• Colin Powell’s UN speech: A decisive moment in undermining US credibility

    Colin Powell’s UN speech: A decisive moment in undermining US credibility

    Oct 22, 2021 15:37

    Former US Secretary State Colin Powell will be most remembered for the act he most regretted, his 2003 presentation to the UN Security Council laying out US evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to exist.

  • Colin Powell: US general leaves behind a bloody legacy in West Asia

    Colin Powell: US general leaves behind a bloody legacy in West Asia

    Oct 20, 2021 20:45

    Colin Powell leaves behind a bloody legacy in West Asia - most notoriously his speech to the United Nations in 2003 in which he promoted false intelligence while making the case for the invasion of Iraq that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

  • Did the United Nations just abandon Yemen?

    Did the United Nations just abandon Yemen?

    Oct 17, 2021 09:45

    Monday, October 11, marked the official closure of the U.N. Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen. For nearly four years, this investigative group examined human rights abuses suffered by Yemenis whose basic rights to food, shelter, safety, health care and education were horribly violated, all while they were bludgeoned by Saudi and U.S. air strikes, drone attacks, and constant warfare since 2014.

  • Saudi Arabia accused of sabotaging UN probe of war crimes in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia accused of sabotaging UN probe of war crimes in Yemen

    Oct 10, 2021 10:20

    Human rights defenders are expressing outrage after the United Nations Human Rights Council recently voted against continuing a U.N.-backed probe into possible war crimes in Yemen. Amnesty International said the outcome followed "pressure by Saudi Arabia and other coalition partners."

  • As rich nations waste doses, most African countries miss 10% vaccination goal

    As rich nations waste doses, most African countries miss 10% vaccination goal

    Oct 06, 2021 21:17

    More than two-thirds of Africa's 54 countries were denied the ability to vaccinate at least 10% of their populations against COVID-19 by September's end—a modest World Health Organization target—as rich nations continue to hoard doses and shield the pharmaceutical industry's monopoly control over production.

  • Barbados PM slams rich nations for failing on climate, COVID and inequality

    Barbados PM slams rich nations for failing on climate, COVID and inequality

    Sep 27, 2021 16:35

    Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley delivered a scathing indictment of the rich and powerful during her address at the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, September 24th, condemning the leaders of wealthy countries for refusing to take basic steps to end the coronavirus pandemic, tackle the climate emergency, and usher in a more just society.

  • Environmental threats rapidly becoming 'single greatest challenge to human rights': UN

    Environmental threats rapidly becoming 'single greatest challenge to human rights': UN

    Sep 16, 2021 20:16

    The planetary crisis is "impacting a broad range of rights, including the rights to adequate food, water, education, housing, health, development, and even life itself," said the U.N.'s top rights expert.

  • Leaked UN report says greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years

    Leaked UN report says greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years

    Aug 16, 2021 13:55

    Rich people in every country are overwhelmingly more responsible for global heating than the poor, with SUVs and meat-eating singled out for blame, and the high-carbon basis for future economic growth is also questioned.

  • After Pegasus exposé, UN rights experts urge moratorium on 'life-threatening' spyware

    After Pegasus exposé, UN rights experts urge moratorium on 'life-threatening' spyware

    Aug 15, 2021 18:57

    Echoing calls from advocacy organizations and other surveillance critics after the Pegasus exposé broke last month, a group of United Nations human rights experts have recently called for a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of surveillance technology.

  • New UN report to set out stark reality of the climate crisis

    New UN report to set out stark reality of the climate crisis

    Aug 10, 2021 16:16

    A new UN report will set out a stark message on the state of the climate crisis, raising pressure on governments meeting for the crucial Cop26 talks in the autumn. The report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published on Monday (9 August 2021), is the first part of a review of current scientific knowledge about how the world is warming due to human activity.