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As Haitians Protest Aid Blockage, Corruption, UN Calls It Political, Murky Land Deals

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 8 -- A protest of "hundred of Haitian" women in Petionville on Sunday was characterized on Monday as merely political by the UN's humanitarian coordinator Kim Bolduc.

  Inner City Press asked Ms. Bolduc about the protesters, who accused Petionville's Deputy Mayor of hoarding aid so it didn't reach those most in need. Inner City Press asked, does the UN have any response?

Ms. Bolduc said, contrary to Reuters, that there was "no disturbance reported there." Video here, from Minute 23:08. She went on to say that the UN "cannot avoid conflicts" between "groups in power."

  She appeared then to in fact be aware of the protest, recounting that a "group of political parties... told people they could ask for more."

  Given how much the UN speak of the needs of the poor, while asking for money, it would seem that the UN should listen, and not dismiss, protests by the poor saying, we are not getting enough food.

  But the UN, as a club of governments, is most committed to always working through governments. So when a government, even a local one like in Petionville, is protested, some in the UN automatically side with the government. So much for the Millennium Development goals....

UN's Bolduc appearing by video to UN in NYC, protests not shown

Inner City Press also asked Ms. Bolduc about reports that private land owners are getting side commitments for money in exchange for land to shelter and house the displaced, that the UN is involved in. Ms. Bolduc had said no money was changing hands, then told Inner City Press that of course rent would be asked for. Finally, she said that landlords were being "negotiated" with to give or lend for free their land. What's to negotiate, then? We'll have more on this.

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In Haiti, UNDP Paying $4.47 a Day to Demolish, Few Safeguards on Right to Return, DR Congo Protests

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 4 -- The UN Development Program, with which Bill Clinton is to coordinator aid to Haiti, bragged Thursday about $2.5 million being given by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Inner City Press asked UNDP's Jordan Ryan to respond to protests in the DRC about the grant, when Congolese people are under-served and unprotected, and asked if UNDP had sought out this contribution.

  Ryan said the grant shows solidarity, and that UNDP is the "vehicle." Video here, from Minute 11:14. He didn't disclose, but should, what overhead fees UNDP is charging -- as high at 10% in some contexts. Given how much UNDP has in the bank, might it not waive such fees in the case of Haiti?

  When UNDP new Associate Administrator Rebecca Grynspan -- according to African Ambassador, she took a post that had been promised to Africa, ironic in light of the happy talk about accepting also a $2.5 million grant from the DRC -- briefed the Press about UNDP's "cash for work" in Haiti, she said it would be $5 a day.

  Since then, some have said $3 a day. Inner City Press asked Ryan, who said it is $4.47 a day, set by the government. Much of the work being done involves demolishing buildings in Port au Prince.

  Inner City Press asked, since UNDP is involved in knocking buildings down, what safeguards will be in place that people can return? Video here, from Minute 28:45. These questions were asked about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- why not in Haiti? Ryan responded with platitudes about recovery plans with, among others, the World Bank. Great.

UNDP's Jordan Ryan, overhead costs and rebuilding plans not shown

  Meanwhile at the IMF, Inner City Press asked about criticism, including by a UN expert, of the IMF issuing a new loan rather than grant to Haiti. IMF Spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson said that nothing would have to be paid until 2012. And then? Watch this site.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

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