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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 - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo and Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN at the time, announcing the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council, June 19, 2018. The move by the US, the author says, has enabled Russia and China to destroy the global human-rights system.

For the last decade,...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres stressed four threats to global progress for humankind in his State of the World speech in January 2020. Negotiations on writing a declaration to mark the UN’s 75th birthday could pinpoint ways to improve multilateral governance to make the anniversary truly...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-22 - Original post - cached version

The International Court of Justice held hearings in December 2019 in a new case filed by The Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya people. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader, defended her country in the hearings. Now, the court is expected to issue a ruling on...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

A UN Development Program workshop on gender and disaster-risk reduction related to climate change, Cambodia, August 2019. In an essay, an expert on the UN development system says it “cries out for reform” but is stuck in inertia. MANUTH BUTH/UNDP CAMBODIA

GENEVA — Like his predecessors,...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-25 - Original post - cached version

A street scene in Kabul, taken by the author, who is originally from Boston but worked for many years in Afghanistan. A Christmas she spent in the capital one year, she writes, was the most touching and surprising she had ever experienced.

The Christmas spirit finally found me drinking...

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 - 2019-12-14 - Original post - cached version

The Netherlands hosted a conference with governments and the financial sector on human trafficking and slavery, June 2019. Sexual extortion, or “sextortion,” the author says, is a crime against humanity that is not only part of human trafficking transactions but is also found in other arenas of...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-05 - Original post - cached version

As human-rights protections slip worldwide, the authors argue that the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in a group photo, October 2019, above, can establish a “critical link between international agreements and domestic progress on human-rights issues.”

As protection of human rights seems to be...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-02 - Original post - cached version

Rafael Mariano Grossi, an Argentine who was heavily backed by the US, becomes the new director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Dec. 2. He faces many internal and external pressures, including Iran’s uranium enrichment activities. DEAN CALMA/IAEA

VIENNA,...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Rohingya-displaced Muslims in a Bangladesh refugee camp. A new case filed by The Gambia with the International Court of Justice accuses Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya. This is the first time that rape will be included in such a case prosecuted at The Hague court. 

The recent...

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

The 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit opening ceremony, Nov. 3, 2019. To help Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar and rebuild their lives, the author of this essay urges Asean leaders to work more heartedly on gaining trust among the affected parties. 

At the 33d...

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 - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

An ambitious plan to guide the new Sudanese government’s transition to democracy has been presented by a Darfuri women’s rights group to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who is also brand-new to office. Kindergarteners, above, performing in El Fasher, North Darfur, organized by the UN’s...

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 - 2019-10-07 - Original post - cached version

A pro-Kurdistan independence rally in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, 2017. Governments missed an opportunity to advance the Sustainable Development Goal on good governance at the recent UN gathering of world leaders as attacks on civil society rise. LEVI CLANCY/CREATIVE...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Hours before the crash that killed UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (with sunglasses) waiting to board the DC-6 Albertina, Ndjili airport, Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, Congo), Sept. 17, 1961. TARA BURGETT/LONDON DAILY EXPRESS

Fifty-eight years ago, Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations...

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

In the Congo, celebrating the International Day of Women’s Rights, 2019. The author of this essay, who led the video unit for the UN mission in the country for nearly five  years, warns against the UN forgoing original media programming for social media content. MICHAEL ALI/MONUSCO. 

In...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The United Nations headquarters showcasing the Sustainable Development summit, September 2015. The essayist, an expert in governance and democracy, bemoans the growing participation of multinational corporations in UN system forums. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

Global governance is slipping away from...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version



FrDcn Ananias Sorem joins me to discuss the hot topics of late: Thomism, the Thomistic apologetic and the five ways, causality and teleology, epistemology and metaphysical categories, absolute divine simplicity and the uncreated energies and how apophatic theology influences and is...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version



#westerncivilization #philosophy #spengler Modern analyses overlook the deeper philosophical and theological issues that led to the trek the West took.  In this classic take I give my analysis of why the West has fallen which is ultimately theological in nature, relating to the West’s...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Members of the child-protection team from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, participating in a soccer match. The player’s shirt, translated from French, says “child recruitment is a crime.”

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-...

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

The vote by the Human Rights Council on July 12, renewing the role of the UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity and reflecting more global support to protect LGBTIQ rights than in the past, the author writes. 

I woke to a flurry of messages from LGBTIQ activists across the...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

General Balla Keïta, force commander of the UN mission in Central African Republic, right, awarded a medal of honor from the Portuguese contingent, led by Admiral António Silva Ribeiro, April 13, 2019. The author of the essay foresees no exit strategies for UN peacekeeping missions because of...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

A demonstration outside the Organization of American States in Washington, April 5, 2016, protesting the murder of the Honduran rights defender Berta Cáceres, who was killed a month earlier. Her daughter, Berta Zúñiga Cáceres, is part of the protests. The author of the essay suggests that...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres, right, greets Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders and a former high commissioner for human rights, before a Security Council meeting on preventing conflict. Ban Ki-moon, a former UN secretary-general and deputy chair of The Elders, is in the center, June 12,...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

A new agreement by the UN and the Central African Republic pledges to tackle rape and other forms of sexual abuse committed in the war there by delivering justice and essential services to the victims. But will the agreement be carried out?, the author asks. 

I can’t stop thinking about...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

The property rights of Catherine, a widow, have been threatened with violence in Magu, Tanzania. For widows across the globe, their losses can be uncountable, including their human rights. BEN SMALL/HELPAGE INTERNATIONAL

For many women around the world, the death of a spouse is magnified...

Pass Blue - 2019-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Women from North Darfur performing a traditional dance during a celebration organized by the UN mission there. The author of this essay, an international rights lawyer, argues that Omar al-Bashir, the now-ousted president of Sudan, should be transferred to the International Criminal Court for...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, a Costa Rican and current UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The expert’s role was loudly protested by countries in the Middle East-North Africa region and elsewhere when it was established in 2016. Yet some nations in that area are now...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Sir Brian Urquhart, who spent his much of his adult life in service to the UN, speaking at the General Assembly’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, Jan. 24, 2005. He turned 100 years old on Feb. 28, 2019. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

Sir...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Drought results in Mauritania, the Sahel region of West Africa, 2012. More evidence is showing that extreme weather and slower forms of climate change can produce more risks of conflict and other violence, a fact clear in such parts of the world as the Sahel. CREATIVE COMMONS

There is...

Pass Blue - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

A new Security Council resolution recognizes for the first time that men and boys are victims of sexual violence in conflicts, reflecting more attention to this problem in addition to the work being done for female victims. Here, a scene from Aleppo, Syria. CREATIVE COMMONS

The United...

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 - 2019-04-21 - 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 such victims’ rights, but the United States is refusing language on...

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

In Aleppo, another victim in the Syrian war, led by President Bashar al-Assad against his own people since March 2011. The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution that ensures that countries’ counterterrorism measures comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law,...

Pass Blue - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version

The grave of Robert Bowie, the author’s paternal grandfather and a doctor who lived in Nagasaki, above, and died in 1911. The gravesite survived the American atomic bombing of the city, Aug. 9, 1945. BRIAN BURKE-GAFFNEY

NAGASAKI, Japan — The live fish of the day, taken from a tank that...

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

India is swept up in a growing “maternalization” trend: the federal government is offering cash-transfer programs to pregnant women to improve maternal health, sidelining other safety-net programs for women. ADAM JONES/CREATIVE COMMONS

Social policy in developing countries provides...

Pass Blue - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011 in Washington. As president, he has let the US ambassadorship to the UN, the country’s second-most important foreign policy role, sit empty for months. GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS

More than six months ago, the...

Pass Blue - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

In August, 2017, more than half a million Rohingya refugees flooded across the border from Burma to Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine State, including pregnant women and children. The United States gave about $28 million in food and other goods, but the government’s global gag rule banned...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, and Karen Pierce, the British ambassador, right, in the Security Council before a meeting on Libya, Jan. 18, 2019. The authors of the op-ed essay argue that Britain’s role in the UN may diminish as Brexit unfolds. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

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Pass Blue - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

From the White House, Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement on June, 1, 2017, claiming, among other misleading information, that the pact could impinge on America’s sovereignty. 

THE HAGUE — It is now well documented that global...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

A United Nations police officer from Benin working for the mission in Mali, one of the most dangerous operations in the UN portfolio, Nov. 7, 2018. The officers conduct daily joint patrols in Gao, a hotbed of jihadist activity, to ensure general security in the city. MARCO DORMINO/...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

In Cairo last year, Melania Trump toured the Giza Pyramids, a Unesco World Heritage site. The author of the essay toured Unesco sites across five continents, noting how designations can increase tourism to an area but can also hurt a place’s physical integrity. ANDREA HANKS/White House

In...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, left, was the guest of honor at an official reception in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), Congo, on Sept. 13, 1961, with Cyrille Adoula, the head of the country, right, and his deputy, Antoine Gizenga (with glasses). Five days later, the secretary-...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres holding a global town hall meeting with United Nations staff members, Jan. 17, 2019. The authors cite instances of tough resistance to Guterres’s systemwide gender parity strategy, including from certain staff unions. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

One year into...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The General Assembly elected five nations to two-year terms on the Security Council, starting on Jan. 1, 2019: Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa. Heiko Mass (left), Germany’s foreign minister, congratulates Christoph Heusgen, his country’s ambassador to the UN....

Pass Blue - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Nigerien troops patrolling outside Dirkou, Niger, Aug. 6, 2018, a key transit hub near the border of Libya. The author describes how the G5 Sahel force, a French initiative to combat jihadists in the Sahel region, is struggling to be useful as violence in the area soars. JOE PENNEY

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