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How should we assess the behavior of Samantha Power, Washington’s top diplomat at the United Nations? Called by some a “foremost scholar on genocide,” Power is quick to back the use of military power in the service of so-called humanitarian goals. She is also fond of using the word ‘outrage’ – what does this tell […]

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Pro-Russian rebels vow to take control of infrastructure across Donetsk region

Kiev calls for UN peacekeepers in east Ukraine and protesters ask Vladimir Putin for help after surrender deadline passes. Pro-Russian separatists occupying the regional government building in Ukraine‘s eastern city of Donetsk have vowed to take control of strategic infrastructure across the province they have declared an independent “people’s republic”.

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US defends drone strikes as “necessary and just” in face of UN criticism

Brazil, China and Venezuela sharply critical of ‘illegal’ programme but US says it has taken steps to introduce new guidelines. The US government has defended its use of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries in front of the UN, telling a chamber full of largely critical nations that in President Obama’s view the […]

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Obama to World: Bad News. The American Empire Is Dead.

U.S. President Barack Obama presented world leaders at the United Nations with an image of America as a reluctant superpower, ready to confront Iran’s nukes and kill its enemies with targeted drone strikes, but unprepared to embark on open-ended military missions in Syria and other troubled countries. That, he hinted, should give the world cause […]

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It’s Not Just Rouhani. Many Israelis Want to Come Clean About Their Nukes, Too.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Thursday that Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a step that would require Israel to dismantle the nuclear weapons it has never publicly acknowledged that it possesses. It’s a time-honored talking point from Tehran’s leaders. But it comes with an ironic twist.

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Brazilian president: US surveillance a “breach of international law”

Dilma Rousseff’s scathing speech to UN general assembly the most serious diplomatic fallout over revelations of US spying. She launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country’s […]

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