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THE WORLD IN TROUBLE – Is there still a need for the UN?

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As the UN’s annual main policymaking gathering gets underway in NYC— questions about the need for and purpose behind the organization are being revived

On Wednesday, world leaders descended upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

But hanging over the annual meetings is a new threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin to wage nuclear war months after he launched a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine.

There’s also huge concern that China could follow suit and invade Twain.

In his speech to the 77th Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden condemned Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, saying it attempted to “erase a sovereign state from the map.”

The president also reacted to Russian President Putin’s speech mobilizing more reservists to fight in the war in Ukraine.

President Biden called out Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons, as well as his planned “sham referenda” aimed at annexing Russian-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.

The president pledged to stand with Ukraine while fighting against Russian aggression. He also called on the United Nations to do the same.

However, many critics say President Biden want’s tough enough as he did not and will not call for Russia be removed from the U.N. Security Council even as Putin renews threats of nuclear weapon use hours before the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, the on-going war in Europe is reviving questions about the need for and purpose behind the United Nations which U.S. taxpayers help prop up with billions of dollars every year.

China is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council yet continues to commit genocide among Uighur Muslims and Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council has the power to veto anything that Russia doesn’t like. These and other shortcomings are prompting calls that the U.N. is falling short of its international expectations.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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How the U.S. could respond to a Ukraine nuclear blast

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As concerns grow over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear saber-rattling, what would a U.S. response look like?

While U.S. officials have stressed there are plans being developed to counter a range of moves by Moscow, they have thus far kept specifics under wraps.

Here are some of the options reportedly under consideration:

1. Economic sanctions: This is seen as the least provocative option, and one that would likely have the most international support. It would also be the easiest to implement, as the Treasury Department has already put together a list of high-profile Russian individuals and entities that could be targeted.

2. Military action: While not off the table, this is considered a last resort due to the risks involved. Possible scenarios include positioning additional U.S. troops and equipment in NATO countries bordering Russia, or carrying out precision strikes on Russian targets in Ukraine.

3. Cyberattacks: Stuxnet-style malware could be used to take down critical infrastructure inside Russia, or disruptive attacks could be launched against government websites and other online resources.

4. Forcefully breaking up Russia’s energy exports: This would involve using diplomatic and economic pressure to dissuade European countries from buying oil and gas from Russia, which is its main source of revenue.

 

5. Supporting regime change in Moscow: While this option is not being actively pursued by the Biden administration, some hawkish lawmakers have called for it. This would likely involve funding opposition groups inside Russia and working to foment popular discontent with Putin’s rule.

 

With tensions between the U.S. and Russia at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War, it’s clear that somethingneeds to be done to prevent further escalation.

The question is, what? economic sanctions, military action, cyberattacks, breaking up Russia’s energy exports, or regime change in Moscow?

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Biden says nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back

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U.S. President says the nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back for first time since Cuban Missile Crisis

The president was speaking at a fundraiser event, where he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not joking when he spoke about the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials have been warning that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

But they believe there’s been no change to Russia’s nuclear forces for the time being.

It comes as the leaders of more than 40 European nations convened in Prague to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via video link.

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss says the summit is “not about moving closer to Europe” but “about working with Europe”.

When pressed about her working relationship with Macron, Truss admitted he is a ‘friend’.

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Spectator dead following violent clashes at a football stadium

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One person has died in clashes at an Argentinian football stadium

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to stop fans from pushing into the crowded venue.

But that wasn’t enough, with many fans squeezing through fencing to escape the violence and get onto the field.

The incident took place around 50 kilometres south of the nation’s capital

The game was suspended nine minutes into play.

A 57-year-old man experienced cardiac arrest while being transferred from the stadium to the hospital.

It comes five days after 131 people died in a stampede prompted by Indonesian police firing tear gas inside a stadium.

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