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Tuesday, June 19, 2007


U.S. loses big at the U.N. Human Rights Council

After pushing for a new U.N. Human Rights Council, and then declining to even run for a seat because of the possible humiliation of losing, today came further losses. First came the news that the Council had dropped its special monitor for Cuba (and Belarus as well), one of the U.S.' major priorities, and later, the Council voted to make Israel a permanent agenda item, much to the consternation of the U.S. and Jewish organizations.

How isolated is the U.S. (and Israel)? Out of 47 members of the Council, which include a wide variety of U.S. allies such as Germany, Italy, the U.K., France, Japan, Mexico, and others, only a single country, Canada, was willing to vote against the resolution singling out Israel.

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