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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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What reset? What Arab Spring? Veto of Syria resolution reminds world of its Russia-China problem

What reset? What Arab Spring? Veto of Syria resolution reminds world of its Russia-China problem

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS —Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have lambasted Russia’s veto of a Security Council resolution on Syria, calling it a “travesty,” but did she really think for a moment that Moscow was going to ditch an old political ally? Did Hillary moreover really believe that Beijing was going to […]

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Russia-China double veto at UN allows Syria to get away with murder

Russia-China double veto at UN allows Syria to get away with murder

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a rare use of a double veto, both China and Russia, shot down a weak Western-backed draft resolution urging human rights in Syria. By failing to adopt the resolution condemning “grave and systematic human rights abuses” by the Syrian rulers, the UN Security Council again stumbled on […]

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Pentagon lost debate with key Obama women on use of force in Libya

Pentagon lost debate with key Obama women on use of force in Libya

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Obama administration was divided over whether to launch another costly military operation in the Middle East with unclear objectives at a time when defense forces are stretched thin from conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates defended the political divisions within the administration on whether […]