FROM Paul Kennedy
New Faces, Old Issues at the UN President Bush and Iran's President Ahmadinejad were both in the General Assembly chamber this morning as the UN began its 62 nd session . Ahmadinejad will speak later today. President Bush told the General Assembly that the US will increase sanctions against the repressive military government of Myanmar—or Burma. He said nothing about the Iraq war and barely mentioned Iran, but he also said he'd consider enlarging the UN Security Council, possibly to make Japan a permanent member. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea opened today's session , his first as the UN leader. As the world body meets for the 62 nd time, will new leaders from Europe and a new Secretary General make a difference? Is the UN living up to its founding expectations?
Korean Nominated as Secretary General as Defiant DPRK Conducts Nuclear Test North Korea says it has successfully conducted its first underground nuclear test, an action that has reportedly brought joy to the people and the army of that country, and condemnation and concern from the international community. President Bush has spoken to the leaders of South Korea, China, Japan and Russia, all of whom agreed that North Korea's actions "are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response." Meantime, the United Nations Security Council has nominated South Korea's Ban Ki-moon to replace Kofi Annan as the next Secretary General. The General Assembly will vote this week. If approved, Ban would become take over the leadership role on January 1 of 2007. Guest host Diana Nyad explores the role Ban will play in the UN's "responsibility to protect" and the fine line he'll walk over negotiations with North Korea.
Diplomacy and Political Theater at the United Nations This week, the United Nations has been a forum for America-bashing by the leaders of Iran and Venezuela . Speaking to the General Assembly, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez branded President Bush "the devil," name-calling former President Clinton called "undignified and not helpful." But Venezuela is Latin America's leading candidate for one of five rotating seats on the Security Council . What will that mean for the Council and choosing a new Secretary General ?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.