United Nations http://kuow.org en Number Of Refugees On The Rise http://kuow.org/post/number-refugees-rise <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Judith Kumin, former United Nation's official and current professor of International Human Rights at the University of New Hampshire, about why the number of displaced people in the world is on the rise. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:37:24 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 34910 at http://kuow.org Number Of Refugees On The Rise Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink http://kuow.org/post/reports-mass-slaughter-south-sudan-teeters-brink South Sudan has been in a downward spiral for months, and now the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305656375/u-n-reports-hundreds-killed-in-ethnic-violence-in-south-sudan" target="_blank">United Nations</a> says hundreds of civilians were rounded up and killed by a rebel group when it recently took control in the town of Bentiu, an oil hub.<p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/statement-press-secretary-south-sudan" target="_blank">The White House</a> condemned the attacks as an "abomination" and implored the country's leaders to end the cycle Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:17 +0000 Gregory Warner 33160 at http://kuow.org Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role http://kuow.org/post/how-abandonment-rwandan-genocide-changed-peacekeepers-role It's been 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, in which political ideology and ethnic hatred gave license to thousands of Hutus to kill Tutsi families. But ethnic ideology may not have unleashed the genocide if the international community had not stepped back and allowed it to happen.<p>One notorious episode of abandonment changed forever the role of the United Nations peacekeeper. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 32017 at http://kuow.org How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role ACLU's Alison Holcomb Shares Pot Advice With The United Nations http://kuow.org/post/aclus-alison-holcomb-shares-pot-advice-united-nations <p></p><p>David Hyde talks with <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alison Holcomb, </span><a href="https://aclu-wa.org/">ACLU of Washington</a>'s criminal justice director, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">about her recent trip to the United Nations.</span> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:29:33 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 31055 at http://kuow.org ACLU's Alison Holcomb Shares Pot Advice With The United Nations Inside The State Of North Korea http://kuow.org/post/inside-state-north-korea <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Clark Sorenson, director of UW's Center for Korea Studies, following a United Nations report accusing North Korean leadership of crimes against humanity. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:53:59 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Posey Gruener 29139 at http://kuow.org Inside The State Of North Korea After 33 Years, A Chance For Diplomacy With Iran? http://kuow.org/post/after-33-years-chance-diplomacy-iran <p>It has been 33 years since the United States and Iran had diplomatic relations. Now, after an exchange of letters between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there is new hope for diplomatic dialogue between the two countries.</p><p>Iran is currently under UN and Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. It claims it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, but according to the BBC, the United States and its allies suspect Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon. Next week, Rouhani will be in New York for the annual General Assembly of the United Nations.</p><p>Dr. Shaul Bakhash is the Clarence Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University. He explains the complexity of diplomacy between the two countries. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:42:03 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20709 at http://kuow.org Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? http://kuow.org/post/why-does-russia-believe-rebels-used-chemical-weapons-syria <p>The United Nations General Assembly opened this week and on the top of the agenda is the crisis in Syria. UN weapons inspectors said that based on their investigation, chemical weapons were definitely used in an August 21 attack of a city on the outskirts of Damascus.</p><p>While many officials believe evidence points to Bashar al-Assad's government as being the perpetrator of the attack, Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that the UN and Western officials have incorrectly tied the Syrian government to that attack.</p><p>Fred Weir is the Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, he explains why Russia is still blaming the Syrian rebels for the chemical weapons attack. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:27:06 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20648 at http://kuow.org Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? Reaction In The Middle East To Syria http://kuow.org/post/reaction-middle-east-syria <p></p><p>The United Nations inspectors say they have convincing evidence that chemical weapons were used in a large scale attack in Syria last month. In a report released earlier today the inspectors said the samples they collected from an area of Damascus provided clear and convincing evidence that the nerve agent sarin was used.</p><p>The inspectors were not charged with determining who launched the chemical weapons. The news closely follows this weekend’s announcement that Russia and the United States had reached agreement on a framework for Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program. The United States and its allies say military force is still a possibility if Syria fails to follow through on its agreement. Meanwhile the war in Syria continues.</p><p><a href="http://www.borzou.com/">Borzou Daragahi</a> has been covering events in the Middle East for the Financial Times. He’s based in Cairo. He explains what the reaction in the Middle East has been to the announcement that Syria would give up its chemical weapons. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:00:15 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20415 at http://kuow.org UK Could Reverse Position On Syrian Strike If Evidence Proves Assad’s Use Of Chemical Weapons http://kuow.org/post/uk-could-reverse-position-syrian-strike-if-evidence-proves-assad-s-use-chemical-weapons <p></p><p>Things are changing fast regarding the situation in Syria. UN technicians are working around the clock to analyze samples from the chemical attacks in Syria. President Obama says he won’t wait for those results.</p><p>But definitive proof that Assad used chemical weapons – either from the UN or from another intelligence agency – could have far reaching consequences.</p><p>The BBC’s Middle East editor Sebastian Usher has been keeping tabs on UK politicians since they rejected military intervention last week. Usher says proof that Assad used chemical weapons could be enough to tip the balance of public opinion in the UK. He says that could lead to a second parliamentary vote, a vote that could reverse the country’s position and authorize the UK to join the US led coalition against Syria.</p><p>Meanwhile, the UN is urging a more cautious approach. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon suggested yesterday that any offensive strike in Syria without UN Security Council approval would be illegal.</p><p>Sebastian Usher spoke today with KUOW’s David Hyde. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:55:49 +0000 David Hyde 19741 at http://kuow.org UK Could Reverse Position On Syrian Strike If Evidence Proves Assad’s Use Of Chemical Weapons British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria http://kuow.org/post/british-pm-david-cameron-makes-case-military-action-syria <p>Britain could launch strikes against the Syrian regime without the backing of the United Nations, according to its own legal advice. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:47:10 +0000 BBC News 19384 at http://kuow.org British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria Syria Crisis: UN Inspectors' Convoy 'Hit By Sniper Fire' http://kuow.org/post/syria-crisis-un-inspectors-convoy-hit-sniper-fire <p id="story_continues_1" class="introduction">Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.</p><p>One car was shot at "multiple times", forcing the convoy to turn back. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:07:22 +0000 BBC News 19191 at http://kuow.org Syria Crisis: UN Inspectors' Convoy 'Hit By Sniper Fire' U.N. Security Council Approves New Sanctions On North Korea http://kuow.org/post/un-security-council-approves-new-sanctions-north-korea The U.N. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:57:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9362 at http://kuow.org U.N. Security Council Approves New Sanctions On North Korea Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Syria http://kuow.org/post/humanitarian-crisis-unfolding-syria <p>Thousands of Syrians have crossed the border into neighboring countries to escape the civil war that has been raging since September of 2011. Simon Eccleshall&nbsp;is the head of disaster and crisis management with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. He joins us from Geneva to talk about efforts to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Syria. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3499 at http://kuow.org Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Syria