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Human Rights Watch singled out U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for especially harsh criticism Monday as it took world leaders to task for what it called their failure to be tougher on human rights offenders.
The new Republican majority in the House is poised to revive some old battles over the U.S. government's financial contribution to the United Nations, vowing once again to use the power of America's purse to force what it calls needed reforms at the world body.
In India on Sunday, President Obama announced the decline of the United States as an economic power. "For most of my lifetime ... the U.S. was such an enormously dominant economic power ... that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms," he lamented. "And now, because of the incredible rise of India and China and Brazil and other countries, the U.S. remains the largest economy and the largest market, but there is real competition." Always ready to underreckon our country abroad, the president concluded that the upside to this relative decline in U.S. fortunes is that "this will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete."
When President Obama speaks to the United Nations this week, he'll highlight gains from his policy of engaging the world body, but critics say that will come at the expense of U.N. reform - a Bush-era priority that, at least publicly, seems to have taken a back seat.
As a candidate for the U.S. presidency, Barack Obama touted himself to foreign audiences as a "citizen of the world." As president, Mr. Obama is determined to make sure we are such citizens, too.
With just a little more than two months before the general election in Burma, scheduled for Nov. 7, the United States joined countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the creation of a United Nations-led commission to investigate purported war crimes by Burma's military junta.
This November, for the first time, the United States will be subject to a review of our human rights record by the notorious United Nations Human Rights Council. Undoubtedly, the United States will be chastised for not ratifying a U.N. treaty on "women's rights." Because President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton support the treaty, this may be another stop on their "apologize for America" tour.
Most of America's foreign and national security challenges today are global in nature.
NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly today elected 15 new members to 3-year terms on its Human Rights Council, an often-criticized panel based in Geneva.