Should the United States Leave the United Nations?

    The United States joined the United Nations during its first moments of creation in 1945. To this day, the United States is the largest contributor, giving over $650 million every year. Almost since the beginning, The United Nations has been a failed international organization. Violations have occurred time and time again and have gone without any consequences. The Trump administration believes that the United Nations Human Rights Council shows anti-Israel bias and ignores violations for certain countries. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, states that although they aren’t thinking of leaving the UN, they do see room for “significant strengthening.” Haley took to social media to say, “US will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights.” During Haley’s time in Geneva, she addressed the board directly, calling out the world’s “worst human right abusers”, including Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia.

 

    There are various instances in which the United Nations has let actions pass without consequences. For example, the UN previously appointed Saudi Arabia to chair the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is a country that has one of the worst records of women rights. Women can’t drive, leave their house without a male, take part in civic engagement, etc. Atheists, homosexuals, etc. are killed. A more recent issue was the UN’s lack of action on the genocide in Syria. It has been almost 5 years and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has killed civilians nonstop. In addition to, there has been no action taken against ISIS. The UN has failed multiple times to investigate ISIS’ crimes, not gathering evidence from mass grave sites. The UK Security Council set an investigation into ISIS’ crimes in Iraq, clearly needing the help of the UN. The Iraqi government has expressed support and can send a letter to trigger a UN vote on the issue. However, the letter is not needed to vote and the UK’s set deadlines have passed without a response from the UN. Whether or not the United States should leave the UN, the UN does need to fortify its rules and remember its principles and ambitions of world peace.

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Trump Attacks Merck CEO

In light of the deadly Charlottesville barbarity, the CEO of Merck, a pharmaceutical firm, announced he is resigning from a White House jobs council. CEO Kenneth Frazier pulled out of the American Manufacturing Council, announcing, “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.” President Trump usedTwitter to fire back, stating, “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

While Frazier did not specifically mention Trump’s view over the Charlottesville conflicts, he is standing against this violence as a “matter personal conscience.” Along with this statement comes bipartisan criticism of the president for not exactly denouncing white supremacists on Saturday. The White House, along with other administration officers, have released a statement denouncing the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups.

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Is Trump Hitting the Reset Button?

    Almost a month into a rocky presidency, Trump has decided to meet with his supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida. The first 45 minutes included no mention of Trump’s failure to receive approval with the American public, instead he focused on it becoming “a new day in America.” Trump bolstered to the 9,000 people in the crowd, “This will be change for the ages, change like never before.” Many believe this is a ploy to protect Trump’s administration after four weeks that have been filled with more dissension than coherence. While Trump declares that his administration is “running like a fine-tuned machine”, liberals believe he is just blaming all of the problems on “fake news” and the Left.

    Many believe this rally will mark a fresh start on behalf of the Trump administration. A historian at New York University, Timothy Naftali, states, “Except for the fact that he doesn’t have a big plastic button, this certainly looks like a reset.” Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, guides the President, “all new presidents go through a series of resets because the initial transition from campaign to governing is too enormous and complex. . . . Trump’s challenge is compounded because he is a genuine outsider trying to build a new system.” Trump doesn’t exactly believe it was pushing the reset button because he is “quite proud of a lot of the achievements over the past four weeks”; however he does promise a new version on his executive order on immigration. Trump continues to stand firm in his beliefs on what made him popular from the start: the creation of employment, trade limitations, and the prioritization America. No matter what, Trump is determined to put the “forgotten man” and America first.

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