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Diplomats Respond to Violence in Syria

Thursday, March 01, 2012

As Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad continue to bomb opposition strongholds, the international community considers its options. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress against President Assad making an argument that Assad would "fit into that category" of "war criminals." A meeting at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday also signaled renewed diplomatic efforts in Syria, but exactly how the international community might intervene remains to be seen.

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The Takeaway

Arab League Returns to UN as Violence Escalates in Syria

Monday, February 13, 2012

Despite China and Russia's staunch opposition, the Arab League will return to the United Nations Monday morning to propose a peacekeeping mission in Syria. But the Arab League isn’t the only organization calling for Assad’s ouster: number of jihadi leaders are also offering support to the Syrian opposition, including Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. Al Qaeda in Iraq, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq, also posted a message of encouragement on its website.

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The Takeaway

After the UN Veto, What's Next for Syria?

Monday, February 06, 2012

Over the weekend, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have supported an Arab League peace plan for Syria, claiming the plan would have violated Syria’s sovereignty. On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the veto during a speech in Sofia, Bulgaria, stating, "Faced with a neutered Security Council we have to redouble our efforts outside of the United Nations with those allies and partners who support the Syrian people's right to have a better future."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Diplomacy Surrounding Syria

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Last month, the Arab League sent a team of observers to Syria, where the government has been cracking down on protesters. Colum Lynch, who writes the Turtle Bay blog for Foreign Policy and reports on the United Nations for the Washington Post, explains what internal Arab League memos reveal about the mission in Syria. Plus, a look at why Russia opposed the United Nations Security Council measure to condemn the Syrian government during a meeting on Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Should the US Intervene in Syria?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On Monday Arab League representatives met with the United Nations Security Council to discuss a plan of action for Syria. More than 5,000 Syrians have been killed by government forces since protests against President Bashar Al-Assad began last March. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivered a strong message of support to the Syrian resistance the same day: "The longer the Assad regime continues its attacks on the Syrian people and stands in the way of a peaceful transition, the greater the concern that instability will escalate and spill over throughout the region."

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The Takeaway

What World Will the Seven Billionth Person Grow Up In?

Monday, December 26, 2011

This past Halloween, the world's population hit seven billion, according to the United Nations. So what do we know about our planet's seven billionth child? And what world will he or she grow up in? A few days before this landmark, Suzanne Petroni the vice president for global health at the Public Health Institute, came on The Takeaway to discuss these questions — and she had some surprising predictions on who the Earth's seven billionth person would be.

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The Takeaway

Assessing the UN Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's the second day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the next two weeks, delegates from 194 nations will meet in Durban, South Africa to discuss the future of international climate change legislation. But amid such concerns as the looming expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, a perennial question emerges: Why have actions to stanch global warming been so timid? And will this conference do anything to change that?

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The Takeaway

Iran on the Verge of Nuclear Weapons Capability

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report that accuses Iran of using foreign aid to get to fund its nuclear weapons capability. Israel's prime minister and president have already warned that they are taking this very seriously, even threatening military intervention. There is also talk of a preemptive strike by the Israelis to confront Iran's nuclear weapons.

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The Takeaway

IAEA: Iran Nuclear Program Has 'Possible Military Dimensions'

Monday, November 07, 2011

The International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.), an independent organization of weapons inspectors that reports to United Nations, has been preparing a summary of its findings over the past few years which asserts Iran's nuclear program has "possible military dimensions." Despite the continuing non-cooperation of Iran's government during inspections, the I.A.E.A.'s report includes evidence of devices used to trigger nuclear weapons and structures that could be used for testing such weapons. Russia and China are currently pressing the I.A.E.A.'s director, Yukia Amano, not to make the details of their findings public. Amano briefed members of the National Security Council 11 days ago, but the Obama administration has refused to comment at this time.

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The Takeaway

US Cuts Funding After UNESCO Accepts Palestine

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The United States and Israel are withdrawing contributions to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, after the body voted accepted Palestine as the 195th full member on Monday. The U.S. contributes 22 percent of UNESCO's budget, and Israel provides another three percent. UNESCO's full membership voted 107 to 14 to accept Palestine, with 52 abstentions.

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The Takeaway

UN Asks Member Nations to Make Piracy a Crime

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The United Nations Security Council is urging all member nations to make piracy a crime. There have been a record 352 pirate attacks in 2011 alone, up 22 percent from last year. Pirates from Somalia, a hotbed of piracy, have been responsible for 199 attacks, 58 percent more than in 2010. Jon Manel of the BBC reports on the story of the personal impact of pirate attacks. South Africans Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were captured a year ago as their boat travelled between Madagascar and Mozambique. They are still being held, and their family members are attempting to pay their ransom.

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The Takeaway

Should Countries Offer Incentives to Have Children?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

According to the United Nations, the world's population is set to hit seven billion on October 31st. And all this week The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means. Some Western countries are seeing a decline in the number of babies born leaving many governments worried about the future age and strength of their populations. Some rich nations like Germany, are offering financial and practical incentives to encourage women to have children.

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The Takeaway

UN Report Details Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A new United Nations report says Iran's authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, possibly shedding light on alleged human rights abuses committed by the Iranian government. The report focuses on the period of time since the disputed presidential election of 2009. Since that event, an uprising has taken place and hundreds of activists, journalists, students, and lawyers have been detained by the Iranian government.

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WNYC News

With Hope and Fear, Libyan Students Meet New Leaders in New York

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Along the blocks surrounding United Nations headquarters, there have been plenty of sour faces the past week – angry protesters and frustrated neighbors trying to weave through the blue barricades. But the faces of one group of visitors to the UN were full of joy: Libyans.

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WNYC News

Outside UN, Politicians Denounce Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Monday, September 26, 2011

With the United Nations headquarters as a backdrop on Monday, a who's who in New York politics denounced the move by the Palestinian Authority to gain statehood through the U.N. rather than through face to face negotiations with Israel.

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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

Live Blog: Protests Outside the United Nations

Friday, September 23, 2011

Get the latest from our reporter outside the United Nations headquarters where demonstrators are expected to gather as Palestinians, determined to ask the United Nations to accept them as a member state, were poised to make their bid Friday.

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The Takeaway

Palestinian National Authority Pushes For Statehood Bid

Friday, September 23, 2011

In spite of intense opposition from the United States, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to formally ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full member of the U.N. today. The Palestinian bid for statehood has overshadowed nearly everything that has happened at the U.N. this week. In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama voiced his disapproval of the Palestinian plan, saying "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N." The U.S. has vowed to veto the move.

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WNYC News

Ex-US Ambassador Rips Obama on Iran; Ahmadinejad Sparks UN Walkout

Thursday, September 22, 2011

As hundreds of people protested the appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said the Obama administration is doing "almost nothing" to protect Iranians from the violence of their own regime.

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WNYC News

Look | Protesters Gather Outside the UN

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PHOTOS. Thousands of protesters rallied outside of the UN on a wide range of global issues. But the largest rallies were surrounding the decision by Palestinian leaders to seek statehood through the U.N. Security Council. The U.S. has pledged to veto any resolution brought to the Security Council seeking to grant the Palestinians statehood.

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