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‘Insidious’: Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Infuriated by a scathing United Nations report estimating that over 18 million Americans are living in “extreme poverty” and accusing the Trump administration of “deliberately” making such destitution worse with its tax cuts for the rich, the White House insisted in its June response to the U.N. analysis that the United States is overflowing with “prosperity” and that claims of widespread poverty are “exaggerated.” But internal State Department emails and documents obtained by Foreign Policy and the non-profit journalism website Coda Story show …
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Pompeo Says North Korea Is Breaking Its Promises to the U.N. Security Council

3yrs ago from The Week
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn't think North Korea is keeping its promises. Pompeo on Friday said that North Korea's continued construction of ballistic missiles is "inconsistent" with its pledge to work toward denuclearization, reports Reuters. Satellite images gathered earlier this week showed that North Korea is working on new weapons, despite leader Kim Jong Un signing a document promising to work to end his country's nuclear programs. Kim met with President Trump in Singapore in June, where the two leaders created a vague denuclearization pledge. "Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize," Pompeo told reporters Friday when asked about the new evidence of nuclear weapon development. "The world demanded that [North Korea] do so in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are a) in violation of one or both the U.N. Security Council resolutions and b) we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for." Trump has tweeted that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat," but intelligence officials aren't so sure that Pyongyang is really willing to give up its weapons programs. Pompeo last week acknowledged that North Korean facilities "continue to produce fissile material," but reassured lawmakers that denuclearization talks were still on track. Read more at Reuters. Summer Meza
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Trump’s Attacks on Media May Lead to Real Violence: UN Expert

3yrs ago from Raw Story
U.S. President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on the media run the risk of triggering real violence against journalists, the U.N. rapporteur for freedom of expression said on Thursday. In a joint statement with Edison Lanza, who holds the same post at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, David Kaye said Trump’s tirades against the media violated the basic norms of press freedom. “These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and …
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Yemen Is Suffering a Cholera Epidemic, and a Saudi Airstrike Just Hit a Crucial Water Facility

3yrs ago from The Week
An airstrike by the U.S.-enabled Saudi coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war hit crucial water supply facilities in the port city of Hodeida, the United Nations reported Sunday. Loss of significant water infrastructure in a city of 600,000 would be catastrophic under any circumstances, but like much of Yemen, Hodeida is also suffering a cholera epidemic. Cholera is a waterborne illness that has infected more than 1 million Yemenis. Destruction of the plant that sanitizes and supplies the majority of the city's water will dangerously accelerate the disease's spread. "Damage to sanitation, water, and health facilities jeopardizes everything that we are trying to do," said U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande. "We could be one airstrike away from an unstoppable [cholera] epidemic." The United Nations has urged the American-supported Saudi coalition to cease its assault on Hodeida, through which 70 percent of Yemen's food supplies arrive. Yemen is on the brink of famine, so completely shuttering the blockaded port could lead to mass civilian starvation. Already millions of Yemenis are at risk of starving to death, and more than 100 Yemeni children die daily from starvation and preventable diseases. Bonnie Kristian
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The Forgotten War and Why We Fought It: Korea

3yrs ago from WND
“Freedom is not free” is the inscription on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Korean War started June 25, 1950. Communist North Korea invaded South Korea, killing thousands. Outnumbered South Korean and American troops, as part of a U.N. police action, fought courageously against the Communist Chinese and North Korean troops, who were […]
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US Envoy Nikki Haley Attacks Arab, Islamic States Over Palestinian Aid

3yrs ago from Raw Story
 U.S. envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday slammed Arab and Islamic states for talking a lot about supporting the Palestinians but not giving more money to help, calling out countries like Egypt, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Haley listed how much those countries, along with Algeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Oman, Iran and Turkey, had given – or not given – to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which helps Palestinian refugees. …
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UN Envoy Nikki Haley: ‘Every Day I Feel Like I Put Body Armor On’

3yrs ago from Raw Story
U.S. President Donald Trump came into office disparaging the United Nations and appointed politician Nikki Haley as the ambassador to carry out his disruptive agenda, but she has also shown Trump how the world body serves his purposes, specifically on North Korea. The U.N. Security Council’s unanimous adoption of tougher sanctions three times last year that put pressure on Pyongyang to enter talks on scrapping its nuclear weapons program is the example Haley gave Trump …
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Nikki Haley Warns Conservative Teens About the Dangers of Trying to 'Own the Libs'

3yrs ago from The Week
On Monday night, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave conservative teens at the High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University some very sound advice: stop trying to own the libs. "Raise your hand if you've ever posted anything online to quote-unquote 'own the libs,'" she directed the crowd. Most raised their hands and started to clap, The Hill reports, as if they expected Haley to offer up praise. Instead, she told them that it may seem like "fun" and "can feel good, but step back and think about what you're accomplishing when you do this — are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading? We've all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isn't leadership — it's the exact opposite." True leadership involves "bringing people around to your points of view," she added. "Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things they way you do." Wise words from the ambassador, which participants will hopefully remember when Donald Trump Jr. — whose brash Twitter presence is equal parts trying to sell Trump-branded leashes and other accoutrements, ruining words like "lit," and retweeting conspiracies and messages about "stage 4 Trump Derangement Syndrome" — addresses the teenagers later this week. Catherine Garcia
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Nikki Haley: “Are You Persuading Anyone” When You “Own the Libs”?

3yrs ago from Red State
During U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s speech today at the High School Leadership Summit, a four-day conference for conservative high school students hosted by Turning Point USA, she encouraged them to show “real leadership” by engaging with people to persuade them, not “by shouting them down,” according to The Hill. “Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted anything online to ‘own the libs,'” Haley told the | Read More »
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Mike Pompeo Says North Korea Must Take ‘concrete Actions’ Before Sanctions Eased: UN Envoy

3yrs ago from Raw Story
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told United Nations Security Council envoys on Friday that there needs to be “concrete actions” by North Korea before an easing of sanctions on Pyongyang can be discussed, said Dutch U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom.  “The secretary made very clear we need concrete deeds, concrete actions and only then we can start the discussion,” van Oosterom told reporters after Pompeo informally briefed envoys from the 15-member council, Japan and …
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