By Thomas Gaulkin | September 27, 2019
The UN General Assembly opened its 74th session this week with the usual marathon of speeches by world leaders and meetings on issues ranging from climate change to the elimination of nuclear weapons. But in case you somehow missed it, the big news capturing most of the nation’s attention this week are the revelations about Donald Trump’s potentially incriminating call with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Nancy Pelosi’s move to open an impeachment inquiry into the matter effectively preempted Trump’s speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday.
Given the media frenzy around these developments, you might have also missed some other stories this week from around the UN meeting that would likely be making bigger headlines if they weren’t competing with the possible upending of the American presidency. Here are just a few items worthy of your attention:
The General Assembly speeches continue through the weekend, so there’s still time to catch a few more of the official addresses by UN member states, like Yemen, devastated by war and claiming responsibility for the oil-pipeline drone strikes that led the Pentagon to promise 200 troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia. But this year you won’t see the president of Haiti, which, too, is deep in crisis—if you haven’t heard.
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