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Pass Blue - 2020-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Craft, speaking to reporters outside the UN Security Council, Jan. 6, 2020. The US ambassador to the UN appeared on Fox News on March 29 but refused to take the bait from a network correspondent and blame China for the pandemic. USUN

President Trump and Secretary of State Michael...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

A Filipino diplomat sent a letter to fellow diplomats on March 12 that a colleague at the country’s mission to the UN had tested positive for the coronavirus. The UN says it is following up but has not said it is closing the building. The scene above, March 11. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

As the...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version

Richard Grenell, until recently US ambassador to Germany, is now acting national director of intelligence. He has worked for a Moldovan politician whom the US has accused of corruption, and the author of this op-ed, a former Moldovan ambassador to the UN, says that “knowingly or not,” Grenell...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version

US Ambassador Kelly Craft voting in the UN Security Council on a women, peace and security resolution, Oct. 29, 2019. She and her husband, the coal billionaire Joseph Craft, have donated money recently to a political action committee dedicated to re-electing Trump. 

Kelly Craft has taken...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, holds a map as he addresses the Security Council session focusing on the new Trump proposal for the Mideast, Feb. 11, 2020. Abbas described the proposed land configurations by the United States and Israel as resembling “Swiss cheese.”...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, arrives to address the Security Council on the new Trump plan for the Mideast, Feb. 11, 2020. The meeting was not as fraught as it could have been, given the outright rejection by Abbas and many others to the US proposal. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

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Pass Blue - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Jan. 28, 2020, in the White House, unveiling details of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, after keeping it secret for three years. It disregards any attempt to ensure a fully sovereign state for the Palestinians. SHEALAH...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version

The Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, Jan. 14, 2020, Drake University. Few of the candidates have uttered the words “United Nations,” but a close reading of their speeches and other sources reveals a range of positions on “how they would operate in the international system,” the author...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

President Trump, with Vice President Pence, White House advisers and military personnel, speaking on Jan. 8, 2020, about Iran’s missile strikes against Iraqi military bases housing US troops, days after Trump ordered the killing of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. Much of the current crisis,...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Hicham Alaoui was a Moroccan prince who left the monarchy as an adult and is now an outspoken advocate for reform in Morocco, working from his academic base in the United States. In a wide-ranging interview, he delves into his break from the monarchy as well as the failures of the Arab Spring...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres arriving at the Security Council meeting on upholding the United Nations Charter, Jan. 9, 2020. The debate was scheduled long before the recent US-Iran attacks, but those alarming actions were referred to directly or alluded to by member states as...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Mitch McConnell, US Senate majority leader, with a fellow Kentuckian, Jennifer Yue Barber, whom President Trump intends to nominate as the US envoy to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. A lawyer who speaks Cantonese, she has no foreign service experience. MITCH MCCONNELL PRESS...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

President Trump speaking at the UN’s luncheon for heads of state, September 2019. He and other certain global leaders attending the General Assembly opening session signaled the rise of nationalism coupled with pushback on women’s rights. LIZ MUZI/UNCA POOL

Once again, 2019 marked...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

In the UN Security Council on Dec. 19, Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador, spoke about the Iran nuclear deal. To his right is Joanne Wronecka, Poland’s ambassador. Russia delayed two separate votes on dueling Syrian cross-border humanitarian-aid resolutions that day. The next day, Russia...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-17 - Original post - cached version

People from South Sudan’s Gumbo-Sherikat neighborhood in the capital of Juba meet in a UN-led gathering to build peace, after the signing of the 2018 agreement to end the country’s civil war. So far, the pact has not been carried out, but the author describes another potential path to peace for...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Greta Thunberg, center, the Swedish teenage activist, arriving at the UN’s climate conference in Madrid, Dec. 6, 2019. A new poll asking US adults and teens about climate science found respondents more seriously concerned about global warming than in the past, but more than a third blamed the “...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Knight Craft, the US envoy to the UN, leads the Security Council in December. She said she wanted to restore “credibility” to the Council. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

GLASGOW, Kentucky — “There’s no place like home for the holidays” is the United States’ theme for the Security Council...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

One of the most popular activities at the Russian-African summit in Sochi in late October was trying out the virtual reality booth with Russian rifles. President Putin wants investments and closer friendships in Africa, while the United States takes a back seat. JOE PENNEY

African summits...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Knight Craft speaks to the media after her first day in the UN Security Council as US ambassador, Sept. 12, 2019. As her country assumes the rotating presidency of the Council in December, Knight Craft is planning a Council trip to her home state of Kentucky. ESKINDER DEBEBE

While...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Refugees, above, from the territory of Western Sahara have been living in Tindouf, Algeria, for decades. Western Sahara is the last colonial outpost in Africa, now occupied by Morocco. Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton tried to resolve the situation, but his departure from the...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Scenes from a UN women, peace and security in Mali event, with Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, one of the speakers, Oct. 22, 2015. Wallstrom, who created the world’s first feminist foreign policy, has left the Swedish ministry after five whirlwind years. Her “political engagement,”...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

William vanden Heuvel, a former US envoy to the UN, helped set up the Franklin Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award, among the many roles he has played in his life related to the world body. Here, he awards the prize to Queen Sofía of Spain on behalf of her country, Sept. 9, 2013. ...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

President Putin’s first Russia-Africa summit, held in the Black Sea city of Sochi this month, showcased Russian-made weapons and other goods and services. As for the big picture, the summit projected Russia’s intent to return as an influencer in Africa, building on Soviet-era alliances there....

Pass Blue - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

In the cyclone-hit city of Beira, Mozambique, the World Food Program springs into action, 2019. A new external survey of the agency’s workplace found a range of grievances, including sexual harassment. DEBORAH NGUYEN/WFP

The World Food Program may be receiving millions of more donations...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for US president, in Concord, N.H., Feb. 16, 2019. The US representative from Hawaii has announced she is not running for re-election in Congress. She has also been sparring with Hillary Clinton recently. CREATIVE COMMONS

Tulsi Gabbard, the United...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s top diplomat to the UN, briefing the media, Oct. 16, 2019. Russia and Iran have been vigorously protesting US visa denials to dozens of their diplomats. Our new podcast episode explains their strategy. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

While Turkey has carried out its plan...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-19 - Original post - cached version

Vershinin Vasilievich, deputy foreign minister of Russia, chairs a Security Council meeting on Syria, Sept. 30, 2019. Behind him is Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the UN. Russia and Iran are delaying certain General Assembly committee meetings, including on disarmament, to protest the...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, speaking on Oct. 15, 2019, about China, Syria/Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other current US foreign policy points. Moderating is William Burns of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

Hillary Clinton...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version

President Trump speaking this year at the National Association of Realtors. Ousting him through impeachment would be the first step in restoring America’s standing internationally, the author argues. CREATIVE COMMONS

In early 1974, fresh out of journalism school, I walked into the offices...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Dmitry Polyanskiy, the deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN, photographed at the Russian mission, in Manhattan. Polyanskiy was interviewed in August on how his country would lead the UN Security Council in September and on Russian-US relations. STEPHANIE FILLION

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Pass Blue - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, and his entourage about to attend the UN Security Council meeting on peace and security in the Middle East. He talked about Iran’s role in sowing unrest in the region. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

In the middle of a muggy August afternoon in...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Knight Craft, hosting an event in Ottawa, June 26, 2019, as US ambassador to Canada. On July 31, she was confirmed by the US Senate to be the next US ambassador to the UN, moving on to New York.

The Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft to be Washington’s top ambassador to the...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Andrew Bremberg, Trump’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. The vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his candidacy has been delayed as a leading Democrat has demanded more details on a separate matter: the White House’s new migration agreements. GAGE SKIDMORE/...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Andrew Bremberg at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. A group of human-rights and global-health nonprofit organizations has recommended that the Senate reject the nomination of Bremberg as US ambassador to the UN in Geneva. GAGE SKIDMORE

Is President...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with the newly named chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, Mary Ann Glendon, right, July 8, 2019. The commission will be operating on the principles of “natural” law and rights, and Glendon has close links to the Vatican. MICHAEL GROSS/STATE DEPARTMENT...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Pierre Krahenbuhl, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or Unrwa, briefs journalists at the UN after a pledging conference for the agency, June 25, 2019. The $110 million that was raised will get the agency through the summer. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Andrew Bremberg, Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to the UN in Geneva, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 20, 2019. Aspects of his anti-abortion views, whether rape victims should be entitled to abortions, infuriated Senator Bob Menendez, the highest-ranking...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version

The aftermath of a terrorist attack in northern Mali. A new survey of Malians finds that they back their own armed forces more than they do the UN peacekeepers in their nation, revealing frustrations about their role. 

Since 2012, a German political think tank has surveyed Malians...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Knight Craft, shown here as the American ambassador to Canada, is Trump’s nominee for the top envoy role at the United Nations. Her Senate confirmation hearing, held June 19, 2019, for the UN ambassadorship elicited many questions from senators regarding her posture on climate change. She...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Women in Uruguay preparing to participate in an International Women’s Day march, 2019. New global plans are underway to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference advancing women’s rights in 2020, including events to be held in Mexico, France and New York. The efforts will not be easy....

Pass Blue - 2019-06-05 - Original post - cached version

The US State Department has created a new commission to advise Secretary of State Pompeo, above, on redefining policies aligned with “natural law and natural rights.” For human-rights advocates, the language suggests ominous religious and other overtones. RON PRZYSUCHA/STATE DEPARTMENT

In...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Vice President Pence suddenly showed up at the UN on April 10, 2019, to demand that the Security Council strip the current Venezuelan ambassador’s UN credentials. That has not happened. The US mission to the UN lacks a permanent representative amid an outflow of a range of personnel. Some UN...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Wazhma Frogh, an award-winning advocate for Afghan women and girls, said in a recent interview about women’s participation in the current peace talks for her country: It’s a litmus test for the world, what’s going on in Afghanistan. LARA MCKINLEY

Wazhma Frogh is a lifetime campaigner for...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

A possible peace deal in the pipeline as the Dinkas and Murles in Jonglei, South Sudan, agree to end age-old hostilities, March 28, 2019. The US is withholding its agreed-on share of UN peacekeeping dues that go to such missions as the one in South Sudan. UNMISS/UN PHOTO

The Trump...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Amal Clooney, the British human-rights lawyer, told the Security Council that now is its “Nuremberg moment” to push for prosecuting cases of sexual violence in conflict. Nadia Murad, right, a Yazidi, had been held by ISIS in Iraq. In 2018, Murad won the Nobel Peace Prize with Dr. Denis Mukwege,...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

A resident returned to his home in the Mopti region of Mali after attacks in February 2019 in the Bankass Circle area, where at least 18 people died by shooting and burning. Deadly violence is increasing in central Mali, targeting civilians, Malian soldiers and peacekeepers with no resolution in...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

In a refugee camp in South Sudan, people escape the fighting in the country’s civil war, including rampant rape by militias and national armed forces. Members of the UN Security Council are drafting a resolution to strengthen victims’ rights, but the United States is resisting language on sexual...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

President Trump with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, May 2017. From the start of his presidency, Trump’s Middle East policies have amounted to a “bromance” with the Israeli leader, the author writes, but where is the mysterious peace plan for Israel and Palestine, and...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

A new advocacy campaign started by Madre, an American nonprofit group, aims to introduce women in the developing world to lawmakers in Washington to explain how US foreign policy affects women at the receiving end. Life in Burkina Faso, above, can entail battling bad air, terrorist threats and...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Carlos Holmes Trujillo, left, Colombia’s foreign affairs minister, with Jonathan R. Cohen, center, deputy ambassador of the US to the UN, and Karel van Oosterom, Netherlands’ ambassador to the UN, in the Security Council, Oct. 10, 2018. Cohen has been nominated by Trump as ambassador to Egypt,...

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