George Russell

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  • Jul 17, 2017

    Aid groups bypass UN in joint call to prevent mass starvation

    As disease outbreaks raise the danger for as many as 20 million people faced with famine and mass starvation in a clutch of strife-torn African and Middle Eastern countries, some of the world’s largest non-government aid organizations are issuing a rare collective call for private relief donations over the next two weeks, alongside a longer-range, multibillion-dollar United Nations appeal that is so far less than half funded.

  • Jun 19, 2017

    The UN helps Assad rebuild, as he continues the carnage

    EXCLUSIVE: As the Syria regime of Bashar al-Assad grinds out a piecemeal victory in ravaged areas of resistance, the United Nations faces a new challenge: how, and with whom, it will help the regime rebuild -- and in the process might further help to consolidate Assad’s sway.

  • May 22, 2017

    U.N. agency's dealings with North Korea on nerve gas chemical spark more concern

    A United Nations agency’s go-it-alone decision to facilitate an international patent application from North Korea for production of the embargoed chemical sodium cyanide—used in making nerve gas —continues to spark concern among close observers of U.N. sanctions against the rogue regime, nearly a week after the U.N. body dismissed the issue as outside the bounds of  U.N. sanctions resolutions.