The United States Withdraws from the World

The U.S. withdrawal from U.N. agencies is, if anything, a sign of weakness rather than strength.

UN Human Rights Council

The United States has decided to no longer participate in the United Nations 47-member Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The number one reason cited by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was that the council is unfairly critically focused on Israel. The United States had already left the U.N.’s cultural organization UNESCO last October, the last straw

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Trump’s “Israel-First”, “Saudi-Second” And “America-Last” Iran Strategy

Trump’s stance manages to both encourage nuclear proliferation and render it even more difficult for anyone to respect the agreements entered into by the United States government.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference at the Verizon Center, on Monday, March 21, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump’s move to decertify the Iranian nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), entered into a little over two years ago, was applauded by Israel, Saudi Arabia and a couple of Persian Gulf States, but by no one else. Quite the contrary, as the European and Asian co-signatories on the agreement, having failed to dissuade

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US Pulls Out Of UNESCO Claiming ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

It’s not the first time the U.S. pulled out of UNESCO: Washington did the same thing in the 1980s because it viewed the agency as mismanaged, corrupt and used to advance Soviet interests. The U.S. rejoined in 2003.

A view of the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a UNESCO's World Heritage site since 2012. (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

The United States is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" of the U.N. cultural agency. While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal for months, the announcement by the State Department on Thursday rocked UNESCO's Paris headquarters, where a

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US, Israel Furious Over UNESCO Heritage Designation

Israel claims that recognition of the Tomb of Patriarchs amounts to ‘Anti-Semitism’.

In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Israeli border police stand guard on the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the West Bank city of Hebron

Both the US and Israel are reacting with outrage today and threatening to defund UNESCO, following the international body’s recognition that the Tomb of Patriarchs, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a World Heritage site, and one that is considered “in danger.” The Tomb of Patriarchs, also the Ibrahimi Mosque, is believed to be the burial place of

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UNESCO Declares Israel’s Destruction Of East Jerusalem World Heritage Site Illegal

UNESCO has previously adopted 19 measures recognizing the historic status of East Jerusalem prior to its occupation by Israeli forces in 1967.

Catholic priests wait for the start of the procession in Jerusalem's Old City, June 6, 2016. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Palestinian leadership has welcomed a new resolution passed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Tuesday declaring practices by “Israeli occupying authorities,” in East Jerusalem's old city “illegal". The resolution, sponsored by Jordan, was approved during a session in Krakow, Poland with ten countries voting

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British Government Uses Aid Money To Back Oil Drilling In UNESCO World Heritage Site

UK oil company Surestream has a stake in two oil blocks overlapping the lake, while United Arab Emirates firm RAK Gas holds the rights to explore in the UN protected zone itself.

Fisherman on Lake Malawi, the lake supports the livelihood of 1.5m people.

British officials are using aid money to support oil drilling in a World Heritage Site in Africa, according to an Energydesk investigation. Government documents, obtained through freedom of information (FOI), reveal that the Foreign Office pledged thousands of pounds in aid to support drilling in Lake Malawi, where the UN warns that a spill

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