Stories by Ian Williams

Ian Williams writes on the United Nations for AlterNet. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, the Nation and Salon. He is also the author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776. subscribe to Ian Williams's feed

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

What prompted Richard Goldstone's rethink of his report?

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

In addition to the Tea Party wanting to cut off UN funding, there's also the Cuban American lobby and the Likudnik Israel supporters, who think that the UN is now anti-Israel.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Does Obama want to build on the good work he started in Turkey and Egypt and send a signal to Israel? Or is he prepared to let unprincipled lobbyists hijack his foreign policy?

Posted on: Jan 15, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

If Obama wants to be a real friend to Israel, he has to let the Israeli government know its actions are not consequence-free.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2008, Source: Comment Is Free

It's a whale of a tale: Japan's claim that the whaling industry serves a scientific purpose is hypocritical and ridiculous.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

The UN scandal pimps and an overzealous investigative office are going after another target.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

When you see one person and nation being demonised, you have to assume that it is for a purpose.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

Telling the truth about Washington's policy towards Cuba can be dangerous -- but it may pay off for Barack Obama next year.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2006, Source:

Secretary of State Condoleezza's Rice's declaration, several hundred mangled children ago, that it was "premature" for a cease-fire in Lebanon will haunt the Bush administration for the rest of its term.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Israel must either dig itself deeper into the hole it has made or look for a face-saving multinational force.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Israel's recent bombing of a U.N. observation post in Lebanon is eerily similar to one 10 years ago.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Was it oil? Empire? Human rights? The Israel Lobby? Three years later, there's no clear reason why we invaded Iraq, much less any idea how we'll get out.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Although Slobodan Milosevic died before he could be sentenced for his crimes, he serves as an example that international law is a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Despite the fact that rum has been widely important to the history of the U.S., it has been demonized by ignorance and hypocrisy.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A new U.N. declaration grants the world community the right to intervene and prevent governments from committing massive crimes against their own citizens.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The current debate over enlarging the U.N. Security Council distracts from more important reforms Kofi Annan has proposed.

Posted on: May 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In voting against the EU constitution, the French left allowed its hatred of Jacques Chirac to trump good sense.

Posted on: May 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Despite the British prime minister's troubled track record, the British electorate will almost certainly re-elect the Labour Party -- and they will be right to do so.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Now that the Volcker inquiry has exonerated U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, it's time to root out the real culprits in the Oil-for-Food scandal.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A one-way ticket to Canada? Seceding from the Bible Belt? The outcome of the 2004 elections contain happier and more likely possibilities for the future.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2004, Source: In These Times

Bush has failed the military on almost every level – marking the difference between being militaristic and pro-military.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

John Kerry responded with strong words to the attacks from the RNC podium last week. But was anyone listening?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2004, Source:

The success of the Swift Boat Vet campaign against John Kerry reveals just how easy it is to rewrite history in current media climate.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2004, Source:

If most Americans have forgotten about Osama bin Laden, the fault lies squarely with the U.S. mainstream media.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

According to Robert Kane Pappas's new documentary, 'Orwell Rolls in His Grave,' it's 1984 all over again.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The people of Sudan are paying a high price for the Iraq War, which blurred the line between humanitarian intervention and moral crusade.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A third of George Bush's public speeches have been in a military venue, often in uniform. There is nothing this draft-dodging, Ivy League jock loves as much as playing commander-in-chief.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

An increasingly desperate Bush administration is losing its might and therefore its ability to decide what is right for Iraq. Proof: the new UN draft resolution.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

After two years of heaping scorn on the United Nations, the Bush administration is now banking on the UN to help bail him out of the quagmire that is Iraq.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A scandal brewing over spying at the UN last year reveals how the U.S. government uses its 'special relationship' with Britain to violate both international and domestic laws.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The lifelong critic of budget deficits has been mysteriously silent on the Bush administration's fiscal policies. Guess whose term runs out this year.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet

There's a good case to be made that primary elections are responsible for much of the evil in modern American politics, from apathy to the power of money.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to the enormous trade and budget deficits run up by the Bush administration, the U.S. economy is dangerously dependent on foreign investors, especially China.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George Bush's visit did little to comfort either the suspicious British public or his good friend Tony Blair.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Here's what happens to your hard-earned money when it enters the giant money-skimming machine we call the stock market.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Nations at the Madrid donor conference agreed to contribute money for the reconstruction of Iraq, but not to the U.S.-controlled Iraqi fund.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2003, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The unanimous passage of the U.S.-sponsored Security Council resolution is a diplomatic triumph -- but in form rather than in substance.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration's support of the Israeli attacks on Syria spells the end to any pretense of a balanced U.S. Middle East policy.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While Bush's speech was filled with empty rhetoric and bluster, Kofi Annan delivered a powerful indictment of U.S. foreign policy.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While the UN summit in Geneva did not produce an agreement, both the Bush administration and its critics seem to have recognized the importance of compromise.