The UN seems to be ready to move from its usual conceptual philosophy to actions concerning its pledge to undertake a “responsibility to protect” civilians from brutal governments — specifically, those scenarios that would call for UN action. Such action will be limited to the UN’s definitions of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, for now.
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Tblisi, the capital of Georgia, on July 22, his second stop on a trip that included a visit to Ukraine. Biden's visit to both former Soviet republics was seen by some observers as a way to offset Georgian and Ukrainian concerns following President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow earlier in the month.
While in Thailand to attend the 16th regional forum of the Association of Southeast Nations, or ASEAN, to be held at the nation's resort island of Phuket on July 23, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated earlier calls to enforce the latest UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
Two critically important (and crucially intertwined) events that concern our national security — and our survival — occurred during the week of July 5-11, but you almost certainly didn’t hear a peep or read a word about either one of them. Apparently, our political and media elites think it’s not important for us to know about such things.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday for a forum of the Association of Southeast Nations, or ASEAN, which begins today on the resort island of Phuket.