United Nations: Playing International Hardball

An aggressive U.S. stance begins to produce results

In Nairobi's conical-roofed Kenyatta

Conference Center, the normally placid atmosphere of a technical gathering was electric with global tension last week Diplomats from 157 nations huddled in their seats or bantered uneasily across the room. They were awaiting the results of a secret ballot that could mean life or death tor one of the oldest cooperative agencies in the world, the United Nations-sponsored International Telecommunication Union (ITU), founded in 1865, and that could call into question the U.S. commitment to the U.N.

Finally, as...

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