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Live Blog: Protests Outside the United Nations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Get the latest from our reporters outside the United Nations headquarters where protesters are expected to demonstrate while all 193 U.N. members hold multilateral discussions of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

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It's A Free Country ®

In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

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WNYC News

Protestors Arrested in UN Demonstration Over Palestine Statehood

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Several demonstrators have been arrested near the United Nations for blocking traffic to protest Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' campaign for full U.N. membership.

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The Takeaway

Protests at UN Over Palestinian Statehood Bid

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Among the multitude of serious issues facing this week's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, none has been the focus of as much attention as the Palestinian bid for statehood. The Palestinians will ask for UN membership, something the General Assembly anticipated in Resolution 181 in 1947, which partitioned Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. Many groups are protesting outside the UN headquarters in New York in advance of the application.

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Palestinians Take Case for Statehood to the United Nations

Monday, September 19, 2011

As the Palestinians appeal to the U.N. to become a state, we look at recent examples and ask what makes a state? And what are the implications of becoming one?

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WNYC News

Heads of State Descend on City as UN Meeting Begins

Sunday, September 18, 2011

World leaders are descending on New York City this week for the U.N. General Assembly, the yearly gathering takes place on the east side of Manhattan at the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

US Attempts to Avert Palestinian Statehood Vote

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Obama administration is scrambling to avert a vote on Palestinian statehood at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The Palestinian Authority and its allies say the vote would get the months-stalled peace process moving again toward a two-state solution. The move comes as Israel has seen a significant deterioration in diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey, its closest allies in the region. The U.S. hopes to avoid casting a veto in the Security Council against Palestinian statehood, as well as a more symbolic gesture in the General Assembly. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, talks about what's at stake for the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinian Authority and its allies.

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The Takeaway

Israeli Attacks Escalate Tension With Egypt, Gaza

Friday, August 19, 2011

Israeli and Gazan forces exchanged fire late last night and into this morning following yesterday's attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded. The attacks yesterday were reportedly carried out by armed Gazans who crossed into Israel from Egypt and they marked the most serious assault on Israel from Egyptian terrorities in decades. And today's escalation between the two sides comes just weeks before Palestinians plan to seek a recognition of statehood by the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

Assad Decrees Multi-Party System Amid Crackdown in Syria

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hours after the United Nations Security Council condemned issued a statement condemning the Syrian government for using violence against its own people, President Bashar Assad authorized a multi-party system for the first time in order to try to quell the uprising against him. On Wednesday, tanks, armored vehicles, and snipers poured into the city of Hama, the symbolic center of the opposition for the last five months. Nada Bakri of The New York Times reports on the latest from Beirut, Lebanon. 

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The Takeaway

Live Update on Hama Crackdown

Thursday, August 04, 2011

There is international condemnation against the Syrian government this morning as it carries out an attack against the city of Hama, the symbolic center of the anti-government opposition. The United Nations Security Council, which includes Syrian allies like Russia, issued its first condemnation of the violence. Critics say the statement opens the door to a possible Libya-style intervention. The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Beirut, Lebannon. He says almost no information has come out of Hama this morning.

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WNYC News

Cuomo OKs Expansion of UN Headquarters

Friday, July 15, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will allow the United Nations to expand its Manhattan facilities onto the public parkland adjacent to its headquarters.

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It's A Free Country ®

For Libya, What's Next After No-Fly?

Friday, March 18, 2011

This is now a direct, full-scale intervention. The no-fly zone, I think even from the beginning it was clear, was going to essentially be a slippery slope into other things...It was always a fake debate, a fake issue in the sense that it would not matter on the ground, it would not change the equation, and it was always going to be in this direction.

Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog "The Washington Note" on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

At Anti-Mubarak Rally, Anger and Optimism from Egyptians

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City Saturday, calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. They were optimistic about Egypt's future, though many complained that it was time for the United States government to start supporting the Egyptian people and not their dictator.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Reconnecting What the BQE Severed, Mass Transit Expanding in L.A., and Looking Ahead to Intelligent Flight Paths

Monday, November 29, 2010

New York City ponders how to reconnect two neighborhoods that were severed years ago by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. (WNYC)

Second Avenue Sagas talks budget woes with the MTA's Jay Walder.

The Guardian is providing live updates from the U.N. climate change summit, which opens today in Cancún. Last year's summit was described as an "unmitigated disaster" or a "moral outrage," so it's probably fair to say that expectations for consensus on reducing carbon emissions is low.

A proposed high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities is the topic of two public meetings, with the first one scheduled for today in St. Paul. (Minnesota Public Radio)

The TSA says Thanksgiving travel went smoothly (Washington Post). But it might go even more smoothly in the future, when the FAA overhauls its air traffic control systems and institutes intelligent flight paths. (Smart Planet)

Mass transit is expanding in Los Angeles. “The whole old-school L.A. thinking that people don’t ride subways, that’s a thing of the past.”(New York Times)

Bicycle commuting has tripled in big cities over the past two decades."It's almost like a snowball effect...People see other people cycling and they say, 'Wow!' (NPR)

Your parking history lesson for the day: Think vertical parking lots are futuristic? Check out this Chicago lot, circa 1930.

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WQXR News

Obama Talks Peace, Unity at U.N.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

President Barack Obama delivered remarks before the United Nations General Assembly this week, discussing Middle East peace talks during speech on Wednesday night, and delivering a longer address to the assembly on Thursday morning.

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WQXR News

U.N. Appeals for Aid to Pakistan

Friday, August 27, 2010

Renewed flooding swelled the Indus River in Pakistan on Friday, forcing thousands more people from their homes, according to The Associated Press.

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WQXR News

U.N. Approves New Round of Sanctions on Iran

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has responded by calling the sanctions "annoying flies...like a used tissue."

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U.N. to Vote on Nuclear Sanctions for Iran

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Iran may be slapped with new sanctions over its suspected nuclear program.

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Transportation Nation

The Secretary's Cause Knows No Bounds

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

(United Nations - Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - Distracted driving is a top priority at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Which isn't saying much some days.  Secretary Ray LaHood talks about it a lot.  The department is funding researching into how cops can write more tickets for talking and texting while driving.  LaHood often appears in public with people from Focus Driven, a non-profit that he helped create to raise awareness.

But the secretary's push faces a world moving the other way.  Cell phones have maps and GPS, automakers do things like put Twitter in the dashboard, and minivans are becoming wireless hot spots.  According to LaHood, the world now has 4.6 billion cell phone subscriptions and 600 million cars.  The math adds up to drivers who must resist many distractions.  And, even in the U.S., most cities, states and cops have yet to pass or enforce laws and regulations to back new behavior.

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Features

The UN's Extreme Makeover

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A massive renovation is underway at the United Nations. Luckily for aficionados of mid-century modern design, there is also an elaborate strategy in place to preserve and restore the complex's iconic features, keeping the U.N. looking like it's 1952.

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