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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fox in the Hen House

While the rest of us have been focused on the tragic events unfolding in Iraq and New Orleans, John Bolton has been hard at work, dismantling 60 years of environmental and humanitarian progress, at the United Nations...

The Globe and Mail:
Among the changes that Mr. Bolton is demanding is the deletion of a clause that would urge the five permanent members of the Security Council not to veto action aimed at halting genocide or ethnic cleansing.
Vermont's Toward Freedom :
John Bolton, the controversial new U.S. ambassador to the UN, has demanded no fewer than 750 amendments to an agreement designed to strengthen the world body and fight poverty, the intended highlight of its 60th anniversary summit this month. He also seeks to roll back proposed UN commitments to combat global warming and push nuclear disarmament. The amendments are included in a 32-page U.S. version, obtained by the Washington Post and the UK Independent. The changes eliminate all reference to the so-called Millennium Development Goals, accepted by all countries at the last major UN summit in 2000, as well as the Kyoto treaty and the International Criminal Court. Instead, the U.S. wants passages on fighting terrorism and spreading democracy.
International Herald Tribune:
John Bolton, its new UN ambassador, handed over hundreds of amendments, mirroring his government's foreign policy. They omit all mention of "respect for nature," the Kyoto protocol, increasing Third World aid, and obliging pharmaceutical firms to manufacture cheap AIDS drugs. Bolton also insists on removing references to the International Court of Justice, prosecution of war criminals, the "right of self-determination for peoples under foreign occupation," the use of violence "except as a weapon of last resort for the defense of national security," and even "disarmament" of weapons of mass destruction.
Find Law:
In Bolton's world, U.S. military incursions face no hindrance, the natural world is little more than a resource, and facilitating corporate power is a higher priority than reducing poverty. And the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Mine Ban Treaty? They simply don't exist. The rest of the planet - those other 190 or so countries that belong to the United Nations - got a bracing introduction to Bolton's world last week. As diplomats made last-minute preparations for the upcoming United Nations summit, scheduled for mid-September, they received a revised copy from the U.S. mission of the reform document that is supposed to be the focus of the summit. That document - the result of more than a year and a half of negotiations - had been dramatically edited. Its thirty-nine pages included 750 new changes.

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