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The UN General Assembly takes a stand, denounces Syrian regime

The UN General Assembly takes a stand, denounces Syrian regime

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a political tsunami of condemnation, the General Assembly slammed Syria’s rulers for “widespread and systematic” human rights violations and demanded the Damascus regime cease the ongoing violence which has caused more than 6,000 lives during the past year of civil strife. Given the setting and the players […]

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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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Hardball at the UN Security Council

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s always room for a surprise in politics, especially in the global hot house of the United Nations. So when both Germany and Portugal won two-year stints on the UN Security Council, even many insiders were stunned by the outcome. In the General Assembly’s annual election for the […]