US Implicates Former UNGA President in Corruption Scheme

October 07, 2015

In a continuing pattern of corruption among officials of the UN and other international organizations, US prosecutors in Manhattan have arrested former UN General Assembly ("UNGA") President John Ashe and accused him of accepting bribes from a Chinese real estate developer in return for investment opportunities in Ashe's home country, Antigua.

UN Pushes Integration of SDGs in National Systems

September 30, 2015

The UN Development Group has announced that it is pushing for the implementation of the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs"), which call for ending poverty and limiting inequality and climate change by 2030, by seeking their integration into "national and local strategies, plans, and budgets."

Murray: UN Should Adopt "Proven" Development Strategies

September 23, 2015

Highlighting the "ambitious" and counterproductive agenda of the current UN Sustainable Development Goals, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute argues for the adoption of "realistic" goals that offer a "proven path to prosperity," such as protecting property rights and advancing the rule of law.

UN Agent: Sovereign Debt Principles Are Legally Binding

September 16, 2015

The UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky argues that a recently adopted UN General Assembly resolution attempting to grant "rights" to debtor countries to restructure their obligations represents customary law and general principles of international law and is therefore legally binding.


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  • World Bank Calls for Measures Against Income Inequality

    October 08, 2015

    In recent remarks, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim rejected a sole focus on economic growth to help low-income people and instead called for measures from "ending regressive fossil fuel subsidies" to collecting taxes more fairly to reduce income inequality.

  • Jacoby: US Should Abstain from Voting at UN

    October 08, 2015

    Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe writes that the US should avoid lending legitimacy to UN resolutions, which often counter the ideals of democracy and civil and political human rights, by abstaining from voting on all such resolutions at the UN General Assembly.

  • Academic: Countries Should Have Framed SDGs as Human Rights

    October 08, 2015

    Professor Ken Conca of American University writes that countries lost an opportunity in the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs"), a set of developmental and environmental targets to be achieved by the year 2030, by failing to frame the SDGs as human rights.

  • Academic Proposes "ISDS Carve-out" in Climate Agreement

    October 08, 2015

    A recent report from Professor Gus Van Harten of Osgoode Hall Law School proposes that a UN deal on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to be agreed in late 2015 include a measure that would limit the ability of corporations, through Investor-State Dispute Settlement ("ISDS") mechanisms in trade agreements, to challenge government action on climate change.

  • UN Forum Calls on Business to Implement SDGs

    October 08, 2015

    At the UN Global Compact's recent Private Sector Forum, UN, government, and business representatives discussed how companies around the world should implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs") through a combination of economic, social, and environmental policies.

  • Businesses Sign up to Coalition on Climate Change

    October 08, 2015

    Reflecting pressure on businesses from governments, activists, and international organizations to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a group of companies have formed a coalition called "We Mean Business" vowing to counter global warming in their operations.

  • CoE Assembly Calls for Reduction of Income Inequality

    October 08, 2015

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ("CoE"), whose mission is to uphold "human rights, democracy and the rule of law" in Europe, has called for countries to do more, including through easing collective bargaining and raising the minimum wage, to decrease income inequality among their citizens.

  • Newspapers Seek EU-Mandated Payments from Google

    October 08, 2015

    Politico reports that European newspaper companies are lobbying the EU to reform its copyright regime to require Google to compensate newspapers when its search engine reproduces snippets of their articles.

  • Bromund: US Should Stop Supporting EU

    October 08, 2015

    Ted Bromund of the Heritage Foundation writes that the US should recognize the EU's counterproductive expansion of authority into the lives of Europeans and into areas, such as military and social welfare policies, it was not intended to go, and withdraw its support for the supranational organization.

  • Saudi Imams Call for Jihad Against Russia Because of Syria

    October 08, 2015

    A group of Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia have issued an open call to all Sunni Muslims to unite in Islamic holy war against Russia for its intervention in Syria.

  • Britain Implicated in Scandal Over Saudi Ascent to UN Human Rights Council

    October 05, 2015

    The British Government has been implicated in a vote-trading deal which has added to the continuing international furor provoked by Saudi Arabia's election to the UN Human Rights Council for 2014-2016, a post which the Wahhabi regime has manipulated to ensure that UN human rights activities do not obstruct radical Islamist norms.

  • Extremist Islamism Is on the Uptick in Bangladesh

    October 05, 2015

    A recent series of violent attacks against pro-free-speech bloggers and foreign diplomats in Bangladesh reflects the increasing influence of extremist Islamism in the country, where Saudi Arabia routinely funds mosques and educational curricula and a melange of radical Islamist groups has actively engaged in violence against civilians.