Unprepared for Disaster

The United Nations was founded 60 years ago to reflect the noblest ideals of the democracies that came together to defeat fascism and build a juster world. (The Guardian)

The UN Sixty Years After the Fact

When they had their first General Assembly meeting in San Francisco in 1945, there were a mere 46 of them, states each harboring its own illusions about how the international body would serve its interests. (Arab News)

Fixing the United Nations

The Volcker committee's painstaking report on the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq should not be viewed simply as a negative verdict on the leadership of Secretary General Kofi Annan. The report's true value lies in its unsparing portrait of the UN as an organization riddled with structural flaws and desperately in need of reform. (The Boston Globe)

Finally Fooling None of the People

There's never a terrorist around when you need one. Even a couple of suspicious-looking foreigners playing soccer near the Superdome as Katrina began to make landfall might have done the trick to get this easily distracted president focused. The war on terror is, after all, George W. Bush's obsession, obliterating any other consideration of the nation's well-being. (LA Times)

Syria and the "Siege"

The least Washington says now of Syria, in its comments on the developments of the investigation into Hariri's assassination, is that it is in "trouble." (Al Hayat)

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