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5th July 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Expose the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

If President Trump wants to promote peace in the Middle East, his first step should be to declassify a key State Department report that would end the myth of Palestinian “refugees.” more...

29th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Withdrawals Carry Financial Costs for UN Agencies

David May

The recent U.S. withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will not only damage the body’s legitimacy, it could also harm its finances. As Congress prepares to slash its budget, the UNHRC is likely to join the ranks of UNESCO and UNRWA, which allowed anti-Israel forces to undermine their stated missions. more...

27th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Woman of the world

Clifford D. May

President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 appointment of Jeane Kirkpatrick as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations did not meet with universal approval. Never before had a woman held that position. And this woman happened to be a member of the opposition party. Nevertheless, Mr. Reagan chose her as his envoy to the global institution and included her in his cabinet. more...

5th June 2018 – Fox News

UN agency fuels Palestinian attacks against Israel

David May

Palestinians in Gaza said they planned to try to cross the border into Israel Tuesday for a new round of protests to mark the 51st anniversary of the Six-Day War, when Israel was attacked by Arab armies and took control of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. more...

26th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: AQAP remains under pressure

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 23, Al-Badr Media Foundation announced its presence online, saying it will work to serve the interests of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its supporters in several ways. AQAP remains under pressure and its media output has been degraded by a US-led campaign. Al-Badr is AQAP's latest attempt to improve the group's security measures and boost fighter morale. more...

14th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

As US relocates embassy to Jerusalem, al Qaeda leader condemns international system

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a message from its leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, that is timed to coincide with the Trump administration's relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Zawahiri notes that the decision caused a "big uproar," but he reminds listeners that Tel Aviv is also supposedly Muslim land. He calls for jihad to uproot the entire international system led by the US and the UN. more...

22nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Suicide bomber strikes voter registration office in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration office in Kabul earlier today. More than 50 people were killed, including women and children, while over 100 others were injured in the bombing, according to the Afghan government. more...

31st March 2018 – The Hill

How to fix the UN’s anti-Israel club of dictators

David May

In his latest piece for The Hill, FDD Research Analyst David May explains why the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) desperately needs reform, as well as how its disproportionate focus on Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East – in fact allows many of the atrocities occurring in and around the region to flourish, essentially making the UNHRC a “club of dictators.” more...

29th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Extends Mandate of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The UN Human Rights Council last week passed a resolution extending the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran by one year. The measure, which cleared the global body by a vote of 21 to 7 with 19 countries abstaining, reflects a recognition that Tehran’s domestic repression constitutes an ongoing problem. At the same time, the large number of abstentions and opposing votes suggests that a significant percentage of the international community remains willing to overlook or deny the reality of Iran’s abysmal record on human rights. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere. more...

27th February 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: UNRWA’s Palestinian Refugees

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg, Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer and Richard Goldberg to discuss their research on UNRWA and their recommendations for reforms that could be beneficial to Israelis, Palestinians and American taxpayers. more...

28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ claims responsibility for attack on cultural center in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of civilians were killed during a bombing at the Tabayan cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Islamic State's Khorasan "province," which regularly targets Shiite civilians and places of worship in Afghanistan, quickly claimed responsibility. more...

27th December 2017 – The Tower

U.S. Cuts Contribution to UN in Effort to Make World Body “More Efficient and Accountable”

Mark Dubowitz

The United States government announced on Sunday significant cuts in its United Nations obligations for 2018-19 with next year’s budget slashed by over $285m. more...

26th December 2017 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

U.N. budget cuts highlight new U.S. approach

Mark Dubowitz

When the Trump administration claimed credit this week for budget cuts at the United Nations, some critics of the organization saw the prudent oversight of taxpayer money, while others questioned Washington’s determination to be seen wielding a big stick. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New UN Report Highlights Iran’s Continued Human Rights Abuses

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s repression of its own people has continued largely unabated, the United Nations indicated in a new report presented to the UN General Assembly last week. The semi-annual publication, authored by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, paints a grim portrait of an Islamist regime committed to the suppression of dissent that contradicts its radical ideology. more...

18th October 2017 – Quoted by Evenlyn Gordon - Commentary

Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Benjamin Weinthal

A BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic. more...

25th September 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Unless It Is Changed, UNIFIL’s Mandate Makes It a Boon for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Nikki Haley is right to insist the UN group in Lebanon undergo some big changes. more...

19th September 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discussing President Trump's speech at UN General Assembly. more...

13th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Fixing the United Nations

Clifford D. May

The United Nations was created in the wake of World War II by the major Allied nations that had prevailed — at an enormous cost in blood and treasure — over the Axis powers. Its founders proclaimed ambitious goals: to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and “promote social progress.” That the U.N. hasn’t come close to succeeding should, by now, be obvious. more...

12th September 2017 – Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Arlene Bynon was joined by Anthony Ruggiero, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, to discuss the latest round of UN sanctions against North Korea and what are the future options for America and the world community. more...


15th April 2013 - 4:00 AM

Claudia Rosett Speaks on Iran and the UN

‘Iran at the UN: An Underreported Game of Influence’

The Henry Jackson Society, London, UK

20th February 2013 - 12:00 PM

Claudia Rosett Presides at Conversation with Amb Frederick Barton

A Conversation with Ambassador Frederick Barton

Council on Foreign Relations