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It's the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193-member U.N. General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the 15-member council.
As the seemingly interminable election campaign nears the finish line, there are a few glaringly missing topics which remain almost untouched. The first deals with an issue affecting nearly everyone and the other one which may determine America's future scientific prowess and potential.
It's not often that the southern African country of Zambia makes headlines.
Syria's ongoing civil war has shadowed the current U.N. General Assembly both with the danger of a widening regional humanitarian crisis and the challenge of a politically deadlocked U.N. Security Council.
U.S. President Barack Obama's speech before the U.N. General Assembly was directed to two domestic audiences. On Main Street USA where outrage and anguish over the killing of American diplomats, the trashing of diplomatic property throughout the Middle East and the seething resentment towards America is viewed as a both a bitter outcome of the Arab Spring and a questioning of the administration's policies.
The U.N. General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom.
The killing of the American Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, along with three other American diplomats, the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the tearing down of the flag, replacing the stars and stripes with a black banner, all allegedly in response to an American-produced anti-Islamic video, shows the raw nerve of violent emotions just below the surface throughout the region.
Political uncertainty shadows Quebec in the aftermath of a contentious provincial election campaign.
It's been a year since Tropical Storm Irene unexpectedly crashed into Vermont, causing unprecedented flooding and damage throughout much of the Green Mountain state. Yet despite Irene's wrath across much of the Northeast, Vermont's near singular resilience and steadfastness in the face of the storm remains an enduring lesson.
The Normandy Beaches which witnessed the epic June 6, 1944 Allied landings leading to the liberation of France and Nazi-occupied Europe, have been etched in the annals modern history. Now the in a move supported by the French government, the landing beaches would be inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List, hopefully in time for the 70th anniversary of the landings in 2014.
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