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    The Shame of the United Nations

    The Shame of the United Nations

    When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission, America's ambassador, John Bolton, is right; Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong; and leading international human rights groups have unwisely put their preference for multilateral consensus ahead of their duty to fight for the strongest possible human rights protection. A once-promising reform proposal has been so watered down that it has become an ugly sham, offering cover to an unacceptable status quo. It should be renegotiated or rejected.

    Some of the world's most abusive regimes have won seats on the Human Rights Commission and used them to insulate themselves from criticism. Current members include Sudan, which is carrying out genocide; Nepal, whose absolute monarch has suspended basic liberties; and Saudi Arabia, where women have few rights. All are gross violators of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the commission's founding document.

    Ideally, violators of the declaration should be barred from the new Human Rights Council, which would succeed the commission. Mr. Annan's original proposal did not go that far. But it significantly raised the bar by requiring a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly to win a seat. This essential change has been eliminated and replaced by a technical adjustment barely visible to the naked eye. Slates will still be nominated by regional blocs without regard to human rights performance. A few other incremental improvements are not enough to redeem this pathetic draft. Approving it, as groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International wrongly urge, would take off the heat for meaningful change.

    Mr. Bolton, representing an administration whose record is stained by Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, is awkwardly placed to defend basic human rights principles. But he also represents the United States, with its long and proud human rights tradition. We hope that his refusal to go along with this shameful charade can produce something better.


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    Seems to me, that this piece is the work of someone on the liberal left for two reasons:

    1) The article being named "The Shame Of The United States", instead of "The Shame Of The United Nations".

    2) Because the article has to give credit to John Bolton for doing what's right and it criticizes the U.N, the writer had to include something absolutely irrelevant to the subject of this story, just to take a cheap shot at America, aka the Bush Administration. That would be the line: "Mr. Bolton, representing an administration whose record is stained by Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, is awkwardly placed to defend basic human rights principles."

    Classic liberal Bull****!

    Who wrote this lady mod?
    Do you have a link for that piece?

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    The Shame of the United Nations

    When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission, America's ambassador, John Bolton, is right; Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong; and leading international human rights groups have unwisely put their preference for multilateral consensus ahead of their duty to fight for the strongest possible human rights protection. A once-promising reform proposal has been so watered down that it has become an ugly sham, offering cover to an unacceptable status quo. It should be renegotiated or rejected.

    Some of the world's most abusive regimes have won seats on the Human Rights Commission and used them to insulate themselves from criticism. Current members include Sudan, which is carrying out genocide; Nepal, whose absolute monarch has suspended basic liberties; and Saudi Arabia, where women have few rights. All are gross violators of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the commission's founding document.

    Ideally, violators of the declaration should be barred from the new Human Rights Council, which would succeed the commission. Mr. Annan's original proposal did not go that far. But it significantly raised the bar by requiring a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly to win a seat. This essential change has been eliminated and replaced by a technical adjustment barely visible to the naked eye. Slates will still be nominated by regional blocs without regard to human rights performance. A few other incremental improvements are not enough to redeem this pathetic draft. Approving it, as groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International wrongly urge, would take off the heat for meaningful change.



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    Now it is nearly perfect!! And, amazingly, provides every bit of information the 'first draft' did. This is how easy it really could be to read the news! Just facts...

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    take a cheap shot at America, aka the Bush Administration.
    In a sane world, this is all the evidence we would need to prop this low-down filthy commie rat up against the nearest wall and shoot him for treason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dante
    In a sane world, this is all the evidence we would need to prop this low-down filthy commie rat up against the nearest wall and shoot him for treason.
    Treason?

    All political insults aside... dchristie you are insane. You really are mentally challenged and need to check into a mental health facility before you go on the inevitable "Postal" style killing spree that we all know will happen if you don't seek help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Now it is nearly perfect!! And, amazingly, provides every bit of information the 'first draft' did. This is how easy it really could be to read the news! Just facts...
    I agree 100% pwrone.


    The Shame of the United Nations

    When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission, America's ambassador, John Bolton, is right; Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong; and leading international human rights groups have unwisely put their preference for multilateral consensus ahead of their duty to fight for the strongest possible human rights protection. A once-promising reform proposal has been so watered down that it has become an ugly sham, offering cover to an unacceptable status quo. It should be renegotiated or rejected.

    Some of the world's most abusive regimes have won seats on the Human Rights Commission and used them to insulate themselves from criticism. Current members include Sudan, which is carrying out genocide; Nepal, whose absolute monarch has suspended basic liberties; and Saudi Arabia, where women have few rights. All are gross violators of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the commission's founding document.

    Ideally, violators of the declaration should be barred from the new Human Rights Council, which would succeed the commission. Mr. Annan's original proposal did not go that far. But it significantly raised the bar by requiring a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly to win a seat. This essential change has been eliminated and replaced by a technical adjustment barely visible to the naked eye. Slates will still be nominated by regional blocs without regard to human rights performance. A few other incremental improvements are not enough to redeem this pathetic draft. Approving it, as groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International wrongly urge, would take off the heat for meaningful change.

    NOW THAT WAS UNBIASED NEWS.

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17

    Who wrote this lady mod?
    Do you have a link for that piece?

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/op...html?th&emc=th

    There wasn't an author on the story Grim that I could see.

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    I agree 100% pwrone.





    NOW THAT WAS UNBIASED NEWS.

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    Unless you are talking tongue in cheek when you call an editorial unbiased news, it just blew to hell all the rantings you two have done about main stream media being biased. By definition, an editorial is meant to be biased. That piece was an editorial.

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    Treason?

    All political insults aside... dchristie you are insane. You really are mentally challenged and need to check into a mental health facility before you go on the inevitable "Postal" style killing spree that we all know will happen if you don't seek help.

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    You stated that the Bush Administration = America. I consider that a libelous statement. You've accused America of committing Bush's crimes. You're just another one of the little rats who empower Bush and are the enemy of America and Humanity. I would let you off without the firing squad, though, and just put you in Gitmo for re-socialization treatment. Don't forget, the Patriot Act and NSA will still be around after Bush is long gone.
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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by bairdi
    Unless you are talking tongue in cheek when you call an editorial unbiased news, it just blew to hell all the rantings you two have done about main stream media being biased. By definition, an editorial is meant to be biased. That piece was an editorial.

    Well, it just shows the liberal bias of the NY Times and their editorial staff.

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    Well, it just shows the liberal bias of the NY Times and their editorial staff.

    They are owned by FOX, a typically right leaning media outlet Grim. I thought you would at least try to come up with a more original line than that one.

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    They are owned by FOX, a typically right leaning media outlet Grim. I thought you would at least try to come up with a more original line than that one.

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    The NY Times ownership has absolutely NOTHING to do with the product they produce.

    LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE instead of making lame ass excuses to try and convince people that the newspaper proven time after time to be the most liberal biased in the country, is not biased.

    Talk is cheap lady mod... The proof is in the product!

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    The New York Times is owned by FoxNewsCorp? Since when?

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by ianmatthews
    The New York Times is owned by FoxNewsCorp? Since when?
    Shhhh. He doesn't know the difference Ian. ;)
    I read that somewhere on the forum. I can't remember who said it. :cool:

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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    The NY Times ownership has absolutely NOTHING to do with the product they produce.

    LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE instead of making lame ass excuses to try and convince people that the newspaper proven time after time to be the most liberal biased in the country, is not biased.

    Talk is cheap lady mod... The proof is in the product!

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    It was an editorial. That would be the guys opinion Grim, just in case that fact escaped you.

    And if you can make "lame ass excuses" for the idiot in the oval office without bothering to LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE, then so can everyone else. No favortism here so don't expect any.

    Talk is cheap indeed Grim....The Proof lies with the evidence.


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    Re: The Shame of the United Nations

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim
    The NY Times ownership has absolutely NOTHING to do with the product they produce.
    That's funny. I suppose Rupert Murdoch has nothing to do with what's shown on FOX news, then.

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