Archive for: UN

A Paradox of Peace

A Paradox of Peace

BY BILLIE MANDELBAUM In 1988, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces. The committee hailed the forces for making “a decisive contribution towards the initiation of actual peace negotiations.” However, 26 years later, peacekeeping forces face an increased amount of scrutiny from […]

 
 

Complicity in Genocide: Pascal Simbikangwa in Paris

Complicity in Genocide:  Pascal Simbikangwa in Paris

BY SONYA SCHOENBERGER In a 100-day period between April and mid-July 1994, members Rwanda’s Hutu ethnic majority slaughtered nearly a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu with clubs and machetes. Twenty years later, one of the alleged orchestrators of the genocide is on trial in Paris. Pascal Simikangwa, former intelligence chief of […]

 
 

Losing Hope and Losing Face

Losing Hope and Losing Face

BY NAOMI DURU America: land of the free and home of the brave. On the interna­tional stage, we used to stand for something much bigger than ourselves. Countries sought our help in times of need, and we were usually quick to come to their aid. However, in a post-WWII world, […]

 
 

Hassan Rouhani: A Sheep or a Wolf?

Hassan Rouhani: A Sheep or a Wolf?

BY GABE DAVIS When Israeli Prime Minister Binya­min Netanyahu took the stage to address the most recent UN Gen­eral Assembly in New York, he was not a hap­py man. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s friendly media blitz had inspired optimism regarding a more moderate Iran, but Netan­yahu was intent on reminding […]

 
 

How United are the Nations?

How United are the Nations?

BY ARYEH MELLMAN The United Nations (UN), like its predecessor, the League of Nations, was born out of the ashes of a world war. With the advent of atomic weapons, a third world war could have been apocalyptic. And so, in a quest to quite literally save the world, the […]

 
 

The Case Against Susan Rice

The Case Against Susan Rice

For months now, the steady drumbeat of criticism against UN Ambassador Susan Rice has been focused on her bungled handling of the Benghazi attacks. However, as the New York Times reported on Monday, Rice’s failure as a civil servant extends beyond what she said in a Meet the Press interview. […]

 
 

Number 194*

Number 194*

Yesterday, thousands took to the streets of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Facebookistan to celebrate Palestine’s acceptance in the UN as a non-member state. Some of my friends on Facebook congratulated the people of Palestine on becoming the newest state. Perhaps the UN vote is the beginning of a new chapter, giving Palestine […]