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ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"i
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September 06, 2013 3:00 AM
INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"

Published September 05, 2013

INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

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FERGUSON - A COMMUNITY ON EDGE
The small city of Ferguson, Missouri has been at the center of American media attention since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police just over three months ago. It was a white officer and an African American victim, a majority black community policed by mostly white officers, a community that says for years it has endured systematic racism at the hands of a white run political system. And now, the media attention has added to the already tense situation. Gun sales have reportedly spiked. Some local communities have taken steps to warn its residents to be ready for violence when the grand jury’s decision is announced. ON THE LINE takes a look at Ferguson, Missouri – a city on edge.
GUESTS
Ayesha Tanzeem: VOA News (in Ferguson, Missouri)
Chris Simkins: VOA News [in DC Studio]