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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:17 AM
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UN Responds to Libyans’ Cry for Freedom With Global Protection
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-21/united-nations...

UN Responds to Libyans’ Cry for Freedom With Global Protection
By Flavia Krause-Jackson and Bill Varner - Mar 21, 2011 5:15 AM CT

The cheering on the streets of Benghazi when the United Nations approved military action against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi signaled something critics have long doubted: that the UN can play a vital role in an exploding crisis.

The Obama administration and its European allies said they wouldn’t have begun armed intervention without the legality conferred by the UN Security Council, and the resolution adopted by a 10 to 0 vote with five abstentions puts Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the middle of its implementation.

“This is 21st century intervention, an extraordinary step that pushes the envelope for the UN,” Jeff Laurenti, UN analyst at the New York-based Century Foundation research group, said in an interview. Intervening in an internal conflict such as Libya “goes beyond previous non-aggression measures such the steps taken against Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.”

The UN action on Libya contrasts with its failure to intervene in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and the difference drew praise from those who have previously criticized the world body for its response to human-rights abuses, including Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based Human Rights.

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There's an error at the end of that last sentence. Roth is director of Human Rights Watch, not "Human Rights."

All of you should be familiar with Human Rights Watch. Roth praised this intervention, saying, "The Security Council has defied expectations and risen to the occasion by making clear that all options are on the table to prevent mass atrocities."

You may not be as familiar with the Century Foundation, whose US analyst is also quoted there. It's a progressive think tank:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_Foundation
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:10 AM
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:53 AM
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3. K&R & Thanks for posting.
I hadn't heard of The Century Foundation before. I'll check them out.

Have you seen this one yet?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I think you might find the OP itself interesting, plus pinboy3niner posted a reply with some details about HRW's stance.

:hi:
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:02 AM
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4. Thanks for the rec! I checked your topic -- very good info there -- and recced it.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:05 AM
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5. From the Wikipedia article on The Century Foundation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_Foundation

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In the wake of the 2000 election, The Century Foundation and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs organized The National Commission on Federal Election Reform, which was co-chaired by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, and was composed of distinguished public leaders from across the political spectrum. The commission’s charge was to quickly evaluate an enormous body of research on election reform, review policy proposals, and offer a bipartisan analysis to the Congress, the administration, and the American people. It released its final report, To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process, to Congress and the White House on July 31, 2001.<3> In 2002, the Help America Vote Act(HAVA) was passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Bush<4>.

The Century Foundation also has supported two task forces that examined homeland security issues after the events of September 11, 2001. The first, chaired by Richard A. Clarke, produced a report, Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action, in 2005. The report assessed the nation’s successes and failures on homeland security and, building on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, offered a detailed action plan for neutralizing the international movement at the core of worldwide terrorism.<5> The second task force, co-chaired by Richard Clarke and Randy Beers, produced the report The Forgotten Homeland in 2006, in which leading homeland security experts analyze the nation’s most significant vulnerabilities and propose strategies to reduce them<6>. In 2003, The Century Foundation published The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism, which included essays by scholars and journalists that pointed out what is wrong with the current rush to limit civil liberties in the name of national security.
Mission

The Century Foundations describes its mission as explaining and analyzing public issues in plain language, providing facts and opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of different policy strategies, and developing and calling attention to distinctive ideas that have been demonstrated to work as policy solutions to the nation’s problems.

The Foundation covers many areas of public policy, but recently it has focused particularly on four basic challenges:

* persistent economic inequality combined with the shift to American households of financial risks previously borne by employers and government
* the aging of the population
* preventing and responding to terrorism while preserving civil liberties
* restoring America’s international credibility as an effective and cooperative leader in responding to global security and economic dangers

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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:55 PM
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12. I really like the look of these guys.
Thanks again for the heads up.

:hi:
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:10 PM
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13. You're welcome! Btw, Bob Herbert's latest column mentions a study they did:
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:47 AM
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6. K&R--Good post!
This is a historic turning point for the UN in acting under R2P despite the failures of the past.

:thumbsup:





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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:13 PM
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7. Thanks! And I agree this is a historic turning point for the UN.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:51 PM
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8. And thanks for what you posted here:
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:05 PM
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10. Agreed. R2P needs to be used more.
Especially if the results are positive.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 03:11 PM
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14. I didn't know about it in detail until you posted about it
Thanks a lot, very informative stuff.

:hi:
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:59 PM
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:21 PM
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11. again
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 03:17 PM
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Edited on Tue Mar-22-11 03:19 PM by Waiting For Everyman
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