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On Syria As Ban Says "Hamas," UN Falsifies Transcript, Ousts Female DSG

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 -- When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke to students Thursday evening it should have been easy. They were predisposed to like him, and he took only three questions.

  But still he answered the first question about Syria by referring to observers in the city of "Hamas" -- and then the UN airbrushed it in its transcript.

   Next, Ban tried to rally the new generation by saying "why not" a female Secretary General. But why, then, did he replaced an African female Deputy S-G with an old man from Sweden?

  On Ban's way to the General Assembly Hall at 6 pm, Inner City Press saw and greeted him, told him the students were waiting. Once inside, after Tim Wirth praised UN Peacekeeping on the same day its fourth French chief in a row Herve Ladsous told the Press "I don't talk to you," demanded censorship of Press articles, then appeared on France 24, Ban spoke movingly about growing up in Korea.

   But why then does his UN not only demand censorship, but also falsify transcripts? Compare the publicly available video of his talk, at Minute 41:25 when he unmistakable says "Hamas" as one of six cities in Syria to which observers have been sent, to the transcript his Spokesperson's Office sent:

"We will try our best to complete the 300 [observer] benchmark, as authorized by the Security Council. They are now being deployed in six different cities, starting from Damascus, et cetera, where violence has taken place."

Ban didn't say "et cetera," he said "Hamas," just check the video, at Minute 41:25. If you can't trust the UN on this, what can you trust it on?

  And if Ban is so exercised, as he should be, about 10,000 dead in Syria, why has he done so little about 40,000 killed in Sri Lanka, and even accepted one of the Generals responsible, Shavendra Silva, as an adviser on UN peacekeeping by saying it was "decided by member states"? Watch this site.

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