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UN Chief’s Plane Crash 'May Have Been Caused by Aircraft Attack'

Julian Borger The Guardian
A UN report on the death of Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash has found a “significant amount of evidence” it was caused by another aircraft, renewing questions of Western involvement. Hammarskjold led a UN peacekeeping force at the request of the newly liberated Congo, which, after the CIA-backed assassination of its President Patrice Lumumba, faced the secession of its mineral rich Katanga province, backed by Belgian troops and mercenaries.

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‘Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights’

Tula Connell Solidarity Center
Women in migration are not ‘vulnerable,’ in need of ‘rescue’—they are advocates and agents of change. Current migration policies must be changed from being about ‘protecting women’ to ‘protecting women’s rights. The rights of capital to move freely across borders is unchallenged. There must be a commensurate expansion of the rights of migrant workers forced to cross borders.

The Ban Treaty Must Address the Scientifically Predicted Consequences of Nuclear War

Steven Starr Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The research predicts that a nuclear war fought between emerging nuclear weapon states—with less than 1 percent of the explosive power contained in the global nuclear arsenals—can produce catastrophic long-term damage to global environment and weather. A war fought with 100 atomic bombs can result in the coldest average annual surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and this prolonged cold (and drought) would last for several years.

The Challenges Facing the UN in the Age of Trump

Chloé Maurel Equal Times
The creation of the UN in 1945 was a victory for the spirit of pacifism, an affirmation of multilateralism, a beautiful progressive idea. This idea must be maintained in face of the pipe dream of unilateralism.

Roundtable on UN Security Council Resolution 2334: Reflections by Noura Erakat, Mouin Rabbani, Sherene Seikaly, Mark LeVine, Daud Abdullah

N. Erakat, M. Rabbani, S. Seikaly, M. LeVine, D. Abdullah Jadaliyya
The passage of UNSC 2334 marks the first occasion since 1980 that the Security Council has censured Israel's settler-colonialist practices, primarily because the United States had consistently threatened to use or exercised its veto power against similar initiatives for the past thirty-six years. On this occasion, Washington once again refused to support the resolution-but on account of its abstention, the Security Council was able to unanimously adopt the draft text.
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