The conflict in the Middle East is escalating rapidly. Israel intensified its aerial offensive in Gaza early Tuesday, bombing about 50 targets, including four homes the military said belonged to militants, after about 80 rockets were fired out of Gaza on Monday, some of them reaching deep into Israel. AP photo, CBSNews
Hillary Clinton at the Council on Foreign Relations: I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state. With respect to Syria, yeah, I did feel quite strongly that we needed to see if it were possible to vet and train and equip moderate opposition figures, because when this started, there was truly a citizens’ uprising.
Vice President Joe Biden travels to Ukraine, while Secretary of State John Kerry Calls Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as the Ukraine crisis escalates; CBS News Pamela Falk, based at the U.N., discusses what is next
With April 29 Deadline looming, White House spokesman Josh Earnest: “We are disappointed by the unhelpful, unilateral actions that both parties have taken in recent days.”
— Russia’s brazen takeover of the Crimean Peninsula and the inherent disregard for an international agreement Moscow signed, vowing to respect Ukraine’s borders in exchange for the smaller nation’s abandonment of nuclear weapons, have Western world leaders worried that the superpower could just as easily disregard the nuclear nonproliferation pacts that marked the now-distant U.S.-Russia diplomatic “reset.”
President Obama: We need “Russia to move back those troops”
Mr. Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had appealed repeatedly to Russian President Vladimir Putin to refrain from annexing Crimea - with little success.
The U.S. and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian banks and individuals, while the U.N. General Assembly voted Thursday to support Ukraine’s new government and call the referendum that resulted in the annexation illegal. The Security Council is now working to get more observers into Ukraine and Crimea to guard against attacks on civilians.
Pamela Falk, CBS News U.N. Resident Correspondent reports on the diplomatic progress made at a meeting in Paris.
In New York, in the second emergency session in as many days, the Security Council met on Saturday, in both open and closed sessions, to iron out a response. But, at the conclusion, there was no U.N. resolution, not a presidential statement, nor a less-significant press statement.
Ukraine UN Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said, “The people are fighting not for the European Union accession. This became secondary. They ran to the street to defend dignity and to defend their rights” and “all attempts by Russia to destabilize the Crimean peninsula are a waste of time.”
On Monday, United Nations investigators in Geneva released the most detailed report ever published that concludes that North Korean officials have committed crimes against humanity and calls for justice for “unspeakable atrocities” against women men, children and even infants throughout the country. And, in a break from usual U.N. caution and diplomacy, the U.N. panel put North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on notice that he could be held responsible.
On the Obama-Hollande agenda: Syria, Iran, Mali, DRC….and no spouse talk!
Peace talks to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war continue at the U.N. in Geneva
U.N. Secretary General in Iraq as Violence continues to escalate; visits Erbil to meet Syrian refugees; Liz Palmer in Iraq, Pamela Falk at the UN @CBSNews
VOLGOGRAD, Russia - Police detained dozens of people on Tuesday in sweeps through the Russian city of Volgograd after two deadly attacks in less than 24 hours that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, Emmanuel Jal DMC, Nana Meriwether Rock The House
Nelson Mandela had a unique relationship with several US Presidents and other world leaders. His speeches at the UN were commanding; flags at the UN lowered to half mast.
In his 1961 speech to the United Nations, five months after the Bay of Pigs invasion and still in the midst of the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy placed hope that the United Nations would be able to resolve the U.S.-Soviet standoff. Rather than an arms race, he called on the Soviet Union to create a “peace race.”
Later, in 1963, a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis and two months before he was assassinated, he returned to the U.N. and talked about the dangers presented by the confrontation, returning to his theme of non-proliferation.
Watch both speeches here
When reports surfaced that the U.N.’s internal video conferencing system was hacked, U.N. officials scolded the Obama administration, tellling them, “The inviolability of diplomatic missions, including the United Nations, has been well established in international law. Therefore, all member states are expected to act accordingly.”
Modern Warfare: UN Special Rapporteur says drone use can minimize civilian casualties over other weapons
Remotely-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones — have already transformed the nature of war, and the debate on the moral, legal and tactical issues that drones present has increased.
Emmerson told CBS News that drones are the world’s weapons of choice.
Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its seat on the U.N. Security Council hours after it was elected to it, in a rare and startling move aimed at protesting the body’s failure to resolve the Syrian civil war, but Kingdom’s UN website still calls the election “a defining moment.”