Demands to Step Down

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The West African country of Ivory Coast has been on the brink of civil war since incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo lost November’s democratically held elections to Alassane Ouattara, by 8 percent of the vote. With the backing of the nation’s army and much of its population, Gbagbo has refused the UN's ultimatum for a “last chance” to peacefully step down.

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Iraq, Torture and the United Nations

Monday, October 25, 2010

The whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks has released a second set of documents out of Iraq — the “Iraq War Logs.” While the nearly 400,000 field reports detailing events seen and heard by the U.S. military troops on the ground in Iraq offer little information about the inner-workings of American detention facilities, they show that the U.S. military was not only aware of torture carried out by the Iraqi army and police — and perhaps even condoned and facilitated it.

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The Race to Achieve Millennium Development Goals by 2015

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Takeaway Special Correspondent Femi Oke traveled to U.N. Headquarters in New York — and beyond — for a deeper look at the Millennium Development Goals. With five years left to achieve the ambitious goals, which aim to alleviate hunger, poverty and illiteracy worldwide, massive challenges remain, but some nations have seen success.

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Is America Reaching its Millennium Development Goals?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One of the major items on the United Nations' agenda this week is the Millennium Development Goals — an eight-pronged initiative laid out in 2001 by nearly 200 U.N. member states to help end extreme poverty around the world by 2015. Today, Secretery General Ban Ki-moon has called a meeting to evaluate the initiative, and 150 national leaders are expected to attend. Many of the leaders will likely acknowledge what may seem obvious: some progress is certainly evident, but much more remains to be done. What is the role the United States is playing — or failing to play — in this global quest?

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This Week's Agenda: UN General Assembly, Home Sales, and Federal Reserve Meets

Monday, September 20, 2010

The United Nations General Assembly kicks off this week, starting with a summit on the Millenium Development Goals, which aim to cut world poverty in half by 2015. As world leaders converge on New York for this event, they will also join leaders of the corporate and non-profit world for the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative.

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Ambassador Hans Blix on the 'End' of the War In Iraq

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The last convoy of U.S. combat troops left Iraq last night under cover of darkness. 440 troops of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade crossed into Kuwait, leaving behind another 56,000 U.S. service members in support and training roles. 6,000 are scheduled to withdraw by September 1st; another 50,000 will remain behind into 2011. 

Ambassador Hans Blix, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, led a team of UN inspectors into Iraq before the 2003 invasion, searching for weapons of mass destruction. They found none, but the invasion went ahead as planned. 

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Tensions Reach Boiling Point on Korean Peninsula

Friday, May 21, 2010

North Korea has threatened to wage a "full-scale war" against South Korea after the country accused its northern neighbor of sinking a warship on March 26. The South Korean government says it has forensic evidence that North Korea sank one of its warships, killing 46 sailors, but North Korea denies the charges and says the formal accusations could escalate tensions. The country has also threatened to engage in military action if South Korea implements punishments.

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Violent Unrest Continues in Thailand

Monday, May 17, 2010

Anti-government unrest continues in downtown Bangkok and has spread to other areas of the capital, leaving at least 37 dead and hundreds injured in four days. On Sunday, the Thai government ruled out U.N.-backed mediation talks, which had been suggested by protest leaders; the government says no outside help is needed.  

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Iran's Ahmadinejad Visits U.N.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Iran's president has told a United Nations nuclear conference that Tehran is not trying to build nuclear weapons, and that Washington can't be trusted.

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Organizing Haiti

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's not often that you hear a UN Chief described as a "badass," but that’s the way retired Lieutenant Colonel Shayne Gilbert is described by his team.  His official title is Chief of the Joint Operations and Tasking Center for the United Nations in Haiti.

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A Story of Survival Amid Haiti's Growing Death Toll

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alongside the hundreds of thousands of casualties from the Haiti earthquake, there are even more individual stories that have yet to be told. One of those stories comes from Gabo Arora, who was working with the United Nations in Port-au-Prince on the day the earthquake struck. We hear Gabo's tale of survival and his feelings about returning to the country.

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Special Assignment in Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Until December 2009, Haitian journalist Michele Montas was on call 24/7 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. When she retired from her post as his spokesperson to Port-au-Prince, she vowed to do "three months of nothing".  However, that was before an earthquake destroyed her home city. 

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Iran's Nuclear Chess Game Continues

Monday, November 30, 2009

Iran announced yesterday it wouldn't comply with a demand by the United Nations' nuclear agency to stop work on a once-secret nuclear fuel enrichment plant, and said it would construct 10 more such nuclear plants.

The New York Times chief Washington correspondent, David Sanger, joins us to talk about the latest move by Iran in its nuclear manuevering, and how the international community might respond.

 

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Defiant Iran Wants Ten More Nuke Plants

Monday, November 30, 2009

BBC Tehran correspondent Jon Leyne joins us to examine the most recent move in Iran's nuclear chess game. Iran yesterday said it would not comply with a demand by the International Atomic Energy Agency to stop work on a once-secret nuclear fuel enrichment plant, and escalated the confrontation by declaring it would construct 10 more such plants.

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Tehran Due to Answer Nuclear Proposal Today

Friday, October 23, 2009

Iran is due to respond today to a United Nations proposal; under the plan, Iran would export most of its enriched uranium to Russia for further refining. Iran would get the fuel it needs for its reactor but not have enough uranium to make a bomb. We're joined by BBC Reporter Amir Paivar for the details.

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Is Women's Empowerment the Solution to World Hunger?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The United Nations is reporting that the world is hungrier than ever. This year, the number of people going hungry will top 1 billion for the first time – not a milestone anyone wanted to reach. But a new report claims to have the solution: Give women more power. The BBC's Mark Doyle joins us with the story.

For more, download the International Food Policy Research Institute's Global Hunger Index for 2009 (PDF, 2.7 MB)

Check out the interactive world hunger map from the International Food Policy Research Institute to see how countries are faring:

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