In front of the UN Security Council, President Donald Trump jokingly says… Ambassador Nikki Haley “can easily be replaced.”
“Does everybody like Nikki?” Trump asked the assembled ambassadors as Haley sat by his side. Amid laughter Trump added: “Otherwise, she can easily be replaced."Cue awkward laughter.
Now, Trump was joking. And everyone in the room – including Haley – understood that. But, that doesn’t mean he was entirely kidding.
Two things we know about Trump suggest that beneath his attempt at humor was a hard-edged point.First, we know he likes to keep the people working for him on their toes. Never being absolutely certain where you stand in the Trump orbit is one of his tried and true management techniques. He plays favorites, pits people against one another and listens to different people on different days without any seeming rhyme or reason.Witness White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s arc since he came to Washington. Bannon seemed to be Trump’s closest and most trusted adviser in the earlier days of the administration – pushing Trump successfully on the travel ban and ramping up talk of the "deconstruction of the administrative state.” But then Bannon fell into disfavor, with Trump offering a public condemnation of Bannon as “a guy who works for me
"This "joke” about Haley certainly seems to be in keeping with Trump’s long-standing practice of keeping his people guessing.
I am failing to see how an occupying force can be "the victim". What is your reasoning?
Israel is not a “victim” and neither are the Palestinians. Israel does face an overwhelming amount of terrorism, something you clearly have no experience with. Don’t play the David and Goliath game on this blog. It’s that kind of mentality that keeps people from actually trying to solve this conflict.
Furthermore, if you believe Israel is occupying something. Please tell me whose land it is occupying and when they had a country there.
Because technically Judea and Samaria were not part of any Palestinian state. They were under Jordan, which occupied it before Israel gained it in a war it didn’t start and won. So let me see if I understand this. Jordan invading and controlling the area from 1949-1967 was not occupation. But Israel is…? And the difference is that one was Arab and one was Jewish? Or more importantly how no one cared about the area or establishing a Palestinian state, until Israel got it. Now all of a sudden it’s occupation.
From Mitchell Bard’s book Myth vs Fact
Occupation typically refers to foreign control of an area that was under the previous sovereignty of another state. In the case of the West Bank, there was no legitimate sovereign because the territory had been illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967. Only two countries—Britain and Pakistan—recognized Jordan’s action. The Palestinians never demanded an end to Jordanian occupation and the creation of a Palestinian state.
It is also necessary to distinguish the acquisition of territory in a war of conquest as opposed to a war of self-defense. A nation that attacks another and then retains the territory it conquers is an occupier. One that gains territory in the course of defending itself is not in the same category. This is the situation with Israel, which specifically told King Hussein that if Jordan stayed out of the 1967 War, Israel would not fight against him. Hussein ignored the warning and attacked Israel. While fending off the assault, and driving out the invading Jordanian troops, Israel came to control the West Bank.By rejecting Arab demands that Israel be required to withdraw from all the territories won in 1967, UN Security Council Resolution 242acknowledged that Israel was entitled to claim at least part of these lands for new defensible borders.Since Oslo, the case for tagging Israel as an occupying power has been further weakened by the fact that Israel transferred virtually all civilian authority in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority. Israel retained the power to control its own external security and that of its citizens, but 98 percent of the Palestinian population in the West Bank, and 100 percent in Gaza, came under the PA’s authority.The extent to which Israel has been forced to maintain a military presence in the territories has been governed by the Palestinians’ unwillingness to end violence against Israel. The only way to resolve the dispute over the territories is for the Palestinians to negotiate a final settlement. Until now, the intransigence of the Palestinian Authority’s leadership has prevented the resumption of peace talks, which offer the only route to an agreement that will lead to a sustainable future for Israelis and Palestinians alike
Is that the best you got? Or are you one of those people who thinks all of Israel was part of some country that never existed called Palestine?
I can’t stop chewing over this huge plot hole and I think until I write this down, I won’t stop, so even though I know no one is going to read this, I have to put it down in words. Ever since the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, I’ve had this huge WHAT THE FUCK reaction that I’ve been holding on to, hoping that the movie would somehow make the UN sanctioned accords make sense to me, or at the very least, the side objecting to them would point out what a huge, huge mistake this would be with actual, you know, facts. That exist. In the world. And I was really stunned that at no point did anyone point out what a disaster they could be, because of what an actualfax disaster the UN has often been at oversight and peacekeeping.
It would have taken less than ten minutes for them to dig up some real-world examples of disastrous policies that led to the slaughter of thousands of innocent people, and given those arguments to someone on the team as a basis for their suspicion of what the accords intended to do. But I’m equally baffled by why they had Tony and Rhodey coming out in favor of the accords and the UN and Thunderbolt Ross, for god’s sake, when they would know these things because of the nature of their jobs, and Vision because he has access to all that information in the databanks.
If you’re not familiar with the giant shitstorm that is often UN peacekeeping work and human rights oversight, here are a couple of Greatest Hits for you–and these are just a few that have happened within Tony’s and Rhodey’s lifetime.
7.5.17: Hardest week ever. To be honest this has been the worst and I am sincerely at my lowest point ever. (Above are notability notes from my International Relations class on the UN Security Council):
1. I experienced immense writers block in doing my international relations assignment.
2. I failed a computer multiple choice test
3. The day before the deadline I was so overwhelmed in tears that I had to call my Aunt who just came back from traveling to Uber me from uni to her place where I spent the night and she calmed me down completely fortunately… love her 💕
4. I submitted the assignment and went straight into writing a sociology test which I’m desperately keeping my fingers crossed that I passed.
5. After deciding to relax a bit this weekend due to my family worrying about my burnout, my school portal shows me that I failed a major paper 💔😭😭😭😩😩
I WANNA GIVE UP ON LIFE SOMEONE PLEASE PRAY FOR ME IM LOOSING SANITY
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley changes the game at the UN - 21 April 2017
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley addressed the UN Security Council and placed the blame for Middle East instability on other factors besides Israel. The hearing dealt as a matter of course with the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian delegate to the Un, Riad Mansour, claimed that “the Israeli occupation is the reason for Middle East instability.” Haley responded by attacking his thesis: “Israel is not the factor driving instability in the region. If we wish to increase stability we must first deal with the real culprits for the problem- Iran, Hezbollah and the Assad regime.” Haley rejected Mansour’s claim that the UN resolution against settlements promotes peace and said that “the US believes in true peace and works hard to promote it - but not in this way.”
No killings in ameriKKKa will ever ever compare to when the shit US led invasion during 2003 killing 1 fucking million Iraqis, which were all civilians especially women/children while your fat ass was at McDonalds raising the obesity rates that AmeriKKKa is known for. Trailer trash.
From what I understand you believe America alone killed Iraqi’s without cause?
Iraq invaded Kuwait. Iraq killed thousands of Kuwaitis. Iraq removed Kuwait’s leaders and installed their own regime.
The Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait was unanimously condemned by all major world powers.
On 3 August 1990, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 660 condemning the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and demanding that Iraq unconditionally withdraw all forces deployed in Kuwait
Iraq refused to back down.
A UN coalition (American lead because our army is vastly superior to all others) then went to war to defend Kuwait and destroy Iraqi forces.
Basically Anon, you seem to believe Iraq was innocent and had no choice in the matter. That what they did was fine
and we should have let them keep doing what they were doing. That the UN and other world powers were not involved in this at all.
The Sokovia Accords were, ultimately, a response to the Avengers operating on their own orders without any supervision, right?
So, why didn’t they write Accords that dealt with the Avengers as an organization, a non-state entity operating outside the bounds of international law?
Because instead of creating a registry of powered people that is then controlled by the UN? the Security Council? some unnamed IGO? (which has a pretty severe “uh oh” factor), it would have accomplished something similar while still maintaining international diplomacy and cooperation and holding up international law as the goal and guide, rather than Ross’s weird vendetta against people with powers.
Not to mention, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Natasha Romanoff (at least as far as we know) are not “enhanced.” They wear suits or are very highly-trained, but it’s their position within the Avengers organization that places them under the jurisdiction of the Accords.
It was the actions of a private citizen that created Ultron, and it was funding by a private citizen that operated the Avengers. And when the Avengers went out and fought after the fall of SHIELD, there was no organization or government or any sort of entity overseeing their actions. So, in theory, these private citizens with unlimited resources could go anywhere in the world and wreak havoc, but there was no international law that could deal with the organization because it was not a state, and there was no one state that could deal with the Avengers because they were privately owned and operated, not representative of any government.
So, by framing the Accords as an agreement between a non-state party and the international community, the Avengers would have been put in check and given the opportunity to work within the system but not be controlled by it. Plus, it would have normalized enhanced individuals internationally as participants in the same institutions and norms that non-enhanced people value.
In 2013, the UN Security Council allowed UN peacekeeping missions to use unarmed surveillance drones, as part of their operations in the ground.
The usage of new technologies to rapidly respond to threats and armed groups in hard to reach areas is becoming an essential component of UN missions’ response to protect civilians.
Watch the video here to learn more about how drones and new innovative technologies help UN peacekeepers in #Mali Mission des Nations Unies au Mali - MINUSMA implement their mandate. #investinginpeace
Caracas (AFP) - A 17-year-old boy and two men died in Venezuela after being shot during anti-government protests, prosecutors said Tuesday, bringing to 42 the number of people killed in six weeks of unrest.
The latest deaths made the recent wave of clashes almost as deadly as the last such disturbances in 2014, when 43 people were killed in anti-government protests.
“They cannot go on killing and torturing people, and getting away with it,” said Organization of American States chief Luis Almagro, one of Maduro’s harshest international critics.
The UN Security Council will discuss the crisis in Venezuela on Wednesday, diplomats said in New York. The United States requested the closed-door talks to be held in the morning.
The current unrest erupted on April 1 when the opposition took to the streets in anger at what they saw as moves to strengthen elected socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s hold on power.
The government and the opposition have accused each other of sending armed groups to sow violence in the protests.
The boy was hospitalized after being shot in the head Monday during a demonstration in the western town of Pedraza and died early Tuesday, the public prosecution service said in a statement.
He was at the scene of a demonstration “when suddenly a group of people arrived and fired several shots, wounding the young man in the head,” it said.
The department added that two other men, aged 31 and 33, had died from gunshots they suffered in demonstrations in the cities of San Antonio de los Altos and Tachira.
Monday saw the latest in weeks of violence as opponents mounted fresh demonstrations against Maduro.
Police have fired tear gas and protesters have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails in a near-daily series of clashes.
The center-right opposition blames elected socialist leader Maduro for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food and medicine.
It wants early elections to remove him from office.
Maduro has vowed general elections will take place as scheduled in late 2018 but not before.
He has accused the opposition of mounting an “armed insurgency” against him with US backing.
The president also extended for 60 days a legal state of emergency that has been in effect since January 2016, enabling him to restrict constitutional rights and take special political, economic and public safety measures as he sees fit to address crises.
An 18-year-old man also died from a wound to the chest during a demonstration in the western town of Palmira, the prosecution service said on Monday.
Two police and a civilian were injured by bullets in other towns, authorities and opposition leaders said.
Everything I do today I feel guilty about. I can get up after a relaxing night’s sleep, pet my cat, make some tea, all in the comfort and safety of my house. Meanwhile there are people who have suffered through atrocities I can’t even begin to fathom, there are people coming to terms with the fact that the world and humanity has failed them as the Assad regime closes in on them without mercy. Average people, just like me, who would once get up and make their tea. How can I go about today without a heavy heart knowing what’s happening in Aleppo. Knowing the hundreds of innocent people who were promised safety are being murdered. I wish I was more active in the past in preventing events that led up to this massacre. I wish I didn’t keep saying, ‘when I graduate I’ll be more able to help with a degree.’ I wish I would’ve had the means to travel the ocean to do something, anything. I know that’s what I would want people to do if it were me. The UN Security Council has failed in its purpose. Why does it even exist if such massacres of innocent civilians go on uninterrupted? I pray for the men, women and children trapped in Aleppo. I pray for Syria. I am so sorry for how little I did for you.
A set of photos were released by the state news agency on the occasion of Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II’s 21st birthday
28/6/2015: Crown Prince Hussein turns 21 today. His Royal Highness is the eldest son of King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah. He was born in Amman on 28 June 1994, and was named Crown Prince, by Royal Decree, in July 2009.
The Crown Prince graduated high school in 2012, from King’s Academy - a boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy - and is currently majoring in international history, School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
On 23 April 2015, Prince Al Hussein became the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council meeting, leading an open debate on how youth can combat violent extremism and its “poisonous ideology”. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is “not yet 21-years-old, but he is already a leader in the 21st century.”
Like his father, King Abdullah II, and his grandfather and namesake, the late King Hussein, Crown Prince Al Hussein is a peacemaker in the making. Speaking via video at the Round Square International Conference at his alma mater last year, the young Prince urged 600 students from around the globe to “remember those in this region and others around the world for whom conflict is a daily reality and peace a distant hope.”
Despite a demanding academic schedule, Prince Hussein has served as Regent in the Kingdom on several occasions, has accompanied His Majesty on working trips to the United States, South Korea, Kazakhstan and several GCC countries, and was in Jordan to receive Pope Francis alongside his father in May of last year.
The Crown Prince Foundation is being set up and will focus on youth initiatives in Jordan including “Haqiq,” Achieve in English, a youth volunteerism program the Prince founded in 2013. Last year, the Crown Prince also launched the “Hearing Without Borders” program, with a vision to make Jordan free from hearing disabilities and help deaf children across the Kingdom. To date, the program has helped around 500 children with hearing disabilities. The Crown Prince’s initiatives also include “Qusai” aimed at training and certifying sports therapists.
The Crown Prince holds the rank of second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Force and has participated in several military training courses. He has an active Instagram account (@alhusseinjo), and he enjoys a variety of sports, including football and hiking.
The Royal Court also wishes the prince a happy birthday on Instagram
يهنئ الديوان الملكي الهاشمي صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير الحسين بن عبدالله الثاني، ولي العهد، بمناسبة عيد ميلاده الحادي والعشرون ويتمنى له العمر المديد
The Royal Hashemite Court wishes His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II a Happy 21st birthday
Top 3 favorite emoticons: (Unused) The Russian flag, the dog, the gun
Bold what applies to their phone activity: Movie fanatic,Podcast junkie, Shutterbug, Mobile gamer, Playlist maker
Texting or calling preferred: Depends on the person, but he prefers texting, as he’s less obligated to answer.
How they put contacts in their phone: For Russians, name and patronymic. For personifications he is not close to, country title. For personifications he is closer to, first and last name. For people he is very personally close with, a cute nickname.For others, first and last name.
Group chats: Gun Enthusiasts, Angry Birds, UN Security Council, UNSC Permanent, Russian Around (Not by choice and he loathes the name), Meme Me Up Scotty (He remains in this group to get a decent chuckle every now and again), Red Dawn, BRICS, Shanghai Five, Battery Acid Kids (the title changes every week or so - consists of @mrunitedstates, @enchantmentandculture, and @niesmiarotny), Former Allies (WW1), Former Allies (WW2), and so on.
Seoul says it wants to reopen communication with North
South Korea says it wants to re-establish lines of communication with North Korea, as new President Moon Jae-in seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue with its reclusive neighbour to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.
The two countries are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North has ignored calls to curb its weapons programmes, defending them as necessary to counter US hostility.
Its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, was on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead”.
“Our most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should open,” Lee Duk-haeng, a spokesman for the South’s unification ministry, told reporters on Wednesday.
“The unification ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet.”
Communications were severed by the North last year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea’s last nuclear test and Pyongyang’s decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.
There was no immediate response from Pyongyang.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas, reporting from the South’s capital, Seoul, said Lee’s statement “refers effectively to a hotline.
"There is a room on the South Korean side of the border, and a room on the North Korean side of the border, and a physical line between the two which has been there since the 1970s and is used to relay messages of emergencies,” he said.
“But since February 2016, the North has not been picking up - that communication has been effectively obsolete.”
INFOGRAPHIC: What is the reach of N Korea’s missiles?
Thomas said Seoul’s announcement appeared to indicate “a softer position” compared to the rhetoric at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where the Security Council weighed new sanctions on Pyongyang.
“This is very different to dialogue, or talks, or anything approaching what might come down the line - but at its most basic it is a sign that the South’s new government is trying to be more reconciliatory towards the North despite Sunday’s successful test on Sunday and Washington’s talks of sanctions at the UN,” Thomas said.
The US said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new sanctions on North Korea and warned that it would also target and “call out” countries supporting Pyongyang.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Security Council meeting, Nikki Haley, Washington’s envoy to the UN, said that the US would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear programme.
Talks in the US
Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach to the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure to stop the North’s weapons programmes.
Moon’s envoy to the US, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, left for Washington early on Wednesday. Hong said he would discuss North Korea with high-ranking US officials.
Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether it should pay for an anti-missile US radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.
US President Donald Trump has said he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system which detected Sunday’s launch.
China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.