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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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#Migrants- Crisis on the Seas
The US military has begun conducting maritime surveillance flights off the west coast of Malaysia, supporting efforts to search for thousands of migrants believed stranded at sea. Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take in thousands of migrants, potentially heading off refugee crisis in SE Asia. Meanwhile, the US is criticizing Myanmar’s, also known as Burma, treatment of the Rohingya, as they pile onto boats to escape persecution. All of this mirrors what is happening on the Mediterranean, where thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to make their way across troubled waters, only to be turned away. This week’s HashtagVOA looks at perception, policy and the potential solutions. 

GUESTS
Brigadier Martin Xuereb:
Migrant Offshore Aid Station  [Malta]
John Sifton: Director of Advocacy for Asia, Human Rights Watch [Washington DC]
Francine Uenuma: Save the Children [Fairfield, Connecticut]
Niels Frenzen: USC School of Law, @MigrantsAtSea [Los Angeles]