UN World Affairs

UN World Affairs

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Mexico and UN Convention Against Corruption

Mexico and UN Convention Against CorruptionIn 2003, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was formed, obliging its States Parties to “implement a wide and detailed range of anti-corruption measures affecting their laws, institutions and practices.” These measures were aimed to promote “prevention, criminalization and law-enforcement.” Ironically the Convention was formed in Merida, Mexico.…
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International Labor Movements

International Labor Movements“Workmen of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains!” were the words of Karl Marx in late 1800s. Just a few of decades ago finding a Polish lady employed in a British pub, a Romanian working on a building site in France, or a man from Morocco picking fruit in Southern Spain, would have been a much less frequent prospect than it is today.…
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Violence and Human Rights in Pakistan

Violence and Human Rights in PakistanThe unabated violence in Karachi termed as “Target Killing” is continuous since the mid of 1990s. In 2009 alone, 256 people including workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) were assassinated, of whom 69 belonged to the MQM; 60 to MQM-H, 28 to PPP, 23 to ANP and 41 belonged to other religious groups.…
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The UN and The Queen

The UN and The QueenWill the Queen’s visit to the UN influence the quest for world unity and peace? Or do actions speak louder than words?

Whenever you make a trip to Buckingham Palace, regardless of the day, month or year, American accents are always the most prominent intonation to be heard outside the palace, as eager tourists from the States excitedly ogle the British Monarch’s abode.…
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Green Revolution and Hunger

Green Revolution and HungerThe Failings of the Green revolution puts Hunger back on the Priority Agenda.

It was born and developed to boost agricultural production and feed the world’s growing population. Four decades later as hunger, particularly in the Asia- Pacific region climbs, the Green Revolution is unable to meet new demands, unable to feed new mouths.…
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International Cover-up, Priest Misconduct

International Cover-up, Priest MisconductThe former coordinator of Jesuit sexual misconduct investigations, referred to here as Fr. JG, faces allegations that he molested a high school boy in 1971. His accuser is disclosing his allegations after the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) encouraged him to look into filing a lawsuit against the Jesuits’ Province of Chicago, Fr.…
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Obama Bow Japan

President Barack O’bow’a

President Barack O'bow'aIn a continuation of the new trend in US foreign policy “protocol”, US President Barack Obama, greeted Japan’s Emperor Akihito with a full Obama bow down from the waist, when they met in Tokyo on November 13, 2009.

This bow refueled the controversy in the circles of US international diplomacy both in the USA and abroad over the appropriateness and the necessity of that bow from the US President to the Japanese Emperor.…
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Obama Speech to the Mid East

Obama Speech to the Mid EastUSA President Barack Hussein Obama gave an important policy speech at the University of Cairo, Egypt, on 4 June 2009. The speech was addressed to the entire Middle East, it was titled “A New Beginning”.  This speech is perceived by many in the Middle East as designed to deliver a set of instructs and vailed warnings to the great majority of the peoples of the Middle East.…
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Global Recession, Local Corruption

Global Recession, Local CorruptionIt is hard to believe this story specially in the midst of the global recession that many argue was triggered by the collapse of the housing and financial sectors in the USA, causing high unemployment rates unprecedented since the great depression, in the 1930s, and ravaging many key USA industries including the domestic auto manufacturing and its long chain of suppliers, in addition to further diminishing home values and damaging the housing industry and all its related financial services and products manufacturing for many years to come.…
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UN Medical Services

UN Medical ServicesIs it possible for a prestigious medical clinic in New York City to exist if many of the hired doctors and registered nurses are not fully trained and licensed to practice medicine in New York State?

Actually, “yes.”

The United Nations Medical Services Division (UN MSD) operates a walk-in occupational health clinic on the fifth floor of the UN Secretariat building in the heart of Manhattan. …
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