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Sexism is ‘in your face’ in Britain because it’s up for discussion

16 April 2014 16:17

Sexism is more ‘in your face’ in Britain than in other countries, a United Nations investigator has claimed. I can see why the UN’s Rashida Manjoo might think this –… Continue reading

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Greenpeace activists in Warsaw hold pictures of their comrades currently held by the Russian government. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Are climate change talks getting dirty?

14 November 2013 17:37

Warsaw – As reports flood in of devastation in the Philippines,  pressure is growing on ministers attending United Nations talks in Poland to prove that on-going climate change talks are not a… Continue reading

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The UN's Raquel Rolnik, whose report strongly criticised the bedroom 'tax'.

Exclusive: Leaked emails reveal United Nations fury at ‘bedroom tax’ report

16 September 2013 20:02

Last Tuesday, word began to spread in Whitehall that the United Nations were set to release a highly critical report about the Under-Occupancy Charge, aka the ‘Bedroom Tax’ to everyone but… Continue reading

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'Bedroom tax' report

The EU and UN have made fools of themselves

11 September 2013 21:33

Today has not been a good day for multinational organisations. Both the European Union and the United Nations have made fools of themselves. José Manuel Barroso’s claim that a European… Continue reading

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The Mishrawis were killed by a Hamas rocket, fired by Hamas Palestinians at Israelis, not by a 'targeted strike' carried out by Israel. Will Owen Jones apologise for having said the opposite? Image: Getty

Will Owen Jones apologise?

11 March 2013 13:22

Last November, during another exchange between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza, the left-wing columnist Owen Jones appeared on BBC Question Time. Invited to comment on recent events, what he… Continue reading

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Children gather beside a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein as two men place their feet on the head to pose for a friend taking photographs April 14, 2003 in Bagdhad, Iraq.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Iraq fury still burns, fuelled by unanswered questions

5 March 2013 15:23

I was fascinated to read the reaction to Nick Cohen’s article expressing his view that after 10 years he still believed the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to… Continue reading

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Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman stoked tensions over the Falkland Islands at a meeting in the UK Parliament earlier today. Image: Getty

Argentina’s Foreign Minister compares the Falklanders to Israeli settlers

5 February 2013 16:50

Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, is in town. He spoke to all the All Party Parliamentary Group on Argentina earlier this afternoon. There are close economic and social links between… Continue reading

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Kofi Annan. Photo: Getty Images.

The Spectator presents: an evening with Kofi Annan

20 December 2012 16:13

I’m delighted to announce that The Spectator will be hosting an evening with Kofi Annan early next year. The ex Secretary-General of the United Nations has played a major role in… Continue reading

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Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit least bloody – Middle East conflict, tonight’s UN speech by… Continue reading

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Mary Robinson talks to us about her arguments with Kofi Annan in the United Nations. Image: Getty.

Interview: Mary Robinson

21 September 2012 11:22

In 1990 Mary Robinson became Ireland’s first female president. As a progressive liberal, Robinson seemed a very unlikely candidate for the job, in what was then, a deeply conservative country. … Continue reading

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Kofi Annan Briefs UN Security Council On Syria

The United Nations is not in Foggy Bottom. On balance, that’s a good thing.

23 August 2012 23:40

For an Englishman, Nile Gardner is an unusually reliable mouthpiece for the more reactionary elements of reactionary American conservative foreign policy preferences. His latest epistle to the Daily Telegraph demonstrates… Continue reading

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South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been an occasion when the former Irish President and UN Human… Continue reading

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The racism of the respectable

24 July 2012 19:33

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party. You can wear well-made shirts, open at the neck, appreciate… Continue reading

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UN observers enter Mazraat al-Qubeir

9 June 2012 15:15

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that ‘some foreign players’ are provoking opposition to the Assad regime while ‘demanding the international community take decisive steps to change the regime’. He… Continue reading

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Syrian massacres expose Britain’s pretence

7 June 2012 13:00

More than a week on from the massacre at Houla, another hundred or so men, women and children have been slaughtered in Hama, Syria. They were apparently stabbed to death… Continue reading

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Euphoria gives way to worry as fog of war descends

1 June 2012 9:09

The slaughter of the innocents in Houla, Syria, has concentrated the West’s collective mind. The Times declares (£), not unreasonably, that there is a desire to stop what the UN,… Continue reading

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The Syrian tragedy continues

27 May 2012 14:30

Last Friday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, produced a gloomy 13-page report about the situation in Syria. ‘The overall level of violence in the country remains… Continue reading

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Brits sceptical of Syria intervention

8 February 2012 17:09

Britain’s response to Syria so far has been uncertain and cautious. A YouGov poll today suggests that the public is keen for this hands-off approach to continue. When presented several… Continue reading

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Stopping Assad

7 February 2012 18:52

The situation in Syria grows worse by the minute. President Assad seems to have taken the UN Security Council’s deadlock as carte blanche to launch an all-out attack on Homs.… Continue reading

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A Syrian Srebrenica?

4 February 2012 12:36

Every day things are getting worse in Syria. Today the Syrian regime started what looks like an all-out assault on the key city of Homs, reportedly killing at least 55… Continue reading

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Uncertainty reigns in Syria

29 January 2012 10:39

The Syrian situation is worsening by the day. Now the Arab League has pulled back its monitors in recognition of their failure to ease the violence. Foreign Secretary William Hague… Continue reading

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Paying for justice

23 November 2011 19:39

To British ministers, the role that the International Criminal Court played over Libya was key – it made clear that Colonel Gaddafi’s actions were unacceptable and would be subject to… Continue reading

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Palestine presses on in the UN

4 November 2011 14:22

While the Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations moved closer to rejection, it turned out that Palestine has a veto over which UN agencies the United States funds.… Continue reading

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7 billion and onwards

31 October 2011 13:06

Today, if the United Nations is to be believed, the world population will reach seven billion. Almost as many words have already been written about the perils of a booming… Continue reading

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From the archives: On liberal wars

23 September 2011 18:04

David Cameron’s speech to the United Nations yesterday was, among other things, a defence of liberal intervention. It reminded numerous observers of Tony Blair’s famous speech in Chicago in, the… Continue reading

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