Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

Amid UN Inaction on Mali, Ban Denounces Extremists but not Syria

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 8 -- So far nine of 16 mausoleums in Timbuktu have been destroyed.

  Yesterday Burkinabe dipomat Djibril Bassole met with the group charged with the destruction, Ansar Dine, in Kidal and told them they could be part of the "national dialogue" if they public cut all ties with terrorists.

  But what would that mean? Inner City Press asked ECOWAS' Commissioner for Political Affairs, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman of Nigeria, how Ansar Dine would be expected to signify this cutting: some sort of press release?

   She did not answer on the logistics, only that ECOWAS will not negotiate with terrorists.

  Even US network CNN, grandstanding from the Burkina Faso border, reported support for the "extremists" in northern Mali from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The US quickly denied this; both countries are US allies, most recently on Syria.

   Inner City Press has previously asked why UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon directed his telephone calls about Timbuktu destruction to Qatar and Saudi Arabia and not a closer monarchy with an interest: Morocco.
  Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky replied that it is about influence, not geography. But what kind of influence?

  In his briefing to the Security Council Tuesday,  Ban urged "serious consideration to the imposition of targeted travel and financial sanctions against individuals or groups in Mali engaged in terrorist, religious extremist or criminal activities."

  Some wondered why he hasn't made a similar call regard some of the groups active in Syria.

  A Security Council members exclusively told Inner City Press that his and other delegations' concern is that the ECOWAS plan is "too ambitious" and does not yet have the buy-in of the Malian military. This may come at a meeting taking place until August 11. Watch this site.

Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-253, UN, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212-963-1439

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2012 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]