US Should Abstain at UNGA, All the Time, Not Just on Cuba

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is a dictator’s playground, a political wasteland where rogue regime attempt to acquire a patina of political legitimacy. Dullness is a natural byproduct that comes with being evil and corrupt. No amount of intellectual rubbing of the elbows can ever remove the tarnish from the image of these nation-states. Later today the UNGA will …

Halting UNESCO’s misguided path Congress allocates hundreds of millions to U.N agencies

What are Members of Congress doing with your tax dollars? Today’s Washington Times published my op-ed on funding that Congress recently approved for UNESCO: Ultimately, it seems Senate proponents understood the inadvisability of sacrificing long-standing U.S. foreign policy to gain a U.N. seal of approval for a park featuring prehistoric earthworks, an old mission or other local site. The …

UN Needs to Shape Up or Face Further US Funding Cuts

Congress returned to work with the January 15th funding deadline looming as an ominous cloud over the Capitol. The American people may have therefore expected their elected representatives to tackle this challenge by focusing on priority programs. Yet, some were intent on extending the holiday season, looking at the funding bill as a Christmas tree …

Honor President Kennedy: Reform the UN to Defend Human Rights

By Yleem Poblete The following op-ed ran today in The Hill’s Global Affairs blog: As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—it affords an opportunity to assess his legacy and recall his words.  One JFK quote is particularly poignant in light of recent events: “If men and women …

Don’t Even Trust, Just Verify

The seminal Reagan stance of “Trust but Verify” when dealing with our Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, is a good starting point for evaluating the proposal floated by the Russian Federation for Bashar al-Assad to turnover his chemical weapons stockpile. But in the current context, we cannot “trust” any of the parties—not the Russian …

UN Publicans Working Overtime, Global Tax Schemes Gaining Support

When I first moved to Virginia in the 1990s, United Nations taxes were things mainly of conspiracy lore. And, to a great extent, it still is since as a matter of law the U.N. has no authority to do a thing within the U.S. unless our political leaders grant the organization permission, including taxing American …

GOP Needs A New Mr. No, We Act And Sound Like Liberals Sometimes

According to The Hill newspaper “House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.” Study? How about, dead on arrival. We’re not interested. This is example of a mindset that needs to change on Capitol Hill and why certain GOP voters have grown increasingly impatient with …