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Bessent: Arms treaty at United Nations mirrors American gun control debate

Pedestrians walk by the United Nations headquarters building.

(Credit: AP, 2007)

As the American public passionately debates how to curb lethal gun violence here at home, the world’s nations are negotiating a treaty aimed at achieving the same result globally. If approved, the Arms Trade Treaty which was debated Thursday at the United Nations would establish the first international standards for cross border sales of conventional weapons, a $70 billion a year trade in small...

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Gorman: U.N. deserves DWI for its raucous budget process

The United Nations, right foreground, and the midtown

(Credit: AP, 2007)

Picture this: a room full of distinguished United Nations delegates busy at work—debating, dealing and drinking. Not just a casual cocktail over dinner, either. Falling down drunk. Pretty soon, a DWI will stand for “delegating while intoxicated.” At least that’s the suggestion behind a “modest proposal” made by American diplomat Joseph M. Torsella. Earlier this week, Torsella proposed banning drinking...

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