UN Seeks "Sustainability" Through Human Rights at Forum

November 25, 2015

At the recent UN Forum on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") in Geneva, the UN Global Compact pushed the concept that the UN's agenda on "sustainable development" can only be successful if businesses around the world agree to implement the UN's BHR principles.

UN Plans Human Rights "Hub" in Washington

November 20, 2015

George Russell reports that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights plans to create a "regional hub" in Washington, DC, to promote various objectives of the UN's human rights agenda, including the abolition of the death penalty, ratification of various international treaties, and establishment of a national human rights institution in the US.

Latest Attack Pattern Suggests IS Is Globalizing Jihad

November 18, 2015

The attacks in Paris by Islamic State ("IS") supporters follow IS attacks on pro-Hezbollah neighborhoods in Beirut and the downing of a Russian airliner over the Egyptian Sinai, signaling a new pattern of globalized jihad operations against civilian targets and a likely uptick of Syrian refugees fleeing the brutality and fanaticism of the caliphate territories in Iraq and Syria.

Cameron Sets out EU Renegotiation Goals

November 11, 2015

In a speech and letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, UK Prime Minister David Cameron called for reforms in the British relationship with the EU, including measures that would prevent eurozone countries from discriminating against the UK, immigration reform, and an end to "ever closer union."


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  • UN Rapporteur Seeks Urban "Right to Housing" Discussion

    November 30, 2015

    UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Leilani Farha has called on governments, in the lead-up to a major UN conference on housing and urban development in 2016, to include the "right to adequate housing" as a pillar in discussions regarding urban planning in order to make the growth of cities "sustainable."

  • WHO Lauds Health Benefits of UN Climate Agenda

    November 30, 2015

    A report from the World Health Organization ("WHO") praises the potential benefits of government implementation of the UN's agenda on countering climate change and calculates the number of lives per year that will be saved by 2050 by reducing climate pollutants.

  • Publication Continues UN Push for "Global Citizenship Education"

    November 30, 2015

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") and other international organizations have released a publication calling for countries to include "global citizenship" and human-rights education in children's curricula in order to achieve "peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies."

  • Analyst: Lawyers Should Explain Tax Avoidance Risks

    November 30, 2015

    Sudip Hazra, a research analyst from financial services firm Kepler Cheuvreux, calls on attorneys to explain the potential long-term risks to businesses of tax avoidance and why financial companies and investors have a fiduciary duty to disclose these risks to their clients.

  • Consultant Pushes UK Law as Model for BHR Reporting

    November 30, 2015

    Steve Gibbons of business and human rights ("BHR") consultancy Ergon Associates writes that businesses should use recent UK legislation that will require companies to report on the use of forced labor in their supply chains as a model and an opportunity for increased public reporting on their implementation of global BHR standards.

  • GRI Creates Board on "Sustainability" Reporting

    November 30, 2015

    The Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") has launched its Global Sustainability Standards Board, made up of labor, civil society, business, and other representatives, to develop worldwide standards for companies to report their progress in implementing the UN's environmental and social agenda.

  • Poland Tempers EU Refugee Pledge

    November 30, 2015

    Incoming Polish Minister of European Affairs Konrad Szymanski has warned that in light of the attacks by the Islamic State in Paris, it will not fulfill its pledge to take 4,500 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa without "security guarantees."

  • MEP Calls for End to "Feeble" UK-EU Negotiation

    November 30, 2015

    UK Member of the European Parliament ("MEP") David Campbell Bannerman, a co-chairman of euroskeptic group Conservatives for Britain, has called for the UK to end what he deems to be a limited renegotiation of powers with the EU and instead give notice of its withdrawal from the bloc.

  • Official: EU Prevents Warfare in Europe

    November 30, 2015

    The Telegraph reports that First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans has argued that based on evidence from European history, any alternatives to EU integration could lead to warfare among European countries.

  • IS Forces Expand Caliphate Across Mediterranean Basin

    November 30, 2015

    Libya has become the secondary focal point, outside of Syria and Iraq, for the Islamic State's ("IS") expansion of its caliphate around the Mediterranean Basin, and the establishment of violent Sharia penal practices and extortive tax practices is producing an extremist Islamist order directly across from Europe's southern shores.

  • Rights Watchers Worry About Saudi Arabia's Spike in Executions

    November 30, 2015

    Public beheadings and amputations are a regular feature of Saudi Arabia's criminal justice system, which operates according to puritanical Wahhabi Islamism, but human rights watchers warn that growing cases of poverty, sectarian targeting of Shiites, and the Kingdom's war against Islamist terror, are producing a shocking spike in executions in the hardcore Sunni theocracy.

  • Islamism and Authoritarianism Suffocate Media Freedoms in Turkey

    November 30, 2015

    Popular protests erupted in Istanbul in reaction to the latest episode of authoritarian suffocation of media freedoms by Turkey's Islamist government, following charges of espionage and terrorism against journalists covering allegations of Turkey's military support for Islamic State forces in Syria.