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Sandy’s Lesson

The uproars and thunders of hurricane Sandy, a category one colossal force of wind, have recently sparked a controversy. The aftermath of such a disaster has become a source of strong disputes and arguments among people with faith. Sandy left us in a deep state of shock and confusion and for most of us left us with heavy hearts and deep sadness. Through different ideologies and religions, people are trying to comprehend the mysterious phenomena of natural disasters. Some people of faith believe it is a manifestation of God's wrath…

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Helen Thomas First Amendment

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment prohibits making any law impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the right to petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Does the First Amendment apply to all, including Ms. Helen Thomas? Ms. Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky; on August 4, 1920; to Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon.…

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Conflict Beyond Their Years

How more could be done to prevent children in armed forces? Children remain children until they reach the age of 18 and because of spending an insufficient amount of years on the planet they are unable to make maturely responsible decisions, especially the one’s which may involve risk or potentially harming themselves and others. This is the core of the argument to why under 18-year-olds, who are essentially still children, should not be allowed to be recruited into establishments where they will be inevitably forced to make such decisions and…

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UN Middle East Peace, 1949-1956

In our first article, UN Middle East Peace, from the perspective of the UN resolutions, we reviewed the historical highlights of Peace in the Middle East from the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, expressing support for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, till the UN General Assembly Resolution 273 in 1949, admitting Israel to membership of the UN. In this article today, we will continue our review of the historical highlights of Peace in the Middle East in the period…

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UN Doctors Abandon Haiti Victims

CNN reported yesterday that the United Nations ordered all its doctors, nurses and all other UN staff to leave their emergency care duty stations in Port au Prince, one of the hardest hit areas by Haiti's earthquake, that UN decision lead to abandoning thousands of the earthquake victims including countless numbers of the critically wounded and numerous victims who had major surgeries. Instead of mobilizing the United Nations Blue Helmets, the UN uniformed forces, to provide security in and around the emergency care stations, the United Nations cited security concerns…

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UN Haiti Relief, Recovery, Development

Calling for UN Immediate Relief and Recovery for Haiti. What is there to say about this tragedy? What to do? How to get there? As a Caribbean national having grown up in New York, I have always been around Haitians; they were my next door neighbors, renting from the old Jewish lady with mezuzahs on her doorways, as existed on my home. I have moved through life with Haitians. I had a boyfriend from Haiti; we met as we both launched careers as international development professionals heading to Africa on…

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Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its twelfth Special Session today after adopting a resolution that focused on the continuing violations of human rights by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian territories, in particular in East Jerusalem, and endorsed the recommendations of the Fact-Finding Mission to Gaza led by Justice Goldstone and by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In its resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 25 in favour, 11 abstentions and 6 against, the Council strongly condemned all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying…

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War Crimes in Gaza

The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict reported war crimes and crimes against humanity after investigating the 23 days of air and ground attacks by Israel Military Forces on Gaza, 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009.  The UN mission found that there was evidence indicating "serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity." The Mission Report, which fills 575 pages, is based on…

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UN Middle East Peace

This is the first of a series of posts addressing Peace in the Middle East and the role of the United Nations in establishing and maintaining a lasting Peace in that region.  The basic premise of this series of posts is that Justice and Respect of International Law are essential predicates and foundation for Peace in the Middle East, and indeed anywhere else as well on our Earth. The secession of hostilities, if not based on Justice and International Law, is not Peace, it is just the state of preparing…