Officials Call for EU "Responsible Business" Plan

October 18, 2017

A group of national authorities has published a letter calling on the European Commission to proceed with developing an EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct that would make businesses responsible for addressing issues including "unemployment, poor working conditions, human rights violations, corruption and threats to the environment" across the globe.

Journalist Guidelines: Exclude Anti-Migrant "Hate Speech"

October 18, 2017

Chris Tomlinson writes that the EU-funded project Respect Words has released a set of guidelines urging journalists to observe various limits on their reporting regarding migrants and Islam, including by refusing to interview promoters of "hate speech" and avoiding the term "illegal immigrant."

Former Judge: ECJ Can Strike down Brexit Deal

October 18, 2017

The Daily Express reports that Sir Konrad Schiemann, former UK Judge on the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), has testified before the UK Parliament's Brexit Committee that the ECJ could reject a Brexit deal agreed between Britain and the EU, particularly one that bypasses the ECJ in resolving UK-EU legal disputes.

US Announces Withdrawal from UNESCO

October 12, 2017

Citing "mounting arrears," lack of reform, and anti-Israel bias at the organization, the US State Department has informed the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that it will withdraw from the agency at the end of 2018 and become a non-member observer state.


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  • Paper Examines "Inclusion" in Global Financial Governance

    October 20, 2017

    A paper from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) examines how developing countries around the world have worked to make the system of global financial governance more "inclusive" to seek to ensure they receive a substantial portion of the benefits of international financial flows.

  • BRICS Group Seeks "Equitable" Global Governance

    October 20, 2017

    The Associated Press reports that, in a statement following the organization's recent summit in China, the BRICS group of countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - called for reform at the UN to make its institutions more representative and a new version of global economic governance that leads to "a more just and equitable international order."

  • Article Criticizes UNESCO Promotion of "Sexual Rights"

    October 20, 2017

    In a recent article, Dr. Marianna Orlandi of the Center for Family & Human Rights raises concerns with a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that she says promotes the recognition of "sexual and reproductive health rights" and "comprehensive sexuality education" among children.

  • UN Forms Partnership for "Sustainability" in Agriculture

    October 20, 2017

    UN agencies, the International Finance Corporation, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations recently launched a "Good Growth Partnership" through which they will advocate for the diversion of investments into "sustainable" forms of agriculture and more transparency in global agricultural supply chains.

  • Canada Joins UN Anti-Plastic Campaign

    October 20, 2017

    The UN Environment Programme is celebrating Canada's decision to join the international organization's "CleanSeas" campaign, which includes "phasing out the production and consumption of single-use plastics and microbeads within the next five years" to protect the world's oceans from plastic waste.

  • EU Legislators Aim to Invalidate Emissions Permits in UK

    October 20, 2017

    Reuters reports that, with the increasing apprehension that the market for EU emissions permits will collapse upon the failure of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU, Members of the European Parliament have proposed legislation divesting all UK companies of their transferable EU emissions permits upon the country's exit from the bloc.

  • CoE Pushes Countries to End Child Migrant Detention

    October 20, 2017

    As the Council of Europe (CoE) seeks to pressure countries to adopt its Action Plan in Protecting Migrant and Refugee Children, the regional organization hosted a conference in Prague pushing governments to end the detention of migrant children and to search for alternatives to the practice.

  • ECtHR: Spanish "Collective Expulsion" Violated Rights

    October 20, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Spain violated the rights of two people attempting to enter its territory by "expelling" them - even if, as Spain argued, the migrants had not yet entered Spanish territory when they were apprehended - without permitting them any judicial or administrative remedy.

  • EU Supports Spanish Position on Catalan Referendum

    October 20, 2017

    Following the violent intervention of Spanish authorities against citizens attempting to vote in the recent Catalan independence referendum, the EU issued a brief statement calling the vote illegal and the response to the vote "an internal matter for Spain," while venturing that, beyond the legal issues involves, this is not the time for "divisiveness and fragmentation."

  • US Jury Convicts Chelsea Bomber

    October 20, 2017

    A US federal jury has convicted a New Jersey man, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, of all charges related to last year's bombing in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, with overwhelming material evidence that also suggested Rahimi was inspired by jihadist leaders whose works were mentioned in his personal journal.

  • Fall of IS Stronghold of Raqqa Ends Caliphate in Syria

    October 20, 2017

    US-backed militia have captured the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's (IS) de facto capital in Syrian territory, marking the formal defeat of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria and dealing a symbolic blow to the jihadi forces that had planned their Mideast expansion.

  • Belgian Legislators Consider Transfer of Mosque Control

    October 20, 2017

    Belgian politicians are considering the transfer of control over the country's Great Mosque in Brussels from the current oversight by Saudi Arabia to a Belgian panel representing Belgium's diverse Muslim communities in an effort to thwart the influence of Salafist extremist thought imported to Belgium from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Turkey.