UN Seeks "Sustainability" Through Human Rights at Forum

November 25, 2015

At the recent UN Forum on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") in Geneva, the UN Global Compact pushed the concept that the UN's agenda on "sustainable development" can only be successful if businesses around the world agree to implement the UN's BHR principles.

UN Plans Human Rights "Hub" in Washington

November 20, 2015

George Russell reports that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights plans to create a "regional hub" in Washington, DC, to promote various objectives of the UN's human rights agenda, including the abolition of the death penalty, ratification of various international treaties, and establishment of a national human rights institution in the US.

Latest Attack Pattern Suggests IS Is Globalizing Jihad

November 18, 2015

The attacks in Paris by Islamic State ("IS") supporters follow IS attacks on pro-Hezbollah neighborhoods in Beirut and the downing of a Russian airliner over the Egyptian Sinai, signaling a new pattern of globalized jihad operations against civilian targets and a likely uptick of Syrian refugees fleeing the brutality and fanaticism of the caliphate territories in Iraq and Syria.

Cameron Sets out EU Renegotiation Goals

November 11, 2015

In a speech and letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, UK Prime Minister David Cameron called for reforms in the British relationship with the EU, including measures that would prevent eurozone countries from discriminating against the UK, immigration reform, and an end to "ever closer union."


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  • Archbishop: UN Should Consider Benefits of School Choice

    November 25, 2015

    In a statement on the Holy See to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ("CERD"), Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Roman Catholic Archidocese of Atlanta called for CERD to consider the benefits of Catholic schools in encouraging upward mobility in minority communities.

  • UN Launches Global Rice Management Standard

    November 25, 2015

    The Sustainable Rice Platform, a group convened by the UN Environment Programme in partnership with a nongovernmental organization, has released a global Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, which aims for "environmentally sustainable and socially responsible rice production."

  • Developing Countries Demand Funding in UN Climate Deal

    November 25, 2015

    Reuters reports that demands from developing countries for increased funding from developed countries to help them adapt to the effects of global warming are a growing sticking point in negotiations over a UN deal on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change to be concluded in Paris at the end of 2015.

  • EU Committee Presses Companies on Tax Policies

    November 25, 2015

    At a recent hearing, members of the European Parliament Special Committee on Tax Rulings questioned business representatives on their alleged tax avoidance and considered whether the EU should mandate country-by-country reporting of corporate tax payments within the bloc.

  • Investigation of Exxon Opens Legal Avenues for Activists

    November 25, 2015

    The New York Times reports that the New York Attorney General's investigation of whether energy company Exxon broke the law by allegedly providing misleading statements to its shareholders on risks related to climate change could open new paths to climate-related litigation against energy companies in US courts.

  • Groups Seek Use of Global Standards in National Policy

    November 18, 2015

    The International Organization for Standardization, the International Electrotechnical Commission, and the UN Economic Commission for Europe recently convened a conference at which officials from these organizations promoted the use of international standards, often dealing with business conduct, in accomplishing national policy goals.

  • EU Proposes Shared Bank Deposit Insurance Plan

    November 25, 2015

    As it ramps up efforts toward a completed banking and monetary union, the European Commission has proposed a European Deposit Insurance Scheme that would create a common EU fund to protect savings accounts at European banks of up to 100,000 euros in case of bank insolvency.

  • ECB Seeks Further Harmonization of Bank Regulation

    November 25, 2015

    The European Central Bank ("ECB") has launched a consultation over a draft regulation seeking to harmonize how countries supervise banks within the EU.

  • British Businesses Seek EU Reform

    November 25, 2015

    At a recent conference held by the UK publication The Telegraph, British business leaders and the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce John Longworth argued that business support for remaining in the EU depends whether Prime Minister David Cameron can negotiate meaningful reforms in the bloc.

  • NATO and G20 Face Problems with Islamist Insiders

    November 25, 2015

    As the United States has stepped up efforts to mobilize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ("NATO") and the Group of 20 ("G20") in a multilateral strategy to combat the Islamic State ("IS"), Washington faces challenges from spoilers inside NATO and the G20, namely, the key Islamist states of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudis Continue to Use Death Sentences to Punish Free Speech

    November 25, 2015

    Saudi Arabia's infamous use of death sentences to crush speech freedoms was on display again this past week, when a local court ordered the execution of a young blogger for "renouncing Islam."

  • Islamist Power Struggles Fuel Anti-Semitism in Turkey

    November 25, 2015

    In the latest incident of rising anti-Semitism that has caused a precipitous exodus by Turkey's Jewish community, Ankara's courts, which are controlled by the country's governing Islamist party, are investigating one of Turkey's most prominent Jewish businessmen for providing "financial and moral support to parallel structures," a charge aimed at the opposition Islamist movement of Fetullah Gulen.