Libyan Deputy Says Mercenaries, PR Shalgam Says No, “Brown Like
Me, Gadhafi Is My Friend, He'll Stop in 24 Hours"
February 22 -- “Gadhafi is my brother, he is a courageous
man and can make a decision,” Libya's Permanent Representative
Abdel-Rahman Shalgam told the Press Monday morning outside the UN
asked Shalgam, “Isn't Gadhafi recruiting mercenaries?”
insisted. “They come from the south of Libya. They are brown like
Shalgam's deputy Ibrahim Dabbashi, who wrote to the Council on Monday
asking for an emergency meeting -- and now, a no-fly zone and
humanitarian corridor -- said that he will be the one to address the
Council on Monday afternoon.
Shalgam?” he was asked.
“He is in New
York but he is not working,” Dabashi said.
a coup, and
a successful one, within Libya's mission to the UN, sources tell
Inner City Press. The majority went with Dabashi, who held a press
conference in Libya's mission during the US holiday on Monday.
China stopped and told Inner City Press that there may be a
Presidential Statement in the afternoon, it is floating around.
Shalgam previously at UN, friend Gadhafi and fire
water not shown
ambassador insisted Monday morning that Dabashi is the “charge
d'affaires” and thus represents Libya.
pm, Dabbashi returned to say that if Shalgam reasserts his powers, he
will speak. Dabbashi said while Shalgam is Gadhafi's friend, he
agrees violence must stop. But Shalgam denies mercenaries, while
Dabbashi told Inner City Press they are in use in Tripoli.
City Press smelled liquor while standing next to Shalgam while
he spoke on Monday. Watch this site.
As Libya Burns, UN Ban
Ki-moon in Hollywood, Faceless at Facebook
February 22 -- It wasn't clear why the trip was scheduled,
and even less clear why it was not canceled after Libya starting
bombing peaceful protesters from the air.
But Tuesday as the UN
Security Council convened behind closed doors on a request for a
formal meeting on the bloodbath in Libya, Ban Ki-moon was in
Hollywood talking about climate change and Haiti.
he be asked
about the protests against the UN in that country for militarization
and, they say, bringing cholera in?
ask about how little the UN is saying as Sudan bombs the Jebel Marra
region of Darfur?
trip is a
faint echo of that of Ambassador Susan Rice, to the headquarters of
Twitter. Ban is
going to Facebook, moderated by Zuckerberg
relative Randi; Ban has appeared in the LA Times, albeit under the
The CEO of
the UN Foundation Kathy Calvin has traveled out there, and the
UN's head Washington lobbyist Will Davis.
Will they speak about Libya, and Gadhafi's daughter being a UN Goodwill
Ambassador with a UN Laissez Passer?
goal is to get
UN story lines in the movies. Inner City Press exclusively attended
and reported on filming of Transformers 3 in the General Assembly
Hall. What will it get for the UN?
Ban in Hollywood last time: burning of Libya not shown
Press wrote to Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky, and his deputy
Farhan Haq, on the morning of Sunday February 20 asking
wake of the gunning down of 46 democracy protesters in Libya’s
second largest city, Benghazi, by security forces under the command
of Colonel Gadafi, is the UN reassessing its relationship with Col
Gadhafi’s daughter, Aicha, who the UN has designated a “Goodwill
Secretary-General sought to use the UN’s special relationship
with its Goodwill Ambassador Dr Aicha Gadhafi to persuade her father
not to use such excessive force against peaceful demonstrators?
days later, no response at all from the UN. Inner City Press also
asked Ban's spokesman Nesirky “in this context, the
Secretary-General's planned trip to California to meet and greet 'the
entertainment industry,' how much is this trip costing, and is it
funded by the Regular Budget of the UN -- and if not, what is the
funding source?” Again, no answer. Faceless at Facebook indeed.
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Kane & Trezza Look to Geneva,
Nairobi Opaque, Zannier
19 -- Asked about how told UN jobs are given out,
long time UN official David Nabarro on February 19 told Inner City
Press, “There are intensive efforts underway in the selection of so
many senior positions in our system to increase transparency.” Video
were true. For weeks, Inner City Press has been asking Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky to clarify the status
of Under Secretary General Angela Kane, who was one of two finalists
to lead the UN Office in Geneva, and to state whether UN envoy to
Kosovo Lamberto Zannier gave notice before he put his name in the
ring to head the OSCE.
the repeated questions about Kane, including when she would
belatedly hold the next of her promised press conferences, and on the
latter he said “Ask Italy.”
the Geneva post has been Italian official Carlo Trezza, his
country's delegate on disarmament and other topics. On February 19
the buzz was that Trezza and not Kane was getting the post; some said
due to corruption
and delays in the UMOJA technology program
under Kane's watch.
has previously told Inner City Press she
has no time to answer questions from the press, to send them all to
the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General, where
dozens of questions are pending, including the unanswered ones about
Kane and UN management.
UN's Ban, Ms. Kane over his shoulder, public
financial disclosure & answers not shown
why can't the
UN say who are the finalists for jobs, and why? There is for example
a new Under Secretary General post at the UN in Nairobi, which was
created after UN
headquarters unceremoniously removed Tanzanian Anna
Tibaijuka from leading that office and put the German Achim Steiner
Group fought back and a new management post
was created. But who will fill it? Who is even in contention? Watch
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Range from Sudan to Security, Abidjan to
Lebanon, Ban's Friends & UNtrue Claim
-- In the run up to
UN corruption hearings in the
US House of Representatives today, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
angrily answered questions about lack of transparency by claiming
that 99% of his officials publicly disclose their finances. This is
not true, as Inner City Press has said and now documents.
the UN's website
for such disclosures, numerous Ban officials simply state “I have
chosen to maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed
by me in order to comply with the Financial Disclosure Program.” This
is not public disclosure of finances: it is its opposite.
even the most basic disclosure -- as simple
as in what country they own property, such as the one line disclosure
O'Brien that she owns “farmland, Ireland”
-- ranging from both of Ban's envoys in Sudan, Ibrahim
Gambari and Haile
Menkerios to UN officials with outside jobs that might
conflict, such as Terje
BP) and Ray
Chambers (malaria and hedge
took the job, Inner City Press asked him
his outside interests. Now Chambers
to maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed by me
order to comply with the Financial Disclosure Program.”
not disclosure. Philippe
Douste-Blazy, whom Inner City Press
of dollars through the “MassiveGood”
scheme, discloses no finances, only service for the Millennium
Downer, Ban's man on Cyprus, makes no
financial disclosure although he lists he works at the business
consultancy Bespoke Approach. And do its clients, in Turkey for
example, raise conflicts? There is no way to know.
envoy Choi Young-jin states that “I have chosen
to maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed by me in
order to comply with the Financial Disclosure Program,” as does
Ban's UN Security chief Gregory
how superficial even the “public disclosures”
Banbury, who famously said
that “only” three rapes in a Haitian IDP camp “elated” him,
lists “Nil” for both assets and liabilities, as does General
Assembly Affairs chief Shaaban
there is no link to any form, even one refusing to
disclose. These include Achim Steiner of UNEP and former UN lawyer,
still listed as adviser Nicolas Michel, who took money from the Swiss
government for his housing while serving as the UN's lawyer. Since
that scandal, there are issues about Ban officials receiving housing
subsidies through their spouses, not disclosed on the “public”
have chosen to maintain the confidentiality of
the information disclosed by me in order to comply with the Financial
Disclosure Program” include West
East and Lebanon
Williams, UNDP Asia boss Ajay
charge, another other places, of Myanmar), Jan Mattsson of UNOPS,
where Ban's son in law got a controversial promotion, and Cheick
Diarra, whose brother
has been Microsoft's Ambassador to Africa,
allowed to use a UN dining room for this purpose.
of non - transparency, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky on January 21
told Inner City Press he would
not answer any more questions until
Inner City Press acted “appropriately.” This outburst came after
Inner City Press asked for the second day in a row how UN Staff
Regulation 1.2 applies to UN official's outside political activity.
Lang as his adviser on piracy, reporting to the Security Council
today. But Lang
letters as an official of a
political party in France, for example regarding Ivory Coast
Ban's envoy Choi Young-jin refuses to disclose his finances). The UN
has refused to apply its Regulation 1.2 to this or other case, or to
even answer questions about it.
wonders how this will be dealt with at today's US House of
Representative hearings and afterward. Click here
Ban's claims from a recent piece on Swedish TV
including Inner City Press and a hearing witness.
the 99% of his officials make public financial
disclosure, is simply not true, and his spokesman refuses to answer
any questions. Watch this space.
Update of 11:15 am
-- Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesperson's office, Messrs. Nesirky
and Haq, the clarify Ban's now disproved claim, and received back only
this, from Haq:
what we have to say for today is:
United Nations has always worked constructively with the United
States, and we share the same goals: for a stronger UN, one that is
efficient, effective, and accountable. That is why the
Secretary-General has made strengthening the UN one of his top
priorities since taking office.
a strong, effective and efficient
United Nations needs the active and constructive support of Member
States. To achieve that, he will continue to engage with the US
Administration and with the US Congress on ways to ensure that the
Organization can find solutions to today’s challenges, and deliver
on the mandates given by it Member States.
Still with no
answer at all are questions submitted January 22, including
which he sought out, that
Congressional Republicans' "only complaint they may have is the
lack of much faster progress than they might have expected.” What
specific areas of "progress" was the SG referring to? Namely, which
areas does the SG acknowledge not having met
expectations and for which progress should have been made "faster"?
OIOS' Investigations Division, is under
investigation, for among other things, retaliation and evidence
tampering. Given that Ban Ki-moon says he prides himself on the
transparency of his administration, what specifically are the facts
surrounding the investigation process regarding Mr. Dudley, and will
the UN be reassigning him to other duties during the investigation?
Watch this site.
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December 12 debate on UN double standards
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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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AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
some are available
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